Library plans variety of October events


GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Public Library is planning several events for patrons of all ages during October.

The Greenfield branch of the library will hold “NineStar Nerd Night,” an informative session about internet safety, from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 7. Audience members will leave with tips and tools from NineStar technicians for defending themselves against hacking and scams. Sign up for this free event at or by calling 317-462-5141, ext. 240.

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to celebrate National Pizza Month from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Greenfield branch. The festivities include free pizza, cartoons and crafts. No sign-up is required for the free event.

Children’s book author and James Whitcomb Riley impersonator Chadwick Gillenwater, in character as “Professor Watermelon,” will visit the New Palestine branch from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 7. He will discuss how Riley’s work has influenced artists and writers in the past and even today, including the writers of Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Broadway musical “Annie.” Sign up for this free event at or 317-861-6618, ext. 313.

Kids in grades 1 through 5 can make a difference at an Oct. 8 Greenfield library event by helping pack “Smile Bags” with a toy, a book and an encouraging note for foster children going through stressful times. The event is from 2-2:45 p.m., and all materials will be provided. Sign up for this event at or (317) 462-5141, ext. 238.

At the New Palestine branch, children in kindergarten through fifth grade can engage in a variety of messy STEM activities during a fall break program from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 8. Activities include playing with pumpkin guts, taste-testing apples, and building structures from candy. Sign up at or (317) 861-6618, ext. 313.

On Oct. 10, teens and adults can gather a team to test their knowledge of Nickelodeon shows from the ‘80s and ‘90s during a friendly trivia competition from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Greenfield branch. Teams can have up to six members. Teams can sign up on the events calendar at Entry is free.