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this month’s newsletter PAGE 2 Early Literacy Programs PAGE 3 October 2-5 Library Programs PAGE 4 October 9-17 Library Programs PAGE 5 October 18-23 Library Programs PAGE 6 October 23-31 Library Programs

PAGE 7 Autism Spectrum Disorder Program PAGE 8 What’s Coming in November!

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

MOTHER GOOSE STORYTIME Tuesday, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd 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. You are invited to attend one storytime session per week. No registration required.

EVENING FAMILY STORYTIME: STORIES TO KNOW AND GROW Monday, October 8th 6:30 PM Age Group: TWO’S, PRESCHOOL Children from birth to age 6 (with their favorite adult) enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills. A theme related craft will follow. Sponsored by a Target Early Literacy Grant. REGISTRATION REQUIRED

TWO YEAR OLD STORYTIME Wednesday, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 10:00 AM Age Group: INFANT/TODDLER 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.

SATURDAY STORYTIME Saturday, October 13th 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.

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

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Thursday, October 4th, (no storytime on October 11th), 18, 25 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.

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 MONEY: GETTING TO KNOW YOU 4UESDAY /CTOBER ND s  0Age Group: ADULTS Using knowledge gained from Part One, we’ll look at how poor money manners affect our interaction with money. We’ll examine how our debt and spending-related patterns are behavioral or habitual in nature, and that the process for modifying any negative patterns starts with gaining insight into the factors that form and perpetuate our relationship with money. You’ll also learn how behavior and emotion-based assumptions about the financial markets may negatively affect how we make investmentrelated decisions with our money. The session concludes with three fundamental easy-to-follow concepts for building your net worth within the financial markets. REGISTRATION REQUIRED MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS 7EDNESDAY /CTOBER RD s  0Age Group: ADULTS During this series of workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring a pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays through October 24th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM and is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer No registration required. BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY IN OUR COMMUNITY 7EDNESDAY /CTOBER RD s  0Age Group: ADULTS Join us for panel discussion with area organizations to discuss projects that help build sustainability within our community. The organizations include: Manitou Arbor Ecovillage; Wild Ones; Western Michigan University Office for Sustainability; Kalamazoo Nature Center; and Fair Food Matters. Jack Gesmundo, owner of Hawks Hollow Builders, will moderate the panel. Each group will have an information table. No registration required. MUFFINS AND THE MARKET 4HURSDAY /CTOBER 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

Oct 2-5

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. SCORE: MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS 4HURSDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS For many small business owners, marketing can be a mysterious art that costs a lot of money. This workshop presents marketing fundamentals in simple yet powerful terms. Topics include creating a usable marketing plan, targeting, positioning, and effective advertising. Fee: $35; $30 for each additional person from the same company. Registration required through SCORE Kalamazoo (269) 381-5382 BOOK ART EXHIBIT from Award-Winning Illustrator David Small and writer Sarah Stewart October 5th – November 30th This exhibit will include illustrations from books written by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small. David and Sarah are discussing their collaboration at a program called “The Collaboration Tango: Creating a Picture Book” on Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 PM. HANDMADE PAPER GUILD ART EXHIBIT October 5th – November 30th An exhibit of handmade paper art by members of the Handmade Paper Guild. The library will host a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday, November 4th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. RESUME HACKS: A QUICK RESUME MAKEOVER &RIDAY /CTOBER TH 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. 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. portage district library | october 2012 3


Oct 9-17

programs & events COMBAT VETERAN’S WRITING GROUP 4UESDAY /CTOBER 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 through December 11th. No registration required. MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS 7EDNESDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS During this series of workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring a pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays through October 24th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM and is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer No registration required. INTERNATIONAL MYSTERY BOOK GROUP Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters 4HURSDAY /CTOBER TH s  PM Age Group: ADULTS Amelia, a determined and unorthodox English female, supports women’s suffrage and believes she will never marry. (She’s convinced she is unattractive and will neither submit to a man nor rule one.) In Rome she meets the destitute Evelyn Forbes, whose titled family have cast her off after she eloped with, then was abandoned by, an Italian art teacher. Amelia takes Evelyn under her wing and employs her as a companion. They travel together to Egypt, where they encounter the Emerson brothers, Radcliffe and Walter, archaeologist and philologist respectively, and where Amelia falls in love with pyramids. No registration required. LEGO BLOCK PARTY! 3ATURDAY /CTOBER TH s  !Age Group: ALL AGES Come on in and express your creativity. LEGOS of various sizes will be provided for all ability levels. No registration required.

