Monday, December 18, 2006

Carnegie Museum (new construction)

You may be interested in checking out the December 2006 construction images of the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County. Take a look at the rest of the Carnegie Museum site, too, in order to see the floor plan, donate an item, or simply volunteer.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County web site

In case you have not noticed the new link on our library home page, be sure to check out the section that describes the new Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County. Here you can find out about the museum, see construction images, fill out a form to donate an item or to volunteer, and more. You can go directly to the Carnegie section at

Monday, December 11, 2006

From a New Point of View: Watercolor, Sculpture, Acrylics at CDPL

December gallery at CDPL Local Montgomery County artist Pat Fay has worn many hats in his life, but the hat for which he is best known is his "artist's chapeau" worn while painting, sculpting or teaching art classes. Because of his notoriety, Pat was invited to share his eclectic creations in an exhibit in the Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery at the Crawfordsville Public Library from Friday, December 8, 2006 until Wednesday, January 3, 2007. Give yourself a sparkling tinsel-treat, visit the Gallery and pick out a special Christmas gift for a special someone. You'll be so glad you did.Though he has resided in Montgomery County with his wife and five children as long as anyone can remember Pat is a native of Dearborn, MI where he attended Detroit Area Public Schools. His earliest artistic memory is that of drawing cartoon characters with his Aunt Grace and Mother. The positive response of an encouraging first grade elementary school teacher, who after seeing his sculptured snowman, sent him to show his accomplishment to all the classes in the school, was the response Pat needed to realize the value of his art and that it was definitely worth devoting leisure time to. In seventh or eighth grade, with the pulse of curiosity thumping in his veins, Pat dug some clay from an empty field next to his home and sculpted a bust of Abraham Lincoln. After it had air dried, he took it to school to show his Art teacher who was delighted and insisted on showing it to the Principal. Impressed beyond words, the Principal asked if she could keep the sculpture as a school display. With great pride, Pat answered "of course" and skipped home to share the good news with his family. It was a little different story at home. Happily sharing his accomplishment, Pat somehow found himself in "big trouble" with his Mother for giving away something she wanted. Oops! Many years later Pat fashioned a second Abraham Lincoln bust as a gift to his mother who never parted with it. Pat continued to excel at art, which had become his passion, until he discovered girls and put his art on the back burner temporarily. Imagine! It remained in the background during his stint in the Air Force and after his discharge in 1958, when he married and began the busy years of responsibility raising five children. There was little time for artwork, so the artwork gene went into hibernation for a while. After ten years of marriage, Pat began to find little slips of time to devote to art and was delighted to return to sculpture. He took several classes at the Cranbrook Institute of Art and continued his growth in the medium for several years. When boredom set in, he taught himself to draw with pastels. This became his medium of choice until acrylic paints caught his eye. Many books and much practice helped him create several paintings which he found pleasing. A move to Crawfordsville stimulated Pat to try yet another medium when he discovered watercolor paintings and the artists who created them. After workshops and years spent honing his skills, Pat continues to create pleasing paintings from which he derives great pleasure. So, come on in and see what Pat has created from that great imagination bubbling quietly under his always recognizable "artist's chapeau".

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County

The progress on the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County continues, with an opening date projected to be late spring. Very soon the CDPL web site will have a link to more information on this exciting project. We will also have a form for you to submit if you wish to donate an item or volunteer.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County progress

Terrazzo Work is now being done to restore the century-old terrazzo floor of the former Carnegie library. Terrazzo is a type of floor where marble is mixed with cement to provide a durable yet elegant surface. This floor will be visible in the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County's main gallery spaces. You can read more about terrazzo flooring in Wikipedia.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Hoosier Salon 82nd Annual Traveling Exhibition

Hoosier Salon entrant
What We Love about Art

What do we love about art? Is it something that deeply touches our souls? Is it the way color and form interact, or the way a piece comes together to touch our imagination? Answers to these and many other questions will be available in the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery at the 82nd Annual Hoosier Salon Traveling Exhibition What We Love about Art from Monday, November 13 to Thursday, December 7, 2006.

This annual exhibition of quality art by Indiana's best began in 1925 when the Daughters of Indiana opened the doors to the first Hoosier Salon exhibition at Marshal Field and Company Galleries in Chicago. In 1941 the Hoosier Salon came home to Indianapolis, where the Daughters were eager to prove that Indiana artists deserve national attention. They presented the artists with a venue in which to exhibit and hope that a Hoosier work of art will find its way into every home in the state. A lofty goal indeed, for the Salon patrons, who work diligently to achieve this goal each year.

To belong to the Salon, an artist must be a current Indiana resident, current dues-paying member, or have lived in the state for at least one year. A member of the Salon may enter up to three pieces of art each year into this juried show. In this 17th year of being housed at the Indiana State Museum, there were 537 pieces entered in the show. Of these, 180 two and three-dimensional works of art in a medley of styles and media by 137 artist members were juried into the show.

From September through January, 150 of these pieces are divided into five tours that travel to 30 venues throughout the state. There were 35 first time exhibitors. Our own Rob O'Dell and Jerry Smith were among the artists juried into the show.

The jury included Patricia Hickson, Des Moines Art Center curator and Teresa Parker, Director/Curator of the Crown Center Gallery at Chicago's Loyola University. Hickson has 12 years of curatorial experience, including curatorial work at the California's Berkeley Art Museum and the Institution of Contemporary Art in Boston, Mass. Parker has 26 years of curatorial experience and now teaches at Loyola University.

It is our hope that viewers who can, consider purchasing a piece for their own private collections and others incorporate images in their mind's eye, where they may be recalled at any time in the future.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Fantasy of Silken Enchantment

A Fantasy of Silken Enchantment Hand-dyed Scarves by Crawfordsville Artist Lorraine Swift

Lorraine Swift's interest in all things artistic began well before she can even remember, and eventually led her to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University, where she specialized in metalsmithing, but also explored carving, sculpture, drawing and painting. Her adventuresome multi-media explorations continue today as she experiments with silk painting, dyeing and several other artistic endeavors. Lately, Lorraine's imagination has been captured by the nuances of hand-dyeing and painting on silk; "a delightful medium to work in," she says, because it is strong, yet light as a butterfly wing, flows smoothly and drapes elegantly with a shimmering brilliance and luxurious inner glow that adds depth and richness to the colored dyes. How did Lorraine's interest in silk evolve? A few years back, while her husband was vacationing in Europe, he was shown a method of silk painting called the "gutta-serti" technique. He instantly recognized that Lorraine
would enjoy this technique, so he bought, and brought home, enough supplies to demonstrate the process to her. It turns out to be one of her favorite techniques in the creation of a painterly piece. The origins of "gutta serti" are somewhat mysterious, but its enormous appeal is certainly not. Gutta serti is a barrier-resist technique employing the use of a rubbery resist (gutta) drawn by hand in a line from a pointy-tipped squeeze bottle onto the surface of silk stretched taut in a frame. The artist uses this line to delineate a shape or space in which she can control dye flow. The technique can be precise and exacting or loose and flowing depending on the intent of the artist. The process is complete when the silk is steam-set for colorfastness, washed and rinsed to remove excess dye and gutta, resulting in a soft and lustrous silk. As with so many artistic endeavors, one technique leads to experimenting with another and another and so on. Through experimentation, Lorraine found another pressure-resist fabric dyeing method involving a precise, complex, convoluted tie-dye method that renders intricate, kaleidoscopic patterns of line, color and shape. "In spite of its complexity," Lorraine says "the pressure-resist" process, can be and is a very spontaneous, exciting method to work with. The term pressure-resist describes the dye barrier - pressure. Clamps, clips, sticks, or any number of things may be utilized to apply this pressure. The fabric is folded or pinched or puckered, then clamped and dyed, resulting in intricate and beautiful patterns. The fiber-reactive dye is set with an alum mordant. After washing the dye and mordant out, the fabric is rinsed and ironed to achieve its original luxurious drape and hand. So, a pastime begun long ago with crayons and paint-by-number pictures, has evolved into an art career for Lorraine working with silk, paints, dyes, resists and a myriad of other pursuits including carving, sun-printing, sewing, and quilting. Lorraine's scarves may be seen in the Display Cases of the Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery in the Crawfordsville District Public Library through November and December 2006.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Carnegie regains its steps!

