Summer Read 2016

2016 Summer Reading Program

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Registration for the Summer Reading Program has begun! We have reading programs for kids, teens and adults . The program runs 6 weeks with one catch up week, ending July 16. You can join anytime throughout the summer. Registration for the 2016 Summer Reading Program is open to anyone in Effingham and surrounding communities.

A library card is not needed to participate.

For the first time registration and tracking of minutes and tasks will take place completely online at

This means you can participate from home, on your smartphone or by using a library computer.

100 Great Ideas

Hi! Effingham Public Library is in a quest to improve our library – we’re looking for 100 Great Ideas! We’re here to generate (not judge) ideas and invite everyone to share their ideas for our space and services. Have you seen great things at other libraries or other organizations? Maybe you have ideas of your own? Share your ideas here! Cheers! EPL

What types of movies would you like to see more of?

Heather Westfall

Featured Artist: Heather Westfall

The Effingham Public Library is pleased to host artwork and an art demonstration by local artist Heather Westfall.  Heather will demonstrate her art during the SWAG Program, Thursday, June 2 at 10 a.m. in the Workman Room.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Heather has a bachelor degree in fine art. Heather shares that “My primary focus has been landscapes in acrylics, oils, and watercolors.” For Heather growing up in the country outside Effingham helped develop a fascination with the beauty of nature at a young age.

Currently Heather is selling decorative acrylic paintings at Fresh Digs in Effingham. Her most recent work has centered on animal portraits and painting on and embellishing vintage fabrics.

Most recently, she has participated in the Artisan Fair by setting up her studio in Fresh Digs and painting so customers could see firsthand the painting process. Heather enjoys public painting demonstrations and plans to host more at Fresh Digs in the future. Heather’s work will be displayed until July 1, 2016.

For more information about the Art Gallery please contact Johnna Schultz, Adult Services Manager.

Heather Westfall