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PRINCETON — Today, 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 on “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.

Monday, May 26, the Princeton Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 27, a preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and feature a jellyfish craft. Also Tuesday, a Talk About will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature David Deutsch, who has been brewing beer for a number of years and will discuss his hobby and how one gets started as a home-brewer.

Wednesday, May 28, the Festival of Short Films of Children’s Stories by Logan Junior High eighth-grade Applications students will be at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 29, a Wizards & Wonder Faire planning meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. The Faire is being planned for Aug. 16. All interested individuals, organizations and vendors are welcome to attend. For more information, call 815-875-1331, ext. 2213, or email

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:

Monday, May 26, the library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 27, story time will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and participants will make finger puppets.

Saturday, May 31, the library will host a movie day from 10 a.m. to noon. Bingo and popcorn will be available.

Also, the library has a large children’s book sale going on with the price for each book being 10 cents each.

LAMOILLE — It’s time to clean out those lockers and return overdue items at the LaMoille-Clarion Public Library. Amnesty Days will end on Saturday, May 24. Return all items, and pay no fines.

Monday, May 26, the library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Monday, June 2, the library’s summer reading sign-up begins today.

Friday, June 6, the library will have a kick-off program for Paws to Read at 10 a.m. Forest Park Nature Center from Peoria will be at the library with a live animal and lots of fun animal facts.

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.

OHIO — Wednesday, June 4, the Ohio Public Library’s summer reading program will kick-off at 4 p.m. when Deb Moreland of Furry Friends stops in to show patrons all her different animals. This year’s summer reading theme is Paws to Read. The library will have weekly meetings after the kick-off on Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m. For a full listing of activities and to sign up, stop by the library.

DEPUE — The Selby Township Library has been awarded a grant for their summer reading program — Todos son Bienvenidos! The program provides Hispanic materials in Spanish, bilingual and English, as well as programming which will be of interest especially to Hispanic families. As part of the program, the library will host ESL classes beginning in June.

Another summer reading program at the library will be Summer Fiesta! The program will encourage children to read and earn prizes. There will be special programs including craft days, a program from Ag in the Classroom, Paws to Read from the Forest Nature Center and a puppet show.

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.

LASALLE — The LaSalle Public Library will soon be under the new direction of Cristy Stupegia. Current library Director Laura Frizol will be leaving at the end of May.

PERU — Tuesday, June 17, the Peru Public Library will host Rachael Mullen from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. An active genealogist for over 30 years, Mullen is an expert in English research. Presenting workshops since 1986 on English parish records, wills and basic English research, Mullen has presented at the Newberry Library and the Illinois State Genealogical Society. While aimed at the beginner, more experienced genealogists will find Mullen’s presentation an energizing boost to research. The free presentation will be held in the main reading area, adjacent to the library’s local history and genealogy collection.

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