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By the book 6-12

PRINCETON — Today, 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.

Monday, June 16, Monday Children’s Matinee Movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. and feature an animated prequel to a certain ogre movie that shows the early career of a feline in footwear, who must come to terms with a former friend turned enemy to clear his name in a land of fairy tales. Later on Monday, the library will host its Monday Night Movie event at 6:30 p.m. and feature a film about an Iowa farmer who hears a voice in his cornfield and acts on it, plowing under his crop to create a baseball diamond that makes him the laughingstock of his neighbors and allows him second chances to a diverse cast of characters, including himself.

Tuesday, June 17, Preschool story time begins at 10:30 a.m. There will be two separate sessions: one for ages four and under, who will meet in the children’s area and the second session will be for ages five and up, who will meet in the Matson Meeting Room. Also Tuesday, a talk about will be held at 6:30 p.m. and feature a Skype talk with Tom Baione, who is the library director for American Museum of Natural History. He will discuss scientific illustrations from the museum’s library spanning five centuries, and on the integral role illustration has played in scientific discovery.

Wednesday, June 18, Meet the Plays will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be on “Sylvia and Boeing-Boeing. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Festival 56’s upcoming summer productions at this panel discussion featuring festival staff, cast and local experts.

Thursday, June 19, Furry Friends Petting Zoo will be at 10:30 a.m. for the Paws to Read summer reading program.

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 Mondays at 2 p.m.

Monday, June 16, children will get to meet Huck, the therapy dog, and Sue Spratt. They will talk about how Huck became a therapy dog, what one does and ways for children to stay safe around dogs.

Check back for future programs.

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 year’s 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- third grades will meet at 11 a.m.; and children entering fourth-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 kickoff 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.

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.

MINERAL — The Mineral-Gold Public Library District has kicked off its summer reading program. For more information, or any questions, please call 309-288-3971.

There will be a party to celebrate the reading program 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.

NEPONSET — The Neponset Public Library has kicked off its summer reading program Paws to Read. The library will be hosting activities on June 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.

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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