For Love of Jane Austen!

Many of us have read Jane Austen’s novels.  If you’re a real fan, you probably have your favorite!  In The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler all the characters host and lead the discussion of their favorite Jane Austen books. Chapter by chapter, Fowler uses a different Austen novel to illuminate each of her characters.  Jocelyn, a single trainer of dogs is happy with her life as it is, until meeting Grigg at a conference.  Sylvia, best friend to Jocelyn, has recently separated from her husband of many years and is trying to pull her life together.  Bernadette, the oldest of the group at 67, has experienced life to the hilt and brings her unique perspective on marriage, life and death. Allegra, Sylvia’s daughter, beautiful and daring, tries to help her mother readjust, while dealing with her own relationships.  Prudie, the youngest of the group, a high school French teacher, dreams of going to Paris, but never has, as it may not live up to her expectations!  Grigg, the only man, is a mystery, a lover of science fiction. He grew up with 3 older sisters, so relating to the other women is relatively easy!  The parallels between the six characters and the six novels are illuminating, proving that Jane Austen’s works are just as relevant now, as they were 200 years ago!

The Novel Bunch book club is celebrating its one year anniversary!  On June 18, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., at the library,there will be lunch, the movie The Jane Austen Book Club and discussion.

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Phasing Out VHS

Like it or not, everything changes. For many reasons it has been decided to phase out our VHS tape collection. The official date is August 1, 2014.
We realize many of our patrons still have VCRs and enjoy watching some of these movies over and over. Therefore, we are offering the opportunity for you to try to obtain tapes for your own collection.
If there are movies on tape here at the library which you would like to own, just bring the tape to the desk and make a donation. We will process it (remove it from our system) and you can have it back immediately. Come in soon, before your favorite movie is gone.

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Too old for children’s books?


Just because you’re an adult or a young adult doesn’t mean that you’re too old to use children’s books as a resource for yourself.

Juvenile nonfiction can be a great source of information if you want to learn some basics about a new or unfamiliar topic.  Juvenile books are generally well-researched and written to present information in an understandable & straightforward format.

When planning to travel to another country or state, looking through a juvenile book on that place can give you a good idea of what you’ll find. Most of this information will be found in the j900’s

If you’re befuddled by technology, but need to understand some terms, the books in the j600’s (applied technology) can help you understand how something works or what a term means.

Want to know more about your neighbor’s new pet?  The children’s collection has many books on dog & cat breeds, as well as assorted pets, mostly found in the j600’s.  But if you want to know more about the raccoon that keeps raiding your garden, look in the j500’s for information on wild critters.

The list could go on and on.  Just search in the catalog for the topic under ‘subject’ or ‘keyword’ and the library’s materials on that topic will pop up for you.  Those with a call number beginning with a ‘j’ will be found in children’s.

Of course, you can always ask for help. The staff is here to do just that.

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Hidden INSPIRE-ation

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.

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GO Club Gets Going

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.  Meetings are in Room A or B, depending on the week.  There will be no meeting on Thursday, May 29.

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