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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 12:30 p.m. CST

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the Illinois State Library and the Illinois Center for the Book are pleased to provide information about Letters about Literature 2013.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program that invites students in Grades 4 through 10 to read a book, reflect on it and write a letter to the author letting the author know how the book changed their life or their view of the world.

There are three writing levels for Letters About Literature – Level I (Grades 4-6), Level II (Grades 7-8) and Level III (Grades 9-10). The deadline to enter the competition is Jan. 11, 2013.

One winner from each level is selected for each state.

Each state level winner will receive a $100 award.

The winners’ letters will be forwarded for national level judging.

Teachers of the winning students receive a $100 award to purchase materials for their school library.

Winners and teachers will also be invited to an award ceremony in Springfield.

All semi-finalists and finalists will be mailed a certificate of recognition.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one national winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award.

The judges will also select one second-place winner on each competition level to received a $150 cash award.

Contact your local library for more information or talk to your English/reading teacher at your local school.

The Illinois Center for the Book website’s Letters About Literature page is at http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org/projects/projectse.html.

There, you will have access to program guidelines, entry forms, letters of past winners and a link to the National Letters About Literature website with lesson plans.

Contact Bonnie Matheis, coordinator of the Illinois Center for the Book, via email or by calling 217-558-2065.

Princeton

The Covered Bridge Quilters Guild will meet at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, at the Princeton Public Library; the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11 a.m.; the ITC will meet at 4 p.m.; and the Princeton in the Lens Presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. A slide show presentation will be given of the digital photography show.

On Saturday, the Pastor’s Wives Group will meet at 9:30 a.m.

On Monday, the Princeton Theater Board will meet at 3:30 p.m.; and the Monday Night Movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

On Tuesday, the Preschool Story Hour will be held, with the theme squirrels. All area preschoolers and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend.

Also, there will be a performance by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher at 6:30 p.m.

The library will feature the movies of Richard Widmark during the month of September. Widmark graduated in 1932 from Princeton High School.

One of Widmark’s movies will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

On Sept. 27, an After School Craft Day will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and the Republican Women’s Candidate Night will be held at 6 p.m.

Spring Valley

Story time is held every Tuesday at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library 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.

Walnut

Anyone living in the Walnut area can register to vote at the Walnut Public Library.

The deadline to register to vote at the library for the November election is Oct. 9.

Please bring two forms of identification with your current address when you register.

LaMoille

The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library is celebrating September is Library Card sign-up month.

Also, worried about the flu this year? 

You can get your flu shot at the library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 from CVS Pharmacy.

There is no charge to Medicare patients.

For all others, the fee will be $31.99.   

In addition, looking for some good ideas for Halloween this year? 

There are some new books with plenty of inspiring ideas, as well as new fiction for the whole family. “Open up a whole new world for yourself and your family, come to the library!” said Director Joyce Sondgeroth.

Wyanet

It is fall, and so it is time for the Raymond A. Sapp Library’s programming season.

The library has computer classes and the 2nd Thursday@the Library programs held from September through May.

The Computer Classes will continue to be held on the second Tuesday each month at 1 p.m.

The public is welcome to join in with any and all questions about computers, software, search engines ... whatever one can think of.

Dorene Stalter is the go-to-lady for computers.

The library continues its monthly 2nd Thursday@the Library programs.

The line-up includes two Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars, Chris Vallillo in November and Brian (Fox) Ellis in January.

Back by popular demand, LeRoy Olson and Deb Baker are once again putting together a Cemetery Walk for October.

Peru

The Peru Public Library holds a story time for children who are ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday.

Children will hear stories, sing songs, dance and learn finger plays.

Registration is not required. Visit www.perulibrary.org or call 815-223-0229, ext. 5, for more information.

Henry

The Henry Public Library will host programs at 7 p.m. for the next four Thursdays. Today, Thursday, the program will be by Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole.

Every now and again a band comes along that redefines a genre of music and carries it even further.

In the world of Cajun and zydeco music, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole (Creole Spirit) are doing just that, bringing to light the music of “Upper Louisiana.”

Performances are so much fun that audiences may not realize the depth of Stroughmatt’s knowledge and immersion in Creole language, music and culture.

He learned Creole at the feet of masters living in French Creole communities, first in Missouri and Illinois, and then in Cajun and Creole communities around Lafayette, La.

He is one of a few living fiddlers who have learned traditional Zydeco fiddle styles from some of the masters.

These library programs are sponsored in part by the Illinois Humanities Council and Sun Foundation.

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