After an absence of more than 30 years, the former Carnegie Library is getting its steps back. The building is being converted to become the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County. The restoration will bring back much of the original beauty of the building that was constructed in 1902 and served as a library until 2005.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Joy of Painting

The Joy of Painting! Learn to Paint with Richard Murray. To be held the second Saturday of the month from November 11, 2006 to May 12, 2007. Cost. $35.00 for each class. Payable to Richard Murray. List of supplies to be purchased will be at Circulation Desk. Register at Circulation Desk by Thursday before class. For further information contact the library at 362-2242, Extension 2.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Quintessential Quilt Artist Exhibits Art Quilts at CDPL

Linda Gray grew up around her grandmother and aunts in an environment that embraced all types of crafts and artistic endeavors. One of her aunts was an elementary school teacher. She asked Linda to draw a series of posters on insects and flowers for her science class. Her aunt's colleagues were so impressed with her work; they asked if she would produce similar exhibits for them. This was the first external validation of Linda's creativity, and she was off and running. She learned to knit, crochet and use her grandmother's treadle sewing machine. She made doll clothes, table runners and what she then called 'blankets' for her dolls from scraps of fabric. She absolutely loved working with her hands. From 1981 through 1986, Linda lived and worked in Seoul, Korea. At the end of her stay, she asked each of her new friends to make a quilt block that depicted thoughts about their friendship. She gave each person a square of muslin fabric to use for the project and received about 50 blocks back. She sewed them together with sashing and created a quilt top. After returning to the United States, she realized that she had no idea how to complete the quilt. In 1996, (yes, a full ten years later) she took her first quilting class from Dallas Reed, and has been "hooked on quilting" ever since. Her style has evolved over the years, going from rather traditional to very contemporary. She learned that adhering to strict rules was not comfortable for her. The thought of going to "quilter's jail" for not having a perfect quarter inch seam or cutting a piece of fabric to an exact 1/32 of an inch, led her quickly to doing her own thing. She learned to create her own patterns and designs. She has done some fabric dying and fabric painting in the style of Phil Beaver. Linda uses a lot of beads and other embellishments to enhance her projects. Her subject matter changes with her mood, consequently, she has a wide variety of themes. She has a floral series, a jazz series and quite a few abstracts. She loves batiks, African fabrics, Oriental fabrics, Australian fabrics and black and white fabrics. Her most recent workshop was with Hollis Chatelain. In this setting she learned to paint with procion dye powder. The dying, along with threadwork techniques, has become Linda's 'new' favorite passion. In her first attempt at using this dye and threadwork process, Linda's chose a person as her subject. This was probably the most difficult subject matter she could have chosen to paint, but she was very proud of her finished product. As she continues to grow and looks back at the craftsmanship and fabric choices of her first attempts at quilting, she wonders 'What was I thinking'????? Linda has just begun to share her passion with the world. Recently, she was chosen as featured artist at a quilt show sponsored by the Indianapolis Quilt Guild. Several pieces of her work were displayed in the Indianapolis Museum of Art's exhibit in the Cultural Pavilion at Indianapolis Black Expo. From that experience, Linda was chosen to work on the IMA Community quilt, which will be on exhibit at IMA as part of its permanent collection. Linda hopes you will enjoy her work as much as she has enjoyed creating it.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Web page updates

In case you have not noticed yet, you may want to check out two new parts of our web site. Both are in the list of Your Library links. Now we have a "remodeled" Youth Services section. We have also added a place for Young Adults, which is named Teen Lounge. Be sure to check out these new parts to see what we have to offer.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A.B.C.D. = Adult Book Club Discussions

Crawfordsville District Public Library Presents: Adult Book Club Discussions!

Adults 18 and over are welcome to join us for our 4th annual Adult Book Discussion Group! We meet the first Monday of every month 6:30-8:30 pm starting Nov. 6th, 2006. Enjoy lively discussions, friendly people, and snacks! Sign up at our Circulation Desk for a copy of our current book at anytime throughout the year. Remember: "Open Books Open Minds."

For more information contact: Christina, Carol, or Janet P. @ 362-2242 ext. 2. There will be a kick-off party: Sept. 25th at 6:30.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Coming to CDPL Oct 28 (1-3 pm): writing workshop

Award-winning novelist and short story writer Patricia Henley will help you discover the stories you already know. In this 2-hour workshop, we will focus on uncovering some of the big moments of your own life and learning how to use those ingredients to create fiction that is new and meaningful. As a teaching tool, she will use an example from her own short stories, "The Secret of Cartwheels." All interested adult and teen writers (over 16) are welcome to attend. Beginners encouraged! Patricia Henley's novel, Hummingbird House, was a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award and the New Yorker Fiction Prize (2000). Patricia has taught in the MFA Program at Purdue University for nineteen years. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with her husband, her nephew, and two beloved cats. If you'd like to know more about her work, Check out her website address: The Workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, sign up at the circ desk

Thursday, August 31, 2006

ANCORA IMPARO & Glassdancing Displays

Fisher quiltANCORA IMPARO is a Latin phrase meaning "I am still learning." This phrase is highly reflective of the life of Dana Warner Fisher to date. As a library media specialist at Tuttle Middle School, Dana strives to inspire children to become lifelong readers and learners, by modeling her own love of books and scholarship. Since 2004, she has been a graduate student at IUPUI working toward her master's degree in Library Science. As a quilt artist, she constantly collects images and inspirations as raw material for her art quilt work. As a person, she is continually trying to grow and improve. In Dana's past, there has always been a distinction between her art quilts and her utility sewing. With these new quilts, in the ANCORA IMPARA Art Quilt Exhibit, Dana has challenged herself to interlace these diverse aspects of creative work. She also hopes that this new work will be more reflective of her own personal process. Dana has been making quilts since 1975, when she worked as a professional actress. During this time she met Jim Fisher when they were cast in a production of Annie Get Your Gun. They married in 1977 and have two grown children, Dan and Anna. They have made their home in Crawfordsville since 1978. Dana's work has been exhibited at the Old Jail Museum, Wabash College, Skidmore College, Denison University, Quilt America, the American Quilters' Society (Paducah, Kentucky), the International Quilt Festival (Houston, Texas), Quilt/Surface Design Symposium Invitational "99 (Columbus, Ohio), the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The Indiana Arts Commission owns two of her quilts and another quilt is part of the permanent collection of the Theatre Museum of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. Dana's exhibit will be featured in the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery from Wednesday, August 30 until Friday, September 28, 2006. You will delight in this "learning librarian's" reflection on her life until now! Dana wishes to invite the community to join her at a reception, from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2006, in the Donnelley Room on the Library's Lower Level. All are welcome!

Yeiter glass Sharing the September Gallery with Dana Warner Fisher is Fused Glass Artist Nancy Joalta Yeiter, whose work will occupy the new display cases in the gallery. GlassDancing is the business name Nancy has chosen for her adventures in the eclectic art of fused glass making. Coming from a family of artists, Nancy has explored many artistic mediums in her life. For the past several years, however, her artistic explorations have led her on a journey of discovery in the medium of glass making. Working with elements of light, color and dimension, Nancy has created framed wall enhancements, three dimensional glass art, functional glass work and unique and unusual jewelry. She has studied artistic glass creation at the Indianapolis Art Center, read many books on the subject and taken a variety of workshops from experts in the field. Nancy has entered her work in the Crawfordsville Art League's Downtown Art Exhibit for the past several years. Her work was well received and juried into the exhibit each time. Her jewelry may be seen and purchased at Heathcliff's Women's Clothing Store on Washington Street in Crawfordsville. Nancy's work may also be viewed her home gallery any day by appointment. She enjoys the challenge of customer based ideas and would be happy to help you explore the possibilities of a new idea with her in a private consultation leading to custom work. Call 362-6097 for an appointment.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Libros, Journal & Courier en espanol

The Crawfordsville District Public Library has a special display just to the right of the entrance. It features books in Spanish. The library is now subscribing to the monthly Journal & Review (Lafayette) en espanol. Copies are available at the entrance to the reading room and upstairs at the reference desk at the beginning of each month. The headline of the Agosto edition is the question, Cual es el impacto de la immigracion?

