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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 12:00 p.m. CDT

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PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, there will be a Christmas After School Craft Day at the Princeton Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; the Early Beginnings Young Parenting Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and Deborrah Wyndham will present a piano program at 6:30 p.m., Ragtime Journeys and Holiday Stories.

On Monday, the BMP Special Ed Co-op will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Monday Night movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. “The Grapes of Wrath” tells the simple story about Oklahoma farmers leaving the Depression-era dustbowl for the promised land of California, but it’s the story’s emotional resonance and theme of human perseverance that makes the movie so richly and timelessly rewarding.

On Tuesday, the preschool story hour will be held with the theme Christmas. All area preschoolers and their parents or guardians are welcome to attend. Also, Young People: Journeys with Felicity and Caroline - American Girls by Rachel Bystry will be held at 3:30 p.m. Learn how the lives of these two young girls with British ties were affected by the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and learn the traditions and foods present at an English tea. Tea party attire would be appropriate if you choose. Also, WUNT will meet at 6:30 p.m., and Postmark Princeton - Letters to and from a Hometown will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Using period letters, this costumed reading will shed light on the experiences of early Princeton settlers, Civil War soldiers and nurses, early 20th century writer Carl Sandburg and his wife Lillian, an American missionary to Korea in the 1920s, young men in World War II and the home front experience in Princeton.

On Wednesday, the Journeys Matinee “Balto” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

On Dec. 20, a Christmas After School Craft Day will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; and at 6:30 p.m., a Dinner Table Program: Dressing the Table: Setting the table for the holidays in three different eras, from 19th century formality, to mid-century modern, to today’s contemporary look. Flowers by Julia and Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past will describe how the fashion reflects the life and times of each.

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Public Library would like to help the needy this holiday season by donating to the Bureau County Food Pantry. Please bring in items to the library through Wednesday.

LADD — The cookbook project which started this past summer has come to its conclusion. The cookbooks have arrived at the Ladd Public Library and are available for sale. The book titled, “A Taste of Ladd,” is a combination of treasured recipes, such as Polenta, Bagna Caulda and Zuccarines, and new favorites to try, such as Peanut Butter Pie, Mountain Dew Dumplings and Buffalo Chicken Dip. This book is packed with 487 recipes contributed by the residents of Ladd and surrounding communities. Copies of the book are currently priced at $14 with a special “buy 10, get 1 free” offer and may be purchased at the Ladd Public Library, Ladd Village Hall or Special Effects.

The library continues to hold its preschool storytimes on the first and third Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

LAMOILLE — Computer classes have started at the LaMoille-Clarion Library. The library is offering classes on Tuesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and again on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Classes will be ongoing so there is still time to sign up. Beside computer basics, classes are also offered on how to use the new Cypress Resume program and how to research using A to Z the USA.

Also, the Mitten Tree is back this year. “We are in an area that has been hard hit by the economy,” said library director Joyce Sondgeroth. If you know of someone who could use some help making Christmas merrier for their children, the library has a confidential form you can fill out to place a mitten for that child on the library Christmas tree. The information is completely confidential. The mitten lists the child’s sex, age, size and likes or preferences if listed. Mittens can be taken off the tree, gifts purchased and returned unwrapped, along with the mitten, to the library for distribution to the contact person before Christmas. For questions, call the library at 815-638-2356.

OHIO — At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Bureau County Farm Bureau will be at the Ohio Public Library to present a program on Christmas trees. Participants will then get to make their own Christmas decorations. Please sign up at the library.

The library has received a large number of new books and DVDs in December. For children, there is “Scooby Doo and the Creepy Chef” by Jesse Leon McCann, “Gingerbread Friends,” “Jan Brett’s Snowy Treasury” and “Home for Christmas” by Jan Brett, “Llama, Llama, Time to Share” and “Llama, Llama, Holiday Drama” by Anna Dewdney.

For intermediate readers, there is the first three books of The Guardians series by William Joyce, which includes “Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King,” “E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core!” and “Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies.”

For young adults and adults the library has received a number of books that are on Amazon’s “Best of 2012” list as well as some other popular titles including “The Passage: A Novel” and “The Twelve: A Novel” by Justin Cronin, “The Roundhouse” by Louise Erdich, “The Mongoliad: Book Two of the Foreworld Saga” by Neal Stephenson, “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller, “The Black Box” by Michael Connelly, “The Last Man” by Vince Flynn, “The Light Between the Oceans” by M.L. Stedman, “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey, “Dear Life” by Alice Munro, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain, “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton, “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhig, “Sweet Tooth” by Ian McEwan, “The End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwable, “Two Graves” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” by Steve Coll, “Defending Jacob” by William Landay and “The Coldest Night” by Robert Olmstead.

SPRING VALLEY — Story time with Ms. Jeri is held at the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the children’s room. 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.

PERU — The Peru Public Library holds a story time for children ages 3 to 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.

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