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[SEPT. 12, 2003]  MIDDLETOWN -- “G Ma Reads,” with Pat Miller as G Ma, is scheduled for the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Knapp Library. Children aged 4 to 7 years (and relatives, if desired) are most welcome on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Another special event, the “Cowboy Poetry Reading,” is planned for Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. Cowboys will tell of the highs and lows of riding the range as related by cowboy poets. Hot dogs and Laura Bush's “Cowboy Cookies” follow the poetry reading. The public is invited, with or without costumes.

New fall hours for the library, located at 101 S. Clinton, are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Books can be borrowed free of charge by anyone. No library card is required. Beginning Sept. 15 fees for overdue books will be 10 cents per day.

Requests for the Guinness World Records 2003 have been fulfilled as the library seeks to meet the needs of youth and adults. Extensive travel-tour information is being filed.

The Harmony Bookworms are busily planning for a village newspaper and a Halloween party.

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Attention teenagers:

Rules of the road

Especially for teenagers, Deborah Fralick of the Illinois secretary of state's office speaker's bureau for traffic safety, will speak in regard to the graduated driver's license, zero tolerance and teen DUIs.

For junior high and senior high school students, Fralick will cover Illinois law and fines and penalties for breaking those laws.

Traffic safety will be highlighted at this important meeting, and students are urged to attend to get this valuable information.

For more information, call (217) 445-2050.

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