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Brocton library sets March and April events

March 22, 2017
Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The Ahira Hall Memorial Library, located at 37 W. Main St. in Brocton, has a number of ongoing programs as well as special events scheduled for the coming weeks.

They include:

Christian Book Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday Readers meets the second Tuesday of May, July, September, November at 6:30 p.m.

"Write Now" Writers Group, meets the second and fourth Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. The group's mission is to foster ambition, talent and pursuit of the art of writing. Actively aspiring writers are welcome to stop in and/or join. Call Jenean 7922-9418 for information.

"Techie" Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., spend some time with Merrie (library staff) for basic help with computers, tablets, cell phones and computer programs.

Baby & Me storytime for children ages 0 to 2 will take place on Tuesday, April 18 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Preschool storytime with Mrs. Raymond and Mrs. Westin for children ages 2.5 to 5 will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11.

A "Preserving Oral History" program will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m., presented by local author George Clever. Discover how and why to treasure our own history that we've heard and want to explore and save. Contact Jenean for more information at 792-9418.

Elementary Library program sessions are held Friday afternoons. Early elementary (grades K through 2) take place between 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. Elementary (grades 3 through 5) are held from 3:45 to 4:30. Future topics include: March 24: pumpkin seed art; March 31: Raised Up! 3D art; April 7: Spring has sprung!; April 21 amazing abstracts and April 28: LEGO Club.

Today, a certified tax accountant will be available by appointment only. Dial 211 to schedule an appointment for help with filling out/filing your taxes.

As a service to patrons, an insurance representative is available at the library or by appointment on the second Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The LARC program (Supporting Literacy in Arts, Reading and Culture at the Library) presents the exhibit Mandalas, Works by Buffalo State College Art Therapy students through April 21. LARC presents a two-part hands-on workshop for adults and teens "Practicing Wellness through Mandala-Making" on Saturday March 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., part 1 and Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., part 2. Registration is encouraged.

March is read aloud month! Reading aloud helps create memories, engage children, enrich lives and encourage questions. Read aloud 15 minutes. Every child. Every parent. Every day.

April is the month of the young child. This year, AHML is working in collaboration with two students from the SUNY Fredonia English Department, Christine Doolittle and Kelly Caner, to provide events for children and families during the month.

On April 3, families with children in second grade or younger are invited to the library at 6 p.m. for stories and activities based on the theme: "One Love. One Heart. One World."

On April 10, at 6 p.m., an introduction will be presented to a selection of books that are part of the Regional Read and are based around the theme "Beyond Human: Animals in Literature." families are being encouraged to read together and discuss books at home. For students age 7 and older, the book will be "A Dog's Life," by Anne Martin. For teens and adults, the book will be "Beautiful Joe," by Margaret Marshall Saunders.

On April 24, come to the library at 6 p.m. for a discussion and wrap up of the selected books as well as a social event.

Please see library staff to sign up or get a copy of the book selections.

Join the Ahira Hall Memorial Library on April 29 for a social event fund-raiser for the library from 1 to 4 p.m. at 21 Brix Winery, located at 6654 W. Main Road, Portland. The event will feature vendors, food, wine tasting for purchase, and raffle baskets. There is no admission charge for this event.

An AARP Driver Safety program will be held April 24 and 26 from 8:45 to noon at the library. The cost is $25 for AARP members, or $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 792-9418. This is a convenient opportunity to reduce insurance or help with points while becoming a better driver. The library provides space and coffee for AARP. Any snacks or baked goods brought to share are appreciated by the class.

The Ahira Hall Memorial Library: the heart of the Brocton-Portland community asks that the public help fill the library with hearts. Pink hearts can be purchased for $1, or red hearts for $5. All proceeds are applied directly to the general operating fund.

The library will be closed Friday, April 14, Good Friday and Saturday, April 15, the day before Easter.



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