Westchester Public Library Briefs: August 13, 2014

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You’ve heard of “selfies” – pictures people take of themselves with their cell phones. Westchester Public Library would like to introduce you to the Library Shelfie…a selfie taken of you and your favorite books, your bookshelf at home, or even your favorite section of the library – mystery, biography, history, picture book, etc.

Find and follow WestchesterPL on Twitter. Take your “shelfie” – with or without you in the photo – and tweet it using #MyLibraryShelfie. Mention @WestchesterPL to let us know you’ve tweeted your library shelfie. Shelfies may also be submitted to the library’s Facebook page or to Instagram using the same hashtag: #MyLibraryShelfie.

Westchester Public Library has a presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Like WPL on Facebook at several locations: Westchester Public Library; Westchester Public Library Childrens’ Services; Hageman Branch, Westchester Public Library; and Westchester Township History Museum. Follow us on Pinterest at Westchester Library and on Twitter at WestchesterPL.

Call 921-0964, ext. 1150 for more information.

Recycling 101 and 102 at Thomas Library
Adults are invited to join master recyclers Pat Jackson and Thomas Murphy for two sessions of recycling sponsored by Westchester Public Library. The programs will take place in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Recycling 101 will be on Saturday, August 23, while Recycling 102 will be held on Saturday, August 30. Both programs will run from 2-3:30 pm. No registration is necessary.

In Recycling 101, attendees will learn how to make a difference with easy recycling. Find out what recycling is and what it isn’t, and learn about local services and sources.

Attendees to Recycling 102 will learn about upcycling (reusing something in a way which makes it more valuable). Jackson and Murphy will also talk about hazardous household waste and the basics of composting and vermicomposting (the use of earthworms).

For more information, call the library at 926-7696.

Bookmarks at the Museum presents Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere
Join April Center for Bookmarks at the Museum on Thursday, August 21, at 2 pm at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. Refreshments will be served.

Poe Ballantine’s new true crime novel Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere is a story that hit close to his home. One day in 2006, Poe’s neighbor, Steven Haataja, a math professor from the local state college, disappeared. Ninety-five days later, the professor was found bound to a tree, burned to death in the hills behind the campus where he had taught.

No one understood the circumstances. Poe had never contemplated writing mystery or true crime, but since he knew all the players, he and his kindergarten son set out to find out what might have happened.

The book is not only a six-year study of the case, but of Poe’s eccentric high plains town, its kooky residents, his rocky marriage, and his purportedly autistic son.

Bookmarks takes place on the third Thursday of the month at the museum and on the third Friday of the month at Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St., Michigan City.

It is not necessary to read the book before attending. Books are available at both Thomas and Hageman Libraries.

The museum, a free cultural and educational service of Westchester Public Library, is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. Call 983-9715 for more information.