May Programs

Due to distributor contracts, we cannot list movie titles here. Please call the Circulation Desk if you would like more information about a particular movie night: 815-875-1331, ext 200. All movies are free and open to all.

Monday Night Movies In partnership with the Bureau County Historical Society and in honor of Memorial Day, each of our May movies takes place during a different wartime era in American history:
May 15:30 pm Civil War
May 8, 5:30 pm World War I
May 15, 5:30 pm
World War II
May 22, 5:30 pm
Vietnam War

No Widmark Wednesday Movie this month

In-Person Preschool Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am – Bees and Nectar Race activity + Bee Hummer take-home craft
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30 am 
– Mother’s Day and Framed collage heart craft
Tuesday, May 16, 10:30 am 
– Big & Little and Rainbow Sorting Circle activity
Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 am 
– Before & After and Snail Trail craft
Tuesday, May 30, 10:30 am – Donuts Please! and Donut craft

Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 pm May PPL Craft Project: Create a Waffle Ice Cream Cone Painted Flowerpot These cute pots will be a great addition to your porch or patio; they also make a great centerpiece/decoration for an ice-cream-themed party! All materials will be supplied at this in-person program to create the pots, which participants can fill with their own purchased or grown flowers. For those who cannot attend the craft night, a terracotta pot and instructions will be available for pick-up starting Wednesday, May 3. However paints will not be supplied.

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 pm  Chicks with Sticks… and Roosters Too (Knitting and Crochet Group) Experienced and novice knitters and crocheters are welcome to join in this social crafting time.

Thursday, May 4, 5:30 pm  Read ‘Em and Weed Gardening Group  This month’s discussion topic will be veggie planting season. All levels of gardening enthusiasts are encouraged to stop in.

Saturday, May 6, 1 pm Jim Dunn Presents: C. Wayland Brooks The Bureau County Historical Society will be highlighting Veterans from Bureau County during the month of May. This multi-media presentation will discuss the life of C. Wayland Brooks, a former United States Senator from Bureau County. Former Senator Brooks’s life will be presented including his influence to separate the Air Force from the Army. Presented and organized by the Bureau County Historical Society in partnership with Princeton Public Library

Saturday, May 6, 10 am Zoom Program: Drawing Comics with Jarrett J. Krosoczka (a virtual workshop) Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Jarrett J. Krosoczka! Perfect for the entire family, this live, virtual drawing workshop is sure to inspire the inner artist in everyone. Jarrett creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores over the past twenty years. So sharpen your pencils, bring out the paper, and join us for this can’t miss event! Register for this event here.

Monday, May 8, 10 am–noon State Senator Win Stoller Mobile Office Hours Representatives from Senator Stoller’s (37th District) office will be available for questions and to hear feedback.

Tuesday, May 9, 6 pm Quilts of Valor Presentation Terry Johnson and the Illinois Quilts of Valor will present a history of the Quilts of Honor group and will present quilts to servicemen and women who have been touched by war.

Wednesday, May 10, 6 pm Yona Lunkin on Solar Energy 8 things to know about solar energy for your home or business–short presentaiton and Q&A to see if solar is right for you.

Thursday, May 11, 1 pm Princeton Caregivers Support Group Alzheimer’s support group

Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm Pageturners Book Club The book for May will be The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan, an unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives, from the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.

Thursday, May 11, 3:30 pm Youth Dungeons & Dragons For ages 10 and up – second and fourth Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm . For more information, contact the PPL Youth Services Desk (815) 875-1331, ext. 220 or e-mail

Tuesday, May 16, 5:30–7:30 pm  Music Jam  Bring your instrument or a song to sing, or just come to listen and enjoy a casual evening of (mostly folk) music.

Wednesday, May 17, 7 pm Zoom Program: On Being Fabulous with Jonathan Van Ness & Kristi Yamaguchi Queer Eyeand “Getting Curious star and ice skating superfan, Jonathan Van Ness talks with his idol, Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. They’ll chat figure skating, fabulous style, and whatever else comes up! With Jonathan, you never quite know what he’ll say next, but his unfiltered takes are always as interesting as they are hilarious.  

Saturday, May 20, 10 am  Medicare 101  Tim Burgess from Physicians Mutual, will talk about and answer questions on Medicare.

Wednesday, May 24, 4–7 pm  ImpactLife Blood Drive  To schedule, contact the library at 815-875-1331 or SIGN UP HERE.

Thursday, May 25, 3:30 pm Youth Dungeons & Dragons For ages 10 and up – second and fourth Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm . For more information, contact the PPL Youth Services Desk (815) 875-1331, ext. 220 or e-mail


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