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Annual Library Crawl

Third Annual Crawl Sept. 27-Oct. 17, 2021

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Please note: This event is organized and led by library staff members, and IHLS cannot answer questions about the crawl. However, we encourage our public library members to participate! These resources are provided for your convenience.


Third Annual Library Crawl Information & Resources

Similar to a pub crawl or knitting crawl (visiting various pubs or knitting shops), a library crawl includes visiting multiple participating public libraries. The third Annual Library Crawl, organized by the public libraries of Illinois Heartland Library System, is scheduled for the three-week period of Sept. 27 to Oct. 17. The crawl is a fun way to introduce your public library's patrons to the libraries of the IHLS service area and the many benefits of a library card--which allows them to visit those other libraries and check out their materials, too. Patrons will get a passport stamp at each library they visit to put in their Library Crawl passport. Some patrons have tried to visit every library in the crawl! 

The FIrst Annual Library Crawl was held in 2019 with 25 participating public libraries. For the Second Crawl in 2020, the number of participating libraries increased to 52 public libraries. In 2021, that number jumped to 85!

Here you'll find some information and resources to get your library started.


What Participating Libraries Need to Do

Your library's level of participation is completely up to you. Basic responsibilities include printing out passports, welcoming patrons from other libraries, and providing a passport stamp.

Each library is also encouraged to come up with a small challenge or contest for their own patrons who participate in the crawl. For example, in the past Bethalto Public Library has done a drawing for a gift card or gift basket from those who visited five or more libraries. Optionally, libraries are encouraged to hand out small gifts or treats to all crawl participants who visit their libraries, such as a bookmark or candy. The main purpose, though, is to let all participating patrons learn about the many, many great resources available to them with their library cards. 


Library Sign Up

This year, the signup deadline was Aug. 16, 2021. If your library would like to participate next year, please watch the IHLS Directors Listserv or the IHLS Member Connection newsletter. Please contact Mary Brewster or Paula Tretter at the Bethalto Public Library (618.377.8141) if you have further questions. 


Library Crawl Resources

Printable Passport

The official Library Crawl Passport can be printed in-house, two-sided, in color, or in black/white. Libraries may download the passport and/or choose to link to the address below from their websites.

Link to the passport:

Link to the flipbook by highlighting and linking text; link this: Third Annual Library Crawl Passport.
PRO TIP: Set the "target window" to "_blank"

2021 Library Crawl Google Map

Use this map for planning your route and navigating to libraries.

Link to map:

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The Local Eateries and Attractions online booklet was created as a way to help patrons/crawlers find places to eat during their trips and make the crawl more enjoyable. It supplements the passport.

Link to the flipbook: 

Link to the flipbook by highlighting and linking text; link this: Third Annual Library Crawl Local Eateries & Attractions Booklet.
PRO TIP: Set the "target window" to "_blank"

QR Code to the flipbook:

Add this to any printable document. Patrons/crawlers scan the QR code with a smartphone.

Code to embed it into a webpage: 

Copy the code, including the <> symbols, and paste it into the source code of a webpage.

<iframe src='' allowfullscreen width='100%' height='610' style='border: 0; overflow: hidden; width: 1px; min-width: 100%; max-width:950px;' scrolling='no'></iframe>

Marketing Graphics
To save a graphic:

Right-click with your mouse or double-click with your trackpad, or tap-hold with your finger Select "Save Image As" and choose a place to save your file.


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Alt-text: Text above a map with several pinpoints: 3rd Annual Library Crawl Sept. 27 - Oct. 17, 2021 -- Grab your GPS and go on a Library Adventure!

Sample Patron-Facing Web Copy

Check out these library pages for sample website text for patrons:


Contact Mary Brewster or Paula Tretter at the Bethalto Public Library (618.377.8141) if you have further questions.