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    Louisville Free Public Library

    All 18 of the Louisville Free Public Library locations are abuzz this summer. The summer reading programs for both children and teens will be going strong until August 8, and folks can still participate to read and win fabulous prizes.

    With the announcement of the hiring of a new Library director, who will be taking the helm in August, many exciting changes are sure to be on the horizon for Louisville and Jefferson County libraries. Until then, here are some of the exciting events going on at our local libraries.

    This Saturday, the Main Library downtown is hosting a program called "Come Play." Families are invited to a free play day that is hosted in part with Bernheim Forest. It is Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Main Library is located at 301 York Street. Call 502-574-1620 for more information. 

    The Craig Buthod Author series continues at LFPL by welcoming Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist David Hoffman. He will present a discussion of his latest book, The Billion Dollar Spy, on Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required.

    July is Do-It-Yourself month across all the Louisville Fre Public Libraries. The DIY month began on July 1, and there are 50 or more scheduled programs from now until July 31. You can learn anything from duct tape crafts to homemade ice cream making to screen printing. It's all free and open to everyone, and there'll be something for all ages.

    Oldham County Public Library

    OCPL libraries are offering many engaging programs for children and adults this month as well. Highlights of their events include Minecraft LEGO in partnership with Bricks 4 Kidz on Wednesday, July 8 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (sign-up is required). They are offering open craft time Friday, July 10 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and open lab time from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Also on Friday, July 10 is Freaky Fridays for Teens; teens can drop in any time during the day to complete challenges and enter to win prizes. See OCPL's full calendar of July events here.

    Jeffersonville Township Public Library

    At Jeffersonville and Clarksville libraries this month, free programs abound, including game days, arts and crafts project days, storytimes, a Friday book club, summer movies, yoga and more. As part of the Reading Heroes summer reading program, kids can make Super Hero bracelets, costumes and comic book collages. You name it, it seems they offer it in Southern Indiana! See the complete listing of July programs here.

    New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

    At NAFCL, programs are aplenty for everyone from toddlers to teens to adults! The library offers Toddler Time and Mother Goose on the Loose every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Every Thursdays, there's a Thursday Morning Coffee and a Movie program for adults beginning at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m. every Thursday, there's also a Sit and Stitch for adults. The library's Teen Scene is devoted entirely to teens, providing a space just for teens to chill out and read or connect with friends. Teen programs include a Teen Advisory Board, Genealogy for Teens, an anime club and Teen Tuesday special programs suited just for this crowd. See the library's whole calendar list of events here.

    In Shelby and Bullitt counties, the libraries are a huge part of the communities. Take a scenic back road drive to one of these libraries and check out the older Carnegie library in Shelbyville, located at 309 Eighth Street. Check out this link for ideas of what to do in Shelby County or venture out to Bullitt County and check out one of their four locations in the area.

    On rainy days like we've been having lately, your favorite local library is one of the best places to stop and enjoy something new. We know the hot, humid days are returning too, but the a/c is always running at your library. Go check it out today.

    Cover photo and images courtesy of LFPL, Facebook

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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