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BUSINESS RESEARCH ESSENTIALS -ONDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS 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 AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS 4UESDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS Autism has recently been reported to affect 1 out of 88 children. Whether you are a family with a diagnosis, a caregiver, teacher, medical professional or interested community member, you probably have questions about autism. The Portage District Library will host a free public discussion on autism presented by Dr. Joshua Diehl on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Portage Central High School Auditorium, 8135 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage, MI 49002. There will be a general discussion on what Autism Spectrum Disorders are and how they are diagnosed. There will also be a discussion on the approaches to treatment (research based vs. non-research based treatments) and new research findings in using robots or the iPad to help develop the social-communication skills in children with ASD. No registration required. Location: Portage Central High School Auditorium Presenter: Joshua Diehl, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS 7EDNESDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS During this series of workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring a pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays through October 24th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM and is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer No registration required.


programs & events MUFFINS AND THE MARKET 4HURSDAY /CTOBER 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 to 10 am. No registration required. LOCH NESS AND BIGFOOT FUN 4HURSDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: TWEENS (3RD-5TH GRADE), ELEMENTARY (K-5TH GRADE) Is there a Loch Ness Monster? How about Bigfoot or Yeti? Join us for some fun with Cryptozoology -- the study of animals that may or may not be real! There will be a K-2nd grade room and a 3rd -5th grade room with activities. REGISTRATION REQUIRED ABC ACTIVITY TIME &RIDAY /CTOBER 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 /CTOBER TH s  !-  0Age Group: ADULTS This drop in group meets the third Saturday of each month. Anyone may attend. Our 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.

Oct 18-23

D-3-ONCE UPON A FAIRYTALE 3ATURDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: PRESCHOOL, ELEMENTARY (K-5TH GRADE) Be a princess or prince for a day. Join us in a magical world of make-believe as we dance, act and draw like royalty. You must sign up for this. It is sure to be talked about for days. Preschoolers are welcome with parent. REGISTRATION REQUIRED SILLY SAFARIS: SCARY!!! (NOT SO SCARY) LIVE ANIMAL SHOW! -ONDAY /CTOBER ND s  0Age Group: ALL AGES Are you afraid of slippery, slimy, crawly creatures? We are only afraid of things we do not understand. Silly Safaris LIVE Animal Show is the perfect blend of fact and fun. Amazon John will be here to show us some “scary” animals that might not be so scary after you learn more about them. You’ll see an amazing variety of scaly, furry, feathery, and hairless creatures. Maybe you can scare the creatures back by wearing your Halloween costume (not required). No registration required. OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: A DROP-IN BOOK DISCUSSION The Paris Wife by Paula McLain 4UESDAY /CTOBER RD s  !Age Group: ADULTS A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group --- the fabled “Lost Generation” --that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Movie tie-in Midnight in Paris. No registration required. TEEN ADVISORY GROUP MEETING 4UESDAY /CTOBER  s  0Age Group: TEENS Join other teens who volunteer to help plan and host events, make book selections, and keep the library looking good! No registration required.

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Oct 23-31

programs & events COMBAT VETERAN’S WRITING GROUP 4UESDAY /CTOBER RD 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 email Margaret at mvonsteinen@chartermi.net. The series runs through December 11th. No registration required. Getting S.M.A.R.T About Goal Setting & Spending 4UESDAY /CTOBER RD s  0Age Group: ADULTS 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 MEMOIR WRITING WITH COLLEEN PETERS 7EDNESDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS During this series of workshops, writers will be guided on how to revive and relate past stories and lifestyles leaving valuable histories to their families. Please bring a pencil, pen and notebooks. The series runs Wednesdays through October 24th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM and is limited to 20 participants. Instructor: Colleen Peters, former newswoman and freelance writer No registration required. SCORE: HOW TO PLAN & START A BUSINESS 4HURSDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS In this popular workshop you will learn the basics required to “successfully “ start a new business including developing the Business Plan; selecting the type of organization; describing your business clearly including products and services to be offered; Marketing plans; Operating plans; Financial plans; and more. Register through SCORE Kalamazoo at (269) 381-5382

