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By the Book

PRINCETON — In addition to being able to come into the Princeton Public Library to use its computers or access its free wireless connection, patrons can also check out one of the library’s five new Hotspot Wi-Fi devices to take home. The borrower must be a library card holder, 18 or older, and in good standing with the library. First-time users must sign an acknowledgment form at the circulation desk prior to checkout. The device can only be checked out for seven days, and will not be renewable. When checking out the Hotspot, the borrower will receive the device, a power cord, an instruction manual, and a carrying case. All items must be returned at the same time to the front desk during business hours in order to avoid a late fee. They cannot be returned using the drop box locations. The overdue fine is $1 per day. Failure to return the Hotspot and accessories within four weeks after the original due date will result in a charge to the cardholder’s account of $100 with a $15 additional charge for the adapter. Hand the case and its contents directly to a library staff member. The user assumes responsibility for the cost of repair or replacement in the event that Wi-Fi Hotspot or its accessories are lost, stolen or damaged. Princeton Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. Users are prohibited from using Wi-Fi Hotspots in any way that violates federal, state, and municipal laws. Users are encouraged to follow safe Internet practices. The library is not responsible for personal information that is shared over the Internet.

Author Tim Pletkovich, whose most recent book is “Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame,” will share stories from his research at an upcoming event at the library: Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. His books will be on sale after his presentation.

Thursday, Dec. 7, at 10:45 a.m., the Tigers Read PHS Book Club will meet.

Friday, Dec. 8, at 4 to 6 p.m., holiday piano music will be played by local musicians.

On Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m., Laura Keyes brings Laura Ingalls to life at the Princeton Public Library as she plays the role of this well-loved author of the “Little House on the Prairie” books. She will reminisce about Christmas Day out on the snowy prairie. The stories about her family and her fiancé Almanzo Wilder go back to the 1880’s and life on the prairie. Hear stories from her childhood and see some of her beloved Christmas gifts. This program is appropriate for the whole family. 

On Monday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m., the library will show a movie about a boy in the 1940s who wants a BB gun for Christmas.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a youth services storytime and craft. Later that day from 4 to 7 p.m., the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will hold a blood drive. Advanced sign-up is encouraged, although walk-ins are also welcome. Call 815-875-1331 or drop in to the library to register in advance.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m., there will be a program from the Princeton High School Madrigal Singers. Later that day, at 6:30 p.m., Widmark Wednesday will take place.

The movie will be about a pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather who discover a band of bank-robbing bandits.

The library recently added new large print books to the library collection, including “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child, “Every Breath You Take” by Mary Higgins Clark, “The House of Unexpected Sisters” by Alexander McCall Smith, “Typhoon Fury” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, and “Deep Freeze” by John Sandford. Also recently added were the new nonfiction titles to the library collection, including “Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television’s Most Influential News Broadcast” by Jeff Fager, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism” by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner, and “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose” by Joe Biden.

SPRING VALLEY — The library in Spring Valley is selling gift cards again this year for the holiday season as a fundraiser. The cards available are for purchases at many of the area businesses, big name businesses, plus online businesses. The gift cards that are purchased give different percentages of the cost back to the library. The second order will be due by noon Friday, Dec. 8, with delivery by Dec. 22. The order sheets that list the gift cards available for purchase may be picked up at the library during regular business hours. Payment for the gift cards must be done at the time of ordering by check and/or cash. For more details, call 815-663-4741.

The library is collecting aluminum cans with the proceeds supporting the library and local scouts. Cans may be dropped off at the library during its hours of operation. A large box inside the west front door is available for drop off. Cans should be tied in a plastic bag. For more information, call the library.

WYANET — The library will host a computer class at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. The class will be run by Ethan Sproul of TestPoint II Technologies. The classes run each month on the first and the third Thursday at 6 p.m. The library will host IV Cellular’s latest smartphone training and safety class from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. These classes continue the IV Cellular smartphone education at no cost to participants. RSVP at 815-699-2342 to attend. Santa Claus will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 9. After telling Santa what they would like, the kiddos can “shop” in his secret shop for gifts from themselves. There will be gift wrapping available for said gifts.

BUDA — The library is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; closed Thursday; 1 to 5 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday.

WALNUT — The library is asking patrons to donate empty ink cartridges and old cell phones. The library will recycle them for cash.

DEPUE — The library hosts blood pressure and blood sugar screenings the second Tuesday of each month. The screenings are administered by St. Margaret’s Health from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

TISKILWA — On the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., the library’s book club for adults meets. Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the library hosts a yoga class, where participants enjoy camaraderie with others and are challenged mentally and physically. Cost is $5 per person.

BUREAU — The Leepertown Township Public Library is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library has computers for patron usage, as well as copier, scanning and fax services. Call 815-659-3283 for information. (The fax number is the same as the phone number).

LADD — The library sponsors an adult coloring club on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Adult card club is on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

BRADFORD — At the library, the kids will also get to do a Christmas craft on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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