Great Programs are at the Westchester Public Library

By: Westchester Public Library Last Updated: January 23, 2014

westchester-public-libraryYoung Adult and Adult Midwinter Reading Program

Young Adults (grades 6-12) and Adults are invited to Let it Snow...and Get Buried in a Book, Westchester Public Library's 2014 midwinter reading program. The program will run February 1-28 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, and Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. No pre-registration is required, but a valid Westchester Public Library card is necessary.

Read or listen to a book (including eBooks) of personal choice checked out from Westchester Public Library. Adult participants will fill out a review card for each book read and return the card to the Circulation desk at either Thomas or Hageman Library. Homebound residents will give their filled out forms to their Homebound service provider who will turn the forms in for them.

Young adults will fill out a review card for each book read and return the card to the Reference desk at Thomas Library or the Circulation desk at Hageman Library. Review cards are available at both libraries.

Each review card is an entry to win a prize in one of the weekly drawings at each library, for adult, homebound, and young adult. Patrons do not need to be present to win. Only one prize per person is allowed during the program. For more information, call either Thomas Library at 926-7696 or Hageman Library at 926-9080.

The Art Box Continues at Thomas Library

Westchester Public Library's drop-in craft program, The Art Box, will continue each Saturday in February during the hours of 10am-2pm. Children of all ages are welcome; parents are asked to accompany their little ones. No registration is necessary, just drop in.

Bring your imagination and take a peek into the art box to find out the project for the day – and then create it! Once a month, a guest will visit the Art Box and share special talents and ideas with the children. For more information, contact the Children's Department at Thomas Library, 926-7696.

Bits and Bytes Continues at WPL with Introduction to Google Apps

Bits and Bytes will continue Tuesday, February 11, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Westchester Public Library, with Introduction to Google Apps. Attendees will meet in the Bertha Wood meeting room on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. The class is free, but registration is required as space is limited. Registration for the class will begin on January 28. To reserve your spot, visit or call the Serials Department or register online at http://www.wpl.lib.in.us/. Click on the Bits and Bytes link.

Google is more than just a search engine. Google has changed the way people access and interact with information on the internet. Google information tools include Google Maps, Google Books, Google Images, Google Earth and YouTube. Google also creates tools that allow you to combine information about yourself with information on the internet as well as collaborative tools to help you work and play with others.

Some of the collaborative tools that will be explored in the class are Google sites, Gmail, Google Calendar, Latitude and Google Docs and Spreadsheets. For more information, please call the Serials/Automation Department at 926-7696, extension 25.

Lego Club at Thomas Library

Westchester Public Library's continuing Lego Club will meet Friday, February 14, at 6:30 pm. Clubbers meet in the Children's Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Attendance is free of charge. Registration is necessary. Children ages six years and up are welcome to sign up in the Children's Department.

Children will get a bucket of Legos and may build something from their own imaginations. For more information, contact the Children's department at Thomas Library, 926-7696.

Social Networking Class at Library

Bits and Bytes will continue at Westchester Public Library with Introduction to Social Networking. The class will be held on Wednesday, February 5, from 1-4 pm in the Bertha Wood meeting room located on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton. The class is free, but registration is required. Registration is underway. Visit or call the library to register, or register online at http://www.wpl.lib.in.us; click on the Bits and Bytes link.

Learn more about Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, MySpace, Google Plus, and other networking sites. Learn how they work, dos and don'ts, security issues, how to upload photos and much more. Connect online with family and friends via the social networking sites you'll learn about in the class. For more information and to reserve your spot in the Introduction to Social Networking class, please call the Serials/Automation Department at 926-7696, extension 25.