PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, May 15, the Bureau County Retired Teachers will meet at 11 a.m. An after-school story time and visit from a blacksmith will be at 3:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a Talk About will be held with blacksmith Lewis Bodamer. At 7 p.m., the Covered Bridge Quilt Guild will meet.
Sunday, May 18, the Children’s Book/YA Novel Book Club for Grown-ups will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Flour House Bakery & Coffee, located at 950 N. Main St., Princeton, and will discuss “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.
Monday, May 19, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature the American bomber crew of the Memphis Belle, the first U.S. airmen to complete a full tour of 25 missions during the air battle of Europe during World War II. The film begins the night before the Bell’s last mission and follows the crew through the hectic flight that they must endure and survive in order to go home.
Tuesday, May 20, the preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and feature a dragonfly craft. Also Tuesday, the Barn Quilts of Bureau County will meet at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., a Talk About will be inspired by American Girls/Anne of Green Gables Sewing Bee. Participants will make a turn-of-the-century smock or pinafore for their 18-inch doll. Material, machines and sewing assistance will be supplied (feel free to bring materials and sewing machine if desired). Also Tuesday, a WUNT Board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, the Junior High Book Club will meet at 4:30 p.m. and discuss “The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer. Also Wednesday, the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 22, Learning Stage, the educational committee of Festival 56, will meet at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. a Talk About will be held to chat about “Downton Abbey” and an Edwardian Tea/Murder Mystery will take place. This is a free event, but registration is required. Call 815-875-1331, ext. 2213, or stop by the circulation desk. Period/evocative dress welcome.
SPRING VALLEY — Until May 30, the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library is displaying models of tanks, helicopters, jeeps, airplanes and ships such as USS Arizona, USS CV 65 Enterprise, HMS Hood, and P.T. 109. These models are on loan from Spring Valley resident Victor Croasdale. After May 30, he will change the display to World War II-themed, with a countdown to D-Day. Mark the calendar for June 6, when Croasdale will be at the library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss the events leading up to and including D-Day to commemorate the 70th anniversary.
Also at the library:
Today, Thursday, May 15, the fourth-sixth grade book club will meet from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
Monday, May 19, the library will host a Where’s Waldo? game night from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 20, the library will host story time activities from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Patrons will be invited to work on an alien craft.
Wednesday, May 21, the Young Adult Book Club will meet from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
LAMOILLE — It’s time to clean out those lockers and return overdue items at the LaMoille-Clarion Public Library. Amnesty Days will be from now until Saturday, May 24. Return all items, and pay no fines.
Wednesday, May 21, join the library at 4 p.m. for a story hour about horses.
Always wanted to learn a foreign language? The library now has books and audio CDs for learning Spanish, French and German in three levels: Beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Also, many new books have been added to the circulation for adults, children and teens. Stop by and see what’s new.
BUREAU — The Leepertown Township Public Library is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The library has computers for patron usage, as well as fax and copier service. For more information, call library Director Rose Thompson at 815-659-3283.
PERU — The Peru Public Library has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Illinois Secretary of State to purchase new books for the library’s nonfiction collection. The project, called “Kids Read, Kids Explore” targets children in fourth-sixth grades. Its focus is to connect books with real world experiences through workshops and off-site field trips. This grant allows the purchase of approximately 100 nonfiction print books for the juvenile collection. In addition to the books, a series of programs focusing on creative writing, storytelling, theater games and history will be presented by the library. Children in the program will attend storytelling events, participate in a storytelling workshop and showcase and learn creative writing from published author James Kennedy.