Westchester Public Library Briefs: October 7, 2014

westchester-photo-montageThe American Civil War: A Series on the Major Battles
The American Civil War: A Series on the Major Battles will continue at Westchester Public Library with a look at the Battle of Chickamauga. Join Thomas Murphy at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, from 10 am-noon on Saturday, October 18. There is no registration required; attendance is free of charge.

The Battle of Chickamauga took place on September 18-20, 1863. Around 34,000 soldiers lost their lives in a battle that was declared a decisive Confederate victory. Only a portion of the Federal army under General George Thomas staved off disaster by holding Horseshoe Ridge against repeated assaults, allowing the Yankees to withdraw after nightfall. For this action, Thomas earned the nickname “the Rock of Chickamauga.” The defeated Union troops withdrew to Chattanooga where they remained until late November.

History buff and Civil War enthusiast Thomas Murphy will present each program. Murphy is an RSVP volunteer and has presented a number of programs at the library. Future programs will cover the battles at Gettysburg, Manassas, Antietam, and Chickamauga.

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

Prescription Drug Plans at Thomas Library
Join Thomas Murphy in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Westchester Public Library, Thomas branch, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, for an informational session on Prescription Drug Plans: Medicare Part D. Prescription Drug Plans will take place on October 21 and will be repeated on October 25, both from 11 am-noon. Registration is not necessary.

Murphy will focus on the prescription drug plan that is part of Medicare. Open enrollment for Part D runs from October 15-December 7. People can change their plans during the open enrollment period. Attendees will learn how to choose or switch plans that work best for them. Murphy will demonstrate how to navigate the site and plug in different prescription drugs. A question and answer period will follow.

Murphy is an RSVP and SHIP volunteer and has presented many programs at the library.

For more information, please call Thomas Library at 219 926-7696.

Friends Fall Book Sale
The Friends of Westchester Public Library will begin their 3-day book sale Friday, October 17, with the Friends Only Preview Sale from 4-8 pm. Only current members of the Friends will be admitted, but patrons may purchase their 2014 membership to the Friends at the door for $5.

The Public Sale will be held Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, from 9 am-4 pm. On Sunday, all items will be sold for $3 a bag. No electronic scanners will be allowed.

There will be thousands of books of all types sorted and spread throughout a number of rooms and hallways in the second floor of Thomas Library, located at 200 West Indiana Avenue in Chesterton. Library Director Phil Baugher reports, “We have a good selection of books this year, and I encourage our patrons to stock up on titles for their fall reading.”

Prices for newer and special books will be individually marked. A large number of hardcover books will be sold for $1.00 each and paperbacks for $.50.

Proceeds from the sale are donated to the library and help fund many supplemental and special programming efforts such as film series, children’s programs, book discussions, and staff recognition events.

Apple iPad Day at Westchester Public Library
Westchester Public Library has brand-new iPad minis just for kids(available for in-house use only): come on in and try them! Children are invited to the iPad launch party, Apple iPad Day, on Saturday, October 18. Both branches will host activities that day. Come to the Children’s Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, any time during the hours of 10am-2pm and to Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street, Porter, from 1-2pm. No registration is necessary at either library – just drop in.

Celebrate everything apple. Attendees will be able to try their hands at a hand-cranked apple peeler, slicing red delicious apples donated by Pavolka Farms of Michigan City. Make a fun apple craft and play board games like Apples to Apples. Taste delicious apple cider and, of course, try out the new kid-friendly iPads!

For more information, contact Thomas Library, 926-7696 or Hageman Library, 926-9080.

Bookmarks at the Museum presents Bring Up the Bodies
Join Dennis Norman for Bookmarks at the Museum on Thursday, October 16, at 2 pm at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. Refreshments will be served.

Hilary Mantel introduced her award-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy with Wolf Hall in 2009 followed by Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. The trilogy follows Cromwell’s life from his humble beginnings to his downfall after becoming one of the most important men in the service of Henry VIII.

Mantel’s books portray Cromwell as a practical and talented man living in an opportunistic world. Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Follow the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason as Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies: the papal aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

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.