Putnam County Library District announces September activities

The Putnam County Library District has announced its September programs.

All Putnam County libraries

• Monday, Sept. 6 — Closed for Labor Day; will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7.


• All month — Golden Tickets. For National Library Card sign-up month in September, Golden Tickets will be hidden inside select books in the library. The ones who find them will receive a prize.

• Wednesday, Sept. 1 — IDPH COVID vaccination clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. To register, contact the Hennepin Library Branch at 815-925-7020.

• Thursday, Sept. 9 — Cricut MakerSpace at 6 p.m. or earlier if you call ahead. Participants are invited to stop by and learn how to use the Cricut Maker on select Thursdays. This month’s craft is “Fall Pillow Cover.”

• Thursday, Sept. 16 — Curious George program at 6:30 p.m. Adriane Shore will be discussing her love and collection of Curious George. There will be a short presentation, a display and also a showing of the documentary film “Monkey Business.” “Monkey Business” documents the adventures of Margaret and H.A.Rey that inspired them to create Curious George. Though some of the film is artfully animated the film is not geared toward a young audience.

• Thursday, Sept. 23 — Bad art craft all day. The craft will be paper bag Indian corn.

• Thursday, Sept. 30 — Ottawa Tent Colony program at 6:30 p.m. Author Jim Ridings will present “The Illustrated History of the Ottawa Tent Colony” which tells the story of tuberculosis treatment in the early 1900s. There was no cure for tuberculosis when the Ottawa Tent Colony opened in 1904 along the south shore of the Illinois River. Dr. James W. Pettit of Ottawa started his colony with the revolutionary idea of treating TB with fresh air and a nutritious diet. Patients were kept outdoors in tents, in weather that could be 20 degrees below zero or a 100-degree heat wave. They also were fed a nutritious yet incredibly fattening diet. It seems odd, but it worked for patients in the early stage of the disease. Tuberculosis attacks the lungs and wastes away the body. The fresh air and food worked to reverse those effects. The book tells the story of the early days of the facility and how it grew into the LaSalle County Tuberculosis Sanitarium. Stories of TB treatment elsewhere is chronicled, as well as another TB tent colony at Buffalo Rock — and how Buffalo Rock almost was sold to a sand company to be leveled. Tuberculosis has been the No. 1 killer in human history. Tuberculosis pandemics from the 1600s to the 1800s wiped out half the population of Europe several times. In just the last 200 years, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have estimated that TB killed 1 billion people worldwide. The CDC and WHO said that by the dawn of the 19th century, TB had killed one in seven of all the people who ever lived. Even today, TB kills 1.6 million people worldwide every year.

• 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 — Available during library hours.


• Saturday, Sept. 4 — The September craft will be chalk art campfire and pastel leaves. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

• Every Tuesday — Online story hour at 10 a.m. Watch a video as Paula shares a story and suggests a craft on the Facebook page.

• Every Tuesday — Story hour 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. Bring a blanket or chair. They will be following social distancing protocols. Gather in the shelter.

Putnam (Condit)

• Saturday, Sept. 4 — Books and Brunch first Saturday of every month during library hours.


• Saturday, Sept. 4 — Story hour, held the first Saturday of the month, will be at 10 a.m.

• Thursday, Sept. 9 — A Zoom program, “A Date We Will Always Remember, September 11, 2001,” will be presented at 6 p.m. A link will be posted on the website and Facebook. Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the devastating Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of the Twin Towers in New York. Gibbons will explain the events that took place before, during and after the attacks and how it will be timestamped forever in American history.

• Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Baking by Good Books at 6 p.m. Father Dominic from St. Bede will be stopping by the library to discuss some good books for baking.

• Thursday, Sept. 16 — Weaving activity at 4 p.m. The University of Illinois Extension office will be doing this program. The story will be included.

• Saturday, Sept. 25 — Lego building at 4 p.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 28 — Participants can learn and know more about In-Home Care Connection between 5 and 6 p.m.

• Homework Helper — Available during library hours.


• All month — Golden Tickets. For National Library Card sign-up month in September, Golden Tickets will be hidden inside select books in the library. The ones who find them will receive a prize.

• Wednesday, Sept. 1 — Story hour, held the first Wednesday of each month, will be at 10 a.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 8 — Lego hour at 4 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 22 — Owl pillow craft at 4 p.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 25 — Bad art craft will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The craft will be paper bag Indian corn.

• Every Wednesday — Homework Helper is available from 3:30 to 7 p.m.


• Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Standard craft 2 go kits will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. This month’s craft will be cinnamon stick candle holder.

• Tuesday, Sept. 28 — A program about the eerie similarities between John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln will be presented at 12:30 p.m. John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln held two presidencies, both 100 years apart. Though different moments in time, both men’s lives, which included their wives, their children and the times they lived in, ran directly parallel in time to each other. Historian Jim Gibbons will present the similarities between our 35th and 16th presidents of the United States from the number of children each had, to the letters in their last names and to the places where they were to die. Gibbons will present to you many of the similarities that repeatedly and eerily mapped these presidents’ paths which headed both men straight toward their tragic rendezvous with destiny.