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    In order to install new equipment, the Shipshewana Branch Library will be closed July 29-Aug. 3 and the Topeka Branch Library will be closed Aug. 5-17.

    The bookmobile will make up for these closings by visiting on the following dates and times: Shipshewana Branch Library – Thursday, Aug. 1, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Topeka Branch Library – Tuesday, Aug. 6, and Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Book club to meet…

The Second Saturday Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. on Aug. 10. This month, they will be discussing True Grit by Charles Portis.

Genealogy help…

Genealogy assistance is offered every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Volunteers from the LaGrange County Genealogical Society will be available in the genealogy department to help the public with family history questions and challenges.

Hunter education…

A hunter education class will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Aug 5 and 6, from 3-8:30 p.m. each day. Online registration is required for this free class. Register at and choose the “Classic Course” link.

Hunter’s education is not just for kids or hunters. The program is for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in conservation. Taking a hunter education class will allow citizens to comply with the Indiana hunter education law and will also make them safer and more knowledgeable about hunting. The class is also an excellent refresher for veteran hunters.

Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a packed meal to eat during the supper break.

Henna body art…

A program on henna body art will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the LaGrange Library.

Henna artist Jen Schafer will talk about the culture, history, and science of henna, and attendees will receive a free design and practice applying henna on paper.

Registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 20, by visiting the LaGrange County Public Library or call 260-463-2841 ext. 1030. Anyone under age 18 must register in person with a parent. Children under age 5 shouldn’t use henna.

Motorcoach trips…

    Join the LaGrange County Public Library on Aug. 17 and Oct. 21-25 for two exciting motorcoach trips.

    Registration is required by July 23 for the August trip and by Sept. 21 for the October trip.

    On Aug. 17, the library will go on a “Glorious Gardens and Gourmet Goodies” tour, beginning at the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., where the masterpieces of art and nature will delight the senses. Participants will explore gardens and conservatories, take nature walks, and see world-class sculpture exhibitions.




    After everyone has enjoyed the gardens, the tour will head to Kalamazoo, Mich., for a gourmet chocolate sampler at Zazios Italian Restaurant. Participants will have the opportunity to savor gianduja, torta, mousse, and profiterole.

    The third stop on Aug. 17 will be the Horrocks Farmer’s Market in Battle Creek, Mich. More than just a traditional farmer’s market, Horrocks offers a unique shopping experience that includes a produce market, a garden center, a deli, and much more.

   The second trip, Oct 21-25, will be a “Washington, D.C. Genealogy Dream,” a trip to the nation’s capital where genealogists will have two full days to do research. Non-genealogists will have the option to explore the many free museums, memorials, and historic sites instead.

    The trip will begin with a drive through the Allegheny Mountains to Gettysburg, Penn. Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield with a special guide. Next will be Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Kennedy graves, and Arlington House.

    During the next two days, participants may do genealogical research, go sightseeing, or do a little bit of both. There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a seafood buffet at a restaurant on the Potomac River, followed by a nighttime tour of the memorials.

    Finally, the library tour will travel to the Flight 93 crash site, where a memorial is being constructed to honor the “hero flight” of 9/11.

    For more information on these programs, call the LaGrange County Public Library at 260-463-2841 ext. 1030, or stop in.