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Books, movies, music, magazines, Internet access and story times are things people associate with the public library.

But what about adult programming?

Bartholomew County Public Library has been programming for adults for several years. The goal of these programs is to draw new people to the library and to better serve existing patrons. Subject matter can range from Bigfoot to wrestling, interior decorating, stress management and gardening.

You can locate programs by going to and clicking on “Events.” Also, you can sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of our home page. By doing so, you will receive one or two updates each month on programming for adults, teens and children. We also print a monthly flier listing adult programs, and you can pick up a flier at the services desks or at one of our programs.

We love it when people suggest that we present a program on a specific subject. So if you have an idea, just let us know. We’ll do our best to locate a presenter for the suggested program. Our fantastic Bartholomew County Library Associates fund programs for which we need to pay a speaker’s fee. This makes 99.9 percent of our adult programs free to the public.

One such program is coming up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when we will host the former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf in the Red Room. The poems in his latest book, “Catholic Boy Blues: A Poet’s Journal of Healing,” describe the abuse he suffered at the hands of his parish priest in Jasper more than 50 years ago. Krapf recently received the Indiana Authors Award as its Best Regional Author.

Funding from our Library Associates is helping with our upcoming “Steps Through Time” Bartholomew County history event, which will be Sept. 12 and 13. It’s being organized by reference librarian Michele Bottorff and her crew of hardworking local committee members. This event encourages people to learn about county history and features displays and activities from the Yellow Trail Museum, Simmons School House, Bartholomew County Genealogical Society, Bartholomew County Historical Society and others.

A 1952 Cummins diesel red-and-yellow Indy 500 car will be on the Library Plaza along with a 1.5 horsepower Cummins Thermoil engine and, from the Columbus Fire Department, a 1937 Stutz diesel engine and 1917 American LaFrance. The plaza will host other exhibits, and you can purchase pizza from Flatrock Flatbread Pizza.

Thanks to our Library Associates and other sponsors, we are looking forward to a visit from syndicated columnist Sharon Randall, who will be at the main library in Columbus on Sept. 16 and in Hope on Sept. 17. You can read more about her at Her columns appear every Sunday in The Republic.

Our beautiful Library Plaza is the site for a performance by the local Taiko drumming group Rhythm Conspiracy at 2 p.m. Sept. 20. The group consists of local women who play instruments and study music forms from around the world.

The group’s primary focus is Taiko, an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. Taiko playing is loud, hard and fast and involves a lot of choreographed movement, which many identify with Japanese martial arts. Following the performance, group members will offer a drumming workshop on the basics of Taiko and hand drumming for those 12 years of age and older.

Once again, we have our Library Associates to thank for this upcoming concert.

So now when you think of libraries, we hope that you will add adult programming to your list.

If you are interested in supporting library programming for all ages, you might consider becoming a member of the Bartholomew County Library Associates. Go to and click on “Associates” for information.

Mary Clare Speckner is the adult programming librarian at the Bartholomew County Public Library.

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