Friday, April 29, 2016

Middlebury’s Arden Bowers gets help from Marsha Cook on the Mini Golf @ the Library practice hole during the Middlebury Fall Festival. This year’s Mini-Golf at the Library will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Middlebury Public Library. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Middlebury Community Enrichment Council (MCEC) and benefits the library, parks department and historical museum in Middlebury. (AP)
Area Public Libraries, Oct. 7, 2012

Posted on Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.


505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391,

Calling All Crafters, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bring your current project. Don’t have one? Come and learn a new craft or two. The club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Call for more information.

Book club, noon Wednesday. Selection: “Madame Bovary.”

Cupcake contest and sale: Oct. 15. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Traditional for taste and flavor, and decorated/unique for looks. Decorated cupcakes can be in, but are not limited to, a fall/Halloween theme, animals, articles of clothing, floral decorations, etc. Cupcake entries to be judged must be at the library between 10 and 11:45 a.m. Oct. 15, along with a $2 registration fee. If you do not wish to participate in the contest but would like to donate cupcakes for the sale, bring those in any time on Oct. 15. Marshall King, news/multimedia editor of The Elkhart Truth, will be one of the judges. Judging at noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Gross-ology at the Library: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Stop by for part one of the library’s bone-chilling Halloween events. Fake blood, snacks and other frightful fun will be provided. Prepare to be scared.

Boys Only book club, grades 3-5, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Girls Only club will meet at the same time Wednesday. Both clubs will run for seven weeks. Register now.

Fall Festival sign-up has begun. The first 50 who sign up will be guaranteed a pumpkin to paint at 11 a.m. Oct. 20. Crafts, games and refreshments will be available to all who participate.

Calling All Veterans: Local author Robert Magness will be at the library at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 to speak about the Korean War and Douglas MacArthur. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

Preschool story time, ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Monday or 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Children are invited to enjoy this time of exploring books and activities with others.

LEGO Club: All boys from kindergarten to adult, 3 p.m. Oct. 26. LEGOS are available. Bring your imagination and building skills for a great afternoon.

Classic movie night date change: “Gone with the Wind,” 6 p.m. Oct. 29. Snacks and a brief discussion will follow the film.

Soul Ink, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. This writers group is hosted by the library and meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Contact Desiree for more information.

Friends of the Library had a successful book sale during the Homecoming and are purchasing pumpkins for the Fall Festival on Oct. 20, books for the grades 3-5 book club, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Pippi Longstocking,” “Call it Courage” and “Shoeless Joe and Me,” as well as crafting supplies for children’s programs.

Congratulations to Kathie Alonzo, the winner of the September fundraiser raffle — a library tote bag autographed by Beverly Lewis. Nov. 1 is the start of the next Friends of the Library raffle. This is for the beautiful holiday quilt made and donated by Friends member Joyce Heiss. Tickets are $1 a chance or six chances for $5. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 10.

The next Friends of the Library quarterly meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

If you are retired, out of work or just have too much time on your hands, the library could use some extra hands to help out with different jobs. If you have a desire to donate a little time to a worthwhile cause, consider volunteering. Call for more information.


319 M-62 North, Cassopolis, Mich., 269-445-3400,

Fall story hour, ages 3-5 years, 10 a.m. Each week will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. Children will have fun listening to stories and songs, participating in hands-on activities and making crafts. Wednesday morning story hours will take place at the Mason/Union Branch, 17049 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg. Fall story hour will also be offered at the Edwardsburg Branch, 26745 Church St., on Friday mornings. Information: Visit the website and “Like” on Facebook.


26745 Church St., Edwardsburg, Mich., 269-663-5875

Free family movie night, 6 p.m. Oct. 16. In this animated film, a group of New York zoo animals are still trying to find a way home. This adventure takes them on a journey through Europe, where they join a traveling circus. For specific title information please call the Edwardsburg Branch. Free popcorn and water.

Get SLIMED, 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Edwardsburg Branch. Learn about slime and make some to take home at this fun and educational science program. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the Edwardsburg Branch at 269-663-5875.


Book clubs:

Ÿ Main Teen Book Club, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11;

Ÿ Main Library Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Selection: “Ellen Foster” by Kaye Gibbons;

Ÿ Young Peoples Super Readers Book Club, ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Oct. 18;

Ÿ Dunlap “Hunger Games” Book Club, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 14, books and refreshments provided, ages 12-18;

Ÿ Osolo Second Monday Night Page-Turners Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Selection: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein;

Ÿ Osolo Charlotte’s Web Book Club: This newly formed children’s book club will read and discuss “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. The club will meet for six consecutive weeks at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, registration required, 8 and older;

Ÿ The Book Club at Cleveland: This newly formed children’s book club for grades 3 and 4 will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesdays, registration required.

