The Cape Public Library in Cape Girardeau offers free programs and services for all residents or owners of real estate or personal property living in the Cape Girardeau Municipal Library District, full time employees of the City of Cape Girardeau, faculty and students at Southeast Missouri State University and all teachers employed in any school located in Cape Girardeau County teaching grades kindergarten through 12.
Free, monthly programs occur for various age groups. There is a baby book reading activity for babies, ages birth to 17 months, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25. “Toddler Time” reading is available for 3 to 5-year-olds at 11 a.m. on Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26.
In addition to the baby and toddler readings, there are monthly programs available to all age groups.
A popular program for children ages 3- to 6-years-old is the “Daddy and Me Storytime” program, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. This program is for fathers and their children to spend time together, read a story and participate in an activity hosted by the Library.
Another program for older children ages 12- to 18-years-old is the “After Hours Teen Gaming” session that will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 27. This is an opportunity for young teens to relax with some online gaming. Children will have the option to play Wii games, X-box 360 games or traditional board games. Children are not permitted to bring games from home. There will be free pizza for all children who attend. Registration is required for this event and no one will be admitted after 6:30 p.m.
Some educational activities for adults at the Library include computer classes which are offered over a variety of different topics. The first computer class in September will be hosted from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 and teaches the basics of social media, such as Facebook. For all those interested in registering, a form is available on the Library’s website.
A new program being offered in September is a class on Health care reform. This class is offered to better instruct people once they are able to choose their own healthcare beginning on Oct. 1. The class will be taught at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19, with insurance agent Nick Hogan speaking about the Affordable Care Act and answering any questions about the upcoming health care reform. Registration is not required to attend this free event.
In addition to the programs offered, the Cape Public Library provides a variety of services for residents to use.
“One of our best kept secrets seems to be our online databases,” Library Director Betty Martin said. “We have some excellent ones. A basic one that is magazine articles then we have one called Chilton’s where people can go online to figure out how to fix their automobiles or vehicles with step by step directions and diagrams, so that’s a wonderful database.”
Other databases are Mango, a language database to learn another language, and Learn-a-Test which offers different practice tests to take such as the GED.
In addition to the online databases, the Library offers a drive-thru window for call ahead orders, access to the Library’s collection is online, educational computers and gaming stations, large print books, meeting rooms that non-profit organizations can reserve, a public fax machine, audio books and e-Books. According to Martin, there are over 8,000 e-Books that can be rented.
For further questions about upcoming events or details on registrations visit capelibrary.org or call 573-334-5279.