OWWN 2022 Winter Guide

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REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 1ST


LETTER from the TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE Mission Statement

Educate. Advocate. Collaborate. We will provide superior, reliable municipal services for the benefit of our citizens. We aim to be good stewards of both public resources and our natural environment as we embrace our heritage and yet recognize and act on opportunities to enhance the future quality of life in our community.

Vision Statement

We aspire to be a customer-centered organization through innovation and sustainability.

Staff

Laura Crum  Manager of Public Outreach Kim Daniels  Investigator Jeannine Fortier  Administrative Assistant Kristin White  Director of Education Terri Wolf  Office Manager

I love seeing all the beautiful leaves start to turn shades of orange and red as we approach fall and winter months. Trees, plants and flowers are vital to our ecological system. All the beautiful flowers and plants in backyards and in local parks across the township are a sign of life as the seasons turn warmer in spring and summer. However, did you know that there are some plants and flowers that actually cause harm to the plants that are native to Indiana? According to Audobon.com, “Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in which they evolved. They are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including birds and people. Without them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds cannot survive.” So you might ask yourself ‘What can I do to help’? Well, it’s easy, work to remove all invasive species (those that are not native to our area like Honeysuckle bush or Callery Pear tree) in your landscape, then we can increase the chances of our beautiful native plants and flowers thriving. If you need assistance, you can reach out to the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District at www. hamiltonswcd.org. Sincerely,

Danielle Carey Tolan Westfield Washington Township Trustee

Park Advisory Council Martin Kirkwood | Dave Mueller Jim Peyton | Danielle Carey Tolan

Township Advisory Board

David Gill | Erica Strahm | Danyele Easterhaus

About the cover: Danielle Carey Tolan at MacGregor Park.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS  WTO Township Office 1549 East Greyhound Pass • Carmel 46032 WTO Lower      WTO Main

Main Level: Enter through front entrance.

VF Clubhouse

Upper Level Village Farms • 453 Greyhound Pass • Carmel 46032

MacGregor Park

21105 MacGregor Park Road • Westfield 46074

WWPL  Athena House

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Lower Level: Take ramp towards back of building.

333 West Hoover Street • Westfield 46074 989 East Street, Westfield 46074

Register online at westfieldwashingtontwp.us or by phone at 317-574-9490, ext 4


TRUSTEE OF THE

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Danielle Carey Tolan awarded 2021 Trustee of the Year by Indiana Township Association

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t is with great pride that we share that our Westfield Washington Township Trustee, Danielle Carey Tolan, was awarded the prestigious honor of Trustee of the Year by the Indiana Township Association at their Annual Conference in September. This award is given to a trustee that has proven themself to be an exceptional trustee that goes above and beyond the traditionally required responsibilities. “I am humbled and honored to receive this distinguished award,” states Danielle. “There are so many trustees across the state of Indiana who have made important contributions to their community and do amazing things to serve their constituents.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, Danielle stepped up as a community leader in many ways including creating a Community Outreach team with Westfield community and nonprofit leaders to ensure that the needs of our residents were being met. She has also worked tirelessly to oversee a federal grant that provides assistance to renters across the county. As the President of the Hamilton County Trustees Association (HCTA), Danielle was given the opportunity to manage the $18 million federal grant for the Hamilton County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (HC ERAP). This program assists renters that have lost income due to COVID-19. Within a short time frame, she secured a team to manage the rental assistance program for the entire county. To date, the HC ERAP has distributed over $5 million in rent and utility assistance to more than 1300 households, allowing these residents to remain in their homes.

"There are so many trustees across the state of Indiana who have made important contributions to their community and do amazing things to serve their constituents.”

Danielle is in her second term as Township Trustee and has worked to create efficien-Danielle Carey Tolan cies in local government to not only streamline the township office but to be a better steward of taxpayer money. Her passion to give to the community has shown as she has strengthened partnerships with over 150 Hamilton County and state service providers. Congratulations Danielle on this honor!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 7 DAYS PRIOR TO EACH CLASS.

