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Week 46: The Snow Has Landed

Well, when you’re right, you’re right. In last week’s blog post, I said it wouldn’t be long until we saw the dreaded four letter S word, SNOW. On Friday, the white stuff made its grand appearance! We were blessed with a few inches for this first snowfall, only to have most of it melt away by the weekend’s end. While the library does look rather pretty with a nice coating of the fluff, here’s to a warm and festive holiday season without worry or stress. By the way, I just realized that Thanksgiving is next week. Let that sink in and shock you!

Last Week

National Novel Writing Month continued with two write ins, one of each on Monday evening and Friday afternoon. Participants who are keeping up should be reaching just over 20,000 words by the end of today in order to keep up. Librarian Adrianne confessed that she was sick over the weekend and didn’t write, so she has some catching up to do to the tune of just over 5,000 words. Whoops! Write ins at the library will be held tonight (Monday the 12th) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and Friday the 16th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

This Week

On Tuesday the 13th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Homeschool Book Club will be meeting to discuss their selections for graphic novels! Students from 3rd to 8th grade are invited to bring a bag lunch and talk about all the artful stories they read with Stephanie.

Wednesday the 14th belongs to the Vicksburg kids! From 2:45pm to 3:45pm, teens from 6th to 12th grade are invited to come join in for games, snacks, and chilling at the library with Bulldog Break Time. Then from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, the 4th and 5th graders get their turn with ReCharge! No parents allowed!

Check It Out!

‘Tis the season to feel good on the inside! Through the long Thanksgiving weekend, the library is displaying movies that are made to make you feel warm and mushy! Selections range from kid friendly family flicks to dramas of the heart. All movies are available to rent for 5 days and many more besides what’s displayed are available in our collection. Come and select one or two to take home for the big holiday (and, of course, stay in and avoid the Black Friday madness outside).

Dates to Remember:

  • Monday the 12th @ 5:30pm: NaNoWriMo Write In
  • Tuesday the 13th @9:30am: Bridge Club
  • Tuesday the 13th @ 12:30pm: Homeschool Book Club
  • Wednesday the 14th @ 10:30am: Mugs & Hugs
  • Wednesday the 14th @ 2:45pm: Bulldog Break Time
  • Wednesday the 14th @ 4:00pm: ReCharge!
  • Thursday the 15th @ 10:45am: Tai Chi with Ed ($5.00 admission)
  • Thursday the 15th @ 6:00pm: Library Board Meeting
  • Friday the 16th @ 2:30pm NaNoWriMo Write In
  • Thursday the 22nd: LIBRARY IS CLOSED! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Week 45: Moving Right Along

Happy November one and all! Wasn’t Halloween wonderful this year? The warmer air was perfect for trick-or-treating in the evening. It wasn’t nearly as bitter as it has been in years past. But now the temps are dropping into the 40s and it won’t be long before that dreaded four letter S word shows up…SNOW!

Last Week

Halloween ruled supreme last week! During Mugs & Hugs, Stephanie led the little ones through the main floor for a fun costume parade. Then in the evening, Linda passed out candy and other treats on the front lawn for all of our trick-or-treaters in her spooky, fun tent. There were sugary sweet grins all around the library!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) kicked off on Thursday with Adrianne with the Goodie Bag Giveaway. Then on Friday, the first Write In of the month was held. The group of participants wrote their novels to word sprints and leftover Halloween candy, enjoying some tunes and comradery as they sprinted towards their word goals. Any participants who are keeping up with their writing work should be reaching 11,669 words by the end of Wednesday.

This Week

Two more Write Ins for NaNoWriMo are being held this week. Adrianne encourages all writers in the area to come to the library and join in! There are leftover goodie bags up for grabs and attendees are entitled to one when they come in. Write Ins will be held Monday the 5th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and Friday the 9th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Please note that Friday’s Write In will be held in the Heritage Room on the main floor of the library.

The Ladies Library Auxiliary will be holding their monthly meeting on Friday the 9th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Meeting Room on the lower level.

Check It Out!

New displays are up in the library! Near the front, there are books on writing and manuals galore to encourage our writers for National Novel Writing Month. In the back by the fireplace, the display is all about SPACE! The Adult Book Club will be reading all books having to do with space, space exploration, science fiction, et cetera for the month of November. Adult Book Club will be meeting on the 6th of December at 9:00am to discuss what they chose to read.

Dates to Remember

  • November 5th @ 10:30am: Family Story Time
  • November 5th @ 5:30pm: NaNoWriMo Write In
  • November 6th @ 9:30am: Bridge Club
  • November 6th @ 12:30pm: Brown Bag Lunch
  • November 7th @ 10:30am: Mugs & Hugs
  • November 8th @ 10:45am: Tai Chi with Ed Kehoe ($5.00)
  • November 8th @ 6:30pm: Sign Language Class
  • November 9th @ 1:00pm: Ladies Library Auxiliary
  • November 9th @ 2:30pm: NaNoWriMo Write In
  • November 10th @ 10:00am: SW Michigan Button Club

Happy Halloween!

