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By the Book

PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, June 5, Wild with Words with Martha Brunell begins at 6:30 p.m. This is a creative writing group; newcomers are welcome.

Monday, June 9, sign-up begins for the library’s Paws to Read summer reading program. Sign-up will go on until June 14. Also today, the high school summer book club will meet at 1 p.m. The Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a fast-talking comedy set in the newspaper industry as an editor does everything possible to keep his star reporter (ex-wife) on the beat and away from her fiance.

Tuesday, June 10, preschool story time will be at 10:30 a.m. There will be no crafts in June and July.

Wednesday, June 11, Meet the Plays: The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Oliver! will begin at 5:30 p.m. This program is an opportunity to learn more about Festival 56’s upcoming summer productions at this panel discussion featuring Festival staff, cast and local experts. Also Wednesday, the Widmark Wednesday Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a reporter given permission to interview a hardened U.S. destroyer captain on a routine patrol during the Cold War. The reporter gets more than he bargained for when the destroyer discovers a Soviet sub and the captain begins a relentless pursuit.

Thursday, June 12, Friends of the Library Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. and discuss “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. Everyone is invited to join this group.

Also at Princeton Public Library, the staff is preparing for the 2014 summer reading program Paws to Read. They would like to feature some famous canines and felines from the Princeton area — namely, the dog and cat sculptures that were created in 2008 when Friends of Strays sponsored a public art fundraiser call “Art…Well Groomed.” Many would love to have another look at these one-of-a-kind pieces, and the library is putting out a call to anyone in possession of one of the “well groomed” animals. The library would like to display these at the library this summer from June to August.

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley resident Victor Croasdale has changed his model displays to World War II-themed, with a countdown to D-Day. Friday, June 6, he 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.

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. 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.

WYANET — Paws to Read will be the theme of the summer reading program at the R.A. Sapp Library in Wyanet during this month. The program takes place on four Mondays at 2 p.m. Sign up is going on this week, June 2-7, at the library.

Monday, June 9, the Forest Park Nature Center from Peoria will be at the library to talk about the ways that animals move, paw print identification and a visit with a live animal.

Check back for future programs.

LAMOILLE — 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.

SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Public Library is participating in the eRead Illinois Program designed to increase access to e-books across Illinois. The initial funding for the program was provided by a grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White through the Illinois State Library. Sheffield library patrons with a library card can download the platform on a variety of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, NOOK and Sony Reader devices, Kindle Fire, and many more. If interested, call the library to set up a time to meet with the library staff to get your device loaded.

The library will host its summer reading program, Paws to Read, during the month of July on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There will be two age groups this year with those children ages 5-7 meeting on Tuesday mornings and children ages 8-11 meeting on Wednesday mornings. Fun activities are being planned with prizes, entertainment, contests, and of course, reading. Registration is required by June 16 and can be made by calling the library at 815-454-2628.

The library will be closed for vacation June 23-28 and resume regular hours on June 30.

LADD — Registrations are now being accepted for the Ladd Public Library’s summer reading program.  This years theme is Paws to Read. The program will feature stories, craft projects, various games, activities and prizes.  Patrons will meet at the library each Monday beginning June 16 and concluding on July 21.  In addition to the regular story time programs, the library will also have a few special events.

Scheduling for the regular programs is as follows: Children entering prekindergarten or kindergarten will meet at 10 a.m.; children entering first through third grades will meet at 11 a.m.; and children entering fourth through sixth grades will meet at 1 p.m.

Special events include: Game time at 1 p.m. June 27. Check back for future events.

The library requests children register at the library or by phone, so that librarians may plan accordingly.  The library looks forward to a fun-filled summer with the children and hopes to have a huge turnout.  For questions call 815-894-3254.

The library is also looking for items to use during the summer reading program: Gallon milk jugs, baby food jars and plastic lids, such as those on peanut butter jars.  They are also accepting miscellaneous craft supplies to use during the programs.

Patrons who have not yet registered to use the e-reader programs offered through OMNI overdrive and e-read Illinois, the library encourages patrons to do so.  Stop in the library to receive a new, barcoded library card to use for these services.

OHIO — 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.

BUDA — Saturday, June 14, the Mason Memorial Public Library will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m.

The library’s summer reading program will start up this July. More information will be given at a later time.

New books at the library for adults include “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro; “Skin Collector” by Jeffery Deaver; “The Gods of Guilt” by Michael Connelly; “Ladies’ Night” by Mary Kay Andrews; “Walking on Water” by Richard Paul Evans; “The Widow’s Waltz” by Sally Koslow; “Please Don’t Tell” by Elizabeth Alder and many more titles.

For the children, the library has gotten in most of the Rebecca Caudill nominees for the 2015 reading year. New DVDs include “The Monuments Men,” “The Nut Job,” “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbuster 2.”

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, or any questions, please call 309-288-3971.

NEPONSET — The Neponset Public Library has kicked off its summer reading program Paws to Read. The library will be hosting activities on June 10, 17 and 24 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. There will be crafts, games, guest speakers, movies, snacks, prizes and so much more.

The library is holding a pet supply drive for the Henry County Humane Society in Kewanee. Donations may be dropped off at the library. This is a great way to incorporate the summer reading theme as well as support the local animal shelter.

To learn more about the summer adventure at the library, call 309-594-2204 or check out the library’s website or find the library on Facebook.

LASALLE — The LaSalle Public Library will host a major NASA air and space exploration exhibit from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 4-7. The exhibit “Journey to Tomorrow” is a premier traveling exhibit on loan from the John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to the exhibit, several additional components will be on display inside the library.

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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