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Bartholomew County Public Library

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536 5th St
Columbus, IN 47201 United States
(812) 379-1255http://www.mybcpl.org/

Upcoming Events

June 2015

Super Summer Sale!

June 1 - August 31

All books in our ongoing book sale are half price June through August.  

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August 2015

Finding Wholesale Happiness in a Retail World

August 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Author, public speaker, and media personality Jeff Yeager delivers practical and even life changing advice about money, happiness and our consumer culture.  Based on his bestselling book, The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches:  A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less, Yeager tells how to live a happier, healthier, and fuller life.  Yeager contends that for many Americans, the quality of their lives will increase and they’ll be happier if they spend and consume…

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September 2015

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

September 1 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the issues you face and the latest information on research.  Meetings are confidential. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana.

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Vietnam: The Things They Carried

September 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The average weight carried by infantrymen in Vietnam was (+-) 85 pounds.  Living historian Jeff Burgmeier will talk about what the soldiers actually carried and bring examples of Vietnam era equipment.

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Tax Amnesty 2015 Seminar

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

If you owe taxes to the Indiana Department of Revenue, you may be eligible to take advantage of Tax Amnesty 2015, a limited-time opportunity during which taxpayers can pay their overdue base taxes free of penalty, interest, and collection fees.     All tax types managed by the department, including individual income tax, sales tax and individual income tax withholding, are eligible for Tax Amnesty 2015. Additionally, taxpayers who have failed to file or have underreported their tax liabilities will have the…

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Sierra Club

September 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

John O’Halloran will discuss Confined Animal Feeding Operations.  Meeting is open to the public.

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Archaeology in Indiana

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Retired state archaeologist Rick Jones will cover new archaeological discoveries, developing techniques for investigating sites, preservation of important archaeological sites and their natures, and accomplishments of archaeology in Indiana over the past 25 years. Bring an artifact or two to show, discuss, and have identified.  September is Archaeology Month in Indiana.  

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CAMEO Meeting

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Columbus Area Multi Ethnic Association (CAMEO) will host its monthly meetings at the library.  These meetings are open to the public.  Host Association will be the Latin American Association.

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Basic Budgeting

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Receive guidance to help you meet monthly household expenses, organize your finances and put together a budget that really works!  Participants will learn valuable information such as how to communicate with your spouse about money and discuss financial goals and how a written plan gives a single person empowerment, self accountability, and control.  Presenter Brad Kinder, Kinder Coaching, works with individuals and couples to teach them how to take control of their financial life.  Throughout his personal and professional life,…

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Bartholomew County Writers Group

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meet with other writers in the county, share ideas and learn.

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How to Protect Your Online Accounts & Data

September 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s becoming increasingly important to protect your identity online.  Good password management is a start but enabling and using two step authentication provides a higher level of protection.  Mr. Noobie will explain what two step authentication is, how and where you can enable it and how it provides a higher degree of online protection.  Please register at mybcpl.org under Events or call 812-379-1266.  Class will be cancelled if fewer than 5 register by September 8.

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One Stroke Painting

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn to blend, shade, and highlight, all in one stroke.  Participants will paint a snowy egret on a canvas board.  Instructor Marilyn Tentler is a Level 2 One Stroke Certified Instructor.  $25 fee covers all supplies.  Register at mybcpl.org under Events or call 812-379-1266.  For ages 13 and over.  

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Shelley Shepard Gray

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author will discuss the art of writing and her popular Amish Brides of Pinecraft series. Gray writes stories about regular, likeable people in extraordinary situations who just happen to be Amish.  A finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner, Gray has sold over 40 novels. She lives in Southern Ohio where she writes full time “bakes too much,” and can often be found walking her dachshunds on…

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From Tea Leaf to Tea Cup

September 14 @ 6:20 pm - 8:00 pm

Lalith Guy Paranavitana, Owner of Empire Tea Services LLC, will speak on the history and customs of tea; demonstrate how to brew a proper cup of tea and cover the differences between various teas.  He will also show a short DVD on tea gardens and factories.  

