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By the Book — May 29

PRINCETON — Today, 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

Monday, June 2, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a classic fairy tale with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

Tuesday, June 3, preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 4, Festival of Short Films (II) of Children’s Stories by Logan Junior High Eighth Grade Applications Students begins at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 5, Wild with Words with Martha Brunell begins at 6:30 p.m. This is a creative writing group; newcomers are 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: Saturday, May 31, the library will host a movie day from 10 a.m. to noon. Bingo and popcorn will be available.

The Young Rembrandts will again offer two drawing classes. On June 10, the first class is for 4-5 year olds at 9:30-10:15 a.m., and the second class is for 6-12 year olds at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Students in the second class must have completed kindergarten to enroll due to multiple directions. The classes are free, and Young Rembrandts will bring all the supplies and materials. Since the summer reading program theme this year is Paws to Read, the drawings will be of a puppy and a dog with scenery. Please stop by the library to fill out a registration form for your child(ren). The registration form is due by June 8, but the classes are open on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, sign up early. Any questions, call 815-663-4741.

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

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.

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 its 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.

MINERAL — Monday, June 9, the Mineral-Gold Public Library District will be starting the Summer Reading Program, which will run for six weeks. There will be a party at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9. All children between the ages of 4 years old (preschool) and through eighth grades are welcome to attend. Children can come and sign-up at the library any time now before June 9. For more information, call 309-288-3971.

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.

MAGNOLIA – Magnolia Branch Library will have homework hour from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school year. Children have the opportunity to have their completed homework checked or receive help understanding homework in progress. The library provides materials and equipment for help with school homework and projects.

Join the Magnolia library on June 17 at the Magnolia Branch Library, when Leslie Goddard, as Violet Jessop, recounts her experience as a Titanic survivor. When the HMHS Britannic sank during World War I, few survivors emerged with a toothbrush. Violet Jessop, however, had hers, remembering what she had missed after the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the Britannic’s identical sister ship, in 1912. The only verified person to have survived both sinkings, Jessop tells unforgettable stories of the terrifying disasters and gives a fascinating glimpse at the passengers and activities on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day. Presented in first-person, this program introduces audiences to Violet Jessop, and explores her life and times. The program will start at 5:30 p.m.

“Titanic Survivor Violet Jessop” is the third program in the 2014-15 Putnam County Public Library District humanities program series, “Traces & Byways Discovered.” For more information, call the Magnolia Branch Library at 815-869-3038. Funding for this program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

Join the Magnolia Branch Library at 3 p.m. June 10 for the free seminar, “Turning 65: Get the Facts about Medicare.” Attendees will learn about Medicare Basics, Medicare Part A and Part B, Medicare Supplement Insurance and more. For more information, call the Magnolia Branch Library, 112 N. Chicago St., Magnolia, at 815-869-3038.

MCNABB – Stop in for stories, crafts, activities and more during preschool story times. This program is ideal for children ages 3-5. Patrons can come at 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the McNabb Branch Library. Saturday Stories are at 10 a.m. every Saturday for children in early elementary school. Stories and activities for everyone are planned.

GRANVILLE — Wee Ones is held at the Granville Branch Library at 10 a.m. on Thursdays for 30 minutes of stories and songs. This program is ideal for little ones under 3 years old. Also, stop in for stories, crafts, activities and more during preschool story times. This program is ideal for children ages 3-5. Patrons can come to the Granville Branch Library at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

HENNEPIN – Stop in for stories, crafts, activities, and more at Preschool Storytime, ideal for children ages 3, 4, and 5. Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the Hennepin Branch Library.

STANDARD — Find signs of spring at the Standard Branch Library. Browse books of gardens, flowers, birds and more. The Standard Branch Library is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays

CONDIT (PUTNAM) — Stop in at the Condit Branch Library to browse a new selection of hardcover and paperback titles. The Condit Branch Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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