Buchanan District Library – January 2023

January at Buchanan District Library

Shared with permission from Buchanan District Library monthly newsletter

“When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.”

Jules Renard

All The Feels – Winter Reading

January 1 through February 28, 2023

Join us for our Winter Reading Beanstack Bingo Challenge during January and February! This challenge is open to all ages. Log your reading and complete activities to earn badges on your digital Bingo card. Getting a Bingo (5 badges in a row) earns you an entry into a drawing for a gift card. Completing your Bingo card (earning all badges) earns you another entry into the drawing. The adult drawing will be for Wonderland Cinema and the youth drawing for Galaxy Roller Rink.

Click here to download the Beanstack App!

Click here to register!

New Beanstack Challenges for All Ages!

The library has made new on-going challenges for kids and teens and a seasonal challenge for adults on our Beanstack site to encourage everyone to be a life-long reader!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: This challenge promotes early literacy skills for children from birth to age six and encourages parent and child bonding through reading. Reading helps build social and emotional skills, sparks creativity and imagination, and helps kids do well overall in school. It doesn’t matter if your child is three, or just three months – there’s no better time to start than now!  Take that motivation, open one book, and get started. And remember, 1000 is just a number. The goal is to work reading aloud into your regular routine, and let the magic of stories do the rest.  This is an ongoing challenge with no end date, and readers can participate in this challenge at the same time as other challenges. Parents, don’t forget to pick up your welcome packet at the library.

500 Books Before Middle School: Kids ages 5-11, are you up to the challenge? Read 500 books before middle school! Log your reading to earn badges along the way. Every 100 books you read earns you a pin-on button! This is an ongoing challenge with no end date, and readers can participate in this challenge at the same time as other challenges.

100 Books Before Graduation: Teens and pre-teens ages 11-19, read 100 books before graduating, log your reading in Beanstack, and earn a new set of badges, as well as a pin-on button at 50 and 100 books! This is an ongoing challenge with no end date, and readers can participate in this challenge at the same time as other challenges.

Reading Reflections 2022: Calling all adults! The end of the year marks a wonderful time to reflect on all that you’ve experienced and learned over the past 12 months. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with friends and family or enjoying some quiet time alone, take a moment to cozy up with a good book and set an intention for the coming year. Log your reading and activities to earn badges during the months of November and December.

 CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE NEW CHALLENGES! or find the challenges in the BEANSTACK app!


Tuesdays at 5:30pm
January 17 through February 28

Level One, for adults who are new to Ukulele Club

Have you resolved to learn something new this year? Here’s your chance! Join Meg for an introduction to playing a ukulele. Learn chords, scales, and beginner friendly songs to start playing right away! Ukuleles are available to check out from the library for the duration of the class. Space is limited and sign up is required. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Thursday, January 19 ~ 11am-12pm
Friday, January 20 ~ 5:30-6:30pm

Join Jen to make handmade paper out of recycled books and then use that paper to make a simple bound journal. Sign-up required. Call 269.695.3681 to sign up.


Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am
January 18 through February 22

Join us for music, songs, dance, and stories! Recommended for ages 2–6 but families with children of all ages are welcome.

*January 18 and February 8 will meet at 11:00am instead due to Berrien RESA’s playgroup.

Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
January 18 through February 22

Come hang out with Ms. Jen and fellow teens at the library. Play games, do crafts, and just chillax!

Tuesdays, 4:30pm
January 17 through February 28

Level One, for kids who are new to Ukulele Club

For kids 8 to 12 years old. Kids will learn the basics of playing a ukulele to kick start their own musical journey! Ukuleles are available to check out from the library for the duration of the class. Sign up in the library or by calling 269.695.3681. Space is limited and sign up is required. Questions? Email Meg at m.paulette@buchananlibrary.com.

Friday, January 20 ~ 1-3pm

Drop in for board games, video games, crafts, and snacks with Ms. Jen at the library!

NEW! Tutor.com Now Available with your library card or in the library!

Tutor.com provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects, as well as career coaches who are available to help navigate online job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters, and even practice for an interview! No appointment is necessary! Tutors/coaches are available online 9:00am–12:00am.

You can also use their drop-off reviews, practice quizzes, video lessons, and The Princeton Review® SAT®/ACT® Essentials and GMAT®, GRE®, LSAT® and MCAT® Practice Tests for self-study, 24/7. Tutor.com is accessible with your library card number, or while using the library’s internet. Get started here!

Questions? Visit our website, stop by the library, or give us a call at 269.695.3681. Click HERE to learn more on our website.



Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal—an experience that shocks him to his core.

Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. Within the text of Olive’s best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.

When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended.

A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.


The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.


Seed activist Bevin Cohen takes a deep dive into the hows and whys of the modern seed saving movement. A great how-to guide, leading the reader step by step through the process of saving their seeds from 43 different crops; from adzuki beans to wheat and everything in between. Seed savers of all levels will benefit from Bevin’s easy to follow explanations on important techniques such as hand pollination, isolation, vernalization and even basic flower structure.

A book like this would not be complete without stories that honor the many gardeners, farmers and seed keepers that have dedicated their lives to stewarding these heritage varieties. Within these pages, the seed keepers themselves share their stories and help the reader to understand the importance of SAVING OUR SEEDS.


The Brother CS5055 sewing machine includes 60 built-in stitches including utility, decorative and heirloom stitch functions, and seven one-step auto-size buttonholes. Easier than ever to use, the automatic needle threader reliably pushes the thread through the needle. The convenient, jam resistant drop-in top bobbin is easy to load and helps ensure your bobbin stays in place. The CS5055 includes seven sewing feet, four bobbins, a needle set and user manual.

Visit our website to learn how to become a Library of Things patron!

CLICK HERE to learn how to become an LoT patron at the Buchanan District Library!


Did you know you can request materials for the library to purchase? To make a request, log into your LIBRARY  ACCOUNT (in the upper right-hand corner, use your library card number and 10-digit phone number), click on the Reserves/Requests tab, and click the request link.

Buchanan District Library now has an app!
Now it’s super easy to search our catalog, reserve and renew items, checkout eBooks and digital audiobooks, stay informed about library events, and more! Here’s how to get started:
Download the myLIBRO app
– Go to your app store and download the myLIBRO app.
Set up your account
– Search for Buchanan District Library and log in with your library card number and phone number (PIN).
– Add family members by swiping sideways on the blue account box and tapping “Add library card.”
– To switch accounts, swipe to the account you wish to use and tap “Activate” in the top left of the blue account box.
Questions? Visit our website, stop by the library, or give us a call at 269.695.3681.

The library is always closed Sundays & Mondays.

Thank you for being part of the Buchanan District Library!

About Buchanan District Library: Our mission is to provide quality material, superior programming and exceptional services delivered with care and integrity to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Contact: Meg Paulette, Director


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