January at the Vicksburg District Library

Susan Kalleward, Youth Services Librarian at Vicksburg District Library.

The Vicksburg District Library welcomes a new youth services librarian, Susan Kallewaard. Susan, or Mrs. K, is a Vicksburg resident with a background of 20-plus years teaching children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She is eager to get to know the children and families who use the library.

With the arrival of a new youth services librarian comes the resumption of programming for children and youth. Mrs. K is excited to revive old favorites, Family Story Time, Mugs and Hugs, and Bulldog Break Time, as well as start new programs, such as Bouncing Babies and Teen Break.

Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

Family Story Time returns on Mondays in January. Children 18 months through four years listen to stories, sing, dance, and play. Family Story Time takes place from 10-10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Lower Level.

Mugs and Hugs is back! Join us on the first and third Wednesdays in January from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for books, rhymes, music, crafts, and peer interaction. The program is geared for ages 18 months through four years.

Bouncing Babies Storytime, designed for babies up to two years old and their caregivers, takes place on Fridays in January from 10-10:30 a.m. Sit on the floor with your baby in your lap to sing, bounce, and hear diverse stories and songs.

Teens & Tweens

Bulldog Break Time is a biweekly event for teens and tweens to get together and have fun. We have crafts, games, social activities, and tasty treats. Bulldog Break Time meets the second and fourth Thursdays in January from 2:45-4:15 p.m. Intended for grades 6-12.

Game Time for teenagers takes place on second and fourth Thursdays in January from 4:15-5:45 p.m. We have a Nintendo Switch and games for people under 18! Designed for grades 6 – 12.


Adults needn’t feel left out this winter. We have exciting new and returning programs for them, too.

The library‘s Adult Winter Reading Challenge runs December 21 through March 20. Adults earn points for each book or audiobook (5 points) or DVD (3 points) they complete. At 15 points, they earn a prize and an entry into the grand prize drawing. Each additional 5 points earns another entry. Three lucky patrons will win Amazon gift cards for $75, $50, and $25.

Craft & Chat is a program for crafty adults. On Tuesday, January 9, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., bring your current craft project (e.g., knitting, crocheting, coloring, cross-stitch, etc.) to work on while chatting with other crafters. There will be show-and-tell for previous crafts and discussion of ideas for future crafts. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Movie Club for Adults and Seniors will watch Little Women (2019). On Thursday, January 19, from 1-4 p.m., everyone over 18 is invited to the library to watch the movie and discuss it afterward. Popcorn and drinks are provided.

On February 4 from 1-4 p.m., Sue Smink will run a Valentine’s Day card-making class. Spaces are limited. Registration is required. Call 649-1648 or stop by the Circulation Desk to reserve your place.

Bridge Club, Tai Chi, Writers Roundtable, and Book Club for Adults continue to meet on their usual dates and times.
If you have any questions about Vicksburg District Library programs, please stop by or call (269) 649-1648. We look forward to seeing you in January!

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