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Eclipses Explained

The Putnam County Library will once again present “Eclipses Explained” this Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. This fun, educational program is appropriate for all ages. NASA certified experts, Dr. Mary Kidd and Dr. Stephen Robinson of TTU, will provide information to families about the total solar eclipse and the science behind why they happen. Attendees of this program will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Supplies are limited.

Thanks to WCTE we will also have special guest Jet Propulsion from PBS Kids show Ready Jet Go!

Solar viewing glasses are provided by STAR_Net – a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health.

Check out the full schedule of events happening around Putnam County at Cookeville SEE https://visitcookevilletn.com/solar-eclipse.

Monterey Branch Quilt Club

The Quilt Club at the Monterey Branch Library offers quilters of all skill levels a chance to meet and encourage one another. Share your current quilting project with others this Tuesday at 2 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come join.  For questions call Ms. Dean at the Monterey Branch Library at (931) 839-2103.

Baxter Book Bunch

The Baxter Book Bunch will meet this Friday at 11:15 a.m. at the Baxter Branch Library to discuss When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell. This event is open to the public. New attendees are welcome.

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PCL Storytime

Celebrate the eclipse with Mrs. Donovan at Storytime this week. Stories will include Rosha and the Sun by Mary Jo Gerson, Papagayo by Gerald McDermott, and the Native Alaskan legend How Raven Brought Light to the People.  Storytime at the Putnam County Library is held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m.

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Most Popular 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year – a great time to look at what books have been popular with readers at the library! The following lists show the Putnam County Library System’s top circulated print titles for 2016 in adult fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction, juvenile fiction, and children’s picture books.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham was the overall most popular book. It checked out three times more than the most popular nonfiction book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. We also discovered that you love to cook, and it’s never too late to discover the joy of reading Harry Potter or Dr. Seuss.

Adult Fiction

  1. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  3. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  4. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
  5. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  6. Make Me by Lee Child
  7. Alert by James Patterson
  8. All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
  9. Blue by Danielle Steel
  10. Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel
  11. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  12. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
  13. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
  14. Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack by Robert Knott
  15. The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

Adult Nonfiction

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  2. Fix-it and Forget-it Slow Cooker Magic by Phillis Pellman Good
  3. Guinness World Records
  4. Trisha’s Table by Trisha Yearwood
  5. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond
  6. Nashville Eats by Jennifer Justus
  7. Slow Roads Tennessee by Jerry Park
  8. Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly
  9. The Walking Dead: Book One by Robert Kirkman
  10. The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
  11. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  12. Midnight in Siberia by David Greene
  13. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  14. The Frugal Paleo Cookbook by Ciarra Hannah
  15. The Road to Character by David Brooks

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  2. The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  8. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  10. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Juvenile Fiction

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  4. Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
  5. Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
  7. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  9. Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
  10. Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

Picture Books

  1. How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen
  2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
  3. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
  4. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  5. I Am Not Going to Get Up Today by Dr. Seuss
  6. Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney
  7. The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation by Stan Berenstain
  8. If You Take a Mouse to School by Lara Joffe Numeroff
  9. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  10. Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kim Dean

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Summer Slide!

The Putnam County Library’s mission is to provide and protect access to services and information in a variety of formats that promote lifelong learning, and we place a special emphasis on encouraging young children to develop an interest in reading. We work toward this mission all year long, but our Summer Reading Program gives us a the chance to really get kids excited about reading and learning.

The goal of our summer reading program is to increase literacy and stop the summer slide in children’s reading skills. During the summer months, many children get out of the habit of reading and as a result, their skills can regress. Reading just twenty minutes a day can help them improve their comprehension skills, familiarity with text, and be better prepared for the coming school year. Library staff are happy to help you select books that are age appropriate and match your child’s interests and reading abilities. Children ages five and up can sign up for their own library card with a parent or guardian present.

This year’s summer reading theme is On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! To encourage curiosity, promote health, and increase reading motivation, we are offering free recreational and educational summer reading programs for all ages. Unfortunately space and supplies may be limited at programs. A full schedule of events and sponsors for programs at each of our four libraries can be found at pclibrary.org. The funding for the Summer Reading Program is made possible in large part by the Putnam County Library Friends.

Make the library a destination for your family this summer!

 

 

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New Books

Select new adult fiction at the Library includes: Find Her by Lisa Gardner; The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley; House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke; Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves; Numero Zero by Umberto Eco; Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos; Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving; The Mulberry Bush by Charles McCarry; The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins; The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild; and The Muralist by Barbara Shapiro.

