Mills & Petrie
Memorial Library
& Gymnasium


Welcome to the Mills & Petrie Library and Gymnasium. We are happy to serve Ashton and surrounding communities. Contact us for more information.

mills and petrie memorial library and gym

Mills & Petrie Memorial Library

Jill Kohlert, Library & Recreation Director

Janet Arroyo

Janet Arroyo,  Assistant

Suzanne Paul

Suzanne Paul, Assistant

-Please note: The Mills & Petrie Library will be closed Thursday July 4th in observance of Labor Day.

  • Books/CDs/Audiobooks
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Library Cards
  • Computer and WiFi Access
  • Fax Services
  • Photocopy Services
  • After-Hours Book Return
  • Biblioboard
  • Used Books for Sale
  • Community Book Club
  • Online Catalog

Community Book Club – 1st Monday of the month

Lee County Council on Aging Representative – 2nd Tuesday of the month by appointment

Summer Reading 2024– Follow us on Facebook for more details!

  • Inter-Library Loan
  • Archives for local news and school publications
  • Lee County Council on Aging Representative (second Tuesday each month, by appointment only; call 815-288-9236 for more information.)
  • Blum History Center (coming soon!) – A way to go back in time and visit the early days of Ashton!

Laser-engraved memorial bricks for the walkway at the Mills & Petrie Building are available for $100. The bricks will be installed in the walkway after we have received orders for 20 bricks. To purchase a memorial brick, please complete this form and return in-person or mail with payment to:

Mills & Petrie Library
PO Box 308
Ashton, IL 61006-0308

Ashton library board
Mills & Petrie Memorial Library Board of Trustees Voting Members: (standing, l-r) Tom Balch, Richard Russell, Martha Holder; (seated l-r) President Sherri Stauffer, Marilyn Balch

Non-Voting Members:

Katie Koks

Katie Koks, Treasurer

JIll Kohlert, Library & Recreation Director

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Rod & Monetta Young, Building Caretakers

The Mills & Petrie Library Board meets every fourth Monday each month in the Library. Please note: There is no meeting in December.


2024-2025 Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday May 28, 2024 – due to Memorial Day Holiday
  • Thursday June 27, 2024
  • Monday July 22, 2024
  • Monday August 26, 2024
  • Monday September 23, 2024
  • Monday October 28, 2024
  • Monday November 25, 2024
  • Monday January 27, 2025
  • Monday February 24, 2025
  • Monday March 24, 2025
  • Monday April 28, 2025

Gymnasium & Facilities

The Mills & Petrie is a great and affordable, space to host your next event: birthday parties, family reunions, weddings and more!

Facilities available to rent:

  • Gymnasium
  • Legion Room
  • Entry Hall
  • Commercial Kitchen

For information about available dates to rent the Mills & Petrie Gymnasium, Commercial Kitchen or Meeting Rooms, contact us at or 815-973-8397.

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Rod Young, Building Caretaker; and Monetta Young, Building Caretaker and Rental Coordinator

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