Joplin Public Library’s Newsletter for November 2023

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

  • Saturday STEAM (November 4)
  • Tuesday Knight Chess Club (November 7)
  • Book Discussion: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (November 9)
  • Teen Game Night (November 16)
  • Tween Beads & Board Games (November 21)
  • Programs for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (November 29)

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

Please note that the Library will be closed November 10–11 for Veterans Day and November 23–24 for Thanksgiving.

JPL Recognized with Awards and Grant

Joplin Public Library (JPL) was recently announced as the winner of multiple awards and a grant from the Missouri Library Association’s Awards, which were awarded at the 2023 Awards Gala in Columbia, Missouri.

JPL staff who were honored include Beth Snow, Teen Librarian; Lisa Nelson, community partner with Landmark Builds; Carolyn Trout, former JPL director; and Justin Kelly, JPL Systems Administrator, who was awarded a $3,000 Access and Innovation Grant.

Learn more about these awards here.

Resource Spotlight

The goal of the Library is to enhance and enrich the lives of JPL users and the community as a whole. As the holiday season approaches, they’ve gathered some resources that can help you enjoy the hustle and bustle of this time of year and, as always, the Library’s doors are open to provide a respite from the rush if needed!

Some resources that might be helpful for you during this time of year include:

Author Colm Tóibín at Missouri Southern State University’s Spiva Library

Irish novelist Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn, the story of a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the 1950s, will visit Missouri Southern State University (MSSU)  for a memorable evening in November!

In anticipation of this event, JPL has partnered with MSSU to host a book discussion for Brooklyn at the Library on Thursday, November 9 at 2:00 pm. Mr. Tóibín will be at MSSU on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm to speak about his books and sign copies. This event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about MSSU’s Irish-themed semester, please visit their website.

From the Post Reading Room

Native American Heritage Month Celebration at the Library

November is Native American Heritage Month! The Post Art Library has partnered with Joplin Public Library and the Quapaw Nation to honor Native American Heritage Month with an exhibit featuring Native art and cultural items from regional artists and local collections.

This celebration kicks-off with a reception and soft launch of O-Gah-Pah Coffee’s winter seasonal blend, Beaver Springs, in their Local History area on Thursday, November 2 from 5:30–7:00pm.

Beaver Springs is home to the Quapaw Nation’s annual powwow grounds. The Quapaw Nation’s powwow is approaching its 152nd anniversary. It is the longest-running powwow in the four-state area and the second longest in the United States.

Show Me the Ozarks magazine will also unveil their November issue during the reception. The exhibit will be on display through the month of November. Admission is free; all ages welcome.

For more information about the Quapaw Nation and its culture, learn more here. Have questions about this or other Post Art Library events? Please contact Post Art Library Director Jill Halbach at 417-623-7953, ext. 1041 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.


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