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 marketing@nileslibrary.net, or check out the Niles District Library Facebook page, Twitter page, @TheNDLib or nileslibrary.com.Monday.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available Thursdays, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. to help with taxes. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 2-1-1 from a Michigan phone. Walk in appointments are not permitted. VITA dates are Thursdays through April 12. The exception is Thursday March 12, because the library will be closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

• 8:30 to 10 a.m. — Drip-In Book Club

Each month, a different genre of literature is chosen and each book club member reads a different book in that genre. At meetings, book club members discuss what they liked about the book they read so others can get recommendations for what to read. This is a drop-in book club.

• 10:30 to 11 a.m. — Passport Pals

Each Tuesday there will be a special story time tour of the world. There will be books, songs, a craft, and other super surprises relating to the special 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 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 call, (269) 927-5622.

• 4 to 6 p.m. — NDL Board Meeting

• 5:30 to 8 p.m. — Tabletop RPG Night

This activity is ideal for those who are fans of Dungeons and Dragons, Shadowrun, and other tabletop roleplaying games. The community is invited to join 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 is a fun read aloud storytime. Every Tuesday, Ms. Tara will read aloud from a chapter book, while participants eat chips and follow along. This is fun for all ages.

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

The community is invited to show their creativity using a bucket of Legos. Make any creation and show it to the Youth Services staff.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

• 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

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 bring the coupons they have that they don’t want to use and pick up some they do. This program is open to teens and adults.

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Readers Circle Book Group

Led by Sally Ginter, Readers Circle members seek to have enlightening and thought-provoking conversations about books from a wide variety of genres. This group is targeted at serious book lovers and new members are welcome. Books are available at the Information Desk.

• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Card Crafting

The community is invited to Youth Services area in front of Patti’s Place for a fun and festive card making craft. Supplies will be provided, but register in advance by calling (269) 683-8545, ext. 112, emailing CommunityEngagement@nileslibrary.com, or stop by the information desk at the library. 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 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library every Monday and Wednesday. For more information visit cdaweb.org.

Thursday, Feb. 22

• 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: Winter Reading Closing Party

The library staff will be drawing the winter reading prizes and hanging out and playing games today. All ages and abilities are welcome to join.

• 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 participants 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. There will be coffee and tea provided. Anyone is welcome to bring snacks to share.

• 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — iLive Free

iLive Free is a group that wants to be free from substance restraints and meets every Thursday evening to inspire each other to enjoy living free. The core team leaders are: someone who is free from substance control, a counselor and a pastor. You are welcome to join this group and enjoy living free. For more info contact or text (269) 605-7895.

• 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.

• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Tim Talks: The JFK Files, Pt. 3

Join local JFK scholar and history professor Tim Smith for a look at the medical evidence presented following the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, with a focus on the newly released files of information.

Friday, Feb. 23

• 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 chat and work. Rookies are welcome.  Twisted Stitches teacher David is here to provide help and instructions, and there are a few loaner tools to get those new to the craft started. The location depends on where there’s a comfortable area that can hold everyone, but it’s usually in the Rotunda.

Saturday, February 24

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

This class is for those who need help using Internet search engines, or navigating through websites. This class will teach new computer users the basics of using the Internet. Class space is limited, so sign up is encouraged and available at the Information Desk, or by call (269) 683-8545, ext. 112.

• 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Craftastic Saturday: DIY Coasters

Join Sarah in the Rotunda for a fun, family friendly craft. The program is free, but supplies are limited; please register by calling (269) 683-8545, ext. 112 or stop by the information desk. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

• 3 to 4 p.m. — Winter Reading Olympics Closing Party

Those interested are invited to join library staff in the Community Room for our Winter Reading Closing Party. Winners will be drawn and we will have snacks, games, and trivia available.

• 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:

rmd.at/ndlys (for Youth Services Programs only)

rmd.at/ndlads (for Adult Services Programs only)

rmd.at/ndlib49120 (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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