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By the Book — June 19

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

Monday, June 23, the high school summer book club will meet at 1 p.m. Also, the Monday children’s matinee movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. and feature a young Viking who doesn’t fit in with his hard-fighting village until he strikes a friendship with a mysterious dragon.

The Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a newlywed journalist who gives his wife a puppy, which grows into a 100-pound dog. The dog loses none of its puppy energy or rambunctiousness, and its antics give the writer rich material for his newspaper columns.

Tuesday, June 24, the preschool story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and feature two separate sessions for up to age 4 (meet in the children’s area) and ages 5 and up (meet in Matson Meeting Room). Also Tuesday, an adult craft night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants will make stuffies (washcloth kitten and easy felt mouse). The program is for ages 8 and up. All materials will be supplied.

Wednesday, June 25, Meet the plays begins at 5:30 p.m. and will discuss “Into the Woods” and “As You Like It.” This is an opportunity to learn more about Festival 56’s upcoming summer productions.

Thursday, June 26, making balloon animals with Mr. Cinnamon begins at 10:30 a.m.

SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Library children’s department announces its 2014 Summer Reading Program Paws to Read. Projects for all age groups will be ongoing until July 24.

Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the first through third grades will meet, Tuesday 1:30-2 p.m. or 5:30-6 p.m., the prekindergarten through kindergarten (story time) group will meet, Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the fourth through sixth grades will meet, and Thursday 5-6 p.m. the seventh through 12th grades will meet at the library. There will be reading, crafts and activities for the different groups to enjoy for the summer.

Programming ends July 26 with the following week as a makeup week for those who have not finished the reading program. On July 31, the library will have a scavenger hunt for Grades 4 and up. A parental waiver must be signed before the child may participate. Prizes will be given when weekly goals are met. Children completing the program will be awarded a trophy, and those unable to attend projects may still participate.

Also, the library is hosting an adult summer reading program. Each adult that wishes to participate will be given a reading log that they need to record six books that they have read during the summer. For each book the patron will be asked to rate the book and give a few comments about the book. The deadline for turning in the reading log is Aug. 1, and then they will be entered in a prize drawing. There will be five winners for the reading program.

The librarians are looking forward to a great summer. For more information, please stop by the library and/or contact the library at 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 Mondays at 2 p.m.

Monday, June 23, farm animals will come alive with Sara Hildebrand, Bureau County Ag Literacy coordinator.

Check back for future programs.

WALNUT — Wednesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. a book discussion will take place in the adult reference section in the library. The book up for discussion this month is “Every Day” by David Levithan. Ladies, gentlemen, college students and high school students are free to join the discussion.

Just because school is out for the summer, don’t stop saving the Box Tops for Education. Walnut Library will have a pick up point for the Box Tops. If the library is not open when you stop by, feel free to put the box tops in an envelope and slip them in the book drop. The library staff is planning a creative writing session during the summer. Plans are still being worked out, so please stay tuned to the library corner for more information.

Summer Reading for the grade school children begins in July. The theme is Paws to Read. Please make plans to join the library on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. starting July 9. But start reading now, every book read during the summer counts.

Just a reminder, the library has three binders full of coupons for exchange. Feel free to come in and see what’s in the binders or drop off any coupons not be using. Expired coupons are sent to the men and women serving this country over seas, which are still valid to them.

Walnut Library has an ongoing book sale. Patrons can purchase a bag of books for a buck. The library also has old VHS tapes and audio books on tape. If you are into crafting, there are many crafts that can be made from the VHS and Audio Book tapes; A Buck a Bag. Come on in and grab a bag of goodies.

SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Public Library will be closed for vacation from June 23 to 28 and will resume regular hours on June 30.

The library is preparing to 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.

LADD — Ladd Public Library’s summer reading program, Paws to Read, has kicked off and will feature stories, craft projects, various games, activities and prizes throughout the summer. Patrons meet at the library each Monday.

Scheduling for the 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.

Upcoming special events at the library: Game time at 1 p.m. June 27. Check back for future events.

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.

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.

BUDA — 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 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.

PUTNAM COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT — Registration for Paws to Read summer reading has begun for children, teens and adults. This summer, participants will be able to dive with dolphins, cross the desert by camel, soar above the clouds with eagles, chatter with chipmunks and much more through library programming and books at the six Putnam County libraries. For more information, call 815-925-7020.

Don’t forget the teen summer reading scavenger challenge. Teens can create an account on the district’s webpage,, browse and review the new non-fiction collection and find clues along the way. The challenge started June 16.

HENNEPIN — Friday, June 20 a preschool story time “Explore the Jungle” will begin at 10:30 a.m. Preschool story times are ideal for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old, with adult participation. This week, kids will be exploring the jungle with parrots. Share parrot stories and make a jungle craft to take home.

GRANVILLE — Thursday, June 19, the teen reading group will meet at 1 p.m. Stop in at the Granville Branch Library and join in the book discussion. Open to tweens and teens, everyone is welcome to come and share their favorite book, learn about new titles and discuss old favorites. Participants can also record a video book talk that will be uploaded to the district’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. Hopkins Park, Granville — “Discover Farm Animals with Tiffany Moodie from the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau.” Discover animals from down on the farm when Tiffany Moodie from the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau looks at horses, cows and other animal friends.

Also Tuesday, a preschool story time with animal friends will begin at 10 a.m. Join the library and animal friends with stories and crafts. The preschool program is ideal for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old.

MCNABB — Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. “Gallop, clip-clop, stomp: Animals with Hooves.” Gallop through fields with horses, cross the desert by camel, discover alpacas and their special wool, and explore animals with hooves!

Share stories and make a camel of your very own to take home. Also Saturday, at 11 a.m. Preschool story time “Horses!” Preschool story times are ideal for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old, with adult participation. This week, children will be exploring hoofed animal friends. Share stories and make a craft to take home.

CONDIT (PUTNAM) — Thursday, June 19 at 3 p.m. “Whooo’s there? Wildlife in My Backyard.” Discover the wildlife in your backyard and along the coast with stories of raccoons, bats, turtles and more. Make a wild animal craft to take home.

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