505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391,
Readers of all ages are invited to explore all things underground this summer as the library presents “Dig into Reading!” The 2013 summer reading program is open to readers of all ages. Summer programming includes storytimes, teen programs, special performances and visits from local talents, scavenger hunts and more. Stop in today to sign up. For more information contact Miss Desi.
Summer reading programs for the week of July 8:
Unearth a Good Book: All ages, 11 a.m. Monday, July 8. Join Miss Desi for stories, games and crafts about caves. Weather permitting, this event will be held outside.
Dig into a Classic with Stevens Puppets: All ages, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Dig into this awesome marionette show as Stevens Puppets proudly presents “Rumplestiltskin.”
“Black Rose” Panel: Ages 13-17, 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Join Miss Desi in welcoming the authors of this graphic novel. The guys will be talking about the process of creating and publishing “Black Rose” and answering questions. Copies will be available for purchase.
Take Home Craft Thursday: July 11, Paper Bag Bats. Every Thursday during summer reading the library will have craft kits available to take home and complete while supplies last.
Family Friday: There will be no Family Friday event on Friday, July 12, due to the book sale.
Weekly Scavenger Hunt: Stop by the library once a week to find and record the hidden items. Find 20 items and get a prize
Traveling Gnome Program: Going on a trip? Grab a gnome and take him along. The pictures you take of your gnome will be on display at the library.
Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Bring your current project. Don’t have one? Stop by and learn a new craft or two.
Book Club: Noon Friday, July 12. Selection: “The Cat Who Played Post Office” by Lilian Jackson Braun. Copies will be available at the circulation desk.
Book sale: Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bristol Public Library during homecoming week. Donations of cookies appreciated. Call for more details.
Creative Fun with Books Contest: Let your imagination run wild. There are all kinds of ways to turn old books into something of beauty, use, decoration, furniture, etc. Prizes will be awarded to each of three groups submitting items: Children, Teen and Adult. If possible, the Friends of the Library would appreciate the donation of your creative items to sell/auction in a fundraiser after the contest. Fliers regarding the contest will be available at the library and during the book sale. Note: There will be a bag sale during the July Book Sale the afternoon of Saturday, July 13. Come and get your books to start your project. Registration for the contest will be only $1 with registration forms available the first week of October. Items for the contest should be taken to the library the last week of October and no later than Nov. 1. Judging will be week of Nov. 8. Many people already have their unique projects in mind.
Fun Fair: Aug. 9. Children/families can earn tickets through reading and scavenger hunts as usual, but they will also have the ability to buy tickets at the fair. Can you volunteer to help at this event? If so, please contact Desi or Daryl at the library. Watch the newspaper for details.
CASS COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY
319 M-62 North, Cassopolis, Mich., 49031, 269-445-3400, http://cass.lib.mi.us.
Don’t miss the many free family programs throughout July as part of the Summer Reading Club: Dig into Reading! People of all ages will enjoy the variety of family-friendly and entertaining programs.
The library has other terrific programs, too. All programs are free to attend. Stop by your local Cass District Library and pick up a complete calendar of events.
17049 U.S. 12, Edwardsburg, Mich., 49112, 269-641-7674
Movie: All ages, 2 p.m. Monday, July 8. Watch an animated adventure about a koala bear named Johnny. Popcorn, candy and water will be provided free of charge. Please call the library for specific title information.
The Magic Bookshelf: All ages, 1 p.m. July 18. Takes kids on an adventure into the magical land of books. Fiction, fairy tales and more genres come alive in the hands of award-winning magician Doug Scheer. This show is filled with many surprises you won’t want to miss.
26745 Church St., Edwardsburg, Mich., 49112, 269-663-5875
Wildlife Safari: All ages, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11. Learn about animals from around the world that live or dig underground. This program combines stories written and illustrated by Nelson “The Animal Guy,” with real creatures from the show. Live animals will be introduced throughout the program. Books will be available for purchase following the program.
ELKHART PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
Dig into Reading Summer Reading for children (to age 12):
This year’s program is all new. When you sign up, you receive a reading log. All you have to do is to read 15 minutes a day for four days each week, and complete two fun activities, to win a prize. The more weeks you complete, the more prizes you win. At the end of July, all reading logs will be entered in the grand prize drawing. Five bicycles will be given away to five lucky readers.
Beneath the Surface Summer Reading for ages 12-18:
Teens get to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “bingo card” with different genres of books to read and various library-related activities. For each row you fill, you earn a prize. This year’s grand prize drawings will be for a Kindle Fire and a Nook Color.
Groundbreaking Reads Summer Reading for ages 18 and older:
For each item you check out, you can write a brief book review or solve a puzzle. Every review or puzzle you complete will be entered in a drawing for a weekly prize. Prizes will include gift baskets with donated items and services from local businesses. All entries will be saved for a grand prize drawing at the end. There are three Kindle Fires to give away.
All three summer reading programs run through July 27. Prizes can be claimed through Aug. 3.
