Final Summer Reading Event

Be sure to join us this Sat., July 19 for “The Animal Orchestra”, our last event of the summer.  At 11am, Johanna Ballou will lead the kids in making animal sounds and using their own instruments as she plays music and reads several classic children’s stories.  We’ll then have snacks and all kids who attend will get an attendance prize.  Don’t worry if you haven’t finished your reading log.  You have until the end of July to complete all your goals and earn all 5 prizes.

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History Panels on Display

The War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission has been gracious enough to place a rotating selection of large history panels on display at the library for the next year.  During the month of July and August, we’ll have 4 panels depicting Native Americans, with particular emphasis on the Black Hawks.  Stop in this summer and see this great display.

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Humane Society Visit

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On Saturday, June 28 volunteers from the Clinton County Humane Society were kind enough to bring some of the cats and dogs available for adoption to the library.  Patrons, young and old, were able to interact with the pets, feed them treats and give them lots of attention.  Our young patrons are learning about animals this summer through our reading program, “Paws to Read”.  Along with reading, one of their activities will be to donate money, a toy or treats to the Humane Society.  All during the month of July, we’ll have collection containers at the library.  Plus, any fines and fees collected this month will be donated to the Humane Society.

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Animal Tales

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Over 20 youngsters and their families enjoyed our first summer event entitled Animal Science.  Our friend John from Animal Tales in Mayfield, KY brought a tarantula, a python, a giant bullfrog, a capybara and a miniature toucan for everyone to see up close and even touch.  We learned how large they can grow, what they eat, how fast they are and why they may or may not be good pets.

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June is Dairy Month

During the month of June, our local 4H Clovers and Cloveretts have filled our display case with pictures and examples of the many ways they  AND YOU can enjoy dairy products.  Stop in and see some of their projects.

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Kids, ages 4 and up, get ready for this year’s summer reading program, “Paws to Read”.  You can register beginning June 16.  We’ll be having lots of fun again this year, with special live animal guests, games, activities, reading, snacks and prizes!  Don’t worry if you’ll be out of town, you can sign up any time after the 16th and read (or have someone read to you) on your own time to earn prizes.  Keep up your reading skills this summer and be ready for next school year, all while having a great time.

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Important Information Needed

Along with the rest of the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) libraries, we will soon be requiring patrons to provide extra information for their records.  This is to protect you and help us with the integrity of our patron records, since IHLS now serves a population of over 2 million!    BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2014, ALL PATRON RECORDS MUST INCLUDE THE PATRON’S BIRTH DATE AND AN ID NUMBER, PREFERABLY A DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER.  In the case of children, we can use a parent’s ID or license number.  The next time you come in to the library, please bring your driver’s license and we can simply scan it in to your record.  That’s all there is to it.  Remember that on and after September 1, if you want to check out items, download eBooks, search or request items, you MUST have an ID number and birth date in your record.  We thank you for taking care of this as soon as possible.

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Earth Day 2014


In late April, we were fortunate to have several groups of young people stop by to help beautify the library for Earth Day.  First, a group of junior high students from Germantown Elementary worked outside to sweep up leaves, knock down cobwebs and clean the windows.  Then they came inside and made lots of really creative bookmarks for us.  Later, the Germantown girl scout troop brought a flowering plant to dress up our window.  In the picture above, Miss Perri accepts the flowers from some of the smiling scouts.  It looks like Germantown will be well taken care of by this younger generation.  The library, along with Mother Earth, thanks you all!

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Join the Book Worm Reading Club

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Kids age 5 and up are invited to join the 4-H Book Worm reading club.  You’ll meet at the library from 10am-11am for the first 4 Saturdays in May, beginning May 3.  There is a one time fee of $10 unless you’re already a 4-H member.  Fun activities will include stories, prizes and crafts, all presented by 4-H leader Jeana Brandmeyer.  Sign up today by calling us at 523-4820 or just stop by.

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Happy National Library Week

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We held our 19th annual coloring contest in honor of National Library Week.  All entries are posted at the library and really brighten up the whole place.  This year’s winners included Brylee Deerhake, Kaelyn Gebke, Garett Gebke, Aidan Diesen, Reese Kalmer, Kyliee Smith and Alaina Kohnen.  Each winner was able to choose a new book as their prize.  Congratulations to them and thanks to all who entered!  Everyone who stops in the library this week may pick up a sweet treat as a reminder to feed your imagination by reading.

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