---- — Goshen Public Library
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531
537-0241, Children’s Services
534-6650, Audiovisual Services
An Awesome Author Contest for elementary school students is underway at the Goshen library.
Children are invited to take a photo of something they like, or use a picture from a magazine, newspaper or calendar, and write a one-page story about the picture. The story must be typed or neatly hand-written. Entries can be submitted to the Children’s Services department through April 30.
On May 1, the winning author will have his or her work displayed for one week in the Children’s Department and receive the first-ever Awesome Author library trophy. Call 537-0241 for details.
Storytime Express sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Stories about small creatures will be featured this week. A craft activity is planned.
This free program is geared toward preschoolers ages 2 through 5. No registration is needed.
The Mother Goose Mondays Baby Lapsit program continues Mondays at the library through May 19. Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. Children up to 2 years old and their parents or caregivers are invited to the library for rhymes, stories and fingerplays. The program is free, and no registration is necessary.
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.
Milford Public Library
101 N. Main St., 658-4312
National Library Week
Activities are planned at the Milford library next week in recognition of National Library Week.
“Family Book Bingo” is set from 5 to 6 p.m. April 14. Every “Bingo” win will yield a new or gently used paperback book. From 5 to 6 p.m. April 16, the public is invited to attend Family Story Time with “Miss Julie.” On April 17, the public is invited to learn how to download free music from the library’s website.
Between 4 and 6 p.m. April 18, Heidi Warstler will show library patrons how to use OverDrive, a service library staffers offer so patrons can download eBooks to their devices for free.
Also, all week there will be a “Book in a Jar” contest upstairs and down at the library. Patrons are invited to take a look at the glass jar on the circulation desk and see if they can guess the title of the book by the shredded pages inside. The names of people with correct guesses will be entered into a drawing for a prize at the end of the week.
On April 15, the library will close at 3:30 p.m. for staff training.
Clubs to meet
Scrapbooking Club will meet in the meeting room today at 6:30. Knitting Club will meet upstairs Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
This week is the first week of Spring Lapsit. The session with “Miss Heidi” will take place downstairs in the meeting room at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Lapsit is a program for children up to 3 years old and their caregivers. Through songs, finger plays, motion and stories, Lapsit is designed to encourage word association as well as verbal and mobility development. The theme for this spring session is “Piggies!”
Sign-up is available in the Children’s Department, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Poetry will be featured during Story Time this week. Poems by Jack Prelutsky, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and others will be featured. Attendees will also decorate spring leaves and combine them to make a “Story Time poet tree.” Snacks will be provided.
Story Time sessions take place Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Youngsters are invited to make crafts daily this week in the Children’s Department. Activities include:
• Monday — paper flowers
• Tuesday — popsicle stick butterflies
• Wednesday — sun catchers
• Thursday — bookmarks
• Friday — musical wind chimes
• Saturday — all the preceding crafts, available to make again
There will be no “After School is Cool Tuesdays” program this week.
Syracuse Public Library
115 E. Main St., 457-3022
Wawasee schools are closed for spring break this week, and library staffers will have a different make-it, take-it craft each day in the Children’s Department. The crafts are free.
The “One Book, One Hour” adult book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss “Travels with Charley.” Decaffeinated coffee and hot tea will be provided.
The Children’s Book Club is scheduled to meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. “Harry Potter” will be the theme. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to enjoy reading, games and snacks. Call 574-457-3022 for more information.
The library will be closed Thursday for staff training. The book and media drops will be available along Harrison Street. There will be no penalties for waiting to return items on Friday.
Nappanee Public Library
157 N Main St., Nappanee, 773-7919
The next meeting of the Nappanee Public Library Lego Club is scheduled for April 17.
Children age 5 and older are invited to participate on the third Thursday of every month at the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This month’s building challenge is “Dream Vacation.”
No registration is required, and parents are welcome to stay and participate. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided.
For more information, call the library at 574-773-7919, or go to the website www.nappaneelibrary.org.
