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Read to the Rhythm

6/22/15 9:00 am

Read to the Rhythm this Summer at Putnam County Libraries!

Join in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, sing-out-loud summer at the Putnam County Public Libraries! This year’s summer reading program, “Read to the Rhythm,” takes us on musical journey through stories and songs for all ages. Beginning the week of June 22nd, each of the six library locations will offer opportunities for readers of all ages to participate in prize drawings — each time a book is read and returned to the library, complete a prize drawing entry form to be randomly drawn. The more you read during the five week summer reading program, the more entries you will be able to submit for prizes! Winners will be drawn on July 26th, and announced the following week.


In addition to great books and fun prizes, musical programs and events will take place throughout the county. Music science, instrument arts and crafts, family library nights, guest readers and music-themed movie nights are just a few of the fun and engaging programs taking place this summer. Stop in or call your local branch library to learn more about events.



Preschool Storytime — Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Granville Branch Library
Start rockin’ this summer with Pete the Cat and many other favorite characters…crafts, stories, treats and lots of fun for everyone! This program is ideal for children ages 3, 4 and 5 years of age.


Chords & Crafts — Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the Standard Branch Library
Start a band, make your own instruments! Join in this musical crafts and activities hour to let creativity soar. This program is ideal for elementary school age children.


YouTunes — Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Branch Library
Sing favorite songs, learn new tunes and dance with friends during this activities and crafts hour. Be a rock star! This program is ideal for elementary school age children.


Teen Reading Group — Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Granville Branch Library
Bring your favorite read — suspense, thriller, mystery, adventure, comedy, and more — to share with others. Explore new authors and and find great classics. This program is ideal for tweens and teens.


Recording Sessions — Wednesday, June 24th, July 8th and 22nd at 4:00 p.m. at the McNabb Branch Library
Be your own music artist! Create a soundtrack uniquely you with karaoke, sound effects, beats and more. Bring friends and cut your own album. This program is ideal for elementary and middle school age children.

Putnam County Public Library District Receives Grant Award

logoThe Putnam County Public Library District has received a major project grant award from the Illinois Humanities Council for “Traces & Byways Discovered,” a year-long series of outstanding and diverse humanities programs.  The “Traces & Byways Discovered” events are as unique as the interests of community residents.  Find heroes in inspiring programs about baseball, the Titanic and freedom seekers traveling along the unseen rails of Illinois’ Underground Railroad.  History buffs and needleworkers alike will enjoy a remarkable program about a nearly 1,000 year-old tapestry and the story its stiches tell.  Explore the remarkable impact of the man-made “iron horses” of steam and steel along the Illinois railroads, and the pivotal geologic disasters and landmarks that shaped the soil and rock beneath our feet and how it played and continues to play a role in life today.  Outlaws and desperadoes are the subjects of an exciting presentation about Illinois’ bad guys, while ethnic foods and the meals we enjoy and share provide the context for an insightful look at social traditions cooked into family generations.  Several performances of music and song – folk music, mountain dulcimer, and French Creole fiddle – engage audiences through historic context, and the entertaining, universal language of music.  “Traces & Byways Discovered” embodies the exploration of ideas found in unexpected places, of less traveled routes to personal discoveries and truths, of journeys to destinations where beliefs intersect and are shared, and of journeys on paths that never converge, but which deepen dialogue and broaden thinking.


IHCThe first program in the “Traces & Byways Discovered” series will take place at the Putnam (Condit) Branch Library on April 17th, at 4:00 p.m. as Barbara Gregorich shares the true story of Jack Graney, his bull terrier Larry, the Cleveland major league baseball team, and the pursuit of the pennant, is a story of devotion, commitment, and persistence, illustrating what it means to be major league.  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.


For more information on upcoming “Traces & Byways Discovered” programs, please call (815) 925-7020.

eRead Illinois E-books Now Available

Download your library! Patrons of the Putnam County Public Library District can now access more digital e-book selections through eRead Illinois.


In addition to e-books accessed through OmniLibraries, library patrons can browse, checkout and download eRead Illinois e-books in multiple formats, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant Blio e-books. Blio e-books are unique, including a professionally narrated audio version of the e-book title, for patrons to enjoy while reading. E-books can be downloaded to a variety of devices, including Kindle Fire, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows. Readers can access the digital eRead Illinois collection by using their Putnam County Public Library District library card. Putnam County residents can apply for a library card at any of the six library branches located throughout Putnam County.


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