Michigan City Library Beat

File photoBill Homann poses with the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull. He will be coming to the Michigan City Public Library on April 13.

Access our Online Catalog from Home — www.mclib.org. WI-FI is available in the library. Normal library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the circulation desk at 873-3042.

Friends of the Library

Your Friends of the Library membership shows that the library and all it has to offer the community, is important to you and your family. All of your $10 per year dues goes to support the Library and its various programs and services. The annual Collector's Corner Breakfast is April 27. Bring an item for appraisal and have a breakfast catered by Portofino's. Get tickets now! For more information, call 219-873-3049.

Youth Services

Calling all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders! Enter the MCPL "Spelling in the City" spelling bee contest on April 25! Prizes will be awarded to the top three places. To register, visit the Youth Services desk where you may also obtain the rules & word list. The word list will also be available at mclib.org. For more info, call Dave at 219-873-3045 or Jessica at 219-873-3043.

Week at a Glance at the Library

Friday, April 5

10 a.m. Spring Break Movie: Mary Poppins — Join us for a free movie showing of the delightful Mary Poppins! Children ages 18 and under who arrive within the first half-hour of the movie will receive a chance to win a copy of the movie. Light refreshments provided.

Saturday, April 6

10 a.m. Zine Making Workshop — Join us to make your own zine! Zines–handmade magazines–are a way to share your words and your art. This family program is creative fun for everyone. We provide the supplies; you provide your imagination!

12:30 p.m. Gentle Flow Yoga — Certified yoga instructor Lauralee Sikorski, who has taught over 5,000 hours of classes, will lead a free gentle flow yoga with emphasis on deep breathing and releasing stress. Bring your own mat, wear comfortable attire and come on an empty stomach.

Sunday, April 7

1:30 p.m. Jewish Film Festival — The Jewish Film Festival returns to the library. Free and open to the public! The festival will feature two films that are richly diverse. There will be a coffee klatch and cake break between the film showings.

• Deli Man: The delicatessen remains a beloved site of Jewish culture. Comical owners and celebs like Alan Dershowitz give “expert testimony: at iconic delis like Kat’s. You’ll leave hungry for pastrami and matzoh-ball soup! Rated PG-13.

• The Wedding Plan: Four weeks before Michal’s big Orthodox Jewish wedding, her fiance calls it off. Oy vey! Zany Michal trusts fate: she does not cancel the wedding and puts it all on the line for happiness. A rom-com, complete with matchmaker. Rated PG. Co-sponsored by the Blossom and Irving Levin Jewish Cultural Fund of Sinai Temple, Purdue Northwest Odyssey Arts Series, and the Michigan City Public Library.

Monday, April 8

6:30 p.m. Great Decisions — Out of Balance: Trading with China

Tuesday, April 9

1 p.m. Story Time — Enjoy stories, songs, activities, crafts and more with the Story Time Crew! Please arrive a few minutes early to receive your child’s name tag. This program is for children ages birth through 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, April 10

10 a.m. Story Time

Thursday, April 11

4 p.m. Duneland Stamp Club — The Duneland Stamp Club meets the second Thursday of each month. New members are welcome.

5:30 p.m. Needle Art League — The Needle Arts League of Michigan City promotes all forms of needle arts. Membership is open to anyone interested in needle arts such as crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, crewel, tatting and other hand stitching. All skill levels and ages are welcome. An exchange of skills and materials is encouraged. For information, call 219-873-3049.

Friday, April 12

2 p.m. Bookmarks — Washington Black will be reviewed by Veronica Earley. It is the third novel by Canadian author Esi Edugyan. It’s the story of the early life of George Washington "Wash" Black, chronicling his escape from slavery and his subsequent adventures.

Saturday, April 13

1 p.m. & 3 p.m. The Legend of the Crystal Skull — Local collector Bill Homann is the current owner and caretaker of the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull, a legendary artifact which has been the center of adventure stories and legends for decades. Bill will share the stories and studies of the pathways of spirituality that has influenced him. For added fun, we will show the film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull at 1 p.m. followed by the program featuring the real Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull.

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