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Free LIVE online tutoring now available!

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.

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Celebrate African-American History Month!

February is African-American History Month and we invite you to celebrate it with us.

Events

We are pleased to announce that the Jeffersonville Township Public Library has been awarded a Library of America Lift Every Voice grant to implement public programming that explore African American poetry and the Black experience in history and memory. The programming period corresponds with the release of Library of America’s new African American poetry collection, also titled Lift Every Voice. The collection is available for checkout at Jeffersonville Township Public Library.

The two-part program will take place via Zoom:

  • On Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m., a Zoom program will feature a reading of poems from the new collection followed by a panel discussion featuring African American Poetry scholar Dr. David Anderson of University of Louisville. View the recording on YouTube.
  • On Thursday, February 18, at 6 p.m., a Zoom program will feature poet Mitchell L. H. Douglas reading from his work. Following the reading, Douglas and Anderson will discuss how the poems read fit within the theme of Black experience in history and memory. View the recording on YouTube.

Links

  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History – The founding organization of Black History Month has a large site with useful information. There will be a virtual festival on February 20. Registration is available on their site. The topic for 2021 Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
  • Information Please Almanac – Search for Black History Month. This site provides many links to sites. There are quizzes on a variety of topics in African-American History and information on many topics.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Guide to African-American History Month – In addition to their guides, they include biographies, lesson plans, primary source documents, images, and topics for Black History.
  • The History Channel – Search for Black History Month. The History Channel site includes information on the programs they will televise during February and video clips, biographies, and other aspects of Black History.
  • Smithsonian Institution – The Smithsonian has a wide range of resources including the Harlem Renaissance, the Encyclopedia Smithsonian, African-American writers and artists, inventors, entrepreneurs and many more.
  • Library of Congress – This site will provide resources for a wide variety of subjects from biographies, African-Americans in the Military, African-Americans in a wide range of activities.
  • African-American History Month – This site is sponsored by the National Archives, Library of Congress, and the National Parks Service, and the National Gallery of Art. Endowment for the Humanities, the National Holocaust Museum.
  • BET Network Black History Month – This has a wide variety of information on individuals and an interesting collection of people of different generations with similar talents.
  • Famous Black Inventors – Information on famous past inventors and information for potential inventors is provided. Many of the inventors are currently inventing.
  • Famous Black Scientists, Writers, and Artists – Information on all of these categories is available on this site.
  • Famous Black Businessmen – Information on Black business leaders throughout the world is found here.
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – The museum, located in Cincinnati is open with restrictions, but there are many online resources available to all. It has information on the railroad and had lesson plans, and online exhibits in many areas, including modern slavery.
  • Microsoft Black History Month 2021 – There will be a month of programs for students aged Kindergarten through high school. The program includes 13 different historical sites or museums. There is interactive material for all ages and programs designed to help teachers and students.

Kids Books

Click on a book title to view it in our catalog and place it on hold for curbside pickup!

