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      September Newsletter


Library Hours

The library will be closed Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. Sunday hours (1-5 pm) resume September 7.

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Knitting Club for All Ages
Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 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 219-814-4398.

Stress Reduction, Relaxation and Mindfulness Class
Saturdays, September 6 & 20, 10:00 am

In these classes you will learn a variety of simple, mindful meditation practices. In addition, Patrecia Lenore will talk about the scientific studies supporting the benefits of mindfulness, as well as facilitate group dialogue and support for integrating stress-reducing exercises into daily life. Benefits include: tools to work more effectively with stress and illness; reduced symptoms; feeling more relaxed; and having greater energy and improved self-esteem. Ms. Lenore has studied and practiced meditation for 38 years and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses since 1998.

Bette Davis Film Fest: On the Edge
movie posterSaturday, September 6, 1:00 pm

Main Street Theatre of Michigan City will be premiering the one-woman show Bette Davis on the Edge this month. In collaboration with the theater and the Purdue University North Central Odyssey Art Series, the library will be showing a double feature of Bette Davis films on Saturday, September 6. The world premiere performance of the new play written and performed by Christine St. John will feature four shows on September 12, 13, 19 & 20. The films celebrating the upcoming performances will be Dark Victory and All About Eve. The first film will be shown at 1:00 pm and the second will be shown right after.

Dr. SaulADHD Expert Doctor & Author Richard Saul
Sunday, September 7, 2:00 pm

Over the course of half a century, Dr. Richard Saul has worked with thousands of patients with symptoms of ADHD. Based on his experience, he offers a shocking perspective: ADHD is not a condition on its own, but a complex malady caused by over twenty separate conditions--from poor eyesight and giftedness to bipolar disorder and depression--each requiring its own specific treatment. Drawing on scientific research and real-life stories, ADHD Does not Exist fuses Dr. Saul's findings and offers clear advice for those seeking answers. Meet the author and hear his astonishing conclusions.

Yoga with David Kipley
Tuesdays, September 9, 23 & 30, 5:30 pm

David is a recent graduate of the Yoga Teacher Program at Dancing Feet Yoga. All levels are welcome to explore yoga poses and breathing. Bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes for this one hour class.

Great March for Climate logoGreat March for Climate Action
Wednesday, September 10

The goal of the march is to change the hearts and minds of Americans and to act now on the climate crisis. A few marchers will talk about their experience during the afternoon. The time will be announced via social media.

Duneland Stamp Club
Thursday, September 11, 6:00 pm

This stamp collecting club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are invited.

Writing Out Loud: David Hoppe
David HoppeSaturday, September 13, 7:30 pm

The 30th season of Writing Out Loud begins with David Hoppe. David Hoppe's writing explores the intersections of politics and culture. He's been a writer, editor and columnist for the Indianapolis alternative paper, NUVO, since 1998 serving, at different times, as Associate Editor and Arts Editor. He has received nine awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. His book, Personal Indianapolis (Hawthorne Publishing), is a collection of NUVO columns written since 2001. He is also the author of Food For Thought: An Indiana Harvest (Indiana Humanities) on the burgeoning food scene in the Hoosier state. Hoppe's essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including Notre Dame Review, Utne Reader, New Art Examiner, Traces, Library Journal, Bennington Review and Arts Indiana. He received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis with support of the Lilly Endowment. His columns can be found at www.davidhoppewriter.com. Early in his career he worked for the Michigan City Public Library, where he conceived the idea for Writing Out Loud and wrote a grant to start the program in 1984. The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program.

Don GiovanniLyric Opera of Chicago: Don Giovanni
Sunday, September 14, 2:00 pm

He's selfish. He's arrogant. He's dangerous. With a long list of conquests, Don Giovanni travels the world, snaring princesses and peasant girls alike. Literally thousands succumb. This time his victim is the virtuous Donna Anna. And when her father tries to save her, the Don murders him. But the lecherous killer has finally gone too far--and his victims want revenge. Lyric Opera lecturer Sue McCandless will offer insight and a preview of one of Mozart's most famous operas.

book coverBookmarks: The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
Friday, September 19, 2:00 pm

Susan Nichols will review The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand. This touching novel is about a woman who sets out to find love for those closest to her - before it's too late. 48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others just call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results. The Westchester Public Library will host this review Thursday, September 18 at 2:00pm at the Westchester Township Historical Museum in Chesterton.

Understanding Your Dreams
Saturday, September 20, 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.

movie posterFilms on DVD Series: Railway Man
Sunday, September 21, 2:00 pm

Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star in the remarkable autobiography of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a WWW II British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp, where he is tormented and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Decades later, still suffering the trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, in this inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.

Library Board Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 24, 2:00 pm

The library board meets Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 pm.

Eric LowerRetirement Income Planning
Thursday, September 25, 2:00 pm

Retirement specialist Eric Lower will teach you to protect your retirement nest egg and turn your savings into a steady income to ensure your money will be there when you most need it.

Basket Weaving
Saturday, September 27, 9:15 am

Basket Weaving teacher Margie Warner will offer a one-day basket weaving class. All materials will be provided. Sign up and a deposit of $10 is required. Stop by to see the basket and to verify the cost. Call 219-873-3049 for more information about classes.

Writing Out Loud: Mary Schmich
Mary SchmichSaturday, September 27, 7:30 pm

Mary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, GA, and spent her childhood there. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. After working in college admissions and spending a year and a half in France, she attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta. She has written a column for the Chicago Tribune since 1992, except for the year she spent at Harvard on a Nieman fellowship for journalists. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She wrote the "Brenda Starr" comic strip for 25 years, until 2010. She plays piano and mandolin and teaches yoga. A collection of her columns, Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now, is available in print and as an ebook. The Friends of the Library will host a reception and book signing following the program.

Stephen KowalczykAmerican Classics with Stephen Kowalczyk
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 pm

Steve Kowalczyk will perform classical accordion music with an American classics theme. He has played in European capitals as well as throughout the U. S. Enjoy this All-American concert with a twist!

The Learning Center

The Learning Center is always in need of tutors. We tutor children in grades 1-12 in reading and math. We also help adults with basic reading, high school equivalency tests, college support, and learning to speak English. Make a difference in our community! Please call Cyndie McKinney at 219-873-3043 to sign up to help!