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Mini-Golf in the Library and Silent Auction

Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley, IL
The Cherry Valley Public Library is transforming into a miniature golf course on Sat., Feb. 27 and Sun., Feb. 28 for their fourth annual “Mini-Golf in the Library and Silent Auction” fundraiser. For $5.00 each, young and old alike can test out their putting skills on the 9+ holes arranged throughout the library. Ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. Refreshments will be available for purchase and a wonderful variety of Silent Auction items will be displayed for bids until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Tee times are available on Sat. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sun. from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. To reserve your tee time, call the library at 815-332-5161. Everyone is welcome…no library card is needed! Proceeds will go toward expansion of the library’s programs, services, collections, and facilities. Don’t miss this FUNdraiser!

Jane Lenser, 815-332-5161

2016 Spring Author Fair

Freeport Public Library Saturday, April 2 2016 10am - 2pm
Tables are about five feet long. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day, and Jill Austin from Barefoot Editing in Minnesota will be speaking at 1 p.m. on, “Common Mistakes Authors Make When Self-Publishing. “ Authors are requested to keep their tables open until 2 p.m.

To register for a table, please e-mail Kim McIver at or call (815) 297-2293.

Rockford Writes Local Authors including Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois

Rockford Public Library 215 N. Wyman Street Rockford, Illinois
Two new books of local writings including Rockford history are highlighted in this debut event, with several of the authors speaking: Rockford Writes, an anthology edited by Heath D. Alberts; and Murder & Mayhem in Rockford Illinois, by Kathi Kresol, published by The History Press. Rockford Writes is a collection of fictional and historical short stories, poetry, prose, drawings, and photography by Rockfordians. In Murder & Mayhem in Rockford Illinois, local historian Kathi Kresol explores a history of crime and calamity, from John Hart poisoning his sisters in 1893 to a courthouse collapsing and factory exploding. The afternoon will conclude with sales and signing of the two books.

There is no charge for this event and registration is not required.

Kathi Kresol

Winnebago Forest Preserves: Our Hidden Gems

Cherry Valley Public Library, Cherry Valley
Jamie Johannsen, Director of Marketing from the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, will talk about the wonderful forest preserves in the Cherry Valley area, their natural resources, history, recreational activities and much more. No library card is required to attend this free program. Please call the library at 815-332-5161 to register.


Library, 815-332-5161