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PRESCHOOL Preschool Enrichment Class Requirements Ages 3-5. Children MUST be potty trained and be able to follow directions and participate in small group setting without a parent. Doors will be open 10 minutes prior to class. No make-up for canceled classes or missed classes. Kids will receive a snack and drink. Min 6/Max 12 $12 1 Class WWT Lower

SUPERHEROES Boys and girls come dressed as your favorite superhero. Your child will show off their superpowers with their creativity. Come join the adventure. WOW POW ZAM!! W 12:30-2 p.m. Dec 1 4221.101

I SPY Can your child join us for an I Spy adventure? They will need their detective skills to search for hidden things. Enjoy a mystery snack, games and a craft. There will be plenty of I SPY books to search through while they're here. 9-10:30 a.m. Dec 3 4221.102 F

SWEET STREET Your child will build their very own neighborhood. They will learn about all the community helpers around them. Come over and visit our very sweet street! 4221.103

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Run, run as fast as you can…. Can you catch the gingerbread man? I bet you can. Enjoy a tasty gingerbread treat. M 12:30 – 2 p.m. Dec 13 4221.104

HOLIDAY CHEER Come and celebrate the holidays with us at the parks. We will play fun filled holiday games, decorate cookies to eat, and make something special to take home. It promises to be a good time. Happy Holidays to all! 4221.105

LET'S GET MOVING It is a new year… time to get moving. Your child will participate in a class of exercise and movement. Don't worry they will have fun while working all their bones and muscles. 4221.106

WADDLE LIKE A PENGUIN Discover the world that penguins live in. We all love to watch these creatures as they waddle around. Your child will learn about Arctic animals and how they live. Enjoy a nice Arctic snack, and no it won’t be fish. Join us for a fun filled day with penguins! M 12:30 – 2 p.m Jan 10 4221.107

10-9-8 Countdown Your child will play games while exploring numbers. Everyone will be using early math skills while having a great time. Th 9 -10:30 a.m. Jan 13 4221.108

ENRICHMENT OLAF'S FROSTY DAY Would you like to build a snowman? Have you ever experienced an indoor snowball fight? Your child can do that here. Make snow that never melts. Join us for this blustery cold day. F 9 – 10:30 a.m. Jan 28 4221.111

MAGICAL MUSIC Does your child love to sing and dance? Today they will discover a world of music instruments and even make their own instrument. Be ready to play songs and dance along. This is sure to be a fun filled afternoon. 4221.112

CONSTRUCTION ZONE Your child will use their creativity to build at Washington Township Parks and Recreation. They will have fun building with the tools that construction workers use every day. There are Lincoln Logs, Legos, K’nex, nuts, bolts, gears, and much, much more. A guaranteed day of fun. 4221.113 W 12:30-2 p.m. Feb 9

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC Your child should bring their favorite bear (or any stuffed friend) along for a picnic at the parks. Be ready for songs and games and a picnic size snack. F 9 – 10:30 a.m. Feb 11 4221.114

BE MINE Will you be my Valentine? Your child will make Valentines for their loved ones. We will celebrate this special day with games and cookie decorating. Happy Valentine’s Day! M 12:30 – 2 p.m. Feb 14 4221.115

COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN Discover the beauty under the sea. Your child will learn all about ocean life. Join us to find out if there are creatures that cause commotion in the ocean. You will even create your own ocean creature to take home. Th 9 – 10:30 a.m. Feb 17 4221.116

WEE PLAY Ages 1-5 with Adult. Toddlers love to play! They love social interaction with other children and they love to explore new surroundings. Wee Play allows you and your little ones to meet new friends. Each toddler hour has a new theme for your child to learn and explore about a new topic. Grab a Starbucks and bring a friend, you’ll be glad you did. PARENT WITH CHILD Min 5/Max 22 $4 1 class WTO Lower 4221.301 Th

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BARNYARD BASH Bring your child for a day at the farm. We will play farm animal games, do a craft and have some farm grown snacks. Don’t miss it! W 9 -10:30 a.m. Jan 19 4221.109

FORTS OF ALL SORTS Calling all builders! Your child will have the opportunity to create their own fort and have a great time playing in them. All budding architects and engineers welcome. M 12:30 – 2 p.m. Jan 24 4221.110

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Register online at westfieldwashingtontwp.us or by phone at 317-574-9490, ext 4


ENRICHMENT STORYWALK® BOOK REVEAL All Ages. MacGregor Park is home to a StoryWalk® where visitors can enjoy reading a children's book while walking the park trails. This project is a partnership between Westfield Washington Township and the Westfield Washington Public Library. The story will remain up for several months so stop by anytime the park is open from sunrise to sunset. The book will be ideal for ages 7 and under and can be found on the small trail behind the park shelters. “StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.”

