Jasper Library announces Oct. events

JASPER — The Jasper Public Library has events planned for October.

Technology help will be provided at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Attendees may bring their own devices or use the library’s laptops. Download and sign up for new apps or accounts online. The librarians will be available to guide attendees through the process.

Family storytime will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Families with children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required. 

The Teen Café will meet at 3:15 p.m. Mondays. Come have a cup of coffee or cocoa and a snack in the library theater. Teens will get to hang out, do homework or play games (video games are available). There is no Teen Café on Oct. 14.

The Genealogy Interest Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. All sessions will be informal and discussion topics will be based on participants’ interests such as DNA and research strategies.

Duplo will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Parents are invited to bring children ages 2 through 5 to build with the library’s Duplo bricks. No registration is required.

Friends of the Library will hold a soup and salad fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

At a cost of $5, people will have their choice of three soup flavors from an assortment of homemade soups, bread/crackers and drinks. Eat in or carryout is available. The public is invited.

Pumpkin painting for all ages will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Join the staff outside for pumpkin painting. Participants are to bring their own pumpkin, but all other supplies are provided. No sign up is needed.

The Manga Anime Gaming Club will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Join other avid gamers, anime lovers, and future mangaka for fun activities, great films, and friendly competition.  Participants are asked to bring whatever portable gaming system and games they enjoy to play against each other. Bring card games to compete with friends or trade cards to build an awesome deck. Watch a different anime with fellow fans. There is something for everyone. Children ages 7 and younger should bring a guardian to accompany them.

Becca’s Special Effects Crash Course will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Becca Schitter will lead a hands-on special effects make-up course demonstrating how to use ordinary ingredients to create realistic wounds and other effects. Registration begins Sept. 25, and is open to ages 12 and older. Plan to wear old clothes or bring an old towel for covering. Some effects use latex; anyone with an allergy should use caution.

Baby/toddler playtime will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Parents and children can enjoy some social time while playing with toys the library is providing during this playtime. No registration is required.

The Ask Granny class will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Participants will learn to record their ancestors on a simple family tree and create a priceless family treasure. Registration is required.

The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 14, due to a staff development day.

The teen movie night will feature “Hocus Pocus” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Refreshments will be served.

Genealogy Databases and Archives will be presented at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Come learn how to use the genealogical databases at the library. Discussion will also touch on using the new Herald Digital Archives while focusing on all the resources available for genealogical research. Preregister is required.

Scarecrow Craft for ages 4 through 9 will be made at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Paint and all other supplies are provided. Beginning Oct. 2, sign-up is required and will take place in the library’s annex.

The Afternoon Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. Ask a librarian for more information. Pick up a copy of the book at the library if interested in joining. This month’s selection is “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult.

Knot Just Knitting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. This group is open to anyone who is interested in working on group or individual projects. Participants will learn from each other and offer encouragement and fellowship along the way. People are to call the library if they have questions. Looms and knitting needles are available for people to check out or try out before purchasing their own.

The Teen Hogwarts Halloween party for ages 13 through 18 will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Join in at the library for all things Potter! Take part in a sorting ceremony, enjoy treats and crafts inspired by the Wizarding World, match wits with other Potterheads in a trivia contest, and compete in an Escape Room challenge. Costumes are encouraged. Registration begins Oct. 3.

The Book Cellar is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Friends of the Library will hold a book sale.

Saturday storytime at the Jasper Farmer’s Market start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Stories, songs and crafts will be featured for the children.

The Lego Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Legos will be provided for building and creating during this time.

Blood pressure checks will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. A nurse will be available to offer free blood pressure checks monthly at the library.

Make ‘N Take: Crayon Melting Art for adults will start at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Details will be announced. Registration opens on Tuesday, Oct. 1. All materials will be supplied. Preregistration is required.

Teen pumpkin painting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Ages 12 and older are invited to bring a pumpkin and use materials to create a Pinterest-worthy pumpkin they will be proud to show off to their friends. Preregistration will begin Oct. 8.

Studio H will host a painting program at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, on the square. Artwork will be determined. Supplies will be provided. Students in first grade and older are invited to attend. Preregistration will begin Oct. 9.

Genealogy and the Plague will be featured at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the library’s annex. Erin Doyle will present a program on how plagues and other epidemics had an influence on family history through migration, early death and property changes.

Fall family night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct.  24. Families are invited to attend the event in the library’s theater. The children can enjoy caramel apples slices and choose their favorite toppings to add. The movie, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be shown. No signup is needed.

Things That Go Bump ... In the Cemetery will be presented at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Joy Neighbors, cemetery culture, art, history and genealogy expert, will entertain and educate library visitors with her presentation. Each year, Neighbors goes on an after-dark cemetery trek, ghost tours, and paranormal investigations to get a first-hand look at some of the “liveliest” places around. Neighbors, who is a freelance writer, will tell participants of personal experiences with disembodied voices.

The evening book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Pick up a copy of “Ghost on Black Mountain” by Ann Hite from the library staff. New members are always welcome.

Something’s Brewing: Craft Beer presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Parklands Pavilion. Guest speaker and author Bill Riley will speak about how craft beer can teach everyone about creative place making in Indiana. This presentation is a collaboration with the library, the Dubois County Museum and the Jasper Arts Center as a part of the year-long program centered around the Smithsonian-curated exhibit and the Indiana Humanities grant.

Trick-or-treat will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the library. Kids and teens are invited to stop by and get a treat for Halloween. The staff loves to see all the costumes so be prepared to get a picture taken for the library. Hours for the pictures have not yet been set.

Library hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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