Jasper Library sets October events

JASPER — The Jasper Public Library has released its events for October.

A weekly family storytime will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Technology help will be provided from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. Attendees may bring their own devices or use their laptops. Assistance with basic computer skills, email, Overdrive, writing letters, using a tablet, and so forth, will be given. Drop-ins are welcome.

The Chatterbox, a new club for those 10 and older, will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 15 and 29. Tweens and teens will meet for food, fun games, art, a new movie or just to hang out.

The Basic Genealogy Study Group will meet at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Join the group and follow the curriculum of the Gale Course to learn more about doing genealogy research. For six consecutive weeks participants will learn more about genealogy by following the subjects covered in the Gale course: Oct. 11, “Where to Begin”; Oct. 18, “Vital Records”; Oct. 25, “Computer Searches”; Nov. 1, “Military Records and Mailing/emailing Lists”; Nov. 8, “Immigration and Land Records”; and Nov. 15, “Newspapers and Periodical Research.”

Give Where You Live will take place Friday, Oct. 26. The day will be dedicated to supporting Arts and Literacy in the community by raising funds for the Jasper Public Library, Jasper Community Arts and the Historic Astra Theatre. This community-wide event will feature several programs, including: 

Jasper Train Depot (10 a.m.): Combined arts and library activity based on the book “Dragons Love Tacos.”

Historic Astra Theater (2 p.m.): Silly Safaris’ live animal show.

Jasper Arts Center (7 p.m.): The Very Big Show of Support Variety Show.

The Monday Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Join this new group of readers for a monthly discussion. Monthly book selections may be picked up at the library for those interested in participating in the evening discussion. This month’s selection is “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

The Bookworm Book Club will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2. Students in grades four through eight are invited to join the group in the theater for the book discussion. Snacks and books are provided to participants.

A DNA workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the meeting room at the library annex. This special program by Kathy Mott, Dubois County genealogist, will look at DNA testing for the purposes of furthering a family history research. Mott will share information that is important for understanding test results from a variety of different testing companies, as well as how to maximize those results to help the most with research. Mott will share personal experiences with testing and help participants select the company that is best for them and their families. Because space is limited, preregistration is highly suggested.  Those in attendance who have preregistered will be eligible to win an Ancestry DNA test kit. 

A Red Cross blood drive will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. The Blood Mobile will be parked at the library annex and participants will register in the annex meeting room. Those with appointments get priority; drop-ins will be taken as time permits. To register for an appointment, visit www.redcross.org or contact the library at 812-482-2712

A pumpkin painting event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 on the library’s front sidewalk. Participants should bring their own pumpkins. Paint and other materials will be supplied.

The Pokémon Playgroup will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Participants should bring all things Pokémon and join other Pokémaniacs in the library annex to play, share and learn more about Pokémon games.

The Anime Club for grades six and up will meet at noon Sunday, Oct. 7. Read graphic novels and meet others who share the same interest. A new Anime video is shared along with discussing activities during the club meetings. Discussion on new Anime also takes place. Snacks will be provided.

The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 for staff development day.

A Teen Bookface Contest will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in celebration of Teen Read Week. Tweens and teens 10 and older can stop by the library from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 9 to 11, to pick a favorite book, take photo and enter the contest.               

The Afternoon Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. 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 “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

A Teen Read-A-Thon will take place for ages 9 and older beginning at noon Saturday, Oct. 13. Make plans to join the afternoon of reading, games and pizza. Participants should bring a comfy pillow to use while reading. Registration opens Thursday, Oct. 1.

Baby and toddler playtime will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Toys will be available for children age 2 and younger to play with at the library annex during this playtime. No registration is required.

Registration is required for Make N’ Take: Adult Crafting & DIY at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the library annex. Contact the library or register for the class online. All supplies will be provided to create a fall project using buttons.  

A healthcare question-and-answer session with Lesa Seng will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.  Drop by and get your questions about the Healthcare Marketplace answered, set up an appointment to get personal assistance enrolling in healthcare and learn more about getting enrolled for the Healthcare Coverage you and your family needs. Ms. Seng works with Tri-Cap and is a certified and licensed navigator assisting with the Federal Marketplace and Hoosier Healthwise. Questions about the session may be directed to the library or Ms. Seng at 812-482-2233, ext 145.

Duplo will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the library annex. Parents are invited to bring children ages 2 through 5 to build with the library’s Duplo blocks. No registration is required.

The Book Cellar will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The Friends of the Library book store is open the third Saturday each month. Look for a special book and support the library.

The library’s annual Knit-A-Thon will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. All types of crafters and needlecrafters are encouraged to bring their projects and spend all or part of the day working on their own project or helping make hats for the Library Hat Basket or the Heart Association’s Red Hat For Babies project. Refreshments will be served, including a light lunch.

The Science of Frankenstein Show is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the library theater. Witness the wonder of Frankenstein as Professor Steve demonstrates many of the concepts found in the “Frankenstein” book and movies, including light, anatomy and electricity.

An Oreo Challenge will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the library annex. Participants will taste test eight fun and unique flavors of milk’s favorite cookie and decide which is their favorite. All ages are invited. Participants will meet annex meeting room.

Snap Circuit Fun is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 for children age 8 and older in the library theater. The Snap Circuit kits contain color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. No registration is needed. 

The Kids’ Corner Book Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The library is starting a new book club on the fourth Thursday of the month for young children to introduce basic concepts of picture books and to help the children learn basic comprehension skills. Librarians will read a picture book and discuss the book with the children in greater length and ask the children simple questions for them to think about. The children will vote at the end of the meeting which book to read the next month. Snacks will be provided.

Fall Family Night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Families are invited to make caramel apples and watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” There will be a prize drawing and photo opportunity after the movie.

The Tuesday Adult Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. The book club meets the last Tuesday each month. New members are always welcome.  Ask a librarian for a copy of the book, “Hillbilly Elegy” by JD Vance.

Halloween will be celebrated from 5:30 to 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters in costume are invited to stop my the library and take part in some Halloween activities.

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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