Here's some recently received fiction. Myla Goldberg's Wickett's Remedy visits Boston in 1918 when a former medical student creates a mail-order patent medicine just as the Spanish influenza epidemic begins to change his life and just as the stolen formula is also transformed into a soft drink. Beasts of No Nation is Uzodinma Iweala's portrait of a young boy in a West African nation who is recruited into guerrilla fighting. Harry Turtledove's In High Places places teenage adventurous agents of Crosstime Traffic in alternate history between California and Versailles, France. Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury finds parents planning flight to prevent their adopted son's return to his just-released-from-prison biological father. The Whole World Over by Julia Glass weaves a tapestry about connections and about how accidents great or small, can determine choices in love and marriage.These requests are ready for their applicants. Jacquelyn Mitchard's Cage of Stars illuminates struggles in a close-knit Mormon community when two sisters are brutally murdered. Levi's Will by Dale Cramer shows an Amish farm in Ohio where a fallen man seeks to reconcile old and new worlds. The Wind of the Khazars by Marek Halter is a historically accurate account of how a warrior nation converted to Judaism under King Bulan in the 900s AD. Carol Higgins Clark's Hitched is another Regan Reilly story of eccentric characters, this time about brides and grooms involved when their specially designed wedding clothes are part of a crime. New Orleans detective Reuben Montoya appears again as he matches wits with a twisted psychopath in Lisa Jackson's Shiver. Julian Barnes' Arthur & George, short listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize, makes a detective story into a real-life mystery with riddles of identity and imagination, as one character, half-Indian, and the other, creator of the world's most famous literary detective, take turns on the pages. Thomas Perry's Nightlife has high-voltage shocks and sympathetic characters in the Portland, Oregon cat-and-mouse tale of a female serial killer hunting a female police officer. Three books about food are Vegan Vengeance with Isa Moskowitz' 150 recipes that rock, Diana Abu-Jaber's The Language of Baklava a Jordanian/American culinary memoir, and The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods showing old favorite recipes using new flours described by Bette Hagman. Books about sports conclude this column. Last Dance is John Feinstein's 60-year collection of stories for fans of basketball's Final Four including reports by John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski, and comments by Bill Bradley and Michael Jordan. A big showy book A Week in the Life of NASCAR has an additional title A View from Within giving unrestricted access to the lives of teams, crews and drivers, from the publishers of NASCAR SCENE. Say It's So is Phil Rogers' look at the Chicago White Sox march to its 2005 World Series victory. Soccerhead gives Jim Haner's meditation on the poetry and politics of the game as a memoir, a cultural history, and a reflection on the Zen-ness of the sport. Organizing Successful Tournaments by John Byl includes a CD with 1,000 schedule templates. Coaching Fastpitch Softball Successfully comes from Kathy Veroni and Roanna Brazier.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Thirteen Local Businesses are Sponsors!

Yes, local sponsors are providing great prizes for weekly drawings in the Crawfordsville District Public Library's summer adult reading program. As 34 patrons read books on four different routes from the East to the West coast and a final book on Indiana, one whose name is drawn is receiving a special prize each week. Come see the colorful countdown display on the south wall. The literary-savvy businesses shown helping the cause are Arni's, Campbell's on Main, College Street Deli, heathcliffe, Maggie's Angels, La Rose on Main, Milligans Flowers and Gifts, Nogginz, Pace Dairy, Schloot Furniture, Staples, Top Line Athletics, and Visible Changes Hair Salon. By August 14th, 25 patrons crossed the Mississippi for grab bags; Friends of the Library workers are donating book-sale funds for the Grand Prize. Such community generosity is encouraging patrons to spend this summer as bibliophiles, profiting from the huge collection of reading available at 205 S. Washington Street.

Now, here is some new nonfiction. Two books for brides and grooms are Pretty Weddings for Practically Pennies by Catherine Risling and Accessorizing the Bride by Norma Shephard, showing vintage wedding finery through the decades. Building the Titanic by Rod Green is the Reader's Digest history of the famous ocean liner. Coroner's Journal by Louis Catraldie is his story of work in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, from 1998 to 2003, showing how he stalked death in the Deep South's small city with big-city problems. For local basketball fans comes Landon Turner's Tales from the 1980-'81 (team) Indiana Hoosiers. Fantasyland is Sam Walker's season spent on baseball's lunatic fringe, when he traveled 19,000 miles spending $10,000 to play in Tout Wars, an unusual baseball league, to answer "Can excellence be predicted by statistics or is the human element more important?" State Fair by Arthur Grace is composed of text and black and white photos with the flavor and uniqueness of this annual celebration in 10 states. Forbidden Faith by Richard Smoley explains Gnostics, their history, and their ideas that keep reappearing throughout history, from roots in the Gospel of Thomas discovered in Egypt. Weird U.S. is a travel guide to America's local legends in back roads of America, like rock formations, unusual roadside attractions, and best-kept secrets; it includes the Indiana Medical History Museum in Indianapolis. The Book of the Dragon by Ciruelo (Cabral), is a glimpse, with sketches, of culture we imagine, including the beauty and terror of an unknown world. Farley Mowat's No Man's River tells an Arctic tale of his life among Metis trappers, native people struggling in a brutal environment. Elizabeth Peters' novel Tomb of the Golden Bird is about archaeology in Egypt and the sinister forces blended into its scenery. It's as if South Africa confronts its history in Lisa Fugard's Skinner's Drift about the family farm on a stretch of land where jackals and leopards roam. Sometimes you can tell more truth through fiction reads the cover of Richard Clarke's The Scorpion's Gate, and in his new geopolitical thriller the reader moves into a future concerned with realigning the map of the Middle East. Chieh Chieng's A Long Stay in a Distant Land covers three generations of a wayward family, and the unexpected ways culture, love, and myth work to sustain and threaten family ties. Call to Arms by Livia Hallam visits Charleston, South Carolina as its secession ordinance is signed in 1860 and the story of young students and friends highlights the battle of Fort Sumter and other battles to come. In Wild Animus by Rich Shapero a young man rejects his normal life to follow an inner calling to the Alaskan wilderness.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Plaster update on Carnegie Museum

The plastering of the Carnegie Musuem of Montgomery County (CMMC) is nearly finished on the second floor (the former non-fiction stack area when the Carnegie was a library). Here you can see most of the scaffolding has been removed after the holes and cracks around the clerestory have been filled. The clerestory provided a lot of natural light for the library before it was hidden by a drop ceiling in the 1970s.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Montgomery County WIC celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Come Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with Us! We will have information on breastfeeding, door prizes, story time for kids, games, food, and fun!

Relax ~ Rejuvenate ~ Relate

When: Wednesday, August 2nd, 10am-12pm
Where: Crawfordsville Public Library 205 S. Washington St.

Everyone is invited to join us! Bring your family and friends to celebrate healthy babies of the greater Crawfordsville area.

Montgomery County WIC -- (Women, Infants, & Children) Programs (765) 362-3772

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Plastering the Carnegie

Work continues on the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County. At this point the former non-fiction area (2nd floor) is being replastered in order to restore some of the original look -- before much of it was hidden by drop ceilings.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Genealogy Club upcoming program

How to Share a Local Treasure with the World: the Digitization of Henry Campbell's Civil War Diary
Tuesday, 8 August 2006
6:30 p.m. executive committee
7:00 p.m. in the Community Room-A of the Crawfordsville District Public Library

Program by Bill Helling
In 1862, Henry Campbell, a 16-year-old resident of Crawfordsville, lied about his age to enlist in the 18th Indiana Artillery Battery. He was about to be rejected because of his youth when Eli Lilly, the company commander, intervened to make Henry his personal bugler. Henry served in the battery until the end of the war, eventually earning a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, participating in campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. During this time, Henry kept a journal of his experiences, carefully recording his impressions. After the war, he gathered his notes, adding newspaper clippings, maps, and sketches. This journal, contained in three hard-bound notebooks, is now stored in the Robert T. Ramsay, Jr. Archival Center at Wabash College. Because Henry Campbell was a literate and sensitive observer, his journal is a valuable insight into the Civil War from the perspective of an ordinary soldier. How can you access this "local treasure"? Wabash College and CDPL have been cooperating in order to digitize the manuscript. In this program, Bill Helling will describe the challenges and difficulties involved in making a Civil War journal usable and accessible to all.The program is open to the public; you don't have to be a member to attend.

For more information, please contact:

Dian Moore, Local History Librarian (Ex. 119), or Dellie Craig, Activities Director (Ex. 118)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Carnegie update

Crawfordsville District Public Library director Larry Hathaway reports that the renovation of the Carnegie building is moving along with several of the trades still working - plumbing, HVAC, electricians, and plasterers. Carpenters are replacing the rectangular windows while the large windows are still under fabrication. All state and local requirements have been met regarding cleaning of contaminated soil from the underground fuel tank, so the parking lot can be surfaced soon. Much patience has accompanied good decisions for the future of the original library. (J. Clauser) Note: This view is of the original "stacks" area where all books were once shelved. It later became the non-fiction area when the Carnegie building expanded. The clerestory had been hidden for years by a drop ceiling.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Carnegie Building --- North Face

Have you ever seen the north face of the Carnegie building? Well, no one has since 1979 when the old Davis autombile dealership was attached to it in order to expand the public library. During the conversion process (the Carnegie building is becoming a museum), you may discover some of the building that you never saw before. And soon you will see some of the original splendor of the 1902 construction.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Imaginative Images in Cloth Sparkle at CDPL Gallery

As July fireworks burst forth and shower their sparkling beauty into the sky, so too the imaginative images of Sara Kleihauer shower their brilliance onto the newly surfaced walls of the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery, from Monday, July 3 until Monday, July 31, 2006.

