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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Story Time and Rhyme Time in August!

Parents, toddlers, and babies are invited to join us at the Independence Public Library for Rhyme Time and Story Time every Thursday in August.
Rhyme Time starts when the library opens at 9:30 AM, and is followed by Story Time at 10:00 AM.

Rhyme Time is a "Lap Sit" program for babies age 0 to 2 and their parent or caregiver to teach early reading and language skills through rhyme, reading, and rhythm. It's a fun and simple way for you and your baby to participate together in the fun of learning each week.
Rhyme Time is a free program that is open to the public, with no need to register.

Story Time is a weekly reading program for children age 2 to 5. Each week there will be fun with books followed by a craft or coloring activity to encourage growing readers. Story Time is a great way to introduce structured learning in a fun and creative environment before your little one starts preschool or kindergarten
Story Time is a free program that is open to the public, with no need to register.

Friday, July 31, 2015


Stop in at the Independence Public Library for some fun and a little adult conversation at Games'n'Goodies! This is an adult program that's held in the Community Room from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM every first and third Tuesday of the month. There's no cost to attend, and no need to register.
(This program was previously known as Cards'n'Convo.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


The Summer Reading Program is finishing up, so be sure to turn in your logs to enter for Bowl Prizes and Grand Prizes, and to pick up your weekly prizes before the deadline on July 31st.
Because on August 1st we'll start HERO BINGO BLACKOUT! During the whole month of August you can pick up a Bingo Card (for Children, Teens, and Adults) at the Independence Public Library and check-off the entire card for a chance to win a book. Remember to turn in your Bingo Card by August 31st.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TIPLINE: Fingerprints

The Independence Public Library's Interesting Nuggets of Exploration: Fingerprints

On this day 157 years ago, Sir William James Herschel used fingerprinting as a form of identification for the very first time. It would be a few more years before fingerprinting would be used as a forensic measure to discover the perpetrator of a crime, but on July 28th, 1858 Herschel used a full palm print to identify contract signers. Further study by Herschel and others eventually proved that fingerprints were not only permanent throughout a person's life time, but also unique to each person. Even identical twins each have their own unique set of fingerprints.
Celebrate this scientific discovery at the IPL by exploring the many materials available for checkout, and searching EBSCOhost. You can get the login information to use EBSCOhost at home from the library.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Zen Doodle Day!

Join the Independence Public Library for another Zen Doodle Day! This Saturday (August 1st) you can stop in at the IPL from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (in the Community Room) to relax and draw. Zen Doodle Day is free and open to the public. There's no need to register, and all supplies will be provided; simply come and enjoy!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Jan Berestain!

Jan Berenstain's birthday is today (July 26th) and she would have been 92 this year. She is best known for the children's books she wrote with her husband (Stan Berenstain) and later her son (Mike Berenstain).


The popular Berenstain Bears Books have been a favorite among kids for almost four generations. The first in the series, The Big Honey Hunt, was written and illustrated by Jan and Stan Berenstain in 1962. The husband and wife duo continued to publish nearly 300 books together in the Berenstain Bears series until Stan's passing in 2005. Jan Berenstain then continued the series with the help of her son Mike Berenstain until her passing in 2012. Mike Berenstain now continues the beloved children's series his parents started, with new releases each year.
Celebrate Jan Berenstain's birthday by reading one of her great stories. The IPL has many available to enjoy. What's your favorite Berenstain Bear book?

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Last Day to Claim Prizes Is Almost Here!

Today is the last day to count reading days in your Reading Log! Be sure to claim your prizes and ice cream. July 31, 2015 is the last day to claim your prizes, and enter for the Grand Prize! The Grand Prize Winners will be announced on August 3, 2015. Good luck to all our readers!