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By the Book July 10

PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, July 10, meet Chicago author Beth Finke and her seeing eye dog, Whitney, at 10:30 a.m. See how a guide dog and a blind person work together. Sponsored by Norberg Memorial Home. Also Thursday, at 4 p.m. the Friends Book Club will discuss “I Know why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou. Also, at 6:30 p.m., a talk about will be held about the importance of pollinators and pollinator plants with Ellen Starr.

Saturday, July 12, Read with a therapy dog in the children’s area from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 14, the Monday Children’s Matinee Movie will begin at 4:40 p.m. and will feature an Englishman and his dog who have a successful garden pest-control business, but have they met their match when a creature, only described as the were-rabbit, rampages through the gardens in the village? Also later that day, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and features a scatterbrained young heiress who takes a shine to a paleontologist, and mayhem ensues.

Tuesday, July 15, the preschool story time begins at 10:30 a.m. There will be two separate sessions. Ages 4 and under will meet in the children’s area, and ages 5 and up will meet in the Matson Meeting Room. The theme is rabbits. Also Tuesday, the High School Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. and discuss “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas. At 6:30 p.m., “Moving Day for Laura Ingalls” as presented by Laura F. Keyes. Share the challenges and some of the fun aspects of frontier life in the 1870s-1880s.

Wednesday, July 16, the Junior High Book Club meets at 3 p.m. Also Wednesday, the Princeton Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 17, Prairie Sketching Day at Warnecke Woods will be at 10:30 a.m. Meet at Warnecke Woods. Advanced registration is required. Call the library at 815-875-1331, ext. 2213, or stop at the youth services desk. Maps are available on the library’s website or pick one up at the youth services desk in the library. Also Thursday, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. And at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Wizards & Wonder Faire planning meeting. All interested organizations, vendors and individuals are welcome to attend.

SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Library’s summer reading program Paws to Read 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.

Also, the library is hosting an adult summer reading program. Each adult that wishes to participate will be given a reading log and needs to record six books 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. For more information, please stop by the library and/or contact the library at 815-663-4741.

TISKILWA — The schedule for summer reading programs and story hours is as follows: July 15 - Story hour/elephants for all ages from 2 to 3 p.m.; July 21 - From 3 to 4 p.m., a program with local author, Jan Powelson. Participants will enjoy Jan’s book “Rachel & Sammy Learn to Conserve” and will do a soil painting craft. All ages welcome! On July 22 from 2 to 3 p.m., Story hour/dangerous pets. All ages welcome; July 29 from 2 to 3 p.m., Story hour/turtles. All ages welcome; and Aug. 5 from 2 to 3 p.m., Story hour for all ages.

The library is also collecting donations for the Friends of Strays animal shelter. Patrons can drop off food, toys, cat litter and supplies and fill our wagon! Patrons who have a fine can “make payment” by making a donation to the animal shelter, and the fine will be forgiven. Stop by the library for details.

WALNUT — Wednesday, July 23, the Walnut Public Library’s Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the adult reference section of the library. The group will discuss “The Hate List” by Jennifer Brown.

Don’t stop saving the Box Tops for Education! The library has a pick up point for the Box Tops.

The library staff is planning a creative writing session this summer. Plans are still being worked out, so 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. Join the library on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m.

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 overseas, 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, which can be used for crafting. Come on in and grab a bag of goodies.

LADD — Ladd Public Library’s summer reading program, Paws to Read, has kicked off. 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.

Saturday, July 12 the library will host Great Boodini (Magic in the Park) at 1 p.m. The fun happens at Veterans Memorial park.

Friday, July 18, Bingo for books will be at 1 p.m.

Monday, July 21, Mr. E’s Great Dog Race will be at 11 a.m. (Magic, music and puppets.)

BUDA — The Mason Memorial Library will be hosting its summer reading program, Paws to Read, on Tuesdays in July. The program is for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. For more information, stop by the library to register and pick up a flyer.

NEPONSET — The Neponset Public 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 www.neponsetpubliclibrary.wordpress.com or find the library on Facebook.

PERU — The Peru Public Library has audio copies and transcripts of nearly 100 oral history interviews, originally taped in 1975 and 1976. These interviews recall memories of Illinois Valley life between 1900 and 1930. Providing first-hand knowledge about everyday life and events from the people who lived the events. Interview topics cover teaching, canals, the InterUrban, farming, amongst others. Perhaps the most moving are the interviews about the Cherry Mine disaster. Area locales for the interviews include Walnut, Princeton, Mendota, LaMoille, Lostant, LaSalle and Ottawa. The oral history interviews are available for borrowing by students, teachers, history researchers, history fair projects or anyone with an interest in the Illinois Valley’s past.

Digitized under a grant given to the library from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, the audio CDs and transcripts were added both to the library’s local history and circulating collections. The PDF documents are also accessible on the library’s website.

Patrons can make requests in PrairieCat for the interviews, just do a search for Starved Rock Library System. Feel free to call the Peru Public Library for more information or visit http://www.perulibrary.org/oral-history-collection.

HENNEPIN – Participate in the teen summer reading scavenger challenge. Teens can create an account on the district’s webpage, www.putnamcountylibrary.org, browse and review the new non-fiction collection, and find clues along the way.

July 11, 10:30 a.m. — Preschool story time “Small Animals”

Preschool storytimes are ideal for children ages 3, 4, and 5 years old, with adult participation. This week, the library will scurry through stories with small animal friends. Make a small craft to take home.

July 9, 2 p.m. -- “A Working Police Dog”

Join the library when the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office discusses the importance of canines in law enforcement. A canine officer will show off her skills in the library.
For more information, please call 815-925-7020.

GRANVILLE – July 10, 1 p.m., – Teen Reading Group @ Granville Library

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. Do you have an awesome book you’d like to talk about on video? Record a video book talk that will be uploaded to the District’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

Don’t forget the teen summer reading scavenger challenge. Teens can create an account on the District’s webpage, www.putnamcountylibrary.org, browse and review the new non-fiction collection, and find clues along the way.

For more information, please call 815-339-2038.

MAGNOLIA – July 10, 4 p.m., Magnolia Branch Library – Paws to Read

This summer, readers 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.

The Putnam County Public Library District summer program includes fun events for children of all ages, with special programs, books and craft activities that will highlight our friends in the animal kingdom. Teens will enjoy activities and book discussions, while adults can explore fiction and non-fiction book displays, programs, and more.

For more information, please call: 815-869-3038.

MCNABB – Don’t forget the teen summer reading scavenger challenge. Teens can create an account on the District’s webpage, www.putnamcountylibrary.org, browse and review the new non-fiction collection, and find clues along the way.

July 12, 10 a.m. -- “Feathered Friends”

Join the library and feathered friends as they take flight and explore birds. Listen to bird stories and participate in the backyard bird scavenger hunt.

For more information, please call 815-882-2378.

STANDARD -- July 10, 2 p.m. -- “A Working Police Dog”

Join as the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office discusses the importance of canines in law enforcement. A canine officer will show off her skills in the library.

For more information, please call 815-339-2471.

CONDIT (PUTNAM) – July 10, 4 p.m., Putnam (Condit) Branch Library – “Cats & Dogs”

Meet feline and canine friends for stories and activities to meow and bark about. Cool crafts to make and take home.

For more information, please call 815-437-2811.

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