Saturday, January 22, 2022

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089.

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ADULTS

Adult Game Night

Third Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Play new board games, cards, and trivia here at the library. Meal provided.

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Fitness/Yoga with Belinda

Mondays, 10:00 am– 10:45 am

Practice postures to strengthen and promote flexibility in all parts of the body with an emphasis on balance and core strengthening. This class is for all levels of fitness. Bring bottled water and your yoga mat.

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Monthly Book and Coffee

Monday, January 24, 1:00 pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club that includes coffee and dessert. This month’s selection is Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Registration required.

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Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm

Join Zoe in the evening for a book discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, followed by some extra special materials. Registration required.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have out teen librarian Connor run a one-shot. All are welcome, no registration required.

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Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has her finger on the pulse of what teens are into. Dabble in fun and free arts and crafts, such as beaded bracelets, fairy angels, and other top secret projects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy multiplayer classic like Smash and Mario Kart or choose games from the library’s collection.

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Teen Book Club

Tuesday, January 25, 4:00 pm

January’s theme is Book Turned Into a Movie. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a lively discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

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FOR KIDS

Drop in with the kids for any of our revamped storytime programs – open to everyone!

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

10:00 am Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Join our wonderful Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, neat crafts, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

10:00 am Thursdays & Fridays

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

9:30 am Fridays

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

12:00pm Thursdays on Facebook

Join LIVE on our Facebook page for this amazing program where kids can interact with Storm from home! Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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My First Escape Room: Pokémon(Ages 5 -9)

Friday, January 28, 4:00 pm

Can you catch them all? Perfect for younger kids with curious minds who love puzzles! No previous knowledge of Pokémon is required. Registration required.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Rodney Lee Sober

On January 24, 2020, Rodney Lee Sober, age 75 passed away peacefully after a battle of cancer. A longtime resident of Fowlerville, MI, he was born on October 26, 1945 to Hubert and Audrey (Shoup) Sober.

Rodney proudly owned the Hair Barn in Fowlerville for many years. He had a passion for gardening, and he took much pride in his yards and gardens and giving a helping hand to whoever needed it. He enjoyed volunteering at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. You could find him fishing anytime he had a chance or hunting. He had a contagious laugh and loved making his grandchildren giggle anytime possible.

Rodney was preceded in death by his brother Richard Sober, sister Patricia Devlin, niece Nancee Sanville and his parents Hubert and Audrey Sober. He is survived by his sister Jacqueline (Jack) Calkins, daughters Rachelle (Matt) Henney of Sunfield, MI and Roni (Jeremy) Henney of Lake Odessa, MI; grandchildren Cameron Winter, Aubri, Addison, Taylor, Lucas & Reid Henney, as well as many nieces, nephews and a dear close friend Les Crampton.

There will be a mass in the repose of Rodney on January 23, 2022 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fowlerville, MI. at 11 a.m. 

 Judith Lynn BeVier-North

Judith (Judi) Lynn BeVier-North, age 63 of Howell, passed away on Jan. 11, 2022 at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was born May 4, 1958 in Wayne MI, the daughter of Bruce & Marion (Horton) BeVier. She was a retired school teacher.

A Celebration of Life is being held this Saturday, Jan. 22, at Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville, with a visitation from 10am-12 noon and services starting at 12 noon. She is being cremated with interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville.

Full obituary will be published in Jan. 23, 2022 issue of the newspaper.

Judith A. (Miner) Forster

March 31, 1949 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 72)

Judith A. (Miner) Forster was called to eternal life to be with our heavenly father on January 7, 2022. She was born the daughter of the late William and Lucille (Finlan) Miner. She was the loving wife of Harry H. Forster for 49 years and 9 months. She is survived by her daughters: Bridget (Todd) Russell and Kendra Forster; granddaughters: Alexis and Emmalee Russell, Betsy Jo and Chloe Reighard; her siblings: Thomas (Bonnie) Miner and Susan (Dennis) Kreeger. She was honored to be an aunt to Gary K. Miner and Sandra (James) Boggio and Nathan (Teresa) Kreeger and Jessica (Jonathan) LaCross while being a Great Aunt to their six children. She will be remembered fondly by numerous cousins, too many to count, of the extended family whom she was very close with.

Judy was a lifelong Fowlerville resident and member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. She graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1967, married and began her family in 1972. She was a dedicated employee at local banks working the teller line and retiring from First National Bank of Howell in 2015 in their customer service department.

