PRINCETON — Today, Thursday, July 17, Prairie Sketching Day at Warnecke Woods will be at 10:30 a.m. Also, 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.
Friday, July 18, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, July 21, Monday Children’s Matinee Movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. and feature a mustang stallion who grows up to proudly succeed his father as leader of the year, but his curiosity gets him caught and sold to the U.S. Cavalry. The stallion refuses to be broken but escapes when a young Lakota brave, also captured by the Cavalry, escapes on his back.
Later on, there will be a Monday Night Movie at 6:30 p.m. The story revolves around a dying father and his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son believes his father is a teller of tall tales and doesn’t believe he ever cared about his family. But through the tales, the son begins to understand his father’s great feats and failings, and he learns the truth about who his father really was.
Tuesday, July 22, Preschool story time will begin at 10:30 a.m. The theme is horses. 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. At 2 p.m., there will be a summer reading masked drama workshop and rehearsal. Advanced registration is required. Call 815-875-1331, ext. 2213, or stop at the youth services desk. Patrons will make animal masks, be assigned parts and work on a readers’ theater script based on “Aesop’s Fables” in preparation for a performance on Thursday, July 24. Also, at 6:30 p.m., Daniel and Sharon Peterson will give a presentation on “Incredible Bats!” The Petersons will bring one of their Egyptian fruit bats to their show. Yes, real, live bats at the library. Sponsored by Dr. Timothy J. Puhr, DDS.
Thursday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. meet Stuart and Lynette VandeVenter, who will show how they examine a dog and talk about what a veterinarian does to care for animals. Also Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., is the summer reading masked drama performance, “Aesop’s Fables.” All are welcome to attend the performance. Cast to meet at 6:30 p.m. for a run-through.
SPRING VALLEY — The Richard A. Mautino Library is still hosting an adult summer reading program. Each adult who 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 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.
Join the library on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. for the summer reading program. The theme is Paws to Read. All grade school children are welcome.
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.
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 is hosting its summer reading program, Paws to Read, on Tuesdays this month. The program is for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. For more information, stop by the library.
NEPONSET — The Neponset Public Library will be closed for vacation from Monday, July 21 to Monday, Aug. 4.
PUTNAM COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT — Paws to Read, the summer reading program, is drawing to a close. 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 kids 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.
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.