2013-01-20 / Library Lines


River Rapids District Library 227 E. Broad Street Chesaning (989) 845-3211 www.riverrapidslibrary.org

Free tax preparation by the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and amazing community volunteers is available to Saginaw County residents who cannot afford to have their taxes prepared for them. The River Rapids District Library will again be a VITA site this year. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 5. Please call the library at (989) 845-3211 to make an appointment.

Did you get an eReader for Christmas? We will be holding a class on downloading library ebooks to your ereader on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. Please call the library to register.

Book Discussion Group is reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh for our February book.

“A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.”

We will be meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Stop in and pick up a copy to enjoy. Bring a friend; there will be yummy refreshments!

The Adult Winter Reading Program has begun and will fun through March 16. Read (or listen to) books and win great prizes! No sign up required; one prize entry per book.

Winter Hours: Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Wednesday Closed; Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday Closed; Saturday noon – 4 p.m.; Sunday Closed.

St. Charles District Library 104 W. Spruce Street St. Charles (989) 865-9451 www.stcharlesdistrictlibrary.org

We still have openings available for our Winter Story time for children in grades Kindergarten through Third Grade, on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 15 through Feb. 12. Please call the library in advance to register your child for the program.

Winter Reading Program for all ages will start on Monday, Jan. 21 and run through Saturday, Feb. 16. Program rules and reading logs may be picked up at the library or found on our website starting Jan. 21.

Beginning in January, Federal and State Tax Forms will be available at the library and online. Visit the library’s homepage and follow the direct links to IRS and State of Michigan forms and publications.

The library board will meet on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ashley District Library 104 N. New St., Ashley (989) 847-4283, ext. 1007 www.ashleyschools.net

Story hour is held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for ages 2 and one-half to 4.

Basic computer lessons for senior citizens are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m.

The library board will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

School Year Hours: Monday, 8–11 a.m., noon–4 p.m.; Tuesday, 8–11 a.m., noon–5 p.m.; Thursday, 8–11 a.m., noon–5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – noon. If Ashley schools are delayed or closed, due to weather, the library is closed.

Montrose Jennings Memorial Library 241 Feher Drive Montrose (810) 639-6388

The Montrose Jennings Memorial Library will be hosting a couponing workshop on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:45 p.m. in the community room. The Michigan Coupon Club will teach you how to save up to 50 percent on your grocery bill every single month! Registration is required to ensure enough space and supplies; call the branch at (810) 639-6388, visit www.thegdl.org, or drop by to register today.

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