Music was an integral part of her life, one that was shared and passed down the generations; her musicality is no surprise being part of the Finlan sister family consisting of Lucy, Jo, Fran and Mary. She was active in the church choir, golfed many years with friends and family on the Monday Night Ladies League at Oak Lane, picked up whittling as a hobby and was known for her handcrafted knicknacks, canes and walking sticks. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making various items from blankets and one-of-a-kind clothing for her grandchildren and their dolls. She was skilled at games and card playing, spending hours at the table beating her friends. Judy’s life has been gifted with many close friends, life-long relationships where any place she went she was greeted by familiar faces. Her red hair and spitfire personality will be part of her legacy by those who knew her.

Judy was blessed with a strong faith and a loving, caring personality. She left friends and family with lasting memories to be cherished.

A visitation for Judy will be held on January 20th, at St. Agnes Church in the Lothemer Parish Center in Fowlerville from 4:00-8:00pm, with a 7:00pm Rosary. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 21st, at 10:30am at St. Agnes Church and a burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity that helps children such as Schriners Hospital, St. Jude’s, something more local like Ele’s Place or foundation of your choice. Helping children was always a priority in Judy’s life and taking care of them in her name would be celebrated. 

 Thomas Rodney Stage

Thomas Rodney Stage, age 83 of Fowlerville died at his home on January 6, 2022. He was the son of Gleason & Lynette Stage. He married Jenell House on June 28, 1959. She survives him.

A 1956 graduate of Fowlerville High School. He served his country in the Air Force where he was a communication specialist. Upon discharge from the service he returned home to continue the family farm for over 40 years. He loved to go camping and enjoyed his grandchildren.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Jenell. 2 daughters: Kay (Ed) Latson of Byron and Lori Stage of Morrice and 1 son: Tim (Patty) Stage of Fowlerville. 4 Grandchildren: Catherine Mirling, Ryan (Jessica) Stage, Melanie (Eric) Szczepanski, and Christa Latson and 2 step-grandchildren Tessa (Patrick) Perla and Joshua (Natasha) O'Connell. 3 Great grandchildren: Abby Mirling, Addison Mirling and Rodney Lee Stage and 2 step-great grandchildren: Nicholas and Mathew O'Connell. Brother; Floyd (Carol) Stage, Sister; Rachel Dickie and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Theodore, brother-in-Law Terry Dickie, brother-in-law Elliott House & sister-in-law & brother-in-law Idalene and AJ Lindquist & and their son John Lindquist.

Visitation took place Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Herrmann Funeral Home from 3-7pm. Funeral services was held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, with a visitation from 10-11am and the service starting at 11am at the Fowlerville First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Elara Caring, 3100 W. Road #110, East Lansing 48823.

 Mary Lou Burge

Mary Lou “Luey” Burge 62, of Fowlerville, Michigan passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2022 with her family by her side. Mary Lou was born October 18, 1959 to the late Howard W. Goetterman and Shirley A. (Major) Goetterman-Harder. On August 4, 1984 she married the love of her life, Darwin “Dar” L. Burge.

Mary is survived by her husband Dar Burge and her son Darwin James “DJ” Burge, both of Fowlerville, MI. She is also survived by her siblings: Sharon (Larry) Chimovitz of Flint MI, Ralph Goetterman of Fenton MI, Ronald Goetterman of Webberville MI, Robert (Debi) Goetterman of Beaverton MI, Lori (Patrick) Grover of Morrice MI, and Ryan Goetterman of Burton MI. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews that she dearly loved as well as her special childhood and lifelong friends JoAnne Epp and Lori Wakefield who are among so many friends, too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Nancy, Howard, James, and Richard Goetterman as well as her special sister-in-law Cheryl Goetterman, niece Joanne Goetterman and nephew Howard J. Goetterman.

Mary worked several years as a materials handler for TRW as well as in housekeeping and food service for McPherson Community Hospital, now known as St. Joseph Mercy Livingston. She was forced into medical retirement upon the onset of multiple debilitating medical conditions which she considered a blessing as it allowed her to spend time with and care for her son DJ, who was her pride, joy and beacon of light in her life.

She enjoyed playing her online games and engaging in constant conversation via facebook with her huge network of friends and family. She also loved her time outdoors planting and tending her garden, canning and preserving the herbs and vegetables she nurtured there.

