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It’s a new year! TIME FOR... Family Craft Night:

Tuesday, January 14th, 6:30-8pm Drop-in at the Children’s Library at Main and make a

winter themed craft with your family! Passport Health Care representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about healthcare coverage for children.

Gaming Day:

Saturday, January 18th, 1-5pm Main Library 1st monthly gaming day of the year! Join us at the

Main Library for a table-top gaming extravaganza. Play one of the games we have on hand, or bring your own. Due to the complexity of the games offered, this event is for adults and teens. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Tax Prep:

Thursdays & Saturdays starting January 23rd at Main Library

VITA Tax preparation services and Metro United Way are providing free tax services at the Main Library. Individual help is available for drop in visitors during Library hours. On certain days, the computer lab will be open for people wishing to file their own taxes online, but who would like some guidance navigating the free service. More information is available online.

Watch Me Grow:

January 30th at 10 AM This new program for

babies (ages 12 months & younger) and parents kicks off in January! Once a month, participants will meet at the Main Library for stories and songs. Parents can meet new friends and babies can get an foundational start in early childhood literacy. Each monthly program will also feature a take home keepsake of the child’s time in the Library so parents can track progress over through the year.

Book Buddies:

Do you want to get a good start on the new year by

helping others? Register to become a Book Buddy and be paired with a homebound adult at Shepard of the Valley. Deliver new materials and make a new friend through the shared love of books! Registration and more information available online mid-January.



Free online language service! If your New Year’s resolution

is to learn a new language, you’re in luck! The Library now offers Pronunciator, an online language learning system free to you with your library card. Sign in through our website to access thousands of courses in over 50 languages!

Genealogy Workshop:

Indiana Young Adult author Sara Grant will visit to talk about her novels, Dark Parties and Half Lives. Fans of the books and aspiring writers should come to hear about Sara’s writing process and how she gets the ideas for her books. Monday, January 13th @ 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 5th, Main Library

The Oldham County History Center is joining with the Library to offer this free day-long workshop for individuals interested in getting started in genealogy. Registration is required for this event, and spaces are limited. Workshop is for beginners. See online for registration and more information. The Library will be closed January 20th for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

CHILDREN’S LIBRARY Toddler Time Toddlertime is for infants through two years old. Parents and children sing songs, do fingerplays and are introduced to picture books. It is a time to sit and interact with your child and become familiar with the library. 10am Tuesdays & Fridays at Main 10:10am Wednesdays at South Oldham 10:10am Thursdays at Mahan

January 30th at 10am 12 months & younger Join us for a new program at the library for you and your baby! Once a month, we will get together for stories and songs and make some friends along the way! We will also have time to work on a keepsake of your baby’s time at the library.

Preschool Story Time Story Time is for children ages 3 & up! We read books and make a craft! 11am Tuesdays & Fridays at Main 11am Wednesdays at South Oldham 11am Thursdays at Mahan Jan 7-10: New Books and Old Favorites Jan 14-17: Pajama Party! Wear Your PJs Jan 21-24: Lost and Found Jan 28-31: Let it Snow!

Join us for a block party and build with LEGO! Jan 27th at 4:15 at Main Ages 5-12 Sign ups begin Jan 2nd online!

January 28th at 6pm presented by Bricks 4 Kidz!

January 7th at 6pm presented by Bricks 4 Kidz!

Enjoy the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, as we build Lego cars!

Enjoy the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming, robotics using motors, sensors and software!

Sign ups online beginning Jan. 2nd!

Sign ups online!

Afterschool Adventures Fun for the elementary school crowd! Join us for our weekly adventures on Thursdays at 4pm @ Main Jan 9: Surprise Adventures Jan 16: Edible Adventures Jan 23: Travel Adventures Jan 30: Creative Adventures

Young Readers, age 4-8,will be matched up with a teen volunteer who will be their reading mentor. Snacks, books & cozy spaces for reading will be provided! Sign up online! January 7th & January 21st, 4:30-5:15pm

January 14th from 6:30– 8pm at the Main Library. Join us for some fun winter crafts!

Passport Services will be here to answer questions about health care for kids.

Paws to Read is designed to allow kids and struggling readers the chance to read to a listener who will accept the story exactly as they read it. Each session is 15 minutes of one on one time with a certified dog. Sign up online!

January 21st at 6:30pm Pick and read a Geronimo Stilton book! Come tell us about your book, join us for a scavenger hunt, crafts and cheesy snacks!


Teen Programming

Author Visit: Sara Grant

Monday, January 13th @ 6:30 pm

Indiana Young Adult author Sara Grant will visit to talk about her novels, Dark Parties and Half Lives. Fans of the books and aspiring writers should come to hear about Sara’s writing process and how she gets the ideas for her books.

