What's Happening @ The Library...
Donuts with the Director
Enjoy donuts and coffee with Three Rivers Library's Director, Laurie Offerman. You'll have the chance to meet Lauren, get to know her, and ask questions about the library, its services, and future. You'll also have the opportunity to share your suggestions and give feedback to Laurie. This event is open to all residents of Three Rivers Public Library District. No registration is required. Drop in anytime from 10am-11am at the Minooka Branch!
Friday, January 20
2nd Floor Meeting Room
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Historian, author, and parapsychologist Ursula Bielski will be at our library to talk about Chicago's most famous romantic and gangland ghost stories, such as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the Lady in Red, Resurrection Mary, the Sausage Vat murder of Louisa Luetgert and others. Registration required.
Saturday, February 4th
1-3pm, Minooka Branch
Adult Winter Reading 2017
Let the magic of reading put a spell on you this Winter! After reading 3 books, you are automatically entered for a chance to win the grand prize. Grand prize preference is chosen at registration and includes a chance to win one of the following: Kindle Fire Tablet, 2016 Roku streaming stick or Amazon Fire Stick with Voice Control. You will also receive automatic raffle entries for each book you read (no limit) to win random raffles, like gift cards, movies and more. The more you read, the more chances you have!
*Visit either location to find out about our extra contest, the Magic Jelly Bean Contest.
January 9 - February 12
Registration begins January 9th at 9am. Register online here to get started. Visit our events calendar to sign up for winter programs. *Please note, you have to create a username and password. Username will be last name, first intial, year of birth. So if you are Joe Smith, born in 1960, the username is smithj1960.
Aladdin Bus Trip- COMING SOON
Mark your calendars and watch for ticket sales for this special bus trip, coming soon from Three Rivers Library!
Don’t bother with a magic carpet ride; take a luxury bus with the Library to see the Disney musical, Aladdin, live on stage at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago.
What's In Your Backyard? Minooka's Mastodons
In 1901 in small-town Minooka, farmer John Bamford worked his farm. As he dug in his backyard, widening his spring-fed well, he came across something strange. At first, he thought the obstacles were tree trunks, but upon closer inspection, the ‘trunks’ turned out to be huge bones, teeth, and other parts that didn’t belong to any creature he recognized. Mr. Bamford kept his finds, storing them in his cellar. Several years later, after hearing rumors of this strange find, George Langford Sr. traveled down to Minooka to retrieve the fossils and bones, in turn handing them over to the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.
Thanks to the generosity of the Field Museum of Natural History, Head of Collections William Simpson, and the Gantz Family Collections Center at the Field Museum, these bones have returned to Minooka for a limited time. Take a peek into the prehistoric past and visit these unique specimens in person at the Three Rivers Public Library District’s Local History Museum housed at the Minooka Branch at 109 N Wabena Ave in Minooka, IL.
The museum will be open for visitors during library hours every other weekend beginning December 3rd and 4th. The museum will also be open Monday evenings from 4 p.m-8 p.m. To schedule a viewing during other library hours, contact Three Rivers Library’s Local Historian Michele Houchens at 815-467-1600 x207.
Photo Caption: George Langford Sr. sits with the mastodon tusk found on the Bamford farm in Minooka in 1910. Mr. Langford was instrumental in bringing the find from Minooka to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of George Langford, III, Sc.D.