Are you a preschool parent interested in preparing your child for kindergarten? Is your child struggling to read in elementary school? Are you a teacher interested in learning more about evidence-based techniques for helping dyslexic students? Please join us this Saturday, October 4th from 1-5pm for a Literacy Open House featuring:
A Viewing of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
To register for the open house, please click here.
Stroll through the Exhibit Hall and the 2nd floor of the Library to experience the SALI 50th Anniversary Art Show. See the extraordinary talents of dozens of local artists. The Art Show will be on display at GPL until September 27th.
Join us this Saturday from 2-5 pm for a festival of fun all about motorcycles! The day will begin with the “Ride for Reading” Observation ride that will take participants to Libraries in Johnson County. Registration is from 10am to Noon at the JCPL branch in Trafalgar. Check in your riders (and you can do this in cars as well as motorcycles) and go to each location listed on our map. It will end at Old City Park where riders who finished can be put into a drawing for fun prizes. AT 2:00 p.m. we will begin the fun with the Tiny Tots Experience by ABATE of Indiana where those under 80 pounds can ride a motorcycle (fixed with safety equipment just for kids), games, crafts, music, and a photo booth. We will also feature Jean Davidson, internationally known speaker and granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the founders and first president of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, who will talk about her “Yell and Tell” program. We will also host several local food trucks with a variety of foods for sale including: Johnsons BBQ Shack, The Flying Cupcake, Mrs. Curl’s, Happy Jack’s Hot Dogs, Kitchen Little and more!
Overdrive, GPL's eBook lending system, has recently announced two new features for holds! Patrons can now have their holds automatically download once their available. They also have the opportunity to suspend a hold from 1 week to 90 days. Learn more about these useful new features on the Overdrive blog by clicking here.
Stop by GPL to check out this cool 1965 Sprint H vintage motorcycle that is on display at GPL in celebration of the County-Wide Read! Join the Johnson County Public Library, Greenwood Public Library and Edinburgh Public Library, in cooperation with ABATE and Southside Harley-Davidson as we present Hit the Road, READ! County-wide Read program for all ages. Learn more about the program and our upcoming events at www.CountyWideRead.com. Thanks to Southside Harley Davidson for lending us the motorcycle.
The Friends Book Sale is coming! Join us July 31st - August 2nd for some awesome deals on some great titles, including a bag of books for $5! All proceeds go towards the Friends of Greenwood Public Library.
Thursday, July 31st: 10am - Noon; 5pm - 7pm Friday, August 1st: 1pm - 5pm Saturday, August 2nd: 1pm - 4pm
Join us on Saturday, July 19th for food, Silly Safaris, a craft fair, games, raffle prizes (including a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World!) and flying cows! Hundreds of mini parachuted cows will be dropped from a helicopter as participants watch from below.
Tickets are $10 for admission, raffle drawing and your own mini cow to take home or $2 for general admission (no cow or raffle). Tickets can be purchased at the Greenwood Public Library, Chick-fil-A on 135, Chick-fil-A at Greenwood Park Mall, Home Enhanced on 135, First Merchants Bank, the City Building, the Greenwood Community Center or at the gate. All proceeds will go to the Greenwood Public Library. Special thanks to the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library and Chick-fil-A for sponsoring the event.
Date: Saturday, July 19 Time: 10am - 2pm Location: Greenwood Middle School Football Field
Join us for a night full of fun at this summer's Starlight Movie Night! We're getting crazy with legos! There will be crafts, games, trivia, and raffle prizes before the movie. The fun starts at 8pm and the movie will start at dusk. Popcorn will be available for purchase, but feel free to bring snacks, drinks, and your coziest blankets and chairs as we watch a movie under the stars!
Have you ever found yourself saying "I wish I knew how to..."? Then this is the event for you! Join us on Saturday from 1pm - 4pm for our How-to Fair, and learn how to do 30+ things in one afternoon for free! From learning how to make cake pops to playing cricket to starting your own business, we have a session for everyone. Click the image below for our full schedule.
