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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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Upcoming Programs

Greatness Explained: The Great Lakes at the Magnolia Branch Library

2/3/15 6:30 pm

Come to the Magnolia Branch Library on Tuesday, February 3rd, at 6:30 p.m., to explore the history and significance of the Great Lakes during “Greatness Explained: The Great Lakes.”  The Great Lakes are one of the great natural wonders of the world, but surprisingly often, are not included on such lists.  They and their connecting channels and portages have been central in the settlement history and cultural geography of this region.  While Native Americans used the lakes extensively, this program begins with the significance of French explorations and use of these connections as part of its “crescent” of settlement in the Illinois Country.  Norman Moline will identify the many links both within the Great Lakes watershed and with adjoining watersheds, elaborate on their historical significance for the nation and for our region, and focus on some of the current environmental and political issues which impact Illinois and other Great Lakes states.

“Greatness Explained:  The Great Lakes” is the ninth program in the 2014-2015 Putnam County Public Library District humanities program series, “Traces & Byways Discovered.”  For more information, please call the Magnolia Branch Library at (815) 869-3038.  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.  If you have special needs because of a disability, please contact Brittany Blomquist at 815-925-7020 to discuss arrangements.