Rita Lawson collection dedication leads Culver library news

Culver-Union Township Public Library is privileged to hold the dedication ceremony of the Rita Lawson Science Fiction/Fantasy Collection at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the in the upstairs lobby of the library. Rita was the treasurer of CUTPL’s board of directors, a former Culver schoolteacher, and an avid science fiction and fantasy reader who shared her love of science fiction with countless students through the years.

With encouragement and recommendations from her, CUTPL Technical Services manager Polly Thompson Wolf built the basic adult science fiction collection. Rita’s family thoughtfully donated her extensive personal science fiction collection to the library, and Rita’s friends and relatives contributed funds to the library in her name to augment and publicize this collection. The library currently owns approximately 1,381 titles in the adult science fiction/fantasy collection and continues to use the gifts of these benefactors to add more science fiction and fantasy works. Many science fiction novels belong to a series and the library tries to purchase complete sets in the series.

To meet community needs, the library will inaugurate a Science Fiction Book Club on this occasion, and Polly Thompson Wolf will attend the dedication to talk about this newest addition to CUTPL’s book discussion groups.

Rita’s husband Latham and daughters Kelly and Abby will be present at the dedication and will say a few words about Rita’s wish to cultivate a love of reading and about her enthusiasm for this particular literary form. The Friends of the Culver Public Library are providing light refreshments after the event.

Architect Abby Lawson designed the area in the library lobby which shelves the collection, and the Lawson family has lent us Rita’s extensive fantasy dragon collection, which will be displayed on the shelving on a rotating basis.

Rita’s many friends, former students, and all those interested in promoting science fiction are invited to the dedication ceremony to honor Rita and the Lawson family as benefactors of the Library.

Library lost and found
The Culver-Union Township Public Library is preparing to clear out lost and found items. If you feel we may have your missing item, please check in at the computer lab before July 14. After that date, the items will be donated to the thrift store. For more information, contact cgood@culver.lib.in.us or 574-842-2941.

The library is offering a card-making class with Marge Keltner Tuesday, July 10 at 10 a.m. The project for this class is a “slider” card, which is on display in the main circulation area. There is a $5 fee and sign-up is required. Classes are open to the public. For more information, contact Cindy Good at 574-842-2941 or cgood@culver.lib.in.us.

The Red Cross is hosting a blood drive Wed., July 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Culver-Union Township Public Library. Individuals who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more depending on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to www.redcrossblood.org for more information.

Esther Duncan – the Apron Lady – is coming to CUTPL Tuesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. Duncan will present a program with a unique take on women’s role in society throughout history.

Her apron project follows the progression of aprons from their earliest recorded use to the Women’s Movement of the mid 1960s. She provides a very entertaining and historical program, breathing new life into a garment that played a significant role in defining that unique character of farm women.

For more information, contact Cindy Good at 574-842-2941 or cgood@culver.lib.in.us

Culver-Union Township Public Library will start a session of completely new computer classes this month. Classes are held Monday evenings at 6 p.m. and Friday mornings at 10 a.m., and will last two hours. Computer classes are free and open to the public.
Sessions for July and the first two weeks of August include: Video Editing Part I (July 16 and 20); Video Editing Part II (July 23 and 27); Resume Building (July 30 Aug. 3); Finances with Excel (Aug. 6 and 10).

For more information, call the Culver Library at 574-842-2941, visit our website at www.culver.lib.in.us or e-mail abaker@culver.lib.in.us. The library’s street address is 107 N. Main St.

Culver-Union Township Public Library is welcoming Lynn Fall as its artist of the month for July. Fall works in soft pastels.

Fall is a Plymouth native who has many happy memories of summers on Lake Maxinkuckee with her Aunt Ellen and Uncle Jack Rosebaum. She has been painting with pastels for almost two years.

A member of Heartland Artists in Plymouth, Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan, Mich., and the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, Fall is also a board member of Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. and also serves on the Elder Council of Moon Tree Studios and Gallery. She will be among the plein-air painters at the South Bend Museum of Art’s Garden Walk this year.

Her work has been displayed in numerous shows in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, including the South Bend Museum of Art, the South Bend Civic Theatre, MoonTree Gallery, Donaldson, IN, and others.
For more information, contact Cindy Good at 574-842-2941 or cgood@culver.lib.in.us

PC migration on tap at Thursday Tech Time
Thursday Tech Time at the library will take place July 19 at 6 p.m., and will focus on migrating to a new PC. Learn about various methods to efficiently transfer information between an old PC and a new PC.
Thursday Tech Time, held the third Thurday of the month, is an open discussion group for anyone interested in computers and technology. Come and talk, share, listen and ask questions!