Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

New programs, special, offered at library

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013

The Huntington City-Township Public Library is offering new programs for children beginning in September and a special program for vintage base ball fans. The new children’s’ programs will be offered at the main branch located at 255 West Park Drive and at the Markle branch, 197 East Morse Street, Markle.

Fall weekly Story Time sessions will be offered to children ages birth to seven years at the main library in Huntington on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning September 17 and 18. Children three to seven are invited to Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning on September 19.

Story Time introduces children's literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests. The library incorporates the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library pre-reading skills into the Story Time programs. These six skills that children can start learning from birth are narrative skills, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary and print motivation. Story Time also introduces children to many concepts on the list of Indiana’s pre-K (three to five years) Academic Standards, including word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literacy response and analysis, listening and speaking.

Programs will include picture books, rhymes, flannel board stories, fingerplays, songs and puppets. Weekly Story Time themes are featured, with complimentary stories, songs and activities offered each week to highlight that week's chosen theme.

Story Time sessions are offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required. Parents may come to the library or call to register children for the weekly Story Time session of their choice. To register for Story Time sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the main library, call the children’s department at (260) 356-2900. To register for Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library, call (260) 758-3332.

Huntington City-Township Public Library will also offer Discovery Crew programs this fall at both the main library and at the Markle branch. Discovery Crew members meet for stories and crafts in sessions that last 45 to 60 minutes. Through books, Discovery Crew kids will explore different weekly themes and enjoy related books, crafts, games, silly songs and activities.

Discovery Crew will be offered at the main branch, weekly on Wednesday afternoons at 4:15 p.m. for kids in grades one to three beginning September 18 and continuing through November 6. At the Markle branch, Discovery Crew sessions will be offered for grades one to four at 4:45 pm on Tuesdays, beginning September 17 and continuing through November 5.

There is no cost to attend these programs, but registration is required and space is limited.  Stop by either library location to register, or call the children’s department at the main library at (260) 356-2900 or the Markle branch at (260) 758-3332.

The main branch of the library will host Dennis Wiegmann, a member of the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club, on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. Wiegmann will present a program on the history of baseball, both vintage and modern, and the formation of the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club. Other team members may also be present to add their viewpoints on the game.

Formed in 2005, the Huntington Champion Hill Topper’s first game was at Insane Asylum Field against the Indianapolis Hoosiers followed up by the Winona Lakes Blue Laws. The team is a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association whose mission is: “The mission and purpose of the Vintage Base Ball Association shall be to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in the nineteenth century and other historic eras.” To find more information about the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club visit their website at or for more information about Vintage Base Ball, visit