— Avon-Washington Township Public Library
— Tween Time: DIY Smash Books is 2 p.m. April 2. Hendricks Regional Health presents this program which is a way to capture memories and life moments through a quicker, more spontaneous form of scrapbooking. K & C Company has a line of smash books and coordinating products, one of which will be given away as a prize. Everyone will have an opportunity to create their own smash book using provided materials. Tween Time programs are geared toward fifth- through eighth-graders but are open to children through 12th grade. Registration is required.
— Spring Break Bingo is 10 a.m. April 3. First- through fourth-graders can gather for a special bingo program with chances to win prizes. Registration is required.
— Wii Move is 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. April 4. Attendees can come to the library and play Wii games on the big screen. Registration is required.
— Animal Tales is 2 p.m. April 5. Each month, the Hendricks County Parks Department hosts a storytime and craft session featuring animals found in Indiana. Programs are for children ages 4 through 10 and registration is required. This month, Henry the Impatient Heron by Donna Love will be read and a heron craft will be made. Registration is required.
Brownsburg Public Library
— Silent Auction runs through April 30. The library has cooked up a delectable spread of vintage books on cooking and homemaking skills. A few of the titles offered are: a 1914 edition of Principles of Cooking, 1860: The American Practical Cookery Book, 1937: The Art of Cooking and Serving plus a 1939 autographed copy of Prudence Penny’s cookbook.
— Toddlers & Teddy Bears is at 5:30 p.m. April 1. This is a special combined program for children ages 18 months to 3 1/2 years and their adult caregivers. Each week, they will share stories, songs, and rhymes. After a 20-minute group session, there will be time to play with toys and interact.
— Brownsburg Teen Council Meeting meets at 6 p.m. April 1. The Teen Council meets the first Monday of each month to discuss movies, music, and book purchases as well as teen programs. They do service projects, play games, and enjoy snacks at each meeting. The council is open to students in grades six through 12.
— Book Babies is 9:30 a.m. April 2 and includes songs, activities, and stories for children ages 0 to 15 months and their adult caregivers. After a 20-minute group session, there will be time to play with toys and interact.
— Toddler Time is 10:30 a.m. April 2 and includes songs, activities, and stories for children ages 15 to 24 months and their adult caregivers. After a 20-minute group session, there will be time to play with toys and interact.
— Movie Days For Kids: Madagascar 3 will be at 1 p.m. April 2. Come to the library for a showing of “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” rated PG with a run time of 93 minutes. Attendees may bring their own snacks. All ages are welcome, but children younger than 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
— Teddy Bear Time is 10:30 a.m. April 3 and includes songs, activities, and stories for children ages 2 to 3 1/2 years and their adult caregivers. After a 25-minute group session, there will be time to play with toys and interact.
— Animal Tales is 4 p.m. April 3. Children ages 3 through 12 are invited to take part in animal adventures with the Hendricks County Park and Recreation naturalist. Each month the program will feature an animal found in Indiana while reading a story that helps participants discover their wild neighbors.
— AlphaTykes: G will be at 10:30 a.m. April 5. Children ages 2 to 3 1/2 and their adult caregivers can attend this program focusing on the alphabet. Each story time will focus on a different letter using stories, rhymes, songs, and a simple craft. After the group session, there will be time to play with toys and interact.
— Introduction to Computers, Internet, E-mail, and Digital Cameras is 6 p.m. April 8. Practice writing in Word, printing, using the Internet, and e-mail while developing a good understanding of the computer. Bring a laptop or use one of the training lab computers. Cost is $15.
— Book Bites Storytime at Big Apple Bagel is 10 a.m. April 9. All ages can join for songs, stories, and fun at Big Apple Bagel on the north side of town.
— Keep It Crafty! is 5:30 p.m. April 9. Children ages 6 through 11 are invited to this monthly arts and crafts club. Participants can bring something they’re working on, ideas for projects, or just themselves. Registration is required.
— Tuesday Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets at 1 p.m. April 9. This month’s title is A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead. If interested, call 852-3167 ext. 128 or pe-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Verse in Person: Poetry Reading with Stacy Post is 6:30 p.m. April 9. Celebrate National Poetry month with a poetry reading and book signing for Hendricks County poet and librarian Stacy Post. She’ll be reading from her newly released poetry chapbook from Finishing Line Press, Sudden Departures, and share other favorite poems. Copies of the chapbook will be available for purchase at the event for $12. Registration is appreciated.
