Try life in the fast lane!  The Messenger Public Library is pleased to announce that our new self-service checkout kiosks are up and running. Five self-service checkout stations are available for public use. Two stations are at the Circulation Desk, two are in Youth Services and one is across from the Adult Information Desk. Using the touchscreen stations patrons can check out their own books, DVDs and other materials, renew their current checkouts and review their account. Staff are happy to show you how to use these stations or you can discover them for yourself. Read More

The library provides materials for Messenger Public Library cardholders of any age that are unable to visit the library due to a temporary or long term disability. Materials are carefully selected by our librarians to reflect your interests, and you may also request specific titles.  We will mail books, magazines, CDs, audiobooks, and DVDs directly to you.  Read More

The library will host an Operation Christmas Giving Tree on behalf of the North Aurora Mothers Club.  Pick up a gift tag for one of the Club's sponsored families in need and return gifts to the Adult Services Department. The Giving Tree will be on display close to Thanksgiving, and gifts will be delivered to the families in time for the holiday season. Gifts will need to be brought to the library by Monday, December 10, 2015 to ensure timely delivery. Read More
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The following changes to item loan periods and daily fine rates will be implemented on Oct. 31, 2015.•    New DVD/Blu-Ray Video loan period will be 7 days•    New Fiction Books loan period will be 28 days•    New Fiction and Non-fiction Audio books loan period will be 28 days•    Music CD loan period will be 28 days•    Nonfiction DVD loan period will be 28 days•    Periodicals loan period will be 28 days•    The Daily Fine Rate will change to $.25/day for ALL items Read More

Did you know you can manage your Messenger library account with Shoutbomb? Shoutbomb is a service that allows you to renew eligible items, see available holds, view overdue notifications and will alert you when items will be due soon via text messaging.All you need to use this service are a mobile phone and wireless service that allows you to receive and send text messages.  You don't need a smartphone to take advantage of this service. There is no charge for this service, but standard texting rates will be applied by your cell phone's service provider. Read More

Concept StorytimeFor ages 4-6.  Are you starting kindergarten in the fall? Come brush up on ideas to make a successful school year. Topics will rotate each week and will include colors, numbers, letters, and more! Parents/caregivers wait in Youth Service while children attend the storytime. Both days each week will cover the same material, so please choose which time works best for you.Tuesdays, 1:30-2:00Wednesdays, 10:00-10:30  Read More


The Messenger Public Library Board of Trustees will be holding an election during the Tuesday April 7th 2015 Kane County Consolidated Election.Early voting will be take place at the Messenger Library starting on Monday March 23rd through Thursday April 2nd.  For further information on the election visit the Kane County Election site. For full article and additional candidate information, click here. Read More

Registration for spring programs is now open in both the Adult and Youth Services Departments. Take a look at our calendar or newsletter for dates and descriptions of programs. You can also give us a call or drop by any Library desk to talk to us about what's happening at the Library!  Read More
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Attention Messenger Teens: Teen Tech Week is March 8-14! The 2015 theme is Libraries are for Making…, and Messenger Library has two ways for you to participate. Read More

This Februrary, celebrate African American History Month by learning about the contributions made by African Americans to American history, culture, and development. Keep reading to see a selection of books, DVDs, and database selections for African American History Month.BooksAmerican Patriots: the story of Blacks in the military from the Revolution to Desert Stormby Gail Lumet Buckley355.008 BUChrough hundreds of original interviews with veterans of every war since World War I, historic accounts, and photographs, Gail Buckley brings these heroes and their struggles to life.   Black Pioneers: an untold storyby William Loren Katz977 KATThese pathfinders were slaves, poets, runaways, missionaries, farmers, teachers, and soldiers. For these African Americans, the frontier meant freedom, and from the earliest times, some seized liberty by joining Indian nations.  Shades of Glory: the negro leagues and the story of African-American baseballby Lawrence D. Hogan796.357 HOGCelebrating African America's contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and a unique statistical component, to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues.  A Shining Thread of Hope: the history of Black women in Americaby Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson305.48 HINAt the greatest moments and in the cruelest times, black women have been a crucial part of America's history. Now, the inspiring history of black women in America is explored in vivid detail by two leaders in the fields of African American and women's history.  Freedom’s Daughters: the unsung heroines of the Civil Rights movement from 1830 to 1970by Lynne Olson323.092 OLSFrom the Montgomery bus boycott to the lunch counter sit-ins to the Freedom Rides, Lynne Olson skillfully tells the long-overlooked story of the extraordinary women who were among the most fearless, resourceful, and tenacious leaders of the civil rights movement.   Hog and Hominy: soul food from Africa to Americaby Frederick Douglass Opie641.59 OPI    Read More
Image by the Black History Album on Flickr - Little Drummer Boy, 1941.


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