Joplin Public Library to Host Guest Presenters for Summer Reading Program

(Joplin, MO) – The Rosemary Titus Reynolds Children’s Department at the Joplin Public Library continues its Summer Reading Program with a slate of presenters during the month of July.

This month’s presenters will begin with naturalists from the Missouri Department of Conservation on Thursday, July 6 at 2:00 pm. Their presentation, “Nature Friendships,” will explore relationships in nature and how animals and plants rely on and affect one another.

The presentations are geared toward children ages five to twelve and their families. Other presenters include the fun and educational storytelling presenters Jay and Leslie’s Laughing Matters on July 7 at 2:00 pm, Mad Science of Greater Kansas City on July 14 at 2:00 pm, and Fire Dog, a rock and roll band for kids, on July 21 at 3:30 pm.

“After a successful and busy June, we are looking forward to continuing that momentum and encouraging literacy and community at the Library,” said Children’s Librarian Christina Matekel-Gibson.

All events are free and open to the public, no Library card required. The summer reading program is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the office of the Secretary of State.

For more information about this program, please contact Christina Matekel-Gibson at 417.623.7953 or

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.


Christina Matekel-Gibson, Children’s Librarian
Joplin Public Library
417.623.7953, ext. 1038

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