Joplin Public Library’s Newsletter for October 2023

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

  • Fall Wooden Luminaries (available throughout the month by appointment)
  • Joplin Writers’ Faire (October 7)
  • Children’s Pumpkin Painting (October 19)
  • Saturday STEAM (October 21)
  • Children’s Bat Class with the Missouri Department of Conservation (October 25)
  • Tiny Art Night for Teens and Adults (October 26)
  • Super Saturday: Monster Madness (October 28)

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

JPL’s New Pollinator Garden

Thanks to a series of collaborations, a new pollinator garden was installed at the Joplin Public Library last month. The new garden will provide for butterflies, bees, birds, and will be a welcome addition to the Library on its west side.

The project got its start when three MOSO CAPS students, who hoped to use the idea to complete their CAPStone project, approached Library officials in January. The students worked with Library Director Jeana Gockley to find a space for the garden, conducted some preliminary research on what native plants to install, and raised $300 to use towards the project. In April, students completed their CAPStone project, presenting the Butterfly Garden as part of a pitch event at Missouri Southern State University.

At that point, Gockley reached out to Chert Glades Missouri Master Naturalist and native plant enthusiast Val Frankoski toa ks for help and guidance to complete the project. With the help of nearly 20 volunteers, the garden was planted on Monday, September 18 and will be maintained by Friends of the Joplin Public Library.

Resource Spotlight

In partnership with Friends of the Joplin Public Library, JPL recently launched their Lucky Day Collection! The Lucky Day Collection is a collection of highly popular books that are available for immediate check-out, even if there are multiple holds on the title in the regular collection. Titles are first-come, first-served and available on the top of the New Fiction section in the Circulation Lobby. Patrons may check out up to two titles at a time for two weeks.

To determine what gets added to the Lucky Day Collection, Library staff run regular reports to identify books that have waiting lists and then purchase extra copies, whether for Lucky Day or for the regular collection. The collection recently launched with 24 titles and is now up to 26, with a total of 72 books being circulated. Patrons have been very excited about the new collection, so come in today and see if it’s your lucky day!

Outdoor Classroom Blacksmith Demonstration

Join the Makerspace in JPL’s outdoor classroom as Monty from the Laughing Dragon Forge presents a live metalworking demonstration!

This event will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 am. No registration is required and all ages are invited to come!

From the Post Reading Room

2023 Joplin Writers’ Faire

Saturday, October 7 | 10:00 am to 1:00 pm | Free for all ages

The Post Art Library, JPL, and the Friends of the Joplin Public Library would like to invite you to the 2023 Joplin Writers’ Faire! This year’s event features over 40 local and regional authors and publishers who will be stationed at booths throughout the Library’s Community Room, Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery, and the lobby. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet authors, purchase their publications, and have their books signed, as well as a chance to win door prizes and peruse the used book sale offerings at the Friends of the Joplin Public Library booth.

Established in 2017, the Joplin Writers’ Faire connects writers to their existing and potentially new audiences while encouraging community support of local and regional writers, writers’ groups, and publishers. Held each October, the Joplin Writers’ Faire is a collaboration between Post Art Library and Joplin Public Library, with partners/sponsors that vary each year. Our 2023 event is supported by the Friends of the Joplin Public Library.

2023 Joplin Writers’ Faire participants include: Amanda Stacey; Annie Lisenby; Becca Turner; Becky Adams; BH Skelley; C Britt; C.G. Baird; Calvin Cassady; Chase Shirk; Clarissa Willis; Clay Dwyer; D.L. Golden; DA Power; Doug Godsman; Elton Gahr; F.C. Shultz; Gary Nodler; H. Russell Smith; J.C. Brice; Kayla Branstetter; LaDonna Greiner; Larry Wood; Malarkey Books; Margarite Stever; Michael Gregory; N. Jade Gray; Nancy Hughes; Ozark Hollow Press; Randy Turner; RH Burkett; Rick J. Gunter; Robert John Dopp; Roger Desrochers; Roger Hagan; Sandra Parrill; Sandra Ruddick-Darr; Sean Fitzgibbon; Seth Wolfhorndl; Steve Belcher; T. Michael Burt; and Terry McDermid.

The 2023 Joplin Writers’ Faire is Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 am–1:00 pm inside the Joplin Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. Registration not necessary. For more information about this year’s authors, follow the event on Facebook, @joplinwritersfaire.

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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