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

Sat. 3 Dec, 2022

Lego Club CANCELLED

Sat. 3 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

We are so sorry but we have to cancel this LEGO Club.  There will be a LEGO Club on Saturday, December 17.

NaNoWriMo Ending Celebration

Sat. 3 Dec, 2022 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writers Month. You did it! You made it through the wilderness of 50,000 words and came out the other side. You deserve a pat on the back. pat pat pat Okay now that's done we can move on. Just kidding. That was a monumental task you just achieved so join your fellow witers at the library and celebrate the right way with some more snack and reading your word to everyone else. I mean that was the point of writing all that wasn't it? For people to read it? You were already brave enough to write it down so I think you can make the small step forward and let the world see it too, if only a small portion of it at first.

Now we can also talk about publishing and the self publishing options through Inkie.org if you are interested.

Mon. 5 Dec, 2022

Preschool Storytime

Mon. 5 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Ms. Abbigail for storytime every Monday morning from 10-10:45am. We will sing songs and rhymes, read books, play games, and make a craft. These storytimes are geared toward preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. We will have chairs available for the adults accompanying children, and adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in the songs and rhymes with their children. 

Role Playing Game Club

Mon. 5 Dec, 2022 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Mike to play King Arthur Pendragon. They will meet each Monday from 3:30-7:30 in the Sterling Public Library's conference room.  This is open to anyone 12 years or older.

Pathfinder is a rich and complex fantasy Role-Playing Game that uses the same d20 ruleset at the core of Dungeons & Dragons. Players take on the role of heroic adventurers, often explorers and scholars employed by the Pathfinder Society, who travel the world solving problems, unravelling mysteries and collecting treasure.

Feel free to email Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Tue. 6 Dec, 2022

Preschool Storytime

Tue. 6 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for storytime every Monday morning from 10-10:45am. We will sing songs and rhymes, read books, play games, and make a craft. These storytimes are geared toward preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. We will have chairs available for anyone who would like one, and adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in the songs and rhymes with their children.

This new Tuesday session of Preschool Storytime will be the same theme and craft as the Monday Preschool Storytime, but patrons are welcome to attend both sessions if they would like to.

Library Board Meeting

Tue. 6 Dec, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

To see meeting agenda and meeting details for library (and City of Sterling) board meetings, click here.

Sat. 10 Dec, 2022

Saturday Storytime

Sat. 10 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 10:30 am

This storytime will be geared towards children preschool through first grade, but all ages are welcome. During this storytime, we will read books, sing songs and rhymes, and play games. As of right now this storytime will not include a craft, but that may change in the future. Chairs will be available in the community room during storytime. We welcome and encourage adults to participate in storytime with their child as much as possible. We are excited to have this storytime available for patrons who work or have other obligations during the week, and we look forward to sharing a fun Saturday morning with you and your family! 

5 Star Reads Book Club

Sat. 10 Dec, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Got a book you absolutely LOVE and want everyone to know about it? Then do it! At 11:30 am SPL will be hosting our very first 5 Star Reads Book Club. Feel free to drop by and recommend your favorite book or a book you recently read that you would rate 5 out of 5 stars.  It doesn't matter if it's fiction or non-fiction, biography or not, any genre you care to share. We want to know what you have read and why you loved it.

And hey, you never know, you might find your next 5 Star Read while you listen to someone else rave about theirs.

Also, there'll be snacks. Who doesn't like to talk about books and eat snacks?

Mon. 12 Dec, 2022

Preschool Storytime

Mon. 12 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Ms. Abbigail for storytime every Monday morning from 10-10:45am. We will sing songs and rhymes, read books, play games, and make a craft. These storytimes are geared toward preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. We will have chairs available for the adults accompanying children, and adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in the songs and rhymes with their children. 

Role Playing Game Club

Mon. 12 Dec, 2022 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Mike to play King Arthur Pendragon. They will meet each Monday from 3:30-7:30 in the Sterling Public Library's conference room.  This is open to anyone 12 years or older.

