“Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers”

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Patti Dawe of Granville will present the program “Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers”

Wednesday, April 26  Granville Library 6:30 P.M.

Each year some 2,500 people attempt to hike all 2,180 miles of the trail.  From her research, Dawe will explain what happens to cause 75% of those potential thru-hikers to abandon their goals, and the adventures of those who go on to complete the entire trail.  She has hiked sections of the trail in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

 Bow Wow Stories

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Saturday, April 29         GRANVILLE                10 A.M.

Bow Wow Stories is a fun activity for good readers, and struggling readers! Kids read aloud to Gigi, the Reading Dog for about 5 minutes.

Gigi loves stories, and everyone is encouraged to read.

Come and read to Gigi!

Ameren Smart Meters

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Thursday, May 4          Hennepin Library Branch          7:00 P.M.

Jay Solomon will be discussing how the new smart meters that Ameren is laying out will impact your energy bill.

From how to read them, to future plans of how Ameren will affect every household that use Ameren Energy.

This is a University of Illinois Extension Program.

 Books & Brunch

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PUTNAM (Condit)

Join us for Books & Brunch Saturday, May 6, from 9 A.M. – Noon


Landscape cleanup provided by the generosity of the Saratoga Leadaways 4-H Club.

A World Gone Mad: World War I and World War II

Historian Jim Gibbons will take you through two of the most catastrophic wars in our nation’s history, highlighting significant events that thrust the United States into two unwanted wars:

Monday, May 8  McNabb Library  6 – 8 P.M.

Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President, poses for a portrait in this undated photo. (AP Photo)

On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson stated: “The world must be safe for democracy.” In four days the United States would enter World War I.


On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stated: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941- a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” The United States had now entered World War II.

These events include the Assassination of the Arch Duke Ferdinand, the sinking of the luxury liner Lusitania, Hitler’s ambition to achieve power, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb and much, much, more!

President Franklin Roosevelt’s words shall be unfolded before your eyes. Roosevelt stated:

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory!

Petting Zoo

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Thursday, May 11     Hennepin Branch                                      6 P.M.                                                                                               Program presented by Bethany Harrison, a self sustaining farmer from Henry.  Come and pet the animals!   A educational program will follow.

Movie Matinee

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Wednesday, May 17
3:30 P.M.                                                                             The Adventure Club

Three kids discover an ancient artifact capable of granting wishes. They decide to use it to save their local science center, but there are some who’d stop at nothing to have the artifact for themselves.     Refreshments will be served.

The Life of President John F. Kennedy Presented by Jim Gibbons

Tuesday, May 23
Magnolia library branch
6 P.M.

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born a child of extreme wealth and privilege. Though he could have led a life of great ease, he felt that it was his duty to make the most of his life.

Kennedy was the second son of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy who was a former United States Ambassador to Great Britain. John Kennedy was taught that he needed to achieve great things in life. He graduated from Harvard University, and then enlisted in the Navy to eventually become Lieutenant (Junior Grade) to command patrol torpedo boat, PT- 109. The boat was rammed and then sank on August 2, 1943 in the South Pacific. He heroically tried to save his crew members and earned a Purple Heart.

Kennedy next entered politics in 1946 by winning the Democratic Primary for Massachusetts’ Eleventh Congressional District. He became both a member of the House and Senate. Then finally at the age of 42, he became our youngest elected President of the United States. He had a turbulent presidency, including the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Civil Rights, and the loss of his newborn son in August of 1963. After losing his son, only a few months later on November 22, 1963, John Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas at the age of 46.

Historian, Jim Gibbons, will present the life of our 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He gave us hopes, dreams, and challenges. John Kennedy stated, “the torch has been passed to a new generation” and that we must seize the movement by asking not what our country could do for us, but what we could do for our country! His was the age of youth, vigor and vitality–we were a country on the move. We could do anything and conquer all odds with visions of glory. For one brief shining moment in history we were Camelot!