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By the Book

PRINCETON — Monday, Aug. 25, the Monday Night Movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a small island community that becomes frightened when a great white shark begins to feed on beach-goers, and the spreading fear threatens the town’s tourist trade. The local sheriff, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop the shark, but soon realize they are going to need a bigger boat.

Thursday, Sept. 11, the Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. and discuss “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons” by Lorna Landvik. Everyone is invited to join the group.

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.

PERU — The Peru Public Library has announced its fall children’s programs. Wiggles and Giggles, a program for children 1 to 3 years old, begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. The program will be held every Thursday at the same time and will introduce the fun of music, movement, finger plays and songs to toddlers. Story time, will be geared towards children 3 to 5 years old. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. It will be held at the same time every Wednesday in the children’s department. Children will enjoy stories, sing songs and explore and learn experiments and crafts.

To accommodate families, these programs are flexible and families are welcome to bring younger or older children to these programs. For more information and registrations, visit or call 815-223-0229.

HENNEPIN — Join the library for game day at 3 p.m. Aug. 22. Participants will enjoy all sorts of games including Wii Play, Wii Sports, Rock Band and more. Challenge yourself with a game of Charge!, fishing and laser hockey, test out your tennis and bowling skills, or make music on the drums and guitar. Games are rated for everyone on Wii Play and Wii Sports to teen for Rock Band.

At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, there will be an informative and unique presentation about the Underground Railroad and the freedom seekers who travelled its unseen routes. From the beginnings of the 19th century into the Civil War, especially from 1838 through 1861, thousands of fugitive slaves from the South came through Illinois, continuing on to Canada. This program, presented by Larry McClellan, closely follows the experiences of these freedom seekers, focusing on individual journeys via a major route through Putnam County.

“Fugitive Slaves in Putnam County!” is the fifth program in the 2014-15 Putnam County Public Library District humanities program series, “Traces & Byways Discovered.” For more information, please call the Hennepin Library at 815 925-7020. Funding for this program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly. Patrons who have special needs because of a disability, please contact Brittany Blomquist at 815-925-7020 to discuss arrangements.

GRANVILLE — The new hours for the Granville Branch Library are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays; from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays; from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Preschool story times — Join the library for stories and crafts! Our preschool program is ideal for children 3 to 5 years old.

Teen Reading Group – At 1 p.m. every Thursday the TRG is open to tweens and teens; everyone is welcome to come and share their favorite book, learn about new titles and discuss old favorites.

Wee Ones – Join the library at 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings for 30 minutes for stories and songs. This program is ideal for little ones under 3 years of age.

MCNABB — Wednesday, Aug. 20, the McNabb Branch Library will host a basic computing class from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Subsequent classes will cover various topics including email and using the internet. The basic computing class will discuss using the computer — from turning the computer on, to using mouse and keyboard functions, accessing files and understanding the desktop. Space is limited to five participants per class. To register or for more information, call the library at 815-882-2378. Additional classes will be scheduled for future dates.

The new hours for the McNabb Branch Library are from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays; from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Saturday Stories — Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the McNabb Branch Library for children in early elementary school. August will be filled with projects that include musical instruments, wacky science experiments and awesome art projects.

Preschool story time — Ideal for children 3 to 5 years old, with adult participation. Enjoy stories and make a small craft to take home.

STANDARD — The new hours for the Standard Branch Library, located within the Putnam County Community Center will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays; from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

MAGNOLIA — Movie night — The Magnolia Branch Library will show “Heaven is for Real” at 5 p.m. Aug. 21. The movie is rated PG and is 99 minutes long.

CONDIT (PUTNAM) — Stop in at the Condit Branch Library to browse a new selection of hardcover and paperback titles. The Condit Branch Library is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays; from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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