Joplin Public Library’s Rosemary Titus Reynold’s Children’s Department staff are excited to announce a new interactive outdoor activity just in time for Summer Reading at Joplin Public Library – A StoryWalk®!
A StoryWalk® is an innovative way for families to enjoy reading and being outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll along the path, you’re directed to the next page in the story. There are also fun action prompts on each sign to keep children engaged and enhance enjoyment.
The StoryWalk features, Just in Case you Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson. It is a fun (and sometimes silly!) book about dreaming big and the importance of friends and family. The activity is located in JPL’s “Outdoor Classroom” area, which is at the Northwest corner of the library building.
The Storywalk will remain up throughout the month of June. The activity is completely self-guided, free, and fun for all families. You may enjoy the activity at any time, but if you wish to also enjoy the library, the open hours are Monday-Friday: 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm.
Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.
Post Art Library presents Connie Miller‘s “C is for Color” exhibit in our Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery from Saturday, June 12-August 31, 2021. Although enjoyed by people of all ages, “C is for Color” is an exhibit especially for children, as it’s hung at their eye-level and consists of a series of colorful acrylic paintings of animals–just in time for the Tails & Tales summer reading challenge! Starting Saturday, June 12, 2021 artist-provided take-home kits will be available in the Children’s Department on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. For more information, contact Jill at 417-623-7953 x1041.
It’s time for the Post Art Library Summer Reading Art Challenge (SRAC)! This year, the theme for summer reading is Tails & Tales. In keeping with that theme, the prompt for SRAC 2021 is:
“Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?!”
You may pick up your artboard and entry form from any public service desk within the library. Entries will be accepted for three categories: Adult (ages 18+), Teen (entering 6th-12th grades), and Kids (birth-5th grade). Entries must be returned to any public service desk within the library by 5pm on Sunday, July 31, 2021.
All SRAC 2021 entries will be exhibited in the Genealogy, Local History, and Post Reading Room wing inside the library from August 14-September 25, 2021. People’s Choice ballots for each category will be collected in the library during the exhibit. People’s Choice winners will be announced on October 1, 2021 and those winners will receive a prize when they pick up their artwork.
Participation is FREE and open to the public. A library card is NOT necessary. SRAC is an annual art challenge and show meant to encourage exploration of the visual arts through creating art based on Missouri’s state-wide theme for summer reading. For more information, contact Jill at 417-623-7953 x1041.
Joplin Public Library is excited to present our annual all-ages Summer Reading Program from June 1st through July 25th, with the theme “Tails and Tales! www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program/
No Library card is required to participate in the Summer Reading Program; however, this year, for the first time ever, the Joplin Public Library is extending this offer of a free Summer Reading Library card to EVERYONE! No matter your age, or where you live, you are eligible for a free JPL card to be used from June 1 through July 25. You may check out physical items from the Library including books, DVDs, and more – AND – you can use the card to access our awesome digital resources. And, Joplin Public Library cards are always free for in-City residents of Joplin, simply bring a recent piece of mail and your photo ID to the Library to register.
The JPL Summer Reading Program is a free program designed to keep the public reading, learning, and exploring all summer. After sign-up, children, teens, and adults alike will participate by tracking the minutes they read or listen to their favorite materials (books, magazines, newspaper, audiobooks, etc) on a paper gameboard that is handed out in the Library, or on the easy, free, and fun website and accompanying app called “Beanstack.”
To learn more about the reading goals for each age group, visit our Summer Reading page here: www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program/
Another aspect of the Summer Reading Program includes fun, educational, and theme-based Library-hosted events and activities. Find the comprehensive calendar of events here: https://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/calendar/
This year, the Summer Reading Program features two exciting partnerships with the City of Joplin. First, the Transportation Department is providing FREE Sunshine Lamp passes for adults and teens when they sign up for the Summer Reading Program (child Trolley rides are always free)! The pass (not applicable for MAPS transit) will be good from June 1 to July 31, and recipients may enjoy unlimited travel to wherever they wish on the routes. Second, the Parks and Recreation Department is providing a FREE single-use pool pass to children who complete their first gameboard! Pool passes are good for a single-use entry to one of three Joplin aquatic centers – Schifferdecker, Cunningham, or Ewert.
Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins in the Library on Tuesday, June 1, and goes throughout the months of June and July, ending on July 25. Sign-up anytime within those dates to start your adventure!
Call 417-623-7953 or visit the Joplin Public Library at 1901 E. 20th Street (20th and Connecticut).
Although the program is targeted for teens aged 13 and older, anyone may download the free audiobooks! Once downloaded, the titles are kept indefinitely. Now in its 12th year of providing free audiobooks, SYNC is a great solution for educators of young adults seeking new resources to help their students press pause on the summer reading slide while they’re at home.
Each week, SYNC provides two thematically paired audiobooks, at no cost, to every registered listener, for 14 weeks – giving users access to a grand total of 28 free audiobooks throughout the course of the program! For a full list of titles for 2021, click here.
Accessing SYNC Audiobooks in Sora
SYNC registrants will be able to listen to each weekly audiobook pair by borrowing them in Sora. Not sure how that works? Check out some of the instructions and resources below to get started.
The ABCs of Folklore and Slang, an exhibit featuring 26 linocuts by artist Deby Gilley, is open now through Sunday, May 30, 2021 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery located off of our main lobby.
Inspired by positive feedback about the titles she gives her works, this series is based on an alphabetical sequence of key letters of the words within the titles. Gilley created these works, which reflect an Ozark heritage, using the relief-printmaking process.
“I am hopeful that my chosen images and titles offers a new and refreshing experience to the use of the slang and familiar sayings. Some of the images are people and animals that I know very well,” said Gilley.
Her book, The ABCs of Folklore and Slang Told in 26 Linocuts, was released in 2020. For more information, contact Post Art Library director Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art in the library is curated by Post Art Library, a 501c3 not-for-profit arts organization located inside Joplin Public Library.
The Library is now open Monday through Friday 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 9am – 5 pm and Sunday hours, opening 1 pm – 5 pm.
These changes are part of a continued effort to provide safe and healthy access to Library users, and the public at large, during the pandemic. Hours have been returning in increments since the reopening of the library on June 8. Throughout that time, Library staff have been able to provide many of the original service offerings in creative and alternative ways. However, JPL staff and administration are excited to announce this new schedule, which will restore much of the open-hour accessibility that was available pre-COVID-19.
Director of Joplin Public Library Jeana Gockley elaborates, “Thank you to our users for their continued support and patience as we work through this process. We are striving to balance our community’s need for access with protocols to ensure public and staff safety.”
When visiting the Library in-person, facial coverings are strongly encouraged and individuals are asked to abide by social distancing protocols. Curbside Pickup is also available during all open hours and Library users can access the Library’s digital resources anytime by visiting joplinpubliclibrary.org/
The Children’s Department staff is excited to announce virtual storytimes every Tuesday morning at 10 AM. Join your children’s library staff as we read, sing, rhyme, play, and craft! Check our Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram page every Tuesday for new videos!
Live Storytime on Zoom is also available bi-weekly on Tuesday mornings, at 9:30 am by registration. Email email@example.com to sign up! Check out when the next one will be by visiting our website calendar.
This program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
Registration is now open for the 2019 Joplin Writers’ Faire, an annual, collaborative library event that connects all sorts of writers to their existing and potentially new audiences while encouraging community support of local and regional writers.
Last year, over 25 authors participated in and over 300 people attended this annual event! Registration is FREE and open to all writers, writers’ groups, and writing-related organizations.
- The 3rd Annual Joplin Writers’ Faire is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10am-2pm at Joplin Public Library.
- Registrationis FREE and opens at 9am on Thursday, August 1, 2019 and closes at 6pm on Friday, August 30, 2019. Neither early nor late registrations will be accepted. Tables will be provided for the first 25 registrants.
- For an opportunity to participate in the public reading portion of this event, we request that you donate an item (e.g. one of your books, associated merchandise, a journal, pen set, etc.) to be given away as a door prize. If you’re agreeable to the donation and would like to claim one of the sixteen public-reading slots, then please state as such at the time of your registration. Note that participation in the public-reading portion of this event is optional and that slots will be given on a first come, first serve basis.
- Contact either Jill Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org; 417-623-7953 x1041) or Evan Martin (email@example.com; 417-623-7953 x1018) to register.
The Joplin Writers’ Faire is a collaboration between Post Art Library (PAL) and Joplin Public Library (JPL).
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