• Shelby County Public Library: From Hedgehogs & Foxes to Therapy Dogs, Library Fills Holiday Week

    Hedgehog Hannah brings her animal encounters to the Shelby County Public Library on Monday, July 1. Touch a prickly hedgehog, a furry Arctic fox, or a slithering python at either the Morristown Branch at 2 pm or the Shelbyville Branch at 4 pm. Hannah teaches about her animals, their care, and their habitats in an easy-to-understand way so everyone in the family can comprehend.  


    While all locations of the Shelby County Public Library will be closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day, all will be open at regular times the rest of the week.  

    Donna Dennison, Genealogy & History Department head, will speak about the Infamous of Shelby County on Wednesday, July 3 at 7 pm at the Strand Theatre. She will highlight lawbreakers from the Prohibition Era in Shelby County. Bootleggers and murderers dotted the police blotter during Prohibition.  

    The Velma Wortman Morristown Branch focuses on science and fiction this week. Sci-fi trivia begins at 6 pm Tuesday, July 2, for ages 6 through adults, with a special Doctor Who Fun Day for the entire family at 2 pm Saturday, July 6. But elementary-age children, ages 6 through 11, are invited to put together a DIY robot kit on Friday, July 5 from 1 to 3 pm.  

    Dutton the Physical Therapy Dog will visit the Shelbyville Branch Youth Department on Monday, July 8 at 6 pm. However, now is the time to register for a time with Dutton. Dutton specializes in listening to children who may struggle with reading aloud. Research shows that therapy dogs can help reduce anxiety as well as improve focus and attention span.  

    For more information about the library’s program, call the Shelbyville Branch at 317-398-7121, the Morristown Branch at 765-818-1718, or visit its website: https://www.myshelbylibrary.org/