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At the Library

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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2017 Solar Eclipse Events


We hope you’ll join us here at the library and throughout the community to celebrate this once in a lifetime event! 

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We have eclipse viewing glasses to give away while supplies last!


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What’s Happening in the Children’s Library

March 2, 2016

We had a fabulous February here in the Children’s Library! Hope you enjoy the look back…

The V.I.P. Program met on February 4th to make some beautiful “Heart Art”. They made some great pieces using just tissue paper and water! Continue reading

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What’s Happening in the Children’s Library

December 31, 2015

Here are a few highlights from December in the Children’s Library….


The Page Turners Book Club met on December 7th to talk about Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. They used old magazines to create collages that represented the story.


We had a winter/Christmas challenge at Lego Club on December 11th. Check out this work of Lego art!


Santa came for a visit at the library on December 17th. We set up a photo booth for families to come get their picture taken with Santa and the PCL Staff jumped in on the fun too! 

Also on December 17th, Kevin Kidd and the Williamson Branch girls came to perform for a special holiday show!

We had a blast at Read!Play!Grow! on December 18th. There were 17 little friends there to read and sing about winter and of course, LOTS of play!


We had two crafty days of Elves’ Workshop on Friday December 18th and again on Monday December 21st. The PCL provided the materials for children and families to make holiday gifts and decorations.



I (Miss Chelsea) was able to sub in for Mrs. Donovan during story time on December 22nd. We read some Christmas stories and a special reindeer felt board story. Mr. Matt  lead story time on December 23rd and read animal Christmas stories!



 I lead story time this week (December 29th, 30th, and 31st) with stories about ringing in the New Year! We also read a story about the Chinese New Year and made paper chain dragons after! Pictured above is our one and only story time attendee on December 31st, Rylee, who came for the last story time of 2015!

**Happy New Year from all of us here at the Putnam County Library! We hope to see you in 2016!**

Click Here to see the January Program and Events Calendar!


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What’s Happening in the Children’s Library

December 1, 2015

*Lego Club‘s challenge for November 13th was to build a dinosaur in honor of Dinovember. Everyone made some awesome Lego creations and one young man took on the dinosaur challenge! The Raptor stayed on display throughout the month.


*We took Dinovember on the road and visited the Kids Matter Program on Tuesday, November 17th. After reading If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most, the children discussed their favorite dinosaurs and what they might do if they had one for a pet. We spent the rest of the hour hatching a baby dinosaur to take home.20151117_165620


*The PCL was invited to participate in Cane Creek Elementary School’s Thanksgiving Cafe on November 18th and 19th. We were able to hand out information about library services to families in the community while they enjoyed a delicious meal.

*On November 20th, practicum students Heidi and Delaney led a turkey themed Read!Play!Grow! After reading the book 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, parents and toddlers stood, stretched, and gobbled like a turkey during rhyme time! Check out the fun finger play gloves they made to help tell the story!


*To wrap up Dinovember in the library we had special Dino Story Time November 24th and 25th. We read several dinosaur stories such as, Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, Linus the Vegetarian T.Rex by Robert Neubecker , and Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields, just to name a few! The children also had the opportunity to see and feel a real dinosaur fossil! After Story Time, the children came out to the library to create dinosaurs using paint and their hand prints!

Don’t miss out on upcoming events and activities at the Children’s Library!

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This Week at the Library

New Fiction, New Audiobooks
The Putnam County Library recently added several new titles to our Fiction Collection. They include: The Redeemers by Ace Atkins; Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos; Badlands by C.J. Box; The Gift by Wanda Brunstetter; The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis; Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel; The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind; The Forgotten by Heather Graham; Deadly Assets by W.E.B. Griffin; If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison; When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi; The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman; The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock; The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur; Silent Creed by Alex Kava; Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon; Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll; Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica; A Good Killing by Allison Leotta; The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall-Smith; Circling the Sun by Paula McLain; Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews; Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville; Brush Back by Sara Paretsky; Alert by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge; Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs; The Tournament by Matthew Reilly; The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich; The Color of Light by Emilie Richards; The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard; Bennington Girls Are Easy by Charlotte Silver; Paris, He Said by Christine Sneed; All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews; The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne; All That Followed by Gabriel Urza; and Local Girls by Caroline Zancan.

