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

               
      January Newsletter


 

Library Hours

The Library will be closed Sunday, January 1 for the New Year holiday.

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 6th.

VITA Volunteers Needed

Each year the library participates in the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. We are looking for 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 are available online. There's a great need for this assistance in our community. Volunteering can be very rewarding! For more information, call 219-873-3049.

The Learning Center

Do you love to read? Share it with someone else. The Learning Center is in need of a few good people! We have students on a waiting list for tutoring assistance, especially for reading. Give just a few hours a week. You can make a big difference in the lives of students in our community. Reading is truly FUNdamental. Consider joining the fun! Volunteer! Call 219-873-3043 or stop by the library and see Jessica.

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notebookSouth Shore Scribes Writers Group
Thursdays, January 5 & 19, 6:00 pm

Join our writing group which meets the first and third Thursdays each month. Share your work with people who share your passion.

book coverBookmarks: Secondhand Time
Friday, January 20, 2:00 pm

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich will be reviewed by Serena Sutliff. The magnum opus and latest work from Alexievich, the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature-is a symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. This program will also be offered at the Westchester Township Historical Museum on Thursday, January 19 at 2:00 pm.

Life Line Screening
Saturday, January 21, 2:00 pm

logoLife Line Screening, a leading provider of community based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Michigan City Public Library. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to block arteries, abdominal aneurysms, hardening of the arteries in the legs, atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat, and a bone density screening for men and women. The full screening takes 60-90 minutes to complete. To register and receive a $10 discount, please call 1-888-653-6441.

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 2:30pm

The monthly meeting of the library Board of Trustees is Wednesday, January 25 at 2:30 pm.

Matt KubikRenaissance City of Art: Lessons from Rome
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 pm

You might not think that Rome, Italy and Michigan City, Indiana are very similar but Purdue University professor emeritus Matthew Kubik thinks they are. His ideas will be presented at the library, Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 PM. Trained as an architect, Kubik retired to Michigan City after 30 years of teaching courses in art, architecture and urban form on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. He was recently appointed to the Michigan City Public Art Committee (MAC), which was formed to enrich the community through public art. Its purpose is to create an identity that celebrates Michigan City's unique historical, cultural and natural resources. "There are lessons to be learned from the streets of Rome that can be applied to transform Michigan City into a Renaissance city of art," says Kubik.

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The Learning Center

Do you love to read? Share it with someone else. The Learning Center is in need of a few good people! We have students on a waiting list for tutoring assistance, especially for reading. Give just a few hours a week. You can make a big difference in the lives of students in our community. Reading is truly FUNdamental. Consider joining the fun! Volunteer! Call 219-873-3043 or stop by the library and see Jessica.

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South Shore Scribes Writers Group
Thursdays, February 2 & 16, 6:00 pm

Join our writing group, which meets the first and third Thursdays each month. Share your work with people who share your passion.

people doing yogaGentle Flow Yoga
Saturday, February 4, 12:15 pm

Certified yoga instructor Lauralee Sikorski, who has taught over 1,000 hours of classes, will lead a free gentle flow yoga with emphasis on deep breathing and releasing stress. Bring your own mat, wear comfortable attire and come on an empty stomach.

Angels Among Us: A Valentine Feeling
Thursday, February 9, 2:00 pm

Listen to and share inspiring stories about the presence of angels in our everyday lives. Ange Benz will guide you to connect with your angel.

stampsDuneland Stamp Club
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 pm

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

Cocoa & Coloring
colored pencilsSunday, February 12, 1:30 pm

Coloring isn't just for kids! It can be helpful for adults, too. It can help us de-stress as we focus on a particular activity and forget our worries. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of this activity. Light refreshments will be served. Coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided. Adults only, please.

Great Decisions discussion guideGreat Decisions
Mondays, February 13 & 27, 6:30 pm

The foreign policy discussion program Great Decisions returns to the library for a 19th season. The discussions this month are The Future of Europe and Trade and Politics. For more information, call 873-3049. Reading material is available at the circulation desk.

Tax Planning
Wednesday, February 15, 2:00 pm

H & R Block and the library are working together to bring you updated information for filing your 2016 tax returns. Each program will cover the things you need to know for filing and how new tax laws may affect you!

book coverBookmarks: Atlas Obscura
Friday, February 17, 2:00 pm

Annmarie Kostyk will review Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Treasures. It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. The program will also be offered at the Westchester Township Historical Museum on Thursday, February 16 at 2:00 pm.

Films on DVD Series: The Queen of Katwe
Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm

movie posterThe Films on DVD Series returns to the library with the showing of The Queen of Katwe, Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 pm. This biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) traces her journey from the Kampala slum of Katwe, where she is forced to abandon her formal schooling at the age of nine, to the upper echelons of the chess world after she develops an interest in the game at a youth-outreach program run by Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). Lupita Nyong'o co-stars as Mutesi's mother, who worries that her daughter's dreams of becoming a chess champion are a frivolous distraction from real life. Rated PG. The film is co-sponsored with the Purdue University Northwest Odyssey Series.

1040 formTax Planning
Tuesday, February 21, 5:00 pm

H & R Block and the library are working together to bring you updated information for filing your 2016 tax returns. Each program will cover the things you need to know for filing and how new tax laws may affect you!

Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 2:30 pm

The monthly meeting of the library Board of Trustees is Wednesday, February 22 at 2:30 pm.

Understanding Your Dreams
Saturday, February 25, 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.

Metropolis with Original Score by Dan Schaaf
movie posterSunday, February 26, 2:00 pm

Roger Ebert called Metropolis "...hallucinatory--a nightmare without reassurance ... Few films have ever been more visually exhilarating." It is generally considered the first great science-fiction film. It employed vast sets, 25,000 extras and astonishing special effects. This showing will include Dan Schaaf's original score for the movie that reviewers in Option, Keyboard Magazine and Gajoob have called "Stunning...subtle yet dynamic"; "Uplifting yet resigned..."; "The quality makes listening an enriching experience." Join us for this opportunity to see the film and meet the musician who create the original score.