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. 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.
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.
Morning Yoga Classes
Saturdays, May 13, 20, and 27, 10:30-11:30 am
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.
Evening Yoga Classes
Tuesdays, May 16, 23, and 30, 5:30-6:30 pm
Take the time to do something great for yourself while reaping the health and relaxation benefits of yoga. This class is free and appropriate 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.
Gentle Stretch Chair Yoga
Mondays, May 15 and 22 from 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 breathing techniques and rebuild your balance along the way. Let’s build a better body together and enjoy a relaxing hour of wellness!
Michigan Blood–Blood Drive
Monday, May 22, 1:00 – 5:30 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).
Writing Your Family History
Thursday, May 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
You hear the stories over and over again at family gatherings. You keep staring at that blank piece of paper, hoping the stories will write themselves. You were never good at English. Who would want to read about your family anyway? You know it is important to put the stories to paper, but WHERE TO BEGIN? Take the first step, and attend this class! Learn how to identify the stories you want to share, who you want your audience to be, and how to make your family’s stories come alive. Prior writing experience is not required, but attendance is limited. Please sign up by calling 269-683-8545, ext. 112, email CommunityEngagement@nileslibrary.net, or stop by the Information Desk at the library.
Thursday, May 25, 7-8 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.
The big question for this session: What is the role of place, history, and
culture in how we think about our communities?
OnStaff USA Hiring Event
Wednesday, May 31, 1:00-3:00 pm
Come to the area in front of the Information Desk to meet with OnStaff USA agents who can let you know about current employment opportunities in the Niles area.
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 email@example.com