Cremation and related services were provided by the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. A memorial service will be held later in the year. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be utilized for her final expenses. To sign Mary’s guestbook, to leave a memory, or for more information or directions please visit www.rbfhsaline.com.

 Patricia Shepherd

Patricia Shepherd of Howell, MI passed away peacefully on Friday, January 7, 2022 with family by her side. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman, daughter, Penny and granddaughter, Katie.

Pat was born on September 15, 1937 in Wooten, KY to Lawrence and Kate Turner. She married Herman Shepherd on July 28, 1958 and had 4 children: Tammy (Chris) O’Doherty, Herman Talmadge Shepherd, Penny (Robert) Cox and Greg (Jennifer) Shepherd. She had 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

Pat was extremely proud of the years she dedicated to being a working mother; volunteering in her spare time and thriving for over 30 years of labor on assembly lines in various factories. She was the type of person that would give anyone the shirt off her back or the money out of her sock.

In her spare time, Pat loved teaching family and friends how to make fried chicken and hand pies, decorating for holidays and collecting antiques. In her golden years, she devoted herself to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were truly the light of her life.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, January 13th at Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville at 1:00pm. There was a private family viewing from 10-10:30am, followed by an open viewing from 10:30am-1:00pm. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Fowlerville School Equestrian Team having general meeting 

Jan. 19

The Fowlerville School Equestrian Team will be having a general meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30pm in the High School Media Center. This is open to students interested in joining the team this upcoming season. This would apply to kids currently in 5th-11th grade. Any questions please contact Fowlerville High School Athletics at 517-223-6061.

 Crossroads United Methodist Church holding Swiss steak dinner Jan. 29

Crossroads United Methodist Church will resume its monthly Swiss steak dinners for the public on Saturday, January 29. Dinner will start at 4 p.m. and last until supplies are gone. The cost is $9 per person, regardless of age.

Due to Covid19 protocols, all dinners will be boxed. People will pay inside, pick up their dinners and carry them home or take them to a table in the fellowship hall to eat, picnic style. Masks are encouraged. On the menu will be Swiss steak, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, vegetables, coleslaw, rolls and cookies.

The church is located at the corner of Haslett and Zimmer roads, east of Haslett and north of Williamston. For more details, please contact the church at 517/655-1466 or email at office.umccrossroads@gmail.com.

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089.

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ALL AGES

Glowforge Program

Friday, January 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Meet our newest makerspace tool, the Glowforge laser printer, and learn about the capabilities and uses from Connor. We’ll also be accepting requests for print jobs.

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ADULTS

Adult Game Night

Third Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Play new board games, cards, and trivia here at the library. Meal provided.

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Fitness/Yoga with Belinda

Mondays, 10:00 am– 10:45 am

Practice postures to strengthen and promote flexibility in all parts of the body with an emphasis on balance and core strengthening. This class is for all levels of fitness. Bring bottled water and your yoga mat.

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Line Dancing

Wednesday, January 19,6:30 pm

In celebration of country music, learn to line dance.  Registration required.

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Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, January 20, 6:30 pm

Join Card Queen Mary to create four stunning Valentine’s Day themed cards. All supplies included, guaranteed hands-on fun. Classes fill up very fast, call to reserve your spot.  Registration Required.

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Monthly Book and Coffee

Monday, January 24, 1:00 pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club that includes coffee and dessert. This month’s selection is Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Registration required.

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Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm

Join Zoe in the evening for a book discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, followed by some extra special materials. Registration required.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have out teen librarian Connor run a one-shot. All are welcome, no registration required.

* * *

Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has her finger on the pulse of what teens are into. Dabble in fun and free arts and crafts, such as beaded bracelets, fairy angels, and other top secret projects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy multiplayer classic like Smash and Mario Kart or choose games from the library’s collection.

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Magic the Gathering Draft

Saturday, January 22, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Connor’s free MTG booster draft. Assemble decks, challenge other participants, win prizes, and take home the cards you open! The best deal in town. Drop in, or pre-register to hold a guaranteed spot.

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Teen Book Club

Tuesday, January 25, 4:00 pm

January’s theme is Book Turned Into a Movie. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a lively discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

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FOR KIDS

Drop in with the kids for any of our revamped storytime programs – open to everyone!

