GREENFIELD – Children of all ages are continuing to learn and experiment at local libraries.

While summer reading clubs have ended, libraries are offering story times and after-school programming for children, tweens and teens throughout coming months.

A STEM: Chemistry program in August had a dozen or so children learn about reactions with hands-on experiments at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield. A Harry Potter program on Monday transported children to Hogwarts – if only in their imaginations.

Here’s a look at free events coming up in September:

In Greenfield’s HCPL, teens can enjoy classic tabletop games and video games in an event Sept. 7; and a take-apart technology program Sept. 18. Children’s programs at the main branch include “The Ancient World” Sept. 14; “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” Sept. 19; and a “Lego Free Build” event Sept. 26. The library is located at 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield; register and learn more at

New Palestine’s Sugar Creek branch library offers book clubs and writing clubs throughout the month; tween/teen fabric printing art Sept. 12; “Pals and PJs” for children ages 3-7 Sept. 19; a “Dot Day Party” for grades 1-5 Sept. 14; and scarecrow crafts for school-aged children Sept. 28. The library is located at 5731 W. U.S. 52, New Palestine; visit to register or learn more.

Storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are offered at multiple locations in the month of September, though the Greenfield and New Palestine libraries already are booked up or have a wait list in place. The Vernon Township Public Library, however, offers a “Play and Learn Storytime” each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at 625 E. Broadway St., Fortville.

The VTPL also offers a chance for children to read with a therapy dog. Bentley’s Buddies will be on site from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

The Sugar Creek branch of the HCPL in New Palestine will have Bentley’s Buddies dogs from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sept. 24.

All ages are welcome to experience live music in September as well. Sadie Johnson will perform a blues concert Sept. 13 in the New Palestine library, while the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will be at the Greenfield library Sept. 18. All ages are also welcome to join “Line Dance on the Lawn,” an outdoor event at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the New Palestine library. Visit for details or to register.