505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391,
Teen game night: 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Video games, board games and snacks.
Preschool storytime: 10:30 a.m. Monday or 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Registration not required.
Book Club: Noon Feb. 13. Selection: “An Unlikely Friendship” by Ann Rinaldi. Copies will available at the circulation desk.
Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bring your current project. Don’t have one? Stop by and learn a new craft or two. The club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Call for more information.
Teen Otaku Club: 6 p.m. Tuesday. This club is for teens who love all things Manga and Anime.
Second Annual Pie Contest: Monday. Check with Desi or Daryl at the library for registration sheets starting Monday. All entries are due between 10 and 11:45 a.m., along with a $2 registration fee per entered pie. The two judged categories are fruit/nut and cream. Judging will take place at noon. Pies will be available for sale after judging by the slice or whole pie. If you do not wish to participate in the contest, donated pies for sale will be accepted. Last year’s contest was a lot of fun and it is hoped it becomes a yearly fundraising event by the Friends of the Bristol Library.
Preschool story times: 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Valentines for Vets: Starts Thursday for two weeks. Come in and make a Valentine for a vet. The veterans really appreciate hearing from you.
Volunteers needed: If you’re retired or want to do something worthwhile with your time, the library could use some extra hands to help out with different kinds of jobs. It may be any one 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 at the library. Call 848-7458 for more information.
CASS COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY
319 M-62 North, Cassopolis, Mich., 269-445-3400, http://cass.lib.mi.us
Indoor petting zoo at the Mason/Union Branch: 6 p.m. Feb. 19. Come and enjoy hearing about a variety of farm animals and have a chance to pet them and ask questions. Possible animals that will be shown include an alpaca, goats, pot-bellied pig, lamb and more. This is a wonderful way to introduce kids of all ages to new animals they may not get to interact with on a day-to-day basis. This program is free and open to the public. The Mason/Union Branch is located at 17049 U.S. 12 (on the corner of Kessington Road and U.S. 12) in Edwardsburg. For more information on programs and events, visit the website and “Like” the library on Facebook.
Pocket purse craft class at Edwardsburg Branch Library: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call the Edwardsburg Branch at 269-663-5875 to sign up for this free class. D.K. Letner will teach people how to create a pocket purse out of recycled denim. These purses make great gifts too. Class attendees are encouraged to bring their own embellishments such as patches, ribbon, beads and more. The Edwardsburg Branch is located at 26745 Church St. in Edwardsburg.
ELKHART PUBLIC LIBRARY
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
Computer classes: Digital Photo Editing 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Movies: 5 p.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. Thursday (family movie).
YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES
Sign language: All ages, 4 p.m. Thursday.
53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030
Take It and Make It: All ages, Friday.
58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100
During the month of January enter the drawing for each Martin Luther King Jr., Black History or Civil Rights book read.
3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234
PIERRE MORAN BRANCH
2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418
Story time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Art Attack: Ages 10-18, 5 p.m. Thursday.
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. Theme: “Let’s follow the rainbow!” Come to the children’s story hour room and find your place on the rainbow rug while listening to stories from “Reading Rainbow.” Enjoy fingerplays, songs and a craft activity, too.
Boys & Girls Book Club featuring Battle of the Books: Grades 3-5. Who will win this year’s Battle of the Books? Boys meet every Tuesday and girls meet every Thursday (both at 4 p.m.). Runs through mid-April. Come in or call the children’s desk to register. First Grade Reading Club: 4 p.m. through March 20 in the children’s story hour room. Call 537-0241 for more information.
F.R.O.S.T.! (Fun Reading over Snow Term) children’s winter reading program: Children through fifth grade, 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 22. Come in and pick up your record sheet. On your own, record and track your reading progress when you read a book, or when someone reads a book to you. When you have finished reading 10 picture books or five chapter books, come to the library to receive a free prize. Ski the “mountain slope” successfully, and get a chance to win a grand prize. Read a book from the Winter Reading Selected List, and get an extra chance for the grand prize. Parents of children under age 7 must accompany their child while participating in ski game.
Crafty Bandits: Grades 6-12, 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Come for this free crafting experience. Make colorful and unique beads using old magazines. No registration necessary. The library will bring the supplies; you bring your creativity.
AARP tax assistance: Volunteers will be on hand again this year to prepare taxes for low-income and senior citizens. Appointments are available on Friday mornings and early afternoons only Feb. 1 through March 28. Call the library to schedule your appointment.
MIDDLEBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 E. Winslow, 825-5601, www.mdylib.in.us
Yak, Snack and Read: Due to the weather, Day Yak and Night Yak has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Day Yak will discuss “Crow Lake” by Mary Lawson. Night Yak will discuss “How To Make An American Quilt” by Whitney Otto.