* * *

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

10:00 am Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Join our wonderful Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, neat crafts, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

10:00 am Thursdays & Fridays

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

9:30 am Fridays

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

12:00pmThursdayson Facebook

Join LIVE on our Facebook page for this amazing program where kids can interact with Storm from home! Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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K-5 Book Club (Ages 5 -12)

Tuesday, January 18, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

January’s theme is Book With an Animal. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a fun discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

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My First Escape Room: Pokémon(Ages 5 -9)

Friday, January 28, 4:00 pm

Can you catch them all? Perfect for younger kids with curious minds who love puzzles! No previous knowledge of Pokémon is required. Registration required.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

 John Charles Mills

On January 2nd, 2022 John Charles Mills peacefully passed away, surrounded by his loved ones. John Mills lived a full life, filled with kindness and generosity. He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed, but we rejoice in knowing that he is at peace in heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

John was born and raised in Williamston, Michigan. In 1970-72, John proudly served as a US Marine and went on to obtain his Master Plumber License. In 1990, John started his own business, J Mills Plumbing, with his loving and supportive wife, Jane (Palmerton) Mills, who he adored. John worked hard to support his family financially, but also took every opportunity to teach the value of hard work and instilled a passionate love for Jesus by setting an example and making church attendance nonnegotiable. He was kind and compassionate, treating everyone he met like family.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl Mills and Beth Marie (Brenner) Patterson.

He is survived by his siblings, Linda (Larry) Ondrias, Kay Spencer, and David (Shelly) Mills. He dedicated his life to faithfully raising his 14 children: Carrie (Jay) Hill, Shannan Mills, Jamie (Paul) Gendron, Emily (Michael) Piccolo, Kimberly (Joseph Shelby) Mills, Sarah (Christopher) Brewer, Zachary Mills, Jacob (Aletia) Mills, Heidi Mills, John (Jessica) Mills, Joseph (Paige) Mills, Grace Mills, Hannah (Cody) Leggert and Chloe Mills. He was the proud Grandpa of 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. John also leaves a lasting impression with many nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends and even strangers.

Visitation and Memorial Service were held at Place of Refuge in Fowlerville, MI on Thursday, January 6th

 Livingston Health Department declares January as Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month – an opportune time for Livingston County residents to test for radon in their homes, a health risk facing millions of Americans.

Because families are spending more time indoors during the winter months, January is a good time to test for this radioactive, invisible, odorless gas. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The EPA estimates that approximately 21,100 lung cancer deaths each year are radon-related.

Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon enters buildings through openings in the foundation floor or walls (sump openings, crawlspaces, floor/wall joints, cracks, etc.). Radon can become trapped in buildings and lead to elevated and harmful radon levels.

One in eight Michigan homes is likely to have an elevated radon level. According to a study conducted by the MDEQ, radon is present in elevated levels in about 40% of Livingston County homes. Radon is tasteless, odorless, and colorless, and it has no warning symptoms (it does not cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, etc.). Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk for health issues caused by radon.

The Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) has short-term radon test kits available free of charge during the month of January and $5 throughout the year. Test kits can be picked up at the Environmental Health Division office, located at 2300 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI, 48843. Kits may also be picked up at participating local municipalities, while supplies last or purchased at local hardware stores, home improvement centers, some supermarkets, or directly from a laboratory.

The EPA recommends that houses with radon levels of 4 picocuries per liter or more of radon be fixed to prevent accumulation of the gas indoors. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs, such as painting or having a new water heater installed (anywhere from $500 to about $2,500).

For more radon information, contact LCHD at (517) 546-9858, or the State of Michigan Radon Program at 1-800-RADON-GAS. Radon information can also be accessed via the web at https://www.livgov.com/health/eh/Pages/radon.aspx or www.michigan.gov/radon.

 Howell Library, League of Women Voters, & Livingston Diversity Council celebrate MLK Day with virtual event

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the Howell Carnegie District Library, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Livingston County and the Livingston Diversity Council will host a virtual presentation, The Sarah E. Ray Project with Desiree Cooper and Aaron Schillinger, on Monday, January 17, 6:30- 8:00pm.

Until now a Detroit civil rights pioneer named Sarah Elizabeth Ray has been largely forgotten.

"As we honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, the LWV of Livingston County is proud to co-sponsor this event as we join with the Livingston Diversity Council and the Howell Carnegie library in saying the name of Sarah Elizabeth Ray," Ellen Lafferty, chairperson of the League of Women Voters of Livingston County, said.

