— Avon-Washington Township Public Library
— Animal Tales is 2 p.m. May 3. Each month, join the Hendricks County Parks Department as they host a story time/craft session featuring animals found here in Indiana. Programs are for children ages 4 through 10 and registration is required. Learn about beavers and hear a reading of Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy McDonald. The class will also make a beaver craft. Registration is required.
— Pokemon League is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 4 and 18. The Pokemon League provides a nearby place for players to get together with other fans of both the Pokemon Trading Card Game and the Pokemon video games. Using their own cards and Pokemon DS games, they can play, trade, and earn prizes. Those who don’t know all the rules of the game, can learn. Joining a league is the best way to hone the skills needed to compete in Pokémon tournaments from Battle Roads all the way up to the World Championships. For more information, see Circle City Gaming at Facebook.com/CircleCityGaming.
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, and a 1939 autographed copy of Prudence Penny’s cookbook.
— ArtsGo 2013 is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. 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 is 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 ages 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.
— Animal Tales: Little Beaver and the Echo is 4 p.m. May 1. Children ages 3 through 12 are invited to take part in animal adventures with the Hendricks County Parks and Recreation naturalist. Each month the program will feature an animal found right here in Indiana while reading a story that helps them discover their wild neighbors.
— Fractured Eggs is 5:30 p.m. May 1. Did Humpty really fall? Or was he pushed? What is the True Story of the Three Little Pigs? Was Goldilocks really just so sweet and innocent? Attendees can find the answers to these and other burning questions about Mother Goose rhymes and classic fairy tales as a part of the library’s Mother Goose Day Celebration. Participants can then take a stab at writing their own endings to these beloved tales. The program is for children in first through fifth grades. Snacks will be provided.
— AlphaTykes: I is 10:30 a.m. May 3. Join for this 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 ages 2 to 3 1/2 who are accompanied by an adult caregiver. After the group session, children will have time to play with toys and interact.
— Rockin’ Tots & Tykes is 5:30 p.m. May 8. Join for stories, songs, rhymes, and dancing. After a 20-minute session, children will have time to play and interact. This program is intended for children ages 18 months to 3 1/2 years and their adult caregivers.
— Introduction to Word is 6 p.m. May 8. Learn the ins and outs of Word. Learn how to create letters, flyers, and bulleted lists, insert pictures, decorative fonts, and more. Cost is $15.
— Introduction to Excel is 6 p.m. May 8. Learn the ins and outs of Excel. Learn how to create graphs, charts, add graphics and colors to spreadsheets, plus the basic simple formula concepts. Cost is $15.
— Perennial Plant Exchange is 6:30 p.m. May 8. Master Gardener Colletta Kosiba returns for the 12th year. Bring six labeled plants. Kosiba will give gardening tips and then conduct the plant exchange. Registration is required.
— Leftovers Sale is 9 to 6 p.m. May 9 and 10. Leftovers aren’t always such a bad thing. Stop in and pick up hidden treasures. Patrons will be cleaning closets and storage and will be selling all kinds of items.
— Appy Hour is 6:30 p.m. May 9. Kick back and join for a discussion on the latest and greatest apps. Instead of a traditional lecture, this will be a chance for patrons to share what apps they adore and what apps they hate. Get personal reviews from other attendees. Librarians will be on hand to facilitate the discussion and demonstrate apps that are discussed. Light (non-alcoholic) refreshments will be provided.
— Mommy and Me: Book Babies Special is 9:30 a.m. May 10. The program will have rhymes, songs, and fun as children ages 6 to 15 months and their adult caregivers celebrate Mother’s Day.
— I Love Mom!: Tots & Tykes Special is 10:30 a.m. May 10. Come celebrate Mother's Day. Join for stories, songs, rhymes and a fun craft. After the 20-minute session, children have time to play and interact together. This program is intended for children between the ages of 15 months and 3.5 years old with their adult caregiver.
— Chess Club meets at 1 p.m. May 11. Calling all kids who love to play chess or want to learn how. Join the club for kids ages 5 through 11 where all ability levels are welcome. Attendees can bring their own chess set if they have one, but the library will have chess sets here for you to use as well.
— One Stroke Painting Class is held at 10 a.m. May 11. The project will be sunflowers on a gallery wrapped canvas. Attendees will learn the proper techniques of loading and blending paint onto the brush and is taught by Marilyn Tentler, level 2 One Stroke Certified Instructor. All supplies are furnished for a fee of $30. Payment will be taken on the day of class only. Registration is required and ends on May 10 at noon.
— Intermediate Word is at 6 p.m. May 13. Develop word-processing skills with shortcuts to creating documents and templates, using clipart and smart art and more. Cost is $15.
— SecondHand Tuesdays $1 Bag Sale is all day May 14. Every second Tuesday February through September, the library shop will feature a $1 bag day where patrons can come and grab a bag or two or more. Bags are provided in the shop so stop in for bargains.
— Book Bites Storytime at Big Apple Bagel is at 10 a.m. May 14. Join for songs, stories, and fun at Big Apple Bagel. Come for some books and stay for some bites. Conveniently located on the north side of town near the movie theater. All ages welcome.
— Intermediate Excel is 6 p.m. May 15. Develop Excel skills by learning how to make calculations easier, put spreadsheets in presentations, add functions to spreadsheets plus more. Cost is $15.
— Round Table Readers meet 6:30 p.m. May 15. This month, all things Eleanor Roosevelt will be discussed. Stop by the front desk for a selection of fiction and non-fiction titles featuring the famous first lady.
