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By TERRIE VISEL
Rantoul Press columnist
March winds may be swirling outdoors, but inside at Rantoul Public Library, those winds aren’t an issue at all.
Instead, you’ll find a whirlwind of exciting events that will take place during what is developing into a busy March.
Recently, a truly remarkable and ultra-special moment happened at the library. A person (who does not wish to be named) walked up to the front desk and asked if the library would accept a gift. That gift turned out to be a new laptop, four tablets and an e-reader, complete with cases and e-books.
To this extraordinarily generous individual, everyone at Rantoul Public Library as well as the Friends of the Library extend a heartfelt thank you. Because of you, the library is able to offer:
The “Technology Petting Zoo!” From 7-9 p.m. tomorrow evening, March 8, everyone is invited to hold, touch and preview the various forms of e-reader technology. Informed and savvy folk will be on hand to answer your questions and to address any concerns you might have.
If you’ve given thought to getting an e-reader (Nook, Kindle, etc.), this is your opportunity to check ‘em out in one convenient, casual location.
Next Monday evening, March 12, the library will present the entertaining, but controversial 30-minute cartoon “The American Dream.”
Starting at 6 p.m., “The American Dream” will present its interpretation of the so-called evils of our current economic system and the federal reserve.
As you know, the library strives to provide a broad range of viewpoints, whether in print or video.
So if you know of a free, yet entertaining film showing the merits of our economic system, please contact Holly at the library.
A free luncheon will be offered from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.
Why is this event mentioned at this time? Easy. Reservations are required. Sign up before March 21 and prepare to be entertained by the fascinating “Cow-Catcher, Bumfuzzle, Chigger, Oh My!”
Editor and novelist Joanna Beth Tweedy will lead the exploration of the diction and dialect for much of the central U.S.
So mark the date now. Stop in or call the library at 217-893-3955 to register.
On Sunday, March 11, (yes, the day on which Daylight Savings begins), the Book Club will meet at the library to chat about Sarah Blake’s book “The Postmistress.”
Have you thought about joining this fun group? If you have, then please join everyone at 2 p.m Sunday and be sure to pick up the calendar of book titles to be read during the rest of the year.
Are you interested in writing? Then by all means you should attend the Writers Group, which will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 12.
Feel free to bring in pages from your latest project and look forward to receiving some helpful feedback to strengthen your writing.
Fiction, non-fiction, doesn’t matter the genre. This group is ready to share and discuss.
The puzzle exchange is returning from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Community Room.
If that time doesn’t work for you, then give it a go from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. The puzzle exchange is a fun and free program that allows you to bring in a puzzle you’ve already worked and exchange it for a puzzle you haven’t.
St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17) will be the date of the next gaming afternoon.
From noon-4 p.m., games, games and more games will be the order of the afternoon. You, your family and your friends will have your choice of which game to play, whether it’s a board game or non-board game. And do feel free to wear green in the spirit of the day.
You are invited to join the Friends of the Library for our meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, March 19.
The agenda includes a bit of discussion about the upcoming book sale.
(There will be something out-of-the-ordinary for the next Friends of the Library book sale later this month. More info on this in two weeks.)
Our meeting lasts about an hour and is casual but to the point. Learn for yourself the various ways we help the library.
Pre-registration is also required for the upcoming Easter egg hunt, which will take place at the library Saturday, March 31.
This special event for children ages 8 and younger will include story and craft times as well as an Easter egg hunt.
Visit the children’s desk at the library or call 893-9355 to pre-register.
Be sure to pick up a free copy of the library’s monthly calendar so you’ll know when all the special events and activities are slated.
Rantoul Public Library is located at 106 W. Flessner Ave. and at www.rantoul.lib.il.us online.
Terrie Visel, a resident of Rantoul and a member of Friends of Library, writes a bi-monthly monthly column.