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Upcoming Programs

The Art of Enlightenment: The Meaning Behind Tibetan Masterpiece Paintings at the Hennepin Library

3/3/15 7:00 pm

Glenn Mullin is a well known Tibetologist, curator of Himalayan art, author, spiritual teacher and leader of spiritual pilgrimages to Tibet, India, and Nepal. Glenn is the author of 20 books on Central Asia. Ten of these 20 books are on the lives and works of the Dalai Lamas, including “The Fourteen Dalai Lamas” and selected works from the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, and 13th Dalai Lamas.

Come and enjoy this evening of stimulating spiritual discussion with Glenn.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call: (815) 925-7020 or Bob Steele: (815) 228-3201.

Eleanor Roosevelt Overcoming Odds, Achieving Greatness at the Hennepin Library

3/5/15 6:30 pm

She is one of the most admired, skilled, and controversial politicians of the 20th Century. Though she never ran for public office, she wielded tremendous power by influencing those that governed. The poor, the down trodden, and the oppressed, had a strong ally in Eleanor.

Though extremely lady-like in manner, she was inflexible as steel when she stood up for the causes she
believed in. Eleanor was warm and tender with close friends, but was never taught the mothering skills to get close to her own children. She enjoyed being in the public spotlight, but was least comfortable within her own family. While overcoming the odds to achieve her greatness, Eleanor Roosevelt became one of the most admired women in American history.

Join historian, Jim Gibbons, in exploring the life of this extraordinary woman.

Archaeology of Disaster at the Standard Branch Library

3/16/15 6:30 pm

Join us at the Standard Branch Library on Monday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m. for the Archaeology of Disaster. Fire, flood, famine, war, plague, earthquake… All major disasters leave distinctive signatures in the archaeological record. Illinois has seen its share of each. From the New Madrid quakes of 1811/1812 that changed the very course of the Mississippi River to the great flood of 1993, we are adapting today to events that have a history long beyond living memory.

Gregory Vogel, Assistant Professor, Anthropology at Southern Illinois University, explores the interaction of human culture, both historic and prehistoric, with the environment, human adaptations to environmental changes, and the lessons that this history may hold for Illinoisans today.

“The Archeology of Disaster” is the tenth program in the 2014-2015 Putnam County Public Library District humanities program series, “Traces & Byways Discovered.” For more information, please call the Standard Branch Library at (815) 339-2471. 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.

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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