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Library announces upcoming programs

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 1:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 1:40 p.m. CDT
Self-portrait of Jason Thompson, who will present a native skills class on rope-making at the Princeton Public Library on Jan. 24.

PRINCETON — It’s a new year, full of challenges and opportunities, but no one knows what the future may hold. During these uncertain times, to whom can the average person look for guidance? Speaker Terry Lynch has had the opportunity to research some of this country’s most famous leaders and has found that not everything in the lives of our most prestigious American ran smoothly.

Lynch will present “Mistakes Happen: An Historical Guide to Overcoming Adversity” at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Let the past inspire the future as you learn that everything is on purpose, that you can’t let the little mistakes cloud the greatness to come, and that great leaders learn from their mistakes. This program is recommended for grades 6 through adults. Lynch has presented past programs at the Princeton library on Illinois inventors and Greek gods and heroes, and he is a vibrant speaker, entertaining as well as informative.

When the time of adversity involves wilderness survival, rope is an invaluable tool. Used for lashing shelters together, putting a string on a bow drill for fire-making, making a rope for a rolling snare trap, or simply as a nice necklace or bracelet, cordage has been primitive man’s best friend longer than the dog. So how did natives make this useful survival tool with only what they found in the wild? At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Jason Thompson will present a program at the Princeton Public Library on the sources, technique and application of a skill all native peoples have in common: reverse-wrapped cordage. The program is intended for ages 11 to adult. Participants will learn firsthand the art of making natural cordage from local plants, and be able to take home the cordage that they’ve created. Thompson is a sixth grade literature and language arts teacher at Peru Parkside Middle School, trained through Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracking, Awareness and Wilderness Survival (Tracker) School and Eddie Starnater’s Practical Primitive, with more than 13 years of experience teaching native skills and tools to youth and adults throughout the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin areas, as well as being independently contracted as a local tracker.

The library is 698 E. Peru St. in Princeton. All programs free and open to all. For more information, go to www.theprincetonlibrary.org or call 815-875-1331.

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