The Gillespie Public Library is one of four libraries from Macoupin County to welcome new visitors with a program sponsored by the region’s library system.
The 3rd Annual Library Crawl invites patrons to explore new libraries throughout the Illinois Heartland Library System, which comprises the southern half of the state. The crawl also demonstrates the benefits of a library card, which allows users to check out materials from the libraries they visit.
Gillespie is one of 85 libraries, including Carlinville, Staunton, and Bunker Hill, that are taking part in the crawl, which runs from September 27 to October 17.
The first Library Crawl was introduced in 2019 by the Bethalto Public Library to encourage library users to explore the resources of other libraries that are available to request and check out with a valid library card. Twenty-eight libraries participated in that first year, a number that has now tripled.
Patrons may pick up a passport for the crawl at any participating library, and try to visit at least five libraries during the event. At each new library, visitors may stop at the main circulation desk to have their passports stamped. To complete the crawl, patrons may simply return their passports to their home library.
Visitors at all libraries in the crawl are required to wear masks, and adhere to all COVID-19 protocols. Many libraries are closed in observance of Columbus Day on October 11, so anyone planning a visit should call ahead to check on hours of operation.
Some libraries will offer special treats for visitors on the crawl. After any visit to a participating library, patrons are welcome to take pictures to post on social media, using the hashtag #IHLSLibraryCrawl2021.
For more information on the crawl and the participating libraries, visit www.illinoisheartland.org or call the Staunton Public Library at 618-635-3852.