PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, Oct. 31, the youth services Halloween party will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be games and crafts available for prekindergarten to fifth grade. Also there will be prizes for funniest, prettiest, scariest and judge’s choice costumes. At 6:30 p.m. Zombie Night will be held for junior and senior high school students. A post trick-or-treating party with games, activities and prizes for the best zombie, funniest, prettiest and judge’s choice costumes.
Saturday, Nov. 2, the library will be closed for a staff/board of trustees retreat.
Monday, Nov. 4, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features two employees at a gift shop in Budapest who can barely stand one another. Without realizing they’re actually falling in love through their letters to each other … as anonymous pen pals.
Tuesday, Nov. 5, preschool story hour will be at 10:30 a.m. and feature an Indian Corn craft. Also Tuesday, a healthcare exchange workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. and feature a guided orientation to Illinois’ online ACA health insurance marketplace. Sign-up for a hands-on tutorial on Thursday, Nov. 7.
Thursday, Nov. 7, Hands-on tutorial for the ACA health insurance marketplace will be held at 6:30 p.m. Must register and attend the healthcare exchange workshop on Nov. 5.
SPRING VALLEY — Thursday, Nov. 7, the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library will host storyteller, ventriloquist and songstress Sandi Sylver at 6 p.m. in the children’s library. Sylver taught herself to be a ventriloquist by reading a book and practicing a ton. This is how her career was born. She uses her soft-face fabric ventriloquist family to educate and mesmerize audiences. Her show is free and open to the public. The program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The library encourages the public to support the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust so more programs may be offered to enrich the community through cultural events.
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.
LAMOILLE — Students in fourth through eighth grades are invited to take part in the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award program. The program offers 20 nominees, who must read at least three to vote for their favorite. Stop by the library for more information.
The library continues to add new titles to the collection each week. Patrons are encouraged to stop in and see what’s new.
LADD — Preschool 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 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 library is selling VHS tapes. Patrons are invited to fill a grocery bag for $1. Librarian Michele McAlvey challenges patrons to discover the various crafts that can be made out of old VHS tapes. Patrons are also invited to check out the ongoing book sale at the library. The sale includes many current titles, as well as, older titles, non-fiction pieces and Christian titles. Fill a bag for $1. Patrons are also encouraged to fill a bag of the library’s old audio books on cassette for $1.
The library’s current fundraiser for the new HVAC unit is Celebrating Home – Just in time for the holidays with baking and gift shopping. The fundraiser offers the purchasing of home decor, candles and pre-mixed cookie dough. For those really short on time, there are already baked and ready to eat goodies all individually wrapped and gift boxed. Stop in at the library and check out some of the items Celebrating Home has to offer.
The library encourages patrons to donate old DVDs that no longer are watched at home. The library is closing out its VHS section and would like to amp up the DVD section.
PERU — The story time program for children ages 3-5 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.