505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391, www.youseemore.com/bristolwash
Holiday Closings: Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. The library will reopen at 10 a.m. Dec. 26.
Christmas Quilt Raffle: This beautiful lap-size quilt, handmade and donated by Joyce Heiss, is on display at the library. The Friends of the Library will benefit from the sale of tickets for this one-of-a-kind Christmas tree motif quilt. Tickets are available at the circulation desk, $1 for one ticket or six tickets for $5.
LEGO Club, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Everyone over the age of 5 is welcome to create with the library’s LEGO blocks.
Teens Otaku Club: 6 p.m. Saturday.
Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Bring your current project. If you don’t have one, stop by and learn a new craft or two. The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Call for more information.
Book Club: noon Dec. 12. Selection: “Dear America: Christmas After All” by Kathryn Lasky. Copies are available at the circulation desk.
Preschool Christmas Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Monday and Dec. 10, and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 11. Theme: “Sleigh Bells Ring.” Features secular and religious Christmas stories and songs. The children make a craft suitable to use as a gift for someone special.
Kids’ Scavenger Hunt: Starting Dec. 31, be on the lookout for “winter wonderland” symbols throughout the library. Write down where you find them and give the paper to a librarian. A prize will be awarded to everyone who completes the hunt.
Soul, Ink: 6 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 19. The group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support for writers at all levels. All ages and genres welcome. Come for food, feedback and fun.
Friends of the Library Second Annual Pie Contest: Jan. 28. Check with Desi or Daryl at the library for registration sheets.
Friends’ Meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 26.
The library could use some extra hands to help out with different jobs. It may be of a variety of things that need to be done, or help with crafts, games and other programs. If you have a desire to donate a little time to a worthwhile cause, consider volunteering. Call for more information.
Pam Keyser and Beth Browning won the October Friend’s Cupcake Contest — Keyser’s for looks and Browning’s for taste. Copies of the prize-winning recipes are available in the library. The Friends have purchased two new bar code scanners for the library with the money raised.
Check out the colorful library newsletter presented by the Friends at the library or at local venues.
CASS COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY
319 M-62 North, Cassopolis, Mich., 269-445-3400, http://cass.lib.mi.us
17049 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg, Mich., 269-641-7674, http://cass.lib.mi.us
Gingerbread House program Dec. 10. Call to register. The program will be offered at the Edwardsburg Branch Dec. 18. Register for the Edwardsburg program by calling 269-663-5875.
ELKHART PUBLIC LIBRARY
Family Day at the Library: Wrap up Winterfest Week with a day of family fun Saturday.
Food for Fines: Monday-Saturday at all locations. Please call 522-2665 for more information.
Osolo Branch Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. “Alphabet of Dreams” by Susan Fletcher.
Main Teen Book Club, ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Dec. 11.
Book Club at Cleveland, grades 3-4, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Registration required.
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. EPL 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 a reduction of 50 cents off their overdue fine charges. This program is available at all locations.
Homework assistance: Cleveland Branch 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Main 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Osolo Branch 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Pierre Moran Branch 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
300 S. Second St., 522-BOOK
Family Movies: 4 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 522-2665 for more information.
YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES PROGRAMMING
Bilingual Story Time: grades K-3, 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Lap sit: infants-2 years, 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Bedtime Stories: ages 2-6, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030
58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100
Take It and Make It Christmas Craft: Monday-Saturday.
Preschool Story Time: ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Toddler Time: ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursday.
3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234
Make It and Take It: Monday and Tuesday.
PIERRE MORAN BRANCH
2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418
Lap sit: ages infants-2 years, 10 a.m. Monday.
Story Time: ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday.
300 S. Second St., 294-2619
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, Children’s Department, 537-0241, www.goshenpl.lib.in.us
Storytime Express: ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Learn though stories about patterns and sequences. Finger plays or songs and a craft activity are also featured.
Holiday Flute Festival Concert and Open House: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Join the children’s department in celebrating the holiday season with musicians from the Community School of the Arts performing holiday flute music. Create your own embossed Christmas cards and enjoy refreshments, too. Fun and free for the entire family.
