What’s happening at the Niles District Library?

Published 8:40 am Monday, July 13, 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.


Monday, July 13

• 11 a.m. — Mr. Jim Juggling

Mr. Jim will be at the library to teach guests how to juggle like a superhero! For children and teens ages 5-19.

• 2 to 5 p.m. — Gaming Underground

• 4 p.m. — Friends of Niles District Library Meeting


Tuesday, July 14

• 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. — The Connection (Emergency Shelter Services)

The Connection is the fruition of grassroots efforts to implement the Housing Resource Network’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in Berrien County. Housed at the Mercy Center in Benton Harbor, this program of Emergency Shelter Services is a one-stop shop for help when housing is threatened or just for referrals and information.

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

Every Tuesday at 2 p.m. this summer, the library will be showing a Mighty Movie for all kids and teens. Movies will be shown in the new room, Patti’s Place, and popcorn will be served.

• 6:30 p.m. — “To Kill a Mockingbird” Book Discussion

In celebration of Harper Lee’s new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” the library will be discussing an old favorite — Lee’s first novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Everyone is welcome to join the discussion, which will be led by Sally Ginter. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk and two attendees will win a copy of the new book.

• 6:30 p.m. — Pajama Storytime

This Storytime is for the entire family. Library staff will feature stories, the color song, magic box, a song with instruments, and a coloring sheet to take home. The library will also provide a craft to be finished after the story is done. Guests are welcome to wear pajamas.


Wednesday, July 15

• Multiple times — Storytime day

Squealers (birth-18 months) at 9:30 a.m., Squigglers (18 months-3 years) at 10 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

• 6:30 p.m. — Readers Circle Book Club

Readers Circle is led by Sally Ginter and new members are welcome to join. The book for July is “Still Foolin’ ‘Em” by Billy Crystal and copies are available at the Information Desk.


Thursday, July 16

• 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — Storytime

• 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 (ages 13-19) playing Life-sized Scrabble!

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

Two days after the “To Kill a Mockingbird” book discussion and the release of Harper Lee’s new book “Go Set a Watchman,” library staff will wrap up the celebration with a screening of the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck.


Friday, July 17

• 10 a.m. to noon — Calligraphy 101: Today we write

Session 2: Carolingian Minuscule an emperor’s writing standard.

Calligraphy is the art of drawing language. In this class guets will learn to write the script of Carolingian Minuscule. Carolingian is a familiar form of lettering and is the great-great-grandfather of the font “Times New Roman.”

Charlemagne decreed this script to be his court script and was therefore the first standardized script to be used in the entirety of Europe.

Participants will be capitalizing and using the skills and knowledge from the first class by putting ink to paper creating this beautiful form of writing. This second session everyone will learn the alphabet and how to construct the letters.

Materials: Broad tip pens (dip pens are preferred) and calligraphy ink. The instructor will have limited supplies. The library will have some supplies that can be checked out as well. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies if they have them.

• 1 p.m. — Twisted Stitches

Bring yarn or sewing project and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

• 2 to 5 p.m. — Gaming Underground

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Teen Nerf Olympics

Nerf archery, Nerf targets and many other fun activities. Teens (ages 13-19) come to compete to win the Golden Nerf Medal in our Nerf Olympics.


Saturday, July 18

10 a.m. to noon — Lawyers in Libraries: Changes in Expungement Law

Michigan’s adult expungement law has been amended as of Jan. 12, to potentially permit more people to have their criminal records expunged. Come learn from attorney Elizabeth McCree how these changes could affect your life.

This is an informative workshop, and not meant to substitute for personal legal advice.

• 10 a.m. to noon — Myasthenia Gravis Support Group

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