PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, Oct. 17, a planning meeting for August 2014 Wizard’s Wonder Faire will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Princeton Public Library. All interested individuals, vendors and organizations are welcome to attend. For questions call Ron McCutchan at 815-875-1331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also Thursday, Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Matson Meeting Room and the Friends’ sale room, located in the back of the library. A Friends membership is required to shop at the book sale on this night.
Friday, Oct. 18, Friends of the Library Book Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Matson Meeting Room and the Friends’ sale room in the back of the library.
Saturday, Oct. 19, Friends of the Library Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Matson Meeting Book and the Friends’ sale room in the back of the library.
Monday, Oct. 21. Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Matson Meeting Room and feature a screen classic where they talk, they dance, they sing as silent movies give way to the talkies.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, Preschool story hour featuring a bat craft starts at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s library. Also Tuesday, a Talk About will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a program called “Poets You Should Know” by Joan Marelia.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, Widmark Wednesday Movie: A handful of survivors of an Apache attack on a wagon train put their fate in the hands of a man, raised by the Comanche, who is wanted for the murder of three men. A great story set in the Wild West.
Thursday, Oct. 24, Adult Craft Night (for ages 10 and up) will take place at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to make a milk jug skeleton and help the library recycle their milk jug igloo from the summer reading program. All materials will be supplied.
SPRING VALLEY — Today, Thursday, the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library will host a game night from 5 to 6 p.m. for all ages.
Monday, Oct. 28, the young adult book club will meet from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and discuss “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey.
Any patron of the library who is interested in e-books and/or e-audiobooks needs to contact the library so their library card barcode is entered into the library’s system. The patron will then be able to download e-books and/or e-audiobooks from the OMNI Consortium. For questions call 815-663-4741.
The library has also received an LSTA Back-to-Books Grant from the Illinois State Library to purchase books on CDs. The library has purchased more than 100 books on CDs, and they are now ready for check-out.
There is a book sale going on at the library where patrons can purchase 10 items for $1.
The library will also be selling gift cards again this year as a fundraiser for the holiday season. Gift cards are available for many of the area businesses and online businesses. The gift cards that are purchased give different percentages of the cost back to the library. The first order is due by noon Friday, Nov. 8 with delivery on Nov. 20. The second order will be due by noon Friday, Dec. 6 with delivery by Dec. 20. Order sheets that list which gift cards are available may be picked-up at the library. Payment for the gift cards must be done at the time of ordering by cash or check.
TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Public Library has kicked off its new automation system for checking out items. Patrons are encouraged to visit the library and pick-up their new cards. Not only is the library fully automated now, but it also offers free downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks for its patrons through Omnilibraries.org.
Check out the library’s new website at www.tisklib.org as it offers many options for searching new items, information about upcoming programs and new materials.
LAMOILLE — The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library reminds all students and parents its databases, encyclopedias and reference materials are available to help with school assignments. Take advantage of the many free resources available at the library.
BUDA — The Mason Memorial Public Library will host a Halloween party at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to paint pumpkins. Halloween stories will also be read. Patrons are encouraged to R.S.V.P., so the library knows how many pumpkins will be needed for painting. To R.S.V.P., stop by the library or call 309-895-7701. The library’s phone is a phone/fax, so patrons are reminded to wait through the funny ring until the librarian answers.
LADD — Preschool story times are back in session. Story times are held at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday of each month. They are geared toward children ages 3-5, who are accompanied with a parent or guardian.
OHIO — The Ohio Public Library’s annual Halloween party will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The library will have games, activities, food and a costume contest. Also, the library is selling butter braids as a fundraiser. Orders can be placed with any board member or at the library. Orders will arrive by Nov. 18.
WALNUT — The Walnut Public Library is selling VHS tapes. Patrons are invited to fill a grocery bag for $1. Librarian Michele McAlvey challenges patrons to find out the various crafts that can be made out of old VHS tapes. There are sites on the Internet that have ideas of things to make out of old tapes. Patrons are also invited to check-out the ongoing book sale at the library. Sign-up for a library card to borrow books and have new reading material all the time.
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 toward the HVAC account.
PERU — The story time program for children ages 3 to 5 years old will be held at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Children will enjoy stories, sing songs and enjoy crafts. To accommodate families, programs are flexible, and families are welcome to bring younger or older children to the programs. For more information or to register, call 815-223-0229.