MidPointe Library Offers Events and Activities throughout the County

MidPointe Library System has a variety of upcoming events and activities for all ages. Photo credit: E. Todd Fowler

By Staff Report

MidPointe Library System has a variety of upcoming events and activities for all
ages. The calendar is full in February and there’s something fun and educational in
store for everyone. From Baby, Toddler, Preschool and Family Storytime’s to Rock-A-Bye Readers, Kids, Teen and Adult Crafts and much more, there are countless options for individuals and families to enjoy.
All of our storytimes are really amazing, and that’s so important when it comes
to early literacy,” said Cari Hillman, community engagement director, of the MidPointe
Library System.

Monroe, Middletown, West Chester, and Trenton Ohio

In February, four of the library’s locations – Monroe, Middletown, West Chester
and Trenton – will introduce “Beaks and Talons” presented by Raptor Inc.
During “Beaks and Talons,” patrons will enjoy a presentation featuring three live
avian ambassadors. In an up-close and personal setting, guests will see and learn
about the adaptations which make birds of prey supreme hunters of the sky.
At the Monroe location on Sat., Feb. 1, the library will launch “Memory Café” at
10:30 a.m.

Memory Cafe’

“We are launching the first ‘Memory Café’ in the area. It is an event for folks who
are struggling with the early stages of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and any sort of ailment
like that, and their caregivers. So, it gives them an opportunity to come, interact and
enjoy a craft or activity,” Hillman said.
“Conversations that Matter” will also be coming to the Monroe branch in
February. Participants will watch TED Talk videos (Technology, Entertainment and
Design) on a variety of subjects important to both individuals and society. The topics will
range from current events to scientific discoveries, popular culture and more. A lively
discussion will follow.

Girls Who Code Club

The “Girls Who Code Club” at the Trenton branch is another unique offering that
will continue in February. In this 15-class session, participants will join the movement of
Girls Who Code, which will not only build sisterhood, but it will help girls use computer
science to impact their communities. Open to students in grades 6 to 12. Computers
and internet access will be provided.

 

MidPointe Library System offers more than 5,000 programs a year. For
a comprehensive look at the various programs that are available in February and beyond,
guests can view a calendar listing by branch at
http://midpointelibrary.evanced.info/signup.
Note: some programs require advance registration.
In addition to all of the materials, services, events, and activities, there are
several other new things being introduced within the MidPointe Library System.
“Something new we’ve developed in our Trenton location is called Shakespurr’s
Sensory Space. Shakespurr is our mascot. He’s a lion, but, it’s this great area that is
open now for kids with different sensory needs,” Hillman said.

Shakespurr’s Sensory Space has special lighting, music, and tactile objects, which offer different therapeutic benefits.

MidPointe Library West Chester will also give patrons a new reason to visit the
library – to make, create and innovate with Innovation Pointe. The public makerspace,
filled with tools and technology, will have a variety of equipment such as vinyl printers,
sewing machines, 3D printers, laser engraving, a sublimation printer, button makers,
film and video conversion equipment and much more.
Innovation Pointe will officially open later this month and will be available during
regular library hours at the West Chester location.
For more details, go to MidPointe
Library’s Facebook page, or visit the website at www.midpointelibrary.org.
Serving all of eastern Butler County, The MidPointe Library System serves the
cities of Middletown, Trenton, and Monroe and the townships of West Chester, Liberty,
Lemon, Madison, and Wayne. The MidPointe Library System has five branch locations
in Middletown, Liberty, Monroe, Trenton and West Chester with 197,000 library cardholders. MidPointe Library System welcomes more than 860,000 patrons, annually.
The library offers something for everyone, including fiction, non-fiction and more
in a variety of formats – From traditional books to eBooks and eAudiobooks, which
guests can download from the library for free.
MidPointe also offers a bookmobile service. The 30-foot vehicle features a
collection of thousands of Library materials for all ages. For more information, and a
complete list of services and events, go to MidPointe Library’s Facebook page and
website at www.midpointelibrary.org.