Joplin Public Library’s Newsletter for March 2023

Joplin Public Library (JPL) has a full month of programming and events lined up for March! A few of them include:

There will also be regular story times, Chess Club, Lego Club, and much more. View JPL’s online calendar to see a full list of their events, and read highlights from their newsletter below.

The League of Books & Bindings

The League of Books and Bindings is the Joplin Public Library’s Book Club for kids ages eight to 12!  For this session of the club, mythology is the theme, and the group will meet to discuss the book Heroes in Training, by Tracey West, and explore mythology from around the world.

Thanks to the Friends of JPL, each participant will receive a free copy of the book, Heroes in Training, so they can complete the readings at home at their own pace!

The Mythology Club meets every Friday in March, to talk about the book, look at some of our favorite characters from Greek mythology and explore other myths from around the world. Attendees will build, create, and explore mythology through a variety of hands-on activities.

Registration is required. Sign up by phone, 417.623.7953, or email,, today!

Resource Spotlight

Spring into spring cleaning with JPL!

Spring cleaning is an opportunity to reset, refresh, and recharge your home. Deep cleaning once a year can help you address things before they become a big problem, and it also gives you a chance to inspect areas of your home that may need to be fixed. If you don’t know where to get started, our collection offers several resources: books on cleaning, green cleaning, decluttering, and more.

Along with books on cleaning, we think spring is a great time to declutter your subscriptions! JPL’s eResources have books, magazines, and audiobooks, so say goodbye to costly services! They can even offer streaming movies, classes, and shows with Kanopy.

If you have extra books and magazines cluttering up your house, consider donating them to the Friends of the Joplin Library for their book sales, which raise money for the Library for things like browsing baskets, author visits, and books for JPL’s Children’s Book Club.

If your spring cleaning reveals issues in your home, JPL has some DIY help as well. Check out their database: Home Improvement Reference Center, which is designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance, and remodeling projects, including plumbing, outdoor work, woodworking, electrical projects, and decorating.

Spring Break Programming

No spring break plans? JPL has you covered!

If you’re staying in town over spring break, make JPL your destination! Keep your kids learning, engaged, and having fun over the break with books, movies, and programming, including regular story times on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. There’s even some sanity-saving activities for parents!

Friday, March 17

  • Mythology Club with the League of Books and Binding Book Club @ 4:15 to 5:15
  • Grab a Teen Takeout Kit or a Kids Take-Home Kit (or both!) while supplies last.

Saturday, March 18

  • Lego Build-A-Thon @ 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Take a BingeBox home for movie night!

Monday, March 20

  • Come in and stock up on books, STEM kits for kids and teens, and movies for the week.
  • Grab an Adult Take-Home Kit while supplies last!

Tuesday, March 21

  • Spring Movie Break in the Storytime Room @ 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Join us for a special screening of Bad Guys and some coloring!

Wednesday, March 22

  • Unleash your inner artist on JPL’s Teen Graffiti Wall!
  • Check out the Library’s outdoor spaces for picnics or lawn games.

Thursday, March 23

  • Come explore the Library’s play area or use the computers that are loaded with fun games and programs for kids!

Friday, March 24

  • Mythology Club with the League of Books and Binding Book Club @ 4:15 to 5:15
  • Joplin Job Center Workshop: Interview Process @ 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Saturday, March 25

  • Visit Joplin Avenue Coffee Company for JPL’s book swap @ 10:00 to 11:00 am.
  • Teen Anime/Manga Club @ 2:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Create something fun in the Makerspace!

From the Post Reading Room

The Post Art Library has partnered with the JPL to co-host a call for entry for Lost & Found: Remarkably Bright Objects, a community-based art exhibition consisting of art created with found objects. The exhibit will hang in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside the Library from April 6 to May 31, 2023.

This call for entry is open to anyone 18 years old and older. Artwork must be original works of art that incorporate found objects. This is open to all forms and mediums, though 2D artwork may not exceed 16×20 inches and must be wired for hanging. If you’re interested in submitting a 3D piece, then contact Post Art Library Jill Halbach prior to getting started. Please note that this is a family friendly show; no works of explicit nature will be accepted. Also, no copy works will be accepting, including those that depict licensed characters, photographs of public art, etc. This is a non-juried, community-based project.

This exhibition coincides with JPL’s premier community read program, Joplin Reads Together. The selected title is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby van Pelt. Lost and found is among the book’s themes and motifs. Although participation in the Joplin Reads Together program is encouraged, it’s not necessary for submitting a piece of art to this call for entry.

This call is open from March 1 to March 31, 2023. Completed artworks may be dropped off in the Library’s Makerspace during its regular hours:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (staff break from 3:00 to 4:00 pm)
  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (staff break from 1:00 to 2:00 pm)

Other drop-off items may be made by appointment only. Artwork will not be accepted without a completed and signed entry form.

Questions about the call for entry/exhibit may be directed to Post Art Library Director Jill Halbach at or 417.623.7953, ext. 1041. Details can be found here.

About Joplin Public Library: 

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.


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