Summer activities with VBDL

   LAWRENCE - Flamenco guitarist, Gladius is set to perform in two area free concerts this month, as part of special library events by the Lawrence and Mattawan branches of  the Van Buren District Library.
   Gladius will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of the VBDL Lawrence Community Branch’s Community Picnic, Friday, July 13, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lawrence Village Park.
   More than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer, listeners have called Gladius ‘a miracle in the making’ by prevailing over a crippling case of nerve damage which greatly hindered the dexterity of both his hands and could have easily ended his career.
   Visit: for more information on Gladius.  
   Those attending the  picnic are asked to bring a dish to pass. Hot dogs, buns, condiments and dishes prepared in the library’s cooking classes will be provided by the library.
   Reservations to help plan for food are appreciated, but not required.
   On on Friday July 20, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the Lawrence Community Branch Library has arranged for the KSO Instrument Petting Zoo to visit.
   Children ages five and up are invited to come and explore musical instruments during this interactive, hands-on experience. Trained docents will bring instruments, activities, recordings and will play brief recorded examples, then assist students with playing instruments.
   Registration is appreciated but not required.
   Hours for the Lawrence Community Branch Library, 212 N. Paw Paw St., are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to -7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
   For information about these or any other programs, call 269-674-3200.


   MATTAWAN - Bring some chairs, pack a picnic, and enjoy family friendly music at VBDL Antwerp Sunshine Branch’s Concert in the Park.
   Atlanta flamenco guitarist Gladius will perform Tuesday, July 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mattawan Memorial Park. Paw Paw’s Terrestrial Peasants open the show at 7 p.m. 
   Additional support for the Concert in the Park comes from the Mattawan Business Association and individual members of the community. Candy and water are available at the event through the Junior Friends of the Antwerp Sunshine Library.
   VBDL’s pop-up library will be on hand to sign people up for library cards and provide other services.
   Mattawan Memorial Park is located at the intersection of Main Street and Front Avenue in Mattawan.
   For more information, phone the library at (269) 668-2534.
   Antwerp Sunshine Library is located at 24823 Front Ave., in Mattawan.

   BLOOMINGDALE - Movie lovers of all ages are invited to take advantage of the Van Buren District Library’s Bloomingdale Branch’s summer line-up of feature films.
   The vocal artistry of actors John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling and more give life to the Oscar-nominated movie “Wreck-It Ralph,” Tuesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. The animated film centers on Ralph, a video game villain, who sets out to fulfill his dream of being a hero.
   “Flipper” is the movie matinee, Tuesday, July 24, at 2. The film is the story of a young boy sent to a rustic Florida island, and dislikes everything about it. An unlikely friendship with a dolphin changes his mind and leads to a summer adventure of a lifetime.
   A complete schedule of activities is available online at For more information, visit the branch at 109 East Kalamazoo Street, Bloomingdale, or phone (269) 521-7601.

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