Sara Kleihauer, aka "Crafty Lady" has been exploring as many creative mediums as she could find for most of her life. She has never been one to sit still for very long. Retiring in 2000, Sara moved to Crawfordsville and took a job at The Sewing Connection where she learned about fabric and how it could be manipulated into beautiful and intuitive designs using the art of quilting. From then on she was hooked and hasn't stopped quilting since.

Her quilting ideas, designs and productions bubble to the surface of her being in the middle of the night, at a quilt show, while sitting on the back porch or taking her golden retriever "Libby" for a walk. Of course when those ideas float to the surface, they MUST be dealt with IMMEDIATELY, if not sooner!

Sara's artistic creations and experiments speak passionately, but not necessarily in the skilled manner to which she aspires nor the one taught her by talented Sugar Creek Quilt Guild members, and most especially teacher Anita Hardwick and mentor Jean Goebel. Humbled by the invitation to exhibit at the Library in spite of what she considers "imperfections" in her work, Sara says, "if given the chance to re-create the item of concern, she wouldn't change a thing for each quilt speak volumes to her, just the way they are" . . .

Having fun with fabric is definitely Sara's bailiwick. She loves to design and create new patterns, figure out complex ones (with or without the actual pattern), and sometimes just play with fabric to see what happens.

She doesn't call herself a "serious quilter", for she has yet to create an "heirloom quilt" (haven't even started one to stash under the bed yet), but eats, sleeps and dreams quilting. She spends all her vacations visiting quilt shops and attending out-of-town Quilt Shows.

Born and raised in a small Northern Ohio town provided Sara with a perfect stepping stone to begin an exciting and adventure-filled life. After two years at Ohio University, she married and moved to Greece where she bicycled all over Europe. Returning to the US on her own, she settled in McHenry, Illinois where she worked in the research laboratories of the Quaker Oats company and met her second husband Ken Farman to whom she was married for 18 years preceding his death.

When she married husband number three, Chris Kleihauer, she not only became his wife, but a step-mom to a son 21, and two daughters 8 and 12. Though this marriage changed her entire life, Sara was so grateful to have the children and grandchildren, who continue to delight and amaze her every day, when Chris passed away just a few years later.

Sugar Creek Quilters and Outta the Box Quilters have become Sara's newest family and support group. She thrives on their workshops, retreats and quilt bees. She recently joined Common Threads Quilt Guild of Lafayette as well. She enjoys teaching patchwork, especially new techniques. Once she discovers something she simply can't wait to share it -- both the technique and the quilt itself. All her quilts are sewn on the machine, and are machine quilted as well.

Sara started "Journal Quilting" after seeing a group of journal quilts at the Chicago Illinois Quilt Show. These are roughly page-size quilts representing something she is struggling with at the moment. She often uses them to try out a new technique in a smaller format, but more often she presents herself with the challenge of creating something ordinary that has happened that month. Recently a "Journal Quilt" appeared depicting Sara's frustration with the Japanese Beetles resting on and stripping the leaves and flowers of her prized Rose Of Sharon! Another depicts what goes on inside her head in a self-portrait.

Do visit the library's gallery and experience first-hand the firecracker beauty of this unique and multi-talented woman's quilts sparkling from the walls for your viewing pleasure. See you there!

Diane Hammill
CDPL Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery Coordinator

Friday, June 30, 2006

New non-fiction DVDs!

Recently CDPL has received many DVDs on such non-fiction topics as NASCAR, travel, opera, and so on. Here is a partial list, in no partucular order, of what you can find! (These DVDs will be on the 2nd floor in the non-fiction area; they are not shelved with our regular DVD movies).

  • Carmen
  • The B-2 Stealth Bomber: America's deadliest weapon
  • Auschwitz--inside the Nazi state
  • Africa live: the Roll Back Malaria concert: a film
  • The 2003 encyclopedia of boating tips: from anchors to zincs.
  • The boys of Baraka
  • Fastpitch
  • The fantastic world of M.C. Escher
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Dan Burstein's Secrets of angels demons & masons
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The crucible
  • The Color of paradise
  • Children of Heaven
  • Guitarra!: the guitar in Spain
  • Half past autumn: the life and works of Gordon Parks.
  • Hollow city = Na cidade vazia
  • How to marry a millionaire
  • An introduction to Chinese brush painting
  • Kentucky
  • La Sylphide: ballet in two acts
  • The life of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Lost boys of Sudan
  • Nascar
  • New York
  • Swan Lake
  • Speedo: a demolition derby love story
  • Rigoletto
  • Visions of France
  • The Traditional art of making Japanese pottery: bond with the earth
  • Capote
  • Whispers of angels: a story of the Underground Railroad
  • The art of hitting slow-pitch softball

Preview Shelf -- Adult Summer Reading

Coast to Coast is the name of the Crawfordsville District Public Library's
summer reading contest program for registered patrons 16-years old and up. It begins July 1st and ends September 1st, and it's a dilly. Each of us can pick one of four routes across the U.S. and read a library book either about or set in each state along the route, finally reading one book about Indiana. Patrons may use 5 books on cassette or CD, and the rest in print, of which at least 3 must be nonfiction. A notebook at the circulation desk contains a suggested reading list. There will be weekly drawings, and 20 chances at an additional grab bag drawing for for those who've crossed the Mississippi by August 14th. The Grand Prize is a night for two in a Turkey Run cabin along with dinner and breakfast! Carol Bennett and Katie Myers have worked hard to make this summer an adventurous experience. On your mark, get set, start your engines. Motor over to the circulation desk for your map.

As you know, the library is open seven days a week; but July 4 it will be closed for the national commemoration of Independence Day. A new book by Leo Damrosch (labeled National Book Award Finalist) is a novel-like biography of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Restless Genius integrating his extraordinary writings with his tumultuous life experience as the late-18th century literary genius who so greatly influenced his readers. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America by Allen Guelzo is a powerful narrative of the Civil War's greatest moment, documented by unpublished letters and documents, and little-known accounts from newspapers, Congressional memoirs, and correspondence. Kabul in Winter by Ann Jones, authority on women and violence, reveals Afghanistan's complicated history of disastrous struggles. The Arts of Asia by Meher McArthur has chapters on jade, silk, porcelain, lacquer, ivory, bamboo, paper, bold, wood and stone. David Campbell's A Land of Ghosts studies the people and forests of the western Amazon region, called the last frontier, as wild a west as Earth has ever known. Taylor Branch's Pillar of Fire about America in the Martin Luther King, jr. era (1963-65) is part biography, part history, and part elegy. Courage After Fire by Keith Armstrong et al, is their blueprint of problem-solving techniques for veterans returning home, and it would be useful for anyone recovering from trauma. Author and journalist Oriana Fallaci's The Force of Reason uses historical punishments to make her points and she has become the symbol of Resistance to Islamo-fascism, a warrior in the cause of human freedom. Three new books champion poetry. John Crowley's The Translator is a novel about an exiled Russian poet and his American translator during the Cuban missile crisis. Summer Lake comments about daily living as David Huddle forms paragraph-like segments of humor and commonness that read like small but special happenings. The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen holds what are considered the finest poems about war in English literature, (according to C. Day Lewis). The reading is made all the more entertaining by annotations about his various drafts of composition. Vita (Victoria) Sackville-West portrays fashionable society in The Edwardians (first published in 1930) as she shows the elements that lead to its downfall. City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin is a novel of historical suspense set in Germany during the decadent and turbulent years of the 1920s and 1930s.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Scrapbooking Class Planned for July

Have you ever done any scrapbooking? This class is for beginners and advanced alike!

July 22, Saturday 9:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. (Fee: $5.00)

You are invited to come and join others who are working on their scrapbooks. Whether you are brand new or have been scrapbooking for years, you will enjoy the day of preserving your photos and memories. Beginners will learn the four steps to completing their albums and everyone will learn tips and be inspired with examples of borders and page layouts with chances of winning prizes.

Bring your photos, albums and scrapbook materials and have a day to start or finish your projects. Supplies will be available for purchase if needed. Please reserve your space by July 20, 2006 (765-362-2242 ext. 2). Payment is required the day of registration. (Kathy Peck, Creative Memories Consultant)

Monday, June 19, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Good Reads by Barnes, Cloncs, Lingeman, and Quirk

Wabash professor of history James Barnes and researcher Patience Plummer Barnes have published a study of the role and fate of German party members and British sympathizers called Nazis in Pre-War London 1930-1939. With suspense it answers who they were, what they were doing, whether they were professional espionage agents or simply residents, and when war broke out, if they were interned or expelled. The excitement includes one conclusion that "The British must be seen as having been very effective as well as very lucky in curbing attempts at espionage on the part of the Third Reich."

