Entries by Lori Crockett

Proposed Rule Could Cost Libraries

Missouri’s Secretary of State has proposed a new administrative rule that would require libraries to have additional, state certified, written policies for minors or risk losing state funds. The Joplin Public Library has always, and will continue to be, an advocate for our community’s children. We value parental oversight and encourage parents and guardians to […]

JPL in November

It’s the next to last month of the year, but JPL isn’t slowing down yet!  We have a full calendar of programming, we’re celebrating the return of DINOvember, and we’re launching a recognition of International Games Month with several ways to play throughout the month!. First up, the Dinosaurs are on the loose at the […]

JPL Recipe Exchange

Joplin Public Library is excited to announce a new offering in Adult Programming coming in November- JPL Recipe Exchange! Perfect for those that like to cook, a recipe exchange is an opportunity to share a recipe of your own and pick up new ones to try.  Curious how it works?  We ask that attendees bring […]

MLA Conference 2022

In an effort to better serve our patrons, Library staff are continually learning and growing in their fields. Recently, several Joplin Public Library staff attended the Missouri Library Association Conference, held in Springfield, MO. The focus of this year’s conference was reconnection with a goal of envisioning what is next for libraries, engaging staff, and […]

New Penworthy STEAM Kits Announced

Joplin Public Library has added twelve STEAM and phonics kits to their collection, thanks to a Missouri State Library-funded grant. These kits are geared toward children and teens, and library cardholders can check out one kit at a time for three weeks. Four kits will be housed in the Teen Department and can be checked […]

Chat with Alyssa about Chat & Craft

What is Chat & Craft? Chat & Craft is a monthly program offered by the JPL where crafters of all types are invited to come together over their mutual love of handcrafts. Many of the attendees have been coming since the program started in 2006. But they are very welcoming to new faces! What do […]

Get to Know: JPL’s Programming Librarians

Beth, Derek, and Christina Our Library has three Programming Librarians, Christina Matakel-Gibson (Childrens), Beth Snow (Teens) and Derek Moser (Adults).  In these positions, they are responsible for  planning and executing various programs, services, and outreach for our community.  To get to know them and their positions better, we sat down for an interview. What is […]

Curiosity Kits Launched

At Joplin Public Library, we strive to encourage learning through fun. To help meet that goal, we are thrilled to announce new STEM kits for our youngest patrons and their families! These STEM kits, also known as Curiosity Kits, include activities designed to explore various sciences through hands-on learning! Discover electronics and circuit building with […]

Living Well Visits JPL!

The Joplin Public Library was excited to host Shelby Neely with Living Well LIVE from the Library.  It’s always fun when we’re featured on the show, and we appreciate the opportunity to share all we offer with their viewers!  If you didn’t get the chance to tune in, check out our segments below, with information […]