Jefferson County Library Activities for Young and Old in January

January 3, 2019


Ever Read to a Dog? Do you know how to knit? Does your child like to draw? Why not get into Tai Chi for the New Year?

The Jefferson County Public Libraries, who have been recently invited to participate in a Midwest Innovators Lab in March, where organizations learn what it means to Turn Outward – to use the community, not your conference room, as your reference point for choices and action, has full agenda for the first month of 2019 for KIDS and GROWN-UPS. Check these out below:


Mother Goose on the Loose        Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 Feb. 5, 12    10:00 – 10:30 AM   Madison Public Library

This story/activity time for children 6mo. – 35mo. includes rhymes, songs, musical instruments and more for babies and toddlers and their caregivers.   This group meets for six weeks through February 12th. Participants do not have to attend all six weeks. Registration is required. Free. Go to: and click on “Events” to register or call the library at 812/265-2744.

Pajama Time       Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30                6:00 – 6:30 PM                     Madison Public Library

Pajama Time is an evening story time for all ages. Children may wear pajamas if they wish. We will enjoy stories, music, rhymes and a craft. Pajama time meets through January. Registration is required. Free. Go to: and click on “Events” to register or call the library at 812/265-2744.

All Ages Story Time                            Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb. 7,14  10:00 AM   Hanover Branch Library

This fun story time includes books, songs, music shakers and crafts.  All ages welcome. This group meets for six weeks through February 14th. Participants do not have to attend every week.  Registration is required. Free. Go to: and click on “Events” to register or call the library at 812/265-2744. 

Children’s Drawing           January 19            10:00 AM                               Madison Public Library

Stories and drawing for all ages.  Tiffaney Pelaez will share a few children’s books. After reading stories, learn to draw the characters from the stories using easy to follow steps. Materials for drawing provided. Registration required.  Free. Go to: and click on “Events” to register or call the library at 812/265-2744.

Young Writers Workshop               January 8 through February 26 4:00 PM       Madison Public Library

Creative writing guided by Dominique Battles of Hanover College.  This program is for kids in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.  The program is ongoing and meets on Tuesdays. Please, register no later than the 2nd meeting January 15th! Those who finish a story may submit it to be added to the library’s collection. Registration is required. Free. Go to: and click on “Events” to register or call the library at 812/265-2744.

Reading to Dogs!                January 24                       5:30 – 6:30 PM                                                        Madison Public Library

                                                      January 26            10:30 – 11:30 AM                                Madison Public Library

Would you like to meet a local dog and get some extra practice reading out loud?  A few friendly canines will be at the main library for two special reading programs! Free. Call ahead to sign up for a 10-minute reading slot.  Registration required. Call 812/265-2744 


Tai Chi Class ~ January 9, 16, 23 & 30                                                                           6:30pm-7:30pm Madison            

Learn the ancient art of Tai Chi from instructor Debbie Elles. It is a moving meditation that is a great way to reduce stress and balance the body. Tai Chi is a low impact workout for all ages and fitness levels.

Charity Knitting: Cat Toy’s for Valentine’s Day ~ January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 5:00pm-6:00pm Hanover Public Library Come knit heart-shaped cat toys for Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Bring Size 5 needles, worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle, fiberfill, and catnip. Instructor Pam Sinsel.

Madisonians Abroad: Camino de Santiago Compostela Pilgrimage: Hiking the Pyrenees and Northern Spain in the Path of St. James the Apostle ~ January 3                                                                                  6:00pm–7:00pm Madison 

Join us for an evening of armchair travel. Shirley Kloepfer and Julie Brown will share their travel experiences and photos. For those who love to travel, enjoy learning about different cultures and love new experiences. Prepare to be transported! First Thursdays October-March.

Knitting 101 ~ January 7, 14, 28 & February 4, 11 & 25                                        5:00pm-6:30pm Hanover Public Library
Introduction to knitting class for beginners who have always wanted to learn to knit! Instructor Pam Sinsel will teach the foundation skills: how to read a basic pattern, three different “Cast on” methods, the purl stitch, how to “Bind off” when finished, and students will learn about equipment needed to knit. The class series is six weeks and meets at the Hanover Public Library. Students need to purchase size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles. The Library will provide the yarn. Registration required.

Oil Painting Class ~ January 7, 14 & 28                                                                             6:00pm-7:30pm Madison Public Library
A comprehensive series of 10 classes on Mondays, covering method and technique, and focusing on a particular project each week. Each student will need to purchase materials for the class. See website for materials list. Art exhibition at the end of the series. The January topics will be Old Master Portrait Copy, Value Study, and Paint Mixing Using Color Wheel. Adult and Young Adult. Instructor: Russell Vossler. Registration required.

Loose Ends Craft Group ~ January 8, 15, 22 & 29                                                       5:00pm-6:00pm Hanover Public Library
Craft enthusiasts bring their latest projects to Hanover. All types of crafts and levels of experience are welcome. This class will provide encouragement to help you finish what you’ve started. Pam Sinsel, instructor.

Literacy Matters ~ January 22                                                                                               6:00pm-7:00pm Madison Public Library

For the presentation entitled “Literacy Matters,” Tracy Geglein, Literacy Coordinator at River Valley Resources, will discuss the free Adult Education program offered by River Valley Resources. The program provides the following: adult literacy support, classes to earn an HSE diploma (High School Diploma), college preparation assistance, job skills readiness programs, and certification classes. In addition, she will talk about how River Valley Resources has placed 25 Little Free Libraries in the city and county to promote literacy, and describe the many benefits of such programs. 

Celebrate National Seed Swap Day ~ January 26                                                       10:00am-12:00pm Madison Public Library

Bring your extra seeds to share with other participants. Seeds should be clean, free of mold, labeled (plant name), and not older than 3 years. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about seeds and plants. Educational material will also be available. Come and learn about the Seed Library’s collection, and see if you would like to check out new plant varieties you want to try. 

Book Group ~ January 28                                                                                                          5:30pm-6:30pm Hanover Public Library
This month, vote for 2019 reads. Enjoy good food and conversation. Optional: bring a book that you have recently enjoyed. Leader Judi Terpening. Adult.