300 S. Second St., 522-BOOK
Author visit: Kate Collins, author of the “Flower Shop Mysteries,” will talk about writing and her books at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13
Hobbyist Series: Beading and Jewelry, most ages, 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10; Bee Keeping, most ages, 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES, 522-ABCD
Beneath the Surface Jeopardy: Ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.
Computer Scratch Gaming: Ages 8-11, 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 10.
Bugs in the Garden: Ages infants-2, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11.
Dig into Caves: Ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030
Story Time: Ages 2-5 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.
School Agers: Ages 6-10, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
58485 C.R. 13, 875-3100
Make a Snake: Ages 9-12, 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.
Story Time: Ages 2-6; 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.
1 on 1 Computer Class: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234
2nd Monday Night Page Turners: “A Simple Plan” by Scott Smith, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 8.
Holes Book Club: Ages 12 and older, 3 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
Burrowing Animals: Ages 6 and older; 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11.
PIERRE MORAN BRANCH
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
Children’s summer reading program: Lost in a Good Book. All ages through grade 5 through July 31. Sign up at the Children’s Desk for this summer reading adventure. Children may sign up to read, or be read to, and win prizes. All books read at Funday Monday and weekly Storytime Express programs count toward the goal. Watch for the summer reading program weekly “Make It, Take It” craft projects in July. Call the Children’s Department for details.
Lost Adventure: Come to the Children’s Department any time this week to participate in a “Lost Adventure” special activity. Read your way through the Children’s Department as you “choose your own adventure.” This free activity is geared for elementary school-aged children.
50 Years of Summer. Grades 6-12, through July 20. Rewind your summer with GPL. Experience what teen life was like old-school style as you cruise through the decades from the ’50s to the ’90s. Register for this retro reading program and any of the library’s 13 groovy events in the library lobby. There will be some great prizes and even better reads available, including what’s hot now and what was cool way back when. Call for more information.
Charmed for Sure! Grades 6-12, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the auditorium. Combine two of the most awesome crafts from the ’80s and what do you have? One righteous bracelet. Make one for yourself
or make one for a friend. Either way, you’re going to have a blast learning how to make a friendship bracelet with a shrink-dink pendant. Call the library to register.
1980s Feature Movie. Grades 6-12, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the auditorium. This cult classic film from 1986 follows a day in the life of a teenager and his friends as they decide to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. Call to register.
From Drab to Rad! Grades 6-12, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the auditorium. There are so many ways you can transform your shirt from drab to rad in minutes. Puffy paint was a rite of passage for teens in the ’90s, and now it can be yours as well. Call to register.
Book sale: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 18 in the auditorium. The Friends of the Library will host the sale featuring cookbooks, travel, large print, biographies, antique, business, children’s, newer fiction and nonfiction books.
MIDDLEBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 E. Winslow, 825-5601, www.mdylib.in.us
Kids Dig into Summer Reading Program:
Elkhart Parks Department presents “Underground Animals: animals that live and sleep underground” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.
“Let’s Rock: Learn about Different Types of Rocks,” 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11.
Movie: “Goonies,” 11 a.m. July 15. Rated PG.
Potawatomi Zoo Visits the Library: 10 a.m. July 16. Registration required.
Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m.: Learn about stalactites and stalagmites
and what it’s like to be in a cave, 10 a.m. July 18.
See complete July schedule for Kids Dig into Summer Reading Program on the homepage.
Yak, Snack and Read: The second Yak of the summer is on Tuesday, July 9. The 1 p.m. group will discuss “The Last Camellia: A Novel” by Sarah Jio, and the 7 p.m. group will discuss Wallace Stegner’s “Angle of Repose.” There is still time to register for this informal book discussion group. See Yak Summer Schedule on the homepage.
Teen “Zombies vs. Humans”: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. This is an intense outdoor game. Nerf guns and “sock” grenades are provided. Check with Kelsey about bringing your own Nerf gun.
Teen Hobbit Hoe-Down: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Watch the film, play the games and dress as a hobbit.
157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920
Artful Quilters, a club for those interested in new quilting techniques, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the library. 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. Contact the library or go to the website for more information.
“Catch-it Cone” Game: Saturday, July 13. Kids will make their own game. Materials for the make-and-take craft will be available in the Children’s Department from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Guided Tour: New cardholders and those interested in learning more about library services, 7 p.m. July 15. In addition to discovering where to find current bestsellers, a favorite cookbook or the daily news, participants will be introduced to many special 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, www.wakarusa.lib.in.us
Adult e-reader class: 2 p.m. July 16. This session will introduce Overdrive, the program used to download books to a personal e-reader device. Registration required.
Come to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. The Wakarusa Library will be hosting a children’s time in Commercial Building E at 2 p.m. July 19. Play a game and try to win prizes.
Dial-A-Story: “The Coyote and the Woodpecker,” the tale of a vain coyote family trying to get even with a woodpecker family.