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November library events & classes www.portagelibrary.info


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this month’s newsletter PAGE 2 Early Literacy Programs PAGE 3 November 1-6 Library Programs PAGE 4 November 7-12 Library Programs PAGE 5 November 13-15 Library Programs PAGE 6 November 15-29 Library Programs PAGE 7 What’s Coming in December!

library hours Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

library board Betty Lee Ongley Library Board Chair Alisha Siebers Library Board Vice Chair 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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TWO YEAR OLD STORYTIME

SATURDAY STORYTIME

Interact with your two year old to nurture a love of books. We will learn letters, sounds, new words and self expression through books, fingerplays and creative movement. (Designed for two year olds and younger siblings with their favorite adult.) You are invited to attend one storytime session per week. No registration required.

EVENING FAMILY STORYTIME: STORIES TO KNOW AND GROW

Thursday, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th 10:00 AM Age Group: INFANT/TODDLER

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Monday, November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th 10:00 AM Age Group: PRESCHOOL

Preschool age children (ages 3 to 5) will build language skills while listening to stories, learning rhymes, moving to music, and learning the mystery letter of the week! These activities help build early literacy skills and a love of books, reading and literature. You are invited to attend one storytime session per week. No registration required.

MOTHER GOOSE STORYTIME Wednesday, November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 9:30 AM & 10:30 AM Age Group: INFANT/TODDLER

This special time is designed for children from birth to 23 months. Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with books, rhymes, and music. A developmentally appropriate playtime will follow. No registration required.

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Saturday, November 10th 10:00 AM Age Group: PRESCHOOL You and your child will actively listen to books, rhymes and participate in creative movement while building language and literacy skills. No registration required.

4UESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: TWO’S, PRESCHOOL

Children from 2 to age 6 (with their favorite adult) enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills. Sponsored by a Target Early Literacy Grant. No registration required.


programs & events MUFFINS AND THE MARKET

4HURSDAY .OVEMBER ST s  !Age Group: All Ages 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 20-year veteran investment professional and MLIS Warren Fritz. First and third Thursdays. No registration required.

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

RESUME HACKS: A QUICK RESUME MAKEOVER

&RIDAY .OVEMBER ND s  !Age Group: All Ages You have looked over some resume books, you have your resume together, and you don’t think you need a class—but it would be good to get somebody else’s opinion on this, particularly somebody knowledgeable. We can help! On the first Friday in February, take your lunch hour and come in. Bring your resume and we will look it over, especially with regard to proofreading, formatting, and language. Let us catch the errors, rather than a potential employer. If you have questions about your interview attire, you also have the option of wearing or describing that for our review as well. No registration required.

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BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL: AN ART EXHIBIT BY THE PAPER GUILD MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION

3UNDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0In the show Bold and Beautiful, The Paper Guild members will feature pieces expressing the huge range of creative possibilities that handmade paper and paper-related art forms provide. This group of local paper artists has recently opened its membership from handmade paper artists to paper artists in general, including collage artists, calligraphers, printmakers, painters, and so on.

FRAMED: AN ART EXHIBIT BY THE ALTERED SISTERS MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION

3UNDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0The Altered Sisters take items like books, cards, shoes, frames, etc. that have outlived their purpose and alters them to create art. In the show Framed each artist will feature a well loved book or character and surround it with a repurposed frame. You can be sure that each piece will be a unique interpretation of a favorite.

SUNDAYS LIVE: GUITARIST JIM BEEBE AND VOCALIST MARCI LINN

3UNDAY .OVEMBER TH s   0Jim and Marci have been steady performing musicians for over three decades. The music they play is very much steeped in the R and B and soul music of the 1960’s and 70’s. Their influences include Al Green, Ray Charles, Etta James, Carol King and Irma Thomas just to mention a few.

SBTDC-SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING

4UESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: Adult This workshop provides an overview of how businesses can increase value through the development of a succession plan. Key topics include plan components, successor identification and skills development as well as plan implementation and communication guidelines.