YOUTH & FAMILY SAFE SITTER Ages 11-13. Safe Sitter® is a medically accurate childcare curriculum that gives young adolescents the skills to be safe, nurturing babysitters. Mrs. White will teach important life skills-business, medical, and safe habits- in this high-quality course. Babysitters are responsible for the lives of the children they are watching. It is vital that all babysitters know how to keep children safe and how to respond in any emergency. Graduates will receive a Safe Sitter® certification. These classes fill up quickly, so don’t delay! Please bring a sack lunch. Min 6/Max 12 $50 1 class WWT Lower W 9 am - 2:30 p.m. Jan 12 6221.501 9 am - 2:30 p.m. Jan 22 6221.502

LANGUAGE

ADULTS

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH GRAMMAR Ages 18+. For students who already know present, preterite, and imperfect tenses, as well as irregular verbs. More tenses and reading and writing exercises will be given by Dr.Wilma Sukapdjo. Min 1/Max 5 $57 4 weeks WWT Main Tu 6 - 7 p.m. Jan 4 - 25 2221.301

SPANISH LITERATURE Ages 18+. This class is for students who know four tenses and can handle maxims, poems, proverbs and a short story to be read and discussed in Spanish, taught by Dr. Wilma Sukapdjo. Min 2/Max 5 4 weeks WWT Main $57 Tu 7 - 8 p.m. Jan 4 - 25 2221.302

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 7 DAYS PRIOR TO EACH CLASS.

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ADULTS

ENRICHMENT

COLLEGE PLANNING

RETIREMENT BASICS

Families. How to fit college savings into your budget including the cost of college, how are you going to pay, setting savings goals, college savings options & financial aid. Min 4/Max 25 FREE 1 class WWT Lower 6 - 7 p.m. Dec 9 2221.303 Th

Ages 18+. Overview of the retirement planning process including creating a retirement road map, implementing a plan, tax-advantaged retirement vehicles, investment considerations, annuities & protecting against undue risk. Min 3/Max 12 FREE 1 class WWT Lower W 6 – 7 p.m. Feb 16 2221.312

MEDICARE MADE CLEAR Ages 55+. Approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old every day and become eligible to enroll in Medicare. But choosing Medicare coverage can sometimes seem difficult. This workshop will explain the basics of Medicare and the options for coverage available to Medicare beneficiaries. The class is open to anyone eligible or soon to be eligible for Medicare, or anyone with an interest in learning more about how Medicare works. Min 1/Max 13 FREE 1 class WWT Lower 6 – 7 p.m. Jan 24 2221.304 M

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS Ages 55+. If you are a person who is pre-Social Security age or currently receiving your Social Security benefits, please plan on attending this free educational seminar about them and the impact they can have on your retirement years. Discussion topics will include how and when to apply for benefits, when is the best age to access your benefits, understanding your Social Security Benefit Statement, how to access beneficiary benefits, what impact will inflation have on your benefits and how your Social Security Benefits are affected by other retirement income and other benefits supplied by the Social Security Administration. Min 4/Max 12 FREE 1 class WWT Lower Tu 6 – 7 p.m. Dec 7 2221.305 Tu 6 – 7 p.m. Jan 11 2221.306 6 – 7 p.m. Feb 8 2221.307 Tu

VETERAN’S BENEFITS FOR SENIOR CARE Ages 55+. VA benefits can help pay for in-home care, assisted living, and nursing home costs. Min 2/Max 10 FREE 1 class WWT Lower W 6 - 7 p.m. Jan 12 2221.308

MEDICAID WAIVER

SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE (1+ Year Out) - THREE-PART SERIES Ages 18+. In this class, we will discuss the steps needed to start to prepare your house for sale. We will cover resources to assist you in getting ready to sell and what priorities you should consider when getting ready. This class is great for people who have been in their homes for 10+ years and don't know where to start when thinking about selling their house. We will talk about current market conditions and what to expect starting from Step 1. Min 1/Max 10 FREE 1 class WWT Lower 7 - 8:30 p.m. Dec 14 2221.313 Tu

SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE (30-60 Days Out) - THREE-PART SERIES Ages 18+. This class is a follow-up to Class One, where we will continue to learn about what you need to do to finalize getting your house ready to sell. We will include tips and tricks to maximize value as well as inside Staging tricks and hacks to maximize value out of your house. Min 1/Max 10 FREE 1 class WWT Lower 7 - 8:30 p.m. Jan 11 2221.314 Tu

SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE (Final Preparations) - THREE-PART SERIES Ages 18+. In this final class of the series, we will review Best Practices on how to best present your house to buyers in order to minimize objections and maximize return on investment. You will learn secrets only the pros know when putting houses on the market in order to make your house stand out and get TOP dollar. Min 1/Max 10 FREE 1 class WWT Lower Tu 7 - 8:30 p.m. 2221.315

Ages 55+. Medicaid Waiver helps pay for assisted living here in Indiana. All Indiana residents are entitled to these benefits. Let us show you how and when we can get you eligible. Please don't disqualify yourself until you hear the facts. Min 2/Max 10 FREE 1 class WWT Lower W 6 - 7 p.m. Jan 19 2221.309

MEDICAID FOR NURSING HOME CARE Ages 55+. How to utilize Indiana Medicaid benefits to help pay for care while protecting as many of your assets as possible. Min 2/Max 10 FREE 1 class Virtual W 6 - 7 p.m. Jan 26 2221.310

MANAGING YOUR CREDIT Families. This presentation will cover the 5 things you need to know about credit: The history of credit and debt | Types of credit | Credit – the hard facts | Tips for paying off debt | Maintaining a debtfree lifestyle. Min 4/Max 25 FREE 1 class WWT Lower W 6 - 7 p.m. Jan 12 2221.311

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Register online at westfieldwashingtontwp.us or by phone at 317-574-9490, ext 4


ADULTS

FITNESS & MOVEMENT CORE AND MORE

ZUMBA

Ages 18+. Fitness expert Rich Ford leads you in a resistance training class that targets the core, back, lower body and MORE! You never know what the MORE will be, but it will burn calories and leave you with a better frame! Learn more about training, nutrition, and have fun doing it! All fitness levels are welcome. Min 8/Max 15 1x/week WWT Lower $30 Sa 8 – 9 a.m. Dec 4 - 18

Ages 18+. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music/dance themes that create an exciting dynamic of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. It is based on the principle that a workout should be “fun and easy to do”. Min 4/Max 10

$40 1x/week WWT Lower Sa 8 – 9 a.m. Jan 8 - 29 3221.402 8 – 9 a.m. Feb 5 - 26** 3221.403 Sa **2/5 class will be at VF Clubhouse $72 2x/week VF Clubhouse **3rd Tues 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Tu/Th 6 – 7 p.m. Dec 2 - 30 3221.404 6 – 7 p.m. Jan 4 - 27 3221.405 Tu/Th Tu/Th 6 – 7 p.m. Feb 1 - 24 3221.406 $87 3x/week See Above*DENOTES NO CLASS Tu/Th/Sa 6 – 7 p.m. & Sa 8 – 9 a.m. Dec 2 - 30*12/25 3221.407 Jan 4 - 29 3221.408 Tu/Th/Sa 6 – 7 p.m. & Sa 8 – 9 a.m. Tu/Th/Sa 6 – 7 p.m. & Sa 8 – 9 a.m. Feb 1 - 26 3221.409

$45 Th $37 Th Th

5 weeks 6 – 7 p.m. 4 weeks 6 – 7 p.m. 6 – 7 p.m.

