March 2014 Programs
VITA Tax Assistance
Mondays and Tuesdays
VITA, Tax preparation volunteers will be available on Monday and Tuesday 9-3 Starting February 3 through April 15th. First come first served, no appointments.
Attack on the Fort!
Monday, March 3
Hear a story about a historical battle, then use a variety of items to construct miniature fortresses and catapults. The end of the program will be spent in battle! This program is open to ages 7-14.
Babies & Books
Tuesdays ~ March 4, 11, 18 & 25
This is a special story time for babies, birth-17 months of age and a loving adult. Join us as we sing, bounce and read our way to fun for you and your baby! Spending this special one-on-one time with your baby will not only strengthen your bond with each other, but will also stimulate and enhance your baby’s language development and other senses. Basic baby sign language will also be introduced. After story time, please plan to stay for a special 15-20 minute playgroup experience. Call 799-2771 to register. Program is limited to 10 families. Since this is a program for you and your baby, please make other arrangements for siblings if at all possible. Please bring a blanket for baby on the floor, especially those that are not yet walking.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party
Saturday, March 8
Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with activities and, of course, cake! Children under 7 must have adult supervision.
Tuesday, March 11
Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to participate at the club. A LEGO challenge will be issued at each meeting; however, kids are free to build as they desire. No registration is required.
Teen Tech Gaming
Thursday, March 13
As part of Teen Tech Week, teens can meet and participate in Wii gaming. Snacks and low-tech board games will also be available.
Saturday, March 15
Register for this event by calling 799-9160. Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.
Tuesday, March 18
Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to participate at the club. No registration is required.
Fridays – March 7, 14, 21, 28
Storytime for children 3-6 years of age with a loving adult featuring stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and lots of fun for everyone.
Wednesday, March 19
This workshop (formerly titled Entrepreneurial Series: Fundamentals of Starting a Business) is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to get started.
For more information about the MI-SBTDC, business resources and other workshops, go to www.misbtdc.org/GreatLakesBay or call 989-686-9597. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.
Community Literature Series
Thursday, March 20
March’s discussion is on the book “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer.
Saturday, March 22
Duplo club is for young builders 3-6 years of age with a loving adult. Use your imagination to build whatever you want
Saturday, March 22
Learn the basics of arm knitting and complete your own super-soft, chunky cowl in less than an hour! This class is ideal for beginners. Please bring two skeins of chunky yarn (and your arms!). Two instructors will be available to assist you with casting on, knitting, and casting off – - without knitting needles! An instructional video will be shown and handouts will be provided. To register, call 799-2771. This class is geared toward tweens and teens, but adults are welcome.
Box Up a Story!
Saturday, March 22 @ Hoyt Library
Please join our children’s library staff at one of these FREE and fun Childcare Provider Workshops that will feature the best of new books, as well as activities and resources that you can incorporate into your learning program.
Special Guest Presenter: Heidi Coggins, Quality Trainer
Learn about the array of educational resources and materials that are available through this FREE Lending Library for parents and early childhood professionals.
**All Childcare Providers, parents and educators attending this workshop will receive a certificate for participation. However, participants wishing to receive approved licensing training hours should contact The Great Start to Quality Resource Center at 989-399-7457 or online at www.greatstartCONNECT.org.
Friday, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 & 11
Drop-in storytime includes books brought to life by Ms. Maureen, music and movement for Preschoolers!
A Crafty Way to Spend an Afternoon
Thursday, April 3
School age children are invited to make a craft during spring break.
One Book, One Community
Meet Michigan’s own Doug Allyn, “The Burning of Rachel Hayes” on Saturday, April 12!
About the Book: The Burning of Rachel Hayes
After a stint in jail which cost him his wife and career, Dr. David Westbrook takes his battered Jeep, a one-eyed cat, and his troubled past to northern Michigan to start over. He plans to open a small country clinic where he can heal injured animals – and maybe himself. But he’s chosen the wrong county. When the remains of a Michigan farmwoman, dead since 1871 are recovered from an old well, strange accidents start happening.
About the Author: Doug Allyn
Doug Allyn is the author of eight novels and more than one hundred short stories. His short stories have garnered both critical and commercial acclaim and have been awarded numerous prizes, including the Robert L. Fish for best first story, the Edgar Allan Poe Award twice, and the Ellery Queen Derringer Award six times.
Allyn is a talented crime writer whose characters have a way of sticking in readers’ psyches. He is a Michigan author who places his stories mostly in Michigan.
Writer’s Workshop ~ 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ~ Hoyt Library
Have you always wanted to write, but weren’t sure how to begin? Perhaps you only need a tip or two to finish the great American novel. In either case, this is the workshop for you.
An award winning author, Doug Allyn will share insights, discuss the art, the craft and the business of writing in an informal roundtable workshop that welcomes writers from beginners to bestsellers.
The topics will be widely varied. How do I get started? Fact or fiction, which is right for me? Where do ideas come from? Are classes useful? Fiction, the long and the short of it. How do I beat writers’ block? Should I join a writer’s club or a book club? To outline or not, that is the question. What about self publishing? What does the impact of the internet mean to the writer’s markets?
The session will be a combination of lecture and discussion in a freewheeling round table format, with the itinerary for the journey largely chosen by the passengers. Call 755-9832 to register for this workshop.
Author Presentation ~ 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ~ Saginaw Club
You are invited to a free author presentation, question and answer session, and book signing at the Saginaw Club. Light refreshments will be provided before the program beginning at 3:00 p.m.
I Can Do That!
Tuesday, March 25
Can you slide under a stick with a cake behind your back? Come celebrate Dr. Seuss and play the game of I Can Do That! Children under the age of 7 need a helper.
Monday, March 31
Monday Matinee–Join us for a movie to start your spring break.
Mother Goose Time
Thursdays ~ April 3, 10, 17 & 24
Join us for this storytime for children 18-24 months of age with a loving adult. It features simple songs, nursery rhymes, movement activities, stories and lots of fun. Call 799-2771 to register.