505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391, www.youseemore.com/bristolwash
Happy Halloween: 11 a.m. Oct. 26. There will be tricks and treats. Dress up as your favorite book character and stop in for games, crafts and treats. Prizes will be awarded for the best and most unique costumes.
Trivia Fundraiser Night: 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Come to the Elkhart County Historical Museum to benefit the library. Cost: $90 for a table of 10 purchased at the library ahead of time, or $100 at the door, $9 for individual tickets ahead of time, or $10 at the door. Save the date and watch the newspaper for more details.
Second Annual Cupcake Contest: Noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. All participants must fill out a registration form, including a $2 donation. You may also donate cupcakes for the sale without entering the contest. This event is open to the public. After the judging, the cupcakes will be available for purchase.
Creative Fun with Books Contest: Use old books to create something new. Let your imagination run wild. Come up with something unique for the first Creative Fun with Books Contest. There will be three age categories. Registration forms were available the first week of October, but you may register when you bring your entry. There will be a registration fee of $1 for each submission. If possible, the Friends of the Library would appreciate the donation of your creative items to sell in a fundraiser after the contest. Items will be accepted at the library the last week of October, but no later than Nov. 1. Projects will be judged in the first week of November, date to be announced later. Need books for the contest? Check out the book sale room at the library. There will also be an idea book at the circulation desk.
Tutoring Available: Elkhart Central High School students will be tutoring at the library in the near future. Call for more information.
Boys and Girls Book Clubs: Registration has begun. Boys Book Club meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoons and the Girls Book Club meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoons. Both sessions last eight weeks. Registration is required. Stop in and sign up today. Contact Miss Desi for more information.
Preschool Storytime: Ages 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Mondays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Registration required. Share stories, songs, crafts and games. Contact Miss Desi for more information.
Lapsit Program for Babies and Toddlers: Ages infants-36 months, 11 a.m. Fridays. Stories, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.
Young Authors Club: Grades 4-8, 5 p.m. Thursdays. Join Miss Desi and other young authors to improve your writing skills and receive feedback. Registration is required, and space is limited.
Teen Game Night: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Join Miss Desi for a night of card games, board games and video games. Teens are welcome to bring their favorite games or systems to the library. All games must have an ESRB rating of teen or younger. Snacks are provided.
Ribbon, Rick-Rack and Buttons Needed. Miss Desi is looking for ribbon and rick-rack in a variety of colors to use with her Preschool Storytime to make crafts. No donation is too large or too small, new or used spools of ribbon or rick-rack are welcome. Also, donations of any old or new buttons would be helpful.
Calling All Crafters: 6 p.m. Oct. 22. All ages and crafts are welcome. Bring your current project and craft, or stop by and learn a new craft or two.
Soul, Ink Writers’ Group: 6 p.m. Oct. 23. All ages and genres are welcome. Come for food, feedback and fun. REMINDER: The meeting date has changed from the first and third Wednesdays of the month to the second and fourth Wednesdays. The writers’ group provides constructive criticism and empathetic support to writers at all levels. Come for food, feedback and fun.
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.
Homework Assistance: Grades K-12. Homework help available in many subjects on a first-come, first-served basis. Offered from September through early May. Main library: 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Dunlap Branch: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays; Pierre Moran Branch: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays; Cleveland Branch: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays; Osolo Branch: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Call 522-2223 for more information.
300 S. Second St., 522-BOOK
Microsoft PowerPoint: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
Microsoft Word: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Stories in the Garden: All ages, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
Main Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES
Bedtime Story Time: All ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
Teen Read Week: Ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 15.
Story Time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
Wii Games: Ages 5 and older, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
Teen Murder Mystery: Ages 12-18; 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030
Story Time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.
58485 C.R. 13, Elkhart, 875-3100
Preschool Time: Ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Toddler Time: Ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234
Blind Date with a Book Contest: Ages 12 and older during the month of October.
Story Time: Ages 2-5, 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
Monday Night Page Turners: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
Kids Book Club: Ages 8 and older, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
PIERRE MORAN BRANCH
2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418
Story Time: Ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Bedtime Story Time: All ages, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.