WWT Lower Dec 2 - 30 WWT Lower Jan 6 - 27 Feb 3 - 24

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SWING AND SMOOTH SOCIAL DANCE Ages 18+. Don't just sway back and forth!! Learn to dance Swing plus American Slow-Dance. Both dances are practical and versatile and used for a variety of music. Look natural; no memorized routines. It's good exercise for your brain and body. Tina has taught thousands of dancers with her easy-to-learn method and practical tips. Learn at your own level. THIS IS A PARTNER CLASS. EACH PERSON SHOULD REGISTER SEPARATELY. TinaMangosArts.com Min 6/Max 10 $65 5 weeks WWT Lower Level W 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Jan 19 - Feb 16 3221.201

WOMEN’S WALKING GROUP Ages 18+. Continue your fitness routine…join fellow walkers at the Westfield Washington Township Library. No registration required. FREE WWPL 10:30 a.m. Dec 2 - Feb 24 Tu/Th

YOGA Ages 16+. Tone your muscles and calm your mind with Yoga! Designed for both the beginner and the more experienced student, the class takes you through a gentle sequence of postures that will allow you to discover your body’s own wisdom. Not only will your body feel better, but your mind will too. “Move your muscles, change your life”. Bring your yoga mat to class. Min 5/Max 20 Penny Foster 4 weeks VF Clubhouse*DENOTES NO CLASS $37 M M $32

9 – 10 a.m. 9 – 10 a.m. 3 weeks

M 9 – 10 a.m. Beginner Yoga $45 5 weeks F 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. $37 4 weeks F 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. F 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Dec 6 - 27 3221.101 Jan 3 - 31*1/17 3221.102 VF Clubhouse*DENOTES NO CLASS Feb 7 - 28*2/21 VF Clubhouse Dec 3 - 31 VF Clubhouse Jan 7 - 28 Feb 4 - 25

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 7 DAYS PRIOR TO EACH CLASS.

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WESTFIELD WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS Please visit the West ield Washington Public Library’s web-site: wwpl.lib.in.us or the Events Calendar: wwpl.librarycalendar.com for a complete calendar of all events or to register for a program.

WINTER READING PROGRAM FOR TEENS AND ADULTS Jan 1 - Feb 28

Register for the 2022 Teen/Adult Winter Reading Program: “There's Snow Better Time to Read!” Sign up, log your reading, and earn prizes! Register at wwpl.beanstack.com or through the Beanstack app.

ADULTS – AGES 18+ BOOK GROUPS

Combined Book Group Holiday Party on Dec 1 at 11 a.m. WWPL Book Group (For more info inquire at our Adult Reference Desk.) 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (Jan 19; Feb 16) Mystery Book Group (For more info inquire at our Adult Reference Desk.) 1st Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. (Jan 5; Feb 2)

Craft Corner

Registration required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Stop by the adult area tables and make a craft! 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dec 15: DIY Wood Bead Garlands, Jan 19: TBD, Feb 16: TBD Check our Events Calendar for details on each month’s crafts.

Tabletop Games

Registration required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Join us for tabletop game fun at the library. 4th Wednesday of the month, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Dec 22; Jan 26; Feb 23)

BINGO Brunch

Join us for a delicious catered brunch and themed BINGO! We will play several rounds of BINGO with a cover-all to end the event. Here’s your chance to win fun prizes. Registration closes on the Monday prior to the event date. This event is geared toward ages 50+, but all adults are welcome to attend! *You must pre-register to participate. Register through our website’s Events Calendar wwpl.librarycalendar.com or by calling the WWPL @ 317-896-9391. Cost to participate is $10, due the day of the event. Thank you to our Bingo Brunch sponsors, Copper Trace and the Friends of the Westfield Library. Without their generosity, this program would not be possible. 1st Thursday of each month from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.(Dec 2; Jan 6; Feb 3)

Westfield Writers Group

For writers or want-to-be writers who have a story or memoir they would like to write, an interest in different styles of writing, a wish to interact with other writers and a desire to write in a non-judgmental environment. This is a just-for-fun group. We are not professional writers. The intent is to encourage you to write something each month. Prompts are constructed with the hope that you will be inspired to write on a broad range of topics. Contact librarian@wwpl.lib.in.us to be put on the email list for the next prompt. 4th Thursday of the month from 1 p.m.–3 p.m.(Dec 23; Jan 27; Feb 24)

American Mahjong

Mahjong, a game that originated in China, is commonly played by four players. Similar to the Western card game rummy, mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and involves a degree of chance. Join other players here at the library for a game, or just observe if you are interested in learning how to play. Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. (Dec 7, 14, 21, 28; Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22) Wednesdays 1 p.m. (Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jan 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23) Sundays 1:00 p.m. (Dec 5, 12, 19, 26; Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb 6, 13, 20, 27)

