Michigan City Public Library
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      April Newsletter


 

Library Hours

The library will be closed Sunday, April 20 for Easter.

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Friends Ask for Your Old Magazines and Books

The Friends of the Library collect gently used books and magazines to sell and raise money for the library. If you are cleaning out your closets and basement, drop your extras off at the library's Circulation desk. You'll have a less cluttered life and help the library at the same time!

Knitting Club for All Ages
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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.

Great Decisions
farm with wind turbinesMondays, April 14 & 28, 6:30 pm

The foreign policy discussion program Great Decisions returns to the library for a 16th season. The discussions this month are Energy Independence and Food & Climate. For more information call 873-3049. Reading material is available at the Circulation desk.

Bookmarks: Inferno by Dan Brown
book coverFriday, April 18, 2:00 pm

Inferno by Dan Brown will be reviewed by Susan Swarner. Harvard professor of Symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours. Being chased by a relentless female assassin, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. They embark on a harrowing journey to unravel a series of codes, the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential classics ever written, Dante's The Inferno. Brown raises the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science. Westchester Public Library will host this review on Thursday, April 17 at 2:00 pm at the Westchester Township Historical Museum.

Genealogy Bus Trip
Allen County logoWednesday, April 23

The library and the LaPorte Co. Genealogical Society are planning a genealogy bus trip to the Allen County Public Library on Wednesday, April 23. Reservations are due by April 4. The cost is $21. Payment can be made to Patricia Harris, 504 Greenwood Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360. For more information call 219-873-3049.

Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 23, 2:00 pm

The library board meets Wednesday, April 23 at 2:00 pm.

Basket Weaving
Saturday, April 26, 9:15 am

Margie Warner teaches a single-session class and each person can take home a basket. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required for materials and prices vary. Sign up and see the basket at the library Circulation desk.

Friends of the Library Collector's Corner Breakfast
Friends logoSaturday, April 26, 9:30 am

Martin Papke of Kathy's Antique Shop in Chesterton will entertain at the Collector's Corner Breakfast. Tickets are $25 and each ticket holder will be allowed to bring one item to be appraised by Mr. Papke. Breakfast will be catered by Great Lakes Catering in memory of long-time library friend and colleague Jeannie Vanderplough. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library's efforts to provide services and programs at MCPL. The breakfast will be held at St. John's U.C.C. Fellowship Hall in Michigan City. Tickets will be on sale at the library circulation desk and other locations to be announced. Call 219-873-3049 for information.

movie posterFilms on DVD Series: Philomena
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 pm

Philomena, as played by Judi Dench, is an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while working at a convent. The Catholic Church forced an adoption. Now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a onetime government spokesperson working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son. The trail takes them to the U. S. and face-to-face with some long-buried secrets. The film is co-sponsored with the Purdue University North Central Odyssey Series.

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Library Hours

The library will open at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 20 for staff in-service. The library will be closed Sundays, beginning May 25 through August 31. The library will also be closed Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Friends Ask for Your Old Magazines and Books

The Friends of the Library collect gently used books and magazines to sell and raise money for the library. If you are cleaning out your closets and basement, drop your extras off at the library's Circulation desk. You'll have a less cluttered life and help the library at the same time!

Free Gentle Flow Yoga
Saturday, May 3, 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.

movie posterDocumentary: Inequality for All
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 pm

A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. Rated PG. This program is part of a community outreach collaboration.

Ah Tu: A Musical Concert
Ah TuSunday, May 4, 3:00 pm

Ah Tu with special guests Book Six will perform a community concert of vocal and instrumental harmonies performing. Hear traditional and contemporary tunes with Celtic & World influences. The initial two members of Ah Tu, Debra & Dot, discovered the unusual harmonic combination of accordion and harp. Soon they added Dan, double bass player with multiple instrument capability and a wonderful bass alto voice which created wonderful new harmonies. Ah Tu offers a unique blend of vocal styling.

Monday Musicale Celebrates National Music Week
Monday, May 5, 6:00 pm

Members of Monday Musicale invite the public to help them celebrate National Music Week. Performances by members will be featured. Contact Ange Benz at 219-874-3754 for more information and if you'd like to participate.

AARP driver safetyAARP Driver's Smart Driver Course
Tuesday, May 6, 9:00 am

The AARP Smart Driver program is a refresher course that can help you learn the effects of aging on driving and how you can adjust your reactions. Available in a 5-hour, one-day program, you may earn an insurance rate discount (check with your insurance company) by taking this course designed for drivers over 55. The fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Please bring your AARP card with you. Call 873-3049 to register.

Knitting Club for All Ages
Wednesdays, 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.

Angels Among Us
Thursday, May 8, 3:00 pm

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

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

This stamp collecting club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.

China and US flagsGreat Decisions
Monday, May 12 & Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 pm

The foreign policy discussion program wraps up its 16th season. The discussions this month are China's Foreign Policy and U. S. Trade Policy. For more information call 873-3049.

Bookmarks: The Kitchen House
Friday, May 16, 2:00 pm

book coverIn this gripping New York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate. Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family. In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master's opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom's debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds. Westchester Public Library will host this review on Thursday, May 15 at 2:00pm at the Westchester Township Historical Museum.

Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 28, 2:00 pm

The library board meets Wednesday, May 28 at 2:00 pm.

Understanding Your Dreams
Saturday, May 24, 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.

Basket Weaving
Saturday, May 31, 9:15 am

Margie Warner teaches a single-session class and each person can take home a basket. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required for materials and prices vary. Sign up and see the basket at the library Circulation desk.

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, getting a GED, 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!