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library hours -ONDAY n 4HURSDAY 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM &RIDAY 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 3UNDAY 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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KINDERMUSIK STORYTIME 4UESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH s  !!GE 'ROUP ).&!.44/$$,%2 This class provides a rich environment and opportunity for families to sing, dance, and explore music together. Developmentally appropriate for babies and toddlers. You are invited to attend one of the two Kindermusik storytimes. No registration required. KINDERMUSIK STORYTIME 4HURSDAY 3EPTEMBER TH s  !!GE 'ROUP 02%3#(//, This class provides a rich environment and opportunity for families to sing, dance, and explore musical instruments together. Developmentally appropriate for preschoolers and early elementary age children. You are invited to attend one of the two Kindermusik storytimes. No registration required. -/4(%2'//3% 34/294)-% -ONDAYS 3EPTEMBER TH TH TH  !-   !!GE 'ROUP ).&!.44/$$,%2 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. 47/ 9%!2 /,$ 34/294)-% 4UESDAYS 3EPTEMBER TH TH TH  !!GE 'ROUP 47/3 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.) No registration required.

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02%3#(//, 34/294)-% 7EDNESDAYS 3EPTEMBER TH TH TH  !!GE 'ROUP 02%3#(//, 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. 02%3#(//, 34/294)-% 4HURSDAYS 3EPTEMBER TH TH TH  !!GE 'ROUP 02%3#(//, 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. 3!452$!9 34/294)-% 3ATURDAY 3EPTEMBER ND s  !!GE 'ROUP 02%3#(//, Join us this Saturday. You and your child will actively listen to books, rhymes and participate in creative movement while building language and literacy skills. No registration required.


programs & events GREAT GLASSBY: WORKS BY WEST MICHIGAN GLASS ART CENTER (WMGAC)

!UGUST ST 3EPTEMBER TH This glass art exhibit will include pieces by 2012 summer camp students and WMGAC members. In celebration of the Center’s tenth anniversary, members will offer a glass lampworking demonstration and will be available to explain other glass art techniques on Saturday, September 8th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

“DETROIT BREAKDOWN� A READING AND BOOK SIGNING BY D.E. JOHNSON

Tuesday, September 4th PM !GE 'ROUP !$5,43 D.E. Johnson’s literary debut, a historical mystery entitled The Detroit Electric Scheme, was published in 2010 and won a 2011 Michigan Notable Book Award. The sequel, Motor City Shakedown, published September 2011, was called “extraordinarily vividâ€? by The New York Times, named as one of The House of Crime and Mystery’s Top 5 Crime Novels of 2011, and won a 2012 Michigan Notable Book Award. His third mystery in the series, Detroit Breakdown, continues to capture the highs and lows of Detroit in the early 1900’s. No registration required.

MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 During this series of eight workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays from September 5 through October 24. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer. No registration required.

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PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB Thursday, September 6th  !!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

GREAT GLASSBY: RECEPTION AND GLASS ART DEMONSTRATIONS 3ATURDAY 3EPTEMBER th  0-  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,434%%. Music will be provided by the Troubadours, a recorder ensemble.

SUNDAYS LIVE: THE TROUBADOURS 3ATURDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0-  0A recorder ensemble

GREAT BOOKS READING & DISCUSSION GROUP PLANNING MEETING

3UNDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 This autumn you might consider joining in reading and discussing Great Conversations. That’s the title of the Great Books collection Great Conversations I, an anthology of 15 selections of literature from the ancient world to the 20th century. The initial meeting date is Sunday afternoon September 9th. The agenda will be set and agreed upon at that meeting. The anthology includes The Epic of Gilgamesh, a play by Aeschylus, selections from de Montaigne, Pascal, Emerson, Whitman, de Tocqueville, Ibsen, Freud, Jung, Joseph Conrad, Thorstein Veblen, Tillie Olsen, Alice Munro and Henri Poincare. Participants are asked to purchase the single volume anthology from Great Books Foundation for $24.95 (or, if able, to buy the same volume from some other source). The group will read and discuss selections as agreed upon. For more information, please contact Ken Fischer at the Portage District Library 329-4552 Ext. 730. No registration required.

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Sept 11-13

programs & events COMBAT VETERAN’S WRITING GROUP

4UESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 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 from September 11th – December 11th. No registration required.

“A MIND LIKE THIS” A READING, RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING BY SUSAN BLACKWELL RAMSEY

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Join us in celebrating Susan Blackwell Ramsey’s new collection of poetry: A Mind Like This, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. According to the Nebraska University Press: “This is a work of humor and wit, unexpectedly delightful and full of surprises as it reflects on the oddness of everyday life, the natural world, literary history, popular culture, and more.” Susan received her MFA from Notre Dame in 2008 and David Wagoner chose her poem “Pickled Heads, Saint Petersburg” for Best American Poetry, 2009. She currently teaches creative writing at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Books will be for sale. A book signing and reception will follow. No registration required.

MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 During this series of eight workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families.

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Please bring pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays from September 5th through October 24th. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer. No registration is required.

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB 4HURSDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  !!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

LEGO BLOCK PARTY!

4HURSDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !,, !'%3 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 invited with their favorite adult. No registration required.

INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY BOOK GROUP: “CHALK CIRCLE MAN” BY FRED VARGAS

4HURSDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Paris: Under cover of night, someone has been drawing blue circles around a motley assortment of found objects and marked with the cryptic words, “Victor, woe’s in store, what are you out here for?” Speculation runs high, but the police remain indifferent to the man’s identity until the latest circle surrounds a woman with her throat cut, staring up at the sky. This is the first of a series starring Comissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg. No registration required.


programs & events KALAMAZOO MACINTOSH USER GROUP (KMUG)

3ATURDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  !-  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 This drop-in group meets the third Saturday of each month. Anyone may attend. The meetings begin with a presentation of a software program, computer or accessory by an experienced club member. The meeting continues with a “Help Sessionâ€?. 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: DOWN ON THE FARM

3ATURDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP 02%3#(//, %,%-%.4!29 + 4( '2!$% Back by popular demand! We will dance, draw and dramatize life on the farm. So, put on your blue jeans and head on down to the library for some good ‘ol harvest time fun! Ages: 5 11 (preschool age accepted with an adult). Registration is required. No registration required.

OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: A DROP-IN BOOK DISCUSSION “CLARA & MR. TIFFANY� BY SUSAN VREELAND

4UESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  !!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Special guest Susan Eckhardt, Director of Museum Education, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will help us discuss this historical novel based on real-life artists. Clara and Mr. Tiffany presents two figures--one the giant of American decorative arts, the other an unknown designer as they engage each other. They collaborate, probe and frustrate each other as they stumble over their passions. This novel illuminates women’s role in

Sept 15-20

the arts and limited freedoms in society at the turn of the century in America. This discussion corresponds with a glass art exhibit at the KIA and Portage District Library. No registration required.

INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION WORKSHOP: WEB PUBLISHING FOR BUSINESS & FAMILY HISTORY

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Services like Amazon, Smashwords, and Lulu are making it very easy to publish your own works, fiction or non-fiction, as a business or for non-profit means, such as family genealogy or local history. In this workshop, you will learn about the three main e-publishing platforms. We will cover: s "ASICS OF FORMATTING YOUR WORK s #OMMON STEPS IN UPLOADING YOUR WORK TO BE SOLD or downloaded for free. s 3OME PLACES TO OUTSOURCE SERVICES FOR A FEE SUCH AS cover design and editing. s )N ADDITION SOME POINTS WILL BE COVERED ABOUT 0RINT on Demand Services like Createspace. No registration required.

MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 During this series of eight workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays from September 5th through October 24th and is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer No registration required.

PORTAGE COMPUTER USERS CLUB

4HURSDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  !!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

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Sept 25-30

programs & events COMBAT VETERAN’S WRITING GROUP

4UESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 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 from September 11th – December 11th. No registration required.

The series runs Wednesdays from September 5th through October 24th and is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer No registration is required.

TEEN CRAFTS WITH QUYEN

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP 4%%.3 Join Quyen for an evening of crafting! We will be making button crafts including design your own pin back buttons and button bracelets. Supplies provided, but bringing your own photos/pictures for the pins or 4-hole buttons for the bracelets is encouraged. See Teen Room display case in September for samples. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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TEEN ADVISORY GROUP

4UESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP 4%%.3 Be part of the teen leadership team for the Portage District Library! We plan programs for kids, do displays, and help the library in many other ways. No registration required.

MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS

7EDNESDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 During this series of eight workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring pencil, pen and notebooks.

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4HURSDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  !!GE 'ROUP !$5,43 Drop-in computer question and answer session. No registration required.

POETRY READING IN FIFTEEN LANGUAGES (AND MORE): A SYMPHONY FOR THE SENSES

3UNDAY 3EPTEMBER TH  0-  0As a celebration of this community’s diversity, the Portage District Library and Foreign Languages Department of Western Michigan are collaborating to bring together area residents from fifteen different areas of the world to select a favorite poem or to write a poem to read in his/her language. We will have a list of languages and translations, but encourage the audience to sit back and let the rhythms; movement and intonations flow over them evoking personal feelings and meanings. Reception with foods from around the world will follow. No registration required.


What’s Coming in October!

Overdrive Ereader Assistance October 1st Troubleshooting downloading Financial Series October 2nd You & Your Money Building Sustainability in our Community October 3rd Join us for a discussion Book Art Exhibit October 5th David Small & Sarah Stewart exhibit Friends of the Library Book Sale October 6th Thousands of books for sale

Evening Family Storytime October 8th Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes for children birth to 6 International Mystery Book Group October 11th Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters Business Research Essentials October 15th An introduction to business resources at the Library SCORE: Internet Marketing October 18th How to use the Internet for marketing your business Loch Ness & Bigfoot Fun October 18th Join us for some fun with Cryptozoology Kalamazoo Macintosh User Group October 20th Help Sessions

D-3 October 20th We will dance, draw and dramatize Silly Safaris: Scary! October 22nd Live animal show SCORE: How to Plan & Start a Business October 25th Learn how to develop a business plan The Collaboration Tango October 28th How illustrators and writers work together to create a picture book Meet the Chef October 30th The magic of risotto Fundamentals of Starting a Restaurant October 31st A workshop led by an experienced restaurant entrepreneur


Portage District Library September Events 2012