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Holiday Tea to feature The Opus 76 Quartet

November 6, 2021

This year, we’ve partnered with Pro Musica and Joplin Public Library to bring The Opus 76 Quartet to the library for our annual Holiday Tea! Join us on Saturday, December 4, 2021 for one of two performances: 10-10:45AM: Enjoy a delightful morning Bach-a-Bye Baby performance featuring author/narrator Leia Barrett in a new musical take on the […]

Queer Space by Luke Blevins

October 10, 2021

We’re glad to present Queer Space by Luke Blevins in Joplin Public Library’s Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery from Sunday, October 10-Friday, December 31, 2021. In this work, Blevins explores the tangential relationships between boyhood, social expectations, queer culture, and heteronormative assimilationism. He uses fantastical imagery to illustrate the shifting relationships we have with space […]

My Missouri 2021 Photo Project Exhibit

September 3, 2021

In celebration of its 200th year, Missouri 2021, an initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri, coordinated the My Missouri 2021 Photo Project and we helped bring it to the Joplin Public Library! In 2018, Missouri 2021 invited professional and amateur photographers from across the state to capture and share unique and meaningful aspects of place in […]

FREE Mail Art Take-Home Kits!

June 30, 2021

We’re giving away Mail Art Take-Home Kits! Starting Thursday, July 1, 2021, you may pick up your kit from one of three places inside Joplin Public Library: The Reference Desk (adult/teen kits) The Teen Department (teen kits) The Children’s Department (children’s kits) Although the kits differ slightly, each contains everything you need to create one […]

Book Review: Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler

June 27, 2021

In 2014, we put out a call for entry for mail art. The idea was to create a one-off exhibit of mail art received from all over the world to introduce locals to the medium and encourage their participation. At the time, I was myself somewhat new to engaging with mail art and my experience […]

Art Exhibit: “C is for Color” by Connie Miller

June 9, 2021

We’re glad to present Connie Miller‘s “C is for Color” exhibit in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library from Saturday, June 12-August 31, 2021. Although enjoyed by people of all ages, “C is for Color” is an exhibit especially for children, as it’s hung at their eye-level and consists of a series […]

2021 Summer Reading Art Challenge

June 1, 2021

It’s time for our Summer Reading Art Challenge (SRAC)! This year, the theme for summer reading is Tails & Tales. In keeping with that theme, the prompt for SRAC 2021 is: “Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?!” Starting June 1, 2021 you may pick up your artboard and entry form from […]

Book Review: Historic Missouri Roadsides by Bill Hart

May 4, 2021

This book review is a celebration of sorts of both the Missouri Bicentennial (2021) and National Preservation Month, also known as Historic Preservation Month (May). In Historic Missouri Roadsides, author, historian, and preservationist Bill Hart takes us on a two-lane highway trip through several of Missouri’s small-town destinations, introducing us to, or reacquainting us with, […]

Art Exhibit: The ABCs of Folklore and Slang

April 15, 2021

The ABCs of Folklore and Slang, an exhibit featuring 26 linocuts by artist Deby Gilley, is open now through Sunday, May 30, 2021 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library . Inspired by positive feedback about the titles she gives her works, this series is based on an alphabetical sequence of key letters of […]