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PORTAGE DISTRICT LIBRARY

December library events & classes

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what’s inside this month’s newsletter PAGE 2 Storytime PAGE 3 December 1–8 Library Programs PAGE 4 December 9–15 Library Programs PAGE 5 December 15–19 Library Programs PAGE 6 Library Announcements PAGE 7 Going Digital @ Your Library PAGE 8 What’s Coming in January

library hours Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

storytime MOTHER GOOSE STORYTIME

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Thursday, December 8, 15 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM INFANT/TODDLER Enjoy this rewarding time with your child listening to stories, playing games, and participating in musical activities followed by a short playtime for infants through 23 months. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Monday, December 5, 12 Tuesday, December 6, 13 10:30 AM Age Group: PRESCHOOL Preschool age children and their favorite adult will have a great time listening to stories, songs, dancing and just plain “kid fun”! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

TIME FOR TWOS

SATURDAY STORIES

Wednesday, December 7, 14 9:30 AM Age Group: Two Years Old Two year olds will enjoy this time with their favorite adult. Participants will experience stories, action rhymes, and dance/movement! Siblings under the age of two are welcome to join us. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Saturday, December 17 10:00 AM Age Group: PRESCHOOL Join us for stories, sing songs, and dance the morning away! Stories are age appropriate for preschoolers. All are welcome. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

library board Betty Lee Ongley Library Board Chair Alisha Siebers Library Board Vice Chair

NOTICE The Library will be closed: Saturday, December 24th - Christmas Eve Sunday, December 25th - Christmas Day

Michele Behr Library Board Trustee Stephanie Brown Library Board Trustee Annee Dunn Library Board Trustee Martha Pacheco Library Board Trustee & Liaison to the Friends of PDL Joe Yantis Library Board Trustee

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programs & events PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB Thursday, December 1st 10:00 AM Age Group: ADULTS Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

MUFFINS AND THE MARKET December 1st 9:00 AM Age Group: ADULTS This morning investment discussion group features informative market discussions, strong coffee, & yummy baked goods. Free-ranging talks may cover a new investment information source, ways to investigate a market sector, or a type of investment vehicle. An optional second hour has been added on the first meeting of the month where you can stay and participate in or lead an evaluation of a stock or other investment. It is led by Warren Fritz, a 20-year veteran investment professional. Sessions run the first and third Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. No registration required.

SUNDAYS LIVE: MUSIC BY GINNY PARNABY & JENNIE MILLER Sunday, December 4th 2:00 PM Age Group: ALL AGES Ginny and Jenny started playing together about nine years ago as “living room” musicians. They experiment with melding the lilting resonance of hammered dulcimer with the earthy intonation of Renaissance recorders.

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GREAT BOOKS READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP Sunday, December 4th 2:00 PM Age Group: ADULT This autumn you might consider reading and discussing the Seven Deadly Sins! That’s the title of the Great Books collection of 14 short stories on the so-called “deadly sins.” This session’s topic is “gluttony.” For more information, please contact Ken Fischer at 329-4542 Ext. 730.

FROM KINDLE TO THE NOOK: CHOOSING YOUR E-READER FOR THE HOLIDAYS Thursday, December 8th 6:30 PM Age Group: ADULTS In this session we will look at the variety of devices available on the market. And discuss what works with OverDrive and what doesn’t. OverDrive is the library’s vendor to connect to online audio and e-books. No registration required.

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB Thursday, December 8th 10:00 AM Age Group: ADULTS Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

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dec 9 - 15

programs & events FOOD: ONE FAMILY AT A TIME (New Exhibit) December 9th -January 29th This is an exhibit that demonstrates the work done by several local and international organizations to teach people how to better grow and prepare their own food. These organizations are helping people to help themselves by using knowledge and understanding of local conditions and resources. Where appropriate they also supply improved seed and animal varieties and more productive farming methods attuned to local conditions.

ABC ACTIVITY TIME Friday, December 9th 10:00 AM Age Group: PRESCHOOL Drop in playtime including sensory activities, fine and gross motor skills, pocket charts, manipulatives and more. This is a time for your child to practice skills that will help them get ready to read! Open to preschoolers with their favorite adult. The focus is for parents to participate in the learning process with their child while making it fun! No registration required.

SUNDAYS LIVE: MUSIC BY HIRED HANDS Sunday, December 11th 2:00 PM Come listen to the eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock of Hired Hands featuring Dale Hein, Bill Hughes, Bob Allison and Tim Cooper.

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RECEPTION FOR ONE FAMILY AT A TIME & MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY HIRED HANDS Sunday, December 11th 2:00 PM Age Group: ADULTS AND TEENS No registration required.

