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Women's History Month

Women's History Month celebrates the achievements of women, the history of the women's rights movement, and the diverse lives and experiences of women.  If you are looking for Women's History Month titles, or just simply a great book to read, you might want to take a look at the titles below.

Read Across America Day

Every year on March 2nd, across the entire country, people celebrate reading in classrooms, libraries, at community events and more. Why? Because reading changes lives! Students who are motivated to read (and spend more time reading) are more successful in school. Success in school often impacts future work success, which impacts our personal lives.

Read on for more tips about how to make reading fun...

Curl Up with A Book You Love

Books can take us to distant lands, help us learn a new skill, and bring our imaginations to life. Stories can have a strong impact on our ideas, our hopes, and even what we want to grow up to be! 

Winter Reading

Are you looking for something exciting to read while the snow falls outside and the temperatures remain below freezing for days on end?  Well, make yourself a warm drink and check out MPHPL's Hot New Books for Winter titles.  Many big name authors have titles coming out this winter, including J.D. Robb, James Patterson, John Lescroart, Sophie Kinsella, Kristin Hannah, James Grippando and Jojo Moyes.

Library Services for Seniors and the Homebound

Seniors are an important and growing part of our community and MPHPL is committed to meeting their unique needs.

All Stuffed with Fluff

Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on the 18th of January (A. A. Milne's Birthday). If it’s too blustery to go out and take a walk in your local Hundred Acre Wood, stay tucked into your cozy home. There are many ways to celebrate this fun day with your child without ever stepping outside. 

Multi-Cultural Holidays!

The December Holidays…the time of year where we assemble our families and friends and celebrate! There are so many holidays that happen all over the world in many different cultures in many different ways. We’ll look at the three main December holidays. Who can say no to more celebrations, so let’s explore shall we?

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Parents can register any child between the age of birth to five (Pre-Kindergarten) for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!  Visit your preferred MPHPL location to receive your welcome folder.  You have the option of using a paper log sheet or logging books into ReadSquared, our new online reading program software. Click to learn more about the program.

Let's Celebrate!

Around the world, people like to celebrate. Some eat large meals together, tell stories, put on parades, play sports or go shopping. Click below to find out more about how people celebrate throughout the month of December.

Fly Away!

From paper airplanes to space travel, aviation covers a lot of ground (and a lot of air!). November is National Aviation History Month. Even if your children have never been on a plane, they can celebrate aviation month. 

Back to School!

Each new school year brings a mix of opportunities, excitement and struggles for our children. In the mad rush to make sure that supplies are bought, clothes are ready, and lunches are planned, it’s easy to forget that our little ones may be hiding nervousness about their new educational adventure.

Building Blocks of Early Learning

Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. These are five fun and easy things we can do with our children every day to get them ready to read!

Invasion of British Suspense Novelists

There has been a recent explosion of riveting, bestselling British suspense novels featuring women protagonists. Many of these novels are dark or gritty, and feature heroines who face significant personal challenges.

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Explore Your Local World

Our Bittersweet and Harris branches both have wonderful outdoor spaces, and the downtown Mishawaka location is located very near the Riverwalk and many parks. Whether you visit the library to check out books, or use our digital resources to explore on the go, we can help enhance your adventures.

Springtime Fun!

Spring conjures up images of tiny green sprouts, sunshine, and baby animals. At the library, spring means preparing for a new round of storytime (for ages Birth - 5) and many other fun programs. Peek at the program guide for information on the fun things happening at your library!

Battle of the Books - Final Scores Announced

A big thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Battle of the Books!  Read on for final scores.

Reader's Advisory: Let Us Help You Find Your Next Favorite Book

It can be a bittersweet moment when you finish your favorite book, especially if you are not sure what to read next. But it doesn't have to be! We can help you find your next favorite book in no time!

Being Bullied is Not Okay

It can be heartbreaking to know a child who is being bullied and feel unable to help them. Bullying is a real problem, and has the potential to ruin a child's school experience. How can you help?

MPHPL Reviews ... "The Rainbow Comes and Goes" by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

A charming and intimate collection of correspondence between #1 New York Times bestselling author Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

MPHPL Reviews ... "Retire Inspired" by Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan knows a thing or two about retirement – as an instructor in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and a member of the Ramsey Solutions team, he has counselled hundreds in their planning. 

MPHPL Reviews ... "The Road to Little Dribbling" by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, an American writer who has spent most of his adult life in Britain, covers new ground in studying for the British citizenship test.

MPHPL Reviews ... "Keep Moving" by Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke has been pleasing audiences for the past 70 years and has no intentions of stopping. 

MPHPL Reviews ... "Swiped" by Adam Levin

How safe is your personally-identifiable information?  Have you done everything you can to protect yourself from identity theft?

Lists for Book Lovers

What are you looking for in a book?  Which one should you read next?  

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