The following new books on CD have been added to our collection. Audio fiction titles include: The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg; The Affair by Lee Child; Echo Burning by Lee Child; Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child; Persuader by Lee Child; Without Fail by Lee Child; Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova; At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen; The Bone Tree by Greg Iles; World Gone By by Dennis Lehane; Last One Home by Debbie Macomber; The Forgers by Bradford Morrow; Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo; The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer; Miracle at Augusta by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge; NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp; Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; Mount Dragon by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; The Wheel of Darkness by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; The Liar by Nora Roberts; Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline; and A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.
New non-fiction titles and biographies on CD include: 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush; Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham; Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande; When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football’s Longest Winning Streak by Neil Hayes; August: Osage County by Tracy Letts; Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender; Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott; and Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar.

Story Time
School’s started but it’s HOT! Let’s go Swimming! DW All Wet by Marc Brown, Rosie’s Pool by Lucy Dickens, and Let’s Go Swimming with Mr. Sillypants by M.K. Brown. Songs will be “Swimmin’ Hole,” “Splish Splash,” “Take Me Out of the Bathtub,” “Fishin’ Blues,” and “Shark Attack.” Cookeville Story Time for the week of August 10th will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11th – Thursday, August 13th, in the Story Time Room.

Tuesday, August 11th, 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Teen Sketch Club. All teens and all abilities welcome! Enjoy sharing sketches and art games. Pencil and paper provided.
Wednesday, August 12th, 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Kids Draw. Free draw session open to all ages. Materials provided. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, August 13th, 10:00 a.m. | Computer Class. Brian Page, PCL’s IT Director, will be offering Internet and Online E-Mail, a class for those who want to learn how to use the Internet. The class will include topics from searching websites to using online e-mail. The class is limited to six adults (18 years or older) and is first come first serve.
Thursday, August 13th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. | 3D CAD Lab. Come and try your hand at designing objects that could be made with our 3D printer. Computer and software with easy tutorials provided. No prior experience required. Open to all ages, youth and adult.
Friday, August 14th, 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Lego Club. Ages 5 and up (Strictly enforced, due to small parts). We provide the blocks, you provide the creativity. Children under age 10 must remain accompanied by an adult.

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This Week at the Library

Computer Aided Design and 3D Printing

As many of you know, our most recent digital service is 3D printing. This service is free to the public and great for experimenting with basic modeling and design. Thanks to our collaboration with the Oakley STEM Center, the PCL is able to provide 3D printing services for students and adults using a MakerBot printer. We are currently holding all ages 3D CAD Labs each month. Participants receive self-guided hands-on experience in computer aided design followed by the opportunity to print their own design later for free! Our next CAD Lab will be held Thursday, August 13 from 4-5:00 p.m.

Author Reading with Menetta Olan

Please join us on Saturday, August 8th, from 10am-12pm for an author reading and book signing with Menetta Olan. Ms. Olan will be reading her newest book Huggin’ Jesus in the Children’s Library. This is her second book for children.

Story Time

Grab your pole! Let’s go Fishin’!  This week at the Cookeville Story Time, Mrs. Donovan will present Swimmy by Leo Lionni, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, and The Snake and the Fish, a folktale from India.  Songs will be Three Little Fishies, Swimmin Hole, Fishin Blues, Splish Splash, and Shark Attack. Story Time is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m. The Monterey Branch Library will hold Story Time this Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Page Turner’s Book Club

The Page Turners Book Club meets this Monday at 5:30 to discuss “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. This book club is great for the 10-12 year old reader.

First Friday Book Club

The First Friday Book Club will meet this Friday at 3 p.m. to discuss Rebecca Walker’s memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self. This event is open to the public and welcomes new members. Books are available to check out at the adult services check out desk.

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PCL July 2013 Events Calendar

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June 28, 2013 · 11:49 am

Don’t Miss “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” at the Putnam County Library

There are still two chances to catch the Pacesetters Players’ performance of “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”, an adaptation of a West African folktale. Performances will be held on April 17th and 18th at 10am in the Putnam County Library’s downstairs meeting room. Help us celebrate National Library Week by attending a performance. This event is free and the public is welcome (and ENCOURAGED) to attend!

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Spring Stories About Wind!

Spring Stories About Wind!

In storytime this week, Mrs. Donovan helped children welcome Spring by sharing stories and songs about wind. One young patron brought her pinwheel to storytime to celebrate this springtime weather occurrence. The Putnam County Library hosts a weekly storytime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10am. Everyone is welcome and the program is FREE!

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March 21, 2013 · 11:24 am