Friends of the Elkhart Public Library monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Osolo Branch.

Book sale, Oct. 19-20 at the Osolo Branch.

Read Away the Fines: Many are taking advantage of this great program; don’t miss out on your opportunity. Times are tough and paying off those overdue charges at the library is hard. The Elkhart Public Library wants to encourage children and teens to read. One way to do this is help them read down their overdue fines. This program allows children and teens, kindergarten through age 17, to read in the library in 15-minute increments for 50 cents off their overdue fine charges. This program is available at all locations.


300 S. Second St., 522-BOOK

Computer classes: PowerPoint, 6:30 p.m. Monday; Microsoft Word for Beginners, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; Gmail (email), 10 a.m. Oct. 15; digital photo editing, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15; Excel for Beginners, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17.

Movies: 4 p.m. Wednesday; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29. These are not family movies; some are rated R. Call 522-2665 for more information.

Learn Sign Language, all ages, 4 p.m. Thursday.

Wii games, grades K-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire Prevention, ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Monster Mash, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Oct. 16.


Preschool Story Time, ages 2-5, 10 a.m. Tuesdays in October.

Scary story contest, ages 12-18, all month long.

Toddler Times, ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursdays in October.

Wii games, grades K-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Learn Sign Language, all ages, 4 p.m. Thursday.

Fire prevention, ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Monster Mash, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Oct. 16.

Speed Book Dating, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Oct. 17.

Zombie Prom, ages 12-18, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19.

Teen Wii, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Oct. 23 and Nov. 27.


53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030

Lap sit, ages infants-24 months, 10 a.m. Monday.

Preschool story time, ages 2-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Toddler Time, ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Afterschool special, grades K-6, at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Bedtime stories, all ages, 6 p.m. Oct. 18.

Teen board game night, ages 12-18, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27.


58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100

Preschool story time, ages 4-5, 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23.

Toddler Times, ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursdays through Oct. 25.


3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234

It is Osolo Branch’s Silver Anniversary! The branch has been serving our community for 25 years. Come in during our weeklong celebration Oct. 14-20. Place your name in for the “25 Books 25 Years” book drawing for your chance to win.

All-day Make-It, Take-It, all ages, Monday and Tuesday.

Toddler Times, ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Mondays through Oct. 29.

Preschool story time, ages 4-5, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 30.

Movie time, 6 p.m. Thursday.

Teen writers club, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.

Afterschool special, ages 6 and older, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17.


2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418

Lap sit, ages infant-2 years, 10 a.m. Monday and Oct. 15.

Story time, ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Oct. 16.

Duct Tape Crafting, ages 10-18, 5 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 1 and Dec. 6.

All ages welcome to all-day Make-It, Take-It, Wednesday through Saturday.


300 S. Second St., 294-2619


601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, Children’s Department, 537-0241,

Mother Goose Mondays, ages infant-2 years and parent or caregiver, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Nov. 26. Come with baby and enjoy the fun. Rhymes, stories, songs and play time. No advance registration required.

Storytime Express, ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Feature: Life Skills. Stories will teach bravery. Finger plays or songs and a craft activity are also offered.

Read That! book discussion for teens, grades 6-12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in meeting room A/B. Selection: “This Dark Endeavor” by Kenneth Oppel. School Library Journal writes, “Sharp readers will find allusions to Mary Shelley, her literary circle, and classic horror films; for those simply wanting a good story with plenty of action, this book will not disappoint.” Sign up for the program at the front desk or by telephone. Don’t forget to pick up your free copy of this book. Everyone is welcome to come for snacks and to talk about great books.

Afterschool library book clubs: Sign-ups begin this week for the second-grade book club and for the Girls Only and Boys Only book clubs for third- through fifth-graders. Space is limited, so sign up today at the children’s reference desk or call for more information.

Rhythm & Rhyme Time: Numbers and Shapes! special programs for kids with special needs, 10 a.m. Saturday. Families with children having special needs are invited to the second two-part children’s series featuring double visuals, stories, music and activities. All ages of children are invited, accompanied by their parents. Siblings are also welcome. While geared for all types of special needs, the primary audience for this type of program is children on the autism spectrum, but all children are welcome to attend.

Meet the Author! 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Children’s author Ingrid Hess will be in the children’s services department to meet the public, and will have her books available for purchase, and to autograph.

Fall Break Family Film: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the library auditorium. This computer-animated film is the “threequel” featuring the adventures of four animals trying to get home to the Big Apple from Africa. The movie is rated PG and is 93 minutes long. Snacks and a drink will be served. Contact Audio Visual Services at 534-6650 for more information.

Fifth annual Lights Out! at the Library: Fairy Tales ... Once Upon a Time, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales while spending fall break in the Land of Make Believe. The library will close at 6 p.m., and doors will reopen at 6:30 for the program. Tours will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:30. Everyone will receive a number and leave on the tour when their number is called. This family program is free and open to all ages.


