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September is National Library Card Month! New Library cards are coming to OCPL! To celebrate the arrival of the new cards and National Library Card Month, we’re hosting a photo contest. Take a picture of yourself and your Library card somewhere around town. Post it to our Facebook wall, or email it to We’ll draw from the entries, and the winner will receive a Nook HD+ tablet and an hour’s tutoring session on how to use it (including how to download free books from Overdrive). Your Library Card is your ticket to adventure, education, romance, and more. So show off your appreciation to this most useful card in your wallet! Want one of the new cards? The card is free to patrons registering at the Library for the first time. For a limited time, patrons replacing their old cards with the new get a discounted replacement rate of $1!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Library, 9/19 Join us and Grind Burger Truck for a Pirate Lunch at the Main Library on Thursday, 9/19 to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. First 40 people to talk like a pirate get $5 off their Grind Burger! Enjoy Sea Shanty music & more. 11-2pm

NEW CARDS New Library cards coming soon! Each card includes wallet & keychain card. Check our Facebook page for announcements about availability.

STATS & MORE Your Library by the numbers

In July:   

44,477 items were checked out of Oldham County Libraries 24,381 people visited OCPL’s three branches 293 new people registered for Library cards


Oh, The Places You Can Go!

Book Babies 10 AM Thursdays at Main Book Babies is a lapsit program for babies that are pre-walkers and their caretakers. Come enjoy simple stories, songs and play!

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. 10 AM Tuesdays & Fridays at Main 10:10 AM Wednesdays at South Oldham 10:10 AM Thursdays at Mahan

Preschool Story Time Story Time is for children ages 3 & up! We read books and make a craft! 11 AM Tuesdays & Fridays at Main 11 AM Wednesdays at South Oldham 11 AM Thursdays at Mahan Sep 3-Sep 6: Books & Libraries Sep 10-Sep 13: Let’s Move Sep 17-Sep 20: I Want to Ride My Bicycle! Sep 24– Sep 27: Space & Places

Afterschool Adventures Fun for the elementary school crowd! Join us for our weekly adventures on Thursdays at 4 PM @ Main Sep 5: Surprise Adventures Sep 12: Travel Adventures Sep 19: Edible Adventures Sep 26:Creative Adventures

Join us for a block party and build with LEGO! Sep 23rd at 4:15 at Main For Ages 5-12 Sign ups begin Sep 3rd online!

Come learn how to work with LEGOS & Robotics! Sep 24th at 6 PM at Main Ages 10 & up! Sign ups begin Sep 3rd online!

* Ages 9-12 September 17th 6:30 at Main Science Fun for Tweens! Can you blow up a balloon with one breath? Can you lift a table with air? Join us and find out!

Young Readers, age 4-8,will be matched up with a teen volunteer who will be their reading mentor. Snacks, books and cozy spaces for teens and kids to read together will be provided! Come read with a cool older friend! Sep 24th at 4:30 @ Main Sign up online beginning Sep 3rd!

The Paws to Read program is designed to allow kids and struggling readers the chance to read to a non-judgmental listener, one 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 ups are online!


Teen Programming

“CandyLands”: Candies Around the World Monday, September 16th @ 6:30 p.m. @ Main Library; Tuesday, September 17th @ 4:30 p.m. @ Mahan Library We’ll take Teens on a journey around the world through candy and desserts! See how people all over the world satisfy a sweet tooth. We’ll make our own candy and play “sweet games,” too!

Game On for Teens

Saturday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. @ Main Library, September 7th

Bring your own electronic or board games to share. We’ll have Wii and PS3 systems, as well as a wide variety of card and board games for Teens to play, and Legos, too. We’ll provide gaming grub to keep you going!

Teen Writers

Mondays@ 6:30 p.m. @ Main Library—September 9, We’ll provide the

writing prompts and snacks to get your creativity flowing—You provide the words. We will have time to write and share (if you want to).

Teen Book Club

Each month we’ll host a book discussion for Teens at the Main Library.

Pick up your copy of each month’s book in advance at the Main Desk, check it out and read it before you come. We’ll have activities and snacks to go with the theme of each book. Monday, 6:00-7:00 p.m.—September 30. Book: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (available for pick-up 9/3)

September 3-14: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”— Map Challenge for Teens Visit the Library to complete our map challenge worksheet. You’ll find the answers to all the questions using resources available in the Library. Get 8-10 questions correct to enter your name into a drawing for an Amazon gift card!

September 22-October 19: Fall Reading Challenge for Teens

Beginning with Banned

Books Week and ending with Teen Read Week, pick up a reading log at the Library. Complete the challenge and enter our prize drawing for a Nook HD or a unique readers t-shirt!

TAP: Teen Advisory Panel

One Saturday each month Teens will have the

opportunity to volunteer to do Library projects at the Main Library. We’ll spend time coming up with great program ideas and completing a service project each month. Teens can earn service hours and this program also looks great on college applications. Saturday, 12-2 p.m. @ Main Library, September 7 Sign up for all volunteer opportunities at:


ADULT PROGRAMMING Trivia Night: Geography! Thursday, Sept. 12th, 6:30-7:30pm Monthly trivia nights are resuming! Join us each 2nd Thursday of the month at the Main Library. Trivia themes will match the STEAM theme of the month. This month we'll be asking questions related to geography. Come test your knowledge, learn, win prizes & have fun! Bring the correct answer to this question the night of the event to be entered into a drawing: Which state contains the only palace ever used by a monarch in the United States? Name the palace.

Crafty Readers: Thursday, Sept. 19th, 6-8pm We're starting a new book club/crafting club at the Library! Sign up to read a different book each month. Once registered for that month, we'll send a copy of the selected book to your home library for you to check out. On the third Thursday of each month, we'll meet to discuss the book & make a craft based on the book or the book's theme. This program is free, and for adults only. Our first book is "How To Buy a Love of Reading" by Tanya Egan Gibson. We’ll be making book spine poetry wall art during the meeting. Register online at

Geocaching for Adults: Monday, Sept. 23rd, 6pm Come and learn about geocaching and how to get started! We’ll try some hands on experience and hunt for a cache on the Library property!


We're looking to form a genealogy discussion group for adults starting this fall. This group would

meet monthly at the Main Library to discuss personal research projects and share tips and resources. This will be a very informal group; there won't be specific genealogy lessons presented each meeting. Some background in genealogy would be ideal for joining. Please help us gauge interest in this group by registering online.

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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. Next session: Mondays, 1-2:30pm; 9/9, 9/16, 9/23. Must attend all three courses. Microsoft Word 2010: Introductory course for using Microsoft Word. Class covers formatting, inserting images, and mail merge. Next Session: Saturday, 9/14 10-noon Microsoft Excel 2010: A course that introduces formulas and functions of Microsoft Excel. Topics included are graphs, basic calculations, simple tables, and Pivot tables. Next Session: Wednesday, 9/18 6-8pm PowerPoint 2010: Introduces the functions of PowerPoint and how to create presentations. Class includes how to insert graphs, Youtube video, and multimedia. Next Session: Monday, 9/30 6-8pm Overdrive: This class teaches how to use the Library digital lending service, OverTo register for computer drive. Learn to download free audiobooks, ebooks and more to your home computer or portable device! Next Session: Saturday, 9/14 1-3pm classes, sign-up online or 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 call the Library. basics of protecting your privacy online. Next Session: Friday, 9/13 10-noon


September 2013  
September 2013