— Messy Science Club meets at 5:30 p.m. April 10 for children in grades three through five. Attendees must be able to follow directions to ensure the safety of themselves and others. Registration is not required but strongly encouraged, in order to ensure safety and the availability of supplies for all attendees.
— Introduction to Access is 6 p.m. April 10. Learn how to create a database of friends, relatives, or business associates, then mail merge to Word to create a letter, e-mail, invitation, or Christmas card. Cost is $15.
— Using Native Plants in the Home Garden is 7 p.m. April 10. Indiana Advanced Master Naturalist Colletta Kosiba will show a variety of easy to care for native plants and show a slide show of native/non-native combinations in the garden of one of Hendricks County’s Master Gardeners. Registration is requested.
— D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read Day is 3:30 p.m. April 12. Children’s book author Beverly Cleary’s birthday has been declared National Drop Everything and Read Day to highlight the importance and joys of reading. Join in the celebration as the library will have books, cupcakes, and comfortable bean bag chairs. All ages are invited to attend.
— How to Ramp Up Your Writing: Midwest Writers Workshop Miniconference will be 9 a.m. April 13. Three writers will be presenters at the mini-conference, which will include talks about getting published, participation in break-out groups, and a panel question-and-answer session. The speakers include Holly Miller, contributing editor for The Saturday Evening Post, and co-author of the textbook, Feature & Magazine Writing; Dianne Drake, international best-selling and award-winning author of more than 50 books; and special MWW guest Kate Watterson, suspense author of Frozen. This three-hour intensive mini-conference is $10, and registration and pre-payment are required. A $5 discount will be given to Brownsburg Library cardholders. Register and pay at http://bit.ly/Wnl9De. Light refreshments will be served. Each mini-conference attendee will receive a $20 off voucher for their registration for the Midwest Writers Workshop scheduled for July 25 through 27 at Ball State University in Muncie.
— Chess Club meets at 1 p.m. April 13. Children ages 5 through 11 can gather to play chess or learn how. All ability levels are welcome.
— Introduction to Word is 6 p.m. April 15. Learn how to create letters, flyers, and bulleted lists, insert pictures, decorative fonts, and more. Cost is $15.
— Young People’s Poetry Week is 5:30 p.m. April 17. April is National Poetry Month, and during that month the library also celebrates young people’s poetry week. Children in grades one through five can read aloud some old favorites, new favorites, and have an opportunity to create their own poems to celebrate the power of language. Snacks will be provided.
— Music and the Poetic Line: Creative Writing Workshop for Adults is 6 p.m. April 17. Adults can explore the way form and sound interact in poetry, look at devices that create musical sense (alliteration, rhyme, etc.), ways to effectively use line breaks, and where meter, line, and sound intersect to create rhythm. Particpants can learn from the masters and experiment with in-class exercises to gain strategies for creating music on the page. These universal lessons apply to both formal structures (villanelles, sestinas, etc.) and free verse. This program is for all levels, so beginning and experienced writers are welcome. It is taught by Jessica Reed, MFA, writer, and creative writing instructor. Registration is required.
— Intermediate Access is at 6 p.m. April 17. Continue to develop skills in databases by adding tables, pivot tables, and reports to a database. Cost is $15.
— Round Table Readers is 6:30 p.m. April 17. The book to be discussed is Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. Copies are available for check out at the front desk.
— AARP Driver Safety Program will be at noon April 18 for drivers age 50 and older. Attendees can expect to learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate their vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. They’ll learn adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. Cost is $12 for AARP members with cards and $14 for non-members. All attendees must present a driver’s license.
— Reader’s Theatre: Session 1 is 4 p.m. April 18 and Session 2 is 4 p.m. April 19 for children ages 7 to 11. During the first session, the program will assign characters, practice reading through the script, and create props and costumes. For the second session, friends and family are welcome to attend as the children perform the stories. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. Registration is required.
— SecondHand Tuesdays $1 a Bag Sale is all day April 19. Every second Tuesday from February through September the Library Shop will feature a $1 a Bag day.
— Picnic Babies is 9:30 a.m. April 20. This is a one-time Book Babies special. Children up to 15 months old and their adult caregivers can enjoy rhymes, songs, and fun as they pretend to picnic together.
