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Casual Chess 5:30 pm
Casual Chess @ Teen Department
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Behold, the power of chess! Join us for fun, low-key play in a recreational environment. No formal instruction provided. Grades 6-12; no registration needed.
Chat-N-Craft 5:30 pm
Chat-N-Craft @ Community Room West
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Bring your handwork to work on and check our blog for more information on when which month we are having classes in addition to our regular BYOP (Bring Your Own Project)
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening 5:30 pm
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week. For the first time, this event is coming to Joplin and we’re celebrating at Joplin Public Library. Each year,[...]
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MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening 5:30 pm
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week. For the first time, this event is coming to Joplin and we’re celebrating at Joplin Public Library. Each year,[...]
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Graphic Novel Club 4:00 pm
Graphic Novel Club @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suggested age: Grades 3-5 A four week program for elementary school children in 3rd to 5th grade. This program offers an afterschool snack and exploration of elements of graphic novels.  
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MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening 11:00 am
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat Screening
The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week. For the first time, this event is coming to Joplin and we’re celebrating at Joplin Public Library. Each year,[...]
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat screening 3:30 pm
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat screening
Oct 5 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival- Repeat screening
The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival takes place in 400 venues across 6 continents during one week. For the first time, this event is coming to Joplin and we’re celebrating at Joplin Public Library. Each year,[...]
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Early Reader Story Hour 4:00 pm
Early Reader Story Hour
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Join us for a special story hour for those who have graduated from our regular story times! Children will listen to and talk about a story and participate in a fun story extension activity afterward.[...]
Chess Club 5:30 pm
Chess Club
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Stitch In–Loom Knitting 6:00 pm
Stitch In–Loom Knitting @ Teen Department
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hang out, chat, and stitch! Learn to loom knit and create a hat or scarf to donate to local charity Chase the Chill. We provide looms and yarn, or you can bring your own. Grades[...]
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Movers and Shakers 9:30 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 10:45 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 8 @ 10:45 am – 11:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 4:00 pm
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Game Night–Zombie Edition 6:00 pm
Game Night–Zombie Edition @ Community Room East
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Must. Have. Games. We have board games, cards, chess, and a Wii U.  Live or undead players are welcome.  Some snacks available–Bring Your Own Brains. Grades 6-12; no registration needed. Zombie attire/accessories welcome but not[...]
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Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Fun for 4s and 5s 11:00 am
Fun for 4s and 5s @ Children's Department
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 4 to 5 years During this 30-minute storytime, library staff will share books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop literacy skills and school readiness will be shared. Families are[...]
Family Stories 4:00 pm
Family Stories @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Suggested age: 2 to 5 years Library staff read books, sing songs, share rhymes and fingerplays, and offer hands-on activities to build literacy skills and develop school readiness skills. Families are encouraged to participate, and[...]
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Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 10 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Fun for 4s and 5s 11:00 am
Fun for 4s and 5s @ Children's Department
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 4 to 5 years During this 30-minute storytime, library staff will share books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop literacy skills and school readiness will be shared. Families are[...]
Family Stories 4:00 pm
Family Stories @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Suggested age: 2 to 5 years Library staff read books, sing songs, share rhymes and fingerplays, and offer hands-on activities to build literacy skills and develop school readiness skills. Families are encouraged to participate, and[...]
Middle School Book Club 6:30 pm
Middle School Book Club @ Conference Room 1
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Read a book that ties in with the theme and come ready to chat about it.  You choose the book you read. September’s theme is “monsters”.  Feel free to bring a brown bag supper; dessert[...]
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Graphic Novel Club 4:00 pm
Graphic Novel Club @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suggested age: Grades 3-5 A four week program for elementary school children in 3rd to 5th grade. This program offers an afterschool snack and exploration of elements of graphic novels.  
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Second Saturday with Joplin Makers 9:00 am
Second Saturday with Joplin Makers
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for Second Saturday Open Studio in the Makerspace! Joplin Makers volunteers will assist on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis. FREE. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. LIBRARY CARD NOT NEEDED. Patrons under the[...]
