April 2014 Programs
VITA Tax Assistance
Mondays and Tuesdays
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
VITA, Tax preparation volunteers will be available Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. through April 15th. First come first served, no appointments.
“It’s Magic!” with Jeff Wawrzaszek
Wednesday, April 2
You will be amazed by Jeff W’s magical performance. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, April 5
Join members of Saginaw Valley State University’s Comics Club and learn how to draw cartoons. The drawings being showcased will be simple figure drawings, animal drawings, chibi drawings, and monster drawings. This class is geared toward tweens and teens who would like to learn the basics of cartooning. Stroke-by-stroke explanations will be given along with tips on how to bring your artwork to life. If time permits, basic techniques for drawing backgrounds will also be covered. All supplies are included. Call 799-2771 to register.
Mother Goose Times
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.
A Crafty Way to Spend an Afternoon
Thursday, April 3
Spring break craft program for school age children.
Hooray for Books!
Friday, April 4
Preschool storytime celebrates books and reading for Library Month. Children ages 3 – 5 are welcome to attend with a loving adult. Storytime features stories, songs, fingerplays and fun for all.
Saturday, April 5
Children must be 7-12 to register and adult participation is encouraged.
Tuesday, April 8
Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to participate at the club meetings. A LEGO challenge will be issued at each meeting; however, kids are free to build as they desire. No registration is required.
Tuesday, April 15
Kids ages 7-12 are welcome to participate at the club meetings. No registration is required.
Tweens and Teens Make their own Bubblegum Machine
Students in grades 5th -12th can join in the fun as you make your own personal bubblegum machine. Be creative by personalizing it with your school colors, school mascot or favorite art design. When you’re all done, fill your machine with bubblegum. This program is FREE, but registration is required by calling the library of your choice. Registration is limited to 25 at each branch.
Thursday, April 10 – 6:00 p.m.
Butman-Fish Library ~ 799-9160
Monday, April 21 – 4:30 p.m.
Wickes Library ~ 752-3821
Tuesday, April 22 – 4:30 p.m.
Claytor Library ~ 753-5591
One Book, One Community
Meet Michigan’s own Doug Allyn, author of The Burning of Rachel Hayes on Saturday, April 12.
About the Book: The Burning of Rachel Hayes by Doug Allyn
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.
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 roundtable 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.
Monday, April 14
Celebrate National Library Week by participating in a book themed bingo! Children of all ages are invited to play for prizes as they enjoy a small snack. Children under 7 need an adult helper.
Ask the Lawyer Night
Wednesday, April 16
The Saginaw County Bar Association (SCBA) and Legal Services of Eastern Michigan features local attorneys who will provide community legal education at no charge. Get answers to your legal questions.
A panel of local attorneys will answer questions from the audience about various areas of law. This may include divorce, custody, property disputes, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, probate, criminal, and many other areas of the law.
Seating is limited. Please join your fellow citizens in learning more about the law.
Thursday, April 17
You have a passion … a hidden talent. Do you know what it takes to turn that skill into a successful business? Attend this workshop if you are an entrepreneur, new business owner, innovator or a ‘closet’ business person. Prepare to be informed, motivated, and focused on your business plan for action. The workshop is FREE and information PRICELESS!
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.
Thursday, April 17
Tweens are invited to learn the techniques of airbrushing as we celebrate libraries. The event is free and supplies are provided for teens to create and design their own t-shirt. Tweens must pre-register for this program by calling 799-9160.
Community Literature Series
Thursday, April 17
April’s discussion is on the book “Tess Of The D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy.
Digital Scrapbooking for Teens
Thursday, April 24
Bring a picture or two on a flash drive and we will show you how fast you can make a scrapbook page using digital software. You will see a demonstration and techniques to use and then will be free to put your own artistic spin on what you’ve learned. Everyone will leave with a scrapbook page printed. Program is limited to 12 participants and registration is required, call 799-9832.
Friday, April 25
Storytime for children ages 3 – 5 with a loving adult, featuring stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and loads of fun for everyone.
Saturday, April 26
Duplo Club is for young builders 3-6 years of age with a loving adult. The only equipment you need to bring is your imagination to create anything you want using our duplo blocks.
Primed to Paint
Wednesday, April 30
Join instructors from Primed to Paint (located in Frankenmuth) at Zauel Library and learn the basics of painting. All participants will paint a rainbow fish on a 12×12 canvas. All supplies and the lesson will be provided at no charge. At the end of the class, participants will leave with a 12×12 acrylic fish painting on canvas. To register, call 799-2771. This class is open to tweens and teens (ages 9-18). Space is limited, so call today!
Friday, April 4 & 11
Join Ms. Maureen for special storytimes celebrating libraries on April 4th and celebrating Easter on April11th!
Libraries Count! Money Smart Week – April 5-12
Children 3-10 years of age and their parents are invited to join families across the state of Michigan to celebrate Money Smart Week April 5-12. During this special reading celebration children will learn about the importance of being smart about money. Each child attending will receive the book, “The Berenstain Bears Trouble with Money,” and adults will receive the book by bestselling author, Jean Chatzky, “Money Rules.” Wildfire Credit Union will be donating a giveaway for each participant.
Saturday, April 5 – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11 – 10:30 a.m.
Zauel Library (Preschool Storytime)
Butman-Fish Friends Annual Spring Book Sale
You are invited to stop in and shop for books at the Butman-Fish Friends Annual Spring Book Sale. Most hardcover books will sell for $1.00. Paperbacks will be priced lower. Saturday is “By-the-Bag” Sale. Books will be sold by the bag-full on Saturday. NO STROLLERS, PLEASE. Cash or check only.
“Friends Members Only” Sale
Wednesday, April 30
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(You may purchase a new or renew your membership at the door)
Sale Open to Public
Thursday, May 1
9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, May 2 & 3
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Library Holiday Closing
Good Friday – Friday, April 18
Easter – Sunday, April 20
Whether you are using our computers to complete a job application, a parent looking for free activities for children, or a teen searching for something exciting to read, you belong at your library. For over fifty years, the American Library Association has chosen the month of April to promote the use and support of libraries in our communities, and the Public Libraries of Saginaw is part of this celebration.
The heart of the community is the library, and the heart of the library is the people we serve. Our library builds collections and programs to meet the needs of our diverse community. There’s something for everyone at the Public Libraries of Saginaw. We invite you to visit our library locations today-in person or online, so that you can enjoy the many fun and FREE events we have planned as we celebrate libraries.
SPOTLIGHT on MeL
The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) is your 24-hour link to quality information on virtually any topic. Vetted by professionals for resources that are reliable, timely and virtually free of advertising, MeL features easy-to-use gateways that allow you to find a variety of resources such as books and audiovisual materials, magazine and newspaper articles, practice tests, digitized collections, e-books, Web resources and much more! To go to MeL, go to www.saginawlibrary.org, click on Michigan E-Library under Your Resources.
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