PurSuits program aims to help women in need

PurSuits is in pursuit of women joining their cause and, specifically, donations of gently used professional women’s apparel, shoes, or accessories such as handbags, scarves, and jewelry. Come to the library's boardroom at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 to find out more information about PurSuits and how you can aid their cause and support women in need.

Founded in 2016, PurSuits was formed by the Women’s Justice Circle, a collaboration between the YWCA Women’s Empowerment Committee and the Sisters of St. Francis Franciscan Peace Center, to help women who lack the resources and funds to purchase suitable attire for the interview process. The goal is to not only dress them in interview clothing but dress them in confidence and knowledge.

FOR TEENS! Did you know the library has a space just for ages 12 to 18? Come visit our Teen Loft. We have books, magazines, manga, graphic novels, comic book volumes, audiobooks, and DVDs. We have comfortable lounge chairs to sit and read in, and plenty of tables to do homework, group projects, or play tabletop games. We also have six computers with access to the internet and Microsoft Office, perfect for putting together presentations or writing that research paper.

The library has events just for teens like Anime Club, weekly gaming, a Pokémon club, and fun monthly events like our after-hours movies nights. Check our Facebook page @iacpl and website www.clintonpubliclibrary.us for event information.

Sign up for our volunteer Teen Advisory Board and have input into what the library orders for the Teen collections and event planning. TAB can be used for volunteer hours for school and looks great on resumes, honor society groups, and college applications.

READ OFF YOUR FINES If you are a child between the grades of prekindergarten and 12th grade with a library card, you now have the chance to read off your fines. All you have to do is show up on the Children’s Floor. Tell the librarian in the room your name and library card number (if you have it). Then just sit down, relax, and read. You can read to one of our stuffed animals or Henry our Guinea Pig, or by yourself! For children who can’t read yet, parents can read to their child to get the fine taken off as well.

You’ll receive 25 cents off your fines for 15 minutes. (Heads up that if you are in sixth through 12th grade, we’ll ask you to read a minimum of 30 minutes.) You can come back multiple times to keep reading your fines down to zero. We’ll tally up everyone’s amounts and update their accounts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get rid of your fines.

This is open to Pre-K to 12th-graders; you can only read for yourself, you can’t earn credit towards future fines. Time read can also go towards your child’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Reading off of fines does not apply to lost or damaged books.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE The hours for the bookstore are Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you have questions about library programming, call 242-8441. Contact the Lyons Local History and Genealogy branch library by calling 242-5355 from Tuesday through Saturday. You can also access library information by visiting our web site at www.clintonpubliclibrary.us. Be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Pinterest.

Kendra Evers is the Clinton Public Library's Teen Services coordinator.