What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

April and May are a busy time of year at the library. We celebrate National Library Week, help hundreds of folks print and obtain information to file taxes, wrap up our season of tax preparation with AARP Tax Aide, and plan for our Summer Reading Adventure! To promote Summer Reading, our librarians visit schools throughout the county and participate in events like “First Grade Camp-Out” at Miami Trace Elementary School, and “Right to Read Week” at Cherry Hill Primary.

This is in addition to the regularly-scheduled reading that takes place at elementary schools, preschools, and daycares in Washington Court House and Jeffersonville. Our great team of super readers cannot be contained by these four walls! We hope that this summer, and all year long, you will join us for reading and learning for the whole family!

Thanks to everyone who has taken time to complete our library survey — the turnout has been terrific! With just a few weeks left, visit our website or Facebook page for a link, or stop by to share your opinion about library services and more! Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card!

Mark your calendars, because spring is just around the corner! The Carnegie Youth Gardening Club (open to all ages) will meet Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. to plant the library gardens! This fun and educational club is meeting for the fourth year. Join in on the fun!

The Carnegie Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 17 at 5 p.m. to discuss The Alienist by Caleb Carr. From goodreads.com: “This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere. The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.” A fast-paced novel of suspense, fans of the series and book are welcome to join us for discussion!

Adults: Feeling crafty? Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m., Peggy Sosack will lead a group in making a “Swedish Star!” This paper craft is lovely and simple to make. Please stop by the circulation desk upstairs or call the library to register! All supplies will be provided.

Would you like to get the most out of your library experience? Interested in reading or listening to free library eBooks on your tablet or smart phone? Sign up for one of our “Tech Tutor” sessions on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. These one-on-one training sessions with a librarian will help build your digital library skills. Call the library in Washington Court House to make your appointment!

In Washington Court House: Storytime is on hiatus until June as we ready for Summer Reading!

In Jeffersonville: Tuesdays at 11 a.m., listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, and socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time. Children of all ages are invited to the library on Wednesday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. for a “Mother’s Day Craft!” Paint a planter and make a card for your Mom! Call ahead to register.

Information about all of our programs can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540 and the Jeffersonville Library at 740-426-9292. All programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted. Check us out on Facebook; follow us on Twitter @cplwcho.

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director