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Winter reading adventure…

    Ice-Breaking Reads: A Winter Reading Adventure is underway until March 1 at all library branches.

    The community can recommend favorite books and try other people’s favorites. There is also a chance to win a quilt donated by the Friends of the Library.

    For more information, contact the library branches.

Book club to meet…

    The Second Saturday Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at the LaGrange County Public Library on Spring St. in LaGrange.

    The book for discussion is On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry.

An Evening with Hamlet…

    The LaGrange County Public Library will host “Ozzie and Harriet and Shakespeare: An Evening With Hamlet” from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4.

    In a 1954 episode of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” Ozzie decides to read Hamlet aloud to the family because son David is studying the play in school. Before the reading can begin, a mysterious stranger appears. With his help, the Nelsons and various neighbors participate in a production of Hamlet in the Nelsons’ living room.

    After attendees enjoy the classic TV show episode, the library will take a poll: How many people would like to follow the Nelson family’s example? (Don’t worry, no one is under any obligation.)

    Most people struggle with Shakespeare because his work is so hard to read. But that’s partly because it’s not meant to be read – Shakespeare wrote plays, they are meant to be acted! The only way to really appreciate them is to see them acted out or to act them out yourself.

    With at least four people and a great big dictionary close at hand, the Shakespeare Appreciation Society will meet once a week to read aloud and – if brave enough – act out Hamlet. The meeting will be in a private room since it is not a performance but appreciation. Hopefully, attendees will have fun learning together, stopping for discussion anytime there is confusion.

Genealogy assistance…

    Volunteers from the Genealogical Society are available at the LaGrange County Public Library on Spring Street every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

    Volunteers from the LaGrange de Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are available every second Tuesday of the month from 1-5 p.m. at the LaGrange Library.

Lego Club…

    Lego Club for kids in 1st through 6th grade will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at the Shipshewana Library, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at the LaGrange Library, and at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 at the Topeka Library.



Celebrate Dr. Seuss…

    What is Oobleck? Howe do you make it? And what does “shuffle, duffle, muzzle, muff” mean?

    In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, join educator Joan Bovee at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the LaGrange Library on Spring St. to explore the world of Dr. Seuss.

    This activity is suited for school-age children.

Ronald McDonald visit…

    Ronald McDonald is coming to the Topeka Library.

    Contact the library at 593-3030 for the time and date. This activity is geared toward kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Families are welcome.

    With the aid of Booker T. Binder, the librarian, and Stoogie the Bookworm, Ronald and the children will learn valuable lessons about setting aside daily “time to read,” reading with enthusiasm, “reading with imagination,” and “taking care of books.”

Story Time…

    Story Time is at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the LaGrange Library, 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Topeka Library, and at 1:30 p.m. on March 6 and 20 at the Shipshewana Library.

    Story Time is a great way to introduce a love of reading to a young child. Stories and activities are geared toward preschool and young children.


    See “Frozen,” winner of a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film of the Year. Show times are 6 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at the LaGrange Library and Topeka Library.