Child in fire helmet drawing on sidewalk with chalk
Main Library
Parking Lot
Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 am

All Ages: Discover engaging activities, meet local businesses and organizations, and create fantastic memories at Family Learning Day! Your children can complete craft projects, play games, and select free books to take home. Each booth will also introduce you to family-friendly entertainment, experiences, and opportunities available throughout the year in Vigo County.

Girl reading book to a dog
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 pm

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches! Please call 812.235.2121 or 812.232.1115 to register.

Girl showing a book to a dog
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 am

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches! Please call 812.235.2121 or 812.232.1115 to register.

Sean Gaskell holding a West African kora
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 pm

Ages 9 & Up: Be enraptured by the complex harmonies of the kora, a 21- to 22-stringed West African instrument, as played by musician Sean Gaskell. Often the instrument of the Mandé jalis—traditional oral historians and storytellers also known as griots—songs performed on the kora tell of love, war, hardship, and loss intertwined with the history of Mandé society.

Sean Gaskell has studied the West African kora with two teachers and has taken numerous trips to the Republic of the Gambia. Along with his performance, Gaskell will share his personal experiences while studying in the Gambia, discuss the history and use of the kora, and answer audience questions.

Empty canoe on river bank
Main Library
Special Collections
Saturday, September 3 at 10:00 am

Ages 3 & Up: Travel back in time and share Indiana history with your family with myths, legends, and stories from Native Americans and early European settlers of the Wabash Valley. Start your trip with the exhibit in the Special Collections Department to learn about the people and places of the Valley’s early history.

Beginning at 10:15 a.m., you and your family can listen to three folktales: the story of the Terre Haute Madstone, a mysterious “cure-all” from the 1800s that drew people from across the country; the story of the Little Prairie Hen and the Big Indiana, two ships that competed in a boat race when the Wabash and Erie Canal opened; and the story of Bear’s short tail as told by the Potawatomi people, one of the first tribes of Native Americans to live in Indiana.

At 11:00 a.m., the Special Collections Department will host a brief presentation on the history of the Wabash Valley and Vigo County.

Hands in blue gloves performing a finger-prick test on another hand
Main Library
Meeting Room C
Wednesday, August 3 at 11:00 am

Worried that you or a loved one may have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis C? Get tested quickly and easily with Positive Link. Positive Link provides free testing, comprehensive prevention information, and services for people infected with or at risk of contracting these two viruses in south Central Indiana. If needed, Positive Link will refer you to a disease intervention doctor for help with treatment.

All testing is done on-site, no appointment necessary. HIV testing requires a simple finger prick and your results will be available in one minute. Hepatitis C testing requires a blood sample; Positive Link will contact you with your test results.

Girl reading to a dog
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Saturday, August 20 at 10:00 am

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches! Call 812.235.2121 or 812.232.1115 to register.

Girl reading to a dog
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Meeting Room B
Wednesday, August 17 at 5:30 pm

All Ages: Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches! Call 812.235.2121 or 812.232.1115 to register.

Young girl dressed up as superhero
Main Library
Conference Room
Thursday, July 28 at 11:30 am

Ages 5–19: Your child can develop strong life and leadership skills, prevent bullying, and become a positive role model with Girls of Excellence Mentoring. Each session, Executive Director Tante Vaughn will encourage girls to examine the complex issues they face through group discussion, bolster their self-esteem, and teach them how to set goals for themselves.

Young girl dressed up as superhero
Main Library
Conference Room
Thursday, July 21 at 11:30 am

Ages 5–19: Your child can develop strong life and leadership skills, prevent bullying, and become a positive role model with Girls of Excellence Mentoring. Each session, Executive Director Tante Vaughn will encourage girls to examine the complex issues they face through group discussion, bolster their self-esteem, and teach them how to set goals for themselves.

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