Seventy-five years ago, a 24-year-old African American secretary was denied a seat on the segregated Boblo boat SS Columbia. Like Rosa Parks, she refused to back down, taking her fight for integration all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Represented by fabled NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall, Ray won her case. Scholars argue that she paved the way for the seminal 1954 Brown v. Board of Education, which found that separate was inherently unequal.

"The Livingston Diversity Council is proud to partner with the Howell Carnegie District Library and the League of Women Voters to bring the Sarah E. Ray Project to light and to share her critical contribution to desegregation in Detroit," said Nicole Matthews-Creech, MA, CFLE, president of the Livingston Diversity Council Board of Directors.

Presenting this virtual event will be Desiree Cooper, 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Pulitzer Prize nominee, former attorney, and 2017 Michigan Notable Book author, and Aaron Schillinger, the director of Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale. Attendees will learn from Cooper and Schillinger about Sarah E. Ray, Detroit's Other Rosa Parks, and the efforts of The Sara E. Ray Project (www.detroitsotherrosaparks.com) to save this civil rights activist's legacy from obscurity.

Registration is required to receive the virtual event's Zoom meeting link and password; sign up on the Library's website at: https://bit.ly/saraheray. For more information about the event, visit www.howelllibrary.org, or call the library at 517-546-0720

 Volunteers needed for Livingston County’s annual Community Connect

Area residents are invited to attend the 15th Annual Livingston County Community Connect on Saturday, February 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 2|42 Community Church, 4526 Grand River Ave, Brighton.

The Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee hosts this free event each year to connect people with needed information, resources, and free services in a convenient “one stop shop” environment. In addition to information from many local nonprofits, guests will have access to legal consultation, food, books, personal care items, haircuts, laundry detergent, socks and much more.

Breakfast and Lunch are also provided on-site, at no cost. No registration is required. Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers are needed to welcome guests, help them find resources, keep the facility clean and safe, take-down after the event, and also set-up on Friday evening. Free lunch, snacks, and beverages are also provided to Saturday volunteers.

The Committee recognizes the concern for public health in gatherings, so to mitigate the spread of disease, mask wearing is encouraged. If you are experiencing any symptoms on event day, please stay home and rest.

Community Connect 2022 is sponsored by Brighton Masonic Lodge, Livingston Sunrise Rotary, The Homeless Continuum of Care and Livingston County United Way.

Volunteers may register on-line at https://bit.ly/3HACNOf or call Liz Welch for more information at (517) 494-3000. Registrations are due by January 21st.

Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089.

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ALL AGES

Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 am

What’s better than family and free? Come enjoy a special storytime for all ages with Storm, featuring stories, games, and songs! No registration required, just stop in to join the fun.

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Glowforge Program

Friday, January 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Meet our newest makerspace tool, the Glowforge laser printer, and learn about the capabilities and uses from Connor. We’ll also be accepting requests for print jobs.

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ADULTS

Adult Game Night

Third Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Play new board games, cards, and trivia here at the library. Meal provided.

* * *

Fitness/Yoga with Belinda

Mondays, 10:00 am– 10:45 am

Practice postures to strengthen and promote flexibility in all parts of the body with an emphasis on balance and core strengthening. This class is for all levels of fitness. Bring bottled water and your yoga mat.

* * *

Line Dancing

Wednesday, January 19,6:30 pm

In celebration of country music, learn to line dance.  Registration required.

* * *

Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, January 20, 6:30 pm

Join Card Queen Mary to create four stunning Valentine’s Day themed cards. All supplies included, guaranteed hands-on fun. Classes fill up fast, call to reserve your spot.  Registration required.


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Monthly Book and Coffee

Monday, January 24, 1:00 pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club that includes coffee and dessert. This month’s selection is Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Registration required.

* * *

Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm

Join Zoe in the evening for a book discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, followed by some extra special materials.  Registration required.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Series

Monday, January 10, 11:00 am -on Zoom

Michelle Phalen, Program Coordinator from the Alzheimer’s Association, presents the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. Be smart and learn more about early detection. Sign up with an email address to receive the Zoom link.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have out teen librarian Connor run a one-shot. All are welcome, no registration required.

* * *

Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has her finger on the pulse of what teens are into. Dabble in fun and free arts and crafts, such as acrylic jewelry art, hedgehog embroidery, and other secret projects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy multiplayer classic like Smash and Mario Kart or choose games from the library’s collection.

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Magic the Gathering Draft

Saturday, January 8, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Connor’s free MTG booster draft. Assemble decks, challenge other participants, win prizes, and take home the cards you open! The best deal in town. Drop in, or pre-register to hold a guaranteed spot.

