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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

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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Summer Reading Programs for the Week of June 5, 2017

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Learning and good nutrition doesn’t end when school lets out! The Putnam County Library is offering free meals for anyone between the ages of 0 and 18 every Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 11 a.m. during the months of June and July as part of our Summer Reading Program.

This program helps provide nutritious meals to children so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow. As a requirement of participation, food must be consumed on site. This program is done in partnership with the Putnam County School System and made possible by the TN Department of Human Services through the USDA Summer Meals Program.

Putnam County Library Summer Reading Events

The Children’s Library will host Family Creative Learning Workshops this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Using PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg + Cat! The storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app. This program is appropriate for children ages 5-8. Family participation encouraged.

Join us this Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. as the Science Guys show kids how science builds a better world! Kids will use pulleys, defy gravity, have a tug-o-war, and launch a catapult! This program is recommended for ages five and up. This program will be adapted for a teen audience on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite teen summer reading tradition is back! Meet at CyberTag this Thursday from 1-2 p.m. for some team-building fun. This event is free and open to ages 12-17. CyberTag is located at 41 South Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Summer Reading Events

Children’s Program – Illusionist Tim Sharp will be at the Algood Branch Library this Monday, June 5 at 3 p.m., and at the Baxter Branch Library this Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. There will be magic, jokes, and fun for the entire family! This event is open to all ages.

Teen Program – Mr. David Coulter of First Volunteer Bank will be at the Monterey Branch Library this Tuesday, June 6 at 2 p.m. to teach teens how to build a secure financial future.

Children’s Program – Miss Sugar Maple will be at the Monterey Branch Library for a special Story Time on Wednesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. Stories will be on the environment and the importance of trees. She hopes to see you there!

Adult Program – Ms. Julie Bohannon of the Monterey Depot Museum will be at the Monterey Branch Library on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. for an adult program on the importance of local history. She will also you how you can preserve your history for future generations.

Check out for a full schedule of events!

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WCTE’s Stations of Imagination 2016

The Putnam County Library was out at the Fall Funfest on Saturday September 10, 2016 for WCTE’s 21st annual Stations of Imagination! We were excited to be able to host a booth where children could try out the PBS KIDS apps on our mobile lab of iPad minis. iPad’s are available for in-house check out in the Children’s Library; just ask about them at the circulation desk!

Also, a big thanks to Joanne White of the Putnam County Library Friends and Imagination Library for bringing books to share with families who visited our station! We had a great time and we hope you did too!


From Left to Right: Sarah Lewis (Baxter Branch Manager), Chelsea Gifford (Children’s Librarian- Cookeville Branch), Matthew Krist (Algood Branch Manager), Stacie Netherton (Library Director- Putnam County Library System)

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2016 Summer Reading Program

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Registration begins May 23, 2016 at the Putnam County Library! Registration will remain open throughout the program. Don’t miss out on a chance to have fun, read, and win prizes!

All events are free thanks to our sponsors:

Putnam County Library Friends

Dr. Lisa Whitaker Dermatology

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IWC Food Service

The Little Gym

Ready Set Grow

Russell Stover


Firehouse Subs

Discovery Depot

Jet’s Pizza

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe

IRIS Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America


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We’re kicking off this year’s program with a visit from Bob Tarter and his wild animals!

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Children’s Programs at the PCL

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Adult and Teen Programs at the PCL

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Click here to see the Baxter and Monterey Branch Library SRP Events!

Follow our Facebook Event Page for updates on programs and additional information!

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What’s Happening at Your Library?

Putnam County Library Events

  • The Page Turner’s Book Club will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. This open book club features titles selected for the 10-12 year old reader.
  • The Teen Gaming Club will meet Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and is open to teens age 12-17. Play cards, conquer kingdoms, and outwit friends! Retro video games provided.
  • Kids Draw will meet Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. This free draw session is great for families and materials are provided. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A Microsoft Word class will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • Come to the 3D CAD Lab this Thursday at 4 p.m. to work with a group using self paced tutorials that teach 3D design. Computers and software with easy tutorials provided. No prior experience required. Open to all ages, youth and adult.
  • Read!Play!Grow! with us this Friday at 10 a.m. This program for children ages birth to three years is part baby bounce, part literacy minded play, part early literacy education, and lots of fun!

Putnam County Library System Branch Events

  • The Algood Branch Library offers Story Time every Monday at 1 p.m.  They also offer job search help, resume assistance, and genealogy research tips with no appointment required during normal hours of operation.
  • The Baxter Branch Library’s book club will meet Friday at 11:00 a.m. to discuss A Good American by Alex George. Baxter also offers Story Time every Wednesday at 1 p.m.
  • The Monterey Branch Quilter’s Club will meet Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Story Time is offered every Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Lego Club will meet Saturday at 11 a.m. Children under age 10 must remain accompanied by an adult.

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TSLA Congratulates Librarians Who’ve Completed Specialized Training Program

Librarians do more than stand guard over shelves of books. In order to be successful, they’re frequently called up to be freedom of information advocates, strategic planners, marketing specialists, budget-balancing experts, public speakers and more – sometimes all in the same week!

To help Tennessee’s public librarians deal with the many challenges they face on the job, the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) offers a three-year training program called the Public Library Management Institute. And this week, TSLA is pleased to recognize 23 library directors from across the state who just graduated from the institute.

Participants in the program spend a week each year in intense training sessions on topics such as library values, library governance, leadership, project and personnel management, and strategic partnerships. This year’s graduates join 157 others who have completed the institute’s training since the program was founded in 1995.

“The Public Library Management Institute has served librarians and, by extension, the library visitors they serve well for 20 years,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “The goal of this program is to help our state’s librarians provide the best possible experience they can to each person who walks through a library’s doors or accesses a library website online. I commend this year’s graduates for their hard work and dedication to improving their craft.”

“TSLA is pleased to operate the Public Library Management Institue as part of our ongoing commitment to provide training and support to public librarians throughout Tennessee, particularly those who serve rural and suburban communities,” State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill said. “This program highlights some of the best practices in library management and it also provides librarians with networking opportunities that can be beneficial throughout their careers.”

This year’s graduates are:

Amanda Smith of Audrey Pack Memorial Library in Spring City

Amanda Williams of Washburn Community Library

Bambi Walker of Greenback Public Library

Bradley Walker of William H. and Edgar Magness Community House & Library in McMinnville

Carol B. Ghattas of Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro

Cindy Nesbitt of Giles County Public Library in Pulaski

Crystal Nash of Lewis County Public Library in Hohenwald

Daphne Windham of Briceville Public Library

David Phillips of Seymour Branch Library

Donna Phillips of Jefferson City Public Library

Eileen Queener of H.B. Stamps Memorial Library in Rogersville

Fayrene Miller of Bean Station Public Library

Gail Spragins of Perry County Public Library in Linden

Glenda Kinney Doyle of Lee Ola Roberts Public Library in Whiteville

Jillian Rael of Lincoln County Public Library in Fayetteville

Kimberly Todd of Luttrell Public Library

Lelani Sabo of Hendersonville Public Library of Sumner County

May Lingner of Cheatham County Public Library in Ashland City

Melissa Montgomery of Surgoinsville Branch Library

Pamela Rudnitzki of Wartburg Public Library

Sandra Brakebill of Niota Public Library

Sarah Lewis of Putnam County Library in Cookeville

Tamara Hammer of Dickson County Public Library in Dickson


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