Friday, December 30, 2011

Deweys Do Book Club

Deweys Do, CDPL's book club, will be discussing In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Drop by the circulation  desk today, pick up a book, and join us for an entertaining and fun evening!

The discussion will be held on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Library Pavilion Progress

Construction has begun on the library's new pavilion. The pavilion will be a place for adult and children's programs as well as for patrons who want to read outdoors. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Genealogy Club Meeting

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County at 7:00 pm, January 10, 2012 will be having a program entitled "General Lew Wallace's Family" by Larry Paarlberg, Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum. The program will be held at the Crawfordsville District Public Library on the lower level in the Donnelley Room. Public Invited!

Call (765)-362-2242 Ext 118 for more information.

Green Living class

"Any budget can save big and it's EASY!"
-Linda Vernon-Goldman

Join Linda Vernon-Goldman as she uses the Green Living Handbook to teach you to save on utilities, transportation, consumption, recycling, water, gas, etc.
Date: Monday, January 9th (for 7 weeks)
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Classroom
Cost: $15 for book, plus shipping. Class is FREE.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Knitting for Beginners

Every Saturday in January from 9am until 11am, Dixie Boyles will offer beginning knitting classes.  Each class costs $5 (entire session of $20 is payable at first class).  There is also a one-time purchase of a start-up kit for $6. The kit includes needles, yarn, and pattern.

Learn a skill and have some fun while learning from an expert!

Carnegie Museum tours

The Carnegie Museum will be closed to walk-in traffic from December 31st through February 29th.

Tours are available by appointment during this time. Please call 765-362-4618 to schedule a tour!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Closed Times

Don't forget that the library will be closed several days for the holidays! All other days we are open for business during our regular hours.

Closed Days:

December 24
December 25
December 26
December 31
January 1
January 2

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New library catalog

Have you seen our new catalog? You may not have noticed much difference yet--until you use it--because at first glance it looks the same. But you will notice some of its improved features!  For example, the new catalog will now provide drop-down help when you start to type.

Looking for something on Donnelley and Sons? Just start typing to see some of the typing hints -- based on actual catalog records. Then you can choose one of the suggestions or simply ignore it and keep typing. You can even select to hide suggestions if they distract you.

Another nice feature is the ability for the catalog to now send you text messages. When you find an item you like, click its Availability button. You will see a small phone icon that you can click to give you a dialogue box where you can enter your mobile device number, seelct your carrier, and send a text message to yourself that includes the title and call number of the item.

These are just some of the features we think you'll enjoy!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas Bingo in Children's Department

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Bingo in the Youth Services Area between 6:45-8:00 (all ages welcome)
No reservations needed

Scrapbooking class

Join Deb Slater at the library for a fun Saturday activity of SCRAPBOOKING

December 10 from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Bring your own materials and use Deb's tools and expertise! FREE

Bob (the Beeman) Congleton

Bob (the Beeman) Congleton will be here to begin another session of his Beekeeping Classes. These are FREE, Fun, Informative and open to everyone.

Saturday, Dec 10, 2011

Please...Sign up at the circulation desk. 9am to 12pm in the Donnelley Room

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In the gallery -- December 2011

December is often the most welcome month of the year and so it is in the Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery in the Crawfordsville Public Library. This month we celebrate Butterfly Moments: Calligraphy by Erika Woods and world crèches from Nancy Hardy.

Carmel, Indiana's Erika Woods is an award-winning calligrapher and graphic designer born in Vienna, Austria, where she received her degree from the Vienna Institute of Fashion Design. Fascinated by letters most of her life, Erika delights in infusing character and beauty into those letters by choosing a stylistically playful, ponderous or regal alphabet. She combines her calligraphy with watercolor or mixed media techniques by adding a unique blend of innovative and artistic creativity.

A faculty member of the Indianapolis Art Center, Erika, is also an active freelance calligrapher/teacher in the Indianapolis area. She is an expert in the art of doing traditional calligraphic projects: mission statements, resolutions, certificates, murals, wedding invitations and countless other personal requests.