* * *

Teen Book Club

Tuesday, January 25, 4:00 pm

January’s theme is Book Turned Into a Movie. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a lively discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

* * *

FOR KIDS

Drop in with the kids for any of our revamped storytime programs – open to everyone!

* * *

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

10:00 am Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Join our wonderful Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, neat crafts, finger plays, and so much more!

* * *

Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

10:00 am Thursdays & Fridays

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

* * *

Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

9:30 am Fridays

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

12:00pmThursdays on Facebook

Join LIVE on our Facebook page for this amazing program where kids can interact with Storm from home! Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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STEAM Unplugged (ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, January 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Stop in and take part in exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) exercises, contraptions, and challenges. You won’t believe how fun learning can be.

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K-5 Book Club (Ages 5 -12)

Tuesday, January 18, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

January’s theme is Book With an Animal. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a fun discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft. 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

 Robert Alan Meyers

Robert Alan Meyers, 71, of Brighton died on December 18, 2021 at St. Joseph Hospital Oakland surrounded by his loving wife Jody and his three children: Crystal, Todd and Robbie by his former wife Karen. Bob was born on Oct. 8, 1950, to Albert William Meyers and Patsy Rose Wakefield—the first of their four children. He grew up in Farmington Hills before the family moved to Fowlerville in 1965.

Bob and his sister Linda were members of the Fowlerville High School Class of 1969.

Bob enjoyed many careers throughout his life, one being at Kelsey Hayes in Howell where he met his present wife Jody of 25+ years. After Kelsey Hayes closed, he took truck driving classes and after a couple of years got a job in Detroit working with the Ford Motor plants driving trucks to take parts where they were needed.

Family always came first with Bob. It may have been visiting his kids, grandkids or sisters and their families. Every weekend he was at someone’s house for a meal or to help on a project or work on a car.

His one special love was his Harley Davidson bike. Any day on a bike ride was a good day as far as he was concerned.

Bob leaves behind his loving wife Josephine, step-son Danny, his children Crystal (Shannon) Hawk, Todd (Dana) Meyers, and Bobbie (Amanda) Meyers, six grandchildren, sisters Linda Porter of Fowlerville, Vicki (Gene) Hayward of Fowlerville and Sherry Meyers of Webberville.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 Gerard (Jerry) Carl Byrne

On December 24th, 2021, Gerard (Jerry) Carl Byrne was sent to heaven and his family and friends will be forever grateful for the time they had with him. Although he is no longer with us physically, the memories he created will be forever remembered.

Jerry lived his life fully and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. “Work hard and Play Hard” was a saying of his. Jerry worked 42 years at Copper and Brass Sales in Detroit as an Outside Salesman before retiring. Jerry moved his family to Fowlerville from Detroit in 1978 where they still reside. Jerry and his wife Lori have spent the last 17 years as snowbirds in Hudson, Florida where many fabulous friends and memories were made.

He was born on 05-14-1941 to Andrew and Jeanette (Bickford) Byrne in Detroit, Michigan. On 02-01-1964 Jerry married the love of his life Lorraine (Zielinski) Byrne, and they were married for 57 years. Three loving sons Brian (Sharyl), Kevin, and Randy mourn the loss of their very loving father along with 9 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren who will forever remember their grandpa. Jerry was also survived by two loving sisters Cheryl (Greg) and Mary (Ron), who truly loved their big brother. Several loving nephew, nieces, cousins, and longtime friends will forever remember him.

Cremation has taken place and family will have a celebration of life later at St Agnes Catholic Church in Fowlerville, Michigan.

 Rene’ Denise King

Rene’ Denise King (Bantle), 55 of Fowlerville, Michigan passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 at St. Joesph Hospital in Ann Arbor with her two beloved sons by her side. Rene’ was born March 19, 1966 in Howell, Michigan to Ronald Lee Bantle and Judith Ann Epley. She attended Hartland High School, graduating in 1984 and continuing her college education graduating with her Associate’s Degree in Accounting.

Rene’ retired from McDonald’s Corporation after 25 years. Those years with McDonald's included countless hours in her management positions helping to open stores in new locations or being placed in a store needing some TLC. Rene’ excelled at those challenges.

To see true love for children you just needed to look into her eyes. The pride and joy and love of her life were her own, Adam and Jacob. But, it didn’t stop there. If there was a baby to be held or baby shower to attend, then Rene’ was there with open arms.

