Friday, February 12, 2016

Area Public Libraries, Feb. 10, 2013

Posted on Feb. 10, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


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

Preschool story time: ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Monday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Register now for spring story time. Children will listen to stories, hear music and make a craft to take home.

Boys and girls book clubs: grades 3-5. Both clubs will be reading “How to Eat Fried Worms” by Thomas Rockwell. Boys will meet every Tuesday and girls will meet every Wednesday starting this week. Times for both are 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for seven weeks. Registration has begun.

Book club: noon Tuesday. 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.

Soap-making demonstration: 10 a.m. Saturday. Chrystal Pedler will demonstrate how to make homemade soap.

Teen Otaku club: 6 p.m. Feb 19. This club is for teens who love all things Manga and Anime.

Soul, Ink: 6 p.m. Feb. 20. The group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support for writers at all levels. All ages and genres welcome.

LEGO club: 3 p.m. Feb. 22.

Friends of the Library meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

Read Across America: Meet March 1 to honor Dr. Seuss.

Volunteers needed: If you’re retired or want something worthwhile to do with your time, the library could use some extra hands to help out. Jobs could include a variety of things, including 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 for more information.


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

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 include an alpaca, goats, a pot-bellied pig, a 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. 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. Class attendees are encouraged to bring their own embellishments, such as patches, ribbon, and beads. The Edwardsburg Branch is located at 26745 Church St. in Edwardsburg.


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 book 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

Movies: 6 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 27, 4 p.m. Feb. 28 (family movie).

Computer classes: Digital Photo Editing, 6:30 p.m. Monday; Internet for Beginners, 2 p.m. Feb. 21.

Main book club: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Selection: “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.


Toddler story time: ages 2-3, 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Preschool story time: ages 4-6, 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Make It Take It: all ages, all day Tuesday-Thursday.

Teen book club: ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Learn sign language: all ages, 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Hearts Alive: ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday.


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

Lap sit: infants-24 months, 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Story time: ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Wednesday and Feb. 20.

After-school special: grades K-6, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

Bedtime story time: all ages, 6 p.m. Feb. 28.


58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100

Preschool time: ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26.

Toddler time: ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursdays through Feb. 28.

After-school special: grades K-4, 4 p.m. Feb. 19.


3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234

Story times: ages 2-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 19.

Valentine after-school special: Ages 6 and older, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Make It Take It: all ages, all day Feb. 18.

Old-school gaming: ages 12 and older, 4 p.m. Feb. 19.

Book club: ages 8 and older, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28.


2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418

Story time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26.

Computer tutor: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Make It Take It: all ages, all day Wednesday through Saturday.

Lap sit: infants-2 years, 10 a.m. Feb.18.

Art attack: Ages 10-18, 5 p.m. Feb. 28.


300 S. Second St., 294-2619


601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, children’s department, 537-0241,

President’s Day movie: 2 p.m. Feb. 18 in the auditorium. The live-action film follows the adventures of 11-year-old Johnny Clem, a runaway who becomes a drummer for the Union Army during the Civil War. The movie is 90 minutes long. Snacks and a drink will be served. Contact Audio Visual Services at 534-6650 for more information.

Illusionology: ages 4-12), 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Are you a great magician? Want to show off a great trick you know? Register now to perform during the “Illusionology” program. Every child who signs up will get an extra chance to win a copy of the book “Illusionology.” Call the children’s department for more information.

Storytime Express: ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Children’s Story Hour Room. Valentine stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft activity are featured this week.

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 for more information.

F.R.O.S.T.! (Fun Reading over Snow Term) Children’s winter reading program: Children through fifth grade. Ends at 1 p.m. 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 the ski game.

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 through March 28. Call the library to schedule your appointment.

Read That teen book club: Grades 6-12, 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room AB. Sit back and relax as you listen to facilitators read aloud excerpts from this month’s mysterious selection. Will there be romance? Chocolate? Call to learn more or to register.


101 E. Winslow, 825-5601,

Yak, Snack and Read: At 1 p.m. Feb. 19, yak about “How to Make an American Quilt” by Whitney Otto. At 7 p.m., yak about “Crow Lake” by Mary Lawson. Stop by the front desk to pick up a book for either event.

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.

Quilting Corner: Want 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: Sign up by calling or stopping at the children’s desk. Space is still available for Babies and Books (18 months and younger), 11 a.m. Thursdays; Toddler Time (18-36 months), 10 a.m. Wednesdays; Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5), 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The Home School Club (grades K-6) meets at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. See Kids homepage for program details.


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

Artful Quilters: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The guild is for those interested in new quilting techniques and 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 to benefit the guild. Those interested may attend two meetings to get acquainted before becoming members.

Library closed Presidents Day, Feb. 18. Regular hours will resume Feb. 19.

American Girls Club: Make a no-sew drawstring bag at the next meeting. Girls in grades 1 and 2 will meet Feb. 25, and those in grades 3 through 5 will meet Feb. 26. Both meetings will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn more about Addy and her way of life in the 19th century. The American Girls 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 Feb. 19 by calling or going to


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

Story hour will not be held Feb. 18 or 19.

Toddler time: ages 25-36 months and a caregiver, 10 a.m. Feb. 20. This will be a celebration of Valentine’s Day with a story and the creation of a heart-shaped butterfly. Registration required.

Introduction to the Internet: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Learn how to use the Internet and how to use a search engine. Bring your questions, and staff will try to find the answer. Registration required.

Dial-A-Story: “Valentine’s Day.” Hear about how this became a holiday and why we love to celebrate it.

The winner of the January special drawing was Noah Brown. The correct answer for the number of Newbery Award books in the library was 175.