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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Reading
Don’t miss the chance to come to Forsyth Public Library to get prizes for meeting your summer reading goals! Saturday, July 29 is the last day to pick up prizes. While you’re here, let us know what you think about the Summer Reading Program by completing a short survey. Help us make next summer even better! That same day Family LEGO Time from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come collect your prizes, and create something awesome!

Story Times
Summer Story Times concludes on Thursday, July 27. We’ll take a short break to get ready for fall and then will resume on Friday, September 15. Story Times for ages 3-5 will be held on Fridays throughout the school year from 10-11 a.m.

Baby TALK continuing at library
The impact of the state budget crisis on Baby TALK has been in the news recently, and many area Baby TALK programs have been suspended. However, the library will continue to sponsor Baby TALK every Wednesday as usual at 9:30 a.m. for ages birth through 3. Baby TALK has been an important part of library programming for many years, and even more a valued part of the lives of many local families, promoting early childhood development and literacy. In 2016, 1,299 people attended our Baby TALK programs, with an average attendance of 26. In the first half of 2017, attendance has been 767, with an average of 31 per session.

Cool for School
Are you ready for school? We can help you get one step closer! Drop in on Wednesday, August 2 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to personalize a new notebook and pen for yourself. We’ll make a fun snack as well, and then you can head out energized to register for school.

Notebooks, pencils, library card!
Stocking up on back-to-school supplies? Don’t forget one of the most important: your child’s library card! Children with a library card are more likely to visit the library, and studies show that first-graders who frequent the library will retain higher scores in math and science in the third grade. Any child old enough to sign their name can have their own library card with a parent’s signature. Stop by the library and get one for your child today!

Eclipse Ready!
Monday, August 21 will be the first total solar eclipse visible on the continental United States in 38 years, and its path crosses southern Illinois. In fact, all parts of Illinois will have at least a partial view! If you want to be ready to experience it, drop in Saturday, August 12 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get prepared. We’ll make an eclipse snack and craft and give everyone a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last). We’ll also share information about the eclipse. Viewing glasses will continue to be available the week of August 14 as supplies last.

Book Discussion Groups
The library’s two book discussion groups are open to adult readers each month. Food for Thought Book Group meets Thursday, August 10 at 6 p.m. August’s selection, Bed: A Novel by David Whitehouse, follows Mal Ede, a morbidly obese young man who has chosen to remain in bed, permanently forsaking a normal life but gaining notoriety as the world’s largest man. The Bookkeepers Book Group meets Friday, August 18, 10 a.m. to discuss Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult. A white-supremacist father demands only non-African American nurses tend his newly born child, resulting in a lawsuit for nurse Ruth. Picoult explores different levels of racism in this story based on an actual legal case.

Traveling? Take the library along!
Travel plans for the end of summer? Take the library along for the ride! The library has plenty of up-to-date guidebooks to help plan your trip, covering everything from Illinois parks to cruise ships and exotic locations overseas. Audiobooks on CD or Playaway help the road miles go by, and a good book fits well with an afternoon on the beach. No room for books in the carry-on? Then just take your library card! With it you can download e-books, audiobooks, magazines and music files for free to your smartphone or tablet. Once downloaded you don’t need Wi-Fi, and you never have to worry about losing them if your luggage ends up in Toledo.

Enjoy Family Movie Night
The busy-ness of summer is nearing its end. Why not celebrate with a family movie to wrap up your summer vacation time? Check out new DVD additions on our webpage. Located to the left on the library's home page, you can find a listing of our latest movies and even put a hold on your favorites! FYI: the library's current DVD collection includes 1,451 videos for adults and 894 juvenile videos, totaling 2,345 with new ones added weekly. Everyone in the family can have a favorite pick with such a great selection.

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