The Jeffersonville Township Public Library has been awarded a Community Read grant from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide One State/One Story reading of Jean Thompson’s book The Year We Left Home. Twenty-eight other communities and students at 4 Indiana colleges will be participating in the reading of this book.
Jean Thompson’s 2011 novel offers a sweeping multigenerational look at life in the Midwest over the past several decades. The story follows the Erickson family through the many changes affecting American life at the end of the 20th century, asking readers to consider the enduring, uniting power of place – why we choose to leave and when we decide to come home.
In April of 2021, the library will be offering a series of four programs based on the book “The Year We Left Home.” More information about these programs will be coming soon. As part of the grant, the library received a substantial number of copies of the book; they are available now for pickup at either library location, while supplies last. Get your copy and start reading this intriguing book so you will be ready to participate in the upcoming programs!
About One State/One Story
“One State/One Story: The Year We Left Home” is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read and engage deeply with a book as part of a statewide conversation tied to Indiana Humanities’ current theme.
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana’s literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level.
We’re excited to announce that the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, which includes the Jeffersonville and Clarksville branch libraries, reopened to the public on Monday, March 1st. With the safety of our patrons and staff being a top priority, all COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place. Social distancing and masks are required at all times while using the library.
The library resumed normal operating hours beginning March 1:
|Mondays – Thursdays||9 a.m. – 8 p.m.|
|Fridays – Saturdays||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
Our computer labs will be available their normal hours, but we continue to have limited availability to comply with social distancing.
We will continue to offer Curbside Pickup services while we are open, on this new schedule:
|Mondays – Thursdays||10 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|Fridays – Saturdays||10 a.m. – 4 p.m.|
The Youth Services department will be open but the play areas at both locations will remain closed.
Our Indiana Room will be open during the Genealogy and Local History Librarian’s normal hours:
|Mondays – Wednesdays||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Thursdays||12 noon – 8 p.m.|
|1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|2nd and 4th Saturdays||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
However, we recommend contacting the Genealogy and Local History Librarian ahead of time if you require research assistance.
Our library Makerspace will be open its normal hours:
|Mondays||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Tuesdays||12:30 – 7 p.m.|
|Thursdays||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Fridays||12:30 – 4:30 p.m.|
|Saturdays||12:30 – 4:30 p.m.|
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Library will open the bookstore on the second and fourth Friday and Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Friends are also accepting donations.
Programs and Activities
Although our meeting rooms will not yet be open, virtual programming will continue. We offer a variety of fun and interactive programs for youth, teens, and adults. If you have not tried our virtual programs, they are a great opportunity to participate in library programs from the comfort of your own home.
JTPL is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse HelpNow™: on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow™ provides differentiated learning solutions for users of diverse needs and background. Students communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems.
HelpNow includes online tutoring and resources for all levels of learners from children through adults, including:
- Live Tutoring: HelpNow offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can connect directly to a live tutor from the test center without having to return to the main page. Tutors are available daily from 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST
- Any Time Services: The Writing Lab and the 24/7 Center options give users the freedom to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor. Users can submit papers through the Writing Lab for a detailed feedback. 24/7 Center is for non-writing assignments such as math or science.
- Adult Learning Center: Adult Learning Center is the adult learners’ version of HelpNow™ where patrons can access High School Equivalency prep, US Citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources. The Writing Lab, Send Question, and Skills Building are also included in the Adult Learning Center suite.