Her love for others was extended through her years of service with the Bethany Bible Baptist Food Pantry. She gave her heart and soul unconditionally to her family, friends and strangers. That was our Ney.

Rene’s family she leaves behind are her sons Adam King, Jacob (fiancé Breanna Fisher) King, mom and step-dad Judy and Rich Harmon, dad and step-mom Ronald and Caroline Bantle, her mother-in-law Nancy King, dear friend Mike King, sisters Lisa (Joe) O’Donnell and Leah (Jerry) Morcom, step-brothers Steve Greene and Brian (Shelly) Greene, and step-sister Terri (Kevin) Cornell.

Rene’ was preceded in death by her brother Rodrick Bantle, grandparents Wilton and Helen Bantle, Richard and Ollie Epley (Hitchcock), uncle Gary Epley and dearest friend Buddy Storie.

Rene’s life was a true testament of her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Visitation was held on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service time at 1:00 p.m. Burial followed at Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Keith Joseph Grieve

Keith Joseph Grieve, 34, of Munroe Falls, Ohio passed away on December 18, 2021. Keith was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan on February 3, 1987. He graduated from Fowlerville High School (2005) and Ferris State University (2010), both in Michigan, and was currently employed as Engineering Manager with OEM Miller Plastics in Aurora, Ohio.

When you met Keith, you had a friend for life. He had a great sense of humor and was truly a kid at heart. Keith loved all sports, particularly golf, hockey, and football. He loved making friendly wagers on games and had a fantasy football team every year.

Keith was preceded in death by his grandparents: Donald Kokocinski, Patricia Kokocinski, and Lloyd Grieve; and father-in-law, Chris McGee.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Missy Grieve; daughter, Mackenzie; parents, Jim and Anne Grieve; brothers, Brian (Ashley) Grieve and Jason Grieve (Holly Langston); grandmother, Barbara Grieve; mothers-in-law, Dodie McGee and Roxanne Howard; sisters-in-law, Renee McGee and Kristie McGee; brother-in-law, Josh McGee; nieces and nephews, Ysabell, Lincoln, Addison, Brianna, Kyden, Karalyne, and Eddie; many other relatives and friends.

Visitation was being held on Friday, December 31, 2021, from 12-2 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. service at Newcomer Funeral Home in Akron, Ohio.

 Florence Barnum

Her Legacy… Florence Adelle Barnum, 95, of Howell Michigan, passed away December 26, 2021. She was born on May 4, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan to George and Elsie (Finley) Weber. Florence married the love of her life, the late Walter Barnum in Harbor Springs, Michigan. She worked as a nurse taking care of others, and later as homemaker taking care of her own children. Florence loved to spend time in the garden and with her family. She will be remembered as a loving mother, dear grandmother, and cherished great grandmother.

Her Family… Florence will be missed by her children, Gayle Rainbow, Sandra (Dale) Pitcock, Barth (Shirley) Barnum, Pamela Roy, Brett (Brenda) Barnum, Steve (Sherri) Barnum; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Barnum; her son, James Barnum; granddaughter, Mandie Beauchamp, son-in-law Clyde Roy, her siblings and her parents.

Her Farewell… Florence’s family and friends will gather on January 7, 2021 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Howell, Michigan for her Community Farewell at 12:00pm (Gathering beginning at 10:00am). Pastor Mark Frank will serve as celebrant. Memorial contributions are suggested to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Please leave a message of comfort for Florence’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.

 Elaine Cornell Andersen

Elaine Cornell Andersen, age 89 of Howell, MI passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021. She was born on March 19, 1932 in Howell, MI to J. Henry and Rose (Spalding) Cornell. Elaine graduated from Hartland, MI High School. She married Harold Andersen in Oceola Township Michigan in 1952.

Elaine truly enjoyed the farm life and gardening. She loved her family. Elaine was an active member with her church, Trinity United Methodist of Fowlerville.

She is survived by her loving children, Jacquelyn (Walter) Schaefer, David (Judy) Andersen and Les (Marla) Andersen; dear grandsons, Erik Jenkins, Wade (Ashley) Andersen and Keith (Sarah) Andersen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2012; parents, J. Henry and Rose, along with her daughter, Claudia Jenkins in 2017.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church, Fowlerville. Elaine has been interred next to her husband, Harold, at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell.