Select new non-fiction titles include: The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government by Fergus M. Bordewich; The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated by Helaine Olen; The Courage to Act by Ben Bernanke; Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda R. Hirshman; The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health by David Agus; and The Afternoon Hiker: A Guide to Casual Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains by J.L. Stepp.

Story Time

Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and a hug? Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Mrs. Donovan presents stories of love and friendship. Stories include The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Valentine Bears by Jan Brett, Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, Froggy Went a Courtin’ by John Langstaff.  Songs will be I Love You a Bushel and a Peck, Love Grows, and Magic Penny. Story Time is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Algood Branch Story Time is host Monday at 1 p.m. The Baxter Branch Library hosts Story Time on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and the Monterey Branch Library hosts Story Time on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

PCL Events

The Children’s Library will host DIY Valentines on Monday from 3-5 p.m. We provide all the materials needed to create a beautiful card to give to your special Valentine. This is a drop-in event.

The Teen Sketch Club meets this Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. This program is appropriate for ages 12-17.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will be open Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 p.m and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Appointments are first come, first served.

The V.I.P. Program will meet this Thursday at 10 a.m. to watch Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG). This program is held each Thursday and offers art, games, movies, and yoga for adult patrons and provides accommodations for those adults with special needs.

An Introduction to Internet and Email class will be held in the downstairs meeting room Thursday at 10 a.m.

Health Talk with Dr. Grisham will be Friday at 10 a.m. These talks cover health topics that will help you improve awareness of your overall health and help you reduce the risk of certain diseases. Presented by Dr. Don Grisham of the TN Department of Health, Upper Cumberland Region.

Read with a Therapy Dog will be held in the Children’s Library on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Presented by Therapy Dog International Chapter 240 partnered with Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s Therapy Dog Program.

Kids Dental Health Talk and Story Time will be at 11 a.m. and feature a special guest from the Putnam County Health Department.

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The Putnam County Library System is pleased to once again host the Food for Fines program from December 14-31. Library patrons may reduce their overdue fines up to a limit of $25 per account through the duration of the 2015 Food for Fines program. You will receive credit toward your fines in the amount of 50¢ per item less than 8 ounces, $1.00 per 8-50 ounce item, and $2.00 per item over 50 ounces. Please note that fees for lost or damaged materials and lost card fees will not be waived. Food items must be non-perishable, factory labeled, and undamaged.  Expired items will not be accepted. Charitable food donations beyond the $25 waive limit will be accepted, but will not be applied toward library fines. All Food for Fines donations will be donated to Putnam County Helping Hands and other local food banks. Call the Library at 526-2416 for more information.

Story Time

Mrs. Donovan presents stories of the Silent Night for this week’s PCL Story Time. Stories include The Donkey’s Dream by Barbara Berger, Mouskins Christmas Eve by Edna Miller, and Silent Night by Susan Jeffers. Songs will be Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Up on the Housetop, and Rudolph.

Story Time will be held at the Algood Branch Library with Ms. Kristin on Monday at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, the Monterey Branch Library will hold Story Time at 11 a.m. with Ms. Doylene, and the Baxter Branch Library will hold Story Time at 1 p.m. with Ms. Sarah.

Branch Events

The Monterey Branch Library will host Christmas at the Library this Tuesday at 6 p.m. Come enjoy music by local artists. Call (931) 839-2103 for details.

The Algood Branch Library will host Lego Club this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. This program is appropriate for ages 5+ due to small parts.

The Baxter Book Bunch will meet on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Baxter Senior Center to discuss Black, White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker. New members are welcome!

PCL Events

The Children’s Library is offering free holiday photos for on Thursday, December 17 from 2-3:30 p.m. This will be followed by Kevin Kidd’s Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Kevin will be performing fun, whimsical songs appropriate for the whole family.

Join Ms. Chelsea on Friday from 3pm-5pm for the Elves’ Gift Making Workshop. The library will provide the instructions and materials for kids to create gifts to give to their loved ones. School aged children are encouraged to attend, and small children may need help from their adult.

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Putnam County Library on January 6 from 1-5 p.m. Blood is especially needed this time of year. Please schedule your donation by visiting http://www.redcross.org and clicking on Donate Blood.

A photo exhibition by The Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee is featured at the Library during the month of December. The Heart Gallery is made possible by volunteer workers and photographers committed to drawing attention to the children and teens in the state foster care system who are available for adoption.

