What’s happening at the Niles District Library

Published 8:33 am Monday, February 27, 2017


The Niles District Library is building a community of lifelong learners that want to make Niles their lifelong home. Patrons do not need a library card to participate and all programs are free. For more information, call (269) 683-8545, email marketing@nileslibrary.net, visit facebook.com/nileslibrary, or nileslibrary.com.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
• 10:30 a.m. — Passport Pals
Each Tuesday, the library hosts a special storytime tour of the world. There will be books, songs, a craft and other super surprises relating to the special country of the month.
• 2 and 5 p.m. — Geo Treckers
Each month, Geo Treckers will focus on a different country through stories, crafts, a snack and other fun surprises. In February, attendees will explore Italy. Treckers will also leave with a list of books and additional activities in case they want to explore that country more on their own. This group meets at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For ages 6 and older.
• 6 to 6:30 p.m. — Chips and Chapters
Chips and Chapters is a read-aloud storytime. Every Tuesday, Ms. Tara will read aloud from a chapter book, while guests eat chips and follow along. This is fun for all ages.
• 6:30 p.m. — Pajama Storytime
This is a fun evening of three stories, music and movement and a craft. Guests should feel free to wear their jammies and bring their family.
• 6:30 p.m. — Olive Branch Book Club @ The Brass Eye Cocktail Lounge
Would you love an opportunity to have a drink, mingle, and talk about a book? Look no further. Those 21 and older are invited to be a part of the very first bar book club in Niles. Register and pick up a copy of the book, “Oreo” by Fran Ross at the library’s information desk, or call (269) 683-8545 ext. 112. Olive Branch meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Brass Eye Cocktail Lounge, 205 N. Second St. in Niles.

Wednesday, March 1
• Multiple times — Storytime day
Squealers (birth to 18 months) at 9:30 a.m., Squigglers (18 months to 3 years) at 10 and 11 a.m., Storytime (3 to 5 years) at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
• 1 to 4 p.m. — Michigan Works! Talent Development Specialists
Michigan Works! is now coming to Niles District Library. Every other Wednesday afternoon, staff from their offices in Dowagiac and Benton Harbor will be here to assist job seekers. Talent Development Specialists can help you register for unemployment, evaluate your strengths and skills, create or update your resume, sharpen your interview skills and more. They’ll help you put your best foot forward! For more information on what MI Works! can do for you, visit michiganworks.org/job-seekers/.
• 6 to 7 p.m. — Coupon Exchange
Ann in the Youth Services area for a weekly coupon exchange — bring the coupons you have that you won’t use and pick up some that you will. This program is open to teens and adults.
Thursday, March 2
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Connection (Emergency Shelter Services)
This program of Emergency Shelter Services is a one-stop shop for help when housing is threatened, or just for referrals and information. Representatives will now be here at the library every Thursday, 10 am to 1 p.m.. For questions or information, contact Stephanie at (269) 277-5055.
• 10 a.m. to noon — Special Edition Movie Day
Special Edition is a weekly series of programs designed to be particularly accessible and engaging for adults and children with special needs. Of course, anyone is welcome to attend our super-cool events!
• 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. — Storytime
• 1 to 4:30 p.m. — Mahjong — Volunteers are available to teach newbies how to play. Other board games are also available.
• 4:30 to 7 p.m. — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
If you made less than $54,000 in 2016 and need assistance in preparing your basic tax return, schedule a VITA appointment by calling United Way at 2-1-1 or 800-310-5454. Volunteers will be at Niles District Library every Thursday evening during tax season.
• 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Teen Time
Teens, come and hang out on Thursday evenings, 6 to 7:30 p.m. for a night of fun dedicated to you! We have games, snacks, books, and a great place to study here in the new Teen Department.
• 6 to 7 p.m. — Berrien County Grants Informational Meeting
Berrien Community Foundation would like to invite you to an Informational Meeting About Grant Opportunities available in all of Berrien County. All non-profits, schools, religious organizations and government agencies who want to learn more about applying for grants are welcome to attend. For more information contact Susan Matheny at susanmatheny@berriencommunity.org or 269-983-3304

Friday, March 3
• 3 to 5 p.m. — Twisted Stitches
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and chat while you work on your own yarn or sewing project. Rookies are welcome; our teacher and a few loaner tools will help you get started.

Saturday, March 4
• 10 a.m. to noon — Chess Club
Love to play chess? This group meets twice monthly to play on the first and third Saturdays. We welcome all ages and abilities. Don’t know how to play? Library staff would love to teach you! Meet us in the Children’s Department for chess fun for all ages.
• 10 a.m. to noon — Friends Book Sale
Everything must go! We’re clearing out the book sale area to make space for some remodeling in the basement so everything must go. Come to this special book sale with everything priced at just 10 cents.
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Yoga at the Library
Take the time to do something great for yourself while reaping the health and relaxation benefits of yoga. This free class is for all abilities; if you’ve never tried yoga, now is the perfect time to start! Bring a yoga mat and some water. If you don’t have a yoga mat, we have a limited number of mats to borrow.
• 10:30 a.m. — Treeclimbers Genealogy Group
Most genealogists find that their most valuable research tool is other genealogists. Join us to share your findings and support others in their own family quest! Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. Treeclimbers meets the first Saturday of each month.
• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Family Nerf Night
Think you’re a crack shot? Come find out! Grab your Nerf gear and bring it to this afterhours event. Participants will have full run of the main floor of the library to compete in a series of team and free-for-all Nerf activities. You must bring your own gear to participate. This event is open to all ages, but participants under 12 must have a parent/guardian present in order to attend. A waiver must be signed at the event by either the participant or their parent/guardian and eye protection is encouraged.