Magazine sale: Get great deals on magazines while helping the library. The Friends of the Library annual magazine sale features many popular magazines such as “Cooking Light,” “Oprah” and “Martha Stewart Living.” All magazines are only 10 cents.
Home School Club: Grades K-6, 11 a.m. Feb. 4. Theme: “Take a Trip to the Rain Forest.” Register at children’s desk.
Cinema Showcase: 1 p.m. Feb. 5. See the compelling drama “Won’t Back Down.” Two determined mothers look to transform their children’s failing inner city school.
Quilting Corner: Ever wanted to learn how to quilt? Visit the Quilting Corner by the fireplace and practice your stitching using simple-to-follow instructions.
Children’s winter/spring programs: Babies and Books, 18 months and younger, 11 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. See Kids homepage for program details.
157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920; www.nappanee.lib.in.us
American Girls Club: Make a candle the old-fashioned way at the next meeting of the American Girls Club. Girls in grades 1 and 2 will meet Monday, and those in grades 3 to 5 will meet Tuesday, both from 7 to 8 p.m., to learn more about Felicity and her way of life in colonial America. The club meets once a month at the library during the school year to learn about girls in American history and share other activities such as tea parties, sleepovers and community service projects. Space is limited. Register by Tuesday by calling or visiting the website.
A new exhibit at the Nappanee Center will feature all things photographic. Stop in at 302 W. Market St. February through April to explore a collection of various cameras, photography equipment, glass slides and much more. Step inside a black room to see a workshop from a not-so-long-ago era in photography and read stories of notable Nappanee photographers who have recorded the city and its people by “making pictures” throughout the years. Also on display will be the original Keller Albums: two large leather-bound volumes of photographs documenting Nappanee at the turn of the century. Compiled by John Keller, the albums have long been an important resource for those researching Nappanee history. Though the original albums will be under glass, visitors will have the chance to flip through copies of the hundreds of images of businesses and employees, residents, homes and recreational events photographed by Keller around 1900 in Nappanee. Most pieces are property of the Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection, which is managed by the library, but many are on loan from their owners for the duration of the exhibit. Regular Heritage Collection hours at the Nappanee Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information call Martha at 773-7919 or email email@example.com.
Cover to Cover Book Club: 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Selection: “The Sea Hunters” by Clive Cussler. As suspenseful and satisfying as Cussler’s renowned Dirk Pitt novels, “The Sea Hunters” is a unique story of true commitment and courage. Call or visit the website to reserve a copy of the book. The club meets on the second Sunday of each month.
Storytimes will be getting a makeover in 2013. The children’s services staff hopes the new programs, new times and new age groups, which begin in February, will streamline the schedule and open new opportunities for visitors at these mainstay programs. All Storytimes for children ages 3-5 will take place on Wednesdays, with three sessions to choose from: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., or 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Children will enjoy stories, crafts, songs and games with artistic pizzazz during “Preschool Pizazz” Feb. 6, 13 and 20.
Lullababies Lapsit and Toddler Storytime have been combined to form a new weekly program from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays called Move & Do, Birth to Two. Babies up to age 2 and up and their caregivers will enjoy music and movement, stories and hands-on projects. February’s dates include Feb. 7, 14 and 21. Call or visit the webite for more information or to register.
Spring into Art Fair: April 27. The Friends of the Nappanee Public Library are seeking emerging and established visual artists interested in participating. Spring into Art celebrates the arts, promotes area artists and benefits the library by offering the community a high-quality juried art fair featuring fine works in a wide variety of media. This year’s art fair will take place at Coppes Commons, a newly-renovated historic furniture factory in downtown Nappanee. The facility offers over 9,000 square feet of exhibit and workshop space situated within the shopping complex. It is a prime location with easy access from a main thoroughfare featuring specialty shops, restaurants and event space. Artists can apply online and submit three digital images representing their original work and one photo of their display. A link to the application is located on the library website. There is no fee to enter, and entries must be received no later than Feb. 10. To request a paper application or more information contact Lindsay at 773-7919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos submitted via mail will be subject to a $10 processing fee.
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441, www.wakarusa.lib.in.us
Preschool Story Hour: 10:15 a.m. Feb. 4 and 5. Children will hear a story and have a time of seek and find the mystery guest. Children must already be registered to attend.
Friends of the Library meeting: 1 p.m. Feb. 5. This is a volunteer organization that assists the library wherever needed. Anyone interested in the helping this group may attend.
Introduction to Excel class: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5. This session will present the very basics of the program. The task bar will be introduced, a document will be created and more. Registration required.
Reading Club: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Selection: “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks.
Board of trustees meeting: 7:45 a.m. Feb. 8 in the meeting room. The public is welcome.
Dial-A-Story: “George Washington and the Colt.” This is the tale of young George Washington and the lesson he learned.