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"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."

—Charles Scribner, Jr.


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Summer Reading 2015: Read to the Rhythm!

Summer Reading is almost here! Registration begins in the first week of June, and you can start reading in the second week. This year, the theme is "Read to the Rhythm," so we will have music-related programs and activities for your kids to take part in. For the full information, see our Summer Reading webpage here.

And Summer Reading isn't just for kids! Adults and Young Adults can take part as well. This year, the adult and young adult program is based around Book Bingo. We have Bingo cards at each library, and each square has a type of book listed, such as "A book that takes place in the future" or "A book with a female author." If you read 5 in a row, you're entered to win a prize! You are NOT limited to one entry or prize-- you can keep on reading to earn more prizes, and if you manage to blackout the card, you win something special! Pick up your card on the first week of June, and start reading on the second week.



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July Selection

Ella Minnow PeaElla Minnow Pea: a novel in letters
by Mark Dunn

Discussion: Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 1:30pm
Argenta Library


Ella Minnow Pea lives on Nollop, an isolated island situated off the coast of South Carolina and the boyhood home of Nevin Nollop, the inventor the pangram "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." In the town square stands a monument honoring Nollop and his famous sentence.

Everything is idyllic until one day the tile with the letter "z" falls from the statue. The island leaders known as "The Council" interpret the fallen tile as a message from Nollop from beyond the grave, and the letter is banned from use. As more letters fall, they are also banned, and young Ella finds herself fighting the totalitarian Council for freedom of expression and the continued existence of their island home.



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E-Readers 101
Kindles and iPads and Nooks, Oh My!

Monday, July 13
Oreana Library

Have questions about your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Nook, or Windows tablet?

Want to learn how to use it to check out library e-books and e-audiobooks?

Come to our monthly e-reader and tablet workshop! We'll do our best to answer any questions you have about your device and show you how to use our online libraries, like Library on the Go! Bring any usernames and passwords that might be associated with your device.


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Store your library barcode in your phone with CardStar

Smartphone CardStar is an app that allows you to store your library barcode, as well as barcodes for other membership and loyalty cards, in your smartphone.

See our CardStar instructions for more help.




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Location & Hours

Argenta Location
100 East Water
Argenta, IL 62501

Argenta Hours
Monday 9-5
Tuesday 12-7
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 12-7
Friday 9-1
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

Oreana Location
211 South Route 48
Post Office Box 278
Oreana, IL 62554

Oreana Hours
Monday 9-7
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 12-7
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-1
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

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