January 2014 has stormed in with extra cold temperatures and lots of snow on the horizon. With it being so cold outside, it’s an especially great time to stop at the library to pick up some books or DVDs to curl up with. We also have a slate of fun programs to help keep you busy and learning during the cold winter.
Did you get a new digital SLR for Christmas? Or is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to learn how to use yours more fully? On Saturday January 11 from 1pm to 3pm, photographer Jack Adams will be teaching Ins and Outs of Digital SLR Cameras. Bring your camera and your thinking cap, and Jack will help you become more familiar with your camera. There’s a 20 person limit for this class, but no pre-registration is required. Just show up and learn!
New Year, New You? If you’ve decided to become more active in 2014, Qi Gong (pronounced chee gong) might be the place to start. Instructor Irv Marcus will be demonstrating the Benefits of Qi Gong on Tuesday January 14 at 7pm. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and participate in this ancient practice of gentle rhythmic movement.
To get a hint of what the future brings, sign up for a free reading by psychic Mary Miller on January 18. She’s back by popular demand to share her abilities with us. Be sure to register for a reading on our website soon – when she was here in October, we had a crowd!
How do you talk to kids about race? On Monday January 20 at 6pm, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance is hosting a workshop to address that question. If you’re a parent, educator, or childcare provider, think about attending to learn about some of the best ways to help foster the development of non-biased attitudes in children.
Wednesday January 22 will be an Evening to Remember with Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenberg. At 6:30pm, he’ll tell his remarkable story of survival through five different concentration camps during World War II. This program complements the Great Michigan Read book Annie’s Ghosts.
Whether you have a new eReader or tablet or an older one, the library’s eTeam is hosting classes to help you get the most out of it. Starting off on January 10 at 2:30pm is our drop-in Hands On Help. Simply drop by with your device, and we’ll have an eTeam member there to help you with your questions. On January 24 at 10:00am is SmartPhones 101, an hour long class on how to navigate and fully utilize your smartphone. This class only has 15 seats so be sure to pre-register to reserve yours! Later that same day (January 24) at 2:30pm is a class on Downloading eBooks from the library. Again, this class has 15 seats so be sure to pre-register.
Storytime is back the week of January 13, but on Friday January 10 at 10:30am is our Preschool Dance Party! Welcome the new year in with a bit of dancing then settle in for our usual storytime schedule – Bedtime Storytime on Tuesdays at 7pm and Preschool Storytime on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30am. Toddler Time will return on Wednesday January 22 at 10am.
Starting in January is our brand new After School Art Club for kids in kindergarten through grade 6. On the second Wednesday of the month from 4-5pm, kids are welcome to come get creative with us! The first meeting is Wednesday January 8 at 4pm where we’ll make a snowman collage based on the art of Lois Ehlert.
When you stop into the library in January, remember to sign up for the Blizzard of Books, our winter reading club. For every 5 library books you read or listen to, you get a prize (maximum of 3) and an entry into the grand prize drawing for prizes like a Nook eReader! We can’t wait to see you here!