Bluestem Readers for Homeschooled students --Book Club continues Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeschooled students in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us every Wednesday as we read books from the 2020 Bluestem Reader's Choice list. Discussions will include activities to enhance the stories. Our next session is on Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Mrs. Karen at the library or by phone at 815-943-4671.

Half-Day Hang-Out for the TEENspace! --Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Teens in 6th -12th grades are welcome to join us on Wednesday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. for a half-day hang-out in the TEENspace! School is out early today so come on over to the library to hang out, play some board games, and have a yummy snack!

Open ONLY to teens in 6th-12th grades. Registration is required. Contact the library at 815-943-4671 if you have any questions or would like to register.

Crafternoons for kids! --'Leaf Elves!' on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:30-5:00 p.m.

This Fall, the Harvard Diggins Library is offering "crafternoons" on District 50 early release days for kids ages 3 (parental assistance may be required) through 5th grade. All supplies are provided. Drop in anytime during each session but please register in advance so staff can make sure there are enough supplies for all crafters.

Our next "crafternoon" is Wednesday, November 13 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. For this month’s craft we will make leaf elves using the beautiful fall leaves we have had this year!

Crafternoons are for kids ages 3 through 5th grade. Younger children may require parental assistance. Registration is required. Please sign up at the circulation desk or call 815-943-4671 to reserve your space.

A Peek into the American Indian Way of Life --presentation by Kim Sigafus on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

You are invited to join us on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. for a Native American Heritage Month presentation that will invite you into the world of the American Indian to discover what it once was to be Native, and what it means to be Native now. Our presenter, Kim Sigafus will be dressed in her traditional Ojibwa Native regalia, and will present on Native culture through oral traditions, language, and history. She will discuss Native encampment life and will drum and sing an Ojibwa lullaby. A traditional recipe hand out will be available, and there will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

About the presenter:
Kim Sigafus is an internationally published award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker. Her family is from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Kim’s Ojibwa name, Bekaadiziikwe, means “Quiet Woman.” In her Native regalia, Kim has presented Native American programs at venues across the Midwest. The genres she writes include romance, children’s picture books and plays, as well as Native American fiction and non-fiction. When she’s not working, she makes dream catchers and Talking Feathers, and drums and sings. She resides in Freeport, Illinois.

Free and open to the public. Open to all ages. Registration is required to participate. Please call 815-943-4671 to sign up and save your seats for this exciting presentation!

Lincoln Award Teen Readers' Club --begins Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.

Teens in 6th through 12th grades are invited to join us for the first meeting of the Lincoln Award Teen Readers' Club on Thursday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. The Lincoln Award is awarded each year by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) to the book that earns the highest number of student votes from a list of titles nominated by teachers and librarians around Illinois and compiled by AISLE. We will read and discuss 4 or more of the books from this year’s master list and make your vote count for this award.

Open ONLY to teens in the 6th through 12th grades. Registration is required. Meetings for this club are monthly through January. Contact the library at 815-943-4671 if you have any questions or to register.

Game On! --video gaming for teens continues! Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Harvard teens in grades 6-12 are invited to play video games on our Nintendo Switch on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. this fall. Our first session at this new day and time is Friday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. Call to reserve a time slot!

Open ONLY to teens in the 6th - 12th grades. Registration is required. Call 815-943-4671 to sign up for a time slot.

Your New PrairieCat Account

In May of 2019, Harvard Diggins Library became a fully participating member of the PrairieCat library consortium, which includes over 130 public, school, academic, and special libraries. By joining PrairieCat, our library cardholders now have direct access to over 8 million items shared among these libraries! In addition to this new larger collection, a few of the perks included in this new change are access to a much wider variety of books, movies, CDs, and video games; the ability to pay fines online from your account; and receiving text alerts about holds or overdue items.

To take a look at your new catalog, click here! Feel free to contact the library at 815-943-4671 if you have any questions or ask a staff member at the circulation desk to give you a tour of the new catalog.

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