300 S. Second St., 294-2619
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, Children’s Department, 537-0241, www.goshenpl.lib.in.us
Donations Wanted: The Friends of GPL welcome your donations of books, magazines, DVDs, music and more. Inquiries should be made to the Circulation Desk.
Mother Goose Monday: Ages infants-2 years and a caregiver, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in the Schrock Auditorium. This week, Mother Goose Monday Nursery Rhyme Time begins its 12-week Fall session, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and play activities. Bring your baby and enjoy the fun.
Second Grade Reading Club: 4-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in the Children‘s Story House Room. This is the last meeting of this popular book club. Come for the “Mini Battle of the Books” on Oct. 28.
Boxcar Children Book Party: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Love the Boxcar Children series? Register now for the next installment of the Series Book Parties. There will be activities, trivia and snacks relating to the beloved Boxcar books. Attendance is limited, so you must sign up at the Children’s Desk or by calling 537-0241.
MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 E. Winslow, 825-5601, www.mdy.lib.in.us
Library Closed: Due to construction, the library will be closed to the public through Saturday, Oct. 19. During this time no items are due, no fees will be charged and items can be returned in the drop box.
Let’s Talk About It: This fall’s theme is Muslim Journeys: Connected Histories. The third book is “The Ornament of the World” by Maria Rosa Menocal, and Goshen College’s Judith Davis will give the lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 29. See the homepage for complete schedule.
Kids Fall Programs: During the week of Oct. 14, please use the Community Room entrances for Babies and Books, Toddler Time and Story Time. See Kids homepage for program information.
Teen Craft Night: Grades 6-12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Call Kelsey at the library for program details. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, use Community Room entrances.
Health Insurance Marketplace: Consumers in all states are now able to apply for new affordable health coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit the homepage for Indiana Marketplace links.
Middlebury Third Friday: There are two events in the Community Rooms from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18: Halloween Crafts hosted by the library’s Teen Advisory Board and the Northridge High School German Club’s Oktoberfest. Activities and snacks for all ages. Use Community Room entrances.
Mini Golf at the Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Don’t put away your clubs just yet. This fundraiser is sponsored by the MCEC to support the library, parks and museum in Middlebury.
157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920; www.nappanee.lib.in.us
Board of Trustees Meeting: 7 a.m. Oct. 24. The public is invited to attend.
Nappanee’s Movies in the Park Program will wrap up its 2013 season with a showing of “The Thin Man” at West Side Park at 9 p.m. Oct. 26. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends to a special outdoor screening. William Powell and Myrna Loy star in this 1934 murder mystery. Free refreshments will be provided, while supplies last. The movie will be held inside the pavilion if weather does not permit an outdoor showing. The program is sponsored by the City of Nappanee Parks Department, Friends of the Nappanee Public Library, Lake City Bank and Loucks Electric.
Science Saturday Club: Grades 1-5, 10 a.m. Oct. 26. Have fun with “Mysterious Science.” Blow “boo bubbles,” grow glowing “atomic worms” and make light sticks. This program is led by Jim Myers and meets monthly during the school year. Space is limited. Register by 5 p.m. Oct. 22 by calling or visiting the website.
American Girls Club: Make a trick-or-treat craft for your doll at the next meeting. Girls in grades 1-2 will meet Oct. 28, and those in grades 3-5 will meet Oct. 29. Both meeting are from 7 to 8 p.m. The 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 Oct. 22.
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441, www.wakarusa.lib.in.us
Special Drawing: Thursday, Oct. 17, through Oct. 31. Patrons may guess how many candles are in a jar and have the opportunity to win a collection of five fall-themed books. One winner will be chosen from entries. Introduction to Excel Class: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Learn to create simple documents. Registration required.
Story Hour: Ages 3-5, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 21 and 22 in the library meeting room. Theme: Three brothers crossing a bridge. Registration required.
Toddler Time: Ages 25-36 months and a caregiver, 10 a.m. Oct. 23. Hear a story about hibernation. Registration required.
Book Bites: Ages 3-5, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the children’s area. A story and activity will be offered.
Dial-A-Story: Discover interesting details about the “Buckwheat” plant.