PRINCETON — 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.
Saturday, July 26, Batman Day at the library.
Monday, July 28, the Monday Children’s Matinee Movie starts at 4:30 p.m. and will feature an animated tale of a lazy slacker panda who is the biggest fan of kung fu around … which doesn’t exactly come in handy working in his family’s noodle shop. However, when an evil kung fu warrior escapes from prison, it falls to the panda to defend everyone from the oncoming threat.
Also, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a 13 year old who moves to Canada to live with her father when her mother dies in a car accident. Her father is an eccentric inventor who she barely knows. She is miserable in her new life, until she discovers an abandoned nest of goose eggs. The eggs hatch, and the girl becomes “Mama Goose.” The young birds must fly south for the winter, but who will lead them there? With a pair of ultra-light airplanes, our heroine, her dad and the young geese must find a way to do it.
Tuesday, July 29, the preschool story time will begin at 10:30 a.m. 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 bears.
Thursday, July 31, Skype visit with Canadian author Lindsey Carmichael at 10:30 a.m. Her book is called “Fox Talk.” Find out how foxes talk to each other. The program is sponsored in part by Associated Gastroenterology Consultants.
SPRING VALLEY — Are you ready to see alligators, snakes, lizards and a tortoise? If so, the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library is having Jim Nesci, an experienced expert in the reptile industry at 4 p.m. Aug. 6 in Kirby Park, Spring Valley.
Jim has owned and worked with reptiles his entire life, starting as a young boy, fascinated with dinosaurs. During his presentation, he will address the relationship between reptiles and dinosaurs. Children and adults will be treated to many unknown facts about this misunderstood group of creatures. He also has many humorous stories to relate about his adventures with his reptiles. Respect and safety for the animals and participants takes front stage during all of Jim’s reptile programs.
Bubba the alligator is over 8 feet long and weighs over 200 pounds; Big Al the tortoise is 23 years old and weighs in at 250 pounds; and Blondie the python is a popular part of the audience participation because Jim lines up people from the audience, who are thrilled to hold her.
This is a free, one of a kind, hands-on experience for all ages. If there are concerns about the weather on that day for his presentation, the show will be in the community room of Spring Valley City Hall. Any questions, please call 815-663-4741.
TISKILWA — The schedule for summer reading programs and story hours is as follows:
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 — 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. Also, 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.
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.