PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, May 16, The Bureau County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon in the library meeting room. Also, at 6:30 p.m. Ken Schroeder will teach Computer Basics Class 1 in the youth services room. Praise and Coffee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.
On Monday, May 20, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. The movie was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2003. The New Zealand hit combines Maori tribal traditions with the timely “girl power” of a vibrant new millennium. Despite the discouragement of her gruff and disapproving grandfather, who nearly disowns her because she is female and therefore traditionally disqualified from tribal leadership, 12-year-old Pal is convinced she is a tribal leader and sets out to prove it.
On Tuesday, May 21, United Healthcare will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the library meeting groom. Also, WUNT will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the local history room.
On Wednesday, May 22, Nook First Generation Basics Workshop will be at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. Bring fully charged device and Princeton library card. Also, Widmark Wednesday begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature “Garden of Evil” in the library meeting room.
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 recycle drive during the spring townwide garage sale. This includes old computers, printers, monitors, TVs, microwaves, etc.
SPRING VALLEY – The Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library is hosting a book, VHS and books on cassette sale. All items are 10 cents each.
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 children’s library is getting ready for the Summer Reading Program, which has been themed “Have book–Will Travel.” Registration is set from June 3 to 8. During this week, librarians will help complete the registration, set-up a goal for each child and sign each child up for the events and activities they wish to participate in during the program. If unable to attend during this week, come in as soon as possible in June to get started.
New books in the library’s adult collection include: “The Mystery Woman” by Amanda Quick, “12th of Never” by James Patterson, “The Hit” by David Baldacci, “Best Kept Secret” by Jeffrey Archer, “The Blossom Sisters” by Fern Michaels, “Wedding Night” by Sophie Kinsella, “Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah, “Sand Castle Bay” by Sherryl Woods and “Starting Now” by Debbie Macomber.
TISKILWA – On Monday, May 20, the Tiskilwa Public Library will host a book club/dinner discussion at 5:30 p.m. over “Peaches for Father Francis” by Joanne Harris. In this sequel to “Chocolat,” Vianne Rocher returns to the beautiful French village of Lansquenet, in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate shop and first learned the meaning of home.
On Tuesday, May 21, Tiskilwa residents are invited to an open house at 6:30 p.m. to inform of the library’s new expansion project. The library recently received an Illinois Public Library Construction Grant, which will enable the library to rebuild and refurbish the existing building.
The library is also pleased to announce e-Books through OmniLibraries are now offered. Library patrons are encouraged to call ahead to set aside a time to register an account with their reading device. Contact the library at 815-646-4511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAMOILLE– The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library’s hours were changed from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
New books added to the library’s collection include: “Daddy’s Gone a Hunting” by Mary Higgins Clarks, “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.
Summer is right around the corner! This year’s summer reading theme is “Have Book–Will Travel.” Beginning in June, story hours will be on Tuesdays with Cara and Evan. More information will be released soon.
OHIO – The Ohio Public Library is taking names of those interested in a basic computer class. Sign up at the library to be added to the list.
The library’s book club is reading “Stay Close” by Harlan Coben this month. The club meets at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the library. Interested readers are welcome to stop by and join the club.
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.
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.