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PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, the ITC Committee will meet at the Princeton Public Library at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Magic the Gathering will meet at 3 p.m.

On Monday, the Princeton Theater Board Group will meet at 3:30 p.m.; and the Monday Night Movie, which will be shown at 6:30 p.m., is a superb horror comedy from 1948 in which two top comedians of the time play porters trying to dodge Dracula who wants to implant Lou's brain inside the head of Frankenstein's Monster.

On Tuesday, Talk About: Playing with Words will meet at 6:30 p.m.

SPRING VALLEY — The "Hunger Games Trivia" contest will be held at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library at 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday. Prizes will be awarded to the winning district. Bring an item or items for the food pantry, or come dressed as your favorite Hunger Games character and receive a sponsor gift.

Story time is held every Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the children's room of the library. A story, a craft and sometimes a game is provided to children prekindergarten through third grade. A parent must accompany their child. This is free of charge, and sign up is not necessary.

OHIO — The Ohio Public Library has a received a number of new books throughout the last couple of weeks. Titles include "Backfire" by Catherine Coulter, "The Fallen Angel" by Daniel Silva, "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, "Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian" by Eoin Colfer, "Odd Apocalypse" by Dean Koontz, "Summerland" by Elin Hilderbrand, "I, Michael Bennett" by James Patterson, and "Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness. There are also a number of new "dog-themed" Early Reader and juvenile fiction books that include the "Buddy Files" series by Dori Butler. 

WALNUT — Robert "Don" Perry Marquis was born July 29, 1878, in Walnut and graduated Walnut High School. At the age of 18, Marquis began to submit stories to the Walnut "Mail and Express." When he was offered a job in the Census Bureau in Washington, Marquis jumped at the offer.

Marquis was a playwright, a poet, a writer and a newspaper columnist. But even with all of that going for him, he did not have an easy life. He lost both of his wives and both of his children to illness. In the last six years of his life, Marquis was plagued by strokes which left him virtually paralyzed and unable to work. He passed away Dec. 29, 1937.

Walnut Library held activities the week of July 30-Aug. 5, for the community to participate in celebration of Marquis' contribution to the literary world. For the children, an archy and mehitabel coloring contest was held. Winner in the 5-6 year range was Adriana Splitt; in the 7-8 year range was Amelia Lind, and in the 9-10 year range was Ashtyn Hanabarger. On Tuesday evening the library was opened to a "Brown Bag Supper" showing "Shinbone Alley,"  a cartoon staring archy and mehitabel. On Wednesday, Sarah Hildebrand from the Bureau County Farm Bureau presented a program to the children. On Saturday there was a Lego contest. Winners in the Lego Contest for under 10 years of age were: Matthew Berry - Most Blocks used in a design; Mason Glaudel - Most Creative Design; Claire Glaudel - Best of Show; Troy Anderson - Best in Kit Design; and Amelia Lind - Best Abstract Design. The winners in the Over 10 years were: Jacob Veil - Most Unique Design; Simon Veil - Best Free Form Design; and Luke Anderson - Best in Kit Design.

For the adults, a bags tournament was held Wednesday. Teams were: First place - Tami Umphress and Jimmy Skaggs; second place - Steve Krueger and Doug DeWaele; third place - Meri Krueger and Mike Splitt. Also participating were Kayla DeWaele and Eli Splitt. Laura Richey won the writing contest, and the winner is Laura Richey.

Director Michele McAlvey said businesses in the community donated funds and prizes for this event, for which the library is very grateful. There will be a one-day event held next year with a picnic and games for the community. The tentative date is July 28, 2013, the anniversary of Marquis' birth.

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