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

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April 26, 2017 · 4:54 pm

April 2017 Programs and Events

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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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February 2017 Programs and Events


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January 30, 2017 · 4:17 pm

New Meditation Class

meditationflyerThe Putnam County Library is proud to announce a new partnership with Synergy Studio and The Treehouse at North Hall of TTU. We have established a new and exciting group called  “Upper Cumberland Community Meditation”. Upper Cumberland Community Meditation is a group of diverse individuals from a variety of traditions who seek to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness as a part of everyday life. We gather at various locations in the Cookeville area for regular community meditation experiences.

There will be a guided meditation at the Putnam County Library every second Wednesday of the month starting in February with the incomparable Petti Groth leading our first session. If you can’t  make this time there is also “Third Thoughtful Thursdays Mindfulness Meditation Moments” on Thursday, February 16, Thursday, March 16, and Thursday, April 20 — all at 11:11 am in the Third Floor Great Room of New Hall North. We will meet for about 33 minutes, until 11:44 am. This is free and open to everyone, students, faculty, staff, community. On the 16th of March installment, professor Andrew Smith will give a brief introduction to Christian contemplation. And if both of these don’t strike your fancy, or you simply want yet more mindfulness, Synergy Studio located on Broad St. across from the library is offering a free community meditation class on the first Sunday of every month.

This is a great way for you to get yourself centered in this bustling world. Everyone has stresses in their lives, but not everyone has the ability to deal with them properly. Now you have the opportunity to learn how to handle the stresses of everyday life. The best part of all…it’s absolutely FREE!!!

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