— Teddy Bear’s Picnic is 10:30 a.m. April 20. Children ages 15 months to 3 1/2 who are accompanied by an adult can bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal and join for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun as they picnic together After the 20-minute session, there will be time to play and interact.
— Life & Times Book Discussion Group meets at 3:30 p.m. April 21. This is a book club for biography lovers. This quarter’s subject of discussion is Charlie Chaplin. Stop by the Customer Service Desk to check out a biography, then join for discussion, tea, and cookies. This book club will meet every three months.
— Duct Tape Crafts is 4:30 p.m. April 22. Join to make a wallet, jewelry, a phone holder, and more with duct tape. All materials are provided.
— Intermediate Word is 6 p.m. April 22. Develop word processing skills with shortcuts to creating documents and templates, using clipart and smart art, and more. Cost is $15.
— Lego Club is 5:30 p.m. April 24. Children ages 6 through 10 can gather to play a Wii Lego videogame and build with Legos.
— Introduction to Publisher is 6 p.m. April 24. Learn how to make professional-looking flyers, brochures, signs, certificates, and newsletters the easy way with the Publisher wizard. Cost is $15.
— Hands On: PC Practice Sessions are 10 a.m. April 25. Come to a free adult PC training practice session in the library’s training lab. Work on different computer programs and learn with a librarian available to assist.
— Movie Night: Argo is 5 p.m. April 25. Patrons ages 18 and older can enjoy free popcorn while watching 2013 Best Picture Oscar nominee “Argo,” with a run time of 120 minutes.
— Teen Book Club meets at 6 p.m. April 25. Teens in grades six through 12 can discuss books, eat snacks, and meet friends. Each month the club focuses on a new genre, such as dystopian, fantasy, or realistic fiction. There will be book-talks and lists with suggestions for each genre, but members choose the books they want to read for the month. Registration is requested. Contact Faythe Metzger with questions at email@example.com.
— AlphaTykes: H is at 10:30 a.m. April 26. Join for this brand new program focusing on the alphabet. Each story time will focus on a different letter using stories, rhymes, songs, and a simple craft. This program is intended for children between the ages of 2 and 3 1/2 and their adult caregivers. After the group session, there will be time to play with toys and interact.
— ArtsGo 2013 is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27. The library will once again be a stop on the Hendricks County Arts Council’s ArtsGo Artists Tour. Several artists will be present during this time to discuss and sell their art work.
— Introduction to PowerPoint is 6 p.m. April 29. Learn to make professional-looking presentations in just minutes by adding video, photographs, and audio files to a PowerPoint presentation. Basic beginner skills are also included. Cost is $15.
— Brown Bag Travel Club: Milan and Florence will be at 11:30 a.m. April 30. Bring a lunch and enjoy a trip to Milan and Florence as attendees view two episodes of the PBS series, “Rick Steves’ Europe.” Closed captioning is available. This program is for patrons 18 and older.
— Little Carver’s Garden Science Club meets at 5:30 p.m. April 30. The library is starting a garden club for children ages 6 through 10. The club will meet on the last Tuesday of each month and will be outside whenever weather permits. For more information, call 852-3167 ext. 2 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Hands On: Easy Website Building is 6 p.m. April 30. Ever wanted or needed to create a website but weren’t sure how to start? Join for this hands-on class about creating websites. Library staff will demonstrate how to use easy site builders like Google Sites and Weebly, and if time allows, a very basic look at some HTML coding. Registration is encouraged.
— Great Ideas Book Discussion Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 30. This is an adult book discussion group for people who like to read and discuss books about important ideas from literature, science, government, culture, and religion. Discussion books may be picked up and returned each month at the library’s customer service desk.
Clayton-Liberty Township Public Library
— The Clayton Public Library has launched an e-newsletter and Facebook page to keep the community informed of library activities and news. To sign up for the e-newsletter, e-mail to email@example.com, call 539-2991, or sign up at the library’s front desk. To become a “friend” of the library on Facebook, search Clayton Public Library and click “Like” to get in on the latest community events, library hours, resources, and children’s programs and events.
— Story Time for children ages 3 through those in pre-kindergarten is 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
— Little Listeners is a program for 18- to 36-month-old toddlers at 1 p.m. Thursdays.
— A naturalist from the McCloud Nature Center will visit at 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.
— There is an after school program at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
— Mad Scientist Children’s Program is at 5 p.m. March 28. All ages are welcome to learn science facts and participate in experiments.
