The Indiana online library, INSPIRE, gives any Indiana resident access to a wealth of information from magazine and newspaper articles to the Gale Testing and Education Reference Center. Hidden behind the link to Other Databases is the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, a database bursting at the seams with full text arts and crafts magazines, full text books, and videos. You can browse by category: Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Home & Garden, Indoor Recreation, Kids Crafts, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, Outdoor Recreation, Performing Arts, Science & Technology, and Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts. You can also search by Publication (I did a search for Spin-Off magazine, and they have several years of full text issues!). If you’re searching for information on anything from juggling to fly tying to model rockets to spinning, you will find it. It is fun to browse and easy to search for specifics, and you can print, e-mail and save any of the articles you find. Hidden in the Other Databases with the Hobbies & Crafts you’ll also find the Home Improvement Reference Center and the Health & Wellness Resource Center, both useful databases. To access INSPIRE and all its databases from home you will have to create an account from the INSPIRE home page. You can access INSPIRE directly from the library using our computers or your own. So next time you are in need of crafting inspiration, take a look at INSPIRE and the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.
GO is the world’s oldest strategy board game and one of the most widely played in the world today. It originated in China over 4000 years ago. GO is one of the simplest games in the world, but it can also be very complex. Two players play on a board of intersecting grid lines, with black and white “stones.” The object of the game is to build territories and to capture your opponents stones. The game takes only 5 minutes to learn. The library has started a GO Club, which meets on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Join us to learn more about this popular game and to try your hand at playing it. If you already know how to play, join us to teach others. The first meeting is on Thursday, April 17th, at 3:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Some of us still call the facility the Care Center, but it is officially the Brown County Health and Living Community. Many in Brown County may be unaware that the library provides services to the residents of the “Care Center.” Each week on Friday morning one of our staff members visits the Care Center to take materials (books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, etc.) to the residents there, many of whom formerly were long-time library patrons. The staff member who goes each week also stays to lead a program of reading stories, articles, jokes and anecdotes, talking about the news of the day, celebrating holidays, reminiscing and generally having a good time. If you or a friend or relative lives there or are in rehab at the Care Center, please take advantage of this opportunity to have library materials each week and to participate in the activities on Friday mornings at 10:00.
Did you miss us? Yes, the entire staff was away on Thursday the 13th of March. The library was bravely run by the library board members while we all went up for a day of the national PLA (Public Library Association) convention in Indy.
While our librarians were able to attend the entire conference, the rest of us could not resist a day trip up to join them. Most of us had never had a chance to attend a library convention before. We are so grateful to the board members for volunteering to keep the library open for us and our patrons
A Novel Bunch book club is reading Jim Fergus’ One Thousand White Women on March 20th, 2:00-3:30. An historical novel transporting readers to another time and place, namely the western prairies, in 1875. In the 1850′s, a peace conference was held in Fort Laramie and a prominent North Cheyenne chief requested of the U.S. Army, a gift of one thousand white women as brides for his warriors. The chief thought by assimilating into the white man’s culture, he would be ensuring peace between the two cultures. Jim Fergus asks What If? and creates a journal of May Dodd, a courageous, inspiring main character. We feel her excitement, fear, sorrow and exultation as she and other women friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime ! Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.