NORTH WEBSTER — How would you like to spend a season at a national park for free and get treated like a VIP? Kevin and Linda McGonagle will share their experiences as Volunteers-In-Parks for the National Park Service 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at North Webster Community Public Library.
The local couple spent the summer volunteering at Gulf Island National Seashore in Florida and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Area in North Carolina. The McGonagles will explain how the V-I-P program works and how to volunteer. There are many different types of volunteer jobs available and in most cases living accommodations are provided for free. The Volunteers-In-Parks program is ideal for retired persons or students looking to build their resumes. Come and learn about this invaluable program and opportunity.
Stuffed animals will have the opportunity for their own kind of fun at the stuffed animal sleepover in the youth department. Children are invited to bring their stuffed animals or dolls to the library 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 for evening story time, then leave their toy friends overnight at the library. Bring the kids back the next morning between 10 a.m. and noon to pick up their toys, enjoy juice and donuts, and watch a slide-show of their overnight adventures. You will be amazed at the mischief those stuffed animals get into.
The evening beginning genealogy course starts 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, and will continue every Monday through January. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to register. In this four-class course, students learn how to get started researching their family trees. The course is free, but pre-registration is required. Sign up at the circulation desk or call (574) 834-7122.
Cold weather is an ideal time to snuggle up with a good book. Throughout January, check out a book with the word winter, snow, ice or frozen in the title for a chance to win a warm hand knitted scarf. When you’re done reading the book, enter the book title along with your name and phone number in the library’s January drawing. The more books you read, the more chances you have to win. The drawing will take place the first of February.
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 1 to celebrate the New Year.