LIBRARY NEWS: Story hour at Wakarusa Wednesday

PHOTO CONTRIBUTEDGlue guns were used to make candy cane candles at the Syracuse Library on Dec. 2. Lila Fiereck is shown making her decoration with Linda Weybright, one of the volunteers from the Homemakers Club. Emelia Layne is working on her candle behind Weybright.

WakarusaPublic Library

124 N. Elkhart St., 862-2465

Book Bites

Children are invited to attend Book Bites, an informal story hour held in the children’s room at the library, at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday to hear “Snowman’s Story” by Will Hillenbrand, followed by an activity or craft. Registration is not required.

Count the Candy Canes

Visitors to the library are invited to find the hidden candy canes for a chance to win a prize. Find the candy canes, receive an entry slip at the front desk and then enter your name and answer in the drawing to win a prize. The contest will run from Dec. 1 to 20 and the winner will be drawn on Dec. 22.

Holiday hours

The library will be closed all day Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The library will be closing at noon on Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve and will remain closed all day Jan. 1.

Dial a Story

“Snowball’s Christmas Eve,” the tale of a tiny white kitten who helps Santa make his Christmas Eve run, is on the Dial a Story Line. Call 862-4441 to hear the story.

New DVDs

The library has added several adult and children’s Christmas DVDs to the collection. Additions to the adult collection include: “The Christmas Candle,” “Christmas Grace,” “Christmas on Salvation Street” and “A Very Merry Mix-Up.” Children’s additions include: “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas,” “A Perfect Christmas” and “Why Do We Call it Christmas?”

SyracusePublic Library

115 E. Main St., 457-3022

Meet the Doctor

The Doctor is bringing the TARDIS to earth. The Whovians in the library’s monthly fan club are showing a holiday-themed adventure from one of the newer Doctor Who stories during Wednesday night’s meeting. All people that are interested in the new Doctor Who series are invited to come to the meeting room at the library from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for trivia and theme food. Children under age 12 need to be accompanied with an adult. No sugar, lots of fun.

Friends of thelibrary meeting

The Friends of the Syracuse Public Library are having a meeting for updates on upcoming activities. The meeting is at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone who wishes to support the Friends but isn’t able to attend can bring their membership to the library. Join the group for a toast of wassel.

Young Adult Book Club

The Young Adult Book Club is playing bingo for a festive meeting and a send-off before the holiday break. Teens are invited to win some prizes, eat treats and visit with other book readers. Young people in grades six to 12 are invited to come from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

MiddleburyPublic Library

101 E. Winslow St., 825-5601

Library director honored

Terry Rheinheimer, library director, recently received the Indiana Library Federation’s leadership award for her 12 years of service as American Library Association Councilor and for being a champion for libraries. As ALA Councilor, Rheinheimer represented Indiana on the ALA Council, ALA’s governing body, and also served on the ILF board of directors and on their legislative committee. She received the award Nov. 18 during the annual awards dinner in Indianapolis.

Northridge Middle School book club

Teen librarian Kelsey leads students in a discussion “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Northridge Middle School library. Register to pick up a special copy of the book.

Middlebury Third Friday

All ages are invited to make holiday crafts including ornaments, beaded candy canes, Christmas cards, paper trees, reindeer paintings and more during Middlebury Third Friday events from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. This event is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board.

Book Buddies

Registration for the Book Buddies program is open. The program will pair teen book lovers ages 13 to 18 with struggling readers in kindergarten to fifth grade. Supervised sessions are offered from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. A child meets with a teenager once a week to read and do a small activity that encourages literacy. Contact Kelsey at the library for more information or to register.

Middlebury Food Pantry

Drop off cash donations for the Food Pantry at the front desk. Make checks out to the Middlebury Community Food Pantry and help the Pantry match a donor’s $10,000 contribution challenge before Christmas.

MilfordPublic Library

101 N. Main St., 658-4312

Dial-A-Story, 658-9540

Make and take craft

The library will have crafts available for children of all ages to make during Christmas break. From Dec. 22 to 27 crafts will be available anytime during our open hours in the children’s department. On Dec. 22, visitors can make a snowman reading bookmark. On Dec. 23, the craft is a picture frame to give to someone special. On Dec. 26, design a cup with a straw for yourself or a family member. On Dec. 27, visitors can make a sun catcher for your window. If you miss a weekday, you can drop by on Saturday when all the leftover crafts will be available for you to make.

Evergreen update

The last week of December, Evergreen will be updating to Evergreen 2.7. This update is a big one and you will notice changes when you access Evergreen. The Evergreen website catalog will be getting a face-lift. If you encounter any problems using Evergreen or have any questions, the library staff will do their best to assist you.

Healthy holiday desserts

Stephanie Faroh, Purdue Extension Educator, will be providing sample recipes and nutritional information to take home during a presentation on Healthy Holiday Desserts from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. The program was originally scheduled for Nov. 24, but was rescheduled do to a power outage. If you were signed up to attend then, we will give you a reminder call the day of the program. Enter a drawing for door prizes when you come. The sign-up sheet is available at the adult circulation desk.

Tax exempt donation

Those looking to make tax exempt donations before filing 2014 taxes should consider making a donation to the Milford Public Library Endowment Fund. The Fund was established to someday generate an extra source of income for the library’s operating fund. For more information, contact Julie at the library.

Paying Fines

This year the library is trying to avoid rolling over fines from 2014 into 2015. If you are aware you accrued a fine in 2014 or before, please be sure to pay it before Dec. 30. If you have a large fine due to lost material, call the library to set up a payment plan. All fines collected are considered miscellaneous and help keep the tax rate down. Fines are not meant to be carried indefinitely on a patron card.

Closed for Christmas

The library will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for Christmas and will reopen at 10 a.m. Dec. 26. Plan to check out lots of books and DVDs to enjoy over Christmas. If you need to return any books, there are drop boxes at the south door entrance for your use.

Adult Reading Program

Anyone age 18 and up is encouraged to join our Adult Reading Program beginning Jan. 2 and continuing through March 31. This year’s theme is “Escape the Ordinary!” The sign-up sheet will be available Jan. 2 at the adult circulation desk. Last year, 73 adults participated. This year’s goal is 100 participants.

NappaneePublic Library

157 N Main St., Nappanee, 773-7919

Super ScienceSaturday Club

The Super Science Saturday Club continues its 2014-15 season at the library with an exploration of air pressure in December. Kids in first to fifth grade will find out how water and air behave under pressure as they make a cloud in a bottle and other experiments during a program from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 27. This program is led by library volunteer Jim Myers, and meets at the library monthly during the school year. Space is limited. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 23 by contacting the library.

New Year’s craft

Children ages five and up are invited to make a hand clapper used to ring in the new year at the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 29 in the children’s craft room. No registration is required. Children under six must be accompanied by an adult. 

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