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If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider the Library! A donation to go towards a library item in honor of your favorite person makes a wonderful gift and provides joy for the whole community. Once a donation is made, the Library will send a card to the person you have selected to honor and a book plate will be placed inside the book. Contact the Library at (931)526-2416 or email reference@pclibrary.org for more information on ways you can give.

Story Time

This week for Story Time Mrs. Donovan will present stories and songs about animals at Christmas. Stories will include The Animals’ Christmas by Katherine Gardam, A Wish for Wings that Work by Berkeley Breathed and Santa Mouse by Michael Brown.

Story Time will be held at the Algood Branch Library with Ms. Kristin on Monday at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, the Monterey Branch Library will hold Story Time at 11 a.m. with Ms. Doylene, and the Baxter Branch Library will hold Story Time at 1 p.m. with Ms. Sarah.

Library Branch Events

The Algood Branch Library will host a family Game Day on Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Santa will be at the Baxter Branch Library on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. There will be crafts, singing, and refreshments and be sure to bring your camera!

The Monterey Branch Library will host Christmas in the Library with The McKeon Family this Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The Monterey Branch will also have their Home School Hangout Christmas Party this Friday at 11 a.m

Putnam County Library Events

Open enrollment for the federal Health Insurance Marketplace is Nov 1, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016. A representative from the TN Health Care Campaign will be at the PCL by appointment to help you enroll in a plan or answer your questions. Schedule an appointment by calling 844-644-5443 or go to http://www.getcoveredtenn.org.

The Page Turners Book Club will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This book club is appropriate for ages 10-12.

The Teen Sketch Club will meet Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. All teens and all abilities welcome! Enjoy sharing sketches and art games.

Pre-School Craft Time will be held in the Children’s Library following Story Time this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Crafts are appropriate for ages 2 and up.

If you DIG Minecraft, come play with us this Thursday from 3-5p.m. in the Children’s Library! We will have the PC version of Minecraft set up on laptops for you to design and build your own unique world! This program is for ages 5-12. Children under the age of 10 must remain accompanied by an adult.

Families are invited to a very special story presented by our canine friends (and their humans)! Read with a Therapy Dog will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and is presented by Therapy Dog International Chapter 240 partnered with Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s Therapy Dog Program.

Check out pclibrary.org for our full events calendar!

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Check out Magazines on R.E.A.D.S.

Beginning December 1, 2015, a variety of popular magazines will be available for check out through the Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System (R.E.A.D.S). Like all Library services, this is completely free with your library card! At this time, the magazines can only be read using the Nook reading app or on a Nook tablet. Unlike e-books and digital audio books which are automatically returned after the loan period, once you check out a magazine issue, it is yours to keep. R.E.A.D.S. can be accessed from pclibrary.org or by going to reads.lib.overdrive.com.

Story Time

This week for Story Time Mrs. Donovan will present stories about Santa Clause. Stories include The Night before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore and The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg.  Be sure to bring your singing voices for sing along time, too! Story Time at the PCL Children’s Library is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Story Time will be held at the Algood Branch Library on Monday at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, the Monterey Branch Library will hold Story Time at 11 a.m. and the Baxter Branch Library will hold Story Time at 1 p.m.

PCL Events

The Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee will have an exhibit in the foyer of the Putnam County Library during the month of December. The Heart Gallery of Middle Tennessee is a volunteer organization committed to drawing attention to children and teens in the state foster care system who are available for adoption.

The Teen Gaming Club will meet Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Play cards, conquer kingdoms, and outwit friends! Retro video games are also provided. This event is open to teens ages 12-17.

Kids Draw will meet Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This free draw session is open to children of all ages and is great for families. All materials are provided.

Read!Play!Grow! will meet Friday at 10 a.m. in the upstairs meeting room. This program is appropriate for children ages birth-3 years. Part baby bounce, part literacy minded play, part early literacy education, and a whole lot of fun!

The First Friday Book Club will meet Friday at 3 p.m. to discuss The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. The FFBC is a relaxed open discussion group that welcomes new members. Refreshments will be served.

Twice Told Tales

Twice Told Tales Book Store, the Putnam County Library Friends’ monthly book sale, will be Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th.  The Friday sale will run from 4 – 6 p.m. and is open to members of the Friends group only.  Memberships may be purchased at the door.  The Saturday sale will run from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is open to the public.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale will goes toward the purchase of new books and other materials for the Library.

 

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