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Learn to download eBooks on your Kindle device using OverDrive!


For anyone that has an Amazon Kindle device, we will be giving instructions on how to download eBooks from our OverDrive service to your Kindle. The date and time will be Wednesday, May 16th 1:00 pm at the Coldwater Branch Library. Please call the Coldwater Branch Library at 278-2341, extension 15 to make reservations. This will be for the first 5 people to sign up. We will be having other classes for help with downloading eBooks with the Kindle as well as the Barnes & Noble Nook devices.

Wizard Art Display and Wizardfest

Image: BCCT's Wizard of Oz

The Coldwater Branch Library is partnering with Branch County Community Theatre to promote their upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.

Wizard Art Display

The children's department of the library, Kids' Place, will be displaying artwork inspired by The Wizard of Oz, but you don't have to be a child to submit artwork. Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate. Artwork can be in any medium: paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures...anything!

Drop off your artwork in Kids' Place at the Coldwater Branch Library any time between May 7 and May 26. Art will be displayed from the time it is dropped off until June 2. If you would like your artwork back, please pick it up between June 4 and June 9. Any artwork left after June 9 will be discarded. The art display can be viewed any time the library is open.


On Saturday, June 2, from 10:00am until noon, be sure to visit downtown Coldwater for Wizardfest to meet all your favorite Oz characters and get pictures and autographs at several downtown businesses. The Yellow Brick Road begins at Integrative Somatics Institute at 73 W. Chicago St. (look for the balloons). Stop by there to get the list of participating shops and get your face painted.

You can continue down the Yellow Brick Road, collecting yellow Lego bricks from Oz characters in the shops along the way to the library. At the library, use those bricks to help build a toy yellow brick road to our "Oz" castle (OK, it's really Hogwarts since they don't make Oz Lego sets, but we can pretend!), then enter your name to win the Lego set!

Also be sure to catch The Wizard of Oz musical presented by Branch County Community Theatre at Tibbits Opera House, May 31 - June at 7:00pm, and June 3 at 2:00pm.

Image: BCCT's Wizard of Oz


Open House for New Library Director


The community is invited to help us welcome the new Director of the Branch District Library, Evette Atkin. Please join us at this open house on Thursday, May 17, 2012, from 4pm - 6pm in the reading area on the ground floor of the main branch in Coldwater. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Book Sale


We are now accepting nice condition books for our upcoming June 1 & 2 Book Sale at the Quincy Branch Library. Books can be dropped off during regular open hours. No magazines, textbooks or Reader's Digest condensed books please.

Sherwood Internet Upgrade


Hey, guess what? Our library branch in Sherwood has DSL now. No more satellite! And no more restrictions on YouTube and other video sites because of bandwidth constraints. So bring your mobile device and enjoy some fast web surfing! And thanks to Frontier for seeing the value in bringing reliable high-speed Internet service to the Sherwood area.


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