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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 4:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 4:21 p.m. CDT

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the Illinois State Library and the Illinois Center for the Book have provided 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 4–6), Level II (Grades 7-8) and Level III (Grades 9-10). The deadline to enter the competition is Jan. 11.

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

PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, Praise and Coffee will meet at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, a blood drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

On Monday, Friends of the Library Board will meet at 4 p.m.; and the Monday Night Movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Lucky Jackson arrives in Las Vegas for an upcoming Grand Prix race. His car needs a new engine, so he gets a waiter job at a casino and starts working his crooning charms on Rusty Martin. This race car romance is quintessential 1960s fluff.

On Tuesday, Preschool Story Hour will take place with music by Miss Cheryl, and the theme will be about winter; Talk About will meet at 6:30 p.m.; and the PAHE Group will meet at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Chicks with Sticks will meet at 6:30 p.m.

SPRING VALLEY — Reading Buddies will be held from noon to 1 p.m. today, Thursday, in the Children’s Department of The Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library. 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 under-employed, but classes are open to all ages. The library has added “A to Z the USA” and “A to Z the World,” which is a good 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. Classes are ongoing, available during the day or evening, and range from basic computer skills, intermediate computer skills to Microsoft Word and Excel. Let library Director Joyce 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.

TISKILWA — The next book club/dinner discussion at the Tiskilwa Public Library 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.

DEPUE — The Selby Township Library hosts a blood pressure and blood sugar screening clinic the second Tuesday of each month. Stop in anytime between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to have your pressure and sugar checked by a health care professional. The clinic is provided by St. Margaret’s Health and is free and open to the public.

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