Coatesville-Clay Township Public Library
— Storytime is from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. each Wednesday when Mill Creek Schools are in session, for preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Korleen Bledsoe will again serve as children’s programmer. McCloud Nature Park will present a nature program on the first Wednesday of each month.
— The library will be hosting a timely program on the disturbing subject of human trafficking in Indiana at 7 p.m. April 18. This program is not appropriate for children and attendees are asked to be at least 16. Presenters will be Tamara Weaver from the Indiana Attorney General’s office and Sarah Hurley, president of Kristy’s House, a shelter for victims of commercial sex exploitation. Refreshments will be provided.
Danville Public Library
— In memoriam of past director, Melba Geoffroy, and in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April, the library will sponsor a poetry contest for all ages. Poems must be original works and must be submitted by April 30. There will be three divisions for entry: 18 to adult, 13 to 17, and 12 and younger. Each division will have a panel of three judges from the community. Contestants may enter up to two poems; each must be typed or computer generated on 8 1⁄2x11-inch white paper in Arial or Times New Roman font. No graphics or color ink is allowed. Each poem must be titled and no longer than 40 lines. Poems will be assigned a number, as this will be a blind judging. Entry forms to accompany poems are available at the circulation desk or online at dplindiana.org. A first prize of $35 will be awarded in each division. There will also be a second prize of $25 and a third prize of $15 in each division, and everyone who participates will receive a certificate. Winning poems will be published in the DPL newsletter. For more information, stop by or call the library.
— Wiggleworms is 9:30 to 10 a.m. each Friday for babies ages 6 to 12 months and their adult craegivers. The program includes songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. Registration is required once for the 12-week program.
— Cuddlebugs is 10:30 to 11 a.m. each Friday for babies ages 12 to 24 months and their adult caregivers. The program includes fingerplays, songs, and stories. Registration is required once for the 12-week series.
— Toddler Tales is 11:30 a.m. to noon each Friday for children ages 2 to 3 and their adult caregivers. The program includes short stories, action rhymes, songs, and simple crafts. Class size is limited. Register once for the series.
— Preschool Storytime is 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each week includes a 15-minute group storytime and a 15-minute craft time. Parents are encouraged to leave their child for the first part of the program and then return to help with the craft.
— Grade School Poetry Program is 4 to 5 p.m. April 4. In this program, children will be creating poems and playing a poetry-inspired game.
— Magic Tree House Club is from 5 to 6 p.m. April 8 for children ages 5 through 12. The club will read A Perfect Day for Pandas. Books are available for checkout at the children’s desk or may be purchased for $3. Registration is required.
— Teen Poetry Workshop runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 10. Join to celebrate National Poetry Month by getting ideas for the library contest or share an existing poem with other teens to get feedback and make improvements. Registration is requested.
— Fifth Grade Book Club meets from 4 to 4:45 p.m. April 12. This is a club for fifth-graders and their parents. It provides a transition between the children’s programs and the teen and tween programs at the library. Read one of these two books for the April meeting: Second Life of Abigail Walker by Frances Dowell or Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation.
— The Iditarod-The Last Great Race Across America! is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 13. Karen Land, Hoosier native and three-time participant in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race, will give a dog mushing presentation and speak about her Iditarod experiences. Accompanying her will be her dog Borage. Registration is required.
— The Teen Advisory Board meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 17. Anyone in grades six through 12 that has an interest in teen materials, programs, and activities for teens and tweens should consider being a part of the board. They do activities, plan for future programs, develop a volunteer program, and participate in community service activities.
— Teen and Tween Recycle Crafts for Earth Day is 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 24. In honor of Earth Day, this program will allow attendees to create pieces of art that utilize recycled items.
— Tween and Teen Anime and Manga Club meets from 5 to 6 p.m. April 30. This is a program for children in grades six through 12.
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
— Protect Yourself from Identity Theft is 7 p.m. today. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 8.6 million households had at least one person age 12 or older who experienced identity theft victimization in 2010. Learn how to prevent identity theft. Join for a free identity theft seminar with Thomas Mass of Western and Southern Life. The seminar will offer various practical methods to protect yourself and your information from falling into the wrong hands. This is a free program, but registration is required.— Build-a-Mania is 2 p.m. March 29. Show off your creative genius by using the library’s collection of Legos to build alone or work with a friend. This is a free program for children in grades kindergarten through fifth.