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LEGO Club 2:00 pm
LEGO Club @ Community Room West
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Suggest age: Age Birth to 5th grade Children and families are invited to build with LEGOs, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks, and more! Are you up to the challenge?
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Movers and Shakers 10:45 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 14 @ 10:45 am – 11:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 4:00 pm
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Stitch In–Loom Knitting 6:00 pm
Stitch In–Loom Knitting @ Teen Department
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hang out, chat, and stitch! Learn to loom knit and create a hat or scarf to donate to local charity Chase the Chill. We provide looms and yarn, or you can bring your own. Grades[...]
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Movers and Shakers 9:30 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 10:45 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 15 @ 10:45 am – 11:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 4:00 pm
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Game Night–Zombie Edition 6:00 pm
Game Night–Zombie Edition @ Conference Room 1
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Must. Have. Games. We have board games, cards, chess, and a Wii U.  Live or undead players are welcome.  Some snacks available–Bring Your Own Brains. Grades 6-12; no registration needed. Zombie attire/accessories welcome but not[...]
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Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Fun for 4s and 5s 11:00 am
Fun for 4s and 5s @ Children's Department
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 4 to 5 years During this 30-minute storytime, library staff will share books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop literacy skills and school readiness will be shared. Families are[...]
Blood Drive 1:00 pm
Blood Drive
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Blood Drive
Joplin Public Library has partnered up with the American Red Cross to put on a blood drive every two months. Donating blood saves lives. Each person who donates will receive a special git from the[...]
Family Stories 4:00 pm
Family Stories @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Suggested age: 2 to 5 years Library staff read books, sing songs, share rhymes and fingerplays, and offer hands-on activities to build literacy skills and develop school readiness skills. Families are encouraged to participate, and[...]
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Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Fun for 4s and 5s 11:00 am
Fun for 4s and 5s @ Children's Department
Oct 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 4 to 5 years During this 30-minute storytime, library staff will share books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop literacy skills and school readiness will be shared. Families are[...]
Family Stories 4:00 pm
Family Stories @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Suggested age: 2 to 5 years Library staff read books, sing songs, share rhymes and fingerplays, and offer hands-on activities to build literacy skills and develop school readiness skills. Families are encouraged to participate, and[...]
First Impact: Important Information for Parents & Teen Drivers 6:00 pm
First Impact: Important Information for Parents & Teen Drivers @ Community Room West
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Joplin Public Library’s Teen Department will host First Impact, a driver safety program for parents, guardians, and teens on Thursday, October 17, 6:00-7:30 pm, in the library’s Community Room West. The program is free[...]
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Graphic Novel Club 4:00 pm
Graphic Novel Club @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suggested age: Grades 3-5 A four week program for elementary school children in 3rd to 5th grade. This program offers an afterschool snack and exploration of elements of graphic novels.  
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Explore and Play Monster Day 10:00 am
Explore and Play Monster Day @ Children's Department
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 1 to 5 years Get ready to have fun! This 90 minute event for families with busy toddlers and preschoolers only happens once a month, making it extra special. Opportunities for play-based learning[...]
Anime/Manga Hangout* 3:00 pm
Anime/Manga Hangout* @ Community Room East
Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Anime and manga fans, this one’s for you. Meet other fans, watch anime, chat/rant/discuss; feel free to bring your drawings or sketchbook. Plus, we’ll have snacks. *formerly known as Anime/Manga Club Grades 6-12; no registration[...]
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Early Reader Story Hour 4:00 pm
Early Reader Story Hour
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Join us for a special story hour for those who have graduated from our regular story times! Children will listen to and talk about a story and participate in a fun story extension activity afterward.[...]
Stitch In–Loom Knitting 6:00 pm
Stitch In–Loom Knitting @ Teen Department
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hang out, chat, and stitch! Learn to loom knit and create a hat or scarf to donate to local charity Chase the Chill. We provide looms and yarn, or you can bring your own. Grades[...]
