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Brown Bags & Books

Join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon for Brown Bags and Books. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy our light refreshments as you listen to a book review.

January 24 Roger Lyons

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver


February 28 Kelly Phelps

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit by Sloan Wilson


March 27 Mike Chervinko 

Prehistoric & Natural Wonders of Southern Illinois by Mike Chervinko, Steve Boles, and Mark Motsinger


April 24 LaDonna Whitlock

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate


May 22 Chris Dennis

Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story by Leslie Jamison


June 26 Kacy Tison Lapington

The Women by Kristin Hannah


July 24 Janet Jones

Stolen Beauty by Laura Lico Albanese


August 28 Roger Peach

Jockey Queen by Roger Peach


September 25 Jeff Campbell

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains by Ariana Neumann


October 23 David Berry

The Lost Tomb by Douglas Preston

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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.

*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your Local Library.”



The Hoopla app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. There are items available for all ages, with no wait times. Download the item immediately for easy access or stream online.

*Sign up with an email and password, choose your library, accept the terms and conditions, then enter your library card number and 4 digit PIN

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Keep track of the books you’ve read and the books you want to read! See what your friends are reading and be a part of the world’s largest community of readers!

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Fantastic Fiction

A great website where you can search for your favorite authors and easily see all of the books they have written.  Plus, find all of your favorite series in order!


Explore More Illinois

“Explore More Illinois” is a free service offered to Harrisburg Public Library District cardholders to access discount offers from museums, cultural centers, and other attractions. Click on the following link “Explore More Illinois”  to log in- choose our library and enter your library card number and PIN. Choose the attraction and date of your planned visit and submit your request. You will receive an email confirmation with details specific to the attraction. Current offers include Buy One, Get One Free admission from the Discovery Center in Rockford; $2.00 off regular adult admission from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield; Buy One, Get One Free admission to Edwards Place in Springfield; 25% off your gift store purchase at Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum in Oak Park; and more! Partnerships with other attractions are pending so check back periodically.

Emily’s Pick of the Month

Grave Expectations by Alice Bell

Available to order through inter-library loan.

A fast-paced and hilarious debut crime novel, in which a burnt-out Millennial medium must utilize her ability to see ghosts and team-up with a band of oddball investigators to figure out which member(s) of a posh English family are guilty of murder.

Evan’s Pick of the Month

Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

Available at our library in print (CAL), as an audiobook on the Cloud Library app, and as both an eBook and audiobook on the Hoopla app.

College student Megs Devonshire sets out to fulfill her younger brother George’s last wish by uncovering the truth behind his favorite story. What transpires is a fascinating look into the bond between siblings and the life-changing magic of stories.

Sherry’s Pick of the Month

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure by Rinker Buck

Available at our library in print. (977 BUC)

Life on the Mississippi is an epic, enchanting blend of history and adventure in which Buck builds a wooden flatboat from the grand “flatboat era” of the 1800s and sails it down the Mississippi River, illuminating the forgotten past of America’s first western frontier.

Lisa’s Pick of the Month

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Available at our library in print (NEW SF ARM #1 BLOOD AND ASH) and as an eBook on the Cloud Library app.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

Ray’s Pick of the Month

Think Twice by Harlan Coben

Available at our library in print. (NEW COB #12 MYRON BOLITAR)

Myron Bolitar and Windsor Horne Lockwood III​ reunite to find a dead man come back to life in this gripping thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Will Find You.

Hadleigh’s Pick of the Month

You Like It Darker by Stephen King

Available in print at our library (NEW KIN) and as an audiobook on the Cloud Library app.

From legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary new collection of twelve short stories, many never-before-published, and some of his best EVER.

Tori’s Pick of the Month

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Available in print at the library (SF MAA #1 ACOTAR), e-book on Hoopla, and audiobook on Hoopla and Cloud.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

Jordan’s Pick of the Month

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Available through interlibrary loan and e-book on CloudLibrary.

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.