— Reading with Dogs is 6:60 to 7:30 p.m. Trained and certified therapy dogs provide a relaxed and dog-friendly atmosphere which allows children to practice reading. Children should bring a book to read.
— Build-a-Mania is 10 a.m. April 3, and 6, and 2 p.m. April 5. Use the library’s collection of Legos to build alone or work with a friend.
— Junior Chef is 3 to 3:30 p.m. April 3. Children can learn to make their own quick and delicious snacks. This session, attendees will make a Bird’s-Nest Cookie. Clean hands are a must. The children’s desk has the list of ingredients for those concerned about food allergies. Registration is required at www.plainfieldlibrary.net or by calling 838-3801.
— Crafty Kids: April Showers is 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m. April 4. April showers bring may flowers and this rain cloud might bring lots of flowers to attendees. Registration is required at www.plainfieldlibrary.net.
— JumpBunch will be from 2 to 2:30 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, and 25. Weekly classes introduce age-appropriate sports and fitness to children while building coordination, self-esteem, and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Join for $33 per month with additional siblings $28 per month. Early registration not required.
— Animal Tales takes place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. April 5. Join a Park Naturalist from McCloud Nature Park for a story, this month Henry the Impatient Heron by Donna Love, and a related craft.
— Itsy Bitsy Storycraft: Spring is at 1:30, 3, 5, and 6:30 p.m. April 8 and 9. Get ready for spring and gather under the tree for a 30-minute story and craft.
— Put me in the Zoo! is from 6 to 6:45 p.m. April 10. Drop in to hear the classic picture book Put Me in the Zoon and then play with patterns, get a face spotted, and decorate a leopard to take home.
— Open Studio Night is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11. Join for two hours of focused painting or drawing. This free, informal gathering is for artists of all skill levels. Still-life compositions will be set up in the center of the room for inspiration, though participants may work from their own photographs if they prefer. Artists will provide their own materials including easels if they desire. A drop-cloth is required if the artist uses paint or pastels. Gentle instruction will be available for those who desire it.
— Kindergarten U is from 1 to 4 p.m. April 15 through 19. Children who are entering kindergarten this fall are invited to attend this special kindergarten readiness “camp.” A $15 fee, payable to Purdue University, covers the week-long session. Call the Purdue Extension office at 745-9260 to reserve a spot.
— Upcycled Notebooks is 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 17. April is National Recycling Month so patrons can stop by the library and make upcycled notebooks out of old cereal boxes.
— Support Teen Literature Day is from 3 to 8 p.m. April 18. Stop by area T after school and get a free book while supplies last.
— Minute to Win It Family Game Night is 6 p.m. April 19. Grab family or friends and come to the library for a challenging night of games that can be seen on the hit show. All the supplies for the games will be provided. See how many challenges can be conquered and spend time with family.
— Earth Day Awesomeness is from 6 to 8 p.m. April 22. Celebrate Earth Day by creating cool things from recycled materials. The movie WALL-E will be on in the background while crafting. Choose your craft/s: bring an old t-shirt and make it into a book bag; make a milk jug watering can; create a wind spinner out of plastic bottles; or make a photo frame out of recycled cardboard and toilet paper rolls.
— 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m. April 24. This program is for those that enjoy the 39 Clues book series. Come uncover secrets, decode mysteries, and work with a team to find hidden clues.
— Doctor Who Party is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 25. Teens are encouraged to dust off a bow tie and fez and head to the library to celebrate Doctor Who. There will be games, trivia, and prizes.
— Budgeting and Money Flow Seminar is 7 p.m. April 25. Feel like your paycheck is spent before you get it? Looking for ways to save money? Join for this free seminar with Thomas Mass of Western and Southern Life. The seminar will address various strategies for successful budgeting and tips for managing your money to help meet financial goals. Register at www.plainfieldlibrary.net.
— Dinner and a Movie starts at 5:30 p.m. April 27. Join and enjoy Chicago’s Pizza and a PG-13 rated movie. Registration is required for this free program. Register at www.plainfieldlibrary.net or by calling 838-3800.
— Kurt Vonnegut: His Life and Work is at 7 p.m. April 30. Chris Lafave from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library discusses the Hoosier author’s life in Indiana and show some of the wonderful artifacts on display with the Kurt Vonnegut traveling exhibit at the library through May 13.