Niles District Library events

NILES — The Niles District Library seeks to build a community of lifelong learners who want to make Niles their lifelong home. A library card is not required to participate in any programs. All programs are free.

For more information, call (269) 683-8545, email, or check out the Niles District Library Facebook page, Twitter page, @TheNDLib or

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is available from 4:30 to 8 p.m.  Thursdays to help with taxes. Please schedule an appointment by calling 2-1-1 (from a Michigan phone) to schedule an appointment. Walk-in appointments are not permitted.

VITA dates are Thursday, Feb. 1 through Thursday, April 12. The exception to this schedule is Thursday, March 12, the library is closed and no appointments will be scheduled for this day.

Monday, Feb. 5

• Winter Reading Olympics (Adult Services and Special Edition)

In conjunction with the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, the Adult Winter Reading Program starts Monday, Feb. 5 and runs through Friday, Feb. 23. Stop by the Information Desk to get the information sheet, challenge list, and blank flag. Participants can design their own personal “flag” so progress can be tracked. Complete challenges to be eligible for the prize drawings on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Closing Ceremony Party.

Winter Reading Olympics for Special Edition runs Monday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, Feb. 21 with a Closing Ceremony Party on Thursday, Feb. 22.

• 6 to 7 p.m. — Eastside Connections School 2018 Art Show Reception

• 6 to 7 p.m. — Tween Game Night

The library is starting a new game night just for tweens aged 9 to 12. There will be Xbox 360 (or Xbox One) and board games available. As well as art and crafts supplies. Tweens are invited to join in a game night. Snacks will be provided.

• 7 to 8 p.m. — CDA Niles

Chemically Dependent Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship for anyone seeking freedom from drug and alcohol addiction. CDA Niles has a room reserved at the library from 7 to 8 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. For more information please visit

Tuesday, Feb. 6

• 10:30 a.m. — Passport Pals

Each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. there will be a story time tour of the world. Each week, the library will have books, songs, a craft and other surprises relating to the country of the month.

• 12:30 to 2 p.m. — Triple P: Primary Care

This class is for parents or caretakers who wish to learn a variety of parenting skills that will promote their child’s development and potential. RSVP required, please call 269-927-5622.

• 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Triple P: Teen Group

This class is for working with parents to assist in managing problem behavior, encouraging appropriate behavior, and dealing with risky behavior with teens. RSVP required, please call (269) 927-5622.

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. — Tabletop RPG Night

This activity is great for fan of Dungeons and Dragons, Shadowrun, and other tabletop role-playing games? Then join us at the library for a fun evening of gaming every first and third Tuesday of the month.

• 6 to 6:30 p.m. — Chips and Chapters

This activity includes a read aloud story time. Every Tuesday, Tara will read aloud from a chapter book, while readers eat chips and follow along. This is fun for all ages.

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Essential Oils

The community is invited to learn essential knowledge about essential oils. An instructor will be here to teach the applications of different oils, how essential oil blends work, and she will provide a question and answer session after the program.

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Lego Building Challenge

The community is invited to make any creation and show it to the Youth Services staff.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

• Multiple times – Storytime day

Squealers (birth-18 months) at 9:30 a.m., squeakers (18 months-3 years) at 10 a.m., squigglers (18 months-5 years) at 10:30 a.m., story time (children ages 3+) at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• 4 to 7 p.m. — Coupon Exchange

Proctor and Gamble coupons are in. The community is invited to join Ann in the Youth Services area for a twice-a-month coupon exchange (first and third Wednesdays). Participants can trade coupons they have for ones they like. This program is open to teens and adults.

• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Niles Public Arts Commission

The Niles Public Arts Commission is seeking new members. Call for more information.

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Card Crafting

The community is invited to the Teen area, in front of Patti’s Place, for a fun and festive card making craft. Supplies will be provided. This program is open to teens and adults; activities for children will be available by request.

• 7 to 8 p.m. — CDA Niles

Chemically Dependent Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship for anyone seeking freedom from drug and alcohol addiction. CDA Niles has a room reserved at the library every Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information please visit

Thursday, Feb. 8

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Connection

As Berrien County’s Housing Resource Center, The Connection provides a centralized intake that works together with the consumer to rapidly re-house those who are homeless.

• 10 a.m. — Special Edition: Movie Day

The feature is “Earth: One Amazing Day!” All ages and abilities are welcome to the sensory sensitive showing. The volume isn’t too loud, and there’s room at the back for those who prefer not to sit still. Popcorn will be served.

• 10:30 and 1:30 p.m. — Storytime

Storytime features three books, a color song, and music and movement. The program will end with a hand stamp, coloring sheet and a craft.

• 1 to 4:30 p.m. — Mahjong

Volunteers are available weekly to teach people how to play Mahjong.

• 2 to 4 p.m. — All Ages Hangout

The community is invited to bring a table game, craft project, coloring pages, or just a mug for coffee. All ages and abilities are welcome to come hang out Thursday afternoons.  Anyone is welcome to bring snacks to share.

• 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Teen Time

Come and hang out.  There will be games, books, and a great place to study here in the Teen Department. Snacks are provided.

Friday, Feb. 9

• 10 a.m. to noon — TOPS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss support group and wellness education organization. TOPS offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, TOPS has helped millions of people live healthier lives. New members are welcome.

• 1 to 3 p.m. — Twisted Stitches

The community is invited to bring a yarn or sewing project and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while they work. Rookies are welcome. David is here to provide help and instructions, and a few loaner tools are available to help to get people started. The location depends on where there’s a comfortable area that can hold everyone, but it’s usually in the Rotunda.

• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Tween Book Club

Tweens are invited to participate in a book discussion, snacks, and laughs. This group is for children ages 8 to 12. This month’s reading is “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Saturday, Feb. 10

• 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Basic Computer Class

This class will teach people the basics of using a home computer? We will offer a Computer Basics class every month on the second Saturday. Class space is limited so please sign up at the Information Desk, or call 269-683-8545, ext. 112.

• 10:30 to 11 a.m. — Toddler Dance Party

This musical program is aimed for toddlers to help strengthen the little brain and body muscles. Music will be used to reinforce hand eye coordination, cross-brain exercises, and tactile and sensory movements. This program is for ages infant to 5.

• 1 to 2 p.m. — Jr. Garden Club

Each month, Ms. Ann will present a lesson on gardening and nature. There will also be a snack, and a craft connected with the topic. This group is for ages 3 to 12.

• 1 to 5 p.m. — Game Day for Adults

This activity is for those 18 or older, who like video games or board games. There will be board games, cards, tabletop games, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U games set up and ready to use.

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. — Teen and Adult Nerf Night-Afterhours

Teens (13 and older) and adults are invited to come to the library for an after-hours round of Nerf games with an emphasis on strategy and teamwork. Registration is 5:30 to 6 p.m., game play begins at 6 p.m. Those interested should arrive before the library closes at 6 p.m. All participants must have a signed waiver on file in order to play.

• Text alerts from Niles District Library:

Residents can receive program reminders and updates or updates on library closings. There are two ways to sign-up: iPhone or Android phone, open the web browser and go to the following link: (for Youth Services Programs only) (for Adult Services Programs only) (for all library program updates and closings)

Those who do not have a smartphone can still get text notifications. Text 81010 with the message:

@ndlys (for Youth Services Programs)

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