Michigan City Library Beat

William Hazelgrove

Access our Online Catalog from Home — www.mclib.org. The library website will take you to the Online Catalog where you can access books, videos, DVD, CDs, magazines and much more. WI-FI is available in the library. For more information stop by the Reference Department. All library public desks will have information and codes for accessing the service. Normal library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. To manage your account online, you need your barcode number from your library card and a pin number which you can get from the circulation desk. 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. Please consider joining! The annual Collector's Corner Breakfast is Saturday, April 27. Bring an item for appraisal and have a wonderful breakfast catered by Portofino's. Get tickets now! For more information, call 219-873-3049.

Follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter

Check out the library now on Facebook and Twitter (MCPublicLibrar1). We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the things going on. Links to Facebook and Twitter are available on the library's website: www.mclib.org.

DVDs at the Library

The library gets new DVD releases regularly. New titles now available include: "A Dog's Way Home," "Stan & Ollie," "The Mule," "Holmes & Watson," and "Welcome to Marwen."

The Learning Center

Do you love to read? Would you like to share that with someone else? The Learning Center is in dire need of a few good people! We have students on a waiting list for tutoring assistance, especially for reading. If you are willing to give just a few hours a week, you can make a big difference in the lives of students in our community. Reading is truly FUNdamental. Please consider joining in the fun! Sign up to volunteer at the Learning Center today. Call 219-873-3049 or better yet, stop by the library and see Jessica.

Driving Practice Tests

The Michigan City Public Library and Driving Tests.org are partnering to offer eleven different practice tests for Indiana driving. In addition, questions about Indiana driving rules and regulations are answered on their website. Access the free tests on the library's website.


The Michigan City Public Library is a WorkOne Access point! Get employment, career planning and job training information at the library. File unemployment claims online and use Indiana Career Connect, the state's online employment site. Sign up for online classes to improve your job-related skills. You can make an appointment with our reference staff to help you with your resume. Normal faxing and printing fees apply.


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 19

10 a.m. Spring Craft — Join us and make a craft for Spring! All materials provided. Child must be present to receive craft supplies. Ages 4 & up, accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, April 21

Library Closed for Easter.

Monday, April 22

3:30 p.m. Earth Day Craft — Celebrate Earth Day and make a craft. All materials provided. Child must be present to receive craft supplies. Ages 4 & up, accompanied by an adult.

6:30 p.m. Great Decisions: Topic-Cyber Conflict

Tuesday, April 23

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 24

10 a.m. Story Time

2:15 p.m. Library Board Committee Meeting

2:30 p.m. Library Board Meeting

Thursday, April 25

5 p.m. Graphic Novel Club — Join our Graphic Novel Club. It’s the end of an era with the MCU closing its 3rd phase in Avengers: Endgame. Now see where it all began by reading the book that inspired it all. The Ultimates by Mark Millar is an epic story that relaunched the Avengers like never before. For ages 13-18. Stop in Youth Services for more information.

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.

Sunday, April 28

2 p.m. Author William Hazelgrove: Wright Brothers, Wrong Story — How could two misanthropic brothers who never left home, were high-school dropouts, and made a living as bicycle mechanics have figured out the secret of manned flight? This history of the Wright brothers' monumental accomplishment focuses on their early years at Kitty Hawk and Orville Wright's epic fight with the Smithsonian and Glenn Curtis. Hazelgrove makes a convincing case that it was Wilbur who designed the first successful airplane, not Orville. He shows that, while Orville's role was important, he generally followed his brother's lead and assisted with the mechanical details to make Wilbur's vision a reality. William's extensive research and excellent writing make this a fascinating story.

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