Fall brings a bounty of activities for all to enjoy at SSPL
Fall is here; students are back in school; and we are starting another year of library programming with some wonderful new additions and changes. As a part of fall, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette has its annual Best of the Best in which people can vote for their favorite venues around Northwest Arkansas. Siloam Springs Library has been nominated in the category “Library.” You can vote by texting nwabest to 313-131 and reply with the code HM310 or vote online at nwadg/best through Sept. 8. Please vote! We will let you know the results in the next Library Musings column.
We will be presenting a free family program on Saturdays once a month. The times and dates will vary, so be sure to check Facebook, the website or your text or e-mail from the city if you have signed up for Notify Me. To register for Notify Me for the library, go to www.siloamsprings.com, click on “get updates” at the top of the page, scroll down to library and click on the envelope for e-mail or the phone for text messages. Please call the library at 479-524-4236 or stop in if you need any assistance.
Papa Rap and the Latin Beats will be at the Siloam Springs Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. This is a free event for families. They will be presenting “Feed Your Brain, Alimenta tu Cerebro” which will include bilingual songs, fun drum playing, Caribbean Salsa and Mereñgue dancing. Al “Papa Rap” Lopez, originally from Puerto Rico, is an award-winning song writer (John Lennon Song Writing Contest) and a charismatic Latino performer, musician, writer and inspirational motivational speaker. Come and join us as we celebrate with Papa Rap and the Latin Beats!
T.R.O.L.L.S. (Teens Reading Obviously Likeable Lit. on Saturday) is the new young adult book club. Their first meeting will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Young Adult area. The book to be discussed will be “Truancy Origins” by Isamu Fukui. Books are available at the library while supplies last.
The following programs will begin again the week of Sept. 5:
Mondays — Family Movies at 4:30 p.m. Popcorn and beverages are provided.
Tuesdays — Afterschool Program at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesdays – Preschool Program with Ms. Julia at 11 a.m.
Thursdays — Preschool Program with Ms. Laura at 11 a.m.
Thursdays — Homeschool Program with Ms. Delilah at 11 a.m.
Thursdays — Young Adult Program with Ms. Leah at 4:30 p.m.
We are also planning on having a weekly bilingual program in the evening for young children. More details about this program will be available on-line and in the library as we get more specific details.
The Adult Reading Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, to discuss “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou. Books are available at the library while supplies last. Please feel free to attend this book club even if you have not read the book. Who knows?! You may want to continue to be a part of this discussion group.
The Morning Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, to discuss “The Devil’s Highway: A True Story” by Luis Alberto Urrea. In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the “Devil’s Highway.” Luis Alberto Urrea wrote a national bestseller which is proclaimed as a modern American classic. Books are available at the library while supplies last.
“Meet the Author” will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Lisa Ohlen Harris will be discussing her books “The Fifth Season: A Daughter-In-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving” and “Through the Veil.” This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Siloam Springs Library in conjunction with John Brown University’s Giving Voice. They are partnering with the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Explore the arts from a new perspective. The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is hosting the Walton Arts Center’s Broadway Book Club which will be a book that is discussed each month in conjunction with a show that will be at the Walton Arts Center. One or two copies of the book will be available for checkout from the Siloam Springs Public Library. More details are available at the library.
Video-based courses are available through Universal Class for patrons with library cards. Over 500 online continuing education classes are included in this service. So far patrons have taken classes in Excel, Gardening, Memory Improvement, and Haunted Places. Other classes include Acrylic Painting, Cake Decorating, Reiki, Workplace Safety, and many, many more. Please contact a library staff member for more details. Visit our library’s website and enroll today. The library’s website is www.siloamsprings.com/library. Learn anything, anytime, anywhere!
We had a very successful summer reading program! Thank you to all who contributed to the “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program as we “Built a Better World.” We had 389 children and young adults complete the program — 156 of these participants read 15 or more hours. We had four divisions of readers divided by age. Our top participant read 316 hours. We had two others that read 200 hours, and one that read 131 hours. Altogether these participants read 9,458 hours 30 minutes. We had a total of 29 volunteers who volunteered 138 hours. A total of 42 businesses and individuals contributed $9,907.54 in monetary donations, goods and services.
Please visit the library’s Facebook page at https:// www.facebook.com/ SiloamSpringsPublic Library/, the library’s website at http://www.siloam springs.com/library, or call us at 479-524-4236 for more information about what the library has to offer.
And as always, we will see you at the library!