Holiday Hours

In observance of the holidays, the library will be closed on Tuesday, 12/24 and Wednesday, 12/25.  On Tuesday, 12/31, we will close at 2pm and will remain closed on Wednesday, 1/1.

From all of us at Brighton Memorial Library District, we wish you a peaceful, warm, and safe holiday season!

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Looking for a New Book?  Author?  Series?

Reading Suggestion Websites                                   Rate the books you’ve already read and get suggestions for others you might like.

______________________________________________________________________________                                 Suggested reading as well as ‘Read-Alikes’ for finding books similar to what you already enjoy.

______________________________________________________________________________                          Author and book recommendations, new book list, and information about series.  Appropriate for all ages.

______________________________________________________________________________              Oprah’s suggestions for new fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, etc.

______________________________________________________________________________                    Suggestions for mystery/thriller genre books and authors.

______________________________________________________________________________                            Book suggestions for everyone; not gender specific.

______________________________________________________________________________            Political information and authors spanning the political spectrum.

______________________________________________________________________________                Type in an author or title of a book you’ve enjoyed to get a list of similar book suggestions.  Linked with

 KIDS:                            Reviews and recommendations for great illustrated books, transitional books, pageturners, and advanced reads.        Great books for kids of all ages.       Suggestions for young readers.     100 best books to read for children through young adults.                                      Books that may be of interest to boys.                               Suggestions for boys, all ages.                          Features children’s choice book award winners.  Includes author bio and recommendations for similar books to what you already like.

Check out these sites by grade level:

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Check Out Zinio for Libraries!

Do you enjoy reading magazines but hate how they get worn and torn before you’ve finished them?  Do you get overwhelmed at the pile of ‘need to read’ or ‘want to keep’ magazines?  Do you have stack of hastily cut-out recipes or articles that end up getting lost in the shuffle?  Brighton Memorial Library has the answer for you!!  We now offer Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest electronic newsstand.  Through our website (check the Zinio quick link on the right margin) or online patron access catalog (, our library cardholders will have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, easily viewed on most Internet-enabled devices.  You can download the latest issue of your favorite magazine to your computer, iPad, Kindle, Nook, iPhone, etc. and keep it forever … or until you delete it.  You don’t have to pay for magazine subscriptions anymore!  This is a free service, courtesy of Brighton Memorial Library!  Please see a library staff member for more information or if you need assistance with this great new feature!

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Lots of ‘thumbs up’ on today’s reading selections at Pre-School Story Time with our guest reader, Sydney!

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Presenting … the 2013 Summer Reading Program!

The Summer Reading Program will be held on Thursdays – June 13th, June 20th, June 27th,  and July 11th.  There will be no program held the week of July 4th.  The ‘Trikes’ (pre-schoolers through children entering 2nd grade) will meet from 10:15 – 11:00.  The ‘Two-Wheelers’ (children entering grades 3 – 6) will meet from 1:00 – 2:00.

The FINALE will be held on Friday, July 19th from 10 – 11 at the Brighton Municipal Building, and you won’t want to miss it!

There will be all sorts of activities planned as we discover that a good book is a window into another place, another time, another life!  Hope to see you at the library this summer!

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Re’d Any Good Books Lately??

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Brighton Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

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Migration Update ….

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful patrons and community members for their support – and patience! – during our transitional period of the last couple of weeks as we migrated to a new software platform. We’ve had a few aches and pains along the way, but the end result is a “bigger,” more powerful library for all of you to enjoy! We’re now united on the same platform with over 425 other member libraries encompassing the southern half of Illinois …  increasing your access to over ten million items that can be checked out on your Brighton Memorial Library card. You’ll find our new online catalog, the link to which can be found on the library’s homepage (, is more streamlined and easier to use. Just log on using your 13-digit barcode and the last 4 digits of the phone number you have on file with the library. If you didn’t have a number on file with us, your password has been reset to a default of ’1234′.  If you have any trouble, call us at (618) 372-8450. Thanks again for supporting Brighton Memorial – we’re happy to be your local public library!
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There Are Big Changes Coming to Brighton Memorial Library!

It’s finally here!  Last July, Illinois Heartland System, of which Brighton Memorial Library is a member, voted to merge four library systems into one, forming S.H.A.R.E., the country’s largest automated library system!  Beginning April 9th, the entire system will be up and running on one software platform called Polaris.  Over 400 libraries, spanning central and southern Illinois, will be united … allowing patrons access to ten million items and a new, easier to use online catalog!

You will notice some temporary changes in library service in the weeks leading up to the migration to the new software system.

 Timeline of Events:

March 15          We will no longer be able to place holds on new items or request items from other libraries.  You may want to print out a list of your requested items on your home computer or ask us to do it for you at the library.

March 22          All remaining unfilled holds will be cancelled.  The holds cannot be transferred to the new software system (i.e., original positions on the ’holds’ list will not transfer).  Once SHARE is up and running (April 9th), you may begin placing holds again.

March 30         The Patron ‘Reading History’ will no longer be available.  If you had previously turned your Reading History ‘on’ and would like to have a copy, instructions for printing it out or exporting it via email are available at the Circulation Desk.

April 1—9          Libraries will be checking out only their own materials using an offline version of the new software.  You must present your library card in order to check out anything, as we will be unable to search for your account by typing in your name.  We will be unable to issue new cards during this period.

 April 9th          We’ll be up and running online with Polaris!  The new and improved online catalog will be available.  You may begin placing holds again.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we transfer to our new software system and look forward to improving our library and increasing our patrons’ access to millions of more items.


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Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the library with snacks, books, and a craft project!

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