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Library Corner 11-7

The Mason Memorial Library hosted a Halloween party for their young patrons on Oct. 26. One of the activities at the party included pumpkin painting. Pictured (left to right) are Bentley Chamberlain, William Pikula, Ana Pikula holding Robert Pikula, Madelyn Mahnesmith, Morgan Mahnesmith and Naomi Twidell.
The Mason Memorial Library hosted a Halloween party for their young patrons on Oct. 26. One of the activities at the party included pumpkin painting. Pictured (left to right) are Bentley Chamberlain, William Pikula, Ana Pikula holding Robert Pikula, Madelyn Mahnesmith, Morgan Mahnesmith and Naomi Twidell.

PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, Nov. 7, hands-on tutorial for the ACA health insurance marketplace will be held at 6:30 p.m. Participants must register and have attended the healthcare exchange workshop on Nov. 5. Also Thursday, the PHS Book Club “Tigers Read” meets during lunch periods in PHS Learning Center.

Monday, Nov. 11, the Monday Night Movie takes places at 6:30 p.m. and will feature an action adventure western set in 1890 when a down-and-out American cowboy and his horse travel to compete in a deadly 3,000-mile, cross-country horse race across the Arabian desert. Also, at 6 p.m. the Living Works group will meet in the local history room.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, the preschool story hour and craft begins at 10:30 a.m. and features scarecrows. Also Tuesday, author Debra Borys will read her new novel, “Bend Me, Shape Me” at 6:30 p.m. and discuss how setting influences crime fiction.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, Chicks with Sticks crochet-knit groups meets at 6:30 p.m. in the periodical section. New members welcome. Call the library for more information. The Nerd Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Matson Meeting Room and will discuss the new Pokemon and Collectible Figure Show ‘n Tell. Also, the Friends of the Library will meet at 4 p.m. and discuss “And the Mountains Roared” by Khaled Hosselni in the Matson Meeting Room.

Thursday, Nov. 14, a Talk About will take place at 6:30 p.m. and feature a program on auto-immune and supporting pain relief through essential oils with Linette Bolin. Also Thursday, the Wizarding Wonder Faire (Harry Potter 2014) planning meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. All individuals, organizations and vendors interested in participating are welcome to attend. Contact Ron McCutchan at 815-875-1331 or email at

SPRING VALLEY — Today, 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.

The library will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, is offering a Rules of the Road review course for all citizens in the Illinois Valley area. The course is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22. It is a free program, and the purpose is to help participants pass the Illinois driver’s license renewal examination. The course prepares applicants for the general written and road examinations and also provides information on the vision screening. To register, call 815-663-4741 or stop in at 215 E. Cleveland St.

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.

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille library will host a story hour at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Join Sara Hildebrand for stories, craft and snacks as participants hear about harvest time. 

The library will also celebrate Family Reading Night from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Adults and children put on your pajamas (or wear regular clothing) and come to the library for an evening of bedtime stories. Bring the whole family, and enjoy a night of reading together! Light snacks will be available. Participants may enter a drawing for door prizes.

BUDA — The Mason Memorial Public Library’s new books include “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks; “Necessary Lies” by Diane Chamberain; “Gone” by James Patterson with Michael Ledwidge; “The Guest” by Nelson DeMille; “A Seaside Christmas” by Sherryl Woods; “If you Could See What I See” by Cathy Lamb; “Tear You Apart” by Megan Hart; “In Falling Snow” by Mary-Rose MacColl; “Rose Harborin Bloom” by Debbie Macomber, “Mistress” by James Patterson with David Ellis, “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King and many more new paperbacks, including Christmas stories.

New DVDs include “Epic,” “Iron Man 3,” “Little Mermaid,” “Croods,” “The Rugrats Movie,” “Rugrats Go Wild!,” “The Heat,” “Shrek” the musical and “Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness.”

WALNUT — Thursday, Nov. 13, the Walnut Public Library will host a story hour at 9:30 a.m.

OHIO — The Ohio Public Library’s Butterbraids fundraiser runs through Nov. 8. Orders will come in on Nov. 18 and can be placed at the library or with any library board member.

The library will host an Affordable Healthcare Act information session at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Individuals interested in attending should stop by the library and sign up.

WYANET — The Raymond A. Sapp Memorial Township Library’s November’s computer class will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. Come in and join the fun for information on computer problems and questions.

The library’s 2nd Thursday@the Library program will feature Huck, the therapy dog, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Huckleberry Hound, aka Huck, is a therapy dog certified through Therapy Dogs International. Therapy dogs can be used to comfort people at hospitals, nursing homes and in counseling. There are also programs which use dogs like him to encourage children to read and boost reading confidence with his use of unconditional skills of loyalty, charm and love. Another thing he likes to do is teach children about dog safety. Come meet Huck and hear more about what he does. For more information on therapy dogs, the reading program and the benefits of the program, visit

The Wyanet Library’s book group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, to talk about Anita Shreve’s book, “The Rescue.” The public is welcome to join the group which is now in its 14th year.

LASALLE — Tuesday, Nov. 12, the LaSalle Public Library will host pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham at 6 p.m. for the program “Rags & Boogies.” Wyndham plays ragtime and boogie woogie while sharing a brief, yet rich history of the two genres of music, native to America and responsible for pop, jazz and rock and roll music. Hear rags and boogies, the original pop and rock musical styles performed on piano.

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.

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