Rockford Library, something for everyone

The Rockford Library, located on the 8200 block of Cedar St. in downtown Rockford, hosts a variety of public programs for all ages.

On Thursday, April 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the public is welcome to attend an author event featuring local writer and illustrator Nancy Scheibe who will discuss her book Waves of Wisdom  – Grace, Guts and Gators on the Lower Mississippi”. Scheibe’s latest book chronicles a kayak trip she took down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Scheibe is known for delighting audiences with her tales of her travels, and this promises to be a fun evening for all.

For the younger set, there are Wednesday afternoon story times from 11:15 a.m. to noon through the rest of the month. Themes are gardening on April 17, and pop-up books on April 25. These are free events and do not require registration.

And, for those looking for an inexpensive way to line shelves or stock up on summer reading material, the Rockford Friends of the Library will hold its annual spring book sale from Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 26 during open hours. The library is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 3 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book donations are welcome all year.

With summer on the horizon, events and programs are being planned now to appeal youth and adults. Because it’s positioned right across from the city’s Riverside Park, a visit to the library is nice way to round out a summer outing. It’s a quaint space, but the Rockford Public Library is part of Great River Regional Library, which provides books, CD’s, DVD’s, computers and library services for 32 libraries in 5 counties, so a wide variety of resources are available upon request. If you would like more information about the Rockford Library, please call 763-477-4216 during open hours.