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      December Newsletter - Youth/Teen Programs


Youth Services

Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All children ages 10 through 12 must have an adult in the library. For more information, please call Youth Services at (219) 873-3045.

Library Hours

The Library will close at noon on Friday, December 23, and will be closed Saturday and Sunday, December 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday. The library will also be closed Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 1 for the New Year holiday.

Library Holiday Collections

The library is collecting mittens, gloves, hats and scarves during the holiday season to decorate our holiday tree. Donations will be sent to the Salvation Army. Also, the library is collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. A box will be located near the circulation desk through January 6th.

1000 books before kindergarten logo1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register for this free program designed to promote language and a love of reading. Your child will receive a special surprise (choice of an age-appropriate book or CD) for each 100 books that are read to them (or that they read on their own). For children ages birth through entering kindergarten.

Homework Helper

The library is a great homework resource for ebooks, articles, and encyclopedias. Check out the library's research databases, including the Gale Virtual Reference Library! Have your library card handy and go to Gale Virtual Reference Library to access thousands of fully illustrated articles and books.

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Santa and Mrs. ClausStory Time with Santa Claus
Wednesday, December 7, 10:00am

Santa Claus is coming to the library! Join us for stories, songs, and a special surprise. Children must be present to receive their surprise. This program is designed for children ages birth-5 years, accompanied by an adult. Parents, remember to bring your camera to get photos of your child(ren) with Santa.

NBA 2K17 Video Game Contest
Saturday, December 10

NBA 2K17Advance registration required. Register in-person only at the Youth Services desk. Sign up now for our NBA 2K17 contest! For ages 18 and under (18 with high school ID allowed). The contest begins on Saturday, December 10. Later rounds will be held on Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12. Players must be available for all dates. Space is limited. Call 219-873-3045 and ask for Don, Dave, or Lori for more information.

STEAM Ahead Kids: Garland Christmas Tree Craft
Tuesday, December 13, 3:30pm

Register today for this wonderful holiday craft. Space is limited. This program is for children 6-12 years, accompanied by an adult. Child(ren) must be present to receive craft materials.

book coverStory Time with Author James Dworkin
Wednesday, December 14, 10:00am

Join us for a special story time event! James Dworkin, Chancellor Emeritus of Purdue University Northwest, will be here to read his new picture book, The Dog and the Jet Ski. He is planning on bringing a real Irish Setter!

STEAM Ahead Kids: Gingerbread Doorknob Hangers Craft
Thursday, December 15, 3:30pm

Join us and make a "delicious-looking" foam gingerbread doorknob hanger. This program is for children 5-10 years, accompanied by an adult. Child(ren) must be present to receive craft materials.

Polar Express trainThe Polar Express Film Showing
Saturday, December 17, 10:00am

The Polar Express is the story of a young boy who longs to believe in Santa Claus, even as his begins to lose his childhood imagination. On Christmas Eve he boards a powerful magical train headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is a journey of self-discovery, which shows the boy that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Rated G. Children under 18 are eligible to win a copy of the movie. Light refreshments will be served.

Night Time Story Time
Tuesday, December 20, 5:30pm

Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed friend to this cozy family story time.

Finding Dory Film Showing
Wednesday, December 21, 10:00am

movie posterFrom the Academy Award-winning creators of Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them...with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who's convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Rated PG. Children under 18 are eligible to win a copy of the movie. Light refreshments will be served.

movie posterHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Film Showing
Thursday, December 22, 10:00am

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Shown in memory of the late Alan Rickman. Rated PG. Children under 18 are eligible to win a copy of the movie. Light refreshments will be served.

STEAM Ahead Kids: Marshmallow Snowman Decoration Craft
Tuesday, December 27, 10:00am

Make a snowman that will never melt! Child(ren) must be present to receive craft materials.

The Secret Life of Pets Film Showing
Wednesday, December 28, 10:00am

movie posterThis animated comedy answers the age old question--what do our pets do when we're not home? When their owners leave for the day, pets from the building gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooths, and throw outrageous parties. But when a pampered terrier (Louis C.K.) and his unruly new "roommate" from the pound (Eric Stonestreet) get lost in the urban jungle of New York City, they must put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home. Rated PG. Children under 18 are eligible to win a copy of the movie. Light refreshments will be served.

movie posterThe BFG Film Showing
Thursday, December 29, 10:00am

Disney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant. Rated PG. Children under 18 are eligible to win a copy of the movie. Light refreshments will be served.

Thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Library Endowment Fund for their support of library programs.

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