Welcome to the California Area Public Library, California's center for knowledge and growth. Climb aboard the Information Station for California, Allenport, Coal Center, Long Branch, Elco, Roscoe, and West Pike Run Township. Explore the five literacies with us: Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health & Financial.


APRIL 12-18 brings NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK. Love your libraries! Enjoy the "Unlimited Possibilities." Visit, browse, borrow, participate, volunteer and donate!

FLEA MARKET: June 27 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. is our FLEA MARKET, including our USED BOOK SALE and a nod to Train Day. 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring your own tables. $5.00 set-up fee; pick your own spot in our parking lot. (Event volunteers would be much appreciated). Our annual used book sale will be held during RiverFest in August, but we always keep a changing selection of used books in the library.

STORYTIME (TBA) is held on select Saturdays and includes a snack and craft. Reservations are recommended. Limit of 12 children.

INVESTING IN FUTURES Our 2015 fundraising goal is $16,000, with 30 new contributors added to our donor pool. We are very grateful to our Our February donaors are Esther Ermlick and Esther Schau. January donors: the Michael Serene family, for the long-standing Serene Memorial Fund; and the C. & W.K. Bennett family. Our late-December 2014 contributors gifted the library with $1,867. We thank: the now-defunct Friends of California Public Library, Prue Petrucci, rose plastics, California Army Navy Surplus, CMM Associates, Pennatronics, Redstone Pharmacy, Lisa Buday Attorney-at-Law, B2 Communications, Northwood Tri-County Realty, 84 Components, 84 Lumber, All Star Transmission, Bee Graphix, Corr-graphics, California DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant, Drebo America, Erie Insurance, Flowers by Regina, Highway Appliance, Hollowood Heating Inc., Interstate Paper Supply, Maund Industries, Perryman Company, Rice Energy, State Farm Insurance and Timberline Packing.

Many of our donors have been contributing to the Library for decades. Please visit, volunteer, and donate this year. YOU are vital to our mission to provide everyone with access to information in a happy space where we all thrive.

smile.amazon.com--Shop here first when you buy online. amazon will contribute a litle bit of coin to our library. Sometimes there's a $5 bonus incentive. Every little bit helps us. (But only a shopaholic could match the value of a standard annual gift to the library.) Just set your browser to www.smile.amazon.com and choose California Area Public Library.

Thank you so much! 2015 MEMORIAL GIFTS:

Do you need to research HEALTH CARE INFORMATION? Our librarians are learning about some helpful resources so that they can guide you to information that will help you to make informed choices.

Opportunities: RENT AN LCD PROJECTOR KIT from us and add a special focus to your next family event, business or club meeting. Our kit includes the projector, a screen and, if you need it, a laptop computer. You provide the photos or PowerPoint show. $20. We suggest you allow time for our staff to walk you through the process of setting up, if you're not familiar with using audio visual equipment.

Fundraisers: THANK YOU to all who partcipated in our Easter pie sale. HOAGIE SALES will be returning soon. / LITTON'S GIFT CERTIFICATES: Each $10 certificate returns $2 to the library. Keep a few on hand as emergency gifts, or simply help out the library by purchasing a few before you visit Litton's Greenhouse in Richeyville. Other fundraising items at the library are American Tradition woven baskets, tote bags, cloisonne pins, stationary, historic maps of California and the ever-popular bundles of used books.

GOT PAPER SCRAP? Recycle at the library. We sponsor an AbitibiBowater Paper Retriever recycle bin. If the bin is full, please keep your donation until a later time. Californians prove they are dutiful stewards of our environment by filling the bin quickly. Thank you! (Because of depressed paper prices, Abitibi has not paid a dividend for almost a year now. Still, we are happy they help us to create a greener planet.)