AuthorTitleCall #
Alexander, KwameThe UndefeatedJE ALE
Bryan, AshleyABC of African-American poetryJE BRY
Bandy, Michael S.White WaterJE BAN
Bardhan-Quallen, SudiptaThe United States v Jackie RobinsonJE BAR
Barner, BobDem BonesJE BAR
Battle-Lavert, GwendolynPapa’s MarkJE BAT
Becker, HelaineCounting on KatherineJE BEC
Birtha, BeckyLucky BeansJE BIR
Blue, RoseRon’s Big MissionJE BLU
Bolden, TonyaRock of Ages: a tribute to the Black churchJE BOL
Burleigh, RobertLangston’s Train RideJE BUR
Cline-Ransome, LesaLight in the DarknessJE CLI
Cole, HenryUnspoken: a story of the Underground RailroadJE COL
Coles, RobertThe Story of Ruby BridgesJE COL
Collier, BryanUptownJE COL
Evans, Freddi WilliamsA Bus of Our OwnJE EVA
Evans, ShaneWe MarchJE EVA
Everett, GwenLi’l Sis and Uncle Willie: the life and paintings of William H. JohnsonJE EVE
Farris, Christine KingMarch on! The day my brother Martin changed the worldJE FAR
Ford, JuwandaK is for Kwanzaa: a Kwanzaa alphabetJE FOR
Giovanni, NikkiRosaJE GIO
Greenfield, EloiseThe Great Migration: Journey to the NorthJE GRE
Grigsby, SusanIn the Garden with Doctor CarverJE GRI
Harrington, JaniceThe Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar CountyJE HAR
Hughes, LangstonThat is my Dream!JE HUG
Johnson, AngelaAll Different Now: Juneteenth, the first day of FreedomJE JOH
Johnson, James WeldonLift ev’ry voice and singJE JOH
Levinson, CynthiaThe Youngest Marcher: the story of Audrey Faye HendricksJE LEV
Lester, JuliusBlack Cowboy, wild horses: a true storyJE LES
Levine, EllenHenry’s Freedom BoxJE LEV
Lindbergh, ReeveNobody owns the sky: the story of “brave Bessie” ColemanJE LIN
Lorbiecki, MarybethSister Anne’s handsJE LOR
Lyons, Kelly StarlingEllen’s BroomJE LYO
McGill, AliceMolly BannakyJE MCG
McKissack, PatGoin’ Someplace SpecialJE MCK
McKissack, PatOur Martin Luther King BookJE MCK
Malaspina, AnnTouch the sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic high jumperJE MAL
Martin, Lee AnneA March for FreedomJE MAR
Miller, Pat ZietlowThe Quickest Kid in ClarksvilleJE MIL
Nikola-Lisa, W.Summer Sun Risin’JE NIK
Peppas, LynnJuneteenthJE PEP
Pinkney, Gloria JeanBack HomeJE PIN
Polacco, PatriciaJanuary’s SparrowJE POL
Ramsey, CalvinBelle, the last mule at Gee’s Bend: a Civil Rights StoryJE RAM
Ransome, JamesThe Bell RangJE RAN
Ringgold, FaithAunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the SkyJE RIN
Ringgold, FaithIf a Bus Could Talk; the Story of Rosa ParksJE RIN
Ringgold, FaithMy Dream of Martin Luther KingJE RIN
Ringgold, FaithTar BeachJE RIN
Robinson, SharonTesting the Ice: a true story about Jackie RobinsonJE ROB
Schroeder, AlanMinty: a story of Harriet TubmanJE SCH
Shelton, Paula YoungChild of the Civil Rights MovementJE SHE
Slade, SuzanneWith Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a SchoolJE SLA
Smith, Charles R.Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack JohnsonJE SMI
Trollinger, Patsi B.Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the Greatest JockeysJE TRO
Troupe, QuincyLittle Stevie WonderJE TRO
Walker, Sally M.Freedom Song: the story of Henry “Box” BrownJE WAL
Walter, Mildred PittsBrother to the WindJE WAL
Weatherford, Carole BostonFreedom in Congo SquareJE WEA
Weinstein, Muriel HarrisWhen Louis Armstrong taught me ScatJE WEI
Whelan, GloriaFriend on Freedom RiverJE WHE
Winter, JonahLillian’s Right to Vote: a celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965JE WIN
CurbsideOnly

Now open for Curbside Service ONLY

The Jeffersonville Township Public Library locations are now offering enhanced curb-side services.

Both buildings will remain closed to the public, but patrons will have access to library collections starting Tuesday, December 1st by using curbside service.

This service will be available at both the Jeffersonville and Clarksville locations Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you miss being able to browse our shelves, give us a call and we’ll try to put together a grab-bag of books just for you to match your reading preferences. 

To help combat the “winter slide” for kids, we will launch our first Winter Reading Club on Beanstack on Thursday, December 10, as well as launching new take-home craft kits for families to enjoy together. More details about the Winter Reading Club are coming soon.

As always, anyone with a valid library card is able to use any of our remotely accessible online resources. You can view the full list here, as well as all kinds of media available to download or stream for free with your library card.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does curbside hold pickup work?

  1. Put an item on hold either using our online catalog or by calling the library
  2. We’ll give you a call when your items are ready
  3. Drive up to the library, give us a call to let us know your name and you’re here to pick up holds:
    • Main Library: call 812-285-5630, press 3
    • Clarksville Branch: call 812-285-5640, press 2
  4. Library staff will bring items out to you
  5. Go home and enjoy!

What should I do with materials I already have checked out?

Our book drops are still open, so you are able to return your materials at any time and then take advantage of our curbside pickup service to place items on hold and let library staff bring those out to you!


What can I do while the library is closed?

Our WiFi is still available from outside the building 24/7 and you are welcome to bring your own devices to use it. We just ask that you remember to maintain social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet apart from others.

Your library card gets you FREE access to all kinds of great online resources available from home. Here are just a few:

There’s plenty more on our Online Resources page, just look for anything with this symbol:  

The Indiana State Library has put together a great page with information on everything from activities for kids to tips on working from home for the first time.


What if I don’t have a library card?

You can sign up for a temporary library card online by filling out this form. That number will let you use services like Hoopla, Libby, Freegal, and more. Just remember to bring your photo ID and proof of address once the library is open again so we can get you a permanent card, otherwise your card will expire in 6 months.


What if I forgot my library card number?

You can contact us through the Ask A Librarian form or our chat widget – located in the bottom right corner of the screen on our website – and we can look your card number up.


What if I forgot my PIN?

Your default PIN is the last four (4) digits of the phone number you used when registering for a library card. If you don’t remember what that was, ask us and we can reset it for you.


Stay in touch

For up to date information regarding the library and our status, please follow us on Facebook @jefflibrary or on Twitter @JTPLtweet. Library staff will be on hand to answer your questions on social media.

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