Antique Photographs on Display

Gone are the days of laborious photographic processes. Most of us use cellphones rather than cameras to take photos. No doubt – and more often than not – the photos we take remain stored on electronic devices or in virtual clouds instead of tangibly tucked away in albums gracing our shelves or frames decorating our walls.

With modern technology, it’s understandably easy to forget about historic photographic processes, such as those used to make ambrotypes, CdVs, and tintypes. Fortunately, we still benefit from the results of these processes by way of antique photographs, such as those in Allen Shirley’s collection, a selection of which we’re showing now through March 2019.

Although the display is largely comprised of tintypes, a photograph made by a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark enamel, it includes a small selection of ambrotypes, a positive photograph on glass, and carte de visite photos, a type of small photograph patented in Paris. The photographs depict George and Martha Washington; Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln; Edgar Allen Poe; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Frederick Douglass; Albert Einstein; Sitting Bull; Calamity Jane; Annie Oakley; the aftermath of Gettysburg and other Civil War era photographs; and more.

Library exhibitions and displays are curated by Post Art Library. Their mission is to enrich the community of Joplin by perpetuating Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post’s love of art, architecture, history, and history preservation through public access to arts-related library resources and services, educational programming, events, and exhibits. Visit www.postartlibrary.org for more information.

March 5, 2019 – Chat n Craft Class

Chat n Craft meets the first Tuesday of each month that the library is open. This month is a class on How to Make a no-sew T-shirt Tote bag. If you want to make one during class you will need to bring a t-shirt you are willing to cut up and a sharp pair of scissors or rotary cutter and mat.

We will also have handouts since we are doing a 9 inch quilt block per month and this month it will be Path and Stiles. We will have handouts for how to make half-square triangles, too.

Show n Tell – February 2019

I still missed getting 4 of our 9 patch block pictures taken. Hopefully they will bring them to next month’s meeting and I can get those pictures then. Here are some of the items brought for Show n Tell and some items being worked on during our meeting. The pictures do not do them justice.

         

Room Naming Rights

Did you know you can buy naming rights for certain rooms in the Library? It’s a great way to honor a loved one. Two of our study rooms have recently been renamed.

Call 417-623-7653 for more information.

2019 Chat n Craft Classes

  We have come up with some classes for the upcoming year and a project that will last almost all year too. None of these should take a long time to complete each one. Nor cost a lot of money to make. If you want to find out details of the classes, come on the month that we are having the class. We list any supplies needed to bring with you for that class on the monthly meeting post here on our website.

This year we have decided to have a “most of the year” project on Quilting. January will have a bunch of handouts on Quilting basics available for those that do not have any experience quilting and we will have a class on quilting and give out the first block instructions. Each month after that we will hand out the next quilt block’s instructions besides whatever else is going on for that month.

 

January – Quilting Basics and Ideas

February – BYOP (Bring Your Own Project)

March – No-Sew T-shirt Bag

April – BYOP

May – Dream Catcher

June – BYOP

July – Cards

August – BYOP

September – Sweater Mittens

October – BYOP

November – BYOP and discuss next years classes

December – BYOP and UFO exchange

Maker Cart for Elementary School Aged Children

Maker Cart
The Rosemary Titus Reynolds Children’s Library in Joplin Public Library is proud to announce a new program for Children in 1st through 5th grade. The Maker Cart program is funded by the MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES and is offered on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Come use recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts!

November 6th Chat n Craft meeting

November is always a fun CnC meeting that is BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) to work on while we discuss ideas for next years classes. Something you want to learn? A stitch you want to try? Something getting popular you think would be fun for us to try?

Be thinking about and looking for ideas to bring up during the meeting. If you can bring a picture of what it is.

In the past we have done quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, tunsian, needle felting, tatting, beading, book folding and many others. We will be meeting in Community Room – West, come join us.

 

Welcome to our New Website!

As you can see JPL has finally “gone-live” with a new website! We’re excited to present it to you, because we feel there is so much information available on the website that will be of benefit to you. Our old website was more than a decade old and technology and websites have changed quite a bit in the past ten years. We ask for your patience as we complete adding information and materials to it. It should be much easier for staff members to add, update, and maintain content in a timely manner.

Explore the website to see all the hidden gems you were not aware are available.

This activity is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

JPL Begins Passport Applications September 4, 2018

Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce that effective September 4, 2018 it accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.  U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports seven days per week at 1901 E 20th Street, Joplin, MO 64804.

Applications are accepted 30 minutes after opening to one hour before closing seven days per week.  Appointments are strongly encouraged to be sure adequate staffing is available to process the applications.  Walk-ins will be accommodated if  there is staff available, but no guarantees of this can be made.  Appointments are the best and only certain way to be served. Library hours are M-Th 9am-8PM, F-S 9am-6pm, and Sunday 1-5pm.

Jacque Gage, Library Director says, “JPL is pleased to offer this service to the community, making passport applications available during an extended schedule.”

For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information – travel.state.gov.  A summary can be found here:

For faster service, complete the .pdf applications from the passport website, print out application, and bring it with you to your appointment.

Joplin Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fees

As of August 1, 2018 Joplin Public Library patrons can borrow items from JPL without accruing overdue fines.  In addition, JPL has erased overdue fines patrons previously owed.

The change should increase patrons’ access to the more than 120,000 items in the library collection.

Patrons who have items that are lost, damaged, or simply not returned will still owe for those items, plus a non-refundable administration fee.  If an account has to be referred to a collection agency to get items returned, a collection agency fee will also be charged.

Items received through interlibrary loan (ILL) will continue to accrue overdue fines as those come from the lending library.  Fees will also apply when items are placed on hold but not picked up.

Library Director Jacque Gage says, “I hope this move will allow more people to utilize the library, as well as allow us to reconnect with former patrons who have not yet been able to enjoy the new library facility due to overdue fines.  This will give a clean slate for those who just managed to return materials late.”

Please contact Joplin Public Library at 417-623-7953 for more information about this.