Joplin Public Library’s Newsletter for June 2024

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

  • Family Game Night (June 6)
  • Children’s Art Adventures: Collage Maps, Teen Crafternoon, Adult Escape Rooms with Escape Joplin (June 11)
  • Wonders of Wildlife (June 15)
  • Reptiles of Missouri: Teen Program (June 20)
  • Bobby Norfolk Storyteller (June 21)
  • Reptiles of Missouri: Children’s Program (June 27)
  • Old Hollywood Movie Night (June 27)
  • Teen and Adult Yoga Class (June 29)

Please note that the Library will be closed on June 19 for Juneteenth. View JPL’s online calendar to see a full list of their events, and read highlights from their newsletter below.

Sickle Cell Screening Awareness at June Blood Drive

The Joplin Public Library is partnering with the American Red Cross for a Community Blood Drive taking place June 14, 2024, at the Library.

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. While all blood donations are welcome and encouraged, this month’s drive is focused on asking members of the Black community to join with us and our partners to help meet the needs of patients with sickle cell disease and other medical conditions to improve health outcomes.

In the U.S., it is estimated that over 100,000 people have sickle cell disease and may require regular blood transfusions throughout their lifetime. Blood transfusions are essential in managing the very real pain and long-term health of those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race or similar ethnicity and blood type are the most effective way to  help patients experiencing a sickle cell crisis. Since the majority of people with sickle cell are of African descent, blood donations from Black individuals are critical in helping those suffering from this disease.

Schedule your appointment here.

Summer Reading Program: Adventure Begins at Your Library

Joplin Public Library’s annual all-ages Summer Reading Program is happening now, with the theme “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”

The JPL Summer Reading Program is a free program designed to keep the public reading, learning, and adventuring all summer. After sign-up, children, teens, and adults will participate by tracking the minutes they read or listen to their favorite materials (books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks, etc.) on a paper gameboard that is handed out in the Library, or on the easy, free, and fun Beanstack app.

As participants achieve their reading goals, and complete fun and interactive self-moderated activities, they will earn prizes, plus, entries into generous grand prize giveaways that are made possible thanks to many local sponsors! All participation is self-guided and completely optional.

Another aspect of the Summer Reading Program is fun, educational, and theme-based Library-hosted events. Summer events include many of the Library’s regular programs, and a variety of special events for children, teens, and adults. Find the comprehensive calendar of activities here.

No Library card is required to participate in the Summer Reading Program; however, for the fourth year, the Joplin Public Library is extending the offer of a free Summer Reading Library card to everyone! For more information, check out the Summer Reading webpage!

Kiwanis Club of Joplin Facilitates Donation of Replacement Statue

The Joplin Public Library would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Joplin for facilitating the donation of a replacement statue “Two Kids on Bench” by Max Turner after the original statue was stolen from the front of the Library nearly a year ago. The beautifully detailed, two-tone solid 100% American bronze statue is a whimsical rendition of two children reading a storybook and was a celebrated part of the Library landscaping.

While an arrest was made quickly by the Joplin Police Department, the original statue was never recovered. The loss was felt by the community as a whole. The Kiwanis Club donated the original statue, and took the lead on procuring a replacement statue. Along with monetary contributions by the Kiwanis Club, major contributions were made by James and Barbara Hicklin and David and Debra Humphreys. In addition to facilitating the donation, the Kiwanis Club will also generously be providing insurance on the replacement statue.

The new statue was installed on May 15, thanks to the hard work of the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department. A dedication ceremony was held Monday, May 20, at the Joplin Public Library.

Upcoming Programming with the Post Art Library

As we move from spring into summer, the Post Art Library is excited to invite the community to their upcoming programming!

Lost Soles: A Modest Mystery by Cody White + Others

The Post Art Library presents Lost Soles: A Modest Mystery by Cody White + Others in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside the Joplin Public Library from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, August 31. An opening reception is scheduled in the gallery for Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

This photography exhibit asks viewers a question that haunts our back roads, highways, and city streets: Why are there so many shoes by the side of the road? This free, all-ages exhibit is open to the public during the Library’s regular hours. A companion exhibit featuring antique and vintage shoes from the Joplin History & Mineral Museum will also be on display in the Library’s display cases.

Learn more on the event’s Facebook page.

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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