Pathfinder is a rich and complex fantasy Role-Playing Game that uses the same d20 ruleset at the core of Dungeons & Dragons. Players take on the role of heroic adventurers, often explorers and scholars employed by the Pathfinder Society, who travel the world solving problems, unravelling mysteries and collecting treasure.

Feel free to email Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Tue. 13 Dec, 2022

Preschool Storytime

Tue. 13 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for storytime every Monday morning from 10-10:45am. We will sing songs and rhymes, read books, play games, and make a craft. These storytimes are geared toward preschoolers, but all ages are welcome. We will have chairs available for anyone who would like one, and adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in the songs and rhymes with their children.

This new Tuesday session of Preschool Storytime will be the same theme and craft as the Monday Preschool Storytime, but patrons are welcome to attend both sessions if they would like to. This storytime will also take place in the Picture Book Room instead of the upstairs conference room.

Teen Game Night

Tue. 13 Dec, 2022 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

All 6th - 12 graders are welcome to join us for games, snacks, and discussion.  No registration required, just show up to the conference room!

Midwest Baking with Shauna Sever

Tue. 13 Dec, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Shauna SeverJoin Shauna Sever, cookbook author, TV and radio contributor, and native of the great Midwest, for this special Illinois Libraries Present holiday season event. Shauna will share her love of food, baking, and some tips to make your holiday gatherings delicious.

As a writer, Shauna’s work is best defined by her baking-centric cookbooks. Her fourth, Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland, was named a Best Baking Cookbooks of 2019 by The New York Times. She has also contributed food stories and recipes for The Wall Street Journal, Food52, Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, Real Simple, Midwest Living, Food and Wine, O Magazine, and many more. Though her career began in broadcast journalism, and she now talks about pie instead of Hollywood, she uses the same skill set for her regular television appearances on TODAY Show and Food Network. After 12 years of California living, Shauna and her family returned to Chicago, where she now bakes, writes and is always on the hunt for great old-school Midwestern bakeries.

Click the link below to register for this free Zoom program:

https://google.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e9a533954db2553c574fb48aa&id=ff4a2f4856&e=b4c5e0881a

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events.

Sat. 17 Dec, 2022

LEGO Club

Sat. 17 Dec, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This is for all school aged children and will use all sorts of LEGO blocks to create projects!

Registration is required. Call or stop by the library's children's desk.

Mon. 19 Dec, 2022

Role Playing Game Club

Mon. 19 Dec, 2022 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Mike to play King Arthur Pendragon. They will meet each Monday from 3:30-7:30 in the Sterling Public Library's conference room.  This is open to anyone 12 years or older.

Pathfinder is a rich and complex fantasy Role-Playing Game that uses the same d20 ruleset at the core of Dungeons & Dragons. Players take on the role of heroic adventurers, often explorers and scholars employed by the Pathfinder Society, who travel the world solving problems, unravelling mysteries and collecting treasure.

Feel free to email Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Sat. 24 Dec, 2022

Library Closed

Sat. 24 Dec, 2022 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The library will be closed for Chirstmas Eve.

Mon. 26 Dec, 2022

Library Closed

Mon. 26 Dec, 2022 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Library will be closed for Christmas.

Role Playing Game Club

Mon. 26 Dec, 2022 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Mike to play King Arthur Pendragon. They will meet each Monday from 3:30-7:30 in the Sterling Public Library's conference room.  This is open to anyone 12 years or older.

Pathfinder is a rich and complex fantasy Role-Playing Game that uses the same d20 ruleset at the core of Dungeons & Dragons. Players take on the role of heroic adventurers, often explorers and scholars employed by the Pathfinder Society, who travel the world solving problems, unravelling mysteries and collecting treasure.

Feel free to email Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Tue. 27 Dec, 2022

Go Go Gadget Open House

Tue. 27 Dec, 2022 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Stop by the library anytime to see all of the Go Go Gadgets we have available for check out! We will have all of our Go Go Gadgets set up in the upstairs conference room, and patrons are welcome to see and interact with the Go Go Gadgets that we have available.

The Go Go Gadgets will not be available for check out during or right after the event, but we will have a holds list ready that we can add interested patrons to. 

Currently, only patrons with a Sterling Adult library card are able to check out Go Go Gadgets, but anyone is welcome at this event. 

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