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Sterling library plans activities

STERLING – It will be a busy time in February and March at Sterling Public Library, 102 W. Third St.

■ The Adult Serious Readers’ Group will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 26.

The books of choice are “The Cat’s Table,” by Michael Ondaatje for February; “Barbarian Nurseries,” by Hector Tobar for March; and “A Spot of Bother,” by Mark Haddon for April. The group meets the last Tuesday of each month.

Adult programs will include a Meal and a Movie. M&M features soup, sandwich, and a beverage at noon with a movie at 12:30 p.m. Donations are accepted. “The Philadelphia Story” will be shown Feb. 26, “Local Hero” will be March 26, and “Driving Miss Daisy” will be April 30.

■ Mexican Train Dominoes, also for adults, will be played on the first Saturday of each month. The cost is $7.

The doors open at 2:30 p.m., and play starts at 3 p.m. Prizes and snacks will be provided.

Proceeds go to the Sterling Storytelling and Arts Festival. The next games are March 2 and April 6.

■ Family Literacy Fun Night at the library will be March 7. From 6 to 6:45 p.m., there will be hands-on activities, followed by a magician and puppeteer from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Games, crafts, and other activities will be available.

■ The library board will meet at 5 p.m. March 11.

■ Spring Storytimes are scheduled for 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays for children 3 to 5. The days and themes are Wear ‘n of the Green on March 15, Fine Feathered Friends on March 22, Hop To It! on March 29, You’re Kidding! on April 5, Splish! Splash! on April 12, and Plant It Here! on April 19.

■ The library’s genealogy-local history department is working with the Illinois Veteran’s History Project to record and honor patriots, both living and dead.

Veterans or civilians, who served during wartime, or their family members are encouraged to document the memories of service. Forms can be picked up at the library.

The stories will be archived in Springfield; visit to view the oral and written histories. Those submitting information will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

■ and World Book Web are two of the online reference tools available for research projects. Call the library at 815-625-1370 for more information.

■ The Young Adults Council will have a used book sale set-up and pizza party from 4 to 7:30 p.m. April 5, followed by the book sale from 8 to 11:30 a.m. April 6. Books, videos, and books on tape or CD will be 50 cents, and magazines will be 10 cents.

■ Sterling and Rock Falls Public libraries are partnering to offer computer instruction. Two-part classes will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at Rock Falls Public Library, 1007 Seventh Ave. Class dates and topics are: Feb. 25 and 27 Introduction to Word; March 4 and 6, Internet; and March 18 and 20, email.

The classes are free; register by calling Rock Falls at 815-626-3958.

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