The Indiana Free Library welcomes everyone to a full slate of free fall programs for all ages for next week:
• The Shape of the Letter, 10:30 to 11 a.m.: “A Circle forms the letters P, R and B.” This introduction to reading and the alphabet will feature the books “Round as a Pancake” and “The Big Red Barn.” Then we’ll make a butterfly, a puzzle and use red paper to create the letter R. For pre-readers. (Children’s department)
• Dr. Marcus History Program, 1 to 2:30 p.m.: “The Three Johns — John Milton, John Stuart Mill and John Maynard Keynes” will focus on these prominent British intellectuals by exploring their ideas, activities and contributions to society. Refreshments. (Reading area).
• Which Twig Are You on the Family Tree? (week 3), 10 a.m.: Hosted by Nikki Cravotta from the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, this five-week class will explore how to get started, organizing your materials, what sources are available both online and in print, documenting material and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (724) 465-8841 to register. (Community Room)
• Special Program, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: “National Voter Registration Day.” The League of Women Voters of Indiana County will be on hand to answer voter questions, register new voters and pass out absentee ballot request forms. The goal is to encourage citizens to register to vote and to come to the polls this November.
• Toddler Tales, 10:30 a.m.: “Squirrel Prepares for Winter.”
We’ll learn how animals cope with the changing seasons in “The Busy Little Squirrel” and “Move Over, Rover!” This program will foster the special bond that forms between adult and child when sitting together and reading books. Especially for 1- and 2-year-olds. (Children’s department)
• New program, 11 a.m.: “Forever Young Book Club.” What is all the buzz about children and young adult literature? Join this new book club and find out. We will read hot new titles as well as classics.
This book club will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. For this first meeting, bring one of your favorite children’s or young adult books to share. This book club is for adults who would like to learn more about children and young adult literature. Refreshments served. (Reading area)
• Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.: “Teddy Bear Time.” Preschoolers often have a favorite stuffed animal that they sleep with and take everywhere, and the little girl in “My Brown Bear Barney” is no exception. We will also share the favorite “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and create a craft. For children ages 3-5. (Children’s department)
• Knitting class, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn to knit or improve your skills in this free six-week class. Beginners, bring a ball of 100 percent cotton yarn and two size 8 knitting needles. Experienced knitters, feel free to bring your current project and work alongside the group. Please call the library to sign up at (724) 465-8841. (Community room)
• Dr. Marcus History Program, 1 to 2:30 p.m. “Punxsutawney’s Unknown Heroine: Mildred Harlan, Librarian, Defeats the American Legion.” Join us for a special program during Banned Book Week on the inside story of how libraries protect your rights of free speech. Refreshments. (Reading area).
• Film Club, 6 to 8:30 p.m. “The Great Gatsby.” A Midwestern war veteran moves to 1920s New York City chasing the American Dream and finds himself drawn to the lifestyle and life story of his enigmatic millionaire neighbor. Free. (Community room)
• Crafty Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Colorful Leaf Wreath.” Leaf wreaths are easy to make and brighten a door, wall or window. For all ages. (Children’s department)
• The Great Books Series Discussion, 7:30 p.m.: “The Nature, Necessity and Forms of Government — Aristotle, Thomas Jefferson, Others.” Join IUP’s Dan Shively for discussions on topics gleaned from the Great Books series. (Reading area)
• Book Babies, 10:30 a.m.: “Head to Toes” For little ones from birth to 18 months. (Children’s department). Songs, rhythms and rhymes actively engage an adult and child in language development, an important step toward reading.
• Pins and Patches Quilting Group, 1 to 3 p.m.: Beginners and experienced quilters welcome. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided. (Community room)
• Thursdays 101, 2 to 3 p.m.: “Facebook Basics.” Just because you are no longer in school, does that mean you shouldn’t be learning? Join this weekly technology class for beginners. Space is limited, so you must sign up at the circulation desk to reserve your spot. (Community room)
The Indiana Free Library is at Ninth and Philadelphia streets. All programs are free and open to the public. Check out our website at www.indianafreelibrary.com for updates, or call the library at (724) 465-8841 to learn more about these and other programs.