Erika's environmental concerns, social justice issues, and the human condition are foremost in her mind and central to the type of letters she chooses to use. Lately, Jean Shinoda Bolen’s book, "Urgent Message from Mother," has captured her imagination. With Bolen’s permission, Erica has created a series of pieces voicing her message of change in world affairs management, hoping in her small way to contribute too much needed change. As Desmond Tutu said in acknowledging Ms. Bolen's book, "We men have had our turn and made a proper mess of things. We need women to save us."
Nancy Hardy was born in Minneapolis, MN, graduated from IU with a BS in Elementary Education, taught Elementary school in Bloomington for one year, married Charles Hardy and retired as an IU administrator, moving to Crawfordsville in 2006. After teaching in Crawfordsville for a year, she had two sons and retired from teaching. Her hobbies include any kind of needlework, reading, traveling, summers on a northern Wisconsin lake and family time.

Sometime in the late 1980s, Nancy found herself at a presentation by a woman who collected crèches as souvenirs from her world travels. She was fascinated! Returning home from the lecture, Nancy's head was swirling with crèches. She realized she herself had the beginnings of a collection with three crèches she already owned. An upcoming family visit to Mexico would be a perfect time to enhance that fledgling collection.

Nancy and her husband love doing "crèche hunting" while traveling. Her collection has been enhanced by friends who know of their interest and bring gifts from their world travels. In all these years and many crèches later, Nancy still loves each and every one of them. Lovely memories float her head as each crèche set is unveiled.

From this collection you will notice the crèches are not elaborate, but simple "folk art sets," which Nancy prefers. Each crèche has a minimum of three pieces: Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph as the main characters. Some have shepherds, wise men, angels and even camels, but these are not essential to Nancy’s dream.

When Nancy's grandsons come to help her arrange the crèche sets right after Thanksgiving the sets come alive. With all this valuable help, paper flies and crèches jump from their tissue paper packing landing in special places all around the house. Each grandson chooses his favorite crèche set which he then has the honor of placing under the Christmas tree for that season. What a lovely annual family tradition has developed around Nancy's crèches and grandchildren

Local Authors Fair

CDPL's 1st Local Authors Fair!

Come meet local authors, buy a book, have a snack, and more!

December 7 (Wednesday)
5:00-8:30 pm

Genealogy Club Christmas Party

Join the Genealogy Club for the Club Christmas Party on Tuesday December 6, 2011.

The club will meet at 7 p.m. in the Donnelley Room at CDPL. Bring goodies to share!

The public is invited. Call 362-2242 ext 118 or email for more information.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Banjo Lessons


December 1st  @ CDPL

Ed Bayless and fellow tenor banjo enthusiast have 8 tenor banjos between them for students to borrow during class.
  • Youth 5 to 5:30pm
  • Adults 5:30pm to ?

Downloadable audio books are back

Downloadable audio books are back for CDPL patrons! The former NetLibrary has become Recorded Books OneClickdigital.

Using your CDPL card barcode, all you need to do is create a OneClickdigital account from home or anywhere else -- and begin enjoying free audiobooks. So get started again -- or for the first time -- today!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Santa is coming to the Carnegie Museum

Santa is visiting the Carnegie Museum

yes, Santa is coming to the CMMC on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from noon to 2 pm.

It is a free event -- for all ages -- so bring a camera and take your own pictures with Santa!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Identify Theft Prevention and Repair

Identify Theft Prevention and Repair

When: Monday, Nov 21, 2011

DescriptionThis vital program is presented by the Indiana Attorney General's Office and is sponsored by CDPL. 6:30 to 7:30 in CDPL's Donnelley Room.

Stamp a Stack card making class

Stamp a Stack card-making class with instructor Brenda Helvie.

9am to 1pm in meeting room B.

For $25 you get to create 20 cards. 4 different styles.

