PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, April 18, The Friends Annual Used Book Sale opens. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The sale room is located in the rear of the library. Also today, the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon in the library room. Festival 56 education meeting will be at 4 p.m. in the Local History Room. The Quilters Guild will meet at 7 p.m. in the Local History Room.
Friday, April 19, The Friends Annual Used Book Sale continues. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, Last day of the Friends Annual Used Book Sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Today is Bag Day: bag of books for $5.
Monday, April 22, Princeton Theater Group meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Local History Room. Also, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Holly Golightly, an enchanting neurotic living off the gifts of gentlemen. Golightly is a bewitching figure in designer dress and costume jewelry. Her upstairs neighbor is a struggling writer and “kept” man financed by a steely older woman. His growing friendship with the lonely Holly soon turns to love and threatens the delicate balance of their compromised lives.
TISKILWA – Monday, April 22, all children are invited to the Earth Day program 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.
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.
MINERAL — Mineral-Gold Public Library will be celebrating National Library Week with coffee and cookies, free books and a coloring contest. Stop in the week of April 15 to see what books the library is giving away. Sit, relax and have a coffee and cookie.
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.
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.
LASALLE — Join the LaSalle Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 for “Folksongs of the First World War.” In commemoration of Anzac Day on April 25, join legendary folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller for a free sing-along program of songs and stories from the First World War (1914-1918) – known in its day as “The War To End All Wars.” Internationally, 70 million military personnel participated in World War I (1914-1918). Many of the English-language songs of this war have become part of the oral tradition in the United States, Great Britain and Australia. One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist and song-collector, he has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.
This program is made possible through funds from the Alwin C. Carus Trust. This program is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the library at 815-223-2341.
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.