Nature Walks & Talks with Mike Lunsford

Photo of Mike Lunsford
Community Locations
Westminster Village Terre Haute
1120 East Davis Drive
Wednesday, August 24 at 4:00 pm

Ages 12 & Up: In World of Wonders, Aimee Nezhukumatathil provides a glimpse of the unique, exotic, and unfamiliar plants and animals which populated her childhood and her relationship to them, her family, and her own identity. Investigate the relationship between human experience and the natural world further with Mike Lunsford as he discusses Nezhukumatahil’s collection of essays. An avid nature enthusiast, Mike Lunsford’s photography and writing about life in rural Indiana can be found in his books and columns in local newspapers.

Attendees will receive a free copy of Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s World of Wonders while supplies last.

One State / One Story: World of Wonders is presented by Indiana Humanities in partnership with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library.

Paws-itively Stress-Free Teens

Teenage boy petting dog
Main Library
Meeting Rooms A, B & C
Wednesday, August 31 at 5:00 pm

Ages 12-19: Do you need a break after a stressful day at school? Spend an evening with the therapy dogs from Love on a Leash! These friendly, gentle dogs are trained to create an environment where you can relieve stress—whether you want to play with them, relax and pet them, or watch others interact with them. You won’t need to stay the entire evening; drop in and spend some time with Love on a Leash whenever you can while the dogs are at the Library.

Teen Take & Make Kit: Starstruck

Silhouette staring at Milky Way galaxy
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Thursday, September 1 at (All day)

Ages 12-19: Blast off with the Starstruck kit! Build and launch your own water-powered rocket with the Zap! Extra: Build Your Own Super Rockets kit. Then prepare for a life-altering journey to the stars with Leo and Naomi in The Final Six by Alexandra Monir before you join Charlie Dickens from Justin Olsen’s Earth to Charlie as he waits for his mother—who he believes was kidnapped by aliens. When you’ve re-entered Earth’s gravitational pull, challenge yourself with a 500-piece Solar System puzzle.

Frontiers and Folktales: A History of the Wabash Valley

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.

Teen Board Game Night

Gaming pieces on hexagonal game board
Main Library
Teen Space
Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 pm

Ages 12-19: Challenge your friends to a favorite board game or a try new card game at Teen Board Game Night. Choose from Apples to Apples, Nertz, Phase 10, and more!

Art Journaling with Corinne Roberts

Whimsical tree drawn by Corinne Roberts
Digital Programs
Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 pm

Ages 5-19: Improve your observation skills and practice sketching techniques meant to quickly capture your environment and collect memories with illustrator and artist Corinne Roberts. Learn techniques to develop your style, identify the patterns around you, and increase your muscle memory when you have a pencil in hand. Register to follow along at home or visit the Teen Space to participate in a group session. Supplies will be provided.

Experience Virtual Reality

Teenage girl reaching for holographic images while wearing a VR headset
Main Library
Haute Create
Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 pm

Ages 12 & Up: Dive into a virtual world with the HTC Vive™ VR headset. Try out Valve’s The Lab to practice your slingshot skills, repair a robot, defend a castle, or experience humorous employment options in a world where robots have replaced human workers in Job Simulator.

Intro to 3D Printing

Close of 3D printer head printing a blue shape
Main Library
Haute Create
Tuesday, September 13 at 4:00 pm

Ages 9 & Up: 3D printers are available for your use in Haute Create, but do you know how to make or print your own files? Learn the best practices for preparing your file to print and for using Haute Create’s 3D printers safely with Intro to 3D Printing. Customers who wish to use Haute Create’s 3D printer independently must complete this class.

Teen Advisory Board

Two teens hanging out
Main Library
Teen Space
Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm

Ages 12-19: Do you want to impact what you see at the Library? As a Teen Advisory Board member, you can plan incredible programs, implement popular trends, and serve as a positive role model for your peers and community. TAB meets monthly and welcomes all newcomers.