PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, July 4, the library is closed for Independence Day.
Monday, July 8, PHS Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. in the library meeting room. The Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room and feature a film classic that follows the adventures of a grumpy, gin-swilling riverboat captain who is persuaded by a strait-laces missionary to use his small boat to attack an enemy warship during World War II for the British war effort.
Tuesday, July 9, summer reading event Around the World: Africa with Ellen Davis Zehr begins at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. At 6:30 p.m., Talk About: The Magic Carpet with Judith Helneman and Tales of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Turkey with Dan Marcotte. This program is for the entire family.
Wednesday, July 10, Read-aloud Time and Music at 10:30 a.m. in the library meeting room. The Junior High Book Club with movie begins at 1:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Chicks with Sticks meets at 6:30 p.m. in the periodical section of the library. A Z-Tour meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the local history room.
Thursday, July 11, Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria will give a program on migration at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room for summer reading. Friends Book Club will discuss “Drowning Ruth” by Christina Schwarz at 4 p.m. in the library meeting room. Praise and Coffee will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. Writing in Retirement with Roy Swanberg will be at 6:30 p.m. in the local history room.
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 9 is “Tic Tac Toe.” First through third grade children will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays. The program on July 8 is “Jet Packs.” Fourth- through sixth-grade children will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. The program on July 10 is “Water Bottle Rockets.” Seventh- through 12th-grade youth meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The program on July 11 is “Food Guessing.” All programs are free. Call 815-663-4741 for more information.
TISKILWA – The Tiskilwa Public Library has kicked-off its summer reading program. 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 are 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 Wednesday, 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, the library will be closed for the Fourth of July. 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 this month. 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 cellphones. 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 – Thursday, July 11, the LaSalle Public 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. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 815-223-2341.