Enjoy a meal out and support GPL at the same time! From June 7th - 15th, if you bring in one of our flyers to Bob Evans 15% of your total will come back to support the library. Stop by the library or click here to print out a flyer.
Join the world for a Big Library Read! From June 3 - 18, Laurien Berenson’s murder-mystery A Pedigree to Die For is available for everyone to check out via Overdrive with no waits or holds. Visit the eIndiana site to learn more and to download the eBook.
Join us this Wednesday at 6:30pm for a celebration! Celebrate 450 years of William Shakespeare with two 15-minute adaptations of some of the bard's famous works performed by EclecticPond Theatre Group. Perfomances of Hamlet and Julius Caesar will be performed. All are invited! Click here to learn more!
Come to GPL and check out a pass that gives you FREE general admission for up to four people to the Indiana State Museum! Special exhibits and the IMAX theater are not included. Passes can be checked out for one week. Any tickets you get with the pass must be used the day you receive them. Click here to place a hold on a pass.
Learn more about the history of the Hoosier state through interactive and informative exhibits in this world-class museum located in White River Park in downtown Indianapolis. Want to learn more about the museum? Visit their website www.indianamuseum.org.
If you've ever found yourself saying "I wish I could learn how to..." then this event is for you! Come learn how to do a whole variety of things in one afternoon. From learning how to get started tracing your family tree to training your dog to learning to knit, we've got sessions for everyone! Join us for a FREE afternoon of learning fun!
Click here to learn more including a full list of presenters!
This February, GPL will be offering a Winter Reading Program for the whole family! Spend the coldest time of the year with some good books by the fire, and win a few prizes along the way!
How does it work? For every two hours you read during the month of February, you'll be awarded a raffle ticket for the week's drawing. Each week, we'll be giving away a different gift pack. After a winner is drawn for the week, the raffle will start over the next week.
What can you read? Basically, anything. School books, newspapers, reading to your children, it all counts!
How do you sign up? The Winter Reading Program will run from February 1st - February 28th. Sign ups begin February 1st. Stop by either the Children's or Reference desk to get started.
Did you make a New Year's resolution to finally learn a new language? We're here to help!
Greenwood Public Library is happy to offer Mango, an online language learning software system. Learn over 30 languages via a step-by-step conversational method. Several versions of ESL are offered for non-English speakers. You can even learn on the go, with a mobile app!
Please forgive our mess in the children's department for the next few weeks! We will be getting new flooring in our play area, programming rooms and restrooms! And NEW SINKS! We still have the Little Tikes Tree, Space Ship, Fire Truck, and Train available for imaginative play! Santa has been very very good to us!
Love games? Then be sure to stop by this Saturday from 2-5 for International Games Day at Greenwood Public Library! Play board games, card games and video games with friends and family. All are welcome!
Want to support the library?
Want to find some great books at awesome deals?
Then stop by the Friends of GPL Book Sale November 7-9th! The sale runs Thursday noon-7pm, Friday 1-5pm, and Saturday 1-4pm. Saturday is a bargain day with a bag of books for a special price. All days are open to the public, and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library to help fund library programming and more!
The whole family is welcome to this family-friendly Halloween Party. Businesses from all over Johnson County will be giving away treats, while the library will be providing the tricks. Celebrate Halloween with this fun, safe, kid-friendly party! All profits from the evening will go to purchase materials for the library.
November is just a few weeks away, which means National Novel Writing Month is quickly approaching. We've got a full line up of author events once again this year, starting with Barbara Shoup on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6pm.
Barbara Shoup will be covering the basics of getting started writing for those interested in writing, but not sure where to start. Shoup is the Executive Director of the Writer's Center of Indiana, author of seven novels, and co-author of two books on the writing process. Click here to register.
