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Messenger Library has some unusual programs coming up

03/14/2015 03:20PM ● By Tim

discover copters and drones at Messenger Library

National Library Week: Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library April 12–18

Unleash the possibilities by visiting Messenger Public Library in person or online! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Best-selling author David Baldacci serves as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015.


Elect your Library Board of Trustees April 7

The following slate of candidates will appear on the Consolidated Election ballot for five open seats on the Library Board. Information on the candidates will be available via the Library’s website starting March 1. The Library will also be the site for early voting in March and the actual election on April 7. Get out and vote!.

4-year Term of Office
(Three Openings)

•          Mary Beth Hutches

•          Corinn Sparks

•          Justin C. Kline

•          Mark Saperston

•          Paul Rodenback

•          Eric Brumbaugh

2-Year Terms of Office
(Two Openings)

•          Dominick Leo

•          William Middleton

•            James R. Hicks


Teens—Volunteer for Summer Reading

Applications for summer reading volunteers (currently in gr. 6–12) are available on the website or in Youth Services. Applications must be filled out by the teen and turned in at the YSD desk by May 1. No late applications will be accepted.

Food for Fines—Sun., April 12 to Sat., April 18

The Library will waive up to $10 in current library fines during National Library Week. Staff will not waive money owed for lost, damaged or missing library materials. The food will be donated to a local area food bank. One non-perishable food item will waive $1 worth of fines.

Come to the Youth Services dedication and reception

Join us Sun., April 12 between 1:30–4pm for the formal dedication of the recently renovated Youth Services Department. Family members of the late Barbara Messenger Tinker will be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm.

Poetry Treasure Hunt: April 1–31

Celebrate National Poetry Month by discovering poetry throughout the Library! Visit Youth or Adult Services to participate.

Planes, ‘Copters and Drones

Sat., March 21 • 2–4pm

Learn all about remote controlled flight-craft and the local Aurora Barnstormers Club. Try your hand at “flying” a remote controlled airplane or helicopter on a computer simulator and see some actual model planes, helicopters and multi-rotors (drones). For adults and youth, ages 10 and up. Youth ages 10 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and all attendees must register in advance.


Programs and activities for youth & adults

Please stop in, phone, or visit the Library’s  online website calendar for more information and registration. Programs and group meetings start at the time listed unless noted as drop-in sessions. Space is limited and registration is required.


Programs for Children and Families

Fun with Duct Tape!

Sat., Mar. 14 • 3–4:15pm

Gr. 4–6. Let’s make bookmarks and mini photo frames! Please bring small photo with you, or we’ll snap one that day. Registration required.

Reading Adventure Club

Tues., Mar. 17 • 4–4:45pm
Art-ful Illustrations

Tues., Apr. 21 • 4–4:45pm
It Starts with a Seed

K–Gr. 3. Come in for a reading adventure with stories and a craft! Registration required.

Spring Break: Game Time

Wed., Apr. 1 • 2–4pm

Gr. 3–6. Get ready to race with a Wii Mario Kart tournament! Enjoy board games and snacks while you watch or wait for your turn to compete. Registration required.

Sensory Playtime

Toddlers: Wed., Apr. 29 •

Babies: Thurs., Apr. 30 •

Exploring with their senses help babies and toddlers to learn more about their world! Visit our online calendar for more details.

Programs for Teens

Teen Tech Week: March 8–14

Mini Maker-Space. Stop by the teen section this week to do a quick craft using instructions and materials from our Mini Maker-Space!

Digital Scavenger Hunt

Do you know what Messenger can do for you when you’re not even at the Library? Visit our Tumblr or Facebook from March 1–15 to get the details! All participants receive a coupon for $2 off library fines and an entry for a gift card drawing.

You Can Do What with Duct Tape?!

Thurs., Apr. 2 • 6:30–7:45pm

Learn to make bags out of duct tape and comics or magazines! Additional projects will also be available. Registration required.

No School! Game Time

Mon., Apr. 20 • 2–4pm

Get ready to brawl with a Wii Super Smash Bros. tournament! Enjoy board games and snacks while you watch or wait for your turn to battle. Registration required.

Programs for Adults

For adults and teens over 13.

Paleo Diet: How to Integrate the Paleo Diet into Your Eating Plan

Sat., March 14 • 10:30am–12pm

Learn about the Paleo Diet, its strengths and weaknesses, and how to integrate it into your healthy eating plan. Register in advance.

Make Your Own Real Silk Flowers!
Art Club for Grownups

Sat., March 21 • 10am–12pm

Join guest artist, Janan Hudek, and learn to use recycled silk fabric and felting techniques to create beautiful  flowers. Please register in advance so that we can have enough supplies for everyone. Beginners welcome!

Myths and History of the Great Highland Bagpipes

Sat., March 28 • 2–3:30pm

Join J. Kevin Chapman in this demonstration and interactive program and learn about the history, regalia and piping of the Highland. Space is limited, please register in advance.

Let’s Make a Junk Journal!
Art Club for Grownups

Sat., April 18 • 10am–12pm

Use odds and ends to create a one of a kind journal! All materials provided. Please register in advance so that we can have enough supplies for everyone. Beginners welcome!


eBay—Basics of Buying
& Selling

Mon., April 27 • 7–8:30pm

Learn to navigate, buy and sell on eBay. Learn to register on eBay, set up a listing for items to sell, and set up a PayPal account. Must have basic keyboard and software computer skills, and an email account. Space is very limited; register in advance.

Book Discussion Groups

Love to read and discuss books? Join one of the Library’s book groups. Copies of the books available at Checkout Desk.

Messenger Evening Book Discussion Group

First Monday • 7–8:30pm

March 2: The Matchmaker
by Elin Hilderbrand
April 6: What She Left Behind
 by Ellen Wiseman

Morning Coffee Break
& a Book

Fourth Tuesday • 10:30–11:30am

March 24: Still Life by Louise Penny

April 28: Leaving Time
 by Jodi Picoult

Monthly Groups

Art Club for Grownups

Sat., March 21 • starts promptly, 10am–12pm • Silk Flowers

Sat., April 18 • starts promptly, 10am–12pm • Junk Journal

Fox Valley Writers Group

Second & fourth Tuesdays • 7–8:30pm

New members and writers always welcome. 

Games for Grownups

Third Thursday • 6:30–8:30pm

Explore the world of designer board games! Learn a new game, or play a classic. Beginners welcome.

Genealogy Group

Second Monday • 7–8:30pm

Find, share and learn about new genealogy resources and topics, bring your research, and ask questions.