Michael E. Cloncs, retired German and history teacher, has composed his first story called Hominids in Hoosierland: Along the Creek. Recalling childhood time on his aunt and uncle's farm between Crawfordsville and Darlington when he fished and hunted, his writing pretends that a survivor like homo erectus (Big Foot) dwelled along Sugar Creek. The plot about a young boy and elder protector in ancient times is enhanced with his own photographs, sketches, and artifact images. He states, Even though it's a work of fiction, it also has historical accuracy (Wade Coggeshall, Journal Review, October 21, 2005). Richard Lingeman, who grew up here and graduated from Crawfordsville High School has issued Double Lives about American writers' rich and volatile friendships. Studs Terkel notes, "He comes through as a major literary critic, revealing surprising truths in the celebrated friendships and feuds of writers whose lives and art intersected." He explores friendships between notables like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, Henry James and Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser and H. L. Mencken, even F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. He begins with Rainer Maria Rilke's quote, Love consists in this: that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. Bob Quirk, Wabash College graduate, is retired in Wingate after 24 years of teaching and 10 years in administration, including service at Pleasant Hill Elementary School. He collected 43 of his articles in the Fountain County Neighbor (Attica, Indianaereere a) in 2001 and added a few unpublished pieces in Real American Stories. His final story begins, "It has been said that everyone's favorite style of music is the music they grew up with." Others are full of observations about windmills, outhouses, basketball, the Horse Thief Detective Association, his great uncle's diary as a Civil War soldier, and other interesting reminiscences we all can enjoy.

Here are other new books to borrow: Spell of the Highlander by Purdue graduate Karen Moning is her latest romance bringing together a Celtic warrior trapped in time and an archaeology student who'll pay the price for freeing him. A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo is classic with a modern twist as a governor's aide meets a carpenter/portrait painter with a shadow over his romantic history. The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie, star of the TV show The Simple Life portrays a typical Hollywood child with a life of glitz, who becomes spokes-model for a national compaign. Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah finds a six-year-old girl emerging speechless and alone from the heart of the Olympic National Forest in the Washington state. The plot of course is to figure out her past.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Summer Reading @ CDPL

Yes, children and students to 18 years, get ready for the exciting summer reading programs which will begin next Monday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library and which will include reading (of course), prizes, crafts, movies, and much more! Sign up at the Youth Services desk.

Here's a special local book. Inaugural Addresses, W. H. Taft to G. W. Bush is the 2005 Lakeside Classic issued by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, and edited by Henry Graff. Another new book is The President's House, 1800 to the Present, Margaret Truman's trip behind the scenes to the deep recesses and airiest balconies, revealing what it feels like to live in The White House. Stories of rambunctious children, tragedies, and rescues of icons, make the reader feel at home there too. The Little Book of Celtic Myths & Legends is a stroll among the heroes and heroines, wizards, witches, fairy folk, and enchantment of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland by Ken and Joules Taylor, each speech accompanied by an action photo. A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes tells of the violent and disruptive acts that created the first modern totalitarian regime. The Dolls' Dressmaker is a complete pattern book by Venus Dodge showing the intricacies of the historically-correct finished products. In Memory Quilts in the Making Rhonda Richards includes classic patterns and some new ideas, enhanced by poems, quotes, and passages. Quick & Easy Scrap Quilting in Mix and Match Sets includes wearables and other non-coverlet projects. From National Geographic come up-to-date learning books. On Assignment USA by Priit Vesilind holds up a mirror to America, reprinting pictures from the magazine's most popular stories about our land, people, journeys, cities, heroes, and disasters. From the same source, Photographs Then and Now is the mirror of our world from its archives past and present showing people and places as they were once, and as they are today. The third, by Sylvia Earle and Wolcott Henry, is Wild Ocean about America's parks under the sea, marine sanctuaries of the ocean's bounty in the North Atlantic, South Pacific, the Florida Keys, Monterey Bay and fossil beds of the Gulf of the Farallones. An Illustrated History of the First World War by John Keegan is almost like watching a movie of that period with some photos new to books. Katharine Graham's Washington tells about her personal collection of 100 essays, articles, and book excerpts covering her life period, 1917 to 2001. Some writers are Henry Kissinger, David Brinkley, Rosalynn Carter, Art Buchwald, and Nancy Reagan, a real potpourri. Another gem is The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin containing the words of more than 1,200 songs (400 of which have never before appeared in print) along with commentary and dozens of photos. Arrogance is Bernard Goldberg's treatise about rescuing America from the media elite, the culture of denial as he calls it, where contrary views are not welcome. Joy Fielding's novel Mad River Road is the place where a former prisoner seeks vengeance from his ex-wife, as other family members plan a road trip there for other reasons. Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn finds the fearless counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp directly in the line of fire when the father of a dead terrorist demands eye-for-an-eye vengeance. Stephen King's Cell (cell rhymes with hell) deals with crime involving all cell phones. Danielle Steel's The House is her 66th story, this time about a young woman's answer to an inheritance challenge - to use it for something wonderful and daring.

Dynamic Duet - Ashby & Ashby: Art & Photography

Though born in very different parts of the country, Joseph L. and Deborah K. Ashby recognized early, and separately, their passion for all things natural. The internal glow of this early passion has never dimmed, through their marriage and business careers, but has blossomed profusely in the clear light of day.

How were these multi-talented artists from Brownsburg, Indiana discovered? Just after Christmas 2005, while delivering the Hoosier Salon Traveling Exhibit to its' next venue in Plainfield Indiana's Public Library Art Gallery, I was mesmerized by the photography of Deborah and Joseph Ashby, still hanging in the Art Gallery. I knew immediately that I needed to meet these two artists and convince them to exhibit in our Library's Gallery, and soon!

Little did I know how enamored I would be by their exhibited art, and that of others, as I entered their "Artistic Designs Gallery" of Custom Framing, Fine Art, Posters & Reproduction, Art Classes, Artist Materials, Original Paintings, Limited Edition Prints and Sculpture on Green Street in Brownsburg Indiana. With bated breath, I asked if they would be open to displaying in Crawfordsville. In spite of the distance and delivery difficulties, they agreed wholeheartedly to come and share their passionate interpretation of nature in all its glory with the Crawfordsville community. HURRAY!

So, from Wednesday, May 31 until Thursday, June 29, during regular library hours, you will be treated to A DYNAMIC DUET: the Art and Photography of Debbie and Joe Ashby in the Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery at the new Library.

DEBORAH K. ASHBY was born and raised in the beautiful rolling hills of the Finger Lakes region of New York State. There was no way that Debbie could not have been influenced by the beauty that was free for the looking, every single day! Wishing to capture and share the essence of that beauty, Debbie began her photographic quest at the age of 13. It only took a few snapshots to ignite the passion within her to capture what she had seen, but to evoke her response in others who could not have her daily heritage and perhaps change their lives.

Complete with program distinction honors, Debbie received her BS Degree in Biomedical Communications (Photography) at Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey and since coming to Indiana, she has pursued her passion by taking workshops with well credentialed nature photographers.

Through her photography, Deborah has developed a fascination with natural abstractions. She seeks and finds intriguing compositions that create images that capture the imagination. She often combines these single images into multiples and creates unbelievable abstractions. She names these images "Kaleidoscopes of Nature".

Although an Illinois native, JOSEPH L. ASHBY has spent most of his life in Indiana. From an early age Joseph was attracted to everything in nature and was inspired to create unforgettable natural images with his 35 mm camera, purchased when he was 17. He developed an avid interest in nature, particularly birds, though birds are not to be found in his photography. He spends numerous hours hiking through and photographing natural areas. Some of his best images have been used in creating master plans for Indiana Nature Preserves.

Joe is essentially self-taught, though he participates in photographic workshops to better his technical skills and concentrate on composition, an area which he feels is too often neglected. Through his research in the area of composition, Joe has developed a slide presentation through which he has taught other photographers since 1995.

While the couple spends many hours exploring and shooting side by side, each has his/her own vision. Each spring, the couple is drawn to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where they search for hidden floral treasures and hike through the hills looking for a waterfall just begging to be photographed. Annually they travel to Glacier National Park where the landscape is beyond magnificent and they are provided with endless and true inspiration.