The wait is over! Overdrive is now offering renewals on most eBook titles. Unless, there is a waiting list for a book, you will be given the option to renew your title three days before the expiration date. Have questions or problems? You can always call the Reference Desk at 317-885-5036 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all Whovians, Whedonites, Potterheads, and anyone who has ever said “Coulson Lives!” Embrace your inner (or outer!) nerd at the Greenwood Public Library! Due to the overwhelming success of GPL’s Doctor Who Day this summer, we are presenting Nerd Proud, one night a month dedicated to all things nerd-like.
Which fandoms, you ask? All of them! Any of them! It’s up to you!
Starting this month, teens and adults are encouraged to come and try to deduce how Sherlock survived, mourn the ending of Firefly, and share your predictions for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!
Nerds unite to chat, compete in trivia, and make a craft (because everybody needs their own sonic screwdriver)!
This summer the library captured expressions of Love, Joy, Excitement, and Contentment in our community. Stop by the library to experience the result. You may just see someone you know. Want to take your own snap of joy? Be show to take advantage of our photo op and share your own joy snap with us on Facebook and Twitter using #joysnapgpl
Children's Winners Bikes: Ryan Lacho, Reece Mucci House to Color: Katelyn Slaughter, Kiera Beck Mickey Mouse Diaper Bag: Jasmine Crady Legos: Jordan Manning Barnes & Noble Gift Card: Elizabeth Metzger Simon Mall Gift Package: Faith Phillips Guitar: Keily Tiscareno Lightsabers: Casey Seitzinger, Mason Simpson, Matthew Placek, Kolby Burroughs Fish Tank: Emily Metzger, Lauren Fish, Annie Brownley Piano: Tatum Albury, Caleb Ollanketo Tool Bench: Addyson Matern
Adult/Teen Winners Cake Pops Set: Molly Jacobs, Brandy Unger Dinner and a Movie: Matt Pridemore Klipsch Concert Tickets: Cecelia Hicks Barnes & Noble Gift Card: Cassiana Kennedy Kings Island Tickets: Ronnie Scott Nook Simple Touch: Micah Hoffmann Teen Only Prize:Amazon Gift Card: Ella Black Teen Only Prize: Remote Control Car: Zackary Babcock
Be sure to join us next summer for even more reading fun!
Have you signed up for summer reading yet? There's still two weeks left to register for our annual event. Earn prizes for hours read and attend fun programs centered around our SciFi theme. Over 1,600 have already signed up and read nearly 30,000 hours.
This summer we’re traveling to unknown territory with the hilarious SciFi spoof Galaxy Quest. Join us for a FREE night full of science fiction fun including stormtroopers, a performance by the Greenwood Community Band, crafts, games, trivia and more! Don’t forget to wear your best science fiction costume for the chance to win a prize. The fun starts at 6pm and the movie will start at dark.
When: Friday, July 12th Time: 6pm Where: Old City Park (park near the library)
What's better than BBQ? How about BBQ that helps the library! Eat at City Barbeque in Greenwood on Thursday, June 27th and 25% of your total bill will go towards the Friends of Greenwood Public Library. You'll need to stop by the library to pick up a coupon or print your own by clicking here. A flyer is needed to participate in the fundraiser.
Girl Talk is back with another exciting night of games, crafts, and discussion... summer style… on Friday, June 7th from 5-9:30pm.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun
activities that focus on the theme: Be Proud, Be Yourself, a night that
encourages positive self-expression and confidence building. The evening’s
itinerary includes a high energy scavenger hunt, a hilarious pop culture trivia
event, water gun canvas art, recycled bracelets, and a fun game of Sardines
with the lights out! Every participant will receive a goody bag to
take home. Snacks will be provided throughout the night and prizes will
Participants must be in grades 6-10 and fill out a
permission slip to attend. For more information, contact Emily at email@example.com or call
the library. Older teens may apply to be a chaperone. See Emily for
science fiction fun and win prizes for reading this summer! Summer Reading is an
annual program which encourages reading for all ages by rewarding hours read
and providing programs on a common theme. Receive prizes and raffle tickets for reading and attending programs this summer!