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Craft Night: Wire Wrap Necklace

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a fun and free craft night as library staff member Jessica Hendry shows you how to create a wire wrapped necklace. Beads and wire will be used to form a stylish bird nest piece. Learn basic wire wrapping and leave with a finished necklace. Limited to 20 participants.  Ages 13 and over.  Register at mybcpl.org or call 812-379-1266.  Free.

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Bad Indiana Music

September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

She’s a Corn-Fed Indiana Girl, Santa Claus Has Moved to Indiana- these songs and more are performed live as part of the Indiana State Museum’s program “Bad Indiana Music.”  The songs are gleaned from the museum’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century sheet music.  The presentation includes a sing-a-long and other audience participation opportunities (practice your washboard skills), so come prepared for an all-lungs out evening.  At the conclusion of the program, audience members choose a “bad” song…

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Dementia Conversations

September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. This program is designed to help you talk with your entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Topics covered include going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.  Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana.  

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Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Bus

September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bankers from Fifth-Third will provide one-on-one counseling in areas such as obtaining credit reports; budgeting; home-ownership education; basic banking; fraud awareness and how to avoid foreclosure.  The Bus will be parked in front of the library.  On September 15 the bus will be at Eastside Community Center from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day on September 18 we will show the film The Lost Valentine.  The film is a love story about a pregnant young wife who on Valentine’s Day 1944 says goodbye to her Navy pilot husband.  After their son is born she receives notice that her husband is MIA.  Lest We Forget, a short film about Columbus resident and former POW Gustav Pothoff, will also be shown.   A formal ceremony recognizing POWs/MIAs will be held…

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Civil War Book Discussion Group

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Cause of All Nations:  An International History of the American Civil War by Don Doyle will be discussed.  The group meets every other month.

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Steps Through Time History Days

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

A two day event featuring Bartholomew County history throughout the library and out on the Plaza. Over 18 participants including local collectors and museums. An opportunity to see Bartholomew County history not usually available to the public. Sponsored by Historic Columbus and Bartholomew County Public Library.

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Steps Through Time History Days

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Day two of this two day event featuring Bartholomew County history throughout the library and out on the Plaza. Over 18 participants including local collectors and museums. An opportunity to see Bartholomew County history not usually available to the public. Sponsored by Historic Columbus and Bartholomew County Public Library.

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What All Americans Need to Know about ISIS

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. David Carlson, a Religious Studies professor at Franklin College, will provide a brief historical background on how events in the Middle East since 1978, including American involvement in Iraq and the Syrian War, have helped create an environment allowing ISIS to grow and flourish.  He will also cover steps nations, including the United States, could potentially take in the region.  Program sponsored by the Bartholomew County Library Associates.  

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September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Larry Battson, a wildlife educator and founder of Wildlife Educational Services in Greencastle, will talk about Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot.  Battson will discuss the “real possibility of a rare and relatively unknown creature that may roam the forests of North America.”  Battson has been studying Bigfoot for 40 years and travels the country to research the alleged sightings. Battson has been featured by History Channel’s MonsterQuest and has presented programs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This will…

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Historic Postcards

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Harley Sheets, past President of the Indianapolis Postcard Club, will give a 30 minute talk on the history, value and collecting of postcards. Following the presentation, he will offer free appraisals for anyone who brings postcards of their own.  

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Basic Cake Decorating

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Instructor Treva Lambert will cover basic icing techniques and then cover the different types of tips and what they can do such as writing, borders and flowers.  Treva has been decorating cakes for 35 years.  Limited to 12 participants.  Register at mybcpl.org under Events or call 812-379-1266.    

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Show-and-Tell with Antiques and Collectibles

September 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

J. Scott Keller, an academically trained antiques and personal property appraiser, will answer your questions and examine your items. This program is similar to the television show Antiques Roadshow. The appraisals are not legal and are for education and entertainment only.  No firearms, coins, stamps or jewelry will be appraised.  Please limit your items to two per person.  Keller’s formal studies have taken him to the University of London, Sotheby’s, the British Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  He…

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