PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, Friends Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. in the library meeting room. The discussion will center around “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson. For more information call the library at 815-875-1331. The Gamma Phi will meet at 5 p.m. in the library meeting room. A Talk About: Mrs. Lincoln in Springfield will take place at 6:30 p.m. Laura Keys will recreate Mary Todd Lincoln in her years as a wife and mother in Springfield.
The Monday Movie Night will be at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. The story features a romantic poet, born into the age of Blake, Byron and Shelley. The great love of his life was the daughter of his landlady. Their love was grand and poetic. A courtship forever frozen in time. He is a youth who is immortalized forever in pursuit of a maid he is destined never to catch.
On Tuesday, United Healthcare meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. in the library meeting room. A Talk About will be hosted at 6:30 p.m.
On March 21, the ITC Education Committee will meet at 4 p.m. in the Local History Room. Play with Words: Creative Writing Workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. and the Quilters Guild meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Local History Room.
TISKILWA – Head librarian Karyn Stark encourages everyone to visit the library’s new website at www.tisklib.org. “Anyone with Internet access can utilize this new library tool,” she said. “We are pleased to offer everyone the ability to search our collection by using the search box in the upper right hand corner of our home page. You may search by title, author, subject, etc.” For questions, comments or requests, contact the library at 815-646-4511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WYANET – The R.A. Sapp Library’s second Thursday@the Library program in March will be at 6:30 p.m. March 14 and will revolve around gardening. Emily Matko, BVHS science teacher and Botany Club sponsor, along with the Botany Club will be the program participants. The group will talk about their annual plant sale and the ins and outs of nurturing plants from seed to sale. Visit the library and learn about botany. As always, refreshments will be served.
The Wyanet Library’s Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. March 28 and discuss Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus.” All are welcome to join.
WALNUT – Winter Adult Enrichment classes are at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Future classes are in the works. Check back to this spot to see what’s new. All classes will be held in the library. The cost is $10 per class. If a class charges more than $10, it will be noted. Payment for the class must be made at the time your spot is reserved. Reservation payments can be sent to Walnut Public Library, PO Box 728, Walnut, IL 61376-0728, or stop in at 101 Heaton St.
A reminder: The library now has three binders full of coupons to exchange. There is no limit on how many coupons may be taken. If you have coupons you don’t use, please bring them to the library, even the expired coupons. What can’t be used in the binders is sent to troops serving overseas.
SPRING VALLEY – Story time is held 5:30-6 p.m. every Tuesday in the children’s room at the library. There is a story and craft-related project during this time for preschool through second-grade children. A parent must accompany their child. This is free of charge.
The library board meets at 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month.
LAMOILLE – The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library recently partnered with Illinois Valley Community College Adult Education to bring an online GED study program to the community. The i-Pathways online program is designed to prepare students before taking the GED test. There are specific policies regarding i-Pathways online enrollment and usage. Information or a guided tour of the i-Pathways website is available at the library, located at 81 Main St., LaMoille. Visit online at www.i-pathways.org. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should contact Cindy Lock of IVCC at 815-224-0358 or visit www.ivcc.edu/adulted/.
The library has joined the OMNI consortium. Patrons can now borrow eBooks through the OMNI website. Patrons must have a valid library card from LaMoille-Clarion Public Library District and be a patron in good standing.
Come to the library for a lesson on how to find and borrow items for your Kindle, Nook or other devices. The library has eReaders to lend. Not sure if you will like using an eReader? This is the perfect way to try one out before you purchase. You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid library card with no outstanding fines or history of fines. Other restrictions may apply. Both of these services are made available with funds from the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant.
The library is offering online classes through the Microsoft IT Academy. Classes must be started at the library where participates will receive a user login, but may be finished wherever Internet access is available. For more information call 815-638-2356.
The library will offer a class on multimedia in March. The class will cover working with digital photos, music and videos. Anyone interested should call the library at 815-638-2356. Computer classes are ongoing, so it you haven’t had the opportunity to take advantage of the free classes, there is still time. All materials are furnished. Classes are funded by the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant.
LADD – The Ladd Public Library is currently holding a used book sale. The selection of books include many titles by best selling adult authors, as well as some children’s books. Hardcover books are 50 cents and paperbacks are 10 cents. The book sale is open in the lobby during regular library hours.
The library has copies of the cookbook, “A Taste of Ladd” available for purchase. The cookbook contains nearly 500 recipes submitted by area residents, compiled in a three ring binder format. The cookbooks are $14 and are available at the circulation desk.
The library continues to hold its monthly adult book club on the first Monday of each month. New members are always welcome. The selection this month is, “Girls in White Dresses” by Jennifer Close. Copies are available at the circulation desk.
The library staff is beginning to prepare for the summer reading program, “Have Book Will Travel.” The staff is planning to have displays of various postcards, so if you have any that you would allow the library to use, or even just make a copy of, it would be most appreciative.
The library continues to hold its preschool story times at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. The program is designed for 3- to 5-year-old children with a parent or guardian. Each session consists of stories, activities and a craft.
SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Public Library will host a weekly story hour during March and April for children ages 3-5. A specific day and time will be set after registration. Please call librarian Sue Lanxon at 815-454-2628 or 815-454-2592 to register your child.
In addition, the library would like to start a monthly book club. Interested adults should call either phone number.
PERU – The Peru Public Library holds a story time for children ages 3 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Children hear stories, sing songs, dance and learn finger plays. Registration is not required. For more information visit www.perulibrary.org or call 815-223-0229, ext. 5.