This year we're celebrating science fiction with a full
calendar of related programs for the entire family. This summer you can experience mad science,
robotics, a ‘stranger than fiction’ Wonderlab, Doctor Who Day, geeky crafts,
and more! Starlight Movie
Night on Friday, July 12th will feature a full evening of
entertainment with the Greenwood Community Band, costumed actors, children’s
games and crafts, and an outdoor showing of the movie Galaxy Quest.
Looking for that perfect Mother's Day gift? Stop by the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library's Book Sale this Thursday - Saturday! Sale runs Thursday noon-7pm, and Friday and Saturday 1-5pm. Saturday is a bargain day with a bag of books for a special price! All days are open to the public, and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library to help fund Library programming and more!
GPL is encouraging the community to draw people, places,
things, and events in Greenwood during the Draw Greenwood project. Kits
with drawing supplies will be available to check out at the Library May 1st - June 29th, and the project
will culminate with a gallery show of participants’ drawings in the Exhibit Hall July 3rd - 31st.
is hoping the Draw Greenwood project will inspire people to experience their
community in a new way by drawing it. We are looking forward to giving
participants a chance to show their work, and for everyone to see the different
ways people decided to connect to their community through drawing,” said Sara
O’Sha, Reference Librarian.
Those new to
drawing or just looking to brush up on their sketching skills can register for
one of the Library’s drawing classes. Learn more about the Draw Greenwood Art Project and the Drawing Fundamentals drawing classes by clicking here.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week we'd like to thank our many volunteers. Volunteers make a difference everyday at GPL, from checking in books, to helping with storytime, to assisting patrons with computer questions, their helping hands are felt throughout the entire library. Their hours of contribution are an inspirational show of commitment to the community, and we are extremely grateful for their service.
In the past year more than 70 volunteers completed over 2,000 hours of service at GPL. We truly cannot imagine where we would be without them. To our volunteers- thank you for your contribution, your help makes all GPL does possible!
A goal of the Children’s Department is to be
a Gateway of Learning by stimulating the imagination and creativity of
children. By revamping the play area we have created a space that will
facilitate free play which is essential to the healthy physical and mental
development of a child.
Special thanks to Scarlett Kapke Memorial Fund, Target Corporation, and Southside Parents of Multiples for making the new GPL Play Area possible!
Little Tykes Tot Tree: Gross motor skills are vital for
brain development. This sturdy tree not only provides exercise of these skills
but encourages imaginative play as well.
My HomeTown: To encourage dramatic play we have
added this wonderful center where children can dress up, use a cash register,
and enter the pretend world of entrepreneurship. This center has
interchangeable signs: Post Office, Grocery Store, Pet Shop, Ice Cream Shop,
Fruit Stand, and many others.
Tent: Children find time to explore a
new book in the privacy of the circus tent.
Writing Center: To encourage
writing we have a table set up where children do creative writing and can place
their creations in the library mailbox.
Pre Writing Center: Little ones are
preparing their writing skills by playing with the Aqua Doodle and Magna
Doodle. Developing these fine motor skills is vital for physical writing development.
Puppet Theater: We were able to replace our puppet
theater where our children have spent countless hours putting on shows for
Three little words – but they somehow encompass the hundreds of ways people interact with our library every day. In the downstairs hallway, patrons connect to art through the Southside Art League display. Recently, people experienced the Civil War through our community read and the great programs we offered. And you only have to look at the bright eyes of children coming and going from storytime to know that they have imagined all sorts of things during their library visit.
This year you’ll see these three simple words used frequently as we talk with you, tell you about programs, and plan for the future. Stop by the lobby to share your ideas about what it mean to connect, experience and imagine.
