Beyond Story Time: Programs for Grown-Ups

Everyone knows that Yellow Springs Community Library has story times for kids, but not everyone knows that we also have programs for grown-ups. Here’s what we’ve planned for November.

This month and every month, we have two book discussions for adults. A Taste of Mystery features mystery novels and food. Books on Tap, which meets at the Yellow Springs Brewery, features contemporary fiction and beer. Both groups welcome new participants. Get a copy of this month’s title, read it, and join the discussion.

Join a session of Laughter Yoga at the library on November 6. A certified Laughter Yoga leader will guide the group through simple, playful activities that result in genuine, contagious laughter. Laughing is fun. It can decrease pain and reduce stress, and who doesn’t need that?

Trying to write a novel in just one month is pretty funny and must be incredibly stressful, but every year, people accept the challenge. November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and we’ve scheduled four evenings for novel writers to work at the library, free from some of the usual distractions at home, and fueled by complimentary snacks. Bring your work in on any or all of the Tuesday evenings during November.

The Yellow Springs Library Association, our Friends group, has a history of teas and educational programs extending back into the 1800s. The next one is set for November 16. Learn all about the Women’s Park of Yellow Springs, its history, gardens, and the pollinators that inhabit them. Be sure to sign up in advance for this program, so there are enough little cucumber sandwiches and other goodies to go around.           

Finally, you can learn all about Ohio’s bats on November 20. That’s bats as in flying mammals, not sports equipment. A naturalist from Greene County Parks and Trails will help you learn to appreciate these fascinating and vital members of our ecosystem.

If you miss these programs, there will be more in December and every month after that. See our upcoming events online, on a bookmark available at the desk, or in Library Links.