Youth Book Week at JCPL: From May 2 to 7, it’s Children’s Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and the pleasure of reading. To celebrate, each library participates in its own way! Children who visit the Rensselaer Library and borrow a book any day this week will receive a free book to keep! One book per child. The DeMotte library will host a drawing. When purchasing books, audiobooks and magazines, children 12 and under can fill out a form for a chance to be entered into a draw for a batch of books! (One entry per day.) The Wheatfield Library will also host a drawing and several programs during the week. For more information please stop by or visit us online at www.myjcpl.org.
Build a gnome house in Wheatfield: Join us at Wheatfield Library at 6 p.m. on May 6 and learn how to build a Gnome house! A $4 fee will cover a pot, two small plants, and gnome figurines. You can also create additional decorations using natural products that will also be provided to you. Registration is compulsory and must be made, with payment, before April 30. For questions, contact the Wheatfield Library at 219-956-3774.
Storytime for Mother’s Day in Wheatfield: Children ages 2-5 and their mothers are invited to a special Mother’s Day storytime from 10-10:30 a.m. on May 7. Registration can be done online at www.myjcpl.org/events or by visiting or calling the Wheatfield Library at 219-956-3774.
Mother-daughter scrapbook at Rensselaer: Mothers and daughters are invited to create scrapbook pages from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8. All materials are provided and free. Bring your own photos. Small snacks and drinks will also be available. Registration is required and can be done by visiting or calling the Rensselaer Library at 219-866-5881 online at myjcpl.org/events.
Meeting of Friends of the DeMotte Library: The Friends of the DeMotte Library will meet at 1:00 p.m. on May 10 at the DeMotte Library. New members are always welcome! For more information, visit or call the DeMotte Library at 219-987-2221.
Teen Tuesday at Rensselaer: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to visit the Rensselaer Library from 4-5 p.m. on May 10 to plant new flowers in the butterfly garden. The registration limit is 10. For more information or to register, stop by or call the Rensselaer Library at 219-866-5881 or visit myjcpl.org/events.
Animation club in DeMotte: Children and teens in grades 5-12 are invited to the DeMotte Library at 6 p.m. on May 10 and 24 for Anime Club. Registration is preferred and is available online or by visiting or calling the DeMotte Library, 219-987-2221.
May Book Discussions: The Wheatfield Adult Book Discussion will meet at 1 p.m. on May 10 to review the book “The Anthropocene Review: Essays On A Human-Centered Planet” by John Green. The DeMotte bookmakers will meet at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 17 to discuss Cathleen Schine’s “Fin and Lady.” Wheatfield’s Books and Coffee will meet at 2 p.m. on May 24 at the Wheatfield Library to cover the book “The Dry” by Jane Harper. The Jasper County Men’s Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. on May 25 at the Rensselaer Library to cover Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys.” Rensselaer’s 4th Thursday Panel will meet at 1 p.m. on May 26 and discuss Mary Beth Keane’s “Ask Again, Yes.” Would you like to join us or do you have any questions? Contact your local library.
Find your story at Rensselaer: Are you interested in researching your family history? Join us from 6-7:30 p.m. May 11 for genealogy help. This monthly program is designed to help you learn how to research your family history using free online resources available at the library: Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and Family Search. All support is available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is not compulsory. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Smith at 219-866-5881.
Lapsit story time in Rensselaer: Lapsit Story Time will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10-17 at the Rensselaer Library for children 0-23 months. For more information or to register, please stop by or call the Rensselaer Library at (219) 866-5881 or visit myjcpl.org/events.
Geri-Fit Fitness Courses in Rensselaer: Seniors are invited to join us for Geri-Fit at the Rensselaer Library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 11 and 18. This program is free. Participants will follow the instructions on the DVD with the help of the staff. This is a chair exercise, strength training, muscle strengthening and maintenance class for seniors. Please bring your water bottle and 2 pound weights, if desired. Elastic bands will be provided. Registration is mandatory. Contact the Rensselaer Public Library at 219-866-5881 to reserve your spot or register online at www.myjcpl.org/events.
Tea Party with Indy Tea Lady at Rensselaer: Join us at 2 p.m. on May 14 for our annual tea party. Bring a friend and spend the afternoon enjoying teas and some tasty treats. Donna Yarema-McCoy, of Reynolds, also known as the Indy Tea Lady, will host a tea education program, as well as our annual Tea Party. She will have a variety of all her special blend teas available for purchase after the program. Contact the Rensselaer Public Library at 219-866-5881 to reserve your spot or register online at www.myjcpl.org/events. This program is free and open to all ages. Limit 30.
Fitness Friday at Wheatfield: Keep healthy this year by joining us at the Wheatfield Library at 10 a.m. every Friday in May for a 45-60 minute chair workout. This program is free, but registration is preferred. Please bring a resistance band, light weights and water if available. No training instructor will be present. Instructions will be provided by video. For more information, please stop by or call the Wheatfield Library at (219) 956-3774.