---- — Goshen Public Library
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531
537-0241, Children’s Services
534-6650, Audiovisual Services
The children’s winter reading program titled “Snow Better Time to Read!” is underway at the Goshen library.
To join the program, youngsters need only come to the library and pick up a record sheet. Participants will then record their progress every time they read a book or when someone reads a book to them.
They will receive a prize after they’ve finished 10 picture books or five chapter books. Those who successfully take part in a snowball toss game will have a chance to win a grand prize. Children who read a book from the library’s Winter Reading Selected List will earn an extra chance to win the grand prize.
The program is open to children through grade five. Parents of children younger than 7 must accompany them during the snowball toss game.
Storytime Express sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. “Up and down” stories will be featured this week, and attendees will participate in a craft activity.
The First Grade Book Club will meet Wednesdays in the Children’s Storyhour Room from 4 to 5 p.m. starting Feb. 26th. Sign up by calling 537-0241 or stopping by the Children’s Services desk.
The Crafty Bandits group will meet Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. During this session, the Bandits will create “magnetic self-portraits.” This program is open to young people in grades six through 12. Register for this free program by calling 533-9531.
505 W. Vistula St., 848-7458
The Friends of the Bristol Library will be hosting the third annual pie contest today. Participants can bring their pies to the library from 10 to 11:45 a.m.
‘Valentines for Vets’
From Jan. 27 to Feb. 8, the public is invited to the library to make a valentine for a veteran. The valentines will be given to the local Veterans Administration and distributed.
A navigator is available at the library to help members of the public understand the Affordable Care Act. Call the library at 848-7458 to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for this service.
The next Book Club meeting is set for Feb. 12 at noon. Club members are reading “The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker. New members are invited to join. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.
The Soul Ink Writers’ Group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Registration for Preschool Storytime starts today. Sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4.
Registration for the Lapsit program starts today. Sessions will begin Feb. 7.
Knitters and crafters
Organizers of the Knitters & Crafters Group are looking into changing their meeting time. Anyone who has been attending this group meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month is asked to call the library to suggest a preferred meeting time. The group is invited to the library Jan. 28 to help decide when to meet in the future.
The Lego Club will meet Jan. 29 at 6 p.m
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465
A session of Book Bites is scheduled at the library Jan. 30 at 10:15 a.m.
This is a program designed for children ages 3 to 5 years and their caregivers. Book Bites will consist of a story or two and a craft or an activity. No registration is required.
“Bookends,” a book club for adults, will meet Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. This group will be having a movie night, and popcorn will be provided. The feature presentation will be “The Help,” based on the book by Kathryn Stockett.
A comparative discussion of the book and the movie will take place Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library. Newcomers are invited to join the group. Registration is required.
Dial A Story
“The Bear and the Travelers” is the Dial A Story selection for this week. Hear the tale by calling 862-4441.
Syracuse Public Library
115 E. Main St., 457-3022
Teen book club
The teen book club will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. Young people are invited to spin the wheel and try their luck in the game of “Life.” Students in grades six through 12 are welcome to participate. For more information about the program, call 574-457-3022.
The library is closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The book-drops on Harrison Street are available for media and book drop-offs. No items are due today.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers organizers have shifted from providing individual instruction to presenting in group settings.
The ideas presented in the program feature household items that are available for free or a small cost. During the sessions, a book and information are provided, along with a story time and play time. The next meeting date is set for Feb. 6.
Milford Public Library
101 N. Main St., 658-4312
Adult Reading Club activities are underway and continue through March 31.
Adults age 18 and older are invited to join the group, and participants can enter weekly drawings for prizes. This year’s club theme is “Literary Elements,” featuring books, movies and other materials related to science.
‘After School Is Cool’
Young people are invited to join “Miss Heidi” Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. to play board and card games as part of the “After-School is Cool” program. Popcorn will be provided. On Jan. 28, participants can enjoy a “snowball sundae” and make a “snowman” from a sock.
Dial A Story
Call 658-9540 to hear a new story every week.
101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601
Magazines are on sale at the library for 10 cents each. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Middlebury Public Library.
Sign-up for February library programs for preschoolers starts today. Programs include:
• Books and Babies, for children up to 18 months old. This group will meet at 11 a.m. Thursdays.
• Fabulous February Story Time, for children ages 18 months to 5 years old. The group will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
For more information, visit the Kids link on the library’s website.
A creative writing class for children in grades three through five is planned at the library. Classes will take place Thursdays at 4 p.m. starting Jan. 30 and ending Feb. 27. Sign-up begins today.
The public is invited to the library Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. to watch “The Butler,” a movie starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. The film is based on the life of Cecil Gaines, who served seven presidents.
The library’s website includes a link for Military One Source. This website is a resource for military personnel and their families.