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      October Newsletter


Axis 360 logoeBooks and eAudiobooks are Now Available at MCPL!

Browse, check out, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Michigan City Public Library using the Axis 360 app! It's simple -- just download the app on your device, find our library, and log in using your library card number. The collection includes popular fiction, non-fiction, and children's eBooks or eAudiobooks that you can download to your iOS/Android smartphone or tablet, Kindle Fire, or Windows PC. Patrons need a current Michigan City library card and PIN. Click here to find your next eBook or eAudiobook.

The Learning Center

Do you love to read? Would you like to share that with someone else? The Learning Center is in dire need of a few good people! We have students on a waiting list for tutoring assistance, especially for reading. If you are willing to give just a few hours a week, you can make a big difference in the lives of students in our community. Reading is truly FUNdamental. Please consider joining in the fun! Sign up to volunteer at the Learning Center today. Call 219-873-3049 or better yet, stop by the library and see Cyndie or Jessica.

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Knitting Club for All Ages
Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5:30 pm

Bring size 9 straight knitting needles, any worsted yarn, tape measure (optional), and optimism. Contact Joanne Hale at joeyAB1971@yahoo.com or 219-809-8825.

Celebrate the Library's Birthday with Cake
Friday, October 9, 11:00 am

Friday, October 9 is the library's 118th birthday! Join us to celebrate with cake and cider and sing happy birthday to the library.

book coverSeason of Upsets -- The Story Behind the Story
Sunday, October 11, 2:00 pm

For years, Matt Werner was fascinated by a photo from 1950 featuring his uncle, Dean, and fellow members of the Union Mills High School basketball team celebrating a triumphant victory. Matt's three-year journey to uncover the story behind the photo resulted in Season of Upsets, a book that chronicles one year in the life of Hoosier basketball in La Porte County. Drew Tallackson, editor of The Beacher Weekly Newspaper, and Martin Briggs, a fourth-grade teacher at Crichfield Elementary School, both huge fans of the book, will moderate a panel discussion on the book that includes not only Matt, but also several players he interviewed, including Michigan City's Gene Gielow and Union Mill's Eben Fischer. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Smart Driver Program imageAARP Smart Driver Course
Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 pm

The AARP Smart Driver program is a refresher course that can help you learn the effects of aging on driving and how you can adjust your reactions. Available in a 5-hour, one-day program, you may earn an insurance rate discount (check with your insurance company) by taking this course designed for drivers over 55. The fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Please bring your AARP card with you. Call 873-3049 to register.

book coverBookmarks: Jade Cross by Millie Samuelson
Friday, October 16, 2:00 pm

Jade Cross by Millie Samuelson will be reviewed by Millie herself. The author, a former resident of Northwest Indiana, will host this very special presentation. So who are the Stone Ten Keepers, and what do they have to do with the Ancient Nestorian Stele (Monument)? That's what the Newquist family has been trying to find out for several generations as they live through adventures and tragedies in China and Taiwan. The Westchester Public Library will host this program at the Westchester Township Museum on Thursday, October 15.

Libby Fischer HellmannWriting Out Loud: Author Libby Fischer Hellmann
Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm

Libby Fischer Hellmann writes compulsively readable thrillers. With eleven novels and twenty short stories published, she has also written suspense mysteries, historicals, PI novels, amateur sleuth, police procedurals, and even a cozy mystery. Her newest crime thriller, Nobody's Child, the 4th Georgia Davis novel, was released in September 2015. The Friends of the Library will host a reception following the program, which includes a book signing. Free and open to the public.

Films on DVD Series: Ex Machina
Sunday, October 18, 2:00 pm

movie posterThe Films on DVD Series continues with the showing of Ex Machina. A young coder at the world's largest internet company wins a competition to spend a week at a private retreat belonging to the reclusive CEO of the company. Upon arrival, he learns that he must participate in a bizarre experiment which involves interacting with the world's first true artificial intelligence, which comes in the form of a beautiful female robot. Rated R. The film series is co-sponsored with the Purdue North Central Odyssey Series.

Calling All Writers--Informational Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 pm

The library will host an informational meeting for any interested writers who would like to meet on a regular basis to write and share their work. Come enjoy refreshments and meet other writers.

Understanding Your Dreams
Saturday, October 24, 2:00 pm

A workshop for people interested in dreams and their significance. Learn techniques on how to remember and understand your dreams. Terese Fabbri, an experienced dream therapist, will facilitate.

Peter SlevinWriting Out Loud: Author Peter Slevin
Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm

Peter Slevin spent a decade on the national staff of The Washington Post before joining Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, where he is an associate professor. He has written extensively about Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as political campaigns and policy debates. His recent book, Michelle Obama: A Life, was released earlier this year. The Friends of the Library will host a reception following the program, which includes a book signing. Free and open to the public.

Author Stephanie Wilson Medlock
Stephanie Wilson MedlockSunday, October 25, 2:00 pm

Local author Stephanie Wilson Medlock will talk about her book, The Lives of Things. The story is about an art expert with the ability to speak to the souls of the artists embedded in anything made by hand. A professional journalist and writer, Stephanie has published short stories and memoirs and is a storyteller. Meet her and hear about this fascinating fantasy tale.

Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, October 28, 2:30 pm

The library board meets Wednesday, October 28 at 2:30 pm.

Basket Weaving
Saturday, October 31, 9:15 am

Margie Warner returns to offer a one-day class with all materials provided. Registration and a deposit of $10 are required. Stop by Circulation to see the basket and to verify cost. Call 219-873-3049 for more information.