Entries by Lori Crockett

Joplin Reads Together Success

Joplin Public Library would like to thank the community for the success of the first Joplin Reads Together.  The program met or exceeded our goals set, and we can’t wait to continue this program next year!

Library of Things Launches

The Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce a new service offering for the community of things meant to inspire creativity, learning, and fun. The aptly named “Library of Things” is a collection of non-traditional materials including tools, games, kitchen items, and electronics. The best part is all items are available to check out for […]

Youth Media Awards 2023

Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards (YMA), including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by […]

Researching Your Roots

If your goal for 2023 is to find out more about your family roots, Joplin Public Library is the place to start!  We have many resources available, whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced researcher.  Just getting started?  Check out our tip sheets of questions to ask relatives, or start entering your family tree […]

JPL Announces New Mobile Hotspots

Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce new funding for 600 short term and long term mobile hotspots thanks to the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). These devices are available for check out by Library cardholders who do not have reliable internet access.  As part of the funding agreement, the hotspots require the […]

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 […]