— Yield for Yarn is 2:30 p.m. May 20. This group is open to knitters and crocheters. Bring any project being worked on, chat, and get ideas from others.
— Movie Night: “Trouble with the Curve” is 5 p.m. May 23. Enjoy free popcorn while watching the film, which has a run time of 111 minutes. Program is for agest 18+.
— Introduction to Computers, Internet, E-mail, and Digital Cameras is 6 p.m. May 20. Discover the world of computers with this basic computer introduction class. Practice writing in Word, printing, surfing the Internet and email while developing a good understanding of a computer. Bring a laptop or use one of our training lab computers, or both. Cost is $15.
— Book Buddies Volunteer Training is from 4 to 5 p.m. May 21 or 5 to 6 p.m. June 4. Volunteer this summer to be a "teen book buddy" with a child in kindergarten through 3rd grade. All volunteers must attend one training session. They will learn all about the program, as well as special tips for working with young children. All volunteers will also enjoy a special volunteer recognition party at the end of the summer. Open to teens ages 11 through 19. Volunteers should bring a calendar of available dates for the summer. Volunteers should register for the training session to attend at www.brownsburg.lib.in.us or by calling 852-3167. For those that are unable to attend a training session but still want to participate, please contact Faythe at 852-3167 or email@example.com.
— Lego Club meets at 5:30 p.m. May 22. The BPL provides the Legos. Each session will have a different theme and a different Wii Lego videogame to play as well as free building time to make a custom Lego creation. For ages 6 through 10.
— Advanced Excel is 6 p.m. May 22. Build on spreadsheet skills with practice in pivot tables, filters, mail merges and look-up functions. Cost is $15.
— Teen Book Club meets at 6 p.m. May 23. Join to discuss books, eat snacks, and meet new friends. Each month the club will focus 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 will choose the book to read for the month. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is optional but appreciated. Please contact Faythe Metzger with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Brown Bag Travel Club, Madrid and Castille meets on May 28. Bring a lunch and travel to Spain with the club as they watch two episodes of the PBS series “Rick Steves’ Europe.” Program is for ages 18+.
— Little Carver's Garden Science Club meets at 5:30 p.m. May 28. BPL is starting a kids’ garden club. Children ages 6 through 10 are invited to help beautify the Brownsburg Public Library while doing some plant based science experiments. The club will be outside whenever weather permits. For more information call 852-3167 ext.2 or email Jaminnia at email@example.com.
— Great Ideas Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 p.m. May 28. 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 customer service desk.
— AlphaTykes: J is 10:30 a.m. May 29. 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 with an adult caregiver. After the group session, children will have time to play with toys and interact together.
— Hands On: PC Practice Sessions is 10 a.m. May 30. Come to a free adult PC training practice sessions in the Library Training Lab. Work on different computer programs and learn with a Librarian available to assist. No registration required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
— Dig Into Reading is the theme of the library’s 2013 summer reading program. Sessions are every Wednesday, June 12 through 26 and July 3 through 17. Children entering grades one through three will meet from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and children entering grades four through six will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. The summer reading program will conclude with a party from 1 to 3 p.m. July 17. All sessions and activities are free and will include snacks. Visit the library on Facebook by searching for Coatesville-Clay Township Public Library or check the website for updates. For more information, call the library from 1 to 7 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Danville Public Library
— In memoriam of past library director Melba Geoffroy and in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April, the library is sponsoring 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 caregivers. The program includes songs, rhymes, finger plays, 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 finger plays, 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 story time 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.
— Teen Advisory Board Meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 15. Everyone in grades 6 through 12 who has an interest in teen materials collection, programs, and activities offered for teens and tweens should consider being a member. All meetings are open to newcomers. The group does fun activities, plans future programs and activities, develops a volunteer program, and participates in community service activities in addition to helping with other programs offered at the DPL. For more information, call or e-mail Kris at 745-2604 or email@example.com.
—Tween and Teen Anime and Manga Club meets from 5 to 6 p.m. April 30. This program is for those in grades 6 through 12. Registration is requested but not required.
— Creative Writing Workshop for Adults with Jessica Reed, MFA, Writer, and Creative Writing Instructor is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18. This workshop will cover the essentials of writing believable, well-crafted dialogue, from the mechanics of attribution to quirky dialect. The program is for all age levels, beginning and experienced writers welcome.
— American Girl Party with Julie is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 5. Girls ages 7-years-old and up are invited to bring a favorite doll to a groovy party celebrating the 1970s with Julie, a girl growing up in a time of great social change and possibilities. Many issues important to her are still important to young ladies today and the program will have crafts and activities to highlight them. Attendees may even learn the Hustle, so break out Disco clothes. There will also be some food and prizes. Space is limited and registration is required by May 2. A 24-hour cancellation notice is appreciated.
— Spine Crackers is from 5 to 6 p.m. June 4. This month, the group will be reading Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is an ongoing teen book discussion group that meets every other month and is for students in grades 6 through 12. At book discussions, there are games, activities, or crafts. Contact Kris with any questions at 745-2604 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Never Too Old for YA Book Club meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 22. This club is for those that continue to love teen literature and is for those 16-years-old and older. Contact Kris for more information at 745-2604 or email@example.com. The book for this month’s meeting is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
— Dinner and a Movie starts at 5:30 p.m. today. Enjoy Chicago’s Pizza and a PG-13 rated movie. Registration is required for this free program.
— Kurt Vonnegut: His Life and Work is 7 p.m. April 30. Chris Lafave from the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library discusses the Hoosier author’s life in Indiana and shows some of the artifacts on display with the Kurt Vonnegut traveling exhibit at the library through May 13.