102 W 3rd St, Sterling, IL 61081 ∙ (815) 625-1370
Monday - Tuesday: 9AM–8PM ∙ Wednesday - Friday: 9AM–5PM 
Sat: 9AM-1PM    ∙    Sun: Closed

Illinois Libraries Present

Sterling Public Library is part of Illiniois Libraries Present.  This gives our patrons access to exciting programs with authors that we would not otherwise be able to offer.

Upcoming Free Programs:  


Wednesday, February 8 at 7-7:45pm:  Saying Yes to Your Story: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander

KwameSitting2Join us for an evening of inspiration and conversation with best-selling and award-winning children’s and young adult author and poet, Kwame Alexander, author of the Newbery Award winning book, The Crossover, Newbery Honor/Caldecott Medal winning book, The Undefeated, and most recently, An American Story, for an Illinois Libraries Present event for young people and their families. Kwame will share ways to say yes to your story and persist in the face of rejection as he shares his own publishing journey. As a creator of more than 36 books, Kwame will energize our community to harness the power of words and storytelling for change! 

Please note that this program will be presented live without a recording.

The Sterling Public Library will be having a watch party at the library for this program.  Click here for more details!

Register for this free program here.


Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm:  The Weird and Wonderful World with Mary Roach

Mary Roach   Copyright Jen Siska SquareExperience an entertaining and hilarious evening with New York Times best-selling science author, Mary Roach - despite her claim that “people call me a science writer, though I don't have a science degree and sometimes have to fake my way through interviews with experts I can't understand”! Roach will discuss her frank approach to science, the importance of humor, and explore the weird, wonderful world in which we live.

Dubbed “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, Roach has explored topics from the curious lives of human cadavers, packing to visit space, the afterlife, the alimentary canal, and more. Roach claims to have no hobbies, but enjoys bird-watching, hiking, playing scrabble, and watching late-night Animal Planet.

Register for this free program here.



Tuesday, April 4 at 7 pm:  Danny Trejo talks Tacos, Hollywood, and Redemption4

Actor/Author/Restaurateur Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the entertainment industry with a hard-earned and atypical road to success. From years of imprisonment to helping troubled youth battle addiction, to acting, producing and now restaurant ventures, Trejo’s name, face, and achievements are well recognized in Hollywood and beyond.


Tuesday, April 25: Secrets of the Puzzle Master: A Conversation with Will Shortz

Will Shortz is the world’s only academically accredited puzzle master. We can't wait to share more about this event which will include a special, interactive surprise for our patrons and attendees. 



These events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries offering high-quality events