Michigan City Public Library
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100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360, phone 219 - 873 - 3044 fax 219 - 873 - 3067

               
      December Newsletter


 

snowmanLibrary Hours

The Library will close at noon on Tuesday, December 23, and will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. The library will also be closed Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1 for the New Year holiday.

Yoga with David Kipley

David is taking a holiday break. He will return with regular classes on Tuesdays beginning in January.

Duneland Stamp Club

The Duneland Stamp Club will not meet in December, but will return January 8, 2015. The club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is always in need of tutors. We tutor children in grades 1-12 in reading and math. We also help adults with basic reading, high school equivalency tests, college support, and learning to speak English. Make a difference in our community! Please call Cyndie McKinney at 219-873-3043 to sign up to help!

mitten treeLibrary Holiday Collections

The library is collecting mittens, gloves, hats and scarves during the holiday season to decorate our holiday tree. Donations will be sent to the Salvation Army. Also, the library is collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. A box will be located near the circulation desk through January 5th.

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Steve KowalczykHoliday Classics with Stephen Kowalczyk
Sunday, December 21, 2:00 pm

Steve Kowalczyk will perform classical accordion music with a holiday classics theme. He has played in European capitals as well as throughout the U. S. Enjoy this holiday sounds of the season concert.

Red Cross Bloodmobile
Red Cross logoFriday, December 26, 12:30-4:30 pm

The need for blood is especially high during the holidays. The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive Friday, December 26, from 12:30-4:30pm. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-GiveLife. Walk-ins are welcome! Give the gift of life.

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Library Hours

The library will be closed Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1 for the New Year holiday.

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Yoga with David Kipley Returns
Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, & 27, 5:30 pm

David is a recent graduate of the Yoga Teacher Program at Dancing Feet Yoga. All levels are welcome to explore yoga poses and breathing. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes for this one hour class.

Knitting Club for All Ages
Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:30 pm

Bring size 9 straight knitting needles, any worsted yarn, tape measure (optional), and optimism. Contact Joanne Hale at joeyAB1971@yahoo.com or 219-814-4398.

Duneland Stamp Club
Thursday, January 8, 6:00 pm

The Duneland Stamp Club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.

Gentle Flow Yoga
Saturday, January 10, 12:15 pm

Join certified yoga instructor Lauralee Sikorski, who has taught over 1,000 hours of classes, for gentle flow yoga with emphasis on deep breathing and releasing stress. Wear comfortable attire and come on an empty stomach. Class is free. Bring your own mat as extras are limited.

Film: 42
Sunday, January 11 & Saturday, January 24, 2:00 pm

42 movie posterPurdue University North Central and the library are co-sponsoring the showing of Brian Helgeland's historical sports drama/biopic 42. It depicts the historic 1947 baseball season in which Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, decides to sign the first black Major League player, Jackie Robinson. Although Robinson faces ugly, vicious racism from other clubs, fans, and on occasion his own teammates, Rickey encourages him to not fight back. By following that advice, Robinson allows his remarkable athletic talent to speak for itself, and soon the first-year player becomes one the most popular players on the team, eventually securing the Rookie of the Year award. Author and PNC professor Jerry Holt will discuss his play Rickey following the film showing on January 24. The play is based on the Dodgers' manager who helped break the color barrier in the National Baseball League.

Tall Grass book coverBookmarks: Tall Grass and Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
Friday, January 16, 2:00 pm

LuAnne DePriest and Ronnie Earley will jointly review Tall Grass and Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas. Both stories shine a light on a dark period in American history when Japanese Americans were caught up in the prejudices of WWII. The Westchester Public Library will host this review on Thursday, January 15 at 2:00 pm at the Westchester Township Historical Museum in Chesterton.

Understanding Your Dreams
Saturday, January 17, 2:00 pm

A workshop for people interested in dreams and their significance. Learn techniques on how to remember and understand your dreams. Terese Fabbri, an experienced dream therapist, will facilitate.

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Tannhäuser
Tannhauser promo picSunday, January 18, 2:00 pm

Tannhäuser, minstrel and renegade, is lured into the erotic realm of the love goddess Venus. There, he wallows in a host of sinful pleasures. But finally it's all too much. He longs to return home, and does--to friends, rules of Christian conduct, and most of all, to Elisabeth, the warm but chaste young woman who loves him. Desperate for absolution, Tannhäuser joins his fellow pilgrims, journeying to Rome to ask forgiveness for his sins. But once you've been to the Venusberg, can you ever truly leave? Lyric volunteer lecturer, Larry Lapidus, will offer music and a behind the scenes discussion of the great opera playing at the Lyric February 9-March 6, 2015.

Talk to a Lawyer Today Free
lawyerMonday, January 19, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Need legal answers? The Indiana State Bar Association, the NWI Volunteer Lawyers, Inc., the Pro Bono Committee of the First Judicial District, and local bar associations will sponsor a walk-in site at the library, open to anyone who needs legal help but can't afford an attorney. Volunteer attorneys will be available to provide referral information if further legal assistance or social services, etc. are needed. No appointment necessary. The project, in its 13th year, honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of access to justice for all. For more information call 873-3049.

Mightiest of Mighty Mic Returns
Keith ScottSunday, January 25, 2:00 pm

Blues guitarist Keith Scott will host a Mighty Mic reunion. Several years ago the library, along with Richard Fammeree, hosted musicians, poets, dancers and other talented community members in this open mic forum. We are bringing it back and are looking for new and former participants to entertain. And we need an audience to appreciate the great talents of Keith and others. Join us and enjoy an afternoon of talent and fun.

Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2:30 pm

The library board meets Wednesday, January 28 at 2:30 pm.

Basket Weaving
Saturday, January 31, 9:15 am

Margie Warner offers this one-day class. All materials are provided. Registration and a deposit of $10 are required. Stop by Circulation to see the basket and to verify the cost. Call 219-873-3049 for more information about classes.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is always in need of tutors. We tutor children in grades 1-12 in reading and math. We also help adults with basic reading, high school equivalency tests, college support, and learning to speak English. Make a difference in our community! Please call Cyndie McKinney at 219-873-3043 to sign up to help!

VITA Volunteers Needed

VITA logoEach year the library participates in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. We are looking for interested volunteers to offer help at least one day a week during the tax season (Feb-April). The IRS provides some training and you must pass the VITA test through the intermediate level. Testing and training is also available online. There is a great need in our community for this kind of assistance. Helping can be very rewarding! For more information, call 219-873-3049.