Mon, Wed, Fri

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tues & Thurs

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

​Closed Sat & Sun


Susie Hancock- Librarian

Susie lives with her dog Kia,  who is a Keeshond, in Palestine, IL.  She has lived all over the states- Louisiana, Montana, Florida, and Alaska.  Mystery books are her favorite genre, especially William Kent Kreuger's O'Connor Series.  She also likes cookbooks.

Holiday Closings 2019


Tuesday, January 1                         New Year's Day

Monday, February 18                    President's Day

Friday, April 19                                Good Friday

Monday, May 27                              Memorial Day

Thursday, July 4                               Independence Day

Monday, September 2                    Labor Day

Monday, November 11                  Veterans Day

Thursday, November 28 &

Friday, November 29                      Thanksgiving Day and Friday

Tuesday, December 24 &

Wednesday, December 25             Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


05.  Financial Growth and Stability

The library aims to help the community reach its full potential.  Searching for grants to draw monies into the region is an ongoing goal.  The library also aims to help small businesses through our Small Business Computer Workshops.

04.  Health and Fitness

Programs dedicated to teaching Nutrition and Fitness are ongoing.  Professionals and community members have been brought in to guide members in suggested healthy habits for life.  Weight loss not being the main focus, but the positive 'side-effect' of a healthy lifestyle.

03. Technology

An increasingly popular area of the library is our Computer Technology Center.  Staff strives to stay up to date on technology to aid patrons in their various needs.

​Computer Classes are held regularly to teach a wide variety of skills.  These workshops have focused on the basics and gone into the professional field of the small business.

02.  Entertainment, Reflection, and Expression

Various materials are purchased to add to the artistic, spiritual, and emotional needs of the community.  The library offers workshops that support these efforts.  Artwork is a prominent feature at the facility and has been loaned out for Gallery Exhibits at the Palestine Art Guild in the past.  Chris Rund, formerly employed by Indiana Railroad, is one such artist with many works on display.  Local artists are asked to display works periodically.

01.  Education/Grant Writing resume writer/ grant writer

The library seeks to encourage a broad range of information to further the ability of its patrons to deepen their knowledge base.

  • Programs during the summer are held to encourage reading during summer months.  
  • Programs during the school year seek to stretch students beyond their schooling.
  • Grant writing aid is also available at the library.  Please call to schedule an appointment.
  • Non-traditional education support at our Computer Technology Center is always available.
  • A private room supervised with a proctor is available for online tests.
  • ​Computer Workshops are provided every year and a volunteer scholarship for high school students provides for one-on-one help with technology.

Palestine Public Library District Library Staff and Goals

Nita Stone, Librarian

Nita was born in Robinson and currently lives within walking distance to the library with her husband Jim and their dog Jumper.  Nita is a Notary Public and is available at the library three days a week.  She loves mysteries mainly but is an avid reader of all books.

Jessica Spinner, Child's Librarian

Jessica was born in Palestine, IL and has lived here all her life.  She is in charge of the popular Li'l Ones Story Hour held weekly on Tuesdays from 11-12 noon.  She is a published author of the book 'Li'l Ones with Jessica' available on Amazon.

Laurel Adams, Director

Laurel was born in Loveland, CO and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  After marrying Ron and moving to Palestine, she helped raise their two children Karina and Oskar while working at New Hebron Christian School as an art/computer teacher and also working at Palestine Public Library.

She was hired full time as Director on May 7, 2012. Laurel is a Notary Public and is available at the library most business days.


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