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Euchre

Name your trump and get ready to roll as we bring back Euchre at the Westfield Washington Public Library. All comers are welcome whether you grew up in Indiana playing the game or are new to the area and to Euchre.1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Dec 7, 21; Jan 4, 18; Feb 1, 15)

Needle & Thread Group

Do you love crocheting, cross stitching, sewing, quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, etc? Come join our Needle & Thread Group! All levels of expertise are welcome. Bring your projects and meet other creative people! 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Dec 7, 21; Jan 4, 18; Feb 1, 15)

Mixed Media Art Class

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Mixed Media Art is here! No drawing required. Really. All supplies provided. Come join mixed media artist, MaryKaye Wells for Mixed Media fun. Visit our Events Calendar for more details and pricing information. 2nd Monday of the month at 6 p.m. (Dec 13; Jan10; Feb 14)

Genealogy Group

All are welcome to attend the genealogy group for a question and answer session to discuss research strategies and associated topics. 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m (Dec 11; Jan 8; Feb 12)

AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Help

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer free tax prep to anyone of any age, especially if you are 50 or older and can’t afford tax preparation. Appointments are required. Fridays at pre-scheduled appointment time (Feb 4, 11, 18, 25)

TEENS Ugly Sweater Decorating Party

Dec 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Do you need an ugly sweater for a holiday party? If you have the sweater, we have what you need to bedazzle it! Sew on ribbon, glue on feathers, and let your imagination run wild. Bring your own sweater and drop in anytime between 3:30 & 5. Ages 10 & up. Free.

Breakout Box

Join us as we put our heads together and try to solve a Breakout Box challenge. Check our Events Calendar wwpl.librarycalendar.com for details. Jan 18 at 4 p.m.

Drop-in Craft

Dec 8; Jan19; Feb 9 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Drop in the Teen Room and make a craft! Check our Events Calendar wwpl.librarycalendar.com for details on the crafts.

Anime Manga Club

If you love anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), or Japanese culture, this is the place for you! Teens meet in the Community Room to watch videos, share stories, and just hang out. Mondays at 4 p.m. when school is in session (Dec 6, 13; Jan 3, 10, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 28)

Gaming Corner

Come and play a variety of games with friends after school in the teen room at the library. Most Wednesdays at 4 p.m. when school is in session (Dec 1, 15; Jan 5, 26; Feb 2, 16, 23)

Friday Flick

Stop in for popcorn and a movie after school in the Teen Room! Fridays at 4 p.m. when school is in session (Dec 3, 10, 17; Jan 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 25)

Role Playing Games

Dec 14, Jan 25; Feb 22 at 4 p.m. Bring some friends to play role-playing

To register for WWPL programs, visit wwpl.librarycalendar.com or call 317-896-9391.


games in the Teen Room! We have starter kits available for: Dungeons & Dragons, Starfinder, Cyberpunk Red

Tabletop Games

Registration required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Join us for a night of tabletop game fun at the library. 4th Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (Dec 22; Jan 26; Feb 23)

CHILDREN SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Ugly Sweater Decorating Party

Dec 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Do you need an ugly sweater for a holiday party? If you have the sweater, we have what you need to bedazzle it! Sew on ribbon, glue on feathers, and let your imagination run wild. Bring your own sweater and drop in anytime between 3:30 and 5. Ages 10 & up. Free.

Celebrate Winter! Dec 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. December 21st is the first day of winter and shortest day of the year, also known as the Winter Solstice! Stop by the Children's Department (anytime between 5 PM and 7 PM) and have a cup of hot cocoa and some cookies to celebrate longer days ahead! And we'll be reading a different winter picture book every half hour. Between stories, gather a bag of ingredients to take and make your own edible garland for the animals in your neighborhood. *We're also collecting warm clothing and food for Open Doors of Westfield. Bring an item of clothing or a non-perishable food item (visit their website to see their needs:https://opendoorswestfield.org/programs/pantry-food-shortages/ ) and get a free book!

