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By the book — Sept. 4

PRINCETON — Thursday, Sept. 4, the PHS Book Club “Tigers Read” will meet during lunch hours in the learning center at PHS.

Monday, Sept. 8, the Monday Night Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a couple of American expatriates who run a boat for hire on the island of Martinique. However, with World War II happening around them, business is not what it could be. They are forced, against their better judgment to violate their preferred neutrality and to take a job for the resistance transporting a fugitive and his beautiful wife on the run from the Nazis to Martinique.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, a celebration for September being piano month will begin at 6:30 p.m. An evening of music, games and information on the history and mechanics of the piano will take place with Kathy Allen, Gene Montgomery and Jennifer Allen.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Widmark Wednesday Movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature the paratroop-corps of firefighters in the U.S. Forest Service, who are flown to the scene when a large forest fire breaks out in the mountains of Montana. The forest rangers put out the blaze, but several of the firefighters are killed. The squad leader is branded a coward by a rookie fireman who holds him responsible for the forest fire death of the rookie’s father.

Also Wednesday, Chicks with Sticks will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the periodical section. Anyone is welcome to join.

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. Also Thursday, Wild with Words: Creative Writing Group led by Martha Brunell will meet at 6:30 p.m. Newcomers of all levels are welcome to join this prompt-based writing opportunity.

SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Public Library will again be offering a preschool story hour beginning this month and lasting for approximately six weeks.

The story hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday mornings. Registration is required by calling the library at 815-454-2628.

Also a monthly book club will be started if enough interest is shown by patrons. The initial meeting will be held at the library at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. At that time the group will determine the best time for participants to meet and discuss possible book choices. Coffee and treats will be provided. Again, if there are any questions, please call the library.

The library hours are: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Visit the Sheffield Illinois Public Library Facebook page for additional information about the library and photos from our summer reading program.

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 toward 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 — Preschool story times are every Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Join the library for stories, crafts, games and more. This program is ideal for children ages 3-5 years of age.

Stop in at the Hennepin Library at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 for a duct tape workshop. Teens and Tweens are invited to make duct tape wallets and bracelets. For more information, please call 815-925-7020.

GRANVILLE — Preschool story times — Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. Join the library for stories and crafts. The preschool program is ideal for children 3-5 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.

Movie Night at the Granville Branch Library: Join the library for “The Book Thief,” rated PG-13, at 6 p.m., Sept. 10. Based on the popular book of the same title, the story follows young Liesel, who finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

MCNABB — 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 — Every Saturday morning at 11 am. Ideal for children 3-5 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.

CONDIT (PUTNAM) — Join the library at the Lake Thunderbird Clubhouse in Putnam at 2 p.m., Sept. 10 when Officer Frund and Roxie introduce us to Putnam County’s K9 team. Officer Frund will discuss the life of a working police dog, and Roxie will show off her skills in a live demonstration. For more information, please call 815-437-2811.

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