Creating Our Community

As part of our Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World, the Putnam County Library would like to invite children of all ages to join us this Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. as we work on Creating Our Community.

This program will introduce children to local landmarks and discuss the idea of community. It will begin with a community themed story time by children’s librarian, Chelsea Gifford.

Everyone will then work with art education teacher Breanna Kincaid to create a collaborative artwork of our town buildings and special places. They will also have the opportunity to create a take home painting to remind them that they are a small part of something bigger. We will be using acrylic paint on canvas, so please dress appropriately!

Through this program, we hope to encourage social interaction, tactile learning, idea sharing, and the use of various resources to create a lasting work of art that represents this wonderful community of which we are a part.

In addition to a take home piece of art, each child will also be able to take home a book to keep. We believe that every child should have access to books in the home. Our hope is that by providing children with a fun, educational hands-on program and a book that they can take home, we will nurture a generation of lifelong learners.

The collaborative paintings will be displayed in the lobby of the Putnam County Library from July 17 – September 15.

This program was made possible by the generous support of the Cookeville Junior Women’s Club.


Visit for a full schedule of events for the Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Branch Libraries and the Putnam County Library. All programs are free and open to the public!


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Build a Better World

As we reach the halfway point in our “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program, I want to congratulate all of the individuals and families participating at the Putnam County Library and Algood, Baxter, and Monterey Branch Libraries. Thank you for your dedication to reading and for making the Library part of your summer plans!

This is our favorite and busiest time of year, and we want to make your library visit a good experience. It is exciting to see everyone connecting with good books, information, programs, and services. We hope that they enrich your life.

We have offered over 100 Summer Reading events at our libraries as of today. Summer Reading participants at the Putnam County Children’s Library have read 27,440 minutes as of Thursday, June 8 just by committing to read 20 minutes a day. The program continues through July 13, so there is still time to participate.

The biggest joy of libraries isn’t in what we have – full shelves and online resources. It is our connection with you. Whether it is answering reference questions, one-on-one technology help, recommending a book, or connecting you with other community organizations through programs, we value the relationships built through these experiences.

Thank you for helping us build a better world!

Book Sale

Due to Fourth of July events, Twice Told Tales Book Store, the Putnam County Library Friends’ monthly book sale, will be Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The sale is located in the lower level of the Putnam County Library. The sale will be open to members of the Friends on Friday, July 7 from 4 – 6 p.m. Memberships are available at the door.

Proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new books and other materials.


The Putnam County Library will be closed Saturday, July 1 for Slide Cookeville. The Monterey Branch Library will maintain its regular Saturday hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. All Putnam County Libraries will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observation of Independence Day.

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Summer Reading Programs for the Week of June 5, 2017

Lunch at the Putnam County Library

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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May 2017 Programs and Events

Page Turners - MayPreschool Crafts- MayFamily Movie Night -May 2017 (1)May the 4th

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April 26, 2017 · 4:54 pm

April 2017 Programs and Events

Page Turners - AprilTherapy Dog - April

Amnesty Week2

Preschool Crafts- April

Poetry Jam BannerHEDGEHOG STORY TIME- April2Family Movie Night - April 2017

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April 3, 2017 · 11:04 am

Get Well Sassafras

If you have visited the Children’s Library, you may have noticed our pet hedgehog Sassafras. She is usually asleep during the day under her cozy fleece blanket, only making special appearances for meet and greets, class visits, and story times. If you have yet to see her, trust us, she is a cutie!

Lately, Miss Sassafras has not been feeling well, resulting in a trip to the vet. For the past week, library staff have been treating her with a grape flavored antibiotic. She is a bit squirmy, but has been an overall good patient. We are hoping that this medicine will do the trick and have her back to her sassy self.

For those of you that know Sassafras, send some love her way and wish her well!


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Family Game night is back!

familygameswebSo the Putnam County Library just got a bunch of new board/dice/card games donated to us by the wonderful people of our community through a great partnership with Bob’s Games and Collectibles, and we want to give that gift of games right back to the community that helped us build it. With this in mind we will be launching our Family Game Night on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m.(barring times we might be closed) starting this month. Much like our Adult Game Night that happens on the 3rd Monday of every month, this will be an open forum for gaming where we provide all the games we have to offer and guests can bring any games they think are appropriate and fun for everyone to try. The difference is that this game night is open to everyone not just adults. We encourage entire families to come play and build up family bonds (or tear them down depending on how competitive you are), but individuals of all ages are also welcome to attend.

As well as holding another game night for patrons to enjoy, we will also soon be loaning our board games out to patrons with library cards. You heard that right, you will soon be able to take our games home and play them with your friends and family. Stay tuned for when these games will become available for checkout…

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