Irene Miller will take you on a little known journey of survival. Learn how she overcame unimaginable adversity and grew up to be a positive, creative, accomplished woman with a joy of living and love to share.
By sharing her incredible story, Irene hopes to:
· Give a face to the dark chapter of human history.
· Promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
· Inspire positive action, including anti-bullying.
· Empower people to overcome obstacles in life, by example.

Cooking UP A Comet
Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00pm

Help Richard Bell, President of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, make an accurate model of a comet nucleus and learn some interesting things about our solar system.  This is a family program!  Everyone is welcome to join us. Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00pm.

Taiko Drums of Kalamazoo
Tuesday, June 19th at 10:30am
The mission of MI Hiryu Daiko (MI Flying Dragon Drummers) is to educate and entertain children and adults in Michigan by introducing them to the 2000 year old authentic art of Taiko, from Japan. Performances are dynamic and exciting, with great audience appeal.  You will absolutely love this high energy performance!
Check out their website!

The Dacia Bridges Project
Wednesday, June 27th at 6:30 at the First Presbyterian Church

Dacia Bridges is probably the most famous Michigan musician you’ve never heard of. That’s because she made her way to stardom in Germany. Now Bridges is back in the U.S., living in Kalamazoo. She recently started an all-female super group called The Dacia Bridges Project.
Check out this amazing article about The Dacia Bridges Project.

Desserts and Canvas with Carrie Dunn
Wednesday, July 11th at 5:30pm

Join our very own Carrie Dunn and create your very own masterpiece.  Enjoy good conversaton with your friends and yummy desserts!
Painting TBD and will be up soon.

Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.
Click here to Register!

Mosaic Dance Center
Friday, July 13th at 10:30am

Discover a whole new world, with a magical journey of music and dance that will take you to the wondrous world of Agrabah. Experience the incredible opening choreography from Aladdin in this dance & music focused workshop. Layer in dance theater & singing and the opening number to the Disney production of Aladdin as you step into the shoes of a Middle Eastern performer.

Learn the Ukulele
Saturday, July 28th at 1:30pm

Join Ben Hassenger and learn to play the Ukulele.  This one hour lesson will teach you basic cords and songs.  Don't have a Ukulele?  No problem!  Ben has enough for everyone to use. 

Space is limited. 
Pre-registration required
Click here to register!

Rock Jewerly with Meg Tang
Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30pm

Meg Tang is coming back!  This time she is going to help us make some beautiful rock jewerly
Pictures coming soon!  Until then, check out her website!

Space is limited for this program.  Pre-registration is required
Click here to register!

Quilting with Ellen Hoyt
Thursday, August 9th at 5:30pm

Join our very own Ellen and create a library book bag with a quilted pocket!  You must bring your own sewing machine and thread for this class. 

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required
Click here to register!


Help us celebrate the end of summer with a mini concert in the park.  We will have our dunk tank, bounce house, and carnival games along with local musicians and a poetry slam.
Want to be one of the Local Musicians to play at our concert or perhaps you have a poem you'd like to share?  Register here!

Book Discussion with Dessert
Meets 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm
Welcome to Book Discussion with Dessert, where you will read great books, discuss many different topics and connect with like minded people.  Bring yourself ready to talk and listen and come hungry for some great desserts!
Thursday, June 14th at 7:00pm
Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

In Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama takes her readers back to rural China in 1926, where a group of women forge a sisterhood amidst the reeling machines that reverberate and clamor in a vast silk factory from dawn to dusk. Leading the first strike the village has ever seen, the young women use the strength of their ambition, dreams, and friendship to achieve the freedom they could never have hoped for on their own. Tsukiyama's graceful prose weaves the details of "the silk work" and Chinese village life into a story of courage and strength.

Thursday, August 9th at 7:00pm
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.

How can you get the book without buying it? You may use our statewide Interlibrary Loan System to borrow from another library. Have your home library card in hand and visit MelCat : Michigan's e-library. Your selection will be delivered to your home library (only residents of Richland Township/Village or Paid Members may select Richland Community Library through MeL).

Writers Circle
The Writers Circle meets in the community room from 10:00 - 12:00 on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.  All are welcome to join this active group of writers for sharing and discussion. Call the library at 629-9085 for more information.

Our Family History Roundtable
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month
Mark your calendars for the 3rd Thursday of the month and join Ken, Janine and friends for an hour of exploring family history. This "roundtable discussion group" meets at 10:00 a.m. down in the community room.  There's no registration and all are welcome. Check out their brochure - click here!


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