PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, April 11, The Friends’ Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. in the library meeting room. The group will discuss “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein.
Friday, April 12, Beyond the Blueprint: The Digital Photography Show and Reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Monday, April 15, The Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a 1951 musical set in Paris. A former GI is trying to make a living in France as an artist after the war. He’s taken on by an American patron of the arts who has other intentions. He falls in love with a local girl who happens to be the intended of a Parisian cabaret performer. The movie famously concludes with a 17-minute fantasy ballet set to the tone poem the movie is named after.
Tuesday, April 16, Talk About: Matson Public Library Building Centennial Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Ron McCutchan and Margaret Martinkus in the library meeting room. At 7 p.m., the PAHE Group will meet in the local history room.
Wednesday, April 17, Z-Tour planning committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the local history room. The Princeton Public Library board will meet at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room. The public is invited to attend.
LADD – The library staff is preparing 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 appreciated.
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 ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each session consists of stories, activities and a craft.
TISKILWA – Mark your calendars for Monday, April 22, all children are invited to the Earth Day program held from 4 to 5 p.m. In honor of this day, children will create an original bird house with recycled materials to take home to their yard. Treats and a story will also be available.
WALNUT – The library has binders full of coupons to exchange. There is no limit on how many coupons may be taken. Please bring any unused coupons to the library. Expired coupons will also be taken. What can’t be used in the binders is sent to troops serving overseas.
WYANET – The R.A. Sapp Library’s Second Thursday@the Library program will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 11. The program presents Brian “Fox” Ellis, storyteller extraordinaire, acclaimed author and historian as he performs Walt Whitman’s “Lincoln: Whitman’s Memories of the Civil War and Our Greatest President.” Just three days before the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, Ellis steps into Whitman’s shoes to offer an intimate view of Lincoln, the Civil War and Whitman’s best loved poetry. Ellis will tell stories and read poetry about this vital moment in our nation’s history, including an eyewitness account of the evening in Ford’s Theater. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council. Refreshments will be available.
SPRING VALLEY – Story time is held from 5:30 to 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. The event is free of charge.
The library board meets at 8 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month.
LAMOILLE – Computer classes are ongoing. Classes help get you familiarized with digital photos, music and videos. If 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. For more information, call 815-638-2356.
SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Public Library will host a weekly story hour this month 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 3-5 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.