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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 1:30 p.m. CDT

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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 – 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 through 6), Level II (Grades 7 and 8) and Level III (Grades 9 and 10). The deadline to enter the competition is Jan. 11, 2013.

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

PRINCETON — An After-School Craft Day will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Princeton Public Library; and the Republican Women’s Candidate Night will be held at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the Princeton Theater Group will meet at 9 a.m.

Sunday through Oct. 6 is Banned Books Week. Banned Books Weed is celebrating 30 years this year with the theme Virtual Read-Out.

The Monday Night Movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. See the world from a kid’s eye view in this modern fairy tale that mixes hilarious humor with the magical message of love. This super-smart little girl, who is woefully misunderstood by her parents, brother, and a cruel school principal, discovers she doesn’t have to get mad to get even.

On Tuesday, the Preschool Story Hour will be held, with the theme of fire prevention and music with Miss Cheryl. All area preschoolers and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend. Also, WUNT will meet at 6:30 p.m.; and Talk About: Virtual Read Out: for Banned Books Week. The public is invited to read or attend to listen and the video will be sent in for a Virtual Read Out Program. The Lions Club Board will meet at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Crafters Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a Richard Widmark movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m.

On Oct. 4, voter registration will take place at the library from 3 to 9 p.m. Anyone wishing to be registered will need to bring two forms of identification.

TISKILWA — “On the Wings of Heroes” by Richard Peck is the book to be discussed at the Tiskilwa Public Library’s next book club/dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Peck is an Illinois author whose books appeal to young people as well as adults.

Also, the library has planned a special storytime for children at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 called “Halloween Fun.” Kids will make a Halloween craft, enjoy a treat and spooky story. You can contact the library at 815) 646-4511 or tisklib@comcast.net.

SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Memorial LIbrary has expanded its service with eBooks and eAudiobooks available for download. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime by visiting www.omnilibraries.org. There are more than 40 libraries participating in the service, and as a member of the ONMI Consortium, Spring Valley patrons will have access to all of the titles in the database, not just those at the local library. Users may browse the ONMI website, check out with a valid Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library card, and download to a PC, MAC and many mobile devices. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons. Anyone interested in this service should stop by or call the library at 815-663-4741 to register.

Story time is held every Tuesday at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library from 5:30 until 6 p.m. in the children’s room of the library. There is a story and a craft-related project during this time for preschool children through third grade. A parent must accompany their child. This is free of charge.

A Rules of the Road Review Course will be presented at the library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9. This program is a great review class and is free to the public. Please call the library to register at 815-663-4741.

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.

SHEFFIELD — Enjoy a delicious meal and support the Sheffield Public Library at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Community Center in Sheffield. Award winning Chefs Monika Sudakov of Chestnut Street Inn and Eran Salzman of ZBest Cafe on Main will both be providing some of their favorite soups, as well as Belluccio’s tasty freshly baked bread! Many other Sheffield residents will be donating their family’s best in soup, corn bread, chili and hot biscuits as part of the menu, which also includes hot or cold non-alcoholic beverage of your choice – all for only $5. If you have room for dessert, a variety of baked goods will be available for purchase. In addition, books with surprise add-ins will be given to lucky winners, with names drawn every 30 minutes from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Deliveries are available by calling 815-454-2034. If you are able to help by making a pot of soup, donating baked goods or giving a monetary donation, please contact the library at 815-454-2628 or call Dawn Porter at 815-878-9771.

In addition, all proceeds from aluminum placed in the village recycling bin are donated to the library.

PERU — The Peru Public Library holds a story time for children 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 three Thursdays. Today, Thursday, the program will be presented by Shanta. She has performed as a musician, storyteller and actor since 1972, presenting concerts and workshops in educational and cultural institutions across the country and abroad. She has released several recordings and won numerous awards, including the coveted Artist Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council (2001). She will be doing a program on Trickster Tales. In traditional African societies, the storyteller was often the historian, as well as the culture-bearer. West Africa’s most vivid, intriguing, and enduring character is the trickster, Anansi. Follow the travels of Anansi from Africa to the west, where Anansi’s antics and themes are found in Brer Rabbit tales, often told on southern plantations. These stories of small spiders and crafty rabbits served to entertain and empower those who were using all of their spiritual and mental resources to survive their oppressive conditions. Shanta invites audiences to listen, laugh and ponder the role of the trickster in folkloric traditions. These programs are sponsored in part by the Illinois Humanities Council and Sun Foundation.

LASALLE — Join the LaSalle Public Library at 1 p.m. Saturday for the return of classical guitarist Peter Fletcher. Fletcher’s upcoming concert will offer a combination of standard classical guitar pieces, new music from composers and transcriptions from other instruments, such as the piano. Some of his repertoire will include J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata No. 147 and “Chaconne in D minor,” two pieces from Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra,” “Koyunbaba” by composer/guitarist Carlo Domeniconi and selections from Spanish composer Joaquin Turina. The second half of his program will feature selections he has transcribed from pianist Edvard Grieg, which will be released on a CD by Centaur Records in 2013. Fletcher began guitar study at the age of 7 under classical guitar instructor John Sutherland. In December 1983, he made his formal debut at the age of 15 under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. He has performed on NPR In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, and in 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award. In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y.; Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, S.C.; the Chicago Cultural Center; and many others. He made his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007 and returned in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 to a completely sold-out house. This program is made possible by the Alwin C. Carus Trust. For more information,contact the library at 815-223-2341.

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