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PPL plans birthday party

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 3:20 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — To observe the sixth anniversary of the Princeton Public Library, the public is invited to the library for birthday cake and punch (as long as they last) starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The anniversary marks the library’s move from the Matson Library building on Courthouse Square to its current incarnation as the Princeton Public Library at 698 E. Peru St.

“Visitors to the library continue to tell us how amazed they are at the size and quality of our facility,” said curator Margaret Martinkus. “If you live in Princeton and haven’t been to the library, you need to stop in and see what we have to offer!”

Also on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., Ron McCutchan will lead a hands-on craft program on making simple stuffed toy animals. Handmade stuffed toys have come a long way since Raggedy Ann — they’re now known as “softies” or “stuffies” and can be purchased from dozens of makers on Etsy.com and other websites. These colorful critters can be used as accent pillows or tabletop decor, or as a gift for a young friend. Participants will be able to make a soft or beanbag frog, a simple owl, or a silhouette crocodile, rhino or elephant. Materials and sewing machines will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own fabric (a piece of non-ravelly cotton or Polarfleece measuring at least 20-by-20-inches for each stuffy). It would also be helpful, if they have their own portable sewing machines, to bring them.

All programs at Princeton Public Library are free and open to all. For more information, contact the library at 815-875-1331 or go to www.theprincetonlibrary.org.

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