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By TERRIE VISEL
Rantoul Press columnist
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
This truth was penned by Joseph Addison (1672-1719). an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He understood the necessity of brain development and application.
This philosophy is shared in full by the Rantoul Public Library. And that’s why our library provides an abundance of books and reading material. With rewarding reading programs and special events, the library offers a variety of ways for you to exercise your brain and have fun in the process.
Do you have a needle art project to finish? Curious about how to get started or how to finish a piece? Then by all means you need to be a part of the Yarn ‘N Yak group, which will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 21.
These talented fiber artists are a fun collection of individuals working on a variety of projects. And they’re always willing to provide experienced insight to hand sewing or knitting/crocheting tasks.
The Origami Club will meet from 4-4:45 p.m. this Friday, Feb 22. This popular club is for all skill levels, ages 10 and up. And they are learning to fold paper into intricate designs. New designs are worked each session. The Origami Club is fascinating.
It’s a brown bag lunch event from 11 .a.m.-1 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb 27. Dine on the lunch you bring, with hot drinks and dessert provided by the library. Discussion will focus on the books you’ve read thus far during the adult reading program Warm Up With A Good Book. These events are always lively.
The Children’s Department requests the help of some generous volunteers to help with stuffing eggs for the upcoming Easter egg hunt. For more information and to add your name to the list, contact Annette. There are additional ways to help at the library as well, so please consider your schedule and make the decision to be an active volunteer.
The children’s winter reading program, Snow Better Time To Read, continues. Young participants are enthusiastic about their progress towards prizes. Plus they know it’s almost time to vote for their favorite Monarch Books nominees. Parents, encourage your children to reach their reading goals during the Snow Better Time To Read winter program.
A book you can recommend to your reader: “Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave.” Author Deron R Hicks has created an intriguing page turner that introduces you to the Letterford extended family.
Colophon Letterford, along with her dad’s cousin Julian become unlikely partners to find the family’s long lost treasure to save the family’s publishing house. They follow clues and make a job-saving discovery that keeps Colophon’s dad as president of the company.
But wait. The quest doesn’t end as the pages come to a close. The brief one-page epilogue gives promise to a sequel.
The book is published by Houghton Mifflin, and illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer.
For yourself, snuggle up with a book that takes you back in time such as Penny Marshall’s “My Mother Was Nuts — A Memoir.” Penny’s rather frank autobiography includes discussion of her days as Laverne on the “Laverne & Shirley” TV show, as well as her years of producing and directing such hit films as “Big,” “A League Of Their Own,” and “Renaissance Man.”
Marshall was married for a time to Rob Reiner, dated Art Garfunkel, appeared on stage with Paul Simon and was/is friends with some of Hollywood’s shining stars.
Published by New Harvest, “My Mother Was Nuts” will draw you in with laughs, moments of “Oh, yes, I remember that,” and thoughts of “She’s remarkably talented.”
The library also offers books on CD and large print in addition to current magazines and newspapers for your enjoyment.
Coming soon to the library: A new online card catalogue and circulation system. This new system will be a part of the Illinois Heartland Library System, which includes 585 member libraries in the southern half of Illinois.
As of March 23, the library will no longer be able to place requests for books, so if you have any titles on hold, you might want to make a list prior to that March date for your convenience. The new system will be up and running April 9, with expanded abilities to make using the library all the more expedient. This will be an exciting addition to our already fine library.
Don’t forget to pick up a free copy of the library’s monthly calendar so you’ll know when all the activities are slated. You can also have a convenient look at the calendar of events at the library’s website: www.rantoul.lib.il.us. The website also links you to a plethora of additional reference and educational materials as well as pictures of various events held at the Library.
Terrie Visel, a resident of Rantoul and a member of Friends of Library, writes a bi-monthly column.