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Nov 7-12

programs & events The training covers the key benefits and drivers which include: building organizational value and integrating long-range organizational plans with employee career plans. Designed to illustrate the difference between developing a long term succession plan and the transaction of selling a business, this course helps business owners evaluate ownership transition options long before any unexpected events may force change. Registration required through MI-SBTDC. https:// www.misbtdc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=110320027 REGISTRATION REQUIRED

MEET THE CHEF: FUN EASY ENTERTAINING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Wednesday, November 7th 2:00 PM and repeated 5:30 PM Age Group: ADULTS Hether Frayer, the Fresh Food Fairy, will show us how to prepare fun, healthy and festive dishes for holiday entertaining. Register by calling 329-4542 ext. 600. There is a $5.00 fee at the door. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB 4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !Age Group: ADULTS Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

SCORE: SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESS

4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: Adult What is social media? Do you know yet? Are you using it for your business? If not, you should come and participate in this discussion. Do your neighbors know what business you own? If not, you should take care of that before you come to this workshop. If they do, then come learn about what some successful business are doing with social media to help drive leads to their business. This is the ultimate guerilla marketing, and wow, what an impact it can have. If you don’t use it, your competitors could be gaining advantages that you will not be aware of until its too late. Come learn how to stay connected. Learn how to keep your global neighbors informed about your business.

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Presented by Tom McKenna Fee: $35; $30 for each additional person from the same company. Registration required through SCORE Kalamazoo Tel: 269-381-5382 info@ scorekazoo.org www.scorekazoo.org REGISTRATION REQUIRED

INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION

White Heat by M.J. McGrath 4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  PM Age Group: ADULTS Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide in her corner of the Arctic. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who rule her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser. As Edie sets out to discover what those tourists were really after, she is shocked by the suicide of someone very close to her. She is determined to find a possible key to this connection-a search that takes her beyond her small village, and into the far reaches of the tundra. White Heat is a stunning debut novel set in an utterly foreign culture amid an unforgiving landscape of ice and rock, of spirit ancestors and never-rotting bones.

BUSINESS RESEARCH ESSENTIALS

-ONDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: Adult An introduction to business resources taught by Nicolette Sosulski, the PDL Business Librarian. If you are taking this as part of your work with the SBTDC, please register through them at (269) 387-6004. Otherwise, you may register through the library web page or at (269) 329-4542 ext. 600. REGISTRATION REQUIRED


programs & events OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: A DROP-IN BOOK DISCUSSION

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 4UESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !Age Group: ADULTS In this novel magical prose meshes reality and fairy tale. It takes place in Alaska, a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for a couple who have never been able to conceive. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they catch sight of an elusive, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who seems to have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in the Alaska wilderness, life and death are inextricable, and what they eventually learn about Faina changes their lives forever. No registration required.

YOU AND YOUR MONEY

4UESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0- Age Group: Adult Having a process for setting thoughtful and realistic goals and an active plan for guiding the spending decisions to achieve those goals is good money manners! It increases the probability of reaching our goals without getting derailed or experiencing unplanned negative consequences. In this third part of the series you’ll learn how to set goals using S.M.A.R.T criteria and develop a personal spending plan to meet those goals. Many of our goals are better reached by growing our money; others by saving and preserving it. Examples on how to allocate your money to meet your shorter-term goals and to reach your longer-term goals will be presented. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

COMBAT VETERAN’S WRITING GROUP READING

4UESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS To commemorate Veterans Day, local military veterans who served in combat situations spanning from the beginning of WWII through the war in Iraq

Nov 13-15

will share their perspectives on various aspects of military life at a reading and panel discussion. The vets are members of the library’s Combat Veterans’ Writing Group, which was formed in fall 2008. Each vet will present one or two short pieces during the reading; a casual question and answer session will follow. Margaret von Steinen, the group’s writing coach, will serve as moderator. For more information, contact von Steinen at: margaret.vonsteinen@wmich.edu. No registration required.

