Paranormal phenomena are explored in this program featuring the International Paranormal Reporting Group from Boise. This team travels throughout our region to delve into old legends, learn more about area hauntings and providing a taste of the excitement they experience as professional paranormal investigators.
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"Page to Stage: Bringing Literature to Life" was an ongoing arts and humanities initiative at the Princeton Public Library founded by director/actor Brandon Monokian and librarian Janie Hermann. Through staged productions of plays adapted from or inspired by literature, this program brings characters to life and encourages reading in a fun and physical way. Performances have included "Tattoo Girl" by Naomi Iizuka, "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl, and for kids, an adaptation of "Jack and the Beanstalk" by Bill Springer.
The Great Halloween Costume Swap is a free annual event run by volunteers from the library’s GO Green Club. Gently used Halloween costumes and accessories for all ages are collected at the library by GO Green Club members. Participants are given a token for each donation. They return to the library for the swap, and in exchange for their tokens, they select costumes from among the donations. Any leftover items are donated to a local nonprofit community service organization for their annual Halloween party.
The 17th Corps Field Hospital re-enactors recreated a Civil War field hospital inside the library. Patrons experienced a prototype Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit, browsing medical supplies of the era and visiting with an undertaker, pharmacist, nurses and surgeons. Several operations highlighted the day, including a re-enactment of an amputation.
The Animal Fair is a community-wide event that spotlights organizations and related industries that rescue and/or care for animals, such as animal shelters, veterinarians and supply companies. Patrons are able to register to adopt from local agencies. They can also buy pet-related items and gather a ton of related information.
Matthew Ball, a boogie-woogie pianist from the Detroit area, was invited to perform at the Hackley Public Library. Matthew performs an upbeat show of ragtime, boogie-woogie and blues piano favorites from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Some of his arrangements include American standards like "Swanee River," "Over the Rainbow," "The Entertainer," "In the Mood," "Sheik of Araby," "Chopsticks Boogie," "Bumble Boogie" and many more.
The WouldShop is our new makerspace, an area in the library for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and crafts that families can enjoy. The makerspace is geared toward creating, learning and being inspired. It includes books, tools and materials for the current projects. Books focused on crafts, art and holiday activities can be checked out of the WouldShop and used in the library. Projects include science, art, technology and exploration through play. Some of the projects are made to be taken home, while others are for enjoyment in the library.
The Local Author Fair was a three-hour event for people of all ages to meet and speak with published writers in the Chicagoland area. Authors included fiction writers (children's, teen and adult), nonfiction writers and those who were self-published. Attendees were also able to meet the 2014 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, Joanne Zienty.