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
Join us on Saturday, July 27th for food, crafts, games and flying cows! Hundreds of mini parachuted cows will be dropped from a helicopter as participants watch from below. Silly Safaris begins the festivities at 10:15am.
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 or the Greenwood Community Center. 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 27 Time: 10am - 2pm Location: Greenwood Middle School Football Field
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!