Sunday, February 14, 2016

Books to read, things to do at area public libraries

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.


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

Holiday hours: The library will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Plant swap: 6 p.m. Monday, May 20. Bring your gardening tips, stories and plants to swap.

Meeting room available: Have you thought about having a family reunion, or shower for a friend or family member? The library’s meeting room is now available for social events at a rental fee of $30 for up to four hours, or $60 for time over four hours. Not-for-profit groups are still free to use the meeting room at no cost.

Book Club: Noon Wednesday, June 12. Selection: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Copies will be available at the circulation desk.

Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 14 and 28. Bring your current project. Don’t have one? No problem: Stop by and learn a new craft or two

Preschool Spring Storytime: Ages 3-5, 11 a.m. Mondays or 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Children will enjoy songs, stories and make a craft to take home. Registration required.

Soul Ink: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. If you are a writer, this group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support for writers at all levels. All ages and genres welcome. Food, feedback and fun.

Teen Otaku Club: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. This club is for teens who love all things Manga and Anime. Call Desi for details.

Lego Club: 3 p.m. Friday, May 31. All ages welcome.

Summer reading: Signup starts Friday, May 31. Theme: Dig Into Reading.

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


Mason/Union Branch Library, 17049 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg, 17049 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg, Mich., 269-641-7674

National Missing Children’s Day: 6 p.m. Monday, May 20. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), in partnership with the Cass District Library Mason/Union Branch, will observe National Missing Children’s Day this year by participating in the national Take 25 child safety campaign. Carol Ryan will present information on child safety issues. As a parent of an abducted child, Ryan speaks regularly at conferences and community events. Her emphasis is to develop understanding about the “compliant victim,” predatory grooming and ways to support a family in crisis. May 25 has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first recognized in 1983, serving as an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing and stressing the importance of making child protection a national priority. The Take 25 campaign is a national child safety public awareness campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign began May 1 and continues through May 25 every year in communities throughout the country. Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than approximately 2,000 each day. Of that number, it is estimated that 200,000 are abducted by family members and approximately 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. Each year, it is estimated that 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions: They are taken by non-family members and are either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep. An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84 percent of cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Teaching children about safety works. It saves lives. To learn more about NCMEC or to make a donation, visit or call 1-800-THE-LOST.


Read Away the 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. The 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

Friends of the Elkhart Public Library Board meeting: All welcome, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.



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

Computer Tutor: All ages, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.


58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100


3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234

2nd Monday Night Page Turners: 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13.

After-School Special: Ages 6 years and older, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.


2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418

Story Time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14.


300 S. Second St., 294-2619


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

Here Be Pirates: Grades K-5, 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13. This is the last program in the Favoritelology series: Pirateology. Arrgh! Pirate Mike is back, featuring activities to shiver your timbers. Call the Children’s Services Department for details.

Mother Goose Mondays: 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. May 13 and 20. Come with your baby and enjoy the fun. These learning activities are geared for infants-age 2 who attend with their parent or caregiver. Share rhymes, stories, songs,and playtime. No advance registration is required, so you can attend as many sessions as you like.

Storytime Express: Ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16. Theme: Flower Power. Enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs and a craft activity all about flowers.

May orientations for free pre-GED classes: Interested in taking free classes to help you prepare to take the GED test? To find out more, you must attend a two-day orientation session located at the library from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 15. Attendance at orientation is limited. For more information, phone 262-5678.


101 E. Winslow, 825-5601,

Middlebury Third Friday: At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, learn how to make a Fairy Garden with long-time Middlebury gardener Roberta Miller. Topics include how to make your own fairy garden accessories, container selection, the best soil to use and plant recommendations.

Let’s Talk About It: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. This is spring’s last lecture/book discussion. Leonard Beechy from Northridge High School will lecture on the American classic: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Small group discussion follows the presentation.

Summer Reading Program: Ms. Beth will be visiting area schools to talk about this Summer’s Reading Program for Kids. She will also be giving scheduled tours of the library to Middlebury elementary students.


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. on the third Thursday of every month. Theme: “Masterpiece May.” Kids are invited to take part in age-group-appropriate challenges and free-building time. No registration is required, and parents are welcome to stay and participate. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, and all materials will be provided.

Guided tour: 7 .m. Monday, May 20. For new cardholders and those interested in learning more about library services. The library holds the tour the third Monday of every month and by appointment.


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

Book Bites: Ages 3 to 5, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 23. Older children may attend; younger children need to be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Ebooks are now available. Anyone having a valid card may download an Ebook to their Ereader device. The Overdrive icon on the Wakarusa homepage at is for selecting available Ebooks available. Contact the library for more information.

Dial-A-Story: “Molly Whupie,” a tale about a resourceful girl who fools a giant.