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June Library News


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Summer Reading Club…

This year’s summer reading club will be held from June 4 through July 28 and has something fun for everyone. Signup for the programs will be on Saturday, June 2. Participants will receive a book bag, bookmark, and official log to record the books read.

Participants can part in the summer reading fun at any library location, including the bookmobile. Kids through sixth grade will set their own reading goals for the club and read the books they choose to win prizes. Children not yet reading may have books read to them in order to reach their goal.

The libraries also have teen and adult programs, so the whole family can enjoy a summer of fun and reading.

Tuesdays with Professor Snoozy…

Every Tuesday in June the LaGrange County Library will have story time with Professor Snoozy and friends. All ages are welcome, but activates and stories are designed for preschool age and young children.

On June 5, the story will be How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen. Bring a stuffed animal to story time and leave it for a stuffed animal sleepover.

On June 12 the book will be A Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry. What’s keeping Little Mouse from falling asleep? Join Professor Snoozy and friends to find out why!

The Owl Who Became the Moonby Jonathan London will be read on June 19.

On June 26, the book will be Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.

Stuffed animal sleepover…

The LaGrange County Library will host its first animal sleepover. Drop a stuffed animal off on Tuesday, June 5, and collect it anytime after Wednesday, June 6. The library puppets want to have a party and the community’s stuffed animal friends are invited. Just drop off your stuffed buddy to the librarian in the children’s department and wish them goodnight.

The librarians will be sure to get pictures of all the fun your fuzzy friends are having at the library while you’re sleeping. You will receive pictures of the big event when you pick up your friend.

Night Story Time…

On Friday, June 8, children in Kindergarten and younger are invited to wear their pajamas, bring a blanket, and join the librarians at 6 p.m. for an evening story, the perfect way to close out a day.

Then from 7-9 p.m., 1st through 5th graders can watch a movie, play the Wii, enjoy snacks, play on the computers, make crafts, or read a good book.

From 9 p.m. to midnight, 6th through 12th graders can enjoy all the fun.

Registration for this event is required by calling the main library at 463-2841.

Sweet Dream Catcher…

According to Native American legend, a dream catcher keeps the bad dreams away. Come make one at the Shipshewana Library on Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m., at the Topeka Library on Wednesday, June 13, at 2 p.m., and at the LaGrange County Public Library on Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m. This activity is for 1st grade and up. Register for any location by calling the main library at 463-2841. 

Movie of the Month…

The LaGrange County Public Library will host its movie of the month, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” on Friday, June 15. This movie is rated PG-13, so children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors will open at 5:45 with the movie beginning at 6 p.m.

Free popcorn will be provided. Attendees may bring their own drink in a covered container.

Creatures of the Night…

This program is first in a series that focuses on two nocturnal animals that are common in our area.

Bob Walton of Soarin’ Hawks Raptor Rescue will be at the library to tell about hawks and owls at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

The series will continue with a program on bats at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Bob Walton will be back with his wife, Ann, to talk about these amazing creatures. The Waltons operate Going Bats, a rehabilitation center for injured bats.

The Creatures of the Night programs are free, but donations will be accepted for both Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rescue and Going Bats.

Professor Popcorn…

Professor Popcorn is coming to the library with a series of programs to teach children about healthy eating, how to make good snack choices, and how to handle food safely. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Choose the date and location that is most convenient.

The first session will be on Friday, June 29. The program will start at 10 a.m. in the LaGrange Library, at 1 p.m. in the Shipshewana Library, and at 3 p.m. in the Topeka Library.

The second session will be held on Friday, July 13. The program will begin at 10 a.m. in the LaGrange Library, at 1 p.m. in the Shipshewana Library, and at 3 p.m. in the Topeka Library.

The third session will be held on Friday, July 27. The program will start at 10 a.m. in the LaGrange Library, at 1 p.m. in the Shipshewana Library, and at 3 p.m. in the Topeka Library.

The fourth session will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9. The program will begin at 10 a.m. in the LaGrange Library, at 1 p.m. in the Shipshewana Library, and at 3 p.m. in the Topeka Library.

The final session will be held on Friday, Aug. 10. The program will start at 10 a.m. in the LaGrange Library, at 1 p.m. in the Shipshewana Library, and at 3 p.m. in the Topeka Library.

Adult summer reading program…

The library’s adult summer reading program is titled “Read Between the Covers” and someone will win a seat on the library’s sold-out Chicago motor coach tour. For every three books read between June 4 and July 28, participants will receive an entry into the prize drawing for a tour of Chicago’s architectural masterpieces, with a special focus on the brilliant and notorious Frank Lloyd Wright. Admissions to all attractions and a lunch in Little Italy are included.

This event is open to adults age 18 and older. Entry forms will be available beginning June 2.

DSLR Camera Class…

On Saturday, June 16 the LaGrange County Public Library will host a DSLR Camera Class taught by Guy Thompson,LaGrange Standard-News editor and photographer. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn to get the most out of your DSLR camera by exploring the different settings, lenses and accessories to get the best photos possible. After looking at what these cameras can do (and not do), the class will hit the streets to take photos that will be brought back and looked at during the last section of the class.

This class is for all levels of photographers, but will focus only on DSLRs, not “point-and-shoot” style cameras.

Registration for this class is required by calling 260-463-2841 ext. 1030.

E-mail Thompson at with questions concerning the class or the type of camera. Specific questions from those registering will be taken in advance at the same e-mail address.

Android discussion group…

Do you own an android e-reader, tablet, or smart phone? Come discuss your experiences from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the LaGrange Library. Recommend your favorite apps, ask for help with things that confuse you, and share your own knowledge with newbies.

Participants should bring their android device along.

Intro to Windows 7…

On Tuesday, June 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the library is having a computer class for absolute beginners featuring an introduction to Windows 7.

Registration is required by calling 260-463-2841 ext. 1030. No internet or word processing skills will be taught in this class.

Visiting author…

Local author Mara McBain (a/k/a April Burger) will be visiting the library to meet her fans and sign copies of her debut novel, Club Justice, a tale of justice, brotherhood, family, and one man’s struggle to stay true to each.

Second Saturday Book Club…

The Second Saturday Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. on June 9 at the Electric Brew at Main and Washington streets in Goshen to discuss The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

This book club is open to anyone age 16 and older.

Prickly’s Story Time…

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., join Prickly the Hedgehog and Librarian Janice Peoples for fun stories, crafts, and activities at the Topeka Branch Library.

All ages are welcome. Stories and activities are designed for preschool age children.

TopekaFamily Movie Night…

On Friday, June 8, the Topeka Branch Library will be having Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. This month’s movie is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The movie is rated PG.

There will be free popcorn and attendees can bring drinks from home in a covered con