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THE COLLABORATION TANGO: CREATING A PICTURE BOOK 3UNDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: ADULTS & FAMILY What does it take to create a successful children’s picture book? More than you might imagine. Join writer Sarah Stewart, illustrator David Small and moderator Michael Dunn for a lively discussion on the many steps between an idea for a story and a published book. Sarah will read from her new book The Quiet Place; a reception and book signing will follow. Book sale by Lowry Books and More. No registration required.

Teen Craft: Pumpkins!

-ONDAY /CTOBER TH s  0Age Group: TEENS Join Quyen for an evening of crafting! Paint, glitter, or glue stuff to an artificial pumpkin to make a fun fall decoration. All supplies (including a small pumpkin) provided, but bring your creativity! Samples in the Teen Room display case. REGISTRATION REQUIRED MEET THE CHEF: THE MAGIC OF RISOTTO Tuesday, October 30th 2:00 PM & repeated 5:30 PM Age Group: ADULTS Chef and farmer Kim Sanwald, co-owner of Brickyard Farms and author of Basics with a Twist returns to demonstrate the easy, tasty and varied ways to prepare risotto. Register by calling 269-329-4542 Ext. 600 starting Tuesday, October 9th at 9:00 AM.There is a $5.00 fee at the door. REGISTRATION REQUIRED SBTDC: FUNDAMENTALS OF STARTING A RESTAURANT/FOOD SERVICE BUSINESS 7EDNESDAY /CTOBER ST s  0Age Group: ADULTS This workshop, led by SBTDC’s John Schmitt, an experienced restaurant entrepreneur, will cover the planning and starting of a restaurant from the ground up. This workshop, presented by an SBTDC consultant, will take you through the ins and outs of writing your business plan to clarify your vision for the company and prepare your presentation to potential funders. Registration is through the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center. Registration required through 269-387-6004.


Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatments & the Latest Research Joshua Diehl, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Autism has recently been reported to affect 1 out of 88 children. Whether you are a family with a diagnosis, a caregiver, teacher, medical professional or interested community member, you probably have questions about autism. There will be a general discussion on what Autism Spectrum Disorders are and how they are diagnosed. There will also be a discussion on the approaches to treatment (research based vs. nonresearch based treatments) and new research findings in using robots or the iPad to help develop the social-communication skills in children with ASD.

Dr. Diehl, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is the Director of the F.U.N. Lab (For Understanding Neurodevelopment Laboratory) at the University of Notre Dame. The F.U.N. Lab research focuses on understanding and improving social-communication in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (including Asperger syndrome and PDD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This program is sponsored by the Portage District Library’s Grandmother and CIG Endowment Fund, which was established by a library-loving family who wanted to provide Portage youth and their families added opportunities above the library’s operating budget. To find out more about the Grandmother and CIG Endowment Fun, please visit the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s website at www.kalfound.org or call 269-381-4416.

The Portage District Library will host this free public discussion on autism presented by Dr. Joshua Diehl on

Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Portage Central High School Auditorium 8135 S. Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002


What’s Coming in November!

Muffins & the Market November 1st A morning investment discussion group

Handmade Paper Guild Art Reception November 4th An exhibit of handmade paper art

Small Business Succession Planning

SCORE: Social Media for Small Business November 8th Come learn how to stay connected

International Mystery Book Group November 8th White Heat by M.J. McGrath

Financial Series

November 6th NEED DESCRIPTION

November 13th You and your money

Meet the Chef

Flying Carpets

November 7th Fun easy entertaining for the holidays

November 14th A reading and book signing by Hedy Habra

Teen Weird Cupcakes November 15th Get your Hunger Games fix

Grief Education & Support November 16th This group offers support and information on grief and loss

D-3 November 17th Join us as we dance, act and draw

HOLIDAY CLOSING November 22nd The library is closed for Thanksgiving

Teen Advisory Group November 27th Plan events, do long-term projects and more

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