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You Won’t Believe What I Saw While Watching the Eclipse!

Share your story @ 2:00 on September 1. We know that the stories of the crowds and the “people watching” will be much more interesting than what you saw in the sky on August 21st. Come and share your adventures! Where did you go? What did you see? Will you do the same thing in 7 years when the next eclipse happens?

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Solar Eclipse Glasses and Watch Party

Sorry we sold out of glasses! However, we will be sharing 3 pairs here on August 21. We will share with YOU! Three minutes is the maximum that you should use the glasses at a time, so many folks can have “turns” during the 4-hour segment from 11 am to 2 pm. We will also be offering the NASA Live Stream of the eclipse as it travels across the nation. It will be on our big screen. Join us for any or all parts of it from 11 am to 2 pm.   Solar eclipse glasses were for sale at the library for $1.50 per pair. Limited to 1 per person – until after August 14th program.  Each person attending the August 14th program received a free pair of glasses. All Towanda Elementary students will have glasses, too.


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Solar Eclipse Program

 NASA Ambassador, Lee Green, past president of Twin City Amateur Astronomers presented a program to 66 adults and youth on Monday, August 14th….just one week prior to the eclipse. See the library’s Facebook page for photos. (Click on Facebook link in left column.)

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TOWANDA READS Book Discussions

Tuesday, October 17th @ 5 pm the group discusses “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of even-numbered months. The public is invited to join the discussion any time that the title interests you. Joining a book discussion adds a whole new dimension to your reading!

September is Library Card Month

Did you know that you must renew your card every 3 years? It’s free and allows you to use any library in Illinois, as long as your card is active. Stop at the library to renew. It only takes a minute!

The Added Value of Your Library Card

 September 5 & 12 @ 5:30 and September 18 & 25 @ 4:30. Learn about Worldbook Online, Tumbelbooks Online, and how to borrow free e-books from the library. Your library pays for all of these resources – to make them free for you! You library card gets you much more than books.

TOWANDA READS Year’s Selections

October 2017 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

December 2017 Rain Reign by Ann Martin and/or

        Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

February 2018 Originals by Adam Grant or a book about HYGGE

April 2018 The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

June 2018 Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

August 2018 The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See


LEGO Club Begins August 21

The 3rd Monday of each month during the school year April Fisher, the LEGO Lady, brings a variety of literacy-based LEGO activities to our library. Projects are appropriate for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders. Pre-registration is required to allow library staff to walk students to the library immediately following school dismissal at 2:30. A snack is served. Children are released to their parents at 3:30. Date exceptions are made in January and February – meeting on the 4th Monday of those two months.

Thank You – Summer Reading Sponsors

Towanda Ladies Night Out, FS Fast Stop; Cornbelters Baseball Team; Ed Anderson Trucking; Country Financial Agent, Steve Edgecomb; Rader Family Farms; Towanda Parent Organization; Barnes and Noble; Great Harvest Bread Company; KIRK Disposal (Henson Disposal); AVANTI’s; HY-VEE; Wal-Mart; Towanda LIONS; Towanda HCE; Bloomington Thunder Hockey, and FRIENDS of Towanda Library.