Don't let yourself miss these passionate interpretations, of nature in the raw,
as interpreted by the DYNAMIC DUET of Ashby & Ashby Art and Photography.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Carnegie Museum construction

A lot is going on inside the old Carnegie building as we convert it into the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County -- but you can't see the progress from the street! You can see, however, the work progressing on the adjacent lot (where the "addition" to the Carnegie once stood) as it is being prepared for a parking area.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Libraries Mean Business!

Don't forget about Libraries Mean Business! this Thursday (May 18). Libraries aren't just for students and leisure time! Brought to you by the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA), Libraries Mean Business is a series of three public programs for the business and professional community, demonstrating resources at the local library and on Indiana's online "virtual library,", that can make you and your staff more productive in the workplace! Learn about thousands of e-books, magazines, and other research tools for finding market research, financial information, prospect research, and career/workforce development resources from guest speaker Hal C. Kirkwood, Jr., of Purdue's Krannert Graduate School of Management. You do not need a reservation to attend one of the three sessions!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The Journal Review archives at the Crawfordsville District Public Library need help. In order to produce valid microfilm for the years 1998 through September 2001, certain issues of the paper are needed. Any and all 1998 papers except in the months of March, May, June, and October will be very much appreciated. From 1999, those needed appeared in January, February, September, and papers from September 2000 and March 2001 are also being sought. If you happen to have any copies, please call 362-2242, extension 4 or 5. Dian Moore and Judy Spencer are hard at work to complete this collection of sections A, B, and C of those daily papers.

New library books offer us profitable and pleasurable hours. Graphic art in Joseph Pulitzer's newspaper from 1898-1911 is collected in Nicholson Baker and Margaret Brentano's The World on Sunday. America's Art comes from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, gathering 225 of its best works, culled from the collection of 40,000 objects. A Century of African American Art is the Paul R. Jones collection (edited by Amalia Amaki) combining colorful plates and essays about its development. Historic Arts & Crafts Homes of Great Britain by Brian Coleman is a look at ten of the best-loved places that continue to attract admirers today. One People, Many Journeys published by Lonely Planet captures the common human experience of birth, special moments, endurance, and resilience across our diverse world. Those who enjoy the Monk series on TV might like Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse by Lee Goldberg., which exploits the main character's traits resulting in this critical remark (Lee Child), "Can books be better than television?" You bet they can--when Lee Goldberg's writing them. Elizabeth Ironside's Death in the Garden begins at an English beauty's 30th birthday in 1925 when her husband is poisoned with photographic chemicals from her studio. The thriller Lost by Michael Robotham finds a homicide detective being fished out of the Thames with a bullet in his leg and no memory of how it got there. The Princess of Burundi is a detective novel in Sweden's Uppsala where a jogger in the snow finds the body of an expert on tropical fish. Memory in Death by Nora Roberts (writing as Robb) is her newest story of the year 2059 New York about a tough lady cop's twisted foster mother reappearing in her life and immediately becoming a victim herself. Amy Tan's Saving Fish from Drowning exposes contemporary themes and mystery as tourists on a world art expedition disappear on the Burma Road. Divine is Karen Kingsbury's latest life-changing fiction in which a child of horrors is set free by divine power to bring hope to battered women in D.C. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean brings to life 1941 when the German army approaches, and a Hermitage Museum tour guide memorizes the art taken from its walls for protection. We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg features three women who struggle against overwhelming odds in Tupelo, Mississippi during civil-rights demonstrations. Adverbs by Daniel Handler is a novel about love -- a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. Articles of War by Nick Arvin shows the enlistment terrors of an 18-year-old Iowa farm boy who is sent to Normandy shortly after D-Day. The Great Inland Sea by David Francis introduces a boy who escapes the scorched landscape of his youth and as an adult returns to discover secrets buried there. Orbit by John Nance takes us to 2009 when a passenger on a U.S. space adventure flight must navigate the ship home alone.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Preview Shelf -- More About The Library's Art Collection

The Crawfordsville District Public Library's permanent art brightens walls up and down the stairs. Paul Mielke's photograph of Sky Valley Ranch in Hillsboro, Rob O'Dell's watercolor Barn with a Snow Fence, and Jerry Smith's watercolor Sugar Creek Shadows enhance upper walls, along with Peg Shearer's oil called Landscape With Weeds. It's a pleasant refresher to walk along, viewing these solid and splendid works of art.

Here's a reminder: On Saturday beginning at 9 the monthly Friends of the Library book sale offers (probably) thousands of choices for good reading. The library is receiving lots of new Young Adult fiction. Tithe by Holly Black is a modern faerie tale involving a present-day 16-year-old in an ancient power struggle. Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes takes a girl hunter into a fabled Vampire realm as a human slave. In Across the Wall Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of The Abhorsen Trilogy. Her new title Demon in My View comes from the end of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Alone," while her Shattered Mirror refers to W. B. Yeats' "The Two Trees." A boarding school student walks into a mythology textbook about Mount Olympus in Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief. The Lake of Souls is Darren Shan's 10th book in his Cirque Du Freak horror series. There is also fantasy in Annette Klause's Freaks Alive, on the Inside! about an 1899 sideshow. Nightmares plague an 18-year-old who turns to folk magic in Laurie Stolarz' Red is for Remembrance. Only in Your Dreams by Cecily von Ziegesar is a Gossip Girl novel. South Beach by Aimee Friedman is about spring break. Do you love a mystery? M. C. Beaton's Death of a Dreamer is her 21st Hamnish Macbeth story in which the northern Scotland constable is distracted by old flames while evils close in on him following a supposed suicide he knows is murder. On to St. Louis, where Shirley Kennett's P. J. Gray novel Time of Death is concerned with baffling murders by the Metro Mangler. In San Francisco The Hunt Club by John Lescroart concerns the murder of a federal judge. Steeplechase is one of Jane Langton's old fashioned Homer Kelly stories pursuing a mysterious lost church in a plot intertwined with famous poems, nonsense rhymes of Mother Goose, and New England lore. Jayne Krentz' All Night Long takes us to northern California years after a high school student finds her parents' bodies, ruled murder-suicide; her reporter's instinct summons her back to sort out the truth. The 5th Horseman by James Patterson is the latest in his series of crises the Women's Murder Club must solve, this time merciless killings by someone on a hospital's medical staff. Are you seeking a new novel? Jackie Collins offers Lovers & Players with two murders in one reckless New York week in high-powered settings from Park Avenue to Brooklyn. The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne is a debut romantic comedy about a Mary Poppins of love who likes men, makeovers, and multitasking in London. Halfway House by Katharine Noel shows reactive changes in family members when a crisis hits their New Hampshire home life. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry concerns a legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge that could rock the civilized world, a cache thought lost when the order was exterminated in the 14th century. Lalique Glass by Nicholas Dawes includes 250 illustrations of the work of Rene Lalique (1860-1945). Antiques 101 is a crash course in everything old by Frank Loomis IV. Quilting Among Friends is a manual with lots of ideas and 55 friendship blocks. Two new memoirs are Ellen Hiltebrand's When I Was Elena about her sojourn in the guerrilla-infested mountains of Guatemala and Gail Caldwell's A Strong West Wind describing her coming of age in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle.

Monday, May 01, 2006

One Stop - Double Joy - Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery

If you slowly saunter into the Public Library from spring's flowery profusion outside, you will discover a creative profusion inside the Mary Bishop Art Gallery you won't want to miss. From May first until May thirty-first, Out My Back Door Photography of Tom Campanelli, and the Joyful Japanese Quilts of Toshi Kazahaya & Friends, await your viewing pleasure.

Since 2002 Crawfordsville resident and active Sugar Creek Quilt Guild member, Toshi Kazahaya, has taught quilt classes at Trinity Lutheran Church in Indianapolis for nine Japanese ladies who share their Christianity through quilting.

Toshie, born in 1964 in Hyogo Prefecture near Kobe, Japan, studied editing and sewing in college for two years. After graduation she worked at a major craft and interior magazine company in Tokyo as an editor of Watashino Heye (meaning My Room). While working there she met many famous Japanese quilters and saw their highly artistic, intricate quilts, too beautiful for everyday use. After seeing these quilts, Toshie thought making quilts would be too difficult for her.

In 1992, Toshie, her husband Ryohei, an accounting manager at Heritage Product, Inc, and their two children, were transferred from Okayama, Japan to Crawfordsville, Indiana. When she arrived, she spoke no English, but was eager to learn the language and all about American culture. While walking downtown one day, looking for something to do, her eyes flashed to a quilt that displayed in a former fabric shop. The quilt was very beautiful and more practical than the quilts she had seen in Japan. She was fascinated and signed up for classes with Anita Hardwick, who taught her to make beautiful quilts with so much patience for her non-English speaking student. After working hard, Toshie joined the local Sugar Creek Quilt Guild.

