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Library Corner 4-3

PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, April 3, the Bureau County Pastors meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Also, the PHS Book Club, “Tigers Read” will meet at the PHS Learning Center during lunch period. The Fiber Arts Presentation by the Creative Crafters will be at 6:30 p.m. There will be four presentations of four different fiber crafts: Lin Karrels, penny rugs and needlepoint on wool; Junedale Straka, rug hooking; Nancy Schmidt, needlepoint; Sandy Rieker, Hardanger embroidery, followed by demonstration stations for each. Also at 6:30 p.m., the Wild with Words writing group led by Martha Brunell will meet. New writers are welcome.

Friday, April 4, the Connecting Threads Art Show opening ceremony will be hosted from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Monday, April 7, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a young graduate student, who is finishing her master’s thesis and preparing for marriage, but thoughts of the end of the free life and a potential summer fling intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where during the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Also Monday, the Princeton Area Home Educators meeting is at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8, the preschool story time will begin at 10:30 a.m. and feature a chicks craft. At 5 p.m., the Barn Quilts of Bureau County will hold an organizational meeting. Also Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Mary Serafini will give a presentation, Grandma’s Wonderful Quilts of the ‘30s. Serafini will talk on the history and care of vintage quilts and show her own collection. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a quilt to share with others.

Wednesday, April 9, the Widmark Centennial Committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Also at 6:30 p.m., the Tiskilwa Bible Church Bible study will be held in the local history room. Also, the Widmark Wednesday Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a pilot who wants a life of ease, flying for drug smugglers and looking the other way until his conscience is tweaked by a women he has misused. The story unfolds in flashbacks as the pilot battles the storm and recalls his failures, including a love affair with the wife of his best friend. Also Wednesday, Chicks with Sticks crochet and knitting group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers at all levels are welcome.

Thursday, April 10, The Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. The group is reading “Winter’s Bone” by Daniel Woodrell. Everyone is invited to join the group. Also Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Laura Durgo will present a brief history presentation on weaving, including types of looms and types of cloth and art that can be produced from them.

SPRING VALLEY — Friday, April 11, Secretary of State Jesse White, in cooperation with Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library, is offering a Rules of the Road review course for all citizens in the Spring Valley area from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

BUDA — Saturday, April 12, the Mason Memorial Library will host an afternoon of activities and games for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. The fun will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

New books at the library include “Be Careful What you Wish For,” by Jeffrey Archer; “Power Play,” by Danielle Steel; “Missing You,” by Harlan Coben; “Bloom Street Brides,” by Debbie Macomber; “NYPD Red 2,” by James Patterson; “Justice for Sara,” by Erica Splindler; “Don’t Go,” by Lisa Scottoline; “Come a Little Closer,” by Bella Andre and many more to choose from.

For young adults, the library now has the whole “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth ready for checkout.

New DVDs at the library include “12 Years a Slave,” “Catching Fire,” “The Book Thief,” “Frozen,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

LAMOILLE — The LaMoille-Clarion Public Library has the books that are being made into movies this year. Read the book, then see the movie and let the librarians know your thoughts. The library has also added many new titles. Stop in and check out the latest by a favorite author or try something new by an author you haven’t read.

OHIO — Saturday, April 12, the Ohio Public Library will host its annual Easter party and egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. in the library. This was a popular event last year, so contact the librarian and RSVP, so he can plan ahead.

Mark the calendar for Wednesday, April 16. Sara Hildebrand from the Bureau County Farm Bureau will present a program on sheep at 4 p.m.

Also, the library’s e-reader program is now up and running. Individuals who are interested in signing up should stop by the library.

SHEFFIELD — Sunday, April 6, the Sheffield Public Library will host its second soup supper in the Sheffield Community Center. The event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. and will feature soups prepared and donated by local restaurant chefs.

In addition, a variety of other soups will be made by the library board trustees and librarians. The cost of the supper, which includes up to two bowls of soup, bread, crackers, dessert and drink will be $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 10 and under.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing. The prizes include a Kindle Fire, Leap Frog learning system and a basket of books for readers of all ages. Tickets will be available at the event. All proceeds from the event will go toward buying books and maintenance improvements to the library building.

LASALLE — Tuesday, April 8, the LaSalle Public Library will host Adam Miller, who returns to sing folk songs about the people who built America and their struggle to improve the conditions of their labor. The program is called Songs of the American Labor Movement. The program is made possible through funding from the Alwin C. Carus Trust. This program is free and open to the public. For further information or if a patron needs to inquire about special needs, contact the library at 815-223-2341.

PERU — Saturday, April 12, the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will hold a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library’s main lobby. Proceeds from the bake sale will be used for young adults materials and programs at the library. The group has monthly meetings throughout the year and is committed to providing teens with materials, programs and information to help them meet learning, cultural and recreational needs. Teen involvement in the library is encouraged through volunteering and promoting the library in the community. More information about the teen group can be found on the library’s website at

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