505 W. Vistula St., P.O. Box 789, 848-7458, Fax 848-4391, www.youseemore.com/bristolwash
Trivia: Come to the Elkhart County Historical Museum at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 for a Trivia Fundraiser Night to benefit the library. Cost: $90 for a table of 10 and 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.
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. 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 be an idea book at the circulation desk.
Teen Halloween Bash: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Join Miss Desi for a ghoulish good time making slime and ghosts. Spooky snacks will be provided. Costumes are optional.
Soul Ink Writers’ Group: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. 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.
Tutoring available: Elkhart Central High School students will be tutoring at the library. Call for more information.
Boys and Girls Book Clubs: Boys Book Club meets at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and the Girls Book Club meets at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 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.
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. Nov. 12. All ages and crafts are welcome. Bring your current project and craft, or stop by and learn a new craft or two.
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 available in many subjects on a first-come, first-served basis. Offered 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
Paranormal Investigator George Hayes: Most ages, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.
2013 Horror Movie Marathon: Ages 17 and older, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
Health Insurance Marketplace: 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
Classic First Friday Horror Movie: Ages 17 and older, 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES
Teen Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Ages 12-18, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Halloween Parade: All ages, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
Adventure Trick O’ Treat: All ages, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
53715 C.R. 1, Elkhart, 266-2030
Story Time: Ages 2-6, Wednesday, Oct. 30.
58485 C.R. 13, Elkhart, 875-3100
Preschool Time: Ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
After-School Special: Ages 7-11, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Toddler Time: Ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
3429 E. Bristol, Elkhart, 264-7234
Blind Date with a Book Contest: Ages 12 and older during October.
Kids Book Club: Ages 8 and older, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
PIERRE MORAN BRANCH
2400 Benham, Elkhart, 294-6418
Health Insurance Marketplace: 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
Trick or Treat: All ages, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
300 S. Second St., 294-2619
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531, Children’s Department, 537-0241, www.goshenpl.lib.in.us
Second Grade Reading Club Mini Battle of the Books! Monday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Children’s Storyhour Room. Parents and friends of books club members are invited to attend, and listen as the students test their knowledge of all the books read this fall. Refreshments will be served.
Mother Goose Monday: Ages infant-2 years and a caregiver, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Schrock Auditorium. Stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and play activities.
Storytime Express: Ages 2-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31. Explore colors this month; this week the colors are orange and yellow. Wear something orange or yellow and come for stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft.
Book sale: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Schrock Auditorium. The Friends of Goshen Public Library will host their annual holiday sale featuring Christmas, gift quality, and coffee table books. Other items include DVDs and audiobooks, sci-fi, mystery, government and religious books. Newer fiction and nonfiction books along with children’s books will also be on hand.
Donations wanted: The Friends of GPL welcome donations of books, magazines, DVDs, music and more. Inquiries should be made to the circulation desk.
Boxcar Children Book Party: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Love the Boxcar Children series? Register now for the next installment of Series Book Parties. Activities include trivia and snacks related to the beloved Boxcar books. Attendance is limited, so registration is required in advance at the children’s desk.
MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 E. Winslow, 825-5601, www.mdylib.in.us
Mini Golf at the Library: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 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.
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. Tuesday, Oct. 29. See the homepage for complete schedule.
Let’s Talk About It film: 7 p.m. Nov. 5. Selection: “Koran by Heart,” a coming-of-age story about today’s Muslim children. The story takes place in Cairo during the annual Quran reciting contest for Muslim youth. This is a companion film to the library’s Let’s Talk About It series, Muslim Journeys: Connected Histories.
Cinema Showcase: 1 p.m. Nov. 5. Feature: “Quartet,” directed by Dustin Hoffman. This charming and touching story is about a famous quartet who nurse old wounds that keep them from performing together.
Book signing: 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Theresa Schwegel, Edgar Award-winning author, will give a presentation on her latest thriller “The Good Boy,” followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.
Teen Craft Night: Grades 6-12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Call Kelsey for program details.
Computer classes: 11 a.m. Fridays. “How-to” topics include using social media, email, downloading pictures and music using the library’s online resources. Call Beth to register.
Kids fall programs: Newcomers still welcome for this fall’s Babies and Books, Toddler Time, Story Time and Home School Club. Call the children’s desk or stop by the library to register. See Kids homepage for program details.
Health Insurance Marketplace: Consumers in all states are able to apply for new health coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit the homepage for Indiana Marketplace links.
157 N. Main St., 773-7919; Dial-A-Story information, computer access, 773-7920
Cover to Cover Book Club: 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. Selection: “Thomas Jefferson: the Art of Power.” In this biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. The book gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power. Call or go to the website for more information or to reserve a copy of the book. The clubs meets on the second Sunday of each month.
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465, Dial-A-Story 862-4441, www.wakarusa.lib.in.us
Introduction to Email class: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Participants will learn about different email programs, learn how to set up an email account and more. Registration required.
Bookends Reading Club: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Selection: “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve. Registration required.
Board of Trustees meeting: 6:45 a.m. Nov. 8. The public is welcome to attend.
Dial-A-Story: “Halloween,” a tale about how this became a holiday and why it’s celebrated.