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By the Book 8-14

PRINCETON — Thursday, Aug. 14, the Friends Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. and discuss “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. All are welcome to join the conversation. Also Thursday, the Wild with Words — Creative Writing Group led by Martha Brunell will meet at 6:30 p.m. All levels of writers are welcome.

Saturday, Aug. 16, Wizards & Wonder Faire at Princeton Public Library will be from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is a celebration of the magical worlds of children’s literature —from Narnia to Oz, from Harry Potter to Alice. Arts and crafts, food stalls, children’s activities, fun-house, music stage (and Wizard of Oz Sing-off), storytelling and potions classes will be going on throughout the evening. Call 815-875-1331 for more information.

Monday, Aug. 18, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:15 p.m. (note the earlier time) and will feature an 11-year-old orphan who receives a letter of acceptance for witchcraft and wizardry. He discovers a hidden realm of magic and his own destiny to fight against a dark force in the wizarding world.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, an adult craft night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn to make paper flowers —from small to gigantic. All materials will be supplied. For ages 10 and up.

SPRING VALLEY —Try Reading the Old Fashion Way is the title of a Library Services and Technology Act Grant the Richard A. Mautino Memorial Library has received from the Illinois State Library. The grant has helped purchase new young adult books. So far, the library has added 135 young adults reads to its collection, with many more being ordered in the future. Some of the authors purchased include Amanda Hocking, Susane Colasanti, Maggie Stiefvater and Jennifer Armentrout.

Many series of books were bought such as Christopher Pike’s “Thirst” series; Mary E. Pearson’s “Remnant Chronicles” series; Richelle Mead’s “Bloodlines” series and Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles” series.

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Public Library’s community room is now available and ready for groups to reserve and use. Please contact the library to find out more information. Fall/winter hours begin on Sept. 2.

New audios at the library: “Act of War,” by Jack Cheevers; “David & Goliath,” by Malcolm Gladwell; “Eat It to Beat It,” by David Zinczenko; “Eyes on Target,” by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter; “Field of Prey,” by John Sandford; “Into the Fire,” by Dakota Meyer with Bing West; “Invisible,” by James Patterson and David Ellis; “Living with Honor,” by Salvatore Giunta with Joe Layden and “NYPD Red 2,” by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.

New large print books include: “Child of Mine,” by David & Beverly Lewis; “For All Time,” by Jude Deveraux; “Kiss & Tell,” by Fern Michaels; “Save the Date,” by Mary Kay Andrews; “Take Me Home,” by Dorothy Garlock and “The City,” by Dean Koontz.

New movies recently purchased were: “Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2,” “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” “Still the Drums,” “Lone Survivor” and “Philomena.”

Stop by the library to check out the new selection of young adult books and give the library staff more suggestions for titles.

BUDA — The Mason Memorial Public Library held its summer reading program in July. This year’s theme was Paws to Read. The children enjoyed all sorts of activities including fish sand bottles, giraffe puppets, frog jumpers and tissue paper bugs.

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