All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

Join the Winter of Learning!

January 4, 2022 | By: Communications Staff

The St. Joe County Public Library, Bendable, and City of South Bend are hosting a series of lifelong learning opportunities this winter at the Technology Resource Center and library locations.

Learning Circles
Library Events
Nonprofit Office Hours
South Bend Tech Mentorship Program
Open Work Wednesdays
SB Academy

Learning Circles

Learning Circles are just like a book club, where you would get together with a group of other learners like you and explore a new topic you’re interested in.

The first round of Learning Circles will cover topics like building your own website, creating a business plan for your small business, and learning technology basics like using a computer or making a video call using zoom.

Over 6-8 weeks, you and fellow learners will take a course on Bendable together and in-person, where you will be able to ask questions, share progress, and explore your chosen topic all for free with your library card! 

Once you’re signed up, your Learning Circle facilitator will reach out to you with all the information you’ll need to get started. If you have any questions, please email us at bendable@sjcpl.org


Library Events

How to Brand your Business with Ben Bulgrien

Wednesday, January 12 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join us in the new Studio 304 to learn from Bendable Collection Author Ben Bulgrien about how to strategically brand and market your small business.The workshop will be followed by a tour of Studio 304 with demos showcasing all of our small business marketing support tools available.

Studio 304 Camera Preview

Wednesday, January 5 | 6:00PM
Main Library, Studio 304

Different cameras excel at different jobs. Learn all about the different cameras you can borrow from Studio 304.


What Can Be Recycled: St. Joe County Soil & Water Conservation District

Thursday, January 6 | 5:30PM
North Liberty Branch

Ally Pudlo, Environmental Education Coordinator, will present activities, experiments, and supplies to help patrons gain a better understanding of what can be recycled. Registration recommended.


Beginning Genealogy

Saturday, January 8 | 5:30PM
Main Library

Grow your family tree with an introduction to genealogy research.


Coffee and Painting

Tuesday, January 11 | 3:00PM
Lakeville Branch

Enjoy a hot beverage and let your creativity flow onto a canvas. Beverages will be available on the patio.


Recycled Magazine Crafts

Thursday, January 13 | 6:00PM
Tutt Branch

Create coasters, beads, flowers and more!


Pollinator Habitats and Rain Gardens: St. Joe County Soil & Water Conservation District

Thursday, January 13 | 5:30PM
North Liberty Branch

Ally Pudlo, Environmental Education Coordinator, will present activities, experiments, and supplies to help patrons gain a better understanding of how to recycle our space with pollinator habitats.


Movies @ Main: “Big Enough, Small Enough – South Bend in Transition”

Friday, January 14 | 7:00PM
Main Library, Auditorium

Join Directors Ryan Blaske and Zach Schrank as they provide an inside look into their documentary for the library’s first film screening in our brand new Auditorium! Q&A session will follow the film.


Movies @ Main: “Big Enough, Small Enough – South Bend in Transition”

Saturday, January 15 | 2:00PM
Main Library, Auditorium

Join Directors Ryan Blaske and Zach Schrank as they provide an inside look into their documentary for the library’s first film screening in our brand new Auditorium! Q&A session will follow the film.


Relevant Reads: The Journey to Inclusion – Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Tuesday, January 18 | 7:00PM
Zoom

Kate Lee, Director of Education and Workforce, South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce will lead our discussion of Tightrope, an examination of America’s overlooked and left-behind working class.


The Write Space Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, January 18 | 7:00PM
Francis Branch

Virtual support group for writers and aspiring writers.


New Year, New You!

Wednesday, January 19 | 6:00PM
German Township Branch

The changing of the year is a fun time to explore making changes in our lives. In this interactive workshop, we will explore proven strategies to turn great intentions into lasting, long-term change.


Recycling Our Food Waste: St. Joe County Soil & Water Conservation District

Thursday, January 20 | 5:30PM
North Liberty Branch

Ally Pudlo, Environmental Education Coordinator, will present activities, experiments, and supplies to help patrons gain a better understanding of how to recycle food waste.


Movies @ Main: “Prime Farmland” and “Kiss the Ground”

Friday, January 21 | 7:00PM
Main Library, Auditorium

Join Director Sybil Drew for an inside look and film screening of her documentary in the library’s brand new Auditorium! A second film will also be featured with a Q&A session to follow.


Movies @ Main: “Prime Farmland” and “Kiss the Ground”

Saturday, January 22 | 2:00PM
Main Library, Auditorium

Join Director Sybil Drew for an inside look and film screening of her documentary in the library’s brand new Auditorium! A second film will also be featured with a Q&A session to follow.


