'Food for Fines' returns this week! --pay down your fines and help those in need in our community starting January 14, 2019

Starting Monday, January 14, Harvard Diggins Library patrons are welcome to bring in 1 can or 1 box of non-perishable food to equal a dollar in fines owed on a library account. $5.00 in fines? This can be paid off with 5 cans. All food collected will be donated to the Harvard Food Pantry.

'Food for Fines' is part of our annual fundraiser outreach for those in need in our community in these cold winter months. All food collected will be donated to the Harvard Food Pantry. Only fines are eligible for this program. Food is not accepted for book or material replacement costs. This program will run from Monday, January 14 through Saturday, January 26. Thank you for helping those in need in our community! Questions? Contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Teen Taste Testers wanted! --program for teens on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Peppermint Bark? Rocky Road Trip? Golden Birthday Cake? Red Velvet? Who knew there were so many Oreo flavors? A taste test is in order! Harvard teens in the 6th through 12th grades are welcome to join us on Monday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m. to decide which Oreo cookie flavor is the best! BYO milk!

This event is for teens in 6th through 12th grades ONLY. Registration is required. Contact the library at 815-943-4671 if you have any questions or to register.

DIY craft night for adults --'Tea Bag Bookmarks' on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults age 16 and over are invited to join us on Monday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. to learn basic paper folding and origami techniques resulting in a tea bag bookmark and an origami butterfly.

This craft is for adults only (age 16+). Advance registration is required to ensure we'll have enough supplies! Call 815-943-4671 to sign up.

Pre-School Storytime! --Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Pre-Schoolers and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Karen and Miss Anna for Pre-School Storytime on Tuesday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. Each week will feature a theme with stories and activities.

Pre-school story time is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration is required. Contact the library at 815-943-4671 for more information or to register. See you on the Penny Carpet!

Lunch & Learn Documentary Film Series --continues with 'Faces Places', Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Bring your own lunch to the library and join us for our “Lunch & Learn” series—a documentary film screening once per month. Coffee & tea will be served. Our next screening will be on Tuesday, January 22 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Faces Places is the story a collaborative project between film director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR. When Agnès and JR met in 2015, they immediately wanted to work together, to shoot a film in France, far from cities, during a trip in JR's photographic (and magical) truck. Through chance encounters and prepared projects, they reached out to others, listening to them, photographing them, and sometimes putting them on posters. This film also tells the story of Agnès and JR's friendship, which grew stronger throughout the film shoot, between surprises and teasing, and while laughing about their differences. 2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature.

Free and open to the public. This film is Rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 34 minutes. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. for seating. Movie begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Contact the library at 815-943-4671 for more information or if you have any questions.

Game On! --video gaming for teens continues Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m

Harvard teens in grades 6-12 are invited to play video games on our Nintendo Switch every Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 p.m. during the school year. Our next session is Tuesday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m. Call to reserve a time slot!

Open ONLY to teens in the 6th - 12th grades. Registration is required. Call 815-943-4671 to sign up for a time slot.

Bluestem Readers for Homeschooled students --Book Club continues Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeschooled students in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us every Wednesday as we read books from the 2019 Bluestem Reader's Choice list. Discussions will include activities to enhance the stories. Our next session is on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Mrs. Karen at the library or by phone at 815-943-4671.

Escape from Hogwarts : the Dementor Challenge --special event in the library beginning on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us on Friday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. as the library turns into Hogwarts for an escape room challenge to benefit the Harvard Food Pantry! Dementors have invaded Hogwarts! The challenge will be to break free from their clutches long enough to find the spell to stop them. Players will have one hour to find the spell hidden among the Hogwarts classrooms. This event is perfect for Harry Potter fans and Muggles of all ages!

This event is a fundraiser for the Harvard Food Pantry. The cost is $5.00 per person to participate on Friday, January 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. The event will be repeated on Saturday, January 26 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. The cost on Saturday is $4.00 per person. Pre-registration and payment in advance is required. Registration begins January 2. If you have any questions, please contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Try out our new app! --Download now to have library services at your fingertips!

Are you on a mobile device? Download the FREE Northern Illinois Cooperative App! Search the catalog, check your account, request an item, download an e-book, even pay a fine --all from the Northern Illinois Cooperative Mobile App!

To download, visit the Google Play store or the iOS App Store and search for "NIC Libraries". If you have any questions, please contact the library at 815-943-4671.

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