It may be cold and dreary but the Washington Carnegie Public Library’s lineup of spring programs may serve as a little motivation to consider leaving the house or at least dream about warmer temperatures.

“We have a great lineup of free programs that cover arts and culture, science and more planned for spring,” said Rick Chambon, the library’s adult programming and outreach coordinator.

Chambon said the first program, slated for March 12 at 6:30 p.m., will feature area artists and gallery owners Andy Jendrzejewski and Amy DeLap who will show what it takes to run a contemporary art gallery.

Jendrzejewski and DeLap both retired from Vincennes University’s art and design department and operate Art Space Vincennes, LLC. The couple, who taught for more than 30 years at the university, will share about their current pursuits in art as well as what their gallery offers as far as viewing and/or purchasing high-quality contemporary art at reasonable prices.

The gallery owners are also responsible for branding Vincennes’ First Friday Art Walks, monthly events that have spurred the current revival of the city’s Main Street, and bring between 80 and 200 people into the gallery during the warmer months.

Also beginning on March 12 will be the Indiana State Historical Society’s traveling exhibit called “Auto Indiana.”

The exhibit, which will be on display at the library through April 11 during the library’s normal business hours, Chambon said, will showcase the Hoosier state’s automotive past.

According to a release from the Indiana Historical Society, the exhibit will explore Indiana inventors like Elwood Haynes and Ralph Teetor as well as automakers Studebaker and Duesenberg. It will also discuss the ties between the industry and other economic opportunities including the iron, steel and glass businesses.

The display is made possible by Kroger.

On April 8, be prepared to get your hands dirty as Daviess County Purdue Extension’s Ag and Natural Resources Educator Luis Santiago and members of the Master Gardeners demonstrate how to create vegetable and flower container gardens. Registration for this program is requested.

“The purpose of the program is to encourage gardening opportunities, especially for individuals with limited space at home or that due to physical limitations, cannot enjoy of the traditional backyard gardening,” said Santiago. “The program will cover basic concepts such as container selection, soil, watering, light and more. Master Gardeners volunteers will also provide some container arrangement ideas to help the participants have a better concept of what they can do at home.”

The container gardening program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Ever wonder what’s in your genes? Library STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Programming Coordinator Cailey Moreland will help provide those answers during the April 30 program that begins at 6:30 p.m.

“We will delve into the unique code that makes you look like you,” said Moreland. “This adult STEM program will tie into the genealogy program (taking place on May 14 at 6:30 p.m.) because we will be discussing how traits are inherited from parents.”

Moreland said one of the major topics of the hour-long program will be taster traits.

“The PTC gene codes for taste receptors are on the tongue and allows for individuals to taste a range of sweet, salty, sour and bitter,” said Moreland. “It should be a fun program for attendees to learn about themselves and the unique way their body codes itself.”

The genealogy program, which will be the finale of the spring series, will be hosted by the library’s Marcee Wininger and Richard Overton.

“We will be going over basic genealogy,” said Wininger, who said the program will cover the basic of getting started on a family tree. “It’s important to know where you come from and where you are going.”

To register for the genealogy program, call the library at 812-254-4586.

For more information on the library’s spring programming, visit www.washingtonpubliclibrary.org or find them on Facebook.

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