Recycling Our Rainwater

Thursday, January 27 | 5:30PM
North Liberty Branch

Ally Pudlo, Environmental Education Coordinator, will present activities, experiments, and supplies to help patrons gain a better understanding of how to recycle rainwater.


How to Record at the New Studio 304

Wednesday, February 2 | 6:00PM
Main Library, Studio 304

Learn about the new recording rooms and how to use them.


Club de conversación en español

Thursday, February 3 | 3:00PM
Main Library

If you’re interested in practicing authentic conversation in Spanish, this club is for you. Listen to an interesting, informal presentation from a native speaker, then discuss in small groups.


Club de conversación en español

Thursday, February 10 | 3:00PM
Main Library

If you’re interested in practicing authentic conversation in Spanish, this club is for you. Listen to an interesting, informal presentation from a native speaker, then discuss in small groups.


Great Backyard Bird Count

Tuesday, February 15 | 6:00PM
German Township Branch

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count for four days in February to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds.


The Write Space Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, February 15 | 7:00PM
Francis Branch

Virtual support group for writers and aspiring writers.


Club de conversación en español

Thursday, February 17 | 3:00PM
Main Library

If you’re interested in practicing authentic conversation in Spanish, this club is for you. Listen to an interesting, informal presentation from a native speaker, then discuss in small groups.


The Ecological Garden

Saturday, February 19 | 10:00AM
Centre Township Branch

Our gardens represent a partnership with nature and how we garden is changing rapidly. Explore tools and strategies that will allow your garden to be more resilient, productive, and rewarding.


City Directories for Genealogy

Tuesday, February 22 | 6:30PM
Main Library

Place your ancestors in history and break down brick walls using U.S. City Directories in your family history research.


Understanding Grief and Mourning: Holly Farmer, Director of Bereavement Services

Tuesday, February 22 | 4:00PM
Francis Branch

Understanding Grief and Mourning by Holly Farmer, MA, LMHC Bereavement Coordinator Center for Hospice Care, Life Transition Center. Together we’ll define, describe, and explore grief and ways to cope.


Club de conversación en español

Thursday, February 24 | 3:00PM
Main Library

If you’re interested in practicing authentic conversation in Spanish, this club is for you. Listen to an interesting, informal presentation from a native speaker, then discuss in small groups.


Nonprofit Office Hours

Hosted by City of South Bend’s Department of Innovation & Technology in partnership with enFocus Inc.

February 10 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Technology Resource Center

The Department of Innovation and Technology, in partnership with enFocus Inc., will offer free lunch-hour information and help sessions once a month to local nonprofits. Nonprofit organizations seeking innovative solutions to common administrative, management, and operational challenges are invited to attend these sessions, each with a different topic.

Example topics include using data visualization to market and present goals; cleaning and filtering donor data; process improvement, and more. The office hours will begin with a demonstration in applying relevant skills, followed by open work time, with knowledgeable facilitators available to help present nonprofits with their specific needs.


South Bend Tech Mentorship Program

Hosted by City of South Bend’s Department of Innovation & Technology

Applications rolling, with a kickoff event on February 18
Technology Resource Center

The Department of Innovation and Technology’s Tech Mentorship Program matches local tech mentors with local high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in technology, offering mentees an opportunity to explore South Bend’s tech scene and seek career guidance from a professional. Sign up to be a mentor here, and sign up to be a mentee here.


Open Work Wednesdays

Hosted by City of South Bend’s Department of Innovation & Technology

January 26, all day
Technology Resource Center

February 23, all day
Technology Resource Center

Once a month, the Technology Resource Center will open its community space as a coworking space for individuals and organizations alike. The Department of Innovation and Technology invites project teams from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the region to work out of the TRC for a day.


SB Academy

Hosted by the Technology Resource Center

Intro course: January 6 OR January 11, 9:30am-12pm
Technology Resource Center

Intermediate course: February 3 OR February 8, 9:30am-12pm
Technology Resource Center

Advanced course: March 3 OR March 8, 9:30am-12pm
Technology Resource Center

SB Academy will offer several courses on Excel, open to the public. The Intro course in January will explore understanding the structure of an Excel document, modifying spreadsheets, filtering and adding data, and more. The Intermediate course in February will explore creating functions, manipulating pivot tables, and more. Finally, the Advanced course will cover advanced formulas and data cleaning, amongst other concepts. Each level’s course will be offered twice a month.

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