Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 3, 2013

LIBRARY NEWS: Reading programs planned



Public Library

601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531

537-0241, Children’s Services

534-6650, Audiovisual Services


The Children’s Summer Reading Program runs from today to July 31. Sign-up is at the Children’s Desk.

Children through fifth grade can sign up to read, or be read to, and win prizes. All books read at Funday Monday and weekly Storytime Express programs count toward the goal. Funday Monday programs take place this month, with “Make It, Take It” craft projects planned in July.

An upcoming children’s program is called “The Lost Colony.” It’s scheduled for June 10 at 4 p.m. in the Schrock Guest presenter Andy Ammons will provide information about bee colonies and bee-keeping.

The Teen Summer Reading Program runs from today to July 20. Participants are invited to experience what teen life was like through the decades from the 1950s to the ’90s. Young people in grades six through 12 can register for the reading program and related events starting today in the library lobby. Prizes will be available.

Upcoming teen programs include:

• “Pop! Goes the Soda Shop,” June 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the South Side Soda Shop. Participants are invited to enjoy a “retro” soda served from an original soda fountain, 1950s-style. Owners Nick and Charity Boyd will share the history of this iconic Goshen fixture.

• “Cool Cats & Hip Beats,” June 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library. The original coffeehouse poets began their avant-garde movement more than 60 years ago, according ton library staffers. Young people are invited to improvise some of their own poetry and share their words while sipping coffeehouse drinks. Sara Wakefield, a local writer, will facilitate this poetry workshop while sharing history about the Beat Generation.  

Young people in grades six through 12 can register for theses event by contacting the library’s main desk at 533-9531.


Public Library

124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465


Story Hour

“Gardening Fun” will be the theme for Story Hour June 11 at 10:15 a.m. at the library. Children ages 3 to 5 can attend this program. Registration is required.

Book Bites

Book Bites will take place June 12 and 14 at 10:15 a.m. This is a program designed for children ages 3 to 5. The children will hear several stories and complete an activity. No registration is required.

Gardening program

A local Master Gardener will be at the library June 12 at 2 p.m. to present a program for students having completed grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration is required.

Book Challenge

Book Challenge is a program for students having completed grades five through eight. Teams will read four chosen books and compete in a tournament June 27 at 1:30 p.m. Registration for teams or individuals will end on June 14.

Classes planned

Pre-GED classes are being offered at the Wakarusa library beginning June 17 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone 17 years or older is invited to attend.

The class will take place each Monday evening until Aug. 26. The cost including the GED book is $25. Registration and payment must be received by June 12.


Public Library

101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601


Reading program

Sign-up begins today for children, teens and adults wanting to participate in the Summer Reading Program.

Black Light Party

A Black Light Party is set for Friday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. as part of the Teen Summer Reading Program. Young people are invited to bring their “dancin’ shoes” and white clothes. Fabric paint will be provided.


Public Library

101 N. Main St., 658-4312

Dial-A-Story, 658-9540


Reading programs

Sign-up starts today for this summer’s reading program, which is open to children of all ages up through those going into the fifth grade. The theme is “Dig Into Reading!” Children can win prizes for every five hours of reading they accomplish. For young people going into sixth through 12 grades, the theme is “Beneath the Surface.” Those who sign up and read for five hours by July 22 can put their name in a drawing to win a Kindle.

Story Time

Families are invited to attend Story Time at the library every Friday at 11 a.m. Each family attending a session will receive a new book. Register at the circulation desk in the children’s department.

Computer classes

A library volunteer will be available for one-on-one computer instructions this summer at the library. Instruction will be offered Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning June 3. Call the library at 658-4312 to be placed on the schedule.

Drive-in movie

The annual drive-in movie will take place at the library June 14 at 9:30 p.m. in the library parking lot. The movie will be a newly released film about the world of Oz. It is rated PG and runs 130 minutes.  

Read to a dog

“Whisper” the dog will return to the library this summer. Whisper is a certified therapy Dog. She is 8 years old and has been visiting libraries for the past two years. According to library staff, Whisper enjoys having people read to her.

Whisper will be at the library June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Young people are invited to sign up at the children’s desk for a 20-minute time to read to Whisper. One student is allowed per 20-minute slot.