PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, a Christmas after-school craft day will be held at the Princeton Public Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 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 will be held. Flowers by Julia and Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past will describe how the fashion reflects the life and times of each.
On Monday, the library will close at 6 p.m. for New Year’s Eve,, and the library will be closed all day Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Crafters Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Jan. 3, Praise and Coffee will meet at 6:30 p.m.
SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the New Year’s holiday.
Reading Buddies will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Children’s Department. This is a time when students from Hall High School read stories, participate in activities, and have a craft with younger children in the community. Call 815-663-4741 or stop in to register for this event.
Story time is held every Tuesday from 5:30 until 6 p.m. in the children’s room. There is a story and a craft-related project during this time for preschool children through second grade. A parent must accompany their child. This is free of charge.
LAMOILLE — The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library continues to offer classes made possible through the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant. The program is geared to the unemployed and underemployed but classes are open to all ages. “We have installed Cypress Resume for building or improving your resume,” said library director Joyce Sondgeroth. “We have also become an Illinois workNET partner offering job search assistance and training.” The library has added “A to Z the USA” and “A to Z the World.” Sondgeroth said this is a great resource for students doing projects or searching for colleges or for adults wanting to make a move or even planning a vacation or business trip. The possibilities are endless. Classes are ongoing, available during the day or evening and range from basic computer skills, intermediate computer skills to Microsoft Word and Excel. Please let Sondgeroth know what your needs are.
Also, due to the EDD Grant, the library now has eight public computers and a laptop if all of those are in use. There is also an iPad for anyone wanting to learn how to use one, and the library’s WiFi hotspot is available during library hours if users would like to use their own device.
The library will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and closed Tuesday.
TISKILWA — Special holiday hours will be in effect at the Tiskilwa Public Library. The library will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and then closed on Tuesday.
The next book club/dinner discussion will take place at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21. “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty is inspired by the life of silent-film star Louise Brooks. It is the story of two women who could not be more different, and the summer that changed them both.
LADD — “A Taste of Ladd” cookbooks have arrived at the Ladd Public Library and are available for sale. 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 and may be purchased at the library, Ladd Village Hall or Special Effects.
The library continues to hold its pre-school story times on the first and third Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
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.