Boys and Girls Book Club featuring Battle of the Books: Registration begins Dec. 10. Call the children’s desk or come in to register for the third- through fifth-grade book club. They are reading books for this spring’s Battle of the Books event. Only 10 girls and 10 boys may sign up for this session. Book clubs begin the week of Jan. 7. Boys will meet on Tuesdays and girls will meet on Thursdays, both at 4 p.m.
Got LEGOS? LEGO Speed Build, ages 6 and under as well as ages 7-12, 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Schrock Auditorium. Bring your own LEGOS to create any vehicle while racing against the clock and other LEGOS builders. Grand prizes will be given for best in age categories. Second- and third-place prizes will also be awarded. The program is free. Call or visit the children’s department to register.
Read That! Teen Book Club: Teens middle school through high school, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the auditorium. Selection: “Rapunzel’s Revenge.” This is a terrific full-color graphic novel featuring a hilarious twist on a classic story. Pick up your copy and register for the discussion at the library circulation desk.
MIDDLEBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 E. Winslow, 825-5601, www.mdylib.in.us
Cinema Showcase: 1 p.m. Tuesday. See Meryl Streep, Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones in “Hope Springs,” a dramedy in which a married couple attends a counseling retreat trying to re-ignite their relationship.
Children’s Fall Programs:
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 11 a.m. first Mondays.
See Kids homepage for details.
Food for Fines: Bring in non-perishable items through Dec. 29 and get a dollar off your fines for each acceptable item. Items must be unexpired, undented, unused and labeled. Please bring items to the front desk.
157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920; www.nappanee.lib.in.us
Saturday with Santa: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children are invited to share their Christmas wishes with Santa and have their picture taken together. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Santa visits at the library are sponsored in part by Nappanee’s Miracles at Main and Market Streets committee.
Lullababies: infants 9-23 months and a caregiver, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 11. Help your little one develop a love of reading from the start. Lullababies gives babies and caregivers the chance to interact with each other through songs, finger plays, rhymes and more. Designed to match the shorter attention spans of the little ones, Lullababies is lively and entertaining, not a “sit still and listen” kind of program. Registration required.
Story Times: More fun with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Elmer the Elephant. Come for stories, games, crafts and songs with these favorite storybook characters. Preschoolers ages 3 to 6 will meet for songs, stories and crafts about Clifford from 10 to 10:45 a.m. or 1 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Toddlers ages 2 to 3 will meet from 10 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 13 for fun with Elmer the Elephant. Registration required.
Introduction to the Internet class: 7 p.m. Dec. 10. This class, for those unfamiliar with surfing the Web, are held on the second Monday of each month. Several ways to search for information on the Internet are demonstrated. Call for more information.
Make sure your holiday shopping includes a trip to the library, where you can give the gift of reading to local children in need. A selection of exceptional books for children of all ages will be on display and ready for donations through Dec. 14. Priced at a substantial discount, titles are given to Nappanee’s Open Door food pantry for distribution with Christmas baskets. This year, donors will have the chance to give in one of two ways: either purchase a book for donation or contribute a dollar toward the book fund. Casey Kiel, a local artist, will be at the library the week of the 19th to paint the large adult circulation desk windows as a backdrop/promotion for this program. Don’t miss this chance to add a little joy to a local child’s holiday season. Call or go to the website for more information.
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441, www.wakarusa.lib.in.us
Story Hour: 10:15 a.m. Dec. 10 and 11. Participants will hear stories about snow and will be using the parachute during activity time.
Afterschool Special: grades K-5, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Children will make ornaments, play a Christmas game, listen to a story and enjoy Christmas cookies. Registration required.
The library will open at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 so the staff can celebrate their annual holiday breakfast.
Library board of trustees meeting: 7:45 a.m. Dec. 14 in the meeting room. The public is welcome to attend.
Dial-A-Story: “The Golden Cobwebs,” a delightful story about spiders spinning cobwebs all over a Christmas tree.