CHESTERTON | Westchester Public Library will continue with several popular children’s programs this winter and spring. These programs are for different ages and are held at different times to meet the needs of families with young children. Programs are held at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, and Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. Children’s programs have begun at Hageman Library and will begin Jan. 28 at Thomas Library.
Play Date is an unstructured playtime for babies newborn to 12 months old (siblings welcome) and their parent or caregiver. Play Date is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Hageman Library and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Thomas Library.
Tickle Tales is a creative, hands-on introduction to books and the library for children 9 months old to 2 years of age and their parent or caregiver. Tickle Tales is held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Hageman Library and 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Thomas Library. Advance registration is required.
Toddler Time is a special story time for children 2 to 3 years of age and their parent or caregiver. Hageman Library will host Toddler Time at 10 a.m. Mondays. Toddler Time is an informal introduction to books and the library.
Wiggles & Giggles is a story time for children 2 to 3 years of age and their parent or caregiver at Thomas Library at 10 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays. At Wiggles & Giggles, interaction between caretaker and child will include book sharing and singing along with Grandma Frankie.
Stepping Stone 3’s is a story time for 3-year-olds who are independent of their parent but not ready for a longer story time. Stepping Stone 3’s is at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Hageman Library.
Preschool Story Time is for children 4 to 6 years of age and not yet in kindergarten. Sessions are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Thomas Library and at 3 p.m. Thursdays at Hageman. Programs last about 45 minutes and are available on a drop-in basis.
Library story time programs are exciting and fun-filled, yet also provide important learning experiences for young children. In addition to listening to stories, sessions also include music, finger plays and stories told in a variety of formats. Programs are built around weekly themes that enlarge children’s knowledge of life and expand their vocabulary.
Listening to stories and learning to follow directions help to build positive attitudes toward books. They also help children develop valuable prereading skills. In addition, talking with the storyteller helps children increase their creativity and their ability to comprehend languages and express ideas. Call (219) 926-7696 or (219) 926-9080.
Polka Dot parties
CHESTERTON | Polka Dot Parties with Carol will continue for adults from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Registration is required. Materials are provided by the library.
Quilling uses strips of rolled and shaped paper glued together at the tips to create 3-D flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns for scrapbooking. Attendees to the Jan. 28 session will learn the old-fashioned art of quilling.
Carol Walsh will lead the crafting sessions. Walsh'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.
I Can Do That!
CHESTERTON | I Can Do That! Art will continue at Westchester Public Library each Saturday this month. All ages are welcome, but parents are asked to accompany little ones. The free program will be in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call (219) 926-7696.
Preschool preview night
CHESTERTON | Families are invited to familiarize themselves with area early childhood educators and area preschools at the Preschool Preview Night sponsored by Westchester Public Library. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. Faculty members from Duneland area preschools will provide information and answer questions about their school’s philosophy, curriculum, tuition costs and enrollment procedures. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Call (219) 926-7696.
Bits and Bytes
CHESTERTON | Bits and Bytes will continue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at Westchester Public Library, with Introduction to Google Apps. 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 as space is limited. Registration for the class will begin on Thursday. Call (219) 926-7696, ext. 25.
Kids knitting class
CHESTERTON | Children 7 to 12 years of age are invited to register at Westchester Public Library’s knitting class for children. Kids Knitting Class will take place in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 2. Class size is limited, so registration is required. Attendees will learn beginning knitting from instructor Sara Hernstrom. Children are asked to bring size 7 bamboo knitting needles and a skein of wool yarn. Call (219) 926-7696.
World Book Night
CHESTERTON | Help Westchester Public Library celebrate World Book Night! On World Book Night 2013, 25,000 “book givers” will each give away 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale WBN edition of a book they have read and loved (from this year’s WBN list, selected by librarians and booksellers) to complete strangers – people who may never have owned a book of their own.
To promote this event, libraries and bookstores – as organizational participants in the event – form a nationwide advocacy and distribution network. Library (and bookstore) organizational participants and individual book givers each have an important role in this annual celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries, and individuals who love books and reading.
World Book Night 2013 will take place on April 23. The deadline to sign up to be a book giver is Jan. 25. Interested patrons may sign up by visiting www.us.worldbooknight.org and clicking the “apply to be a giver” link, or access the World Book Night website at the library’s homepage, www.wpl.lib.in.us. Call (219) 926-7696.
Amelia Bedelia Book Club
CHESTERTON | Children in first grade are invited to register now for the three-session Amelia Bedelia Book Club at Westchester Public Library. Attendees will meet at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 12 and 19 in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. There is no charge for attendance, but registration is necessary.
Clubbers will enjoy hearing Amelia read a story filled with Amelia’s crazy antics, play the Wheel of Amelia game, make a silly craft, and enjoy a goofy snack. Each week, attendees will check out an Amelia Bedelia book to read. At the next session, attendees will share their favorite parts of the books they read, and will then trade books with other clubbers. Call (219) 926-7696.
Polka Dot Parties
CHESTERTON | Polka Dot Parties with Carol will continue from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 4 at Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. Adults are invited to create Valentine Cards in the Bertha Wood meeting room. Registration is required. Materials are provided by the library. Polka Dot Party attendees will learn a variety of stamping and paper crafting techniques to incorporate into a Valentine’s Day card for someone they love. Call (219) 926-7696.
Projects on display
CHESTERTON | The public is invited to view the gallery of projects from the recent drawing classes held at Westchester Public Library during January. The gallery will be in the Bertha Wood meeting room from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. No registration is necessary. Projects from both drawing classes will be on display and refreshments will be served. Call (219) 926-7696.
Amelia Bedelia is 50
CHESTERTON | Amelia Bedelia is turning 50 years old. Children ages 5 and older are invited to the party in her honor at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Westchester Public Library in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave. At the party, meet Amelia, play some games, make a craft and enjoy a treat. Call (219) 926-7696.
Preservation 101 will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Ave. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary. Learn how to properly care for and store photographs, textiles, documents and other objects so memories can last a lifetime. Museum curator Serena Sutliff will explain how and why certain items degrade over time. She will give tips on how to properly care for and store items as well. Attendees will receive a free gift to help them begin the preservation process. Call (219) 983-9715.