Joplin Public Library’s Newsletter for May 2024

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

  • Star Wars Day (May 4)
  • Business Boot Camp (May 7)
  • Teen Tuesday Knight Chess Club (May 7)
  • Children’s Chess Club (May 9)
  • Summer Reading Starts (May 28)

Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. View JPL’s online calendar to see a full list of their events, and read highlights from their newsletter below.

April is Joplin Reads Together Month

Thank you all for a wonderful second year of Joplin Reads Together. JPL is proud of the connections formed during this shared experience, and want to thank everyone who participated! Also, thank you to our community partners, Post Art Library, Friends of the Joplin Public Library, Joplin Chamber of Commerce, and Missouri Southern State University’s Spiva Library, with special thanks to Friends of the Joplin Public Library for their sponsorship of the Author Visit. Take a look at the results above!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Joplin Public Library is spreading the word that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is now available to ALL Missouri Children birth to age five. This was made possible by legislation (Section 178.694 RSMo) that identifies school districts as the local partner for this initiative. Full funding was included in DESE’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget to establish and administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for all children in Missouri from birth to five-years-old. There is no cost to parents or schools for the books or the postage to deliver them.

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and Local Community or State Partners. The Imagination Library mails more than 2.6 million high-quality, age-appropriate books directly to children’s homes each month. Each child enrolled in the program receives one book per month from birth to age five — at no cost to families.

Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more. The program’s impact has been widely researched, and results demonstrate its positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please click here.

The Library’s role in this project is to help promote the program to area children and families. From birth to age five, registered children receive a free book each month. To learn more and register, click here.

If you need help signing up for the program, please come into the library and the Children’s Service Desk would be happy to assist you.

Star Wars Day at JPL!

Celebrate all things Star Wars and STEAM related on May, 4, 2024, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!

Joplin Public Library is teaming up with the Creative Learning Alliance to host fun activities such as a Star Wars Breakout Box, a light saber circuit art activity, and levitating objects with the Force.

There will also be a Jedi Training Course for young Padawans, various crafts, a photo booth, and much more! This event is for all ages, and a library card is not required to attend.

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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