Children’s Services Featured Events

Second Annual Feast of Fun

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Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:30-7:15 PM

Hear ye, hear ye! 

You are invited to join King Author, Queen Illustrator, and Penelope Pendragon for a royally good time in honor of National Picture Book Month.

Somebody is changing all your favorite fairytales! But who is doing it? And why? King Author, Queen Illustrator, Penelope, and their fairytale friends will solve the mystery and help a friend find her story in this hilarious skit.

Feast of Fun is a family-friendly event, but is best for kids in preschool through 4th grade. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Come early or stay late to be the first in the land to browse our new picture book collection.

Seating is limited, so reserve your spot through the royal librarians in the Children’s Services Department or by calling (815) 223-0229 x 5.

Meet Our Performers

Donahue Inklings photoMeridith Donahue, the Children’s Services Assistant, has a B.A. in English Studies and a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.  Meridith has performed in, assistant directed, choreographed, or helped with over 40 different theatrical productions.  She was co-captain of her college’s comedy improv team. In addition to working at the library, Meridith teaches creative writing classes through the Society of Young Inklings. She is passionate about inspiring children to read through her work at the Peru Public Library and her kids’ book clubs.  She has been a reader since a young child and desires to give the world to children through books, storytelling, and writing.

tricia-starved-rockTricia Kelly is the Tour Director at the Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Illinois.  She loves her work and has a passion for storytelling.   Whether telling one of her original children’s stories she has written such as “Horace The Not Night Owl” or presenting historical presentations of Molly Brown or Lizzie Borden, audiences find themselves captivated!  She provides guided tours of Starved Rock and is an avid reader.  Her smile is infectious; her energy is contagious and she leaves her audiences wanting more!

Steve Seaborn

Steve Seaborn, born and raised in Marseilles, now lives in Peru with his wife Jan.  After retiring from LaSalle County Nuclear Power Station, Steve has pursued many hobbies including acting and storytelling. Steve has shared his talents with the Peru Public Library for several years.  Each spring, Steve brainstorms with the children’s librarians to create a summer reading program. Steve writes and directs the summer reading play that brings over 5oo children into the library every May.  He brings the summer reading program to life through his created characters King Author, Pirate Gray Beard, Dusty Writer, and Dr. Dewey Decimal. He also performs his historically accurate portrayal of Eduard C. Hegeler at the Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, Illinois.  In addition, each year visitors to Starved Rock State Park become immersed in the Illinois Valley’s rich history through Steve’s storytelling of two fictional but historically accurate characters which he has researched and created: Sean McCambridge, an Irish worker on the I&M canal, and Albert Lee Callahan, a Civilian Conservation Corps worker who helped build the Lodge at Starved Rock.  Whether you’re an adult or a child, Steve’s performances never disappoint!

010Mick Henneberry has practiced law in Princeton, Illinois, for 32 years but has been an entertainer since age four when he debuted his unicycle riding skills.  He uses juggling, drumming, trumpet-playing and humor in his stories.  Sharing a love of poetry with rhythm and rhyme and cowboy and show biz tales, he brings a unique perspective to the storytelling stage. Through Mick’s love of history, he brings to life historically accurate character portrayals including J.I. Lighthall, Medicine Man; Leonard “Baby”  Bliss, the fattest man in the world?; and Peg Leg Bates, the world’s best one-legged dancer.  Expect the unexpected when attending one of Mick Henneberry’s original programs!

Doggie Tales: Reading with Tillie & Gus

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM

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Join Ms. Pam, Gus, and Tillie the Cavalier King Charles spaniels for Doggie Tales. Doggie Tales will take place the second Thursday of each month.

Tillie and Gus love to hear children read stories. They don’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Tillie and Gus just want to help children build confidence in reading.

Tillie and Gus are certified therapy dogs through Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Intermountain Therapy Dogs. Children will read to Tillie or Gus for 5-10 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Registration is required as limited space is available. In case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact registered readers. Please monitor local area closings. 

To register, contact the Children’s Services department at (815) 223-0229 x 5.

Doggie Tales: Reading with Charlie

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Charlie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM

Join Ms. Theresa and Charlie the flat-coated retriever for Doggie Tales the third Tuesday of the month. Charlie has been making visits to schools, hospitals, and nursing homes since he was 6 months old. He has chalked up about 70 visits so far. Charlie gets along with everyone, whether it’s a human, a dog, a cat, a chicken, a rabbit, or a donkey. If he met an elephant, he would share a biscuit! His favorite activities are eating, riding in the car,  chewing on bones, and watching TV. Charlie loves a good book so he can’t wait to help at the library! He loves to hear children read stories and doesn’t mind if a word is misspoken or if a child has difficulty reading a word. Charlie just wants to help children build confidence in reading.

Charlie is a certified therapy dog. Children will read to Charlie for 5-10 minutes. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Registration is required as limited space is available. In case of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to contact registered readers. Please monitor local area closings.

Ongoing Doggie Tales: Reading with Charlie Dates:

November 18

View our program archive and pictures from past events here.