Block party Saturday at the library

Iron Mountain-Kingsford Kiwanis donates $550 to Dickinson County Library Block Party for Saturday to help defray the costs of the Mischief and Magic show. These entertainers will be making balloon animals, face painting and glitter tattoos. Kids of all ages are invited 10 a.m. to noon at the Dickinson County Library courtyard. In case of rain, it will be moved inside the multi-purpose room. There will also be live music with a Celtic band and three drawings to win a Kindle Fire. You must be present to win. They will draw at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Library tours will be take place throughout the block party to show the new renovations. It’s free to attend. Refreshments and beverages will be served by Kiwanis. From left are Trisha Peterson, Kiwanis professionals, and Megan Buck, executive director of the Dickinson County Library.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Upcoming Dickinson County Library activities through Sept. 29 include:

Friday

Celebrate Grandparents Storytime, 10:30 a.m., North Dickinson Branch library in North Dickinson School, Felch Township.

Tuesday

Preschool children are invited to Library Card Sign Up Month Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. Preschool children through age 5 can participate in songs about reading and enjoy stories featuring puppets and the flannel board. Everyone also can make a bookmark craft, and learn about early literacy practices when reading together at home.

Wednesday

A Novel Bunch Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Solomonson Branch library in Norway. The Novel Bunch book selection is chosen at this meeting each month for the upcoming month; attend the program to cast a vote. Reading guides for this book are available at the Solomonson Branch and on the Dickinson County Library website, www.dcl-lib.org/norwaybookclub. New members are welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 13

Library Card Sign Up Month Storytime, for preschool children, 10:30 a.m. at the Solomonson Branch.

Friday, Sept. 14

Library Card Sign Up Month Storytime, for preschool children, 10:30 a.m. at the North Dickinson Branch.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Family Fun Day Outdoor Extravaganza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lake Antoine Park in Iron Mountain. The Dickinson County Library will have a fun craft for kids available at the library booth, as well as information about library services and resources. This event is hosted by Michigan State University Extension and Dickinson-Iron Great Start.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

Preschool children are invited to Manners Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. September is Good Manners Month. Preschool children through age 5 will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes, all about being polite. Everyone also can make a bookmark craft, and learn about early literacy practices to use when reading together at home.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Manners Storytime, for preschool children, 10:30 a.m. at the Solomonson Branch in Norway.

Friday, Sept. 21

Manners Storytime, for preschool children, 10:30 a.m. at the North Dickinson Branch in Felch.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Saturday Games Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. Kids, teens and families are invited to drop by to play a variety of board and card games, or bring their own.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Participate in Banned Books Week at the Dickinson County Library and Branches, Sept. 23-29. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harm of censorship. Displays will spotlight books that survived actual or attempted banning at libraries and schools across the United States. Anyone can celebrate the freedom to read and join the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers and community members to retain open access to all materials by checking out these books.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Preschool children are invited to Banned Books Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. This storytime will feature children’s books that were challenged, banned, or restricted in the past at libraries or schools around the country, including popular favorites like “Strega Nona” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” Banned Books Week celebrates the efforts of libraries to prevent censorship and keep all materials available to our communities. Preschool children through age 5 and families can learn about Banned Books Week and early literacy practices to use when you read together at home.

Children and families are invited to meet Michigan author Ellen Airgood at 4 p.m. at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. Airgood will discuss and answer questions about her novels for children. This program is open to all ages, but children in second through eighth grades are especially invited. Other community members also can meet Airgood at the Iron Mountain-Kingsford AAUW meeting later Tuesday evening. Contact vice president of programs Jan Van Gasse at janicevangasse@gmail.com or 906-563-8791 for more information.

The Page by Page Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. The book selection is chosen at each month’s meeting for the upcoming month, so attend the program to cast a vote. The selection will be advertised on the library’s website, www.dcl-lib.org/pbpbookclub, which also has reading guides and past selections. New members are always welcome.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Preschool children are invited to Banned Books Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at the Solomonson Branch in Norway.

Friday, Sept. 28

Preschool children are invited to Banned Books Storytime, 10:30 a.m. at the North Dickinson Branch in Felch.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Meet therapy dogs during Pet Partners: Therapaws from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain. This introductory visit will allow children of all ages to meet therapy dogs in person and learn about the Pet Partners program. This program features live dogs, and is open to children and families of all ages.

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