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25th Anniversary


The Jefferson County Library is celebrating 25 years of active service to the community throughout 2016, but special events are scheduled during the month of June when each of JCL’s three branches originally opened, says JCL director Pam Klipsch.
“Each branch library is holding special events during the week that corresponds with their original opening date,” Klipsch explained.  The Arnold Branch will celebrate the week of June 6-10, the Northwest Branch will celebrate the week of June 13-17, and the Windsor Branch will celebrate its 1998 opening the week of June 20-25.
In addition, all three branches will participate in a fine amnesty throughout the month of June.  Any JCL cardholder can have outstanding fines erased by returning the overdue items to any JCL branch library between June 1 and June 30. If the items have already been returned but the fines have not been paid, the cardholder just needs to visit the library to request that the fines be erased. “We hope that families will take advantage of this opportunity to clear their accounts so that they can begin using the library again,” Klipsch said. The amnesty does not apply to overdue items that were requested from other library systems, since JCL does not have the authority to erase fines owed to other libraries, she explained, but if overdue ILL (interlibrary loan) items are returned in good condition, it may be possible to negotiate the fines with the owning library agency.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, the library is also conducting a food drive throughout the month of June.  All nonperishable food items donated between June 1 and June 30 will go to local area food pantries.

For every food item donated, the donor’s name will be entered in a drawing for a Barnes & Noble gift card. One winner will be drawn at each branch location at noon on Thursday, June 30.
For more information about the fine amnesty or food drive, please contact your local JCL branch library: Arnold (636) 296-2204); Northwest (636) 677-8186; and Windsor (636) 461-1914).


25th Anniversary Celebration Week at the Arnold Library

The Arnold Library is celebrating twenty-five years of being YOUR library this June.  The library tax was passed in 1989 and the library opened its doors to the public on June 10, 1991 in rented quarters in Arnold City Hall.  In 2005 the library moved to its current location on Missouri State Road in front of the Arnold Recreation Center.  We have planned a week filled with amazing activities to commemorate this milestone birthday!

Monday, June 6th will feature a Happy Birthday themed Story Time at 10 a.m. with Play Time to immediately follow.  The 25th Anniversary Open House will open with the commemorative quilt unveiling at 4 p.m. followed by light refreshments and the sharing of library memories and photos.  Attendees will also have the chance to sign a giant birthday card for the library.  The birthday card will also be available to sign all week. 


The Mojo Food Truck will be at the library Tuesday June 7th – Thursday June 9th with lunch and dinner options available for purchase.  Ted Drewes custard will make a great choice for dessert!  Make plans to eat at the library when coming for the great mid-week celebration events!  Learn more about Mojo Food Truck at https://www.facebook.com/Mojo-Food-Truck-1383708945269884.


Tuesday, June 7th will feature a Happy Birthday themed Story Time at 10 a.m. with Play Time to immediately follow.  Two sessions of World Crafts: Greece and Italy will be offered in the afternoon, at 2 p.m. or at 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 to 14.  Registration for the craft sessions is required at 636-296-2204 or aheld@jeffcolib.org beginning May 27th.  The day concludes with a Happy Birthday themed Story Time at 6 p.m. with Play Time to immediately follow.


Wednesday, June 8th will have Birthday Party events for kids (ages 5 to 10 years) with games and crafts at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Registration is required at 636-296-2204 or aheld@jeffcolib.org beginning May 27th.   The evening will conclude with Ghost Hunting: Behind the Scenes presented by Jefferson County’s own Paranormal Research and Investigations of Missouri (PRIMO).  They will share the tools and techniques used to capture supernatural activity plus the findings from their investigation of the Arnold Library earlier this year.  


Thursday, June 9th is the final day for the Mojo Food Truck to be at the library for lunch and dinner so make sure you don’t miss out!  The adult book discussion group will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.  A limited number of copies of the book are available for checkout at the Information Desk prior to the event.  At 7 p.m. children’s musician Babaloo will tickle your funny bone with a hilarious concert for all ages. Registration is required for Babaloo beginning May 27th.  Call 636-296-2204 or email aheld@jeffcolib.org.


Come spend the day with us Friday, June 10th for a Harry Potter movie marathon on the big screen starting at 9:30 a.m.  Ask at the Children’s desk for movies and start times or call 636-296-2204.  This event is for all ages and no registration is needed.    

Saturday, June 11th concludes our weeklong 25th Anniversary Celebration with a visit from Kenneth R. Porter from Lindenwood University for “An Ozark Herbology.” Up in the “holler,” deep in the Ozarks, the old ways of using herbs persists. This presentation is the story of the herbs and their uses, which are often unique to the Ozarks. “Root Diggers” roamed the hills until just after World War II, and the old ways still live in pockets by the springs in the mossy oak forests. This is a journey with the spirits of goldenseal, black walnut, sassafras, plantain, echinacea, St. John’s wort, comfrey, skullcap, and the other plants and medicines of the rolling Ozark Plateau.  Registration is requested.  Call 636-296-5171 or email mmccarthy@jeffcolib.org.  This event is part of Show Me Missouri: Conversations about Missouri's Past, Present and Future presented by the Missouri Humanities Council and The State Historical Society of Missouri.


