PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, April 25, a United Healthcare: Medicare Advantage meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the library meeting room. An after school craft day will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Youth Services Department. Also, Family Engineering Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 7-12 and their families. The program will allow families to explore engineering together by completing family design challenges and hands-on activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is recommended. Stop in or call the library at 815-875-1331.
Friday, April 26, the Princeton Public Library will be closed at 1 p.m. for a staff in-service day.
Monday, April 29, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a 90-minute documentary about stunning breadth and beauty. The film transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts and architecture. Exploring distant locations and rare pieces of art, the film illuminates the history of a global culture, reflecting the Islamic world as it developed over centuries and as it is today.
Tuesday, April 30, A Talk About will be held at 6:30 p.m. with Ron McCutchan. The program is titled “Homage, Parody, Re-interpretation: Photographers Take Inspiration from the World of Art.”
WALNUT – Walnut Public Library has teamed up with Vintage Tech Recyclers to host a cell phone recycle drive. It’s time to empty the junk drawers and help out the library. Drop cell phones off at the library, located at 101 Heaton St. If the library is closed, leave it in the drop box. Recycling old cell phones keeps toxic materials out of landfills. Drop-off is free, and there is no limit on the number of phones brought in. All proceeds from recycling old phones will go toward the library’s new furnace and air conditioner.
The library is also looking to host a large electronics recycling drive during the spring town-wide garage sale. This includes old computers, printers, monitors, TVs, microwaves, etc. The library is looking for a building to leave about six large pallets for a week or so before and after the sale. The building must have a lock on it. The library staff would have someone attending the building during drop-off times. Another option is if someone in the community would be willing to lend a semi-trailer that could be closed and locked. The semi-trailer would be parked in the library parking lot during the sale. Those interesting in helping the library locate a building or semi-trailer, call Michele at 815-379-2159.
SPRING VALLEY – Story time is held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays 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 – Beginning on Wednesday, May 1, the LaMoille-Clarion Public Library’s Monday and Wednesday hours will be noon to 6 p.m.
New books added to the library’s collection include: “Daddy’s Gone a Hunting” by Mary Higgins Clark, “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult, “Garden of Stones” by Sophie Littlefield, “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “Llama Llama Nighty Night” by Anna Dewdney, “Red Truck” by Kersten Hamilton and “Even Monsters Need Haircuts” by Matthew McElligott.
For those who have considered purchasing an electronic device, but aren’t sure where to start, maybe the library can help. Visit the library and try out a Nook, Kindle, Google Nexus, iPad or laptop. The Nexus, iPad and laptop are not available for checkout, but visitors will have the opportunity to try them while in the library. These items have been made possible through the Eliminate the Digital Divide Grant.
The library also has become a member of the OMNI consortium, which allows patrons to borrow eBooks and downloadable audio books.
SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Public Library would like to start a monthly book club. Interested adults should call librarian Sue Lanxon at 815-454-2628 or 815-454-2592.
LADD – 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 – Tonight, Thursday, April 25, join the LaSalle Public Library at 6:30 p.m. 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 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.