One incident in 1996 brought Toshie closer to quilting. When her youngest son suffered a life-threatening illness, she received a hand-made baby quilt from her quilt guild friends. That quilt gave her the comfort, courage, hope and cheer to get through that very difficult time. It was then she realized that quilts could show love, as in the following bible verse: "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:14.

After her son recovered and turned six years old, Toshie was ready to share her wonderful quilt experience. She started teaching quilt-making techniques to the nine Japanese ladies at Trinity Lutheran Church in Indianapolis where she shares in a Japanese worship service monthly.

Currently, a mother of three children and wife of a well-known Boston Marathon qualified Crawfordsville runner, Toshie is a dedicated Christian and member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Crawfordsville and the Japanese Worship Service at Trinity Lutheran Church, Indianapolis.

Born last century in Hartford, Connecticut, Tom Campanelli's early childhood was spent in Wethersfield, CT, where he made his first stab at photography while still in grade school on a class trip to the Connecticut State House in Hartford. He used an old Ansco Shur Shot box camera, without a flash, which he still has. Later the family used S&H green stamps to upgrade to a camera with a flash that took color pictures, which Tom still has as well.

In 1959, Tom's father was transferred to Springfield, Missouri with Royal Typewriters. All Tom remembers about the trip west was all the snow encountered along the way. Coming to a small town of 85,000, where there were large spaces between towns, few TV stations and lots of country music, was a major culture shock for the whole family who were used to living in a major metropolitan area. Tom's interest in photography waned while in Missouri.

Before Tom's last year in college, he worked part-time for the Argonaut Division of General Motors in Detroit and purchased an inexpensive Polaroid camera. After college, he married Margo and moved to Detroit to work full time for General Motors. Shortly thereafter, a small glitch came into play when he was invited to participate in the draft or join the Air Force. Tom joined the Air Force and while on TDY in Taiwan, he purchased his first quality camera, a used Yashica Mat 124 twin lens reflex camera, which takes excellent pictures, but is awkward to use. Later in Thailand he purchased a Minolta SRT 101 SLR and used the base photo hobby shop dark room to develop and print his black and white pictures.

In 1979, Tom and his family moved to Crawfordsville to accept a position at R. R. Donnelley. His photography waned until 2000 when he purchased his first digital camera, a Canon Powershot G1. With 3.3 megapixels, it was the top of the line at the time. Later he added a 420EX external strobe, which eliminated redeye problems. In 2004 Tom purchased his 6.1 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel SLR.

Tom's artistic photography began in Margo's butterfly garden. Margo would plant things and then forget where she planted them, making spring a not-so-welcome surprise. When she asked Tom to take pictures of the flowers and foliage together so that she could identify the plants in future springs. As the butterfly began fulfilling its intended purpose, attracting butterflies, Tom was hooked and began to enjoy watching for and photographing tiger swallowtails, black swallowtails, painted ladies, meadow fritillaries, commas, monarchs, and silver spotted skippers. In addition ruby throated hummingbirds and hummingbird moths were attracted to the garden. We can only imagine the photo opportunities. We're so happy Tom could not resist the urge to enjoy, preserve and share the wealth of his photographic delights with the community for the first time!

Don't miss the opportunity to see these joyfully creative musings on Tom's back yard butterfly garden etc. and the interpretation nature's world by joyful Japanese Quilters. -- Diane Hammill

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Genealogy Club meeting

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, IN, has an event scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Community Room A. Karen Zach will present "Scrapbooking Your Family Tales." Members and visitors may bring a copy of a picture or photocopy for this program. Vistors are always welcome! For more information, contact: Ph: 765-362-2242 Weekdays 9am to 5pm Dian Moore, Local History Librarian, Ex.119 or Dellie Craig, Activities Director, Ex. 118. Email:

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Library Offers Leisure-Hour Comfort

The new Crawfordsville District Public Library has been planned to provide a variety of restful places for reading. Try the spacious periodicals room inside the entrance, the useful small-meeting capsules, the private carrels, and the soft upholstered chairs along the upper windows, all designed to offer profitable experiences whether or not you have a borrower's card.

Here are the most recently requested books of information. Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness is Joshua Shenk's documentation of how the 16th President harnessed his problem to fuel his success. American Vertigo by Bernard-Henri Levy tells about his travels through our country following in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in America (found at 320.973 Toc) was such an influential study of our country. Andy Rathbone's Windows XP for Dummies now contains expanded e-mail, security, and upgrading instructions. The AARP Guide to Pills is essential information on 1,200 medications including generics. Mean Girls Grown Up by Cheryl Dellasega describes adult women bullies and females who are still victims. Gail Sheehy's Sex and the Seasoned Woman concerns her findings about those between forty and death. Two pet books are Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor, and ThinkDog an owner's guide to canine psychology by John Fisher.

Next comes new Young Adult reading. I Am The Messenger is Australian Markus Zusak's story about an underage cabdriver whose life is routine until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. German-born Josef Holub's An Innocent Soldier tells of a young farmhand trying to survive after being drafted into Napoleon's army. The Cup of the World by John Dickinson describes itself as a book that hides within itself a secret amidst a battle between good and evil. Cheap. Fast. Good! by Beverly Mills & Alicia Ross shows ways to eat well for less dollars and tells how to plan smart, shop smart, and cook smart. The Complete Book of Raw Food, compiled by editor Lori Baird, explains vegetarian cuisine made with living foods. Denise Vivaldo's How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business makes the complex task easier with organized facts. New science fiction includes Pretender by C. J. Cherryh, her 2nd book of the third Foreigner sequence, Jack McDevitt's Seeker, a galaxy-spanning adventure, and Douglas Preston's Tyrannosaur Canyon that travels from the moon to an eerie area of New Mexico. A trio of westerns begins with Night Hawk by Stephen Overholser about a skinny youngster hired as a wrangler on the frontier. Elmer Kelton's Six Bits a Day is his prequel about Hewey Calloway as he leaves the family farm in 1889 to find work in the West Texas cow country. A Sudden Country by Karen Fisher is based on the actual events of Oregon migration in 1847 emphasizing two characters' survival. Authors often offer their personal experiences. The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi interweaves her childhood in Afghanistan with her adolescence and life as a senior in a Chicago high school. A different kind of history is Dante's Cure, psychotherapist Daniel Dorman's work bringing a nineteen-year-old out of schizophrenia through a healing process dealing with her family history over seven years. Still another experience was Norah Vincent's experiment told in Self-Made Man. After hearing women's convincing comments that men have always had it better, she uses makeup, a trainer, and a voice coach to infiltrate the male world for 18 months learning how hard it is to be a man, even in a man's world.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Beginning & Advanced Scrapbooking

Beginning & Advanced Scrapbooking classes wil lbe held starting Saturday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee of $15 includes lunch. You are invited to come and join others who are working on their scrapbooks. Whether you are brand new or have been scrapbooking for years, you will enjoy the day of preserving you photos and memories. Beginners will learn the four steps to completing their albums and everyone will learn tips and be inspired with examples of borders and page layouts with chances of winning prizes. Bring your photos, albums and scrapbook materials and have a day to start or finish your projects. Supplies will be available for purchase if needed. Please reserve your space by May 4, 2006 (765-362-2242 ext 2). Payment is required the day of registration.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Preview Shelf -- The Public Library Can Still Furnish Tax Forms

The reference department (upstairs in the Crawfordsville District Public Library) still offers needed income tax forms for April 17th, and also has a stock of automatic extension forms as well as amendment forms for correcting a previous report. Some of these papers will be available indefinitely.

New Young Adult books begin with Jane Harrington's new novel called Four Things My Geeky-Jock-of-a-Best-Friend Must Do in Europe. Twin witches inhabit Destiny's Twins by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld. Hulk Incredible is a graphic (cartoon) superhero action story. Crunch Time by Mariah Fredericks weaves a plot about students and SATs. Young Warriors: Stories of Strength collects15 original short stories with diverse settings like fantasy realms, medieval England, the African plain, ancient Greece and Egypt, all thrillers collected by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman. In The Cannibals by Iain Lawrence young convicts escape into Pacific islands. Zap is a whodunit play by Paul Fleischman where the audience is the culprit.

