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Give Senior Coffee Program a chance

Written by Krissa Coleman, executive director of the Hazel Mackin Community Library

I'm going to take a moment to talk about our Senior Coffee Program that we have here on Fridays. I know it's listed every week and we share with our patrons about coming in and trying it because we really look at it as a community gathering. However, I think many people have a preconceived notion that it's just for old people and it just isn't where they are in life yet. Well, our group is 50 and up so we have people in every decade. It's not the same three people playing dominoes every week. It is a lively group of 10-15 different people every week. Some have lived in this community for decades and some have transferred here for their grandchildren that are in the area. This program offers people the ability to meet new people and get reacquainted with old friends. Some come for the coffee, the cookies or ice cream, some come for the games which are different every week and some come just to socialize and enjoy stories and conversation. Your library is providing a place to gather and enjoy time spent with others over a cup of joe. Don't miss out on the opportunities that are in your backyard.

The Library Book Sale is this week Friday, May 5, 1-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. We will be taking donations for the sale starting this week. Please do not drop items in the back book drop for the sale. Donations need to be brought into the library. Mark the date and plan on getting some great books, DVDs and lots more for your personal library at home.

Food for Fines: During the month of April bring in any non—perishable food item to receive $1 off of your fines. One item is $1 off. It's a win-win, you can pay down any fines you might have and food shelves will be stocked for the upcoming summer months. If you don't have any fines and still want to participate, we would love to have you donate your food items.

Story Time: Story times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. On May 8 and 10 will be Colors and Shapes; May 15 and 16 will be Summer. Brittany will be taking a few weeks off of story time to get things ready for summer reading.

S.T.E.M.: Thursday, May 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The theme this month is Get Electrified! This is for students in grades 4-7. Call the library to register.

Needle Felting: Thursday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. Participants will create a pin or patch. All supplies will be provided. This class is for ages 8 and up. Register by calling the library. Classes fill up quickly so don't wait to sign up.

Teen/Tween Book Club: Thursday, May 18, 6-7:30 p.m. This night will combine both book clubs for some fun activities of games and crafts. Pizza will be served!

Lego Club: Saturday, May 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Monday, May 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Senior Coffee and Cookies/Ice Cream: Every Friday at 10 a.m. Stop by for some conversation, games, or just a free cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.

Strong Senior Chair Exercise: This program is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. Come on in and join the movement group! This program will follow a DVD designed to help develop strength and enhance ability to function in daily live, improving stability, balance, and mobility. Feel free to bring small hand weights for a tougher workout.