2017-01-15 / Insight

From Legos to basket weaving, libraries host numerous clubs

BY KRYSTAL MORALEE
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Visitors who are browsing in the children’s room at the Marguerite deAngeli Library can often spot Lego displays created by kids in the Lego Builder’s Club. 
Photos by Krystal Moralee Visitors who are browsing in the children’s room at the Marguerite deAngeli Library can often spot Lego displays created by kids in the Lego Builder’s Club. Photos by Krystal Moralee LAPEER — Everyone knows the library is a great place to check out books and other materials, but it can be a great place to check out some new activities and interests as well.

The Lapeer District Library offers up a neutral meeting ground for a variety of clubs for people who want to meet up with others who are interested in the same things.

Most of the meetups happen at the Marguerite deAngeli branch. The Writer’s Circle, for example, meets there the first Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. During that group, people can bring things they’ve written and share them with the other writers, and the group gives kudos, encouragement, and constructive criticism to help writers with the self-editing process.

If you like to knit or crochet, or if you’ve never tried but would like to, a knitting and crocheting group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month and from 6-8 p.m. the first and third Monday. Reference department head Laura Fromwiller said the women who run that group will bring yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks in case someone shows up to give it a try, but doesn’t have materials. They also help people out who are in the middle of a project, but have come across something they’re not sure how to do.

If you’d like to learn basket weaving, a group meets the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fromwiller said she believes group leader Diana Conley has kits to get new weavers started. The basket weaving group has been meeting at the library for many years.

Beginning in 2012, Lithuanian native Phoebus “Fabs” Kaldobsky presented a classical music program the first Wednesday of the month. For someone who’d recently moved to the area, he started the group to find some companionship, and he had it until the age of 97. He passed away in May. Since then, though, the group has continued to meet as the Friends of Fabs at 2:15 p.m. on every first Wednesday, sharing in the appreciation of classical music.

Many of the Lapeer District Library’s branches offer book clubs, and some have adult coloring, including the Clifford branch, where grownups can participate in the calming experience of coloring from 6-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

Kids can enjoy clubs such as the Lego Builder’s Club, where ages 5 to teen can get together the build Lego creations. This club meets at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Metamora branch, and at 4 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the deAngeli branch. At deAngeli, those browsing in the children’s room can often spot Lego displays created by kids in the club sitting atop the shelves.

Fromwiller said the clubs are encouraged to be very casual, and she finds that because they are so low-key and don’t require commitment, the people who attend often form friendships.

“It always makes me happy when I hear that people have kind of connected and meet outside of the groups,” she said.

More information about clubs, groups, and other activities at www.library.lapeer.org, or by calling your branch. The deAngeli branch can be reached by calling 810- 664-6971.

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