From all of us here at the Vicksburg Library, we hope you have a spooky, fun, and safe Halloween. Be sure to bring your little ones over from 5:00 to 7:00 tonight for trick-or-treating on the library lawn! Happy haunting!

Week 44: Spooky Times Ahead

So did you buy candy for your trick-or-treaters yet? Have your costume at the ready? I can’t believe I’m saying this but… Halloween is Wednesday! That’s right. It’s the official start to the …gulp… holiday season. Yikes! I feel like I just used a dirty word by saying that. Next is the turkey and pie, then the Christmas lights go up, then happy new year! Are you ready for all of that? Because I know I totally am not.

Last Week

On Friday night, the Revelry Theatre put on Murder by the Slice as a Murder Mystery fundraiser for the Vicksburg District Library. The SOLD OUT production was greatly received and everyone enjoyed themselves (with the exception of the victims, of course). Various pies, coffee, and fun times were shared during the show. We will be posting photos from the event to our Instagram account later this morning, so be sure to check them out!

This Week

Halloween is certainly taking the center stage this week. Not only will Stephanie be hosting a special, spooky edition of Mugs & Hugs on Wednesday from 10:30am – 11:30am, but the Vicksburg District Library will also be hosting Trick-or-Treating for all the kiddos outside of the library from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. So stop by and be sure to pick up a sweet treat with us!

On Thursday morning at 9:00am, Adrianne will be hosting Adult Book Club by the fireplace. We will be discussing our selections from Stephen King and going over what makes the writer so hauntingly addictive.

Also on Thursday, we will be kicking off our first year of National Novel Writing Month! We will be giving away writing goodie bags to those participants who stop into the Vicksburg District Library. Goodie bags are available on a first come, first serve basis, so come in early to get yours. Then throughout the month, we will be holding Write In events in the meeting room. Be sure to check the calendar to see when Write Ins are held, and be sure to come join us for some writing fun during the fall chaos! Have any questions about NaNoWriMo? Be sure to check out our page Everything You Need to Know About NaNoWriMo!

Check It Out!

In the mood to watch something fun and ghoulish? Our DVD display is set up for Halloween with everything from horrifying thrillers to kiddo friendly fun! Be sure to stop in and grab a flick or two in case of rain and icky weather on Wednesday.

Dates to Remember…

  • Tuesday the 30th 9:30am – noon: Bridge Club
  • Wednesday the 31st 10:30am – 11:30am: Mugs & Hugs
  • Wednesday the 31st 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Trick-or-Treating
  • Thursday the 1st 9:00am – 10:00am: Adult Book Club
  • Thursday the 1st 10:00am – 8:30pm: NaNoWriMo Goodie Bag Giveaway
  • Thursday the 1st 10:45am – 11:30am: Tai Chi with Ed Kehoe
  • Friday the 2nd 2:30pm – 4:30pm: NaNoWriMo Write In

Week 43: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Happy mid-October everyone! Yes, you heard me. We have passed the middle of the tenth month of the year. Time to dig out those winter jackets and pick up a couple of pumpkins for your porch or balcony if you haven’t done it yet. Halloween will be here before you know it. Better pick up a couple of bags of candy to pass out to the trick-o-treaters while you’re at it!

LAST WEEK

On Tuesday, Stephanie hosted Homeschool Book Club for our homeschooled students in 3rd through 8th grade. Over bagged lunches, they discussed classic books and had some good laughs. The next Homeschool Book Club meeting will be Tuesday, November 13th at 12:30pm and they will be discussing graphic novels. Stephanie recommends for anyone interested to come in to the library and check out the display and the recommended reading list.

Saturday was all about Christmas as Linda and Sue hosted the Christmas Card Crafting program. The event was a busy and great success with around 15 crafters present for the day. While there have been many requests for another program, one may not be held until after the new year in early 2019. This program may cover making cards in general (as opposed to specifically Christmas cards). As soon as we have details and dates locked down, we will let you know in our announcements. So stay tuned!

THIS WEEK

Brown Bag Lunch will be held for our adult and senior patrons on Tuesday the 23rd from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the meeting room. Bring a lunch and join us for food, games, and lively discussion while we relax at the library.

Writer’s Round Table is coming up on Wednesday the 24th at 1:00pm. Bring your notebook and get ready to write creatively! The prompt for this month’s meeting is to pick an advertisement from any medium and write about how it makes you feel. Adrianne will also make an appearance to talk to everyone about National Novel Writing Month, coming up in November.

