Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 3, 2014

LIBRARY NEWS: 'Shakespeare' in LaGrange

Goshen News

---- — LaGrange County Public Library

203 W. Spring St.,



“Ozzie & Harriet & Shakespeare: An Evening with Hamlet” is planned at the library Tuesday.

Starting at 6 p.m., a 1954 episode of “Ozzie & Harriet” will be shown. In the show, Ozzie decides to read “Hamlet” aloud to the family because David is studying the play in school. Before the reading can begin, a mysterious stranger appears. With his help, the Nelsons and various neighbors participate in a “Hamlet” production in the Nelsons’ living room.

After the show, a poll will be taken to see how many people would like to follow the Nelson family’s example. Shakespearean Appreciation Society organizers said, “With at least four people and a great big dictionary close at hand, let’s meet once a week to read aloud and — if we’re brave enough — act out Hamlet. We’ll meet in a private room — we’re not performing, just appreciating — and have fun learning together, stopping for discussion any time we get confused.”

Genealogy assistance

Volunteers are available in the Genealogy Department to help the public. Genealogical Society volunteers are available every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. LaGrange County Daughters of the American Revolution volunteers are available the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m.

Book club

The Second Saturday Book Club is scheduled to meet this coming Saturday at the library at 11 a.m. This month, club members are reading “On Canaan’s Side” by Sebastian Berry.

Goshen Public Library

601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531

537-0241, Children’s Services

534-6650, Audiovisual Services


Science event

A “Mad Science at the Library” event is set for March 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. Attendees are invited to celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday with a visit to the Science 2 Go Bus from the Ethos Science Center in Elkhart. Families are welcome to “board the bus” parked in the library’s front parking lot to explore science with hands-on learning stations featuring astronomy, chemistry and force activities. Contact the Children’s Department at 533-9531 for more information.

Storytime Express

Storytime Express sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. “Books about books” is the theme this week. The event will include stories and a craft. This free program is geared for preschoolers ages 2 to 5. No registration is needed.


“Spring” Mother Goose Mondays Baby Lapsit sessions start today and run through May 19. Lapsit takes place at 10:30 a.m. Rhymes, stories and fingerplays are planned. The activity is for children up to 2 years old and their parents or caregivers. No registration is necessary for this free program.

Book club

The First Grade Book Club will meet Wednesdays in the Children’s Storyhour Room from 4 to 5 p.m.

Prep classes

Staffers with the Elkhart Community Schools Adult Education Program are offering preparation classes for the Indiana High School Equivalency Exam (previously the GED) at the Goshen library.

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, mornings, afternoons and evenings. Students must register at the library for an orientation before starting classes. Call the Elkhart Community Schools Adult and Community Education office at 574-262-5678 for more information.

Syracuse Public Library

115 E. Main St., 457-3022


‘String Theory’

The new group String Theory is planning to meet on the second and fourth Saturdays in March. Anyone 8 years old and older is invited to meet to work on knitting, crocheting and string craft projects. The next meeting is set for this coming Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Percy Jackson

Young people are invited to a roundtable discussion to role-play the characters from the “Percy Jackson” series Tuesday. The gathering will take place during the young adult book club meeting at 5 p.m. Anyone in the sixth through 12th grade is invited to participate and earn a Sponsor button. Characters from the “Heroes of Olympus” series will also be accepted. Applesauce cake will be provided.

Parents as Teachers

The next Parents as Teachers meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m.

Milford Public Library

101 N. Main St., 658-4312

Dial-A-Story, 658-9540


Clubs to meet

The Scrapbooking Club will meet today at 6:30 p.m. at the library, and the Knitting Club will meet Friday at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited.

‘After School Is Cool’

Young people are invited to the “After School Is Cool” program Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Participants will make “leprechaun hats.” Snacks will be provided.

Winter Story Time

“Winter Waltz” is the theme for this week’s Winter Story Time. “Miss Julie” will lead participants in a winter ice skating dance and will read the stories “Dancing Feet!” by Lindsey Craig and “Brontorina” by James Howe. Young people are invited to color their own dancing shoes and learn to tie their shoelaces. Rice Krispie treats and punch will be provided.

Story Time takes place Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Middlebury Public Library

101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601


Film festival

The public is invited to the library Sunday and March 16 at 2 p.m. to watch award-winning international films. See the Event Calendar in the left sidebar on the library’s homepage for more details. Refreshments will be served.

Cinema Showcase

The public is invited to the library Tuesday at 1 p.m. to watch the film “Diana,” starring Naomi Watts.

‘Yak, Snack and Read’

The next sessions of “Yak, Snack and Read” book discussions begin March 18. The 1 p.m. group will discuss “The Reading Promise” by Alice Ozma. The 7 p.m. group will discuss “Paper Towns” by John Green. Register at the front desk to pick up a book.

Home School Club

Home School Club members can learn about Africa Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. Classes last about an hour and are for anyone in kindergarten through fifth grades and their parents. Activities can include books, crafts, games, questionnaires and more. Register at the Children’s Desk or online on the Event Calendar in the left sidebar on the library’s homepage.

Teen Craft Night

Teen Craft Night sessions take place on the first Thursdays of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting this week. Participants in the March Teen Craft Night will create henna tattoos on their hands and feet. The activity is open to young people in grades six through 12.

Wakarusa Public Library

124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465


After-School Special

“Happy Birthday to You!” is the theme for the After-School Special set for March 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Wakarusa library. Participants can learn how birthdays are celebrated in other countries. The party will continue with a story and traditional birthday games. A treat will be served. The program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, and registration is required.

Story Hour

Flamingo hats will be created during Story Hour March 10 and 11 at 10:15 a.m. The story will be about the flamingo. The program is for children ages 3 to 5. Registration is required. Book Bites

Book Bites will take place Wednesday and Thursday and March 12 at 10:15 a.m. This is an informal story time for children ages 3 to 5. Children are invited to hear a story and participate in an activity or craft. No registration is required.


Ebay will be the focus of a program at the library March 18 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a demonstration of this website with a discussion to follow. Registration is required.

Author at library

Victor Baird will be at the Wakarusa Library March 20 at 6:30 p.m. for an author talk and book signing. Baird has written “Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District.” The district included Wakarusa, and the book’s cover features the Wakarusa railroad depot.

Dial A Story

Dial A Story is “The Fox and the Rooster.” Hear this tale by calling 862-4441.

Bristol Public Library

505 W. Vistula St., 848-7458


Loading eBooks

This month, library users are invited to bring their e-readers, devices or tablets to the library. Staffers will help patrons load eBooks.

Book Club

The next Book Club meeting is set for March 20 at noon. Club members are reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer. The public is invited to attend. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Whirligig raffle

Local resident Steve Mihojevich has handcrafted several whirligigs and offered two of them to The Friends of the Library to raffle off.

Raffle tickets will be available this month. Winners will be able to choose one of the 14 creations displayed in the library showcase. The winning ticket will be chosen the last day of the Spring Books and Cookies Sale at the library April 12.