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Library packs a punch with full week

Shelby County Public Library presents a full slate of programs this week while looking ahead to Anti-Valentine’s Day commemorations on Feb. 13 and a visit by Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 15.

  • Finding Ancestors on, a genealogy workshop, will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Velma Wortman Morristown Branch. Donna Dennison, genealogy and history department head, joins Catherine Roberts, Morristown librarian and branch manager, to show patrons how to use this program that is free when used in the library branches. This informative program is not to be missed by anyone interested in finding out more of their family.
  • Computer issues troubling you? Librarians can help during special hours this week. Morristown holds “No Shame” Tech Time on Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m., while Shelbyville’s Tech Time will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the Computer Lab in the Carnegie East Wing, 33 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville.
  • Thursday sees two programs in Shelbyville: The Horizon Center Book Club meets at 1 p.m. at the center to discuss the book, “A Hell of a Book” by Jason Mott, while the Cards Against Humanity League Night begins at 6 p.m. in the Carnegie East Wing. This game is strictly 18-plus fun!

The library’s robust Youth Services have a full slate this week.

  • Kids’ Club meets Thursday at Shelbyville for Valentine Fun
  • Teens’ Crafts on Friday at 4 p.m. at Shelbyville with be Paper Roses
  • Teens’ DND takes place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Shelbyville for a Character Workshop.
  • Storytime meets 4 times this week: Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shelbyville; Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Shelbyville; Thursday at 11 a.m. at Morristown; Thursday at 1 p.m. at Shelbyville

An All-Ages craft event, Boxes of Love, is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Morristown. Crafters will recycle shoe boxes into handy card storage, just in time for Valentine’s Day cards. This free event needs no registration.

Next week, Cupid and Abe dominate. But on Feb. 13, the “Cupid is Stupid” crowd rules the day! Morristown plans an Anti-Valentine’s Day party at 4 p.m. to celebrate friendships instead and bond over ways to forget about those pesky exes.

At Shelbyville, Youth Services plans to hang out for Rude Conversation Hearts, a Breakup Playlist, and maybe a fizzy potion or two. But on Feb. 15, Abraham Lincoln himself visits the Carnegie East Wing for a Fireside Chat. He will recall his boyhood years, prairie lawyer days, family life, political aspirations, and Civil War tragedy and triumph, and share eloquent speeches. Abe invites everyone, from children to seniors, for this free event.