Summer reading program almost over

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Children have been indulging their appetites by feeding their minds at the Illinois Prairie District Public Library this summer.

However, the book feast is nearly over as the July 21 deadline for the completion of this summer reading program is fast approaching.

Be sure to finish filling out your reading folders, bring them in to the branch where you are registered, collect your reading prizes, and put your name in the final drawings.

All those who finish the program by the deadline are invited to a Summer Reading Party where Mike Anderson, a folk performer and educator from Jacksonville, will be entertaining the children through humorous storytelling and music.

Children from Benson and Roanoke may attend the party at the Roanoke Legion at 9 a.m. Aug. 1.

Those from Metamora, Germantown Hills, and Washburn may attend the party at the Metamora Community Center (the former American Legion Building across from the Metamora Branch Library) at 11 a.m. Aug. 1.

Those from Spring Bay may attend the party at the Spring Bay Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

Everyone will receive Certificates of Completion and door prizes.

Whether you complete the requirements on time or not, children are invited to another party with entertainment by Ronald McDonald.

He will be in Roanoke at 10 a.m. July 23, in Spring Bay at 10 a.m. July 24 and in Metamora at 10 a.m. July 25. Choose any of these locations that are convenient for you.

Edible book contest at Metamora library

For the past seven weeks staff members of the Metamora Branch of Illinois Prairie District Public Library have been taking turns displaying an edible book creation that was inspired by a book in the library collection.

Photos of these displays are available on the website at

Now, it is your turn to put on your thinking caps and come up with a delicious looking or funny entry to our Edible Book Contest that will be held on Tuesday.

Adults, children, families, or teams may enter.

Pick out an interesting book owned by the district library. Using real food, create an “edible book” inspired by the story, involving a pun on the title, or looking like a book.

Bring your creation, its title, and the IPDPL book to display with your contest entry to the Metamora Branch Library from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday. From 3-3:30 p.m. there will be judging and photographs taken. Public viewing will take place until the 5 p.m. closing.

All entries will receive a fast food coupon for a dessert and the winning contest entries will receive gift certificates to local restaurants. Photos of the “edible books” will be placed on the Illinois Prairie District Public Library website.

Come to the library for more information and registration forms.

— Submitted by Sandy Madsen