Visit the Director's Desk blog to read Cheryl's full blog post about the connect. experience. imagine. campaign.
Celebrate National Poetry Month by
experiencing poetry at the Greenwood Public Library with a new exhibit and a
visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate. The Indiana Poetry exhibit features the work of 20 living Indiana
poets as well as a listening station and a magnetic poetry wall where visitors can create their own lines of poetry. The exhibit is made possible by
Indiana Humanities and Indiana Poet Laureate, Karen Kovacik. "I'm grateful to Indiana Humanities and
to the Greenwood Public Library for showcasing the fine work of poets from
around the state." states Kovacik.
will be at the Library for an “Evening of Poetry” on Tuesday, April 9th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. Participants will
have a chance to meet the Poet Laureate, enjoy a few poetry readings and try
their hand at writing a few poems of their own. Click here to register for our Evening of Poetry program.
This past Thursday and Friday, crowds of people visited Greenwood Public Library to view the Art Open House featuring artwork by 1st - 5th graders from Isom Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Southwest Elementary and Westwood Elementary. We were so impressed by the artwork created by these talented Greenwood students.
GPL’s new teen room is a
safe haven, a home away from home for many teens throughout Greenwood. It’s a place where teens can beat the Librarian
during a competitive video game tournament, challenge one another to an intense
card game, finish eminently due homework assignments, attend a club or
participate in a program that might have them dressing up as a zombie or racing
around the room in a rolling chair, and sit back and relax with friends.
If you haven’t visited, come see the origami butterflies
folded by several fantastic teenagers. Or the ceiling tiles being painted
to bring the room a little more color. Or the book display put together
by a Teen Advisory Board member. Come see the
wonderful things that can happen when teens are given the opportunity to take
ownership in their library. And to think, this is just the
beginning of this new room’s story.
Celebrate Teen Tech Week all week long at GPL! All activities are for teens in grades 6-12 and are held in the teen room from 3-5pm.
Each day we'll have a different techy topic, so check in at the teen room often this week! Monday: eIndiana – digital scavenger hunt Tuesday: GPL’s social media accounts – digital scavenger hunt Wednesday: GPL’s eResources – digital scavenger hunt Thursday: Video game tournament Friday: This week’s Friday Random Film Fest is going Techie with Tron Legacy.
Are you ready for visions of spring? Then stop by GPL! We're hosting a new show from Southside Art League (SALI)
artists entitled ‘Spring Into Spring.’ The paintings depict many versions of spring designed to celebrate
the coming of the season. Various SALI
artists are represented, and all paintings will be available for purchase.
will be on display until March 29th.
Good news! The total number of eBook and/or e-audiobook checkouts through Overdrive has been increased to five!
Learn more about using Overdrive with our Compatible Devices Guide. This guide will help you get started with Overdrive with step-by-step instructions and video tutorials.
Have you been joining the Greenwood community in reading Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz? We want to know what you think of the book! Join in our online discussion on Facebook, or join the Primetime Book Club this Tuesday at 6:30pm for a friendly discussion! All are welcome!
Have you seen the GPL Buzz? You can get new book suggestions by finding out what GPL staff is reading, and you can watch short commercials of our upcoming programs to stay on top of what exciting events are coming up at GPL. Learn about Overdrive on the video below, and our check out our YouTube channel to see all of our current videos!
Community Read 2013 is here! Pick up your own copy of Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War at the 2nd floor reference desk, then follow us on Facebook and Twitter to take part in our online book club. We’ll post discussion questions and trivia each week!
Would you rather attend an in-person book club? All are invited to join the Primetime Book Club's discussion on Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30pm.
GPL is one of 50 sites nationwide selected to host the Civil War 150 traveling exhibition. The exhibit was developed to mark the 150th anniversary of the war allowing for viewers to experience the battle through the eyes of major political figures, soldiers, families, and freedmen. It will be on view at the library from January 28th to February 16th.
