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November 2023 programs and services at Bluffton Public Library

Check out the following events and programs for the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., for the month of November 2023. In addition to book and reading events, there will be music, watercolors, a health clinic, Soup Day, onigiri (Japanese rice balls), an exchange student presentation, a Precious Moments collection display, chess and the start of the library's annual winter fundraiser.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Dennis Sheidler

To sign up, stop by the library or call 419-358-5016

Bluffton Public Library will be hosting Dennis Sheidler at 6:00 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 24 for his presentation of “Hiking the Appalachian Trail.” 

Dennis Sheidler, at the age of 75, completed the Appalachian Trail through a series of section hikes, from Georgia to Maine. For this presentation, he will be sharing his experiences, along with plenty of photos and time for questions.

October 2023 at the Bluffton Public Library

The Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., has announced the following programs and services for  October 2023. Book groups, chess, dulcimers, Medicare, a mobile health clinic, a “field trip” to Greenhorn, scary Bluffton stories, Appalachian Trail tales, song-circles, children’s storytime, an art display by Wendy Chappell-Dick, and banned books week are all on the library calendar. Read on for details:

Noon Book Group (R) meets Wed., Oct. 4 to discuss The Other Dr. Gilmer by Benjamin Gilmer.  On Wed., Nov. 1 the group will discuss How to Find Your Way Home with author Katy Regan via Zoom. Stop by the library front desk to register and pick up the book! 

Chess Tuesdays! Starting in October, the library will have an area designated on the Main Floor for open chess from 5:30-7:30 p.m every Tuesday the library is open.  Make new contacts - and perhaps be a part of the potential new Chess Club in the works in Bluffton! Bring your own board or use one of the library’s! 

Dulcimers @ the Library: The Bluffton Dulcimer Group will be practicing for upcoming performances the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come to the library and listen! 


Watercolors and Words & Wine invitations

In order to hold the repeat Watercolor Workshop on Thursday, September 28, the Bluffton Public Library needs 5 more people to register by Wednesday.

Call 419-358-5016 or stop by the library to register.

The Bluffton Public Library invites adults (ages 21+) to the Words & Wine Book Discussion on Thursday, October 12. Enjoy a glass of wine and discuss The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at Greenhorn, 112 Vine St. with refreshments available for purchase.

There is limited seating, so please register (and pick up the book) at the Bluffton Library as soon as possible. 

Kinship/relative care program on Sept. 26

Allen County Children Services will present an informational program on Kinship/Relative Care at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., on Tuesday, September 26. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. 

Register for this program at the library by Sep. 22. For additional information or to register, call the Bluffton Public Library at 419-358-5016.

Are you raising a grandchild, other relative, or friend's child in your home? Find out what resources and support are available with Allen County Children Services.

Organizers note, “Kinship care represents the most desirable temporary or permanent out-of-home placement option for children who cannot live with their parents. It offers family preservation and the greatest level of stability by allowing children to maintain their sense of belonging, and enhances their ability to identify with their family's culture and traditions.”

How do you library? BPL Facebook invitation

The Bluffton Public Library has issued the following invitation:

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and we want to celebrate the value of libraries with all of you! Show some love to your local library on social media by sharing how you make the most of your library card.

Participating is easy: