Although summer is having a hard time waving goodbye, we at the Crawfordsville District Public Library are already filling our calendar with exciting programs to offer our patrons this fall. The wonderful colors and smells of autumn remind us of nature walks, comfort cooking and baking, school and professional sports in full swing, and that lingering, quiet delight in the air that precedes the holiday season. Sometimes, though, we all need a break from our routines, and the CDPL is here to offer events that entertain, inform, educate and stimulate our patrons’ curiosity about the world in which we live. Below are the highlights of our 2019 fall events. They are free and open to the public.

Although it’s not officially fall yet, our opening program is a partnership with the League of Women Voters. This year we are celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote and the “Legendary League Kickoff Event” will happen at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Pike Place Park. You will be learning about, and celebrating the passing of the 19th Amendment. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Donnelley Room at CDPL.

For fans of all ages, the library will be holding a “Pokémon Stadium Tournament” on Aug. 31. Sign in happens from 10:30 a.m. to noon followed by the program starting at noon. There is no entry fee, and registration is open/walk in.

On Sept. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Jessica Briones, a school counselor from South Montgomery Junior High, will be giving a talk sharing the highlights of her trip to Auschwitz with Eva Kor. Kor, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, who chose the Hoosier state as her home, recently passed away while in Poland on an educational trip. You may learn more about her life and activism in her autobiography, “Echoes from Auschwitz: Dr. Mengele’s twins: the story of Eva and Miriam Mozes” (921 Kor, E). CDPL holds a number of Eva Kor DVD and book items available to our patrons. 

The 2019 “Doctor Who Celebration” will be 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Carnegie Museum. There will be snacks, refreshments, trivia, Who episodes and an English to Gallifreyan translation station. Costumes are encouraged. Open to all ages and admission is free.

The “Legend of the Legendary League Program” will be holding a series of presentations and book clubs this fall. The first presentation will be on “the history of the suffrage movement, the women who made it happen, and the ongoing work that must be done to fulfill their mission.” This event will be 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the library. 

Stephanie Morrissette, our own nature specialist, will be offering a series of Tuesday Talks on “Patterns in Nature.” The first, on Sept. 24, will be on “Symmetries and Mathematical Patterns.” On Oct. 22, you will hear about “Fractal Fundamentals and Biological Rhythms.” The final event of the series will be “Aerodynamics of Plants” on Nov. 19. All events in the series will be held 6-7p.m. at the library.

Celebrating the Banned Books Month, we will be holding a book discussion and film viewing of “The Hate U Give.” The book discussion is open to teens and adults 13 and older, space is limited. The film is rated PG13 and will be shown 2-4 p.m. Sept. 28 followed by a question and answer session. Book discussions will be held 5:30-6:15 p.m. Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.

Need more information? Details about these programs and many more can be found on the library website at or by calling 765-362-2242.


Ivette de Assis-Wilson is acting head of the Reference and Local History Department at Crawfordsville District Public Library.

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