Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


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    Come to our new arts and crafts-based program series: Crafternoons! Crafternoons are held every other Tuesday (opposite Lego Club), 3:30-4:30, in Room 108. RSVP to 895-4271.
  • Knitting
    Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. in Room 326
    Bring your knitting project and join in the fun!
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    If you are a quilter, bring your latest quilting project, your machine, or your hand-quilting supplies and join us for Sewing Saturdays. Our next gathering will be in January. (date yet to be determined) We will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants can bring a lunch or duck out and grab a bite when they get hungry.
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    Join us each Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for story time fun!

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, Cole Library will close at Noon on Wednesday, November 26 and will re-open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 29.


 To access your account in our new catalog system
sign in at:

Follow these steps:
Click on “sign in” (upper right).
Click on Set/Reset Password.
Enter your library card number.
OCLC will e-mail you a password.



Electronic Resources at Cole Library!

Mount Vernon/Lisbon
Historical Newspaper Archive


Explore Mount Vernon and Lisbon’s history.

Search for names, events, locations, and everything else through the digital archive.
Articles from 1860 to last year are scanned and searchable.

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