Bristol Public Library
505 W. Vistula St., 848-7458
Sale this week
The Spring Books and Cookies Sale will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Anyone wanting to volunteer to help with the book sale, or donate cookies, can call Treva at 848-7458.
Cookies can be dropped off at the library Wednesday and throughout the duration of the sale.
Local resident Steve Mihojevich has handcrafted several whirligigs and offered two of them to The Friends of the Library to raffle off.
Raffle tickets are available. The winner will be able to choose one of 14 creations displayed in the library’s showcase. The winning ticket will be chosen Saturday, the last day of the library’s Spring Books and Cookies Sale.
Local author Rosemary McDaniel has written a book called “Murder at the Museum & Other Fruithills Suspense Stories.” She will talk about her book and be available to sign copies at the library Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Thursday, at 1 p.m.
Library staff will provide crafts all this week.
National Library Week
Library staffers will offer free coffee and doughnuts starting April 13 to celebrate National Library Week.
This month, library patrons are invited to bring their e-readers, devices or tablets to the library, where staffers can help them load eBooks.
Knitters & Crafters
The next meeting of the Knitters & Crafters Group is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Soul Ink Writers’ Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The group is designed to provide constructive criticism and empathetic support to writers at all levels. Writers of all ages and working in all genres are invited to attend.
Ligonier Public Library
300 S. Main St.
Several activities are planned at the library during spring break this week.
A “Humane Society Meet and Greet” is set for Tuesday at 1 p.m. Attendees can learn about animal safety, cuddle with the dogs and get a chance to read to them.
A “Whatsa Matter with the Weather?” program is planned for Thursday at 3 p.m. The event is a weather-themed science and craft program.
An Easter program is set for Friday at 11 a.m. Crafts and games are planned. Sign-up is required.
Middlebury Public Library
101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601
The public is invited to the library Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to shred documents. Participants can arrive with up to five banker boxes (15 by 12 by 10 inches) to shred for free in library parking lot.
Activities are planned at the library for Money Smart Week.
A youth services librarian will be in Teen Section every day from 1 to 3 p.m. with laptops available to offer assistance with finding financial information on topics including credit cards, savings accounts, college scholarship and loan information. There will also be a money trivia activity, with prizes offered for correct answers.
The public is invited to the library Tuesday at 7 p.m. to hear Lee Goehring from First Source Bank’s Loss Prevention Department speak about ways to protect oneself from debit/credit card fraud.
Spring break children’s programs are planned this week. All events start at 10 a.m.
Family StoryTime is set for Tuesday. The film “Frozen” will be shown at the library Wednesday, with refreshments to be served. A Money Smart Week story time and craft is planned for Thursday.
Yak, Snack and Read
Yak, Snack and Read book discussion sessions are planned for April 15. Day (1 p.m.) or night (7 p.m.) sessions are available.
The day Yak will read “The Summons: A Novel” by John Grisham and the night Yak will read “The Reading Promise” by Alice Ozma. Register at the front desk to pick up a copy of the books.
Teen Book Club
The Teen Book Club will meet April 17. The focus of the gathering will be “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. Copies of Green’s book are available behind the library’s front desk for check out.
Wakarusa Public Library
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465
A story about a little girl’s new hat will be presented during Story Hour April 14 and 15 at 10:15 a.m. Decorative hats will be created during this program.
“Beginning Genealogy” will be a class offered April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Topics covered will include reading census records, information found in the Wakarusa library historical room, and an introduction to online research. Registration is required.
Lapsit for children ages 15 to 24 months will begin April 16 at 10 a.m. Children and their accompanying adults can hear a story and participate in a time of sharing. Registration is required.
The Wakarusa Library Board of Trustees will meet April 18 at 7:45 a.m. in the library meeting room.
An After-School Special will take place April 15 at 3:30 p.m. “Plan to Get Healthy” is the theme of the program, which will include information about healthier snack choices, moving more, and how to grow one’s own food. A snack will be provided. The program is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration is required.
Dial A Story
Dial A Story for this week is “Thick Headed Jack.” Hear this tale by calling 862-4441.