Make It & Take It: Holiday Edition

Dec 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Does your child need a last minute gift for that special someone in their life? If so, drop-in to the Maker Space anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM to decorate a small gift that will be gift wrapped before leaving. The suggested donation amount is $1 per item which includes all supplies and wrapping materials.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Story Times (18 months and up, with caregiver)

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl.librarycalendar.com. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Strengthen early literacy skills and encourage the joy of learning. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. (Dec 6, 13; Jan 3, 10, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28) Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (Dec 7, 14; Jan 4, 11, 18; Feb 1, 8, 15) Special Wednesday Evening Story Time at 5:30 p.m. (Dec 1)

Story Walk at MacGregor Park

Dec 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for a trail walk and a story at MacGregor Park (located at 21105 MacGregor Park Road, Westfield, IN 46074)

Story Time Puppet Theatre Shows (preschool with caregiver)

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Usually the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Jan 25 at 10:30 a.m.: If You Give a Pig a Pancake Feb 22 at 10:30 a.m.: Bear Snores On

central theme. You will need to provide your own glue, scissors, and crayons or markers. Reserved kits are available for pick-up at the circulation desk on these dates, as well as the Saturday and Sunday directly following them, during operating hours. 2nd Friday of the month. Register and drop-in between 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec 10: Let it Snow, Jan 14: Under the Sea, Feb 11: Be My Valentine

Preschool Music & Movement (preschool w/ caregiver)

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Library staff will lead children in a range of activities supporting early literacy. The program will incorporate music from other cultures and classical music, as well as spatial concepts and musical concepts. Children will practice both large and small motor skills. Usually the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. (Dec 1, 15; Jan 5, 19; Feb 2, 16)

RECURRING SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS Tween Book Club (4th – 7th Grade)

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Sign up now to receive a print copy of the book to borrow until the day of the event. Links to electronic versions are available. Books for the following month are distributed at each meeting. If this is your first meeting, stop by the Children's desk if you would like to pick up a physical copy of the book! 1st Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. (Dec 2; Jan 6; Feb 3)

MakerSpace 123 -and- MakerSpace 456

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com Our two separate MakerSpace programs provide an introduction to STEM concepts through crafts, games and other activities. Check our website calendar for each month’s specific MakerSpace theme. MakerSpace 123 (for grades 1-3) usually meets on the 4th Wednesday at 5:00 PM in the MakerSpace. (Jan 26; Feb 23) MakerSpace 456 (for grades 4-6) usually meets on the 4th Wednesday at 6:00 PM in the MakerSpace. (Jan 26; Feb 23)

Story Castle Cinema

Join us on Saturdays for a free family-friendly movie in the Story Castle! Most Saturdays at 1 p.m. 12/04 - Yogi Bear (2010), 12/11 - Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), 12/18 - Norm of the North (2015), 1/08 - The Journey Home (2014), 1/15 - Frozen (2013), 1/22 - Secret of the Wings (2012), 1/29 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), 2/05 - Happy Feet Two (2011), 2/12 - Ramona and Beezus (2010), 2/19 Paddington (2014), 2/26 - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

Watch & Wonder

Registration Requested. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Watch and Wonder is a fun and educational after-school video program for elementary-aged children, focusing on a variety of topics from the history of holidays to how things are made. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec 8, 9: Money, Dec 22, 23: Penguins!, Jan 12, 13: Snow and Cold Weather, Jan 26, 27: Lost in Space, Feb 9, 10: Forces of Nature!, Feb 23, 24: Animal Families

Family BINGO Night (families, ages 6+) NEW NIGHT! Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. 3rd Monday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Dec 20; Feb 21)

Baby Love Story Time (birth to 18 months)

Paws to Read

Friday Funday (preschool with caregiver)

Homeschool Classes at the WWPL

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Stories, songs, rhymes, and playtime for babies accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings welcome. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (Dec 2, 9, 16; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24)

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Please indicate whether you’ll be attending in person or reserving a kit to pick up. Drop in for this activity, or pre-reserve a take-and-make kit of digital book recommendations, songs or rhymes, educational activities, crafts and coloring pages all based around a

Registration Required. Register on our website’s Events Calendar wwpl. librarycalendar.com. Practice reading to a friendly dog who is a very good listener! 2nd Saturday of the month, 15-minute sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. (Dec 11; Jan 8; Feb 12) The library offers a wide variety of homeschool classes & clubs for elementary through high school-aged students. Contact the WWPL Children’s Department at 317-896-9391 for more info or to register.

To register for WWPL programs, visit wwpl.librarycalendar.com or call 317-896-9391.

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