Area Public Libraries, May 18, 2013

News and upcoming events from Elkhart County area public libraries
Posted on May 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.


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


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

Friends of the Library meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Come if you have an interest in the library’s welfare and want to have some fun.

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

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 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 can 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.

Storytime: Ages 3-5, 11 a.m. Mondays. Summer reading special programs at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Sign-up for summer reading begins Friday, May 31.

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.

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

Soul Ink: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. This writing group has put together a variety of stories, essays and poems that local authors are proud to announce is available at the library. Stop in if you are interested and take a look. If you want to own a copy of the local authors’ work, it is available for $5. Are you a writer? This group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support for writers at all levels. All ages and genres welcome. Food, feedback and fun.

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

Summer reading: Sign-up 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®, 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 continues through Saturday, May 25. 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 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 his own actions. To learn more about NCMEC or to make a donation, visit www.missingkids.com or call 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.


300 S. Second St., 522-BOOK

Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20. Selection: “Good Night, Mr. Tom” by Michelle Magorian.

Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Movie: Ages 13 and older; 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.



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


58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100


3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234

Old School Gaming: Ages 12 years and older, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Computer Tutor: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.


2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418


300 S. Second St., 294-2619


601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, Children’s Department, 537-0241, www.goshenpl.lib.in.us

Mother Goose Mondays: Ages infants-2 years and a caregiver, 10:30-11 a.m. May 20. Come with your baby and enjoy the fun. Share rhymes, stories, songs,and playtime. No advance registration is required, so you can attend as many sessions as you like.


101 E. Winslow, 825-5601, www.mdylib.in.us


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

Super Science Saturday Club: Grades 1-5, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25. The club will wrap up its 2012-13 season with “Planes & Parachutes.” Kids will fly a Wilbur Wright adjustable plane, paper helicopters and plastic parachute drops. This program is led by Jim Myers and meets monthly during the school year. Space is limited. Register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, by calling or going to the website.


124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441, www.wakarusa.lib.in.us

Book Challenge: Grades 5-8. Children will form teams and read assigned books to be used during the Book Challenge Tournament at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27. Team members will answer questions about the chosen books, and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Registration begins Tuesday, May 28, and ends Friday, June 14.

Summer reading program: Preschool-grade 8. Theme: “Dig Into Reading.” There will be prizes for reading books: sixth- through eighth-graders may join the Young Adult Reading Club and earn library money to buy items at the Young Adult Auction at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12. Summer library cards will be available to children who live outside of Olive or Harrison townships and who are registering for the Summer Reading Club. There is no cost for this card. Children in grades preschool-8 grade are eligible. Contact the library at for more information.

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

Dial-A-Story: “The Stars in the Sky,” the tale of a little girl who goes searching for the stars in the sky.

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