The Indiana Free Library introduces a full slate of free fall programs for all ages beginning the week of Sept. 8:
• The Shape of the Letter, 10:30–11 a.m.: “A Circle forms the letters O and Q.” This introduction to reading and the alphabet will feature the books “Ogres, Ogres, Ogres” and “Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game.” Then we’ll make an olive out of the letter O and a quilt from the letter Q. For pre-readers. (Children’s dept.)
• Dr. Marcus History Lecture, 1 p.m.: “The Three Johns — John Siney, John Brophy, and John L. Lewis.” Explore ideas, activities and importance of these major U.S. labor leaders of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Refreshments served. (Reading Area)
• IFL Book Club, 7 p.m.: “March, by Geraldine Brooks.” From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, and added adult resonance to portray the moral complexity of war and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism. Refreshments served. (Reading Area)
• Which Twig Are You on the Family Tree? 10 a.m. Interested in learning more about your family’s past? Sign up for this 5-week genealogy class. Hosted by Nikki Cravotta from the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, this class will explore how to get started, organizing materials, what sourced 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)
• Toddler Tales, 10:30 a.m.: “Library Day.” Our first fall program will celebrate the joy of books and spending time in the library. The rhyming text and colorful illustrations in our two books, Lola at Library and It’s Library Day, along with our songs and finger rhymes, will start youngsters on the path toward reading. Especially for 1 and 2 year olds. (Children’s dept.)
• Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.: “Back to School Worries.” Preschoolers are often apprehensive about leaving their parents to attend even a short preschool program. Today’s books will explore ways to help ease these fears in a constructive way. Finger plays and rhymes are included. Especially for children ages 3-5. (Children’s dept.)
• Crafty Wednesday, 7 p.m.: “Back-to-School Bookmark.” Protect your books from dog-eared corners by creating your own bookmark. This program is great for patrons who enjoy visiting the library in the evenings. For all ages. (Children’s dept.)
• The Great Books Series Discussion, 7:30 p.m.: “Wisdom and Foolishness: Michel de Montaigne, Mark Twain, and others.” Join IUP’s Dan Shively Wednesday evenings in September and October for discussions on topics gleaned from the Great Books series. (Reading area)
• Book Babies, 10:30 a.m.: “My Hands.” A baby’s brain is ready for reading at birth. This simple rhyming book will have us clapping our hands and wiggling our fingers. Lots of songs and finger games will be introduced to the young audience. For little ones from birth to 18 months. (Children’s dept.)
• IFL Book Club, 11 a.m.: “March, by Geraldine Brooks.” From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic “Little Women,” Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, and added adult resonance to portray the moral complexity of war and a marriage tested by the demands of extreme idealism. Refreshments served. (Reading Area)
• Pins and Patches Quilting Group, 1-3 p.m.: Beginners and experienced quilters welcome. No experience necessary. Refreshments provided. (Community Room)
• Thursdays 101, 2-3 p.m.: “Microsoft Publisher 2010 for Beginners.” Just because you are no longer in school, does that mean you shouldn’t be learning? Join our weekly technology class for beginners. Spaces are limited, so sign-up is required at the circulation desk to reserve a spot. (Community room)
The Indiana Free Library is located at Ninth and Philadelphia streets. All programs are free and open to the public.
Check out www.indianafreelibrary.com for online updates, or call the library at (724) 465-8841 to learn more about these and other programs.