SCPL news & updates
May 2022
Upcoming Events
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Click on the Events Calendar to see a detailed listing of programs and events happening at SCPL. Click on the video to view events happening in March.
Library Pickup Lockers Offer 24/7 Contactless Service
Library patrons who are unable to get to the library during regular business hours can now choose to have their reserved materials placed in a library pickup locker for convenient self-service pickup. Lockers are located at the Rockport-Main Library at the Third Street entrance. Call 812-649-4866 for more information.
Spring is in the air! Enjoy books or audiobooks while on the go. Dowwnload our free e-book and audio app-Libby! Stop by or call the Library and we can help get you started.
Summer Reading 2022
Get ready to dive into summer! To kick off summer reading we will be hosting another Food Truck Friday on June 3rd from 11 am until 2 pm on 3rd and Main Street in Rockport. We are planning to have more trucks available to handle the crowd. Grab some friends and get some lunch. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to the SCPL Art Contest Winners!
We had an amazing amount of artwork turned in for our SCPL Express Yourself Art Contest. It was very hard to choose a winner for each category. Thanks to help from our patrons who visit the LIbrary and our Facebook followers we were able to choose our winners in each age category.

Winners will be contacted in regards to their $25 prize. The artwork will travel among the SCPL branches so that everyone gets to see the winning entries in person. Thank you to all who submitted an entry!
Special Staff Pick
*Entry from Rick Mayne
Enter to Win!
Each month SCPL will feature a new puzzle challenge. For this month's challenge, download or pick up a puzzle sheet at any branch and solve as many of the puzzles as you can. Return your sheet by email or drop it off at any SCPL location. Each person who solves the puzzle correctly will be entered into a drawing for a $10 local gift card.
Download your May puzzle challenge here.
Memorial and Honor Donations
Selections From the New Shelf
Staff & Patron Selections
Child Programs and Events
Spring Storytimes
Summer Reading 2022
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Do you have a baby, toddler or preschooler? If so, join SCPL's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help your child be ready for kindergarten. This program promotes reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourages parent and child bonding through reading. The goal of the program is to establish strong early literacy skills that will allow children to gain the confidence to become strong readers. Contact our Children's Department or Click here for more information.
Adult Programming
In Person Classes!
Rockport Book Club
The Book Club at Rockport meets the first Friday of every month at 1:00 PM. You can join virtually or at the Main Library in Rockport. For more information please contact Erin by calling 812-649-4866.
May 6th at 1:00 PM at Rockport in the Large Meeting Room
Discussing Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed.

Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless.

Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son’s secret liaison stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson’s housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone’s. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl’s identity can be known.

-Excerpt from Amazon.
Hatfield Book Club
May 11th at 3:30 PM at Hatfield in the Community Room
Discussing The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.

-Excerpt from Amazon.
Richland Book Club
May 9th at 1:30 PM at Richland Branch

Discussing The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala

Those were the best days of her life...

"Poor LilyAnn," the local ladies lament. "She sure is stuck in the past."

Eleven years ago, LilyAnn Bronte was the Peachy-Keen Queen of Blessings, Georgia―the prettiest, smartest, and most popular girl in town, going steady with the star quarterback, a high school career on the fast track to success. Then Randy Joe was killed in Iraq, and somehow LilyAnn just let herself go to seed.

Ruby, Mabel Jean, Vera, and Vesta of the Curl Up and Dye have been itching to give LilyAnn a makeover, but she knows it would make more than a new hairstyle for her to get her life back.

Until one fateful day, when a handsome stranger roars into town, and LilyAnn has a revelation.

Maybe the best is yet to come...

-Excerpt from Amazon.
SCPL Virtual Recipe Swap

If you find yourself stressing over what to make for dinner then join SCPL's Virtual Recipe Swap page on Facebook. Click here to request to join. This group allows members to share tips, tricks, and recipes with each other. Join today!