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Valentine’s Day at Hartford Library

On Monday, Feb. 14 is “Valentine Cookie Decorating” at the library from 4 to 5 p.m. One cookie per child, with a limit of 48 participants. Library staff encourages making a reservation in advance in order to be one of the 48.

On Thursday, Feb. 17 will be their second “3D Printing Class” at 3:30 p.m. in the computer lab. This class is open to children and adults. Attendees will learn the software used to create a 3D object that can be made with the library’s 3D printer.

Don’t forget, the week of Feb. 21 through Feb. 26 is the “Amazing Lego City Display”. The display is open during library hours. Participate in a Lego creation each day for a chance to win the Lego Train kit.

Watervliet District Library news

Crafts, kits & activities

A perfect STEAM opportunity is ready for pick-up at the Watervliet library. Bristlebot kits are available for children ages 8 and up, while supplies last. Bristlebots are small battery-powered robots, easy to create. Call for availability.

Children’s February craft packets are also ready for pick up anytime during library hours.

A February winter bake-off contest invites all home bakers to demonstrate their skills, using their favorite cupcake recipe. Contestants are invited to drop off a dozen cupcakes at the library by 3 p.m. on Feb. 23. Containers will be provided in advance.

Pinteresting projects will be available beginning Feb. 28. This month’s project: Leprechaun gnomes. Registration is required in advance.

Adult reading

The wintertime Adult Reading Program continues through Feb. 19. A prize drawing ticket is earned for every two books read. This year’s grand prizes: $100 Harding’s Gift Card and a six-month subscription to the Book-of-the-Month Club.

This year’s theme highlights the winter Olympics by offering weekly games, trivia, and prize drawings.

Jane Austen’s Emma has been chosen for the Third Monday Book Club. The club will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Teen events

The fourth statewide MiLibraryQuest began on Feb. 1. Area teens are invited to solve the mystery and enter to win prizes from their local library. Teens can enter for the chance to win a $15 Starbucks gift card and give-away basket from the Watervliet District Library when they have solved the mystery.

Patrons can contact the library by phone (269-463-6382), email, and through Facebook messenger.

Coloma Public Library news

Teen Study Group

Need help with homework or a quiet place to focus? Students can go to the library from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays for their Study Group! Grades 6-12 welcome.

Paws for Reading

Certified therapy dogs, Margaret and Pailey, are in the Children’s Department for weekly reading sessions on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Program is intended for school-aged children, kindergarten and older. Each individual literacy session will be 15 minutes. Contact the library to preregister your child. Masks are required for the safety of children and the dogs with exceptions for children medically unable to wear masks.

Book Sale

Their next big book sale will be Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shoppers interested in browsing and purchasing from the bookstore before then can stop by the library for individual shopping sessions, which are available as staffing permits.

Book Club

The Coloma Public Library Book Club meets every other Thursday in the Community Room at 4 p.m. The public is welcome to participate. Check the library’s website for the upcoming meeting. To enquire about the reading list, please contact the library for details.

Toddler/PreK Story Times

Interactive story times with music and movement are at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Current program schedules are located on the home page of the library’s website. Contact staff at or 269-468-3431 for questions.


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