HOLIDAY CRAFT AND MOVIE Tuesday, December 13th 7:00 PM Age Group: TEEN Get in the holiday spirit! Make a holiday-themed craft (samples on display at the library) and watch a movie. This reception will include information tables from the exhibitors: Foods Resource Bank; Tillers International; Fair Food Matters; and Loaves and Fishes. From 2:00-3:00 listen to the musical group Hired Hands (Dale Hein, Bill Hughes, Bob Allison and Tim Cooper) offer up an eclectic blend of blues folk and rock. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

TWEEN HOLIDAY CRAFTS Wednesday, December 14th 6:30 PM Age Group: TWEENS (3RD-5TH GRADE) Make something to give (or something to keep!) at this fun craft event. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: begins on 12-1-11.

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB Thursday, December 15th 10:00 AM Age Group: ADULTS Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.


programs & events MUFFINS AND THE MARKET December 15th 9:00-10:00 AM Age Group: ADULTS This morning investment discussion group features informative market discussions, strong coffee, & yummy baked goods. Free-ranging talks may cover a new investment information source, ways to investigate a market sector, or a type of investment vehicle. It is led by Warren Fritz, a 20-year veteran investment professional. Sessions run the first and third Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. No registration required.

EVENING STORYTIME & CRAFT WE LOVE MICHIGAN! Thursday, December 15th 6:30 PM Age Group: PRESCHOOL Bring your family and your favorite teddy bear, stuffed animal or doll. We have a wonderful 30 minutes of stories, movement and creativity prepared for you to enjoy with your little ones. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: begins 11-23-11

LEGOS! LEGOS! LEGOS! Friday, December 16th 10:00 AM Age Group: ALL AGES Come in and express your creativity. LEGO’s of various sizes will be provided for all ability levels. No registration required.

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SEASONAL TUNES FROM THE CODE STUDIO STRINGS Friday, December 16th 4:30 PM Code Studio Strings will present a performance of seasonal tunes for the holidays. These gifted young violinists and violists have a variety of favorite Christmas carols, holiday jazz standards and new winter compositions to play. Lead by instructor Karin Code, this group of fifteen instrumentalists will help get everyone in the holiday spirit.

GREAT BOOKS READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP Sunday, December 18th 2:00 PM Age Group: ADULT This autumn you might consider reading and discussing the Seven Deadly Sins! That’s the title of the Great Books collection of 14 short stories on the so-called “deadly sins.” This last session’s topic is “lust.” For more information, please contact Ken Fischer at 329-4542 Ext. 730.

HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN! Monday, December 19th 10:30 AM & 6:30 PM Age Group: ALL AGES Get in the holiday spirit! Learn and play with your child at our fun holiday festival. There will be crafts, games, and creative activities for all ages! Take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy some seasonal fun with your family. We are offering a morning session or an evening session. Due to limited space we are asking that you please choose one session. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: begins 12/5/2011.

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announcements Seeking Electronics for Public Training Purposes The Portage District Library is seeking the donation of various types of eReaders, audio-devices, tablets, netbooks, and Apple products, to enhance their public training programs. If you have recently upgraded to a newer device and would care to share your old one with the Portage District Library it would be greatly appreciated (please only donate working models). All donations are tax deductible and will be formally acknowledged with a letter that you can use with your taxes this year. If you decide to donate a device, please be sure to remove all personal information and any password protection from the device prior to making the donation. Bring the device to the Adult Information Desk and indicate that it is for the library for public training purposes. The staff will ask for your name and mailing address so that an acknowledgement can be sent to you. The Portage District Library would like to thank you in advance for considering donating your older devices. For more information, please contact: Shirley Newberry, Answerline@portagelibrary.info or 329-4542 Ext. 719

Experience the Joy of Giving this Christmas Share the true meaning of the holiday season by helping children in need throughout West Michigan. With many families facing economic hardships, times can be tight during the holidays. The goal of the toy drive is to reach 25,000 children by collecting toys to brighten local children’s holiday season. From November 11th through December 20th the Library will display a holiday tree decorated in the Checkout area decorated with Angel Tree tags that represent a child or teenager who might not otherwise receive any gifts this holiday season.

Here’s what you can do: • Come into the library • Choose a tag from the Angel Tree • Purchase an appropriate age gift • Write a holiday message in the space provided • Deliver the unwrapped gift back to the Library

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what’s coming in january 2012! Fundamentals of Starting A Business January 5th Go through the ins and outs of writing your business plan A Quick Resume Makeover January 6th Get somebody else’s opinion on your resume Incorporating Fresh Fruits & Vegetables into Entertaining January 11th A cooking demonstration for quick and easy vegetable and fruit dips Introduction to Amateur Astronomy January 14th 1st in a five part series led by Richard Bell, vice president of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society

Downloading to your E-Reader January 19th An introduction to Overdrive Exploring Internet Privacy January 19th Suggestions on how to understand and manage your online profile Understanding Taxes for Small Business January 21st Will cover federal, state and local taxes Your money in the Balance January 23rd Participate in solving real-world investment and budget-related problems


Library Events Calendar December 2011