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Latzer Library extends hours, offers new programs

Latzer Library
Latzer Library

The new year brings exciting programs and expanded hours to Latzer Library.

To better serve the community, the library is now open until 8 p.m. three nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Many patrons rely on the library for it’s Internet access and public access computers, as well as the huge selection of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and e-resources. For patrons who work later or have a long commute home, the additional late hours will be very helpful.

Angela Kim

Here’s some more information on some of the many programs available for the community at the library.

Book Club

This book club meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss a different book. The list of books for 2018 is:

▪  Jan. 25 “Katherine” by Anya Seton

▪  Feb. 22 “An Untamed State” by Roxanne Gay

▪  March 22 “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann

▪  April 26 “Faith” by Jennifer Haigh

▪  May 24 “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

▪  June 28 “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

▪  July 26 “The Kind Worth Killing” by Peter Swanson

▪  Aug. 23 “Minik the NY Eskimo” by Ken Harper

▪  Sept. 27 “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

▪  Oct. 8 “The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve

Teddy Bear Workshop

The Jennie Latzer Kaeser Children’s Library offers a Teddy Bear Workshop on Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The children will be invited to adopt a mouse or a pig and create their very own stuffed animal to take home with them. These animals are similar to the ones that children make at Build A Bear. Space is limited for this event, and there is a cost of $10. RSVP for this event by contacting the library at 618-654-5066.

Lego Club

The Jennie Latzer Kaeser Children’s Library has a new Lego Club. Open to everyone interested, there is no need to sign up. Children can work on their own creations, or build as a team. Legos will be provided by the library, the children provide the imagination.

Each month, a different theme will be given, and the masterpieces will be displayed in the library. The program will run from 4 to 5 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. If you have Legos to spare, please consider donating them to the Lego Club. Contact the library if you have any questions about this new program.

Sign Language Club

A new program available is our Student Community Sign Language Group. Learn deaf culture, sign language, etc., under the leadership of Saralyn Voltz. This program is geared toward students in grades 7-12. The program meets during the school year on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Makers Mondays

Join us in the Children’s Library for craft days. Each week features a different theme. Crafts may be made in the library or taken home to be completed. Crafts are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and supplies may run out on occasion. Craft time is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.

Saturday Story Time

Children may listen to stories, sing, and practice finger plays and action rhymes pertaining to each program’s theme. This program runs on Saturdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The theme changes each week.

Upcoming Events

▪  “Snowflakes Falling” family program, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

▪  “Saturday Shake Up Crafts,” Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

▪  Saturday Story Time, Feb. 3 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

▪  Lap Sit Program (Emma Dodd Books) for children 18 to 24 months old, Feb. 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

▪  Teddy Bear Workshop, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

▪  “Sick & Get Well” (ages 3-5), Feb. 13 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

▪  “Winter Carnival” family program, Feb. 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Services & Hours

Latzer Library offers many services in addition to all of the resources that are available. Some of the more popular services are:

▪  Voters registration

▪  Notary public

▪  Faxing, photocopying, and scanning

▪  Meeting room space (for non profit groups)

▪  Free wi-fi Internet access

▪ Inter-library loans

▪  Public access computers with Internet

The library is open:

▪  Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

▪  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

▪  Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

▪  Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The library is located at 1001 Ninth St. in Highland. For more information, call 618-654-5066, go online at highlandillibrary.org, Like the library on Facebook and follow the library on Instagram.