“TIME TO . . . KEEP TRACK OF TIME” for Teens & Adults Tuesday, January 14th @ 6:30pm

Make your own literary clock and/or journal. It’s a new year and it’s time to start keeping track and record the passing of time. Bring a favorite book and we’ll help you make it into a one-of-a-kind clock. (We will have some old books available as well to choose from). We’ll also have a table set up for you to create your own journal to keep track of all those amazing memories and thoughts you have. Registration required.

TEEN WRITER’S STUDIO: Monday, January 27th @ 6:30pm Aspiring teen writers—join our writing group that is just for teens. Bring something you’re working on or use one of our writing prompts to get your creativity flowing. We’ll meet in the Computer Lab for quiet writing time and will leave time at the end to share our work.

Teen Book Club:

Monday, January 6th @ 6pm

Join us for a discussion of the fantasy novel, Sabriel by Garth Nix. Stop by the Main Library to check out a copy of the novel and read it before you come for our discussion. We’ll have snacks and make our own swords.

Book Besties

Book Besties Times: January 7th, & 21st, 4:30-5:15pm

Teens can volunteer to be matched up with a young reader, age 4-8 for the fun after school program. Kids and teens will be paired up for reading time, activity time and snacks. This is a great way to earn service hours and give something back to your community!

Imagine Dragons

Chinese New

Year Celebration for Teens– Thursday, January 30th @6pm

Learn about Chinese culture as you ring in the new year in a little different way. Find out about your Chinese zodiac sign, called Sheng Xiao. Make a zodiac necklace, sample many different Chinese foods, and make your own fire-breathing dragon. Your attendance will bring you good luck in the new year!

TAP (Teen Advisory Panel)

Saturday, February 1st—12:00-1:30pm

Come be a part of our Teen Advisory Panel. We’ll come up with ideas for teen programs at the library and do a service project. This month we’ll talk about ideas for our “SPARK” Summer Reading program and make bookmarks with your favorite books to pass out in the Teen area of the Library. Earn service hours for participating. We’ll have pizza and snacks, too. Register on our Teen page.


Thursday, January 9th, 6:30-7:30pm Start the year off right and test your brain with

trivia! We’re changing it up in the new year and adding more brain teasers to our trivia nights. Join us for fun questions, challenging riddles, and puzzles. Meet new friends and earn prizes at this relaxed event for adults.

Crafty Readers:

Thursday, January 16th, 6-8pm Sign up to read this month’s Crafty Reader’s

book club pick: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. Once registered via, we'll send a copy of the selected book to your home library for you to check out. We’ll be making Sherlock Holmes themed crafts. We’ll also have an English tea and sample local honeys.

Communicators Anonymous:

Wednesday, February 12th, 10am or 6:30pm

Communicators Anonymous is a new discussion group sponsored by the Library to meet and talk about the communication conundrums that happen every day. The purpose of the group is to have fun and find new perspectives on everyday life. Discussion is led by Dr. Charity of Dr. Charity Communications. She is a regular guest on Real Life in Louisville with Kristen Riddick.


Your Library by the numbers

In November:  

Ask a Librarian:

3,012 people used a public computer. 15,483 unique visitors accessed 1,541 people attended a Library program.

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Did you get a new gadget for the holidays? Want to learn how to use that new device with the Library’s free online lending service? Sign up for the Overdrive class for an in depth lesson in Kentucky Libraries Unbound, or stop by the Reference desk from 1-7:30pm Monday-Thursday and 1-4:30pm Fridays for one-on-one assistance. Computer classes are offered on a monthly basis. Check the website for schedule & registration.  Basic Computer Skills: A three week course designed to introduce computers to the beginning user. Class will cover     

parts & functions of computer; how to use basic applications; and how to access the internet and browse safely. Microsoft Word 2010: Introductory course for using Microsoft Word. Class covers formatting, inserting images, and mail merge. Microsoft Excel 2010: A course that introduces formulas and functions of Microsoft Excel. Topics included are graphs, basic To register for computer classes, calculations, simple tables, and Pivot tables. PowerPoint 2010: Introduces the functions of PowerPoint and sign-up at: how to create presentations. Class includes how to insert graphs, Youtube video, and multimedia. Overdrive: This class teaches how to use the Library digital lending service, Overdrive. Learn to download free audiobooks, ebooks and more to your home computer or portable device! Social Media: A two hour class teaching the basics of the most popular social media sites. Learn how to navigate Facebook & get started on Twitter. Learn the basics of protecting your privacy online.

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