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.
These classes are introductory and generally cover a broad range of topics and processes. Please register for classes by stopping by the Information and Readers’ Services Desk, or by calling 269.683.8545, ext. 112.
If you are in need of more specialized help, please refer to our Book a Librarian page. Through our Book a Librarian offerings, we are able to provide individual help with devices, operating systems, and more.
Computer Basics (Completed):
Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29
Introduction to the Internet (Completed):
Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5
How to Facebook:
Friday, August 11, from 6:00-7:30 pm
Saturday, August 12, from 9:30-11:00 am
Using Other Social Media Platforms:
Friday, August 18, from 6:00-7:30 pm
Saturday, August 19, from 9:30-11:00 am
Friday, August 25, from 6:00-7:30 pm
Saturday, August 26, from 9:30-11:00 am
Gadgets and Gizmos
Friday, September 8, from 6:00-7:30 pm
September, September 9, from 9:30-11:00 am
Drop-In Book Club
Tuesday, August 8, 8:00-9:30 am at Top Heavy Coffee (Downtown) OR
Thursday, August 24, 6:30-8:00 pm at Niles District Library
Wondering what to read next? Looking for friends who always have great book recommendations? Join staff and community members each month as we discuss and recommend books in this new style of book club! Each month, a different genre of literature is chosen and each book club member reads a different book in that genre. (For example, one month is Sci-Fi and the next month is Romance) At our meetings, we will discuss what we liked about the book we read so others can get excellent recommendations for what to read next. This is a drop-in book club so come when you can and stay as long as you want! We meet twice a month so choose what day and time work best with your schedule!
Movies that Move: Whip It
Friday, August 18, 6:30-9:30 pm, Community Room
Join some of the South Bend Roller Girls for an after-hours screening of the 2009 film “Whip It,” (rated PG-13), followed by a discussion about modern roller derby, including flat-track roller derby. Popcorn and drinks will be provided!
Saturday, August 19, 8:00-10:00 am
Join library staff members for a morning of public service and picking up litter in one of the neighborhoods near the library. We will be meeting at the library entrance at 8:00 & pick up trash along Cedar Street and the neighborhoods to the south of the library. Help us build a better world by cleaning up Niles! Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please call 269-683-8545, ext 112 for more information.
Will it Waffle?
Thursday, August 24, 6:30-8:00 pm, Community Room
In honor of National Waffle Day, we will be trying out four waffle iron recipes to answer the question, “Will It Waffle?” Please call 269-683-8545 ext. 112 to register!
End of Summer Reading Celebration
Saturday, August 26, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Rotunda
Join us for pizza, music, and trivia to celebrate the end of summer! We will also be drawing grand prize winners for adult summer reading. Be sure to let us know if you’re planning to come for pizza so we can get enough for everyone! Call 269-683-8545, ext. 112, or stop by the information desk in the library.
Craftastic Saturday: Homemade Candles
Saturday, August 26, 2:00-3:30 pm, Rotunda
Join us in the Rotunda to make candles in recycled jars, scented with your choice of essential oils, including some that will help keep away late summer mosquitoes! All ages are welcome, though kids should have a grown up who can help.
Meditation Mondays: Adult Coloring
Mondays this summer, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join us in the Rotunda to spend some relaxing time coloring–all materials will be provided. Stop in for a few minutes or stay for a while!
Gentle Stretch Chair Yoga
Mondays, August 14, 21, and 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Want to try yoga but worried about getting down on the ground and not being able to get back up? Tammy Pressler will teach you about the benefits of yoga while doing poses in a sturdy chair. Learn some amazing breath techniques and rebuild your balance along the way. Let’s build a better body together and enjoy a relaxing hour of wellness!
Evening & Saturday Yoga Classes
Evening and Saturday morning yoga classes are currently on hiatus. Please check back for updates and the next available dates for this relaxing program!
Family Nerf Night & Teen and Adult Nerf Night
(Following May 13th, Nerf Nights will be on hiatus for the summer months and will resume on October 7th.)
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!
Services & Agencies at the Library
Michigan Works! Talent Development Specialists/Kinexus
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Shelter Support Group
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm
This is weekly support group for survivors of domestic violence. Drop-ins are welcome! For more information about Safe Shelter and the services they provide, visit their website at http://cfsswmi.