                                                            25th Anniversary Celebration Week at the Northwest Library

We're kicking our birthday week off with Card Club at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 13th.  Come play some card games and meet new friends! Looking for some music, bubbles, and outdoor fun?  You're in luck.  At 6:30 p.m., we will have a visit from the Bubble Bus 

Tuesday, June 10th will feature a Birthday Themed Story Time at 10:00 and 11 a.m.  Stick around and get crafty at Craft Club, starting at 1:00 p.m.   Need to unwind and get your creative juices flowing?  Stop in and give our Coloring Club a shot.  We have two sessions: 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

In case you missed the first Birthday Themed Story Time, you're in luck.  We're featuring another one on Wednesday, June 15 at 11 a.m. A second Craft Club session begins at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:30 p.m., the Genealogy department is presenting Murder and Mayhem in Jefferson County. Explore some of Jefferson County’s most notorious historical murders, and learn how the individuals are connected despite the decades that separate them. Later, grab some colored clay and let your inner artist loose... Stop-Motion Animation Club will throw a birthday themed session at 6:30 p.m. Finally, explore the unknown at Paranormal Club at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 16th will feature Toy Time, an opportunity for infants and toddlers to socialize and play, at 10:00 a.m.  Card Club session will occur at 10:00 a.m., followed by Craft Club at 11:00 a.m.  At 2:30 p.m., check out part two of the Murder and Mayhem series, Lynch Mobs, Scoundrels, and BushwackersIt covers Peter Hildebrand's murder by the Osage at Cedar Hill in the 1790s; the Adam House family massacre at House Springs 1800; the Alex Walker murder in 1868 at Valles Mines; the lynchings of Sam Eoff 1862, James Quick and Charles Bickford 1869; Sam Hildebrand's reign of terror and eventual death 1860s-1870s; Mack Marsden of Sandy Valley 1880s; and Andrew Deck and the Hayes family of Herculaneum 1921. Registration is required for this presentation. Call (636) 677-8186 to reserve your spot. Enjoy a classic throwback film at our Throw Back Thursday movie screening of Thelma and Louise at 6:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  Free pizza is included with a minimum of five attendees!  Wind down with a delightful visit to our Photo Club at 6:00 p.m.  Meet other photographers and learn a thing or two!

Rise and shine with some morning Minecraft Club at 9:00 a.m. Feel free to stick around as long as you like, but gaming ends at 1:00 p.m. The Children’s Department is hosting a Birthday Party at 11:00 a.m.  Games, crafts, and snacks will be available.  Registration is required.  Call (636) 677-8186 to reserve your spot.

Birthday week ends with a second opportunity to game with your friends at Minecraft Club.  The club is offered at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 


25th Anniversary Celebration Week at the Windsor Branch

In June, 1991, a small bookmobile began providing library service in the Windsor area. The newly constructed Windsor Branch opened on Metropolitan Boulevard on June 8, 1998.  The Windsor Branch staff has planned a fun-filled week of activities to commemorate Jefferson County Library’s 25th anniversary!

Monday, June 20th
At 2:00 p.m. we will have a craft class for children ages 8 and up. Attendees can decorate a wooden star pinwheel. Space is limited and registration is required

At 6:00 p.m. we will have a family night featuring sports trivia for children ages 7 and up and their parents. Families can play as teams to answer questions about baseball, football, basketball and hockey sports trivia. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams


Tuesday, June 21st & Wednesday, June 22nd
At 10:00 a.m. the library will hold a story time for children ages 2 and up featuring stories and a craft about jellyfish.

Wednesday, June 22nd
At 2:00 p.m. by appointment only--get help with Medicare questions from a local CLAIM certified counselor.  Call 1-800-390-3330 to make an appointment.

Thursday, June 23rd
At 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. join Living a Healthy Life a weekly class for chronic disease self-management from Thursday, June 16 through Thursday, July 21. The class is designed for those with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and other conditions, and their families. The class is offered through the Jefferson County Health Department and the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) and participants will receive a free book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions and a relaxation CD.  Please call the Windsor Branch at 636-461-1741 for more information.

At 3:00 p.m. it's Thursday @ the Movies for children ages 5 and up.  Come watch Space Jam featuring Michael Jordan.  Some snacks will be served or you can bring your own.

At 7:00 p.m. we will host the Friends in Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus for a free performance.  Members of Friends in Harmony will perform favorite songs in four-part harmony.


Friday, June 24th
At 12:30 p.m. join the Adult Coloring Club to relax, converse, and color.  Supplies and coffee are provided, and attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies and snacks.  Puzzles are also available upon request. 


Saturday, June 25th—OPEN HOUSE

At 10:00 a.m. we will have a variety of fun activities for children of all ages. They can listen to music and dance around in bubbles while they decorate the library's sidewalks with chalk and play games with our parachute.

Arriving at 10:30 a.m.--Kona Ice.  Experience the area’s first shaved ice truck—pick your favorite flavor and let the fun begin.  20% of the proceeds to benefit the library.

Arriving at 11:00 a.m.--The BIG Red Wagon.  This one of a kind, street legal vehicle is something to behold.  Come get your picture taken with the BIG Red Wagon!

From 11:00 to 3:00 get a FREE set of pics taken at the Photo Booth.  Props will be available-- just bring your 90’s attitude and smile for the camera.

Watch 90’s movies on the big screen in the meeting room:

·         At noon           Rocketeer starring Billy Campbell and Jennifer Connelly.

            ·         At 2:00 p.m.    Doc Hollywood starring Michael Fox

Snacks and drinks provided or bring your own.

 Afternoon—Digital Demos—talk to reference staff about Windows 10, downloading eBooks and eMagazines, etc.

Listen to 90’s music all day in the library and dance.

Enjoy free snacks and drinks.


·         Sign up for door prizes which include gift certificates to Kimmswick businesses.

·         Receive a children’s giveaway while they last—jump ropes, Frisbees, glow necklaces, etc.

·         Get a free pedometer for all ages.