GPL is holding free programs for all ages in connection with the exhibit with assistance from the Johnson County Museum of History, Conner Prairie, and the Indiana Medical History Museum. Events will include reenactments and programs on Civil War music and dancing, cooking, and medicine. The library is also planning a community read of Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. The Greenwood community is encouraged to read the title and join in book discussions hosted by the library.
The “Civil War 150” project is presented by The Library of America, in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of America, and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The initiative was designed to encourage public exploration of the transformative impact and contested meanings of the Civil War through primary documents and firsthand accounts. For a preview, click to hear a letter from Mary Kelley to her sister Sarah Gordon.
Did you make a New Year's resolution to get your finances in order for 2013? Then join us this winter for our FREE Financial Literacy classes. Thanks to a grant from the Johnson County Community Foundation, this program is free and open to all.
Mon | Jan 7 | 6pm Where Does Your Money Go? Creating a Personal Budget (Part 1) Click here to register.
Mon | Jan 21 | 6pm Where Does Your Money Go? Creating a Personal Budget (Part 2) Click here to register.
Mon | Feb 18 | 6pm Mortgages: True Cost of Homeownership Click here to register.
Mon | Mar 11 | 6pm Roadmap to Retirement Click here to register.
Celebrate the release of the movie The Hobbit and all things Middle Earth with an afternoon of games, crafts and activities! Try your hand at the One Ring Toss, join the scavenger hunt and search for Dwarvish treasure hidden by the dragon Smaug, run like a hobbit and more! Furry feet and pointed ears are optional -- but encouraged, so come dressed like your favorite Middle Earth character. We will show the animated movie, The Hobbit, at 3pm. Free popcorn and water will be provided. All are invited to this afternoon full of family-friendly fun!
By purchasing tickets through this offer you will:
•Receive discounted tickets •Cheer on the Bulldogs with Mayor Mark W. Myers •Show your Greenwood Community Spirit •Join in a post-game shoot-around on the court (bring own ball) •Be a part of community pictures on the court after the game
Join us on Saturday, November 17th from 4-8pm for carriage rides, crafts and pictures with Santa as we celebrate the holiday season. Carriage rides will be available for $2 while pictures with Santa will be available for $1. All are welcome to this annual event sponsored by Old Town Greenwood.
We are so excited to have a new flag flying outside GPL just in time for Veteran's Day! A special thank you to Boy Scout Pack #621 for helping us properly retire our tattered flag as part of earning their citizenship badges!
The whole family is welcome to this family-friendly Halloween Party. Businesses from all over Johnson County will be giving away treats¯ while the Library will be providing the tricks¯. Pizzas will be on sale from Little Caesar's and you can register your daughters for Girl Scouts that evening!
Celebrate Halloween with this fun, safe, kid-friendly party! All profits from the evening will go to purchase materials for the Library.
Tickets are still available for A Knight to Remember on Thursday, October 18 at 7pm.
Legendary former IU Coach Bob Knight will be the keynote speaker at the Greenwood Public Library fundraiser. The event was conceived by local supporters in honor of hometown heroes Tom and Dick Van Arsdale. The Van Arsdale twins grew up in Greenwood and while they now reside near Phoenix, they wanted to honor their mother by creating a library fund in her name. Proceeds from this event will go to the Friends of the Greenwood Public Library’s newly established Hilda Van Arsdale Library Fund.
Visit www.Knight2Remember.com for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be on the sale the night of the event.
GPL is joining with the Indiana Astronomical Society and millions of people around the world for the annual International Observe the Moon Night this Saturday at 6:30pm. The Indiana Astronomical Society will be bringing their telescopes for attendees to observe the moon. Experts from the Society will also be on hand to guide participants through the night sky and answer questions about the moon and astronomy in general. Several educational stations will be available with activities designed to educate and entertain amateur astronomers of all ages.InOMN is free and open to the public. Be sure to come join in on the fun!