Beyond Books: Check out these events at your local library Oct. 26-Nov. 2 and beyond – The Pioneer

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EDITOR’S NOTE: While the state has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions, local libraries may have different requirements for entry. Please contact your local library. If any listing is inaccurate or to submit an event, please contact Julie Norwood at julie.norwood@pioneergroup.com.
Big RapidsCommunity Library
BRCL requires all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks during their visit. If you do not have your mask, one can be provided to you. To register for an event, call the library at 231-796-5234 or email Sarah at swelch@bigrapidslibrary.org.
• Take and Make Kits (all ages): Monthly kits available at the circulation desk at a first come, first serve basis. The kits are made for everyone and will not adhere to age groups like previous months.
• A-Z Kit Club (ages 3-5): Participants receive weekly bags that spotlights a letter of the alphabet and Talk is Teaching activities. Register by emailing Sarah at [email protected]
• Murder Mystery Kit (ages 8 and older): Each kit will include witness statements, clues, suspect files and more. Can you solve the mystery? This kit will be available the third Monday of each month on a first come, first served basis.
• Knot Just Knitting (all ages): 6:30-8 p.m. first and third Thursday of each month. Share favorite hobby whether its knitting, cross-stitch, or scrapbooking. Contact: Kayla at [email protected]
• Caregiver Connection (adults): 10-10:45 p.m. Fridays. Themed weekly meetings gives tips on caregiving. Bring kids for free play during discussion.
• Storytime with Mr. Howard (ages 0-5): 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the library community room.
• Teen Tuesdays ages (13-18): 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Register at the library or by emailing Sarah at [email protected]
• Architects Assemble (all ages): 1-2:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. Builders may work on their own or follow a guided activity. Email [email protected] with any questions.
• Myths & Mysteries (ages 9-12): 4-5 p.m. third Thursday of each month, Sept. 21-Nov. 16. Sign up at the library or by emailing [email protected]
• Cut & Paste (ages 6-8): 4-5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday each month. Each month will feature a different craft and a snack. Register at the library or by emailing [email protected]
• Fall Festival Events: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30: Join Mr. Howard for crafts and fun activities. A family friendly movie will begin 6:30 p.m.
Reed City AreaDistrict Library
Reed City Area District Library has revamped its website. Updates will continue to be made throughout the first part of October. Check it out at www.reedcitylibrary.org
• Second Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Each month the library will host a variety of events. Visit facebook.com/reedcitylibrary for details.
• Story Hour: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Join Ms. Cyndi for fun stories and activities.
• Scrabble: 1-3 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
Morton Township Library
• Spooky Magic Show: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26. Join magician Gordon Russ for some fast-paced spooktacular fun for the whole family.
• Story Hour (ages 0-5): 10 a.m. Tuesdays. In-person Story Hour is back. If you prefer to enjoy storytime from the comfort of your own home, weekly videos will be posted and craft packets will be available.
• Crafty Wednesday’s for Kids: Kits are available for curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 231-972-8315 and staff will bring the packets out to you.
• STEAM Kits To Go: The kits integrate high-interest books with interactive resources for family fun and learning, and are available to check out with your library card!
Walton Erickson Public Library
• Book Sale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Funds raised will support library programs.
• Book Signing, Meet and Greet: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20. Meet Michigan authors Carol Underhill, “Angelica’s Christmas Wish,” and Renee Jensen, “The Twinkling Tree.”
Evart Public District Library
• Preschool Story Hour: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Come in and enjoy stories with Miss Marty.
LeRoy Community Library
• Busy Bags: Available the first of each month. Free monthly steam-centered activities for pre-k through sixth grade. For more information, email [email protected] or call 231-768-4493.
• Story Time with Mr. Tom: 3:30-4 p.m. Thursdays. Mr. Tom will share his favorite books. Snacks provided.
Tamarack District Library
• Under the Radar: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Tamarack District Library, 832 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview. Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman, of the PBS show Under the Radar, will share great stories from their travels around Michigan. Call 989-352-6274 to reserve a seat.
AREA BOOK CLUBS
• Novel Tea Book Club: 3 p.m. third Thursday of each month at Artworks,106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. 231-796-2420.
• Reed City Readers Book Club: 6 p.m. third Thursday of each month at Reed City Area District Library, 829 S. Chestnut St., Reed City. 231-832-2131.
• Page Turners Book Club: 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Morton Township Library 110 S. James St., Mecosta, 231-972-8315.
• Coffee Break Book Connection: Second Tuesday of each month at Walton Erickson Public Library, 4808 Northland Drive, Morley, 231-856-4298.
LIST OF LIBRARIES
Mecosta County
• Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, 231-796-5234
• Morton Township Library 110 S. James St., Mecosta, 231-972-8315
• Walton Erickson Public Library, 4808 Northland Drive, Morley, 231-856-4298
• Wheatland Township Library, 207 Michigan Ave, Remus, 989-967-8271
• Barryton Public Library, Barryton Branch, 198 Northern Ave., Barryton, 989-382-5288
• Barryton Public Library, Chippewa Branch, 19171 Fourth St., Chippewa Lake, 231-867-2014
Osceola County
• Reed City Area District Library, 829 S. Chestnut St., Reed City, 231-832-2131
• Evart Public Library, 104 N. Main St., Evart, 231-734-5542
• LeRoy Community Library, 104 W. Gilbert St., Leroy, 231-768-4493
• M. Alice Chapin Memorial Library, 120 E. Main St., Marion, 231-743-2421
• Tustin Community Library, 310 S. Neilson St., Tustin, 231-829-3012
Lake County
• Pathfinder Community Library, 812 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, 231-745-4010
• Chase Township Public Library, 8400 E. North St., Chase, 231-832-9511
• Luther Area Library 115 State St., Luther, 231-797-8006
After earning a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in counseling psychology, Julie Norwood moved from the Chicago area to Newaygo County in 2006. She freelanced for a couple of small town newspapers before being hired at MLive Media Group, where she spent almost eight years in a variety of roles before being hired with the Pioneer. Outside of work, she plays drums and guitar at church; watches cop and educational shows on TV; and, when she has time, reads mystery/suspense/thriller novels.

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