The big event this week is definitely our Murder Mystery Fundraiser on Friday night. On the 26th at 7:00pm, the Revelry Theatre Company will be presenting Murder by the Slice! Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $10 each. The ticket includes admission, a cup of coffee, and a slice of homemade pie. Join us…if you dare!

CHECK IT OUT!

The revamped website is slowly creeping towards its completed reconstruction. Last week, Adrianne finished reworking the web resources listed under the Web Resources tab. Resources are now divided into three subtabs: MeL Databases (which will take you to the official resources supplied by the Michigan eLibrary), Helpful Resources (which lists different resources to assist patrons with tasks such as continuing their education or finding local charity and volunteering opportunities), and Urgent Contacts (places to contact when patrons are faced with major life difficulties, such as Medicare/Medicaid assistance). Please take a look at these resources and if there is a topic not covered that you would like to see listed, kindly let Adrianne know and she will be happy to work with you to list it on the website!

There’s some great Halloween fun coming up on the 31st at the library. From 10:30am to 11:30 am, Stephanie will be having a spooky fun time with Mugs & Hugs. She encourages everyone to come in costume and play along with craft time. Then in the evening, the library will be passing out candy on the front lawn for trick-or-treaters from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. It should prove to be a fantastic holiday at the Vicksburg District Library.

We are celebrating Graphic Novels over the next few weeks! One of the library’s current projects is investing in our adult level Graphic Novel Collection, so to get the word out, we are currently showcasing our small collection in the display area near the fireplace. We encourage you to come see the amazingly illustrated stories we currently own and give us your suggestions for what else you would like to see added in the future. Not sure what there is out there to even request? Come talk to us at the Reference and Circulation Desks and we’ll introduce you to the genre! And remember…graphic novels are not just comic books.

Have a happy autumn week one and all!

Adrianne

DATES TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Monday the 22nd @ 10:30am: Family Story Time
  • Monday the 22nd @ 7:00pm: Quilters Class
  • Tuesday the 23rd @ 9:30am: Bridge Club
  • Tuesday the 23rd @ 12:30pm: Brown Bag Lunch
  • Wednesday the 24th @ 10:30am: Mugs & Hugs
  • Wednesday the 24th @ 1:00pm: Writer’s Round Table
  • Wednesday the 24th @ 2:45pm: Bulldog Breaktime
  • Thursday the 25th @ 10:45am: Tai Chi with Ed Kehoe
  • Thursday the 25th @ 6:30pm: Sign Language Class
  • Friday the 26th @ 7:00pm: Murder Mystery Fundraiser Murder by the Slice
  • Saturday the 27th @ 10:00am: Quilters

Week 42: Calm Week Ahead

Was it just me or was last week just crazy?! I’d blame it on the full moon, but the moon wasn’t even full. Maybe it was the fluctuating weather. On Monday it was sunny and in the 80s. By Friday evening it was cold and sleeting. Yick! Either way, hopefully this week will bring much more calm and ease for everyone.

That being said, events held at the library last week went very well! We held our second Sign Language Class and we had a great turn out once again. We have already scheduled our next class and that’ll be held on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you are a newbie, have no fear. We go over all the basics each session. And you are always welcome to bring a friend!

On Wednesday, the meeting room had been taken over by kids of all ages. Not only was Hugs & Mugs held that morning, but in the afternoon, 4th-12th graders ran amuck (Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!) with ReCHARGE! and Bulldog Break Time. Not only were ice cream sundaes passed out, but board games were played and random singalongs broke out. We had a blast!

So what’s on tap for this week you ask?

Homeschool Book Club will be held on Tuesday with Stephanie from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Homeschool Book Club is open to homeschool students grades 3 to 8. This month we are discussing classic novels/stories that we are reading. So feel free to bring a bag lunch and join us for the discussion.

And Saturday, October 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, the much anticipated Christmas Card Crafting event will be held in the meeting room. Registration is required and spots are filling up fast! So if you are interested in joining us, please call us today at (269) 649-1648. $2.00 is required for the program, but this buys you 5 cards. If you would like to make more, each additional card may be purchased for 50¢.

Last week, the library launched our webpage Everything You Need to Know About NaNoWriMo. Have you been thinking about joining us at the library for National Novel Writing Month, but you still have a few questions? Well, this page should have the answer for you! Everything you need to know about how the program got started, to signing up, to what we are doing specifically at the library…it’s all here! And if you do have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact Adrianne and ask.

Our Hot New Items list has been updated to feature newly purchased materials that are sure to be popular and catching everyone’s eye. Be sure to check out what we’ve been adding to our collections.

Last, but most certainly not least, we have our first reviewed library item up on the Staff Review page. Our own Elain reviews The Wicked + the Divine. Be sure to add it to your To Read lists and come check it out.

Hope you all have a fantastic (and calm) autumn week!

