05-24-2018 Summer programs & services available at Tri-City community libraries;

Summer programs & services available at Tri-City community libraries

Sign up June 4 for Watervliet District Library’s Summer Reading Program

The Watervliet District Library is aiming to make summer memorable! Sign-up for the library’s Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 4; the program runs June 11 – July 21. Four reading clubs offer awards and prizes for kids of all ages. Reading clubs include Early Lit Kids, 0-2 years of age; pre-reading activities for the littlest learners. The other clubs are Ready Readers, 3-10 year olds; Tweens and Teens, 11-16 year olds; and Young Adults (YA), 17 and older.

Summer Safari is always a big hit with the younger patrons at the Watervliet District Library.


And that’s not all! Make-it Music Mondays, for K-6th graders and their families, offers music and rhythm creations to make-n-take and play, happening every Monday, June 11 – July 16. Entertainers sure to dazzle are presented each Thursday during the Summer Reading Program at 11:00 a.m., beginning with the always awesome Wildlife Safari, June 14. Stick around for a free lunch following each Thursday program courtesy of Watervliet Public Schools. The library wants you, YA! Volunteer this summer and earn more than just a great addition to your resume. Why? Because “Libraries Rock!” Help is always needed for program set-up, re-shelving and general library organization. Stop by to pick up an application and learn all the details. Watervliet District Library also hosts a variety of programs for adults throughout the year: In Stitches Knitting Club meets the second Friday of every month, 2:30-4:00 p.m.; take needles and go on down! Beginners are always welcome, too! Third Monday Book Club, 7-8 p.m.; great books & fabulous conversations. A copy of the latest title is always available for check-out. Yoga is on Mondays, 9-10 a.m.; Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. and Chair Yoga on Wednesdays, 6:00-6:45 p.m. And Pinteresting is held the last Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.: crafting for grown-ups. Call or stop by to register. This year the library will also be present at Fandom Fest 2018 held at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, Grand Upton Hall in Benton Harbor on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Need more information? Please contact the library staff at 269-463-6382, info@wdlib.org and through their Facebook page.

Coloma Public Library offers services for all ages

The Coloma Public Library provides service to residents living in the City of Coloma, Coloma Township, Hagar Township and Bainbridge Township. Residents are eligible for a free library card. Library cards are needed to check out books, movies, audiobooks, magazines, and other items. The library card also allows library card holders to check out eBooks and downloadable audiobooks from the Southwest Michigan Digital Library.

COLOMA LIBRARY… Dave Scheuer of Honor Credit Union reading to kids at the library’s annual Money Smart Kids Read storytime event on April 25.


At the library you will find public access to the internet, many tables for quiet places to work and free access to WI-FI. They have a knowledgeable staff that is able to help with a number of technology questions patrons may have. The staff can also offer assistance with the public computers on programs such as Ancestry Library Edition and Microsoft Office. Faxing and copying services are available for a nominal fee. Families will enjoy spending time in the library’s beautiful children’s section where there is plenty of room for little ones to explore. In addition, there is a room dedicated to local history on Coloma, Paw Paw Lake, cemetery records and many indexed obituaries. The library offers a weekly Story Hour Program for toddlers and preschoolers. During Story Hour kids can expect to hear a story, sing a song or two and do a simple craft while also familiarizing them with the library. Coming up this summer is the annual Summer Reading Program, this year’s theme “Libraries Rock!” will be fun for everyone. Children who are signed up for the Summer Reading Program earn an entry into a weekly drawing for a free book with each visit to the library. They will offer a variety of programs for children throughout the summer including a musical act, a yoga class for older children and a Comedy Show. Keep checking the Tri-City Record and the library’s website for more information on programs. The Summer Reading program is a great way to keep kids reading throughout the summer! For adults and young adults the library is part of the Second Annual Fandom Fest that takes place at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. All geeks, nerds, and fans of nerdy, geeky culture are invited to this “comic-con” style event that will host artists, exhibitors, play-to-win board games, maker activities, a LARPing demo, cosplay contests, and more. Don’t miss out on this unique, free event. Vendors will be available to purchase food, drinks (bar opens at 3 p.m.) and fandom-inspired merchandise. For more information visit the Event’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/swmfandomfest. Coloma Public Library offers adults a book club that meets every other Thursday. The book club is always looking for new members. The library also hosts three large book sales each year in the spring, summer and fall, check for exact dates. The summer book sale is held at the library during the Glad-Peach Festival. Be sure to stop by on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to check out the expansive collection of gently used books, audiobooks, DVDs and more at very affordable prices. Visit the library’s website www.colomapubliclibrary.net for information on upcoming programs, access to the local newspaper archive and to take a peek at the library’s online catalog. A visit to the library is a good way to see what is available.

Hartford Public Library Summer 2018 “Libraries Rock!”

 The Hartford Public Library offers an extensive summer program to all children and adults free of charge. Beginning Tuesday, June 26 we start our “LEGO Challenge”. This program will be from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday throughout the summer. Every child that completes their LEGO Challenge each week can enter their name for LEGO prizes at the end of summer.

Every Wednesday beginning on June 27, there is a scheduled program except for July 4. The first program is a musical storybook performed by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and an instrument petting zoo.

Don’t miss the Summertime LEGO exhibit at the Hartford Public Library.


Nelson’s Wildlife Safari will be visiting on Wednesday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

In keeping with the theme “Libraries Rock!”, on Wednesday, July 18 a Caribbean Steel Band will perform from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Also following the theme and for those who like drums and percussion instruments, Lori from Drummunity will be at the library on Wednesday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for hands-on entertainment.

Beginning on Mondays, from July 2 through August 20, it’s Fun Craft Day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-in and make ‘n’ take three craft projects.

On Thursday, June 28, July 12 and July 19, it is Movie & Popcorn Day at 2 p.m.

There are three “special” programs: Thursday, July 5, Balloon Sculpting from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and Sports Cup Stacking from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, July 24, Nerf Games from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (all equipment and safety protection provided); Thursday, July 26 starting at noon, the Grand Picnic with water slide and inflatables, hot dogs and refreshments.

Join the library this summer for their Reading Program. Participants can earn Book Bucks by reading their favorite books. This is a point system for reading. Every child who is of “read-to-me” age receives book bucks for pages read to them. Children who are independent readers receive one book buck for every 40 pages read. Books must be from the Hartford Public Library or eBooks via Hoopla.com. All book bucks may be exchanged for prizes in the prize room.

New this summer is the “Teen and Adult” reading program. For every book read, the reader’s name is placed in a drawing for one of three prizes: $50 certificate for Acapulco Restaurant; $50 Shell gas card or a $50 gift certificate for Applebee’s Restaurant. The program begins June 26 and ends on Tuesday, August 7. Books must be from the Hartford Public Library or through MEL or eBooks from Hoopla.com.

The library will be using a program called Wandoo Reader, which keeps track of books read digitally.

The Hartford Library has a special “Summertime LEGO” exhibit that no one should miss, including a roller coaster and other amazing creations. It is located upstairs in the prize room.

Also as an extra program, the library is offering a “Walt Disney Presentation” by Brian Lightner on Tuesday, July 17 at 6 p.m. Additional information and schedules are available at the library and on the library website.