Because we constantly look for ways to inform, entertain, and enrich our patrons, programming for adults changes frequently. Check our event listing often, but plan on activities that recur throughout the month.
This spring, Niles District Library will be offering several classes on computer basics, as well as using the Internet and some of the popular programs from Microsoft Office and Google. To register for one or more of the classes, please call 269-683-8545 x112, email CommunityEngagement@nileslibrary.net, or stop by the Information Desk at the library to sign up. Classes are free and open to teens and adults.
Classes will be held in the Computer Lab on the main level of the library before and after regular library hours on Fridays.
Morning classes: 8:30-10:00 am (Please enter via the side door near the handicap parking spots since these classes will be held before the library opens)
Evening classes: 6:00-7:30 pm (Please arrive before the doors are locked at 6:00 pm)
March 10 – Computer Basics
Introductory class on hardware, Windows operating system, and standard computer terminology.
March 17 – Introduction to the Internet
Learn to use different Internet browsers and get tips on searching for information and navigating the Internet.
March 24 – Social Media
An introduction to using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.
March 31 – Microsoft Word
Learn how to use Word to write, edit, and format documents for school, work, or personal use.
April 7 – Microsoft Publisher
Learn how to create professional looking flyers, brochures, and newsletters.
April 14 – Microsoft Excel
Learn how to create spreadsheets for budgets, mailing lists, or other data management projects.
April 28 – “The Cloud”
Learn how to use Google apps, including Google Drive, Google Docs, and Gmail. Learn how to save and access files in “The Cloud”.
Community Conversations: Education and Literacy
Thursday, March 23, 7:00-8:00 pm
Niles Community Conversations brings WMU faculty members to Niles to talk about their roles, research, teaching, and service and the relation of their work to community issues in Niles and elsewhere. These faculty members are interested in meeting people and learning about the issues and concerns of the Niles community. Each event will include an open panel discussion with WMU faculty. We invite all community members to come, meet our faculty members, and engage in dialogue about the role of higher education and community organizations in working together to address key issues. This session will focus on approaches to university-community partnerships, including ideas for innovation in K-12 education, college-readiness, and other issues in education and literacy.
Saturday, March 25, 2:00-3:30 pm
Adults, join us in the Rotunda for a fun Saturday afternoon craft project! All materials will be provided.
MI Blood Drive
Monday, March 27, 1:00-5:00 pm
You can save a life by donating blood! Come to the library and do a good deed for the community. No appointment is necessary, but if you’d like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about donating blood, call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663).
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 pm
Join Ann in the Youth Services area for a weekly coupon exchange–bring the coupons you have that you won’t use and pick up some you will use! This program is open to teens and adults.
Saturdays, March 4, 11, and 18 – 10:30-11:30 am
Friday, March 24 – 6:00-7:00 pm (after-hours event, please arrive before 6:00)
Take the time to do something great for yourself while reaping the health and relaxation benefits of yoga. This free class is for all abilities; if you’ve never tried yoga, now is the perfect time to start! Bring a yoga mat and some water. If you don’t have a yoga mat, we have a limited number of mats to borrow.
Saturday, April 1, 2:30-3:30 pm
No fooling! Whether you write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or some combination, you are welcome to share your work and discuss the craft of writing with other writers in the area. While this session will be a general discussion about writing and some writing exercises to get your creativity working, feel free to bring a work in progress if you’d like to get some feedback. Group will meet monthly, time and date TBD. If you have questions or are interested but can’t attend this session, please call 269-683-8545, ext. 116, or email CommunityEngagement@nileslibrary.net.
Introduction to Budgeting
Would you like to have more control over your money, spend less, and save more? Find out how to get started in this Introduction to Budgeting class. Please register by calling (269) 683-8545, ext. 112, email CommunityEngagement@nileslibrary.net, or register online at www.changingthebalance.org.
Wednesday, April 12, 8:30-10:00 am
Class begins at 9:00; free breakfast will be provided at 8:30 for participants who register in advance.
Wednesday, April 12, 8:30-10:00 am
Class begins at 6:00; free dinner will be provided at 5:30 for participants who register in advance.
First Saturday of each month, 5:30-7:30 pm
Think you’re a crack shot? Come find out! Grab your Nerf gear and bring it to this after-hours event! Participants will have full run of the main floor of the library to compete in a series of team and free-for-all Nerf activities. You must bring your own gear to participate. This event is open to all ages, but participants under 12 must have a parent/guardian present in order to attend. A waiver must be signed at the event by either the participant or their parent/guardian and eye protection is encouraged. Doors lock at 6:00 so be sure to arrive before then.
Teen and Adult Nerf Night
Second Saturday of each month, 5:30-7:30 pm
Teens (13 and older) and adults are invited to come to the library for an after-hours round of Nerf games with an emphasis on strategy and teamwork. Please arrive before the library closes at 6:00.
Treeclimbers Genealogy Gatherings
First Saturday of each month, 10:30 am
As a genealogist, your most valuable research tool is other genealogists. Join us to share your findings and support others in their own family quest! Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. We explore a different topic each month that will add to your expertise in genealogy.
Fridays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and chat while you work on your own yarn or sewing project. Rookies are welcome; our teacher and a few loaner tools will help you get started.
Thursdays, 1:00-4:30 pm
Volunteers are available weekly to teach you how to play Mahjong, a game of skill, strategy and calculation originating in China that involves a degree of chance, similar to the Western card game of rummy.
Game Day for Adults
Second Saturday of each month, 1:00-5:00 pm
If you are 18 or older and like games of all types, join us for Game Day for Adults from 1-5 pm. We have board games, cards, tabletop games, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U games all set up, ready for you to enjoy! Feel free to bring your own games, too!
Friends Book Sale
First Saturday of each month, 10:00 am to noon
The Friends of Niles District Library have thousands of books at their monthly book sale, all just waiting to find a new home! Paperbacks are just 25 cents and hardcovers are 50 cents.
Services & Agencies at the Library
Michigan Works! Talent Development Specialists
Every other Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm
Michigan Works! is now coming to Niles District Library! Every other Wednesday afternoon, staff from their offices in Dowagiac and Benton Harbor will be here to assist job seekers. Talent Development Specialists can help you register for unemployment, evaluate your strengths and skills, create or update your resume, sharpen your interview skills and more. They’ll help you put your best foot forward! For more information on what MI Works! can do for you, visit www.michiganworks.org/job-seekers/. Michigan Works! staff will be in Niles every Wednesday, alternating between here and Lake Michigan College Bertrand Crossing Campus. See our calendar to find out when they will be here next.
The Connection (Emergency Shelter Services)
As Berrien County’s Housing Resource Center, The Connection provides a centralized intake that works together with the consumer to rapidly re-house those who are homeless.
The Connection offers the following services and resources when available:
- Community Referrals
- Housing Information
- Housing Case Management
- Eviction Assistance
- Rental Assistance
- Security Deposit Assistance
For questions or more information, call 269-277-5055 or email email@example.com