PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, June 27, Barry Cloyd of Peoria will entertain with music and stories covering centuries of Celtic history through the Irish migration at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Monday, July 1, the library kicks off its summer reading program, “Have Book - Will Travel,” which will run through Friday, Aug. 2.
Tuesday, July 2, “Around the world youth program: Alaska” will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Also Tuesday, Muslim Journeys Screening: Koran by Heart will be featured at 6:30 p.m. The documentary follows two boys from Senegal and Tajikistan and a little girl from Maldives who go head-to-head with children nearly twice their age in the pronunciation, recitation and perfected memorization of the Koran at the 2011 International Holy Koran Competition in Cairo.
Wednesday, July 3, preschool story time will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Also Wednesday, Nerd Club will be at 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 4, the library will be closed for Independence Day holiday.
SPRING VALLEY – The summer reading program, “Have Book - Will Travel,” is going on now until July 20. During each meeting, the librarian will read a book to the group, and participants will make a craft. Prekindergarten through kindergarten children will meet from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The program on July 2 is “Train Craft.” First through third grade children will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays. The program on July 1 is “Hot Air Balloon Weave.” Fourth- through sixth-grade children will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. The program on July 3 is “Paper Airplanes.” Seventh- through 12th-grade youth meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be no program on July 4. All programs are free. Call 815-663-4741 for more information.
TISKILWA – The Tiskilwa Public Library has kicked-off its summer reading program, “Have Book - Will Travel.” On July 1, kids are invited to the program, “Native American Stories,” presented by storyteller Jo Lakota of Peoria. The program is from 4 to 5 p.m. She will be showing children how to make a Native American bracelet from shells and beads. Lakota may also demonstrate her native flute and drum. Children are encouraged to read and complete reading logs in order to redeem them for unique and fun prizes. The library’s summer reading program continues throughout the summer. Call the library at 815-646-4511 for more information.
BUDA – The Mason Memorial Library is gearing up for its summer reading program, “Have Book - Will Travel,” for children in grades kindergarten to fifth grade. Stories, crafts and games will be provided. Programs will be held on Tuesdays in July from 1 to 2:15 p.m. The first program begins July 9.
DEPUE – Work crews are hard at work making repairs to the Selby Township Library building as a result of a grant through the Illinois State Library. The library will remain open during construction.
The summer reading program continues. All kids who complete the program will receive a bag of school supplies at the end of summer. Kids can sign-up any day and start reading books to earn prizes.
Mark the calendar for the upcoming program, Amazing Migrations with the Forest Park Nature Center, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10. For more information, call the library at 815-447-2660.
New books at the library include: “Best Kept Secret” by Jeffrey Archer, “Daddy’s Gone a Hunting” by Mary Higgins Clark, “Fly Away” by Kristin Hannah, “Taking Eve” by Iris Johansen, “The Blossom Sisters” by Fern Michaels, “The Apple Orchard” by Susan Wiggs. “Silken Prey” by John Sandford. Kids Books: “Freddie Ramos Springs into Action” by Jaqueline Jules, “ABC Animal Jamboree” by Giles Andreae, “Who Grew My Soup?” by Tom Darbyshire, “Barbie in a Mermaid Take: Surf Princess” adapted by Chelsea Eberly.
LAMOILLE – Today, Thursday, June 27, the LaMoille Clarion District Library will have a story hour at 2 p.m. about cherries. Patrons are welcome to join Mrs. Hildebrand for stories, snacks and fun.
The library will be closed on July 4.
It’s not too late to register for the summer reading program’s story hours. Prekindergarten through second grade will meet at 10 a.m. on July 9 and 16 with Cara and Evan. Third grade and older will meet at 1 p.m. on July 9 and 16 with Joyce.
For the fourth year, the library will participate in the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Awards. Children in third to eighth grade are eligible to read three of the 20 nominated books and vote for their favorite. This year, the library is also participating in the Monarch Book Awards. The program is open to children in kindergarten through third grade. More information on both program in available at the library.
New books in the library: “The Guns at Last Night” by Rick Atkinson, “Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, “The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Frank, “Bad Monkey” by Carl Hiaasen, “Blossom Sisters” by Ferm Michaels, “The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker. The library has also added many new young adult and children’s books.
OHIO – The Ohio Public Library’s summer reading program, “Have Book - Will Travel,” has kicked off. The program features weekly events and guests. The events are held at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. Stop in to sign-up for the summer of “travel” at the library. All ages are welcome.
SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Public Library is hosting its summer reading program, Sheffield’s Got Talent during the month of July. Participants will meet some of Sheffield’s most talented people who will demonstrate their expertise and share their stories. The children will also have the opportunity to listen to stories, discover their hidden talents, play games, win prizes, read and participate in a talent show. Children ages 5 to 7 will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning July 9. Children ages 8 to 11 will meet on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning July 10.
The library staff is also gearing up for its 100-year celebration of the Carnegie library. The date is set for Aug. 17. Check back for more details.
LADD – The Ladd Library is now accepting registrations for its summer reading program, “Have Book - Will Travel.” Several events have been arranged to correlate with the program, including interesting story times, crafts and activities. Special events include, “See a Juggler, Be a Juggler,” a paper airplane contest and Mr. E’s magic and comedy. Stop in at the library for details or to register. The library is also looking to collect postcards from those traveling this summer to be featured on the “Keep us Posted” display.
WALNUT – The Walnut Public Library will hold a silent auction during the Walnut Days celebration. Items being auctioned off are on display at the library.
The library continues to collect used cell phones. Drop off any old cell phones at the library. The library staff will send them off for money that will be put towards the HVAC account.
LASALLE – The library’s summer reading program, “Not Extinct at the LaSalle Public Library,” is filled with fun programming for all ages. Families are invited to attend a variety of events including:
Today, June 27, the library will be hosting a program that will look at the science that links dinosaur theropods with modern day birds. Diane McCurdy will help explore the dinosaur family tree and that of avian friends at the bird feeder. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome, but best for adults and kids aged 7 and up.
On July 11, the library will host an art workshop for third and fourth graders. The workshop will explore shapes and translate them into a collage. The program will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Limited to 20 participants.