BOOKED FOR THE HOLIDAYS TEA

7EDNESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS Location: Stuart Manor Join Librarian Marsha Meyer from the Portage District Library for this exciting book exchange and tea party. Bring a favorite book that you’ve read and are ready to trade. Each person gives a two-minute presentation about why they loved the book. Names are drawn from a hat and each participant selects his/her new book in the order the names were drawn. This is a great way to discover exciting books to put on your “must readâ€? list. Please advance register by calling 329-4522 ext. 600 or purchase on line www. portagemi.gov. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

MUFFINS AND THE MARKET

4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !Age Group: All Ages 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 20-year veteran investment professional and MLIS Warren Fritz. First and third Thursdays 9:00 AM. No registration required.

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB 4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !Age Group: ADULTS Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

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Nov 15-29

programs & events TEEN WEIRD CUPCAKES

4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL Come try pizza cupcakes, or maybe taco, because everything’s better in a cupcake shape, right? Make your food portable, bite-size, and of course, yummy! REGISTRATION REQUIRED

ABC ACTIVITY TIME

&RIDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !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 having fun! No registration required.

KALAMAZOO MACINTOSH USER GROUP (KMUG)

3ATURDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !This drop-in group meets the third Saturday of each month. Anyone may attend. The meeting begins with a presentation of a software program, computer or accessory. An experienced club member who has actually used the product gives the demonstration. Discussion and questions follow the presentation. The meeting continues with a “Help Session”. Experienced Mac users share their in-depth knowledge answering questions about any aspect of the Mac. Beginners on Mac computers are welcome. No registration required.

D-3: DANCE, DRAMA & DRAWING CIRCUS, CIRCUS!

3ATURDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0!GE 'ROUP 02%3#(//, %,%-%.4!29 + 4( GRADE) Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Join us as we dance, act and draw about “the greatest show on earth.” Children will participate in 3 different activities of fun during this 1 and 1/2 hour program. We ask that all parents of preschool age children stay during the activities. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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LEGO BLOCK PARTY!

7EDNESDAY .OVEMBER ST s  0Age Group: ALL AGES Calling all young architects and engineers…you are invited to join us for LEGO building fun! LEGOS of various sizes will be provided for all ability levels. Preschool-5th graders are invited with their favorite adult. No registration required.

COMBAT VETERAN’S WRITING GROUP

4UESDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS This biweekly writing workshop of writing poetry, essay or fiction for veterans who have been in combat is led by writer and Communications officer for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Margaret von Steinen. For more information, please e-mail Margaret at mvonsteinen@chartermi.net. The series runs though December 11th. No registration required.

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB 4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  !Age Group: ADULTS Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration is required.

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP

4HURSDAY .OVEMBER TH s  0Age Group: MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL Join other teen leaders who volunteer to make the library a better place! We plan events, do long-term projects, and more. No registration required.


What’s Coming in December! Great Books Reading & Discussion Group/Fall December 2nd The Epic of Gilgamesh, a play by Aeschylus

Overdrive/E-Reader Assistance

Grief Education & Support December 21st Support and information on how to cope during times of grief and loss

December 3rd

HOLIDAY CLOSING

Helping setup your device to accept OverDrive Digital books

The library is closed all day

Winter Scenes: Library-Wide Multi-Artist Art Exhibit December 5th Art and Music

Flying Carpets December 6th A reading, reflection and book signing by Hedy Habra

Resume Hacks December 7th A quick resume makeover

Friends of the Library Book Sale December 8th Thousands of books for sale

Solo Gallery December 10th Exhibit by Matthew Bell (Acrylic)

Evening Family Storytime December 12th Stories to know and grow

International Mystery Book Group December 13th Show and share book exchange

Kalamazoo Macintosh Users Group December 15th A “help session” by experience Mac users

Family Holiday Event December 18th Learn and play with your child at our fun holiday festival

December 24th

HOLIDAY CLOSING December 25th The library is closed all day

CLOSING EARLY December 31st The library will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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