Parks & Paths 5K Route

CASH PRIZES for top 3 males and top three females
1st Place: $100
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Medals will also be earned by top finishers, and many other prizes from local businesses will be awarded after the race.

Join us May 20th for the 1st annual Croswell Library Parks and Paths 5K run and 2 Mile walk. This unique 5k course will follow a bike path around the giant Michigan Sugar plant on the outksirts of scenic downtown Croswell, and then cut through the heart of the small city in order to cross the Black River and take a wide loop through the famous Swinging Bridge Park before returning to the finish line. The 5k loop includes running on grass paths and dirt trails along with the paved bike path. The 2 mile walk sticks to the paved bike path.

Starting line is at the Truman Street Park near the Cannery Village Apartments (15 Truman St.) in Croswell. Parking will be available at Croswell City Light and Power (120 E. Sanborn), along city streets, and public parking is available in a number of locations downtown a few hundred yards from the starting line (so you can get a good warm-up before the race!). No parking in the apartment complex near the starting line.

Impressionist Water Color Class

img_20161219_164047656Paint Your Own Watercolor in Less than 4 Hours!
Saturday January 28 @ 10 am
$15 payment must be made to reserve your spot.
Sign up at the library.

Internationally known professional artist Suzanne Boeck will be in the library to guide us step by step in creating the lovely landscape watercolor seen below. The goal of the class is to focus on painting trees. It will be an 11″ X 14″ painting completed on high quality 100% rag paper. All skill levels welcome. No experience is necessary, and supplies will be provided. Hope to see you here!

Power of the Dog by Don Winslow

powerofdog_new2Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
Book Discussion
Wednesday, January 25 @ 6:30 pm

Exceptional books illuminate, allowing us to see the world or ourselves in a way previously obscured. Sometimes, this new light reveals something awe-inspiring, beautiful, and mysterious. Other times, it reveals something brutal and horrifying, and maybe the lights should have just stayed off, because what is seen can never be unseen. The “Power of the Dog” is one of those books.

Unofficially America’s longest war, the Drug War is a failure. The bodies pile up, but the drugs continue to flow into people’s lungs, up their noses and through their veins. Meanwhile, the cartels that peddle them amass wealth, power, and influence. Winslow dramatizes this brutal reality in “The Power of the Dog.” We view it through the perspectives of Art Keller, a rogue DEA agent, and Adan Barrera, Keller’s former friend who consolidated power to become the Drug Kingpin of all of Mexico, el patron. Through the eyes of these rivals, we witness 25 years of brutal violence, heartbreaking betrayals, and empty victories in a game that nobody ever wins.

The seriousness of the issue and the depth of the characters separate “The Power of the Dog” from the average crime fiction. The Drug War and Cold War intertwine, alliances tangle, and Faustian bargains are the only options available. Keller knows the battle against the cartels will cost him everything, but his addiction to this dogfight is as powerful as any drug. Barrera would like to run the cartel with the banality of a corporation, but the cost of being the king is paid in blood.

Wars aren’t fought by two people alone. Reluctant killers, left-wing priests, perspicacious prostitutes, Mexican cowboys and an alphabet soup of government organizations on both sides of the border have agendas of their own, and nobody comes out of this combat unscathed. Some pay in dollars. Some pay with their lives, and some pay with their souls.

The Spirit of Christmas Essential Oils

doterra-christmasGet into the Christmas Spirit
Essential Oils Make & Take
Monday, December 5
~ 5:30 PM ~
Cost is $10
Register here or at the library

Take home
Cinna-mint Lip Balm,
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Christmas Scented Room Spray
Holiday Joy Body Spray

Necklace Building Craft

Aitkin Library Craft Nightnecklace
Mondays from 3-5

On Monday, December 5th, join us for a special craft night where you can learn to make these homemade necklaces. You’ll just need to bring a few materials: 1/4 yard of a material of your choice and 11 beads approximately 1/2 to 1″ long. We will have a sewing machine there to use and instructions Wear them yourselves or give them for gifts!

Halloween Costume Contest

halloween-costume-2015It’s that spooky time of year again! A time when ghosts, goblins, and ghouls wander the streets extorting treats by threatening tricks to ever suspecting households. Every year, Aitkin Library has a contest to choose which ghost or ghoul, or cowboy or princess… most honors the Halloween spirit. On Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 we’ll be having our Halloween party. It’ll start with a bag of treats and a spooky Halloween special. Afterwards, kids will decorate their own pumpkins with paint and/or stickers. At the end of the party, awards will be given for best costumes.

 

Intro to Henna Class

Henna DesignsIntro to Henna
Thursday, July 14 @ 5:30

This class will teach teens and young adults some intricate henna designs, so they can make their own temporary tattoos.

Recurring Summer Programs

_DSC9349_editSilly Summer Adventures with Alyssa
Every Wednesday @ 10:15
Stories, games, & activities

Story Time with Margaret
Every Saturday @ 10:15
Stories and crafts

Beginner’s Guitar
Every Wednesday @ 4
Learn guitar basics

Adult Computer Classes

computer classAdult Computer Classes
Tuesdays @ 5 pm through July

These classes are for adults with little to no experience with computers who are looking to know how to get started doing basic tasks. Feel free to bring your own device, or you can use one of ours. This will be a guided class, but you can also ask specific questions afterwards.

Adult Coloring & Coffee

adult coloring-page-001Adult Coloring & Coffee
Saturday, July 30 @ 10 am
Coloring books, pencils, and coffee are provided

People all over the country are rediscovering the simple joy of coloring. It’s a creative way to reduce stress, express yourself, and meet with friends.