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Actress Laura Keyes will portray Mary Todd Lincoln at the Tiskilwa Historical Society April 9.
Actress Laura Keyes will portray Mary Todd Lincoln at the Tiskilwa Historical Society April 9.

PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, at the Princeton Public Library, the ITC Committee will meet at 4 p.m.; Think Tank: From Newsstand to iPad: The History and Future of Newspapers and Magazines will take place at 6:30 p.m.; and Women’s Praise and Coffee will meet at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Junior Women’s Preschool Story Hour will meet at 9:30 a.m.

On Monday, the Princeton Theater Group Board will meet at 3:30 p.m., and the Monday Night Movie, held at 6:30 p.m., is a classic western, with four sons avenging the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

On Tuesday, a preschool story hour will be held at 10:30 a.m., and the theme will be cats and dogs. All area preschoolers and parents or guardians are welcome to attend. At 6:30 p.m. will be Talk About: Property History — How to Find It with Ester Tracy.

On Wednesday, the Junior High Book Club will meet at 3:30 p.m., and the Society for Creative Anachronism will meet at 6:30 p.m.

On March 29, the Business Leads Team will meet at noon; an After School Craft Day will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and the committee meeting for Journey Stories will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Art By Numbers, the annual art show, is coming up soon. All art projects for the show should be turned in March 26-30. They may be handed in at the main desk or to Margaret Martinkus, library curator. Art By Numbers will open to the public on April 9.

SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Public Library invites children ages 3 to 12 to attend a special spring gardening party from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Join us in reading “The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds,” which will expose children to the sprouting and growth stages of developing plants. A variety of flower and vegetable seeds will be available for each child to select, along with planting mix, containers, marking tools and pots that the children may personalize. All of the supplies will be provided by the library, as well as refreshments for the busy gardeners!

After the seeds have germinated and are ready for transplanting, the children are invited to take their plants home, or there will be a small garden space at the library where the children may plant their own seedlings outside. As a reminder, children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the library at 815-454-2628 to register for this fun event.

SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library will offer Reading Buddies from noon to 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month through June 2. The program is designed for children from age 4 through fourth grade. Volunteers from Hall High School will read to the children, play games, make a craft or watch a puppet show. Parents are asked to accompany their children. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. Please call 815-663-4741 for more information.

Secretary Jesse White, in cooperation with the library, is offering a Rules of the Road review course for anyone in the area. The course is free. The purpose of the course is to help participant pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. The course prepares applicants for the written and driving examinations, and also provides information on the vision screening. The course will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 20. Please call 815-663-4741 to register.

OHIO — The Ohio Public Library will have its Easter Party from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 31. Please stop by the library to sign up. Also, the library has a number of new children’s storybooks and adult books that have just come in.

WYANET — The Raymond A. Sapp Library’s Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, to discuss the book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand. All are invited to read and talk about the book.

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library has several of the 2013 nominees for the Rebecca Caudill book, and fourth- through eighth-graders can start on those titles any time. Many new things are happening with this group this year.

LADD — Preschool story times are held at the Ladd Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds with a parent or guardian. Information on these, and all library programs, may be found at or on Facebook.

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Public Library is selling tickets for “Making Dreams Come True,” an embroidered quilt made by 17 local quilt artists. The quilt is on display at the library for the next month, and tickets are available through June.

Together, the library and the Tiskilwa Historical Society are proud to invite the public to a very special program, “An Evening With Mary Todd Lincoln, Featuring Laura Keyes,” at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Tiskilwa Historical Museum at 110 E. Main St., Tiskilwa.

Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, but few people know “her story.” On April 9, actress Laura Keyes will share this story in an entertaining and educational program for adults and children alike. This 1865 presentation focuses on the life and losses of Mrs. Lincoln and is set on April 14, 1865, as she prepares for an evening at the theatre with her husband and friends.

Keyes graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a master’s degree in library sciences and is a library director. Besides being a baker and accomplished vocalist, her past roles on stage include Mary Todd Lincoln in “Mr. Lincoln,” Elizabeth in “Frankenstein,” Laura in “The Glass Menagerie,” Gwendolyn in “The Odd Couple,” Cecily in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Also, the book club will begin again in April on April 16. “So Brave, Young and Handsome” by Leif Enger will be the book to discuss.

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