101 E. Winslow, 825-5601,

Let’s Talk About It: “History by the Numbers.” Goshen College’s Kyle Schlabach gives the first lecture Tuesday. Selection: “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles Mann. See the home page for a complete schedule and book selections. Register and pick up the first book at the front desk.

Princess and Superhero Party: ages 2-8, 1 p.m. Oct. 19. Dress in your favorite princess, prince or superhero costume. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Register at the children’s desk.

Mini Golf at the Middlebury Public Library, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Putt a round of 18 holes inside the library. Adults, $5; 12 years and younger, $3. This fundraiser for the library, parks department and historical museum in Middlebury is sponsored by the Middlebury Community Enrichment Council.

Foreign Film Festival: Three consecutive Sundays in November: Nov. 4,“Romantics Anonymous,” Nov. 11, “Le Havre” and Nov. 18, “Ch’tis.” All films start at 2 p.m. Register for a light lunch at 1 p.m. before the final film. For more information, visit the home page for more information.

Children’s fall programs: Babies and Books (18 months and younger), 10 a.m. Thursdays; Toddler Time (18-36 months), 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5) 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Homeschool Club (K-6) Monday. See Kids home page for program details.

Culture Grams are great for school reports. Find this featured online resource for grades K-12 on the home page. Provides concise and up-to-date information for over 200 countries, each U.S. state, all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Use your library card number for subscriber bar code.


157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920;

The library will join with other local businesses and organizations Friday to celebrate the city’s long history of woodworking craftsmanship during National Hoosier Cabinet Day. Visit the Nappanee Center at 302 W. Market St., home of the Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Center during October to explore a special exhibit entitled “Nappanee Kitchens: A Well-Crafted Legacy.” See a permanent collection of more than 30 models of kitchenettes, tables and other items made by the Coppes and Mutschler companies of Nappanee and several other manufacturers. Special displays include kitchen plans, delivery uniforms, factory paperwork, photographs and items made by local factory workers. In addition, a Coppes/Mutschler Family exhibit featuring photographs and other historical items will give visitors insight into the men and women behind the woodworking dynasty that was responsible for much of the growth of Nappanee at the turn of the last century. Tour the exhibits with an expert from NPL from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Regular hours for the Nappanee Center are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Children can join in the celebration, too, by making a free mini pie at Coppes Commons, the retail complex housed in the restored Coppes Zook & Mutschler Co. factory at 401 E. Market St. Choose from apple, strawberry or blueberry filling and roll out a kid-sized crust the old-fashioned way with help from NPL volunteers and the Nappanee Bakery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call or visit the website for more information.

Crafts for Kids Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Decorate a mini pumpkin tote bag. Materials for the make-and-take craft will be available in the children’s department.

Knee High Nappanee Photography Exhibit, through Oct. 31 during regular library hours. Local kids were given photography tips, an official Jr. Photographer button and a disposable camera before hitting the streets to capture Nappanee’s annual Apple Festival Saturday. CVS Pharmacy donated processing of the photos, and library staff installed the prints in a unique exhibit suspended from the ceiling of the building’s upper level gallery. Library hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The library will offer a beginner’s course on communicating with American Sign Language from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 10. Taught by Debbie and Mark Gessinger. Debbie has taught ASL courses for many years and has recently been certified as a teacher by the American Sign Language Teachers Association. Cost is $100 for instruction and $63 for the textbook. The course is designed for those with little or no experience with ASL and those who wish to refresh their skills. Students will be introduced to ASL through demonstration and practice, and will be able to start conversations and understand basic concepts of ASL. Participants will also learn to sign and convey with expressions and will be introduced to the deaf community and culture. Call or visit the website to register.

Artful Quilters, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The guild, for those interested in new quilting techniques, meets on the second Thursday of each month. Membership is open to anyone. Join the fun and fellowship with other quilters while keeping up to date with new activities and techniques in the quilting world. Bring your own projects to share, check out planned programs for the coming year and sign up for trips. Yearly dues are $15 and are used for the benefit of the guild. Those interested may attend two meetings to get acquainted before becoming members.


124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441,

Story hour, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 15 and 16. Children will hear a story about a moose who is too big to fit inside something small and square and will be given the opportunity to use a parachute during activity time. Registration is required.

Toddler Time, 10 a.m. Oct. 17. Winter is a time for animals to find a place to rest for the season. Participants will hear a story about a bear getting ready to hibernate. Registration required.

Introduction to Word Processing: Learn to create a word processing document on your computer. Also learn to find the program, create a document, add special features and more. Registration required.

Dial-A-Story: “The Honest Lumberjack” teaches children an important lesson on being honest.