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Teen Summer Reading Scavenger Challenge!

Don’t chicken out!  Summer reading is here, and with it, a variety of ways to participate.  Curiosity may kill the cat, but it will take you and your creativity to new and exciting places at the Putnam County Libraries this summer.


Do you have the non-fiction know-how to complete the summer reading scavenger challenge?  All Putnam County teens can create an account on the District’s webpage, www.putnamcountylibrary.org, browse and review the new non-fiction collection, and find clues along the way.   The challenge starts June 16th!  Those who complete the challenge win an invitation…to a by-invite-only book bash at the Hennepin Library.


Where to start?  Here!  Go to:  http://www.putnamcountylibrary.org/wp-login.php?action=register and create an account.  Follow the steps to complete your registration.


Then, check out our list of new non-fiction books at  http://www.putnamcountylibrary.org/?cat=21.  Use the first clue below to locate the book review with a star.  On every Monday, return to the review with the star for the next clue.


Not sure you want to participate?  That’s okay!  Browse through our new non-fiction collection, regardless of clues:  http://www.putnamcountylibrary.org/?cat=21

Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).


Happy sleuthing!



Are you up to the test? Have no fear of your success…
this star is found by Clark’s nerves of steel.






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.

Upcoming Programs