Westchester library briefs

2013-08-30T00:00:00Z Westchester library briefs nwitimes.com
August 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The history of Porter

CHESTERTON | Test your knowledge of the town of Porter’s history with this treasure hunt-style activity sponsored by the Westchester Township History Museum. Meet at the east shelter at Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive, Porter, between 2 and 3 p.m. Sept. 7 to receive the first clue. The hunt takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 miles of travel. Follow the trail of clues to find the history of Porter. Follow the clues on foot by bike or car. Participate individually or in a group. A “reward” awaits those who find all the historic locations. The Westchester Township History Museum is housed in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave. Call (219) 983-9715.

Bits and Bytes

CHESTERTON | Bits and Bytes will continue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Westchester Public Library with “Managing Your Digital Photos." The class will take place in the Bertha Wood room on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Registration is required and will begin Tuesday by calling or visiting the Automation/Serials Department or by visiting the Bits and Bytes page on the library’s website, www.wpl.lib.in.us. Call (219) 926-7696, ext. 25.

Lego Club

CHESTERTON | Westchester Public Library’s monthly Lego Club will resume at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Clubbers meet at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. It's free. Registration is necessary. Children 6 and older are welcome to sign up in the Children’s Department. Call (219) 926-7696

Tickle Tales

Westchester Public Library offers different programs for all ages at Thomas and Hageman libraries. Tickle Tales is a program for very young patrons. The program is for children ages a year to 24 months and a parent or caregiver. First-time parents are especially encouraged to attend. The fall season of Tickle Tales will begin the week of Sept. 23. Registration will begin Sept. 3.

Tickle Tales is a creative, hands-on introduction to books and the library. Parents have said they have noticed their children carrying what they have learned home with them. The children are eager to participate in the sessions.

Space is limited, although as children reach 24 months and move on, space becomes available. Registration is required in advance at the library, where the child will attend Tickle Tales. Tickle Tales takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday mornings at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter, beginning Sept. 24. Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, hosts Tickle Tales at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 25. Call Thomas Library Children’s Department at (219) 926-7696 or Hageman Library at (219) 926-9080.

Knitting group

Local knitters are invited to gather in the Brown Mansion parlor for a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday for Knitting Together. The program is free. Those who crochet or do needlework also are welcome to attend. The Westchester Township History Museum, a cultural and educational service of Westchester Public Library, is housed in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave. Call (219) 983-9715.

For more information about museum programs and events, please call (219) 983-9715.

Pokemon League

Children in first grade and above are invited to join Westchester Public Library’s Pokemon League. The league meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Registration is necessary. Decks are made up of three types of cards: Character, Energy and Special. All three types are needed to build a deck and to battle. Attendees will learn to make decks of 60 cards as they meet new friends. There is no need to bring anything, unless attendees want to bring a starter pack of cards. Call (219) 926-7696.

Library card sign up month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month — a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. In celebration of Library Card Sign-up Month, Westchester Public Library will waive the $1 replacement fee for patrons who have lost their library cards. The $5 fee for replacing a card the second time within a year will not be waived, and there will be no amnesty for late items.

Westchester Public Library serves the residents of Westchester Township but has reciprocal borrowing agreements with most of the other public libraries in the area. The towns of Chesterton, Porter, Burns Harbor and Dune Acres are in the library district, with two branches available to patrons. The main branch, Thomas Library, is at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, (219) 926-7696. Hageman Branch is at 100 Francis St., Porter, (219) 926-9080. The Westchester Township History Museum is a free educational and cultural service of the library and is at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, (219) 983-9715.

'Now you see me'

Sunday Matinee will screen "Now You See Me" at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Westchester Public Library films are free. Call (219) 926-7696.

Bits and Bytes

Bits and Bytes continues at Westchester Public Library with Tablets and Smartphones from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Bertha Wood meeting room located on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Registration is necessary as space is limited, and will begin Sept. 5. To reserve your spot, visit or call the Serials Department or register online at http://www.wpl.lib.in.us/. Click on the Bits and Bytes link. The class is free. No computer experience is necessary. This class is for those who need help with a new smartphone or tablet, or are considering making a purchase. The different types of devices available including the Apple iPad, Microsoft Windows tablets, Android-based Google tablets and smartphones will be discussed. Call (219) 926-7696, ext. 25.

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