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Happenings at MPL

Library Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum closes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. The Library and Museum is now open on Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

Preschool Tales. Mondays, Oct. 7, 14 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Activity Room. This program features stories, songs and activities for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years.

PJ Tales. Tuesdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 29 at 6 p.m. Children’s Activity Room. This program features stories songs and activities for preschoolers through second-graders. Pajamas welcome.

Game On. Wednesdays, Oct. 16 and 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. Children’s/Youth Services. Come and get your game on! Play video or board games and enjoy a snack. For children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Sensory Tales. Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17 and 31 at 10:30 a.m. This hands-on program encourages creative play for preschoolers, ages 3-6 years.

Let’s Knit & Crochet. Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. Forrest Room on the Museum. Let’s Knit & Crochet is open to adults. All skill levels are welcome. The fee for beginners is $15 to cover the cost of materials for the first project. Beginners must register at Reference Services the Monday before starting. Registration is not necessary for others.

Wee Tales. Fridays, Oct. 11 and 18 at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Activity Room. This interactive program is packed with books, movement and music, for infants to 3 years.

Chess Club. Fridays, Oct. 18 from 4-5 p.m. Teen Room. “Why has one game, alone among the thousands of games invented and played throughout human history, not only survived but thrived within every culture it has touched? What is it about its 32 figurative pieces, moving about its 64 black and white squares according to very simple rules, that has captivated people for nearly 1,500 years? Why has it driven some of its greatest players into paranoia and madness, and yet is hailed as a remarkably powerful intellectual tool?” Come play “the Immortal Game” at Chess Club!

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies. Saturday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m. Meeting Room B. Free pop and popcorn. Please call Reference/Adult Services for title and rating.

Read to the Dogs. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Children’s/Youth Services. Children may choose a book to read to a therapy dog.

Books, Bites and Beyond. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. 9:30 a.m. (grades six to eight) in Meeting Room A. At 4:30 p.m. (grades three to five) in the Children’s Activity Room. Ami Brainerd will lead in discussion and activities. Snack provided. Space limited; sign-up required.

Teen DIY. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. Teen Room. For teens in grades seven to 12. Decorate a masquerade mask.

Barb Wilson book discussion group. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Israel Conference Room. We will be discussing “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. For a copy of the book, contact Reference/Adult Services.

The 1940 Census and Preparing for the 1950 Census. Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Meeting Room B. Learn about using the U.S. Federal Census for genealogy research and discover what information will be available in the 1950 census that will be released April 1, 2022. Presented by Allison DePrey Singleton from the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library.

Creation Station. Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children’s/Youth Services. Hands-on projects to create and take home.

MPL Board Meeting. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. At this meeting, the 2020 budget will be adopted.

Natural Wellness Class: For the Smell of It. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Children’s Activity Room. What does your sense of smell have to do with your wellness? And how can we harness that power to help improve our overall health? Sign-up required, $5 fee includes make and take. Sign up by Tuesday, Oct. 8. Presented by Tammy Maddox and Mindy Manning.

Otakus. Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Meeting Room B. Are you a teen grade seven to 12 and like anime and manga? Join us for this month’s meeting and hang out with other teens.

Lego Club. Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. and Monday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Meeting Room B. Build your own Lego creation to put on display. For children ages 4 years and up.

Grant County Fiber Arts Guild. Saturday, Sept. 21 from 1-3 p.m. Forrest Room of the Museum. Open to anyone with an interest in fiber arts. Must have tools and at least beginning skills. Call Sue Bratton at 765-668-2900, ext. 1145 for further information.

Movie. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. Meeting Room B. Free pop and popcorn. Movie rated G. For title, contact Reference/Adult Services.

Family, Food and Fun. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Children’s/Youth Services. Art in Motion will bring pets for a pet meet and greet and talk about different types of pets and the care they required. Sign-up required in Children’s/Youth Services or call 668-2900, ext. 1105.

Creation Station. Thursday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children’s hands-on project to create and take.

Halloween Escape Room. Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children’s Activity Room. You and your crew were elated when you snagged invitations to the swankiest Halloween masquerade ball in town. But now, people are starting to disappear. Will you be next? Teams of three to six people, sign-up in Children’s/Youth Services. Spots are limited.

Halloween Party: Monster Mash. Friday, Oct. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Meeting Room B. Children in preschool through sixth grade, join us for a dance party, book walk, face painting and the Haunted Walkway. Costumes optional.

STEAM Stations. Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s Activity Room. Families are invited to explore hands-on STEAM activities. Sign up in Children’s/Youth Services or by calling 668-2900, ext. 1105.

Family Yoga. Monday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B. Join us for a yoga class led by Jessy Pearson-Cheney (RYT 200). This class is open to all, no prior yoga experience required. Bring a yoga mat, or beach towel, and wear comfortable clothing. Sign up in Children’s/Youth Services or call 765-668-2900, ext. 1105.

Purdue Extension presents: Lighten Up Your Cooking. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Meeting Room B. Program will share ideas to modify recipes to lower fat and calories when cooking and baking. Plus, learn how to optimize time spent in the kitchen.

The Connector Display Case features a collection of dragons courtesy of Sue Goffinet.

The second floor Art Display area will have the Grant County Art Association’s Fall Show from through Oct. 27.

Please call the Marion Public Library if you have questions about any of the above activities. 765-668-2900, ext. 1101 or 1133.