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Movers and Shakers 9:30 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 10:45 am
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 22 @ 10:45 am – 11:10 am
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Movers and Shakers 4:00 pm
Movers and Shakers @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm
This 40-minute play and movement-based program is for infants, toddlers, and their families. Library staff encourage early literacy developing through talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Families are encouraged to participate and after activities are[...]
Casual Chess 5:30 pm
Casual Chess @ Teen Department
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Behold, the power of chess! Join us for fun, low-key play in a recreational environment. No formal instruction provided. Grades 6-12; no registration needed.
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Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Fun for 4s and 5s 11:00 am
Fun for 4s and 5s @ Children's Department
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 4 to 5 years During this 30-minute storytime, library staff will share books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop literacy skills and school readiness will be shared. Families are[...]
Family Stories 4:00 pm
Family Stories @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Suggested age: 2 to 5 years Library staff read books, sing songs, share rhymes and fingerplays, and offer hands-on activities to build literacy skills and develop school readiness skills. Families are encouraged to participate, and[...]
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Tales for 2s and 3s 9:30 am
Tales for 2s and 3s @ Children's Department-Storytime Room
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Suggested age: 2-3 years old The library staff use this 30-minute storytime to share our favorite books, rhymes, and songs. Families are encouraged to help build literacy skills through participation. Age-appropriate story time extension activities[...]
Fun for 4s and 5s 11:00 am
Fun for 4s and 5s @ Children's Department
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Suggested age: 4 to 5 years During this 30-minute storytime, library staff will share books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, and more! Hands-on activities that develop literacy skills and school readiness will be shared. Families are[...]
Family Stories 4:00 pm
Family Stories @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Suggested age: 2 to 5 years Library staff read books, sing songs, share rhymes and fingerplays, and offer hands-on activities to build literacy skills and develop school readiness skills. Families are encouraged to participate, and[...]
GRIND by Brett Dorrance 6:00 pm
GRIND by Brett Dorrance
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
GRIND by Brett Dorrance
We invite you to join us for an artist’s reception for GRIND, a solo show by local artist Brett Dorrance. GRIND is comprised of a typographic sculpture and posters. Dorrance’s background knowledge of graphic design[...]
High School Book Club 6:00 pm
High School Book Club @ Conference Room 1
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You choose the book!  Pick a book to go with the monthly theme and come chat about it.  We’ll also select the theme for the next month.  Brown bag suppers are welcome; dessert’s on us.[...]
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1-2-3 Play With Me 9:30 am
1-2-3 Play With Me @ Joplin Public Library Community Room
Oct 25 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Suggested age: 1 to 3 years This five-week program for families with children ages 1 to 3 years provides developmentally appropriate play opportunities in a fun and relaxed social environment. A different community expert each[...]
Graphic Novel Club 4:00 pm
Graphic Novel Club @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Suggested age: Grades 3-5 A four week program for elementary school children in 3rd to 5th grade. This program offers an afterschool snack and exploration of elements of graphic novels.  
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Joplin Writers’ Faire 10:00 am
Joplin Writers’ Faire
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Joplin Writers' Faire
Join us for the 2019 Joplin Writers’ Faire, an annual, collaborative library event that connects writers with current and potentially new audiences. During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet all sorts[...]
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Stitch In–Loom Knitting 6:00 pm
Stitch In–Loom Knitting @ Teen Department
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Hang out, chat, and stitch! Learn to loom knit and create a hat or scarf to donate to local charity Chase the Chill. We provide looms and yarn, or you can bring your own. Grades[...]
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Dog Day Afternoon 4:00 pm
Dog Day Afternoon @ Children's Department--Storytime Room
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Independent readers in grades k-5 If your child is a newly independent reader, they are invited to come read to our certified therapy dogs! Register by phone or in-house on the day of the program.
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