DCPL offers a wide range of programs for ages from preschool through seniors – The Owensboro Times | Directory Mayhem

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Daviess County Public Library has over 70,000 active users. Due to the large number and different age groups that use their services, DCPL is very conscious in its programming.

There are many age-specific programs available for the community, and most are detailed in DCPL’s email newsletter and social media. Visiting the library is another way for the community to learn about these programs with their printed calendar of events.

Taryn Norris is the librarian for the youth service and said they try to provide programs for elementary age children that are educational, popular and interesting.

The preschool program has continued during the pandemic with virtual stories and children’s programs, as well as monthly take-home craft or experimentation kits. Some of these are still offered.

A monthly reading program that includes a therapy dog ​​named Charlie is used for beginning readers. For children ages 6 to 12, there are two monthly programs that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); these programs are Family STEM Night and First Saturday at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden.

“For older kids, ages 8-12, we offer a monthly book club featuring a popular or classic children’s chapter book, as well as a monthly LEGO Builders club for kids to use their creativity and engineering skills,” she said.

Local authors and community partners also often work with DCPL for feature programs.

The goal of the teen reader programs offered is to encourage teens to explore and celebrate their interests, connect with their peers, and make a positive difference in the community, said teen librarian Sarah Jacobs.

Teens can apply to be library volunteers and meet monthly to work on library projects.

“In the past, our ‘volunteers’ have created library displays, made items to donate to community organizations, and even planned and led programs at the library,” Jacobs said.

Take-home craft kids and a monthly book subscription program, LibCrates, are available, as are monthly recurring programs: Anime Night, Teen Writer’s Meetup, a Graphic Novel Book Club, and a Teen Volunteer event. Unique events are also scheduled monthly.

“In October … we’re going to have a pumpkin painting party, a teenage job fair, and a zombie prom,” Jacobs said.

Lisa Maiden coordinates adult programming and said they try to offer a variety of programming to appeal to all adult guests.

Crafting options like Relax & Unwind kits come with a book and supplies for crafting, and also offer in-person crafting classes.

“We just started offering experiential, fun programs like a Minute-to-Win-It-style program and a zombie-themed escape room,” Maiden said.

The program also includes live music, ranging from local indie bands to traditional folk music, and an interactive DJ deployed with adults with special needs. Many speakers host programs at DCPL including gardening, doula services, Spanish classes, photography, cooking, and navigating health insurance.

Senior services are also part of the program, and Maiden said the fitness classes are very popular.

“We’re working with the Extension Office to offer Bingocize on a regular basis, and we’re also working with local fitness trainer Jan Young to offer fitness classes for seniors,” she said. “Besides fitness, we’ve also partnered with TimeSavers to offer proactive aging seminars that cover topics like dementia and financial/legal issues.”

And the library offers milestone reading programs, including summer and winter programs for all ages. On average, more than 2,000 patrons attend, most of whom are children.

In September, Juno Pashea received an award for reading 1,000 books before kindergarten. Juno’s mother, Ashley, said she highly recommends the program to anyone with children.

“It’s a wonderful program,” Ashley said. “It’s something that the children and families can see as an achievement and get together to read more often. It improves literacy skills, decreases screen time for everyone involved, and opens up opportunities for discussion, which in turn improves communication skills.”

Programs at DCPL can be found on their website, by subscribing to the newsletter or on all social media platforms.

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