The doors to the new wing of the Huntington City-Township Public Library will officially open this afternoon, Monday, May 10.
A ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. will also serve as a grand opening for the library's new wing, with celebratory events continuing through May 22.
The library has been under construction for the past year. The $3.4 million project added a wing to the building's north side, with much of the library's adult materials being moved in to the new wing. That move allowed the area designated for children to triple in size.
This afternoon's events begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony that will officially open the new north entrance. The south entrance - previously the library's main door - will be closed, and the north entrance will become the main entrance. The check-out desk serving the entire library is located just inside the north entrance.
The local winners of the PBSKids Go! Writers' Contest - Luke Christman, Jessica Hartmus, Megan Ormiston and Carrie Runyan - will be recognized at 6 p.m., and the Children's Choir of Huntington County will perform at 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and guests will be treated to tours of the new library facilities. Library staff member Joan Sherlock will provide live piano accompaniment.
Special events are being held at the library for the next two weeks in celebration of the project's completion, with the first event at 5 p.m. today. Jim Roudebush is instructing a "Start Your Own Business" workshop. Registration information is available by calling the Hoosier Heartland R&D Council office at 317-290-3250.
Additional events include:
• Tuesday, May 12 - The library's Fiction Lovers' Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the May selection, "A Town Like Alice" by Nevil Shute. This book was selected by club member David Kuiper-Moore; member Cathy Rumler selected next month's book, Michael Crichton's "Eaters of the Dead: The manuscript of Ibn Fadlan, relating his experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922." New members are always welcome.
• Wednesday, May 12 - Local fiber artist Sue Judd will appear in period costume and demonstrate the use of a small spinning wheel in the new gathering area at the north end of the library. Judd will be demonstrating from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Maria Daniella Sanchez, a foreign exchange student at Huntington North High School, will perform flamenco dancing. This traditional music and dance from Andalusia in southern Spain has, over the centuries, been shaped by Indian, Arab, Spanish and Gypsy cultures.
• Thursday, May 13 - The Backstage Clowns will appear in the children's department at 3:30 p.m., handing out balloon animals.
Book Bingo will be played continuously in the children's department from 4 to 5 p.m.
Dr. Evelyn Priddy, a Huntington University faculty member who recently published two children's books based on local history, and Alan Daugherty, who illustrated the books, will be at the library at 6:30 p.m. for an author talk and book signing. The books are based on the life of Matilda Nuck, whose family moved from Bavaria to Huntingotn County in 1842, and were written in collaboration with Nuck descendant Mary Welches.
• May 17 - The Huntington City-Township/-Markle Public Library board of trustees will meet at 4 p.m. The meeting is, as always, open to the public, for anyone who wants to see how a library is operated.
A local writers' support group, led by local author Jean Carroll, will gather at the library at 6:30 p.m. All first-time and veteran writers are welcome to attend and may bring their work to be critiqued by the group.
• May 18 - Indiana author Joe Krom will be at the library at 3 p.m. for an author visit and book signing. Krom's historical novel, "Heart of a Warrior: The True Saga of Sweet Breeze and William Wells," is told from the fictional viewpoint of Sweet Breeze, daughter of Miami Chief Little Turtle, and her husband William Wells, who was raised in tribal villages after being taken captive during his youth.
Huntington County Master Gardener Dick Wymer will lead a free seminar on rain gardens beginning at 6:30 p.m. A rain garden is a garden that takes advantage of rainfall
and stormwater runoff in its design and plant selection. There is no charge, but those planning to attend are asked to call the library at 356-0824 to register.
• May 20 - The Teen Book Club will meet to discuss "The Uglies" by Scott Westerfield at 5 p.m. Open to youth ages 13-18, the club will read "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal" by Jeff Kinney for next month's discussion.
Book club information and permission slips are available at the library's reference desk. Participating teens can earn free books.
Carolyn Sue Morris will visit the library at 6:30 p.m. for an author talk and book signing. Her books, "AnnaBelle's Spirit" and "The Journey, The Dreams and AnnaBelle" tells the story of Morris and her sisters growing up with a mother who had a gypsy spirit.
• May 22 - Sarah Story, educator and dog trainer, will lead a free workshop at 1 p.m. to teach children and adults how to "Stay Dog-Safe" this summer. Story will talk about summer pet safety. No registration is required.