Thursday, February 11, 2016

Area public libraries

Posted on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


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

Preschool storytime: Ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Monday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Register now for spring storytime. 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 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for seven weeks. Registration has begun.

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

Soul, Ink: 6 p.m. Wednesday. The group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support for writers at all levels. All ages and genres welcome. Share food, feedback and fun.

LEGO club: 3 p.m. Friday.

Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Feb. 26. 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.

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

Book club: Noon March 13. Selection: “Room” by Rmma Donoghue. Copies will available at the circulation desk.

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

Volunteers needed: If you’re retired or want to do something worthwhile to do with your time, the library could use some extra hands to help out with different jobs, including assistance with crafts, games and other programs. Call 848-7458 for more information.


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

Indoor petting zoo at the Mason/Union Branch: 6 p.m. Tuesday. Come and enjoy hearing about a variety of farm animals and have a chance to pet them and ask questions. Animals that may be shown include an alpaca, goats, pot-bellied pig, lamb and more. 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. 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: 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 fines. 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

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

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

Computer classes: Internet for Beginners, 2 p.m. Thursday.


Teen Wii: Ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Toddler: Ages 2-3, 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Preschool: Ages 4-6, 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Super Readers book club: Ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday.


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

Story time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Wednesday.

After-school special: Grades K-6, 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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


58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100

After-school special: Grades K-4, 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Preschool time: Ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 26.

Toddler Ttme: Ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursday and Feb. 28.


3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234

Make It Take It: All ages, all day Monday.

Story time: Ages 2-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Old-school gaming: Age 12 and older, 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Book club: Age 8 and older, 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 28.


2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418

Lap sit: Infants-2 years, 10 a.m. Monday.

Story time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday and Feb. 26.

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. Monday 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.

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

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.

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.

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

First grade reading club: 4 p.m. through March 20 in the children’s story hour room. Call for more information.

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 excerpts from this month’s mysterious selection. Will there be romance? Chocolate? Call to learn more or to register.


101 E. Winslow, 825-5601,

Teen craft: Ages 12 and older, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday (Presidents Day). Learn how to make your own safety pin bracelet. Materials are provided.

Yak, Snack and Read: At 1 p.m. Tuesday, 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 Yak.

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 homeschool club (grades K-6) meets at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. See the kids homepage for program details.


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

LEGO club: Ages 5 and older, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Beat the winter blues and build something new. Kids are invited to take part in age-appropriate challenges and free building time on the third Thursday of every month. No registration required, and parents are welcome to stay and participate. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult, and all materials will be provided.

Super Science Saturday club: Grades 1-5, 10 a.m. Saturday. Theme: medical science. Kids will experience the “x-ray effect,” create a homemade stethoscope and “see” their pulse points. This program is led by Jim Myers and meets at the library monthly during the school year. Space is limited. Register by 5 p.m. Tuesday.


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

Story hour: 10:15 a.m. Feb. 25 and 26. Theme: going to grandmother’s house. Children must already be registered to attend.

Toddler time: Ages 25-36 months, 10 a.m. Feb. 27. A winter wreath will be created. Children should already be registered to attend.

“Feed Your Mind – READ!” is the adult and high school winter reading program theme. Participants are asked to read six books in nine weeks, Feb. 11 through April 13, and keep a reading log. Completed logs that are returned to the library will be placed in a grand prize drawing for one of three prizes.

Dial-A-Story: “The Six Sillies.” A young man learns to keep his promise.