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Historical Society to hold silent auction
    The Clinton County Historical Society is having a silent auction for a 57-inch x 46-inch throw that has a design of Christmas presents and green stars outlining the perimeter. The hand-quilted throw, made with vintage fabric, has a sleeve so it could be used as a wall-hanging
    The throw is on display for placing bids at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle. The auction begins Thursday, Nov. 19, and ends on Thursday, Dec. 10. Visit the Clinton County Historical Society’s Facebook page for photographs.
    For additional information call Mary at (618) 594-7907.

New hours at Breese Public Library
    Breese Public Library director Kelly Zurliene has released the library’s new hours of operation. They are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Masks are required upon entering, and disposable masks are available at the library. Due to Illinois Heartland Library System regulations, all returned books are quarantined for seven days to limit the spread of germs. A no-contact foyer pick up service is available around the clock, and patrons interested can call the library at 526-7361 to arrange this.

2021 Breese Journal wedding show postponed
    The wedding show hosted by the Breese Journal and Publishing Company at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston scheduled for Jan. 17, 2021, has been postponed. In order to keep all participants safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic the wedding show will be rescheduled at a later date.
    Watch for details of the reschedule date. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

New hours at Case-Halstead Public Library
    Keith Housewright, the director of Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle, has announced a change in the library’s hours of operation, to curbside only, due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the region. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    With “Curbside at Your Library” patrons can still go online as always and request items with their Illinois Heartland/Case Halstead Library card number and pin, and library staff will call to pick up curbside when the items are ready. Patrons can still use their card and pin to login online at, email the library staff with any copy or fax service that you need at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 594-5210 for any other questions or needs.
    The  Youth Department is keeping things alive with live events on Facebook Live, at Go to that site for more information and our upcoming schedule of events. The library is also offering “grab and go” craft kits for children, which are free of charge.

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