What’s happening at the Niles District Library?

Published 9:48 am Monday, June 15, 2015

The Niles District Library will offer the following free events and activities this week need

A library card is not needed to participate in any program.

For more information, call (269) 683-8545 ext. 116, email communityengagement@nileslibrary.net, or marketing@nileslibrary.net, visit facebook/nileslibrary, or browse www.nileslibrary.net.


Introducing ‘Niles Reads! Top 100 Books’

Help the Niles District Library create a list of its first ever “Niles Reads! Top 100 books” list.

The library will collect votes from patrons and community members all summer long and publish the list in September. There will be a list for adult books and another list for kids/young adults books.

To vote, ask a staff member at the library for a ballot, email marketing@nileslibrary.net or vote online at www.nileslibrary.com.


Kids and Teens — Summer Reading is here

The calendars and schedules are printed, and available to take home. Keep track or reading minutes and record them on a calendar.

Bring the calendar to the youth services desk and a staff member will add up the minutes. The more people read, the more prizes they can win.

Calendars can be found at the Youth Services Desk, online on our website and Facebook page.


Monday, June 15

• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Kids Duct Tape Workshop

• 1 to 2 p.m. — Teen Duct Tape Workshop

Joel Tracy will be here for this event where kids will be able to make and take a fun duct tape craft. There will be 50-plus duct tape designs and templates available. Registration required, so call Youth Services Desk at 683-8545 ext. 106 or stop by the desk.

• 2 to 5 p.m. – Gaming Underground

Today’s featured games: D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder

This will be a regular Monday game. Today is character creation so the first six PCs to show get to roll up characters and Race for the Galaxy:

In the award-winning card game “Race for the Galaxy,” players build galactic civilizations by playing game cards in front of them that represent worlds or technical and social developments. Some worlds allow players to produce goods, which can be consumed later to gain either card draws or victory points when the appropriate technologies are available to them. These are mainly provided by the developments and worlds that are not able to produce, but the fancier production worlds also give these bonuses.

For Gaming Underground, the library has turned downstairs into a game room. Bring a game or play one of the library’s.

All ages are welcome, but kids under 12 years old need to have an adult in the building.

The library hopes this area will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, but adult volunteers are needed.

To be a volunteer, please email laura.hollister@nileslibrary.net

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. — Making Change

Learn how to read a credit report, protect your identity and how to purchase a home with financial expert Khurram Imam, of Michigan State University Extension. This sex-session class will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings for two weeks, beginning June 15. Classes are free, and meals and childcare are provided to registered participants. Register at ChangingTheBalance.org or get more information by calling Laura at (269) 683-8545.


Tuesday, June 16

• 2 p.m. — Mighty Movies showing “The Incredibles”

Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. this summer, the library will be showing a “Mighty Movie” for all kids and teens. Meet in the new room, Patti’s Place, for popcorn and a feature. For the month of June, the library will show:


June 23: Iron Man

June 30: Captain America

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. — Making Change


Wednesday, June 17

• Multiple times — Story time day

Squealers (birth-18 months) at 9:30 a.m., Squigglers (18 months-3 years) at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Storytime (3-5 years) at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• 2 to 5 p.m. — Gaming Underground

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. — Making Change

• 6:30 p.m. — Readers Circle Book Group reading, “Pioneer Girl,” by Bich Minh Nguyen

• 7 p.m. — Summer Archaeology Lecture Series

Presented by the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project with speaker Kevin Finney, executive director of the Jijak Foundation, Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi “Neshnabe Architecture.”


Thursday, June 18

• 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — Story time

• 1 to 5 p.m. — Mahjong

Volunteers are available to teach newbies how to play. Other board games are also available.

• 4 p.m. — Teen Game Night: Life-sized Candyland — The favorite board game supersized

• 6 to 8 p.m. — Choose Your Own Adventure Thursdays

Aberdeen dance group performing with the Bards and the Beehive.

Revolutionary War-era dancers will be performing at the Ft. St. Joseph Archaeology Open House hosted by Western Michigan University on June 27-28. The library will host the dress rehearsal for the performance. Aberdeen will be dancing to live music performed by the Bards and the Beehive, a musical group of the Barony of the White Waters (Society for Creative Anachronism).


Friday, June 19

• 10:30 a.m. — Special Edition: Michiana Youth Robotics Workshop

• 1 p.m. — Twisted Stitches

Bring yarn or sewing project and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while chatting and working. All skill levels welcome.

• 2 to 5 p.m. — Gaming Underground

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Father/Daughter Dance

This is a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day with the special dad in your life. The library will have a DJ, crafts, games and more.


Saturday, June 20

• 10 a.m. to noon —Stitch by Stitch: In the Round Hatmaking

• 10:30 a.m. — Toddler Time: Dough Day

This is a playgroup for children ages birth to 3 years old. This is a great opportunity for parent-to-parent interaction, as well as child-to-child interactions. The library provides Play Doh and all the tools needed for a great play time.