Adults and young adults in Rushville are giving back for what the Rushville Public Library gives to them and the children in the community. Crafty Circle Time participants, who meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, are using their time and talents to give back to the library to help expand programs and maintain those already offered. “Anybody who likes to crochet or knit or do crafts is welcome to come and join us,” Jan Garrison said. Garrison leads the adult and young adult programs at the library. The crafting projects to raise money for library programs were started by Pat Coons and include a lap robe, an afghan, pillows and the just-beginning Blocks of Love quilt program. The lap robe is complete and the pillows and afghan are just being finished up. They will be offered via silent auction and on display at the library in coming months. The quilt, once finished, will be offered in early spring. Corporate sponsors are needed for the quilt fundraiser. Right now, individuals wanting to help can donate the cost of a square for the quilt for just $1. The green, white and pink quilting squares will come together during the cold winter months to be the “Kid in a Candy Store” quilt. Several people are helping make these treasures for the Rushville Library including Debra Paugh, Kay Hineman, Nancy Bucklew, Pat Coons and Jan Garrison. The community is invited to join them. The crafty circle program is free. Other programs have included calligraphy, mystery dinners, flower arranging and flower pounding. The library’s budget has felt the impact of dwindling property values, disappearing tax revenues and a cinching economy, “so we have to find unique ways to come up with money,” Garrison said. Local business, In Stitches, discounted the cost of the fabric to help the library’s efforts. Rushville Public Library continues to offer children’s after school programs including the third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m. for grades 6 through 12; from 4 to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday for children in kindergarten through second grade; and the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. for grades three to five. Story time is at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Thursday at the library. Sign-ups need to be done in advance for ages 5 and under. Story time is taught by Miss Jan and Miss Pam. The library’s regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. They have several Christian fiction works and Amish fiction newly arrived. They also offer books on CD that are a great resource for people. The library is now running a book sale of used books downstairs outside the meeting room that also helps raise funds. You may call the library at 932-3496 for full details of all their programs. Melissa Conrad can be contacted at 765-932-2222 ext. 107 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.rushvillerepublican.com.