Joplin Public Library’s Newsletter for September 2023

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

  • Old Hollywood Movie Night: Phantom Lady (September 12)
  • Teens Bullet Journaling (September 14)
  • Children’s Cryptid Book Club (September 18)
  • Hobbit Day at JPL (September 22)
  • Friends of the Joplin Public Library Trivia Night (September 23)
  • Outdoor Yoga (September 30)

View JPL’s online calendar to see a full list of their events, and read highlights from their newsletter below.

JPL Has Back to School Resources

As children and teens head back to school, JPL wants to remind you of all the great resources they have to offer for students and families!

Virtual Resources

These include lesson plans, virtual field trips, worksheets, databases, and other digital resources for subjects like art, language, social studies, math, government, science, health, and much more! See a full list of them here.


Art and craft video classes for adults and kids, taught by recognized design experts and artists. Topics include fiber and paper arts, jewelry making, sewing and quilting, food, home- the list goes on! Create a free account using your JPL card and enjoy unlimited access to instructional videos, patterns and more! Classes are available for all skill levels, and you can learn a craft at your own pace. New content is added weekly, and you can see it all here.

Databases for Education

Databases focused on education and testing, such as language learning, computer skills, practice tests, professional development and more. You can see it all here.


This streaming service has movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, and educational videos and offers a wide variety of content with no waiting! This includes K–12 lessons on a variety of subjects, and extensive lessons on an array of topics offered through The Great Courses, which are taught by experts in their fields. Find them all here.

Meeting & Study Rooms

The Library offers Meeting Rooms, which are available free of charge to any nonprofit organizations engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities. They may be reserved up to six months in advance with a limit of 12 reservations per calendar year.

Study Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for up to four hours per day per user.

You can learn more here.

Computer Center

The Library has 27 public-use computers, two printers with low cost prints and wireless printing available, and a new copy machine! You can also use the Library for scanning and faxing.

For the computer lab, library card holding users are provided four hours of computer time for free. Guest users are provided one hour free of charge with additional hours available for purchase at $1 per hour, up to a total of four hours. WiFi is available at the Library 24/7. Find out more about the computer center’s general policies, the printing center, and hotspots at the Library here.

The Makerspace

The Library’s Makerspace is a place where users may create, explore, tinker, and discover using a variety of tools and materials that they may not have access to otherwise, including:

  • Epilog Zing Laser Cutter
  • Ultimaker3 3D Printer
  • Computers & Software (Adobe Creative Suite, Garage Band, iMovie, etc.)
  • Digital Media Conversion
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Button Maker
  • Sewing Machine
  • Other crafting items

Appointments must be made to use the Epilog Zing Laser Cutter, but all the other equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis during during open hours or by appointment. Find the Makerspace hours and information on all the available equipment here.

Resource Spotlight

JPL is excited to announce a new resource for the community! Creativebug is an award-winning destination for high-quality online art and craft video classes. With your library card, you can enjoy unlimited access to more than 1,000 award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, baking, and more.

All classes are taught by experts and new classes are added weekly! Check it out today!

Upcoming Events

Hobbit Day Celebration

Hobbit Day started in 1978 and was chosen to be September 22, the date referenced in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as being the birthdate of both the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

In honor of this Middle Earthian Celebration, you’re invited to join the Joplin Public Library for all things Tolkien!  Complete a scavenger hunt based on Bilbo’s riddles, create a flower crown in the Makerspace, make your own Hobbit Feet, and more!

This event is in partnership with the Joplin Empire Market, who will continue the celebration on September 23. You are also invited to check out all of the Hobbit-related resources like books and movies in the JPL collection. Learn more about this event here.

Friends of the JPL Trivia Fundraiser

Put your book smarts to the test and support the Joplin Public Library! Trivia questions are general knowledge, so you don’t have to be a book aficionado to participate. Register a team and learn more here.

From the Post Reading Room

It’s summertime and a great way to beat the heat is to explore the Library’s art galleries! Starting August 1, the Post Art Library will be showing paintings by Danette Belote in The Bramlege and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery. This exhibit, entitled Beautiful Places, was inspired by Dannette’s walks in Joplin and her home state of California. You’ll find the full details below!

Beautiful Places – Paintings by Dannette Belote

August 1 – September 29 in The Bramlege and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery

Post Art Library presents Beautiful Places, paintings by Danette Belote, in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. Originally from southern California, Danette studied art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After college, she taught fine art painting and drawing to both children and adults.

Upon moving to Missouri, she taught watercolor classes at Joplin’s own George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. She also teaches art privately. In addition to being shown in galleries in California and locally, her art has been featured in several book and magazine publications and in the online archive of American Illustration 40. She’s a recipient of the Ivie Francis Wickham Award, Fallbrook Art Association Award, San Marcos Art Faculty Award, and the San Marcos Art League Award.

This series of paintings includes watercolor, acrylic, and oil. It was inspired by the beauty she saw during walks on the trails of Joplin and in her home state of California.

For more information, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Halbach at 417.623.7953, ext. 1041.

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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