CHESTERTON | Westchester Public Library has added 10 Nook Simple Touch eReaders with GlowLights to the Nook pilot program. The 10 Simple Touch eReaders already in the program will continue circulating. Checkout of eReaders is limited to Westchester Township adult patrons whose library cards are in good standing. One Nook at a time may be checked out per card at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Each new Nook eReader will be preloaded with 20 to 25 titles and will be updated every month. Four of the GlowLight Nooks will contain bestsellers, two will have mysteries, and there are one each of romance, horror and science fiction, action and adventure, and general new nonfiction. The loan period for the new Nooks is two weeks, just as it is for the regular Simple Touch Nooks. There are no renewals, and no hold requests permitted. The daily overdue fine is $1, with a maximum fine of $5. A $160 charge will be assessed if the GlowLight eReader is lost or damaged. call (219) 926-7696.
Toys and gifts exhibit
CHESTERTON | This winter, beginning in December and running through February 2013, the Westchester Township History Museum will have an exhibit highlighting the toys and gifts of the 1950s and 1960s. The museum needs help in creating the exhibit. Residents who would like to have a part by displaying their toys or trinkets from that era are invited to contact the museum. Items may be loaned or, upon approval by the curator, donated to the museum collection. Call the museum at (219) 983-9715 for more information.
I Can Do That
CHESTERTON | I Can Do That! Art will continue at Westchester Public Library each Saturday in October. All ages are welcome, but parents are asked to accompany little ones. The program will take place in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., and is free of charge. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call (219) 926-7696.
CHESTERTON | Westchester Public Library will sponsor a photo contest for October. Entries will be accepted now through Saturday. The contest is open to participants who are 18 and older. Photographs should have a Duneland-area theme.
Contest entry requirements are detailed on the online submission form at www.wpl.lib.in.us. All entries need to be digitally uploaded to the link provided on the library’s homepage by Saturday. Patrons who need help with digitization may see Mike at the library’s Tech Help Desk 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays and 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays in the Serials/Automation Department.
Submitted photographs will be displayed in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. The public is invited to peruse the display and vote for their favorite during the library’s open house – Come and Discover WPL (Where Possibilities are Limitless) – from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Refreshments will be served. The winning photograph will be framed and permanently displayed at Thomas Library. The winner will receive a framed copy of the photograph. The photograph will become the property of Westchester Public Library; the library reserves the right to use the photograph in the future. Call (219) 926-7696.
New book club
CHESTERTON | Children in kindergarten and first grade are invited to register for a new book club at Westchester Public Library. Five Weeks with Martha Speaks will take place in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. The club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 2, 16 and 30, and Dec. 7 and 14; or at 11 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
Sign up for either Friday evenings or Saturday mornings and come ready to talk about books, learn some new words, do fun activities, find out about dogs, and more. Everyone who attends all five sessions will win a prize. There will be a party at the end of the five weeks. Call (219) 926-7696.
CHESTERTON | The Origami Club meets at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Registration is necessary. Join Leslie Cefali for Origami Club. Origami is the Japanese folk art of paper folding. The goal of this art form is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. There is no need for glue, and there is no cutting. The number of basic folds is small, but they can be combined to make intricate patterns. The most well-known origami fold is the Japanese paper crane. Materials will be provided by the library. Call (219) 926-7696.
CHESTERTON | Join Thomas Murphy from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., for Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Plans. Registration is required. Murphy will focus on the prescription drug plan that is part of Medicare. Open enrollment for Part D runs from October 15-December 7. People can change their plans during the open enrollment period. Attendees will learn how to choose or switch plans that work best for them. A question and answer period will follow. Call (219) 926-7696.
Tricks and treats
CHESTERTON | Children ages 7-12 are invited to Tricks and Treats at the Museum from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave. There is no charge, but registration by Wednesday is necessary. At the beginning of the program, attendees will learn a little about the history of Halloween, followed by a Halloween party full of traditional treats, games, and crafts. Children who attend will receive a pumpkin to paint and then take home after the program is over. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
Register at one of three locations: the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 Porter Avenue, Chesterton; Thomas Library Children’s Department, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton; or Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street, Porter. Registration is to ensure that everyone receives a pumpkin. Call (219) 983-9715.
Bits and Bytes
CHESTERTON | Bits and Bytes will continue from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Westchester Public Library with Online Security. Attendees will meet in the Bertha Wood meeting room on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. The class is free, but registration is required. The Online Security class will cover tips for online shopping and banking, protecting your computer from viruses, creating secure passwords, and how to avoid scams and spoofs. Attendees will learn about keeping children safe when using the Internet, how to conduct secure transactions, and what to do if you think your computer or information has been compromised. Call (219) 926-7696.
Slithering snakes are coming to Westchester Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 200 W. Indiana Ave. All ages are invited. Tom McCarthy will bring a variety of his snakes to the library. McCarthy will give an informal talk about the types of snakes he has and how to care for them as pets. Attendees will have the opportunity to touch or hold some of the snakes if they desire. Call (219) 926-7696.
Kids' knitting class
Children 7-12 years of age are invited to register at Westchester Public Library’s knitting class for children. Kids’ Knitting Class will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Registration required. Children are asked to bring size 7 bamboo knitting needles and a skein of wool yarn. Call (219) 926-7696.
The American Civil War
Thomas Murphy will once again present insights into the battle, and events leading up to it. He will use an animated presentation to focus on those parts of the battle that involved Indiana regiments. Murphy is an RSVP volunteer and has presented many programs at the library. The program will be presented from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 for adults interested in learning more about the Civil War. The program will take place at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., in the Bertha Wood meeting room. Registration is required.
A PowerPoint presentation will show parts of the battlefield, with suggestions of places to visit when at Gettysburg.
There will be a question and answer time, and handouts will be provided.
History buffs who attend The Gettysburg Campaign program may be interested in attending the initial meeting of the History Discussion group immediately following at 11:30 a.m. Attendance at both programs is not necessary, but registration is required for each program.
Call (219) 926-7696.
Westchester Public Library will host College Planning 101: Navigating the College Admissions Process from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., in the Bertha Wood meeting room on the second floor. Registration is required. College Planning 101: Navigating the College Admission Process is geared to parents of future college students, ages 11-18, who are thinking about college and their futures. Topics will include: what colleges are looking for, standardized testing, application timelines, enrichment programs, and financing and scholarships. A list of resources and web references will be provided. Join Denise Ndukwu as she shares information from her own experiences as a parent navigating the complex college admission process. Students are encouraged to attend. Call (219) 926-7696.
Polka Dot Parties
Polka Dot Parties with Carol will continue for adults with sessions on Nov. 7, 14, and 28, at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., in the Bertha Wood meeting room. Registration for each program is required. Materials are provided by the library.
The quilling class will take place fro 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7. Quilling uses strips of rolled and shaped paper glued together at the tips to create flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns.
Join Carol from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 14 to create a spill journal, or bring a spill journal you might already be working on. Spill journaling uses mixed media techniques for free expression of thoughts, dreams, goals, plans, trips, and more.
From 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, attendees will create holiday cards using rubber stamps, die-cuts, embossing, paper-folding, and much more.
Carol Walsh will lead the crafting sessions. Carol’s passion for crafting started years ago and has expanded to include cards and scrapbooking. She is excited about sharing her love for crafting with library patrons. Call (219) 926-7696.
New discussion group
The new History Discussion group will meet for its introductory session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., in the Bertha Wood meeting room. Registration is required. Call (219) 926-7696.