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Upcoming Exhibit: Abstract Paintings by Lori Marble

May 18, 2022

Favorite Children’s Books Reimagined: What Do You See?, an exhibit featuring abstract paintings by Lori Marble, will soon be at the Library! Remember your favorite books from childhood? Perhaps you even have one or two on your bookshelf today? Now, picture them reimagined as abstract paintings. Artist Lori Marble, the now adult child of a […]

Sculptures by Zach VanBecelaere

May 1, 2022

We’re glad to present Sculptures by Zach VanBecelaere in the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library from Sunday, May 1st – Thursday, June 30th. Working primarily with steel and stainless steel, Zach VanBecelaere uses a variety of metalworking techniques to manipulate materials into new forms. He incorporates welding used for harsh texture, high mirror […]

Photography by Mitsu Harter

We invite you to visit our Local History gallery to take in the photography of Mitsu Harter. For many years she expressed her artistic vision with paint, on canvas, and even on walls and ceilings within her home. After an accident that required the rebuilding of her hand, she searched for a way to continue […]

Book Review: Just My Type by Simon Garfield

April 25, 2022

Pity Comic Sans, the font that people love to hate. Developed by Vincent Connare in the mid-1990s, Comic Sans is what author Simon Garfield describes as “type that has gone wrong” in his book Just My Type, an engaging history of type (which, these days, the average person refers to as a ‘font,’ but more […]

Young Artists Gallery Exhibit

April 12, 2022

We’ve partnered with Joplin Public Library for the inaugural exhibit of their Young Artists Club! Open to children through age 12, the Young Artists Club meets monthly to learn new art techniques and make artwork. Exhibited here are their self-portraits, which they learned how to create in April. Join us on Friday, May 13th from […]

Still Here: A Collection of Artifacts from the Family of Langston Hughes

February 24, 2022

We are glad to partner with Joplin’s own Langston Hughes Cultural Society to present Still Here: A Collection of Artifacts from the Family of Langston Hughes in Joplin Public Library’s Community Room on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 10:30am. This program features a selection of artifacts from the Langston Hughes Family Museum and a presentation from […]

City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

December 21, 2021

“City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” will be on display from Saturday, January 15th through Monday, February 28th, 2022 in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. This Smithsonian-created poster exhibition honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final and most ambitious vision that each U.S. citizen have […]

Charles McPherson: The Journey Home

Join us in February 2022 for the homecoming of world-renowned jazz musician and Joplin native Charles McPherson. Visit Connect2Culture’s Charles McPherson: The Journey Home webpage to learn more about all of the events – including a free, public performance – taking place during this multi-day celebration. Charles McPherson: The Journey Home is a collaboration among […]

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 […]