-Adrianne

Dates to keep in mind:

  • Family Story Time: Monday the 15th @ 10:30am
  • Bridge Club: Tuesday the 16th @ 9:30am
  • Homeschool Book Club: Tuesday the 16th @ 12:30pm
  • Mugs & Hugs: Wednesday the 17th @ 10:30am
  • Tai Chi with Ed: Thursday the 18th @ 10:45am
  • Library Board Meeting: Thursday the 18th @ 6:00pm
  • Christmas Card Crafting: Saturday the 20th @ 1:00pm
  • Murder Mystery Fundraiser Murder By the Slice: Friday the 26th @ 7:00pm
  • NaNoWriMo Kickoff: Thursday the 1st @ 10:00am

National Novel Writing Month is on its way!

You’ve probably heard me talking about NaNoWriMo a bit lately. The reason is it is a fun program that I have been participating in for the last 12 or so years and this year I’m bringing it to the Vicksburg District Library.

I’ve written up a webpage for the library that explains all the basics of National Novel Writing Month and what we are doing at the library. To anyone who is interested, I highly recommend reading over the page and signing up. I am also here to answer any questions you might have and I hope to see a few people join me in the fun.

Happy noveling everyone!

Adrianne

Tai Chi Practice Cancelled Once More

Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for any inconvenience, but for the foreseeable future, Tai Chi practice on Tuesday evenings has been cancelled. We will keep you in the loop and let you know when we will be able to bring this program back into it’s regular rotation.

Please note that we will still have morning Tai Chi with Ed Kehoe every Thursday morning at 10:45am in the meeting room. The cost is $5 a session. This routine has not changed.

If you have any questions for us in regards to any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at the library at 269-649-1648. Thank you once again for your patience and understanding.

Week 41: Spooky Fun Ahead

The Halloween atmosphere is settling into Vicksburg. More and more porches are starting to be decorated with pumpkins, black cats, and ghosts. The leaves are changing color and starting to fall. Fog is rolling in with the changing temperatures. Nothing like some spooky fun! Last week at Adult Book Club, we discussed The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs over apple cinnamon muffins. The reading selection for the next meeting? The works of Stephen King! Creepy! However, since not everyone is a fan of horror, participants are more than welcome to read one of King’s other works as well. So join us on November 1st at 9:00am as we discuss some chilling tales over a tasty treat for the Halloween holiday!

There is a lot coming up here over this next week, so we hope you are ready to go!

Wednesday the 10th the library is all about the kids! Stephanie will be heading three programs for our younger patrons for some fun and relaxation this mid-week. From 10:30am to 11:30am, it’s Mugs & Hugs for babies and toddlers. Please note that a parent must be present with the child for this program, but coffee and tea will be provided while the kiddos play. Right after school from 2:45pm to 3:45pm, the Vicksburg middle and high schoolers (grades 6 through 12) are welcome to come chill and play games for Bulldog Breaktime. Snacks and games will be provided, but the parents are told to beat it as it’s all about the kids!  And from 4:00pm to 5:00pm, the 4th and 5th graders get to takeover for ReCharge! Parents need not apply as we have games and snacks covered for this event as well.

On Thursday the 11th, we will be holding our second Sign Language Class in the Heritage Room at 6:00pm. Have no fear if you couldn’t make it to the first class. We will be going over all the basics so you can learn a new form of communication with our community.

Keep these upcoming events on your radar as well as they will prove to be a great time later this month…

On Saturday, October 20th at 1:00pm, we will be holding a Christmas Card Crafting Class, hosted by Sue and Linda. The cost of the class is $2.00, which will let you make 5 cards. There will be a wide selection of cards to choose from and additional cards can be purchased for 50¢ each. Please kindly register in advance so an adequate amount of supplies can be provided.

Friday, October 26th at 7:00pm, the Vicksburg District Library will be hosting the Revelry Theatre Company for Murder by the Slice, a murder mystery fundraiser show! Tickets go for $10.00 each and will include show entrance, a slice of homemade pie, and a cup of coffee. Please kindly register before the day of. Tickets can be purchased at the library or directly from the Revelry Theatre Company at www.revelrytheatre.org.

-Adrianne

Dates to keep in mind:

  • Tuesday, October 9th @ 12:30pm: Brown Bag Lunch
  • Wednesday, October 10th @ 10:30am: Mugs & Hugs
  • Wednesday, October 10th @ 2:45pm: Bulldog Breaktime
  • Wednesday, October 10th @ 4:00pm: ReCHARGE!
  • Thursday, October 11th @ 6:00pm: Sign Language Class
  • Friday, October 12th @ 1:00pm: Ladies Library Auxiliary
  • Saturday, October 20th @ 1:00pm: Christmas Card Crafting Class
  • Friday, October 26th @ 7:00pm: Murder by the Slice Fundraiser