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At the Library - Feb. 15, 2013

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At the Library - Feb. 15, 2013

Knotting class part of reading club events

The following activities and programs are offered by the Hancock County Public Library. Register for classes online at www.hcplibrary.org.

Chinese knots

Take an introduction to the art of Chinese knotting from 7 to 8 p.m.  Monday, Feb. 25, in Greenfield. This decorative craft began as folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasties (960-1279 AD).

During the session, make a lucky knot using a technique similar to macramé. The knot, sometimes called an endless knot, is believed to ward off evil. It is sometimes used in clothing or jewelry to bring the wearer, and even those who see it, good fortune.

For Chinese New Year, these knots are hung in homes, offices, shops – even trees – and symbolize the eternal pattern of life and death.

This event is part of the “Get Fired Up for Reading” club through the month of February. Class size is limited. Register online or call 462-5141, ext. 211. Come to the youth program room.

Check out an eBook reader

Now cardholders can check out Sony eBook readers from the Hancock County Public Library. Six readers are available in Greenfield and two in New Palestine.

Borrow the library’s hottest titles directly from the device. Its glare-free screen has a paper-like display designed for hours of comfortable reading, even in direct sunlight.

To check readers out, look for the display and take an empty case to the circulation desk in exchange for the device. Keep the reader for up to 14 days, and download up to six library eBooks at a time. Use the library’s free Wi-Fi or any wireless connection. Once a book is loaded onto the device, no connection is necessary to read it.

Simple instructions are included in the carrying case, and librarians at the information desk are glad to answer questions. Or users can “Book a Librarian” for extended help.

To return eReaders, deposit them in any library drop box. All downloaded books are wiped from the device for the next person. There are no fees for the service, but overdue fines are $1 a day.

’Tweens and teens hooked on yarn

’Tweens and teens, ages 9 to 19, get hooked on yarn each month at the Sugar Creek branch in New Palestine. From 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, start a warm scarf.

Everyone may bring supplies they already have, but these are suggested: a size U.S. G/6 (4.5 mm) crochet hook or two size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles and three skeins of medium weight yarn of the same or differing colors.

Experienced crafters can bring their own projects or help beginners start their scarves.

Register online or call 861-6618, ext. 311.

Knit one, crochet too

Get down to the knitty gritty at the “Knit One, Crochet Too” circle, open to congenial people of all skill levels. The group meets next from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, hosted by the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield.

Beginning and experienced crafters offer advice on each other’s handiwork. Bring supplies for a project to the library’s Greenfield Banking Co. Community Room A. Register online or call 462-5141, ext. 211.

Teen movie in Greenfield

Teens in grade 6 to age 19, come to a mid-week movie night from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Greenfield.

Enjoy light snacks and relax during a musical comedy about a college singing group. The show, filled with groupies, bitter rivalries and talent showdowns, is based on Mickey Rapkin’s book, “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory.”

Register online or call 462-5141, ext. 211. Come to the library’s Greenfield Banking Co. Community Room B. Rated PG-13.

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