Here are some biographies. Although many people recognize the famous painting by Edvard Munch called The Scream, few know much about the artist, so Sue Prideaux' biography brings his turbulent life to words, using his own letters and diaries. Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt is the personal history of a daughter and mother in the Gilded Age who struggled to break free from the materialistic world into which they were born, and to fight for female equality. Melville by Andrew Delbanco, hailed by Time as America's best social critic, gives his life story celebrating his literary friends, bouts of feverish writing, financial pressures, and the creation of his symbols Ahab and the White Whale. Candice Millard's The River of Doubt tells of President Theodore Roosevelt's journey changing the map of the Western Hemisphere through his descent of the rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon with its life-challenging hardships. The multifaceted woman Lee Miller is Carolyn Burke's study of the model, photographer, reporter, mother, and gourmet cook, part of the glamorous circle in New York and Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. Dean & Me is Jerry Lewis' review of their famous partnership, as he terms it, of the handsome crooner and a skinny monkey.

Some guidebooks give us new ideas. Landscape Makeovers with 50 projects for a picture-perfect yard comes from Meredith Books. Quilt and Embellish in One Step! is Linda Potter's technique she calls Needle Magic, inspired by the Japanese art of sashiko with embellishments from Victorian quilts. Mastering Judo contains history, philosophy, techniques, tactics, and training furnished by Masao Takahashi and family. Charles Walters offers Weeds: Control Without Poisons. In Installation Art: A Critical History Clare Bishop explains that its size and public placement requires its audience to enter and experience it, so its theory needs to be understood. Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes reinvents the life of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Pearl, daughter of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter. A novel It's Superman describes the early years of the Man of Steel from 1930s Kansas to Hollywood in its golden age, and then to NYC and his newspaper career. The Protégé by Stephen Frey involves blackmail that tempts an executive to play ball with a shadowy government agency guarding a possibly deadly weapon, in order to gain information about a mother he never knew. Queen of the Underworld by Gail Godwin presents the writing activities of a young reporter in Miami in 1959 as Castro clamps down on Cuba and exiles flee to the States.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Library Adds Another Feature, Invites Volunteers

At the entrance to The Crawfordsville District Public Library is a new meeting announcement case, which lists daily events and their locations on the lower level. If you'd like to deliver materials to homebound patrons, please call 362-2242 extension 2. Volunteers are making books available to more readers all the time.

Recently, three requested books about Presidents have arrived. H. W. Brands' Andrew Jackson: His isHLife and Times is a biography of our colorful, dynamic, and forceful seventh President, the first common man to rise to this office. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln centers on Lincoln's mastery of communications. Our 16th President won over rivals William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edward Bates because he could put himself in the place of other men, experience what they felt, and understand their motives and desires. The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House by John Harris shows him (our 42nd) becoming more commanding in his presidential image and more skilled at using the powerful White House platform crafting a new brand of centrist politics.

The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century by Steven Watts brings to life this outsized genius who was also a bundle of contradictions. She Got Up Off the Couch and Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel is a sequel to A Girl Named Zippy and fastens on her mother's efforts to earn self-respect. Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot by Max Lucado holds practical tools for finding one's uniqueness in society. A new children's story is the Newbery Medal winner (for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children) called Criss Cross by Lynne Perkins. A new Young Adult book is Pam Ryan's Becoming Naomi Leon about a shy, retiring girl who needs positive thinking to add to her unique soap-carving talent and to her problems dealing with a mother who reappears seven years after leaving her with her Gram. A new mystery is Blaize Clement's first Dixie Hemingway story called Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter who likes animals better than people. A Dark & Deadly Deception by Eleanor Bland is a Marti MacAlister plot finding an actress dead along the shores of the Chicago area Des Plaines River. Jacquot and the Waterman by Martin O'Brien profiles a French rugby player turned detective in Marseilles, where an elusive killer does away with three young women. Joanne Harris' Gentlemen & Players takes place at a British boys' grammar school where a veteran teacher must investigate a new instructor's goal to destroy the school ever so cleverly. 7 Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly is a treasure hunt for the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It happens in the very year that the Great Pyramid at Giza is expected to provide absolute power over Earth for whoever replaces its lost capstone at the moment when a super-hot sunspot hits it.

The Novelist by Angela Hunt finds a community college teacher writing a story for a fiction-writing class that strikes home more than she expects. In The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch a young boy explores the tidal flats of Puget Sound and finds a rare deep-sea creature stranded in the mud. This becomes a metaphor for his passage out of childhood. W. E. B. Griffin's The Hostage follows By Order of the President in his Presidential Agent series, and shows his harrowing work in Homeland Security when an American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina. Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Scarborough's Changelings is Book One of the Twins of Petaybee science-fiction saga. The setting is a sentient planet with humans who must protect it from a nasty interstellar corporation.

Friday, March 31, 2006

HeritageQuest online access

HeritageQuest online is now available to CDPL card holders from any site. (You no longer have to come to the library to use this resource!) With HeritageQuest, you can look at census records between 1790-1930. You can also search selected records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. And you can also search for records in Freedman's Bank (1865-1874), which was founded to serve African Americans. And more! Give it a try.

What do you need to access the database? All you need is the barcode from the back of your library card. Click this link to access by using your barcode: HeritageQuest Online.

This link is also on the Local History page of our web site.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Real American Stories

Tuesday, 11 April 2006
7:00 p.m.
Community Room A

Bob Quirk, 1950 Wabash Graduate, History Major, Retired Teacher, and now the Fountain County Historian will talk on "Real American Stories" (from early Indiana), growing up in Fountain County:
  • a 15 year old Irish boy who joined the British Merchant Marine
  • a young woman who sailed to China in 1920 to teach school
  • a Fountain Central graduate who became a hero at Columbine
  • windmills, wash day, radio shows, thrashing rings, etc.
Bob Quirk is the author of the book entitled "Real American Stories."
The program is open to the public; you don't have to be a member to attend.

For more information, please contact:

Dian Moore, Local History Librarian (Ex. 119), or Dellie Craig, Activities Director (Ex. 118)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Babar Is 75 Years Old

"Nobody ever changes in Babar books," murmurs Laurent de Brunhoff, who has written and illustrated 34 of them since 1946. When he was 21, 16 years after his father who created the popular character had died, he resuscitated Babar in Paris, and when he moved to New York in 1985, his character came with him. A lot of me is in Babar, he says. At 80, the yoga practitioner emanates a sweet serenity. The latest adventure is Babar's World Tour, and it appeared in February as the writer was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at Barnes & Noble, New York (announced in the February 9, 2006 New York Times). The Crawfordsville District Public Library has a number of Babar books and videos.

You've been asking if borrowers' cards from the old Carnegie Library are good in the new building, and the answer is Yes. New coffee table books are ready to enjoy. The largest is a tour of China through the eyes of traveler Yann Layma, who is familiar with its terrain and immersed in its culture. He captures the essence of this civilization with 400 pages of 1980s photos and essays. Next largest is The Reader's Digest Keyboard Course showing how to play 100 songs the easy way. Notes, scale tones, and chords are marked, and words are included. Next in size is A Day in the Life of the American Woman with illustrations by 50 successful lady photographers who shared humor and creativity when they all recorded their work on April 8, 2005.

New helps are Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking by Lonnie Bird et al, and Renovation by Michael Litchfield, with completely revised and updated instructions connected with erecting a building. Karin Hessenberg's Sculpting Basics includes everything needed for three-dimensional art, like molding, casting, modeling, firing, and carving. The Michaels Book of Paper Crafts edited by Dawn Cusick and Megan Kirby is also colorful with creative ideas. Their The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts has the latest styles of knitting, crocheting, and embroidery for all age recipients. The Shopping Bags by Anna Wallner and Kristina Matisic is a book of tips, tricks, and inside information for a savvy shopper, including fashion, food, and entertainment. Presentations is the title of Carolyne Roehm's ideas for snazzy gift wrapping. Mehndi the timeless art of henna painting on skin comes from Loretta Roome who has popularized the art and has painted celebrities, schoolchildren, grandmothers, and businessmen. Michael D'Antonio's biography Hershey with his chocolate bar on the cover tells about Milton S. Hershey's extraordinary life of wealth, empire, and utopian dreams. Hearts West by Chris Enss contains true stories, some happy and some lonely, of mail-order brides on the American frontier where men outnumbered women twelve to one. How the Bible was Built by Charles Smith and James Bennett provides a factual overview of its construction throughout history, showing how the individual books were written and collected, later canonized and translated. Simply in Season is a spiral folder containing recipes that celebrate fresh foods in the spirit of More-with-Less compiled by Mary Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert in chapters titled Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and All Seasons. Extreme Simplicity is about homesteading in the city, bringing good humor, adaptability, and self-reliance to the challenges of living in crowded conditions. In the Company of Crows and Ravens by John Marzluff and Tony Angell examines the ways that crows and humans interact in cultural coevolution with 100 original drawings. Living with Kids and Dogs…Without Losing Your Mind is Colleen Pelar's parental guide to controlling the chaos.