 St. Agnes Catholic ‘Welcome Table’ will be back on January 6

The ‘Welcome Table’ at St. Agnes Catholic Church is back! The first dinner will take place this Thursday, January 6, at 6pm. The Church is located at 855 East Grand River Avenue, Fowlerville.

For a while, the dinner will be offered only on the first Thursday of the month. January's Welcome Table dinner will be curbside pick-up because of the official current covid numbers in Livingston County. To participate, guests must call 517-499-5690 to make their reservation by Tuesday, January 4.

This invitation is open to all! With winter's cold temperatures on our doorstep, a warm home-cooked meal would be most welcome!

 Meals on Wheels program needs volunteer drivers to make deliveries

The Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers in the Gregory, Hamburg, and Pinckney areas.

We would love the opportunity for you to be part of our team. This is a commitment of 1-2 hours of your time as little or as often as your schedule will allow. Once a month, once a week, temporary, or on a continuous basis. Delivering meals to homebound seniors is a very rewarding experience.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Come be part of our team.

For more information, please call Lucy @ 810-632-2155 or email info@lwmow.org

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089.

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ALL AGES

Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 am

What’s better than family and free? Come enjoy a special storytime for all ages with Storm, featuring stories, games, and songs! No registration required, just stop in to join the fun.

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Glowforge Program

Friday, January 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Meet our newest makerspace tool, the Glowforge laser printer, and learn about the capabilities and uses from Connor. We’ll also be accepting requests for print jobs.

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ADULTS

Adult Game Night

Third Mondays, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Play new board games, cards, and trivia here at the library. Meal provided.

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Fitness/Yoga with Belinda

Mondays, 10:00 am– 10:45 am

Practice postures to strengthen and promote flexibility in all parts of the body with an emphasis on balance and core strengthening. This class is for all levels of fitness. Bring bottled water and your yoga mat.

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Line Dancing

Wednesday, January 19,6:30 pm

In celebration of country music, learn to line dance.

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Monthly Crafts

Thursday, January 6, 6:30 pm

Join Zoe for monthly craft hour. This month, she will teach you how to make a vision board. Registration required.

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Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, January 20, 6:30 pm

Join Card Queen Mary to create four stunning Valentine’s Day themed cards. All supplies included, guaranteed hands-on fun. Classes fill up fast, call to reserve your spot. Registration required.

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Monthly Book and Coffee

Monday, January 24, 1:00 pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club that includes coffee and dessert. This month’s selection is Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. Registration required.

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Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm

Join Zoe in the evening for a book discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, followed by some extra special materials. Registration required.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Series

Monday, January 10, 11:00 am

Michelle Phalen, Program Coordinator from the Alzheimer’s Association, presents the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. Be smart and learn more about early detection.

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Healthy New You 2022

Friday, January 7, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Get ready for your best year yet! Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic will explore the whole health system of Ayurveda, and explain the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have out teen librarian Connor run a one-shot. All are welcome, no registration required.

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Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has her finger on the pulse of what teens are into. Dabble in fun and free arts and crafts, such as acrylic jewelry art, embroidery, and other secret stuff.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy multiplayer classic like Smash and Mario Kart, or choose games from the library’s collection.

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Magic the Gathering Draft

Saturday, January 8, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Connor’s free MTG booster draft. Assemble decks, challenge other participants, win prizes, and take home the cards you open! The best deal in town. Drop in, or pre-register to hold a guaranteed spot.

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Teen Book Club

Tuesday, January 25, 4:00 pm

January’s theme is Book Turned Into a Movie. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a lively discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

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FOR KIDS

Drop in with the kids for any of our revamped storytime programs – open to everyone!

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

10:00 am Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Join our wonderful Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, neat crafts, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

10:00 am Thursdays & Fridays

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

9:30 am Fridays

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

12:00pm Thursdays on Facebook

Join LIVE on our Facebook page for this amazing program where kids can interact with Storm from home! Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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STEAM Unplugged (ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, January 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Stop in and take part in exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) exercises, contraptions, and challenges. You won’t believe how fun learning can be.

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K-5 Book Club(Ages 5 -12)

Tuesday, January 18, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

January’s theme is Book With an Animal. Read a book that fits that theme and then join Zoe after school for a fun discussion accompanied by snacks and a craft.

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Kids Crafternoons (ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, January 4, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll over here after school and get your craft on. Miss Storm provides all the craft supplies and the greatest of ideas.