PRINCETON – Today, Thursday, July 11, representatives of 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. Swanberg will give a talk providing further insights into writing in retirement – how to get started, stay motivated and get writing published.
On Friday, July 12, a helicopter visits on the grass east of the library at noon. If it’s raining, the program will be moved to July 19.
Monday, July 15, Sarah Hildenbrand will present a program: Food Around the World at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.
The 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 an adventure drama that follows the life of Jim Craig, who grows up on his father’s farm. After his dad’s death, he must get a job in the lowlands to earn money to buy back the family farm.
The library and Learning Stage will be co-hosting a one-night book discussion of “The Master” by Colm Toibin at 6:30 p.m. in the local history room. The read is a historical fiction novel about author Henry James, a man born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the late 19th century to live in Paris, Rome, Venice and London among privileged artists and writers. Toibin brings James to life, showing how the forces that shaped his life also shaped his writing.
Tuesday, July 16, Around the World: Australia with Holly McClure will begin at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.
A Talk About: Visions of China with Dr. Jon McCutchan, who will share his travelogue and photos will be at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Wednesday, July 17, read-aloud time with music at 10:30 a.m. in the library meeting room.
Junior High Book Club and movie will be at 1:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Thursday, July 18, Craft day for summer reading will be at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Covered Bridge Quilt Guild will meet at 7 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 16 is “Biblioburro.” First through third grade children will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays. The program on July 15 is “I Spy Bottles.” Fourth through sixth grade children will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. The program on July 17 is “Egyptian Scroll.” Seventh through 12th grade youth meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The program on July 18 is “Scavenger Hunt.” 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.
On July 1, the library hosted Native American storyteller, Jo Lakota, and her son, Jim, a Native American dancer of Peoria. The program began with Jo playing her native flute. The presenters wore authentic Native American regalia. Head librarian Karyn Stark said children enjoyed Jo telling stories with her life-like squirrel puppet, and Jim’s demonstration of how the Lakota warriors would dance before going on hunts for food. Children also got to make a beaded necklaces and ate ants on a log treat.
BUDA – The Mason Memorial Library kicked off its summer reading program this Tuesday. The program will continue to be held on each Tuesday throughout the month for children in grades kindergarten to fifth grade. Stories, crafts and games are provided. Programs are held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. The next meeting time will be on July 16.
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.
LAMOILLE – 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 16 with Cara and Evan. Third grade and older will meet at 1 p.m. on July 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.
SHEFFIELD – The Sheffield Public Library is hosting its summer reading program, Sheffield’s Got Talent, during the month. Participants will meet some of Sheffield’s most talented people who will demonstrate their expertise and share their stories. The children 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 meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m.. Children ages 8 to 11 meet on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
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 – It’s not too late to join the Ladd Public Library’s summer reading program going on now. Librarian Amy Bosi reminded there are a few fun programs left. On Monday, July 15, Mr. E and Maggie will be at the library at 11 a.m. to entertain with a show of magic and comedy.
The library will also be holding a book fair during the week of July 22 during regular library hours.
The librarians are also in the process of purchasing new biographies for the children’s and young adults departments. It is not too late to make special requests. Talk with Amy to make a suggestion.
Get registered to use the library’s OMNI e-book program. Stop in the library and speak with a librarian to begin the new program.
The library also has a few remaining copies of the “Taste of Ladd” cookbook available for $14.
WALNUT – The Walnut Public 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 – Today, 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.
Tuesday, July 16, kids are invited to share reading with Ellie, a reading loving therapy dog at 4 p.m. Kids choose a favorite short book or story and read aloud to Ellie for about five minutes. Both the audience and Ellie love the pictures, so even non-readers can hold up the book to show the illustration to everyone. Choose a book from the library or from home.