Goshen Public Library
601 S. Fifth St., 533-9531537-0241, Children’s Services 534-6650, Audiovisual Services http://www.goshenpl.lib.in.us/
An “Ogrefest!” event is set at the library Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
According to library staff, the “Winsome Hags” will present spooky stories set to live music, with “Fatty and the Ogres” as their feature performance.The program will take place in the Schrock Library Auditorium. Admission is free
The next installment of the Series Book Parties at the library is set for Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The event will focus on the Boxcar Children series, and activities, trivia and snacks relating to the Boxcar books will be featured. Registration is required at the Children’s Desk or by calling 537-0241.
Through Oct. 29, young people are invited to the Children’s Department to make a fall-themed craft. The program is free while supplies last.
Mother Goose Monday
Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. in Schrock Auditorium. The program includes stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and play activities. Mother Goose is designed for children up to 2 years old and their caregivers. The program is free and no registration is required.
Sessions are set for Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. This month’s theme is “colors,” and the featured color this week is red. Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to wear something red and enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft. This program is free.
Bristol Public Library
505 W. Vistula St., 848-7458www.youseemore.com/bristolwash
A Halloween program will be offered at the library Oct. 26 starting at 11 a.m. Children are invited to dress up as their favorite book characters and visit the library for games, crafts and treats. Prizes will be awarded for the best and most unique costumes.
The public is invited to the Elkhart County Historical Museum Nov. 15 for a Trivia Fundraiser Night. The event will benefit the library.The cost is $90 for a table of 10, if paid at the library prior to the event. That cost is $100 at the door Nov. 15. Individual tickets cost $9 in advance, or $10 at the door.
Winners have been announced in the library’s second annual Cupcake Contest.Connie Whitlow of Bristol won in the Tradition Category (best tasting) with her pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Tia Talbot of Bristol won the Decorated Cupcake category with her Autumn Lemon Delights.
Staffers are inviting participants to use their imaginations and create something new out of old books during the first-ever Creative Fun with Books Contest at the library.The contest will have three age categories. Participants can register when they submit their entries. There will be a registration fee of $1 for each submission.The Friends of the Library say they would appreciate the donation of the items to sell in a fundraiser after the contest. Items will be accepted at the library the last week of October and no later than Nov. 1. Projects will be judged during the first week of November. Those who need books for the contest are invited to check out the Book Sale room at the library. An “idea book” is also available at the circulation desk.
Central High School students will be tutoring at the library in the near future. Call 848-7458 for more information.
The Boys and Girls Book Clubs have begun meeting. Boys Book Club meets Tuesday afternoons at 5. Girls Book Club meets Wednesday afternoons at 5. Registration is required.
Preschool Storytime sessions take place Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to the library to share stories, songs, crafts and games.
Lapsit sessions take place Fridays at 11 a.m. and feature stories rhymes, songs and fingerplays. The program is for children up to 3 years old.
Young Authors Club
The fall session of Young Authors Club has begun. Young authors meet Thursdays at 5 p.m. to work on improving their writing skills and receive feedback. Students in grades four through eight are invited to attend. Registration is required.
A Teens Talk event is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Snacks and games will be provided.
Calling All Crafters
The next Calling All Crafters meeting is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Syracuse Public Library
115 E. Main St., 457-3022
Looking for a Lorax
Library staffers are asking if anyone is willing to loan them a stuffed Lorax for the display case.
The staff is highlighting Dr. Suess stories for the Halloween open house. Becky Brower is making a display about Dr. Suess and would appreciate any Suess characters or collectibles that can be put in the display case. Any items loaned will be locked and on display until November. To offer items, call the library or ask for Becky at the adult circulation desk 574-457-3022.
The homeschooling group is set to meet Thursday at 2 p.m. Parents are invited to meet and share ideas for learning while the children have activities with the librarian.
The adult book club is reading Alice Sebold’s novel “The Lovely Bones.” The club will meet Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Call the library to reserve a copy of the book.
Middlebury Public Library
101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601
The library, which had been closed due to construction, was set to reopen today at 9 a.m.
‘Let’s Talk About It’
This fall’s “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion theme is “Muslim Journeys: Connected Histories.” The third book featured is “The Ornament of the World” by Maria Rosa Menocal, and Goshen College’s Judith Davis will give the lecture Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to the library Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. to watch the film “Koran by Heart,” a coming-of-age story about Muslim children. The story takes place in Cairo during an annual recitation story for Muslim youth. “Koran by Heart” is a companion film to the “Let’s Talk About It” series “Muslim Journeys: Connected Histories.”
Teen Craft Night for students in grades six to 12 takes place on the first and third Tuesdays at the library from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call Kelsey at the library for program details.
Mini Golf is planned at the library Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fundraiser is designed to support the library, parks and museum in Middlebury.
Newcomers are still invited to take part in the library’s Babies and Books, Toddler Time, Story Time and Home School Club. Call the Children’s Desk or stop by the library to register. Program details are included on the Kids page on the library website.
Milford Public Library
101 N. Main St., 658-4312
“After-school is Cool” Tuesday programs are under way at the library. Activities are geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade. No sign-up is necessary. Making a Halloween craft will be the featured activity Oct. 29.
The last fall Lapsit is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. This session’s theme is “monkeys.” This class is for children newborn to 36 month old.
Young people are invited to the library Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. for a “Weird Science” presentation. Attendees can learn how to make big bubbles and will hear the stories “Bubble Trouble” by Margaret Mahy and “Little Blue and Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni. Children can create bubble art and share Jell-o jigglers for snacks.
Evening Story Time sessions take place Thursdays at 7 p.m. Story Time is for children ages 3 to 6. To register a child, call 658-4312 and ask for the Children’s department.
Dial A Story
Callers can hear a new story each week by calling the Dial A Story at 658-9540.
Wakarusa Public Library
124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465
Children attending Story Hour Oct. 28 and 29 will hear a story about a group of friends. The program begins at 10:15 a.m. in the library meeting room. The children will create pumpkin faces. Registration is required.
Trick or Treat
Children are invited to visit the Wakarusa library Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. during the Wakarusa Trick or Treat event.
Book Bites will take place Oct. 31 at 10:15 a.m. This program is for children ages 3 to 5 and will include stories and a craft or activity. Registration is not required to attend.
An International Game Day event for students in grades six through eight will take place Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the library. A “Farkle Tournament” will be the game for this program.
The participant with the highest score will win a $20 gift card to Linway Cinema in Goshen. There will be door prizes and a free give-away. Refreshments will be served.
Dial A Story
“Five Peas in a Pod” is the Dial A Story selection for this week. Hear this story at 862-4441.