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Virtual Programs

We are currently offering virtual programming through videos and activities. Check out our events calendar for the full list of programs both in-person and virtual. 

Summer Hours Begin! The library will be closed Sunday from 
May 30-September 5.


Storytimes for Youth

Storytime with Miss Anna: The Beach

Pick up a themed preschool craft while supplies last in the Youth Services area and watch our storytime online. To pick up the craft from the drive-through, call the YS Department when you are on your way!

Youth Scheduled Programming

Weekly on Wednesdays starting June 9

Virtual and in-person 

Storytime on the Lawn, BRB

Wed, July 7 @ 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.

Wed, July 14 @ 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.

Wed, July  21 @ 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.

Wed, June 28 @ 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.


(Ages 1-5 with adult, no registration required) Join us for stories and songs out on the lawn! Each family should bring a blanket to create their own spot for fun. Masks are required for anyone not fully vaccinated ages 2 and up. In case of inclement weather or if the temperature is over 90 degrees, participants can pick up program supplies to take home.  

Happy at home? Check out our virtual storytimes posted weekly on Youtube! Limited craft packs are available for pick-up each Wednesday.

Virtual Teen Game Night fueled by JackBox Games

Tues, July 13 @ 7-8 p.m.

(Grades 7-12) Is a Tuesday night in the middle of July too hot to get together with your friends? Or are you just feeling too lazy? Grab your friends and join the library for an hour of JackBox Games fun.

Virtual Teen Paint and Sip

Thurs, July 22 @ 7-8:30 p.m.

(Grades 7-12) Pick up your supplies and join us for a virtual version of our Paint 'n Sip Program. Follow our step by step instructions to create your own masterpiece. Supplies will be available July 19-22 at the library you indicate in your registration.


Adult Scheduled Programming

Virtual Beginner ESL Class

Sun, July 11, 18, 25 @ 12:30-1:30 p.m.


Virtual High Beginner ESL Class

Sun, July 11,18, 25 @ 7-8 p.m.

Tues, July 6,13, 20, 27 @ 5-6 p.m.


Virtual Intermediate ESL Class

Sun, July 11,18, 25 @ 12-1 p.m. & 4-6 p.m.


Virtual Advanced ESL Class

Sun, July 11,18, 25, @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mon, July 5, 12, 19, 26  @ 3-4 p.m.

Wed, July 7,14, 21, 28 @ 3-4 p.m.

Sat, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.

(Adults, registration required) Multilevel ESL Classes were possible through a partnership with the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI). The VAI will be hosting these classes through Zoom.

Virtual ELL Conversation Club

Fri, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 10-11 a.m.

(Adults, registration required) Are you learning or improving your spoken English? Come practice with us in a virtual format! Casual conversation and friendly company. Everyone is welcome.



Virtual Citizenship Class

Sun, July 11,18, 25 @ 10-11 a.m. 

Sun, July 11,18, 25 @ 1:30-2:30 p.m.


(Adults, registration required) The Vietnamese Association of Illinois is hosting Citizenship Classes via Zoom.

Virtual Adult Nutrition Class

English: Wed, July 7, 14, 21, 28

@ 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Clase de Nutrición para Adultos

Español: miércoles, 7, 14, 21, 28 de julio
@ 1:30-2 p.m.



(Adults, registration required) Are you worried about your health or that of a loved one? Do you think you can eat better but don’t know where to start? Join the free adult nutrition classes today!

(Adultos, es necesario inscribirse) ¿Creé que podría mejorar su dieta pero no sabe por dónde empezar? No se trata de restringirse a comer lo que más nos gusta, o tomarse una píldora mágica para bajar de peso, es tan sencillo como saber balancear nuestros platillos. 


Virtual Adult Nutrition Class: EatPlayGrow

English: Tues, June 6, 13, 20, 27
@ 6:15-6:45 p.m

Clase de Nutrición: Comer, Jugar, Crecer

Español: martes, 6,13, 20, 27 de julio @ 5:30-6 p.m. 

(Adults, registration required for first of the series only) EatPlayGrow is a virtual program for parents and children between 3-5 years of age, where together they will learn through stories, music and artistic activities how to make better decisions regarding their nutritional health.

(Adultos, el registro para las clases sólo necesita hacerse una vez para la serie) Comer, Jugar, Crecer (EatPlayGrow en inglés) es un programa virtual para padres y niños entre 3-5 años de edad, donde juntos aprenderán a través de cuentos, música y actividades artísticas cómo tomar mejores decisiones en lo que se refiere a su salud nutricional.

Hybrid Morning Book Discussion Group

Tues, July 20 @ 10-11 a.m.

Evening Book Discussion Group

Wed, July 21 @ 7-8 p.m.


(Adults, no registration required) Share your love of reading with this lively book group! There is a morning and evening session each month, and no registration is required.

Interested in joining? Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the Black Road Branch Circulation Desk, and email Christine to get more details: cmaleno@jolietlibrary.org.

This month's title is: "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker

The book group meeting is now a hybrid meeting! Join us for this in-person event, or continue to call in via the conference call feature. We are meeting at the library's Black Road Branch.


Virtual Astrology 101

Wed, July 7 @ 7-8 p.m.



(Adults, registration required) Presenter Jez Layman will teach you about sun, moon and rising signs, planets, and houses in a fun overview of Astrology. Learn how to read your natal chart so you can find inspiration, discover your strengths and embrace your best self.


Virtual North of Cass Street

Mon, July 12 @ 6:30-8 p.m.



(Adults, no registration required) Mary Beth Gannon will be our tour guide on this virtual tour of the neighborhoods North of Cass Street. This is a prerecorded program which will be available on our Library's Youtube page soon.


Virtual Diners, Snakepits, and Long Haul Truckers

Sat, July 17 @ 2-4 p.m.


(Adults, registration required) For the modern-day Route 66 enthusiast, the commerce most associated with the highway is tourism.

However, when the US Highway system debuted in 1926, the planners had more in mind than encouraging pleasure travel. Route 66 followed a path blazed by railroads on its run from Chicago to LA. As muddy trails gave way to the numbered hard roads, commerce along the route flourished in a uniquely democratic way. What followed were unique ma-and-pa attractions, the emergence of long-distance trucking, and new populations spreading to suburbs and rural towns.

This program looks at how Route 66 transformed the spread of wealth and opportunity from the big cities to the countryside in ways that the railroads could not.


Virtual Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Tues, July 20 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m.

(Adults, registration required) You can't read the news without seeing hype about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Is this the first wave of a cashless future or just an overhyped technology? One thing is for sure: there's a lot of money riding on its success.

Virtual Tour of Oakwood Cemetery

Sat, July 24 @ 2-4 pm.

(Adults, no registration required) Mary Beth Gannon will be our tour guide on this virtual tour of Oakwood Cemetery. This prerecorded program will be posted to Youtube soon.

Virtual Joliet's Marquette Gardens

Mon, July 26 @ 6:30-8 p.m.

 (Adults, no registration required) Mary Beth Gannon will be our tour guide on this virtual tour of Joliet's Marquette Gardens. This prerecorded program will be posted to Youtube soon.

 Programs Archive

Archive: These are programs that we have done in past weeks that you can still check out! 




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