April 11, 2021
Putnam County


Putnam County Library District announces April programs

The Putnam County Library District has announced its April programs.

All Putnam County libraries

• Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3 — Closed for Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

• April 4-10 — National Library Week. Come in to see what goodies are available and programs happening at the local library branches.

In honor of National Library Week, a Community Comforts Drive will be held for the month of April. It has been a tough go for communities during this pandemic. This year they will be collecting personal items for the Putnam County Food Pantry — shampoo/conditioner, body wash, laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, toothbrush/toothpaste, tampons/pads, deodorant and personal care items. This is the same as the past Food for Fines drive, for every donation $1 will be taken off your library fines. Only items sealed will be accepted.

• Virtual Library Escape Rooms — A new event begins every month. The event will be on Google Forms; the link will be on the website under “All Library Programs.”

Hennepin

• Thursday, April 1 — Movie matinee all day. Participants can pick up a movie and a bag of goodies to go. Fill out the report and turn it in for a prizes at the library.

• Thursday, April 8 — Claire Evans will present “From Uptown Girls to Downton Abbey: How American Gilded-Age Heiresses Invaded the British Aristocracy” at 6:30 p.m. live on Zoom (a link will be on the website and Facebook). Long before the British Invasion, the cash-strapped lords, viscounts and dukes of Great Britain shifted their focus from hunting foxes and pheasants to more lucrative targets: cash-flush Gilded Age American socialites who were willing to trade their family’s money for an ancient title and often a chilly reception in the British aristocracy. Join Evans, anglophile and former U.K. resident, as she recounts the tales of some of the famously loaded young Americans who infused bank accounts of many stately homes, including close relatives of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana. She’ll also give travel tips if you’d like to create a Gilded Age tour for yourself.

• Thursday, April 15 — Bad art craft will be spring wreath. This grab-and-go craft art program will be available all day for all audiences. Rotten eggs are not included.

• Thursday, April 22 — Earth Day take-and-go project available all day. Participants can pick up supplies to make their own seed bombs.

• Tuesday, April 27 — Spring Wildflowers and their Native American and Pioneer Uses at 6:30 p.m. live on Zoom (link will be on website and Facebook). Program will also be available on Facebook afterward. Lisa Sonsthe, natural resource coordinator with Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks, will be discussing how the Native Americans and Pioneers used spring wildflowers.

• Story time — Story time has been suspended until further notice. Patrons are encouraged to watch story hour online via the library’s Facebook Page. If a story hour online craft kit is wanted, call the Hennepin library at 815-925-7020 to be placed on a list for kit pickup.

• Homework Helper — Students are welcome to work on homework at the library during library hours.

Granville

• Saturday, April 10 — The April craft will be cherry blossom wreath and rainy day paper umbrellas. They will be available all morning.

• Every Tuesday — An online story time at 10 a.m. on Facebook. Watch a video as Paula shares a story and suggests a craft.

• Story hour — Starting Tuesday, April 13, and continuing every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Children ages 2 to 5 can stop in for a story and craft. They will meet in Hopkins Park in Granville. The restrooms are not available at this time. Bring a blanket or chair. They will be following social distancing protocols. If it rain, they will gather in the shelter.

Magnolia

• Thursday, April 1 — The 1940′s: Swing Dancing, World War II and The Greatest Generation at 6 p.m. on Zoom (link will be available on website and Facebook).

The 1940s was a time of war. Though the Great Depression had subsided, terror was in the lives of many due to the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust, World War II and the Red Scare. Meanwhile, new inventions were developing such as the microwave oven, the Jeep and the most explosive invention, the Atomic Bomb. Swing music, the Jitterbug, Zoot Suits and the Lindy Hop were all in vogue. A drastic cut in the manufacturing of consumer goods, fabrics and automobiles due to the war effort made rationing mandatory. Alfred Hitchcock beyond a Shadow of a Doubt made a Notorious name for himself through movies of suspense and psychological thrillers. Soon-to-be-famous authors also released books such as “Pippi Longstocking,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “The Stranger” and “Death of a Salesman.” Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor and our dealings with Russia leading to the Cold War. Gibbons will also talk about Harry Truman’s presidency, his defeat of front runner Thomas E. Dewey and the signing of the Marshall Plan. He will explain how in 1943, new controversial music was established eventually ending the Swing Era and setting up a whole new decade of Rock and Roll.

• Saturday, April 10 — Nature scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. Look and find pickup kit will be available.

• Tuesday, April 13 — The University of Illinois Extension office and 4-H will have a paddleboat make/take home kit available from 4 to 5 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 20 — Roll the Dice exercise game from 3 to 7 p.m. Take home bag available.

• Thursday, April 22 — Earth Day kids flower painting hour from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

• Saturday, April 24 — Lego Day at 10 a.m.

• Homework Helper — Students are welcome to work on homework at the library during library hours.

McNabb

• Wednesday, April 7 — Movie matinee at 5 p.m. with back pickup.

• Wednesday, April 14 — The University of Illinois Extension office and 4-H will have a paddleboat make/take home kit available from 4 to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, April 17 — Bad art craft will be spring wreath. This grab-and-go craft art program will be available all day for all audiences. Rotten eggs are not included.

• Wednesday, April 28 — 1893 Chicago World’s Fair at 6:30 p.m. in-person and via Zoom (Zoom link will be posted on website and Facebook). The year is 1893 and the city of Chicago is booming. Chicago is told it will be the city chosen among several others to officially hold the World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival. The fair will mark a turning point in Chicago’s history, bringing diverse cultures to the area as well as architecture, the arts, sanitation and more. It will also help bring an industrial boom to the city, bringing those from all over the world to what would become a key melting pot city in America. Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the turn of events that took place at the World’s Columbian Exposition, later to be called the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Gibbons will explain how Thomas Edison brought his new inventions to the fair. He will discuss how author L. Frank Baum wrote the book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” based on the magic and beauty he saw in Edison’s inventions and other influences at the fair. While the fair brought to light many new inventions, cultures and literary works, it also cast darkness among the city as America’s first well-known serial killer, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (also known as H.H. Holmes), who confessed to murdering between 27-200 people in his hotel. The book, “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America,” would later be written by author Erik Larson based the H.H. Holmes murders. On a lighter note, the inventions and magic can still be found in Chicago’s last-standing building of 1893, The Museum of Science and Industry, where families, adults and children can learn and explore technology, history and culture of the past and present.

• Homework Helper — Students are welcome to work on homework at the library during library hours.

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• Tuesday, April 6 — Standard craft 2 go kits will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will make bead wind chimes.