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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Showtime at the library!

Lights! Camera! Action! Registration for the summer reading program continues throughout the summer. Come on in or sign up for programs online at by searching for Forsyth Library. Remember, you still need to stop by the library to pick up your reading log and get started on your reading goals in order to earn prizes. Be sure to pop back in Saturday, June 1 for the Showtime Showcase! Local student performers will dazzle and delight with their talents.

  • 10 a.m. Performance by Decatur Park District’s BOSS program
  • 11 a.m. Millikin Decatur Symphony’s solo cellist Miruna Eynon
  • 1 p.m. Students from the Dance Centre
  • 2 p.m. Maroa-Forsyth High School drumline

No one is too young or too old to be part of the summer reading extravaganza! It’s a great way to have some summer fun while maintaining reading and literacy levels. Participants keep language skills sharp and have better retention of skills when school starts again in the fall. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy family time together. Participating along with your children shows them that reading is a genuine source of pleasure for all ages. You can sign up at any point throughout the summer.

Larry Reed Memorial Youth Garden

Beautify Forsyth Public Library by helping the Garden Club of Decatur plant flowers on Tuesday, June 4 from 10-11 a.m. This year’s garden is in memory of Larry Reed, longtime supporter of the library’s youth garden. Macon County Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Program will be here to help participants make pollinator growing cards to take home. After you beautify the library garden, you can beautify your own yard. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required. In case of rain, activities will be postponed until Friday, June 7.

Terrific Tuesdays

We’ll kick off the summer on Tuesday, June 4 with Big Bang Bubbles. This remarkable show takes ordinary bubbles into the realm of extreme! Prepare to be amazed by the dazzling demonstrations and experiments. On Tuesday, June 11 Yo-Yo Matt will showcase a variety of yo-yo tricks. This award-winning teen performer will wow you with his amazing skills. All are welcome to attend our Tuesday shows at 2 p.m. each week, and no registration is required.

Teen and Tween Programs

Are you 10 or older? Sign up for our teen/tween programs starting with Shadow Puppets on Wednesday, June 5 from 1-2 p.m. Create paper puppets, and practice making hand shadow puppets; then use what you make, and learn to entertain your family and friends!

On Wednesday, June 12 from 1-2:30 p.m., instructor Tricia Campbell will show you how to use the iMovie app so that future video projects, scholarship videos or even sports recruiting videos can be edited in a snap! iMovie is a powerful video editor right inside your iPhone or iPad. If you have an Apple device, feel free to bring it along, or use one of the library’s devices.

Story Time

Preschoolers, come join our exciting story time sessions designed specifically for ages 2-5! On June 7, scurry on in for Bumbling Bugs. On June 14, Scovill’s Mobile Zoo will be at the library with real live animals that kids can learn about and interact with. You won’t want to miss it! Story times are on Fridays throughout June and July at 10 a.m. Each session features a fun themed craft to make and take home. No registration is required, and siblings are welcome to attend.

Create & Discover Thursdays

If you are 6 or older, you’ll want to create and discover with us on Thursdays. Join Jennifer Stout as she demonstrates how to create a comedy or tragedy mask on June 6. Kids will also learn about some of the ancient Greek history of the masks. Then on Thursday, June 13, perform like the next big Broadway star! In this workshop, we will develop our “star-power” by singing, acting and dancing to our favorite musicals like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Annie. Young actors will learn songs and choreography from the shows, and gain confidence to take the stage under the instruction of Decatur Park District Cultural Arts Supervisor Alexis Riley. We offer two sessions for our Thursday programs at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Registration is required.


Families with children ages birth to 3 are invited to our Baby TALK sessions on Wednesdays throughout the year from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sessions are informal and provide opportunities to share parenting concerns and achievements while enjoying books, songs and fingerplays. Baby TALK is free, and no registration required.

Zumba Party

The world’s most popular group exercise class is coming to the library. Join us for Zumba every Monday in June and July from 10-11 a.m. in the community room with instructor Jenny Ahlswede. From beginners to advanced, all adults are welcome. Please wear tennis shoes and clothes suitable for workout.

iDevice Basics

Do you have an iPhone or iPad but feel like you really don’t know how to use it? Can you make phone calls and send emails but feel there MUST be more you can do? Come to this iDevice basics class led by Tricia Campbell, and learn how to confidently navigate your iDevice. We’ll start at a beginner level so don’t be intimidated. You’ll leave with tips and tricks to share with your friends. Join us Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. Please register in advance.

Food for Thought Book Group

Food for Thought Book Group meets Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. to discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and enjoy tacos. This group is open to all adult readers.

Crankie Creations

Long before movies and TV, artists would paint scenes on scrolls and unfurl them to reveal a story. If you are 6 or older, grab an adult, and come create a mini “crankie” on Saturday, June 8 from 10-11 a.m. You can use it to tell your own story. Please register in advance.

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