Read to Feed Winter Reading Challenge 2018 update --Last day to report minutes Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Reading is winding down for Read to Feed, Harvard Diggins Library's Winter Reading Club! We are accepting calls and e-mails for total minutes read through Wednesday, February 21 for the challenge. Take advantage of the long holiday weekend to log some extra reading minutes to help us meet our goal!

Thank you for reading with us! Reading ends on Tuesday, February 20 and minutes must be reported to the library by Wednesday, February 21. If we reach our goal of 250,000 minutes read by February 21, local businesses have pledged to give $$$ to the Harvard Food Pantry! We are still accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations to supplement our gift to the Harvard Food Pantry, to take care of those in need in our community.

For more information on the Read to Feed winter reading challenge contact the library at 815-943-4671 or ask at the circulation desk.

McHenry County Health Department Wellness Screening --Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Do you know your numbers? If not, make an appointment to meet with staff from the McHenry County Health Department on Wednesday, February 21 between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. for a wellness screening, here, at the library! Screenings will take place in the library's meeting room.

Appointments are required for this event. There is a $25.00 fee for the screening. Contact the McHenry County Health Department at 815-334-4531 to make an appointment or if you have any questions.

Documentary screening --'13th' on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. for a screening of the Netflix original documentary 13th, a 2016 film by director Ava DuVernay (director of Selma). The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery. This film won the Critics's Choice, MTV, and BAFTA awards for best documentary in 2017.

Free and open to the public. This film is Rated TV-MA for language, violence, and sexual content and runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes. Participants may bring snacks and drinks with a lid.

'Minecraft' Bingo --for 6th-12th graders Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Harvard 6th-12th graders are invited to join us on Thursday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. to play 'Minecraft' Bingo! Come and build a bingo card with us! What mode will we play in? Adventure? Creative? Survival? Only Miss Mary knows...

Registration is required. Open only to students in 6th - 12th grades. Call 815-943-4671 if you have any questions or to register.

'Music and Influence of Johnny Cash,' concert by Steve Justman --Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate the birthday of Johnny Cash (Feb 26) with a tribute performance by well-known local performer Steve Justman. Steve will guide us through the life and music of this beloved icon. Steve Justman has been performing Americana, folk, and popular music in the Chicago area and neighboring midwest region for many years and has performed and appeared live on WGN radio on Rick Kogan’s Sunday Papers show as well as WDCB Public Radio's Folk Fest with Lilli Kuzma. He has also appeared on Internet and college radio stations as well as local cable television.

All ages are welcome to join us for this very special performance! Free and open to the public but please register for this event by calling the library at 815-943-4671.

**New** Rockin' Readers Storytime for Homeschoolers (K-3) --continues Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeschooled students in Kindergarten throught 3rd grade are welcome to join us as we continue our exploration of Monarch Award winning books on Monday, February 26 at 10:00 a.m. Participants in this 8-week program will read all 20 of the titles on the 2018 Illinois Monarch Award list and participate in activities to enhance their reading. At the conclusion of the program, young readers will vote on their favorite book as part of the award program. The Monarch Award is an annual program sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association.

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

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) meeting --Monday, February 26, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Harvard teens in 6th-12th grades are invited to join us on Monday, February 26 at 3:30 p.m. for this month's TAG meeting. What is TAG? A place to talk about what you want in books, movies, and programs in YOUR library! Meet new friends, eat cookies, and provide your input! This month's meeting will celebrate National Tell-a-Fairy Tale Day! It's a thing...look it up!

Registration is required. TAG meets monthly at the Harvard Diggins Library on the last Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. TAG is open to teens in grades 6 - 12. To sign up for TAG or if you have any questions, ask at the circulation desk or contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Friends of the Harvard Diggins Library News --Support the Library while you shop, with Amazon Smile :)

The Friends of the Harvard Diggins Library is now part of Amazon Smile! Whenever you shop on smile.amazon.com, you can opt to support our Friends group and 0.5% of your purchase will go to the Friends who raise money for your library. It’s a great way to give back to your public library! Support your library by choosing “Friends of the Harvard Diggins Library” as your selected charity before checkout.

If you have any questions, 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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