You must Preregister at the circulation desk, come in or call 362-2242  x109

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Author signing -- James E. Rady


5-star (locally raised) author James E. Rady will be here to sign copies of his newest book "A Time to Forgive" from 2 to 4pm

He is also the author of "Love Finds a Way" (A Civil War Story).

Banjo Lessons


November 10th and 17th.

Ed Bayless and fellow tenor banjo enthusiast have 8 tenor banjos between them for students to borrow during class.
  • Youth 5 to 5:30pm
  • Adults 5:30pm to ?


November 19: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Join Deb Slater at the library for a fun Saturday activity of SCRAPBOOKING

Bring your own materials and use Deb's tools and expertise!


Wednesday, November 02, 2011


Don't forget about the Yu-gi-oh Tournament!

Call Michael Gurney for information and to sign-up 765-307-4253   

Every Thursday through December! 

Sponsored by CDPL  

Monday, October 31, 2011

In the Gallery -- November 2011

Portraiture and Cross Stitch Adorn November's Art Gallery

As raw blustery breezes bend naked branches earthward, November bursts forth in celebration of the three artists exhibiting in the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery. You will find GRAPHITE & PASTEL PORTRAITTURE by fine artist Kari Rajkumar dancing on the gallery walls. Gallery Display Cases are abloom with A LOVE AFFAIR WITH CROSS STITCH by mother-daughter artists Phyllis Brower & Anne Sexton.

Born in Rantoul, Illinois, Kari Rajkumar moved with her family to Northern Virginia as a toddler and was home schooled there. She received no formal training in art save a few basic drawing classes around 9 or 10. Even at this early age, teachers commented on Kari's talent for realistic drawing and giving her subjects “a natural sense of weight.” At 14, Kari, with her mother and younger brother, relocated to Paris, Illinois where they still live. It wasn't until 2006 that Kari discovered for herself her adeptness at photorealism and began to explore portraiture in earnest, using photographic references and the Grid Method (an Old Master's technique) to achieve greater accuracy in portraying her subjects. In this technique she is self-taught. In 2008, she attended a brief introductory workshop in pastel, where she received only fifteen hours of instruction, half about pastel portraiture. One of Kari's portraits was published in the January/February 2010 issue of The Artist's Magazine, winning third Place (Student/Beginner Division) in their Annual Art Competition. Her work also received “Best of Show” at the 2010 October National In Decatur, IL. Most recently, her graphite portrait “Scott” received second place in Southwest Art Magazine's annual “21 Under 31” international competition and was subsequently published in their September 2011 issue. Kari has often been invited to conduct classes in area schools and art centers, and occasionally offers private lessons in her home. She also accepts portraiture commissions in pencil and pastel with the ultimate goal of working in oils. Kari is a member of the Board of Directors at the Paris Art Center in Paris, IL and is a member of the Portrait Society of America. Further information is available on Kari's website at

Through all the stages of Anne Sexton's life, her mother, Phyllis Brower, was a constant source of support, example and friendship. As a little girl, Anne remembers sitting next to her mom as she painstakingly taught her to knit, sew, embroider, and cross stitch. She thoroughly enjoyed the lessons, both because she loved to create beautiful things, but more importantly because as long as the lessons continued she could remain close to her mom and her mom to her. Both Anne and Phyllis had an affinity for counted cross stitch, a popular form of counted thread embroidery. Counted cross stitch uses a pattern printed on paper laid out on a grid; the cloth remaining unmarked. The embroiderer must count across as well as up and down, to know precisely where to place the stitches. Using floss, x-shaped stitches are created one at a time to form a design or picture. Although cross stitch is often executed on easily countable even-weave fabric aida cloth, Anne and her mother preferred using linen with 22 to 28 stitches per inch. Ultimately counted cross stitch pieces are executed for the intrinsic sense of accomplishment they provide, for the joy they brings to the beneficiary, and for the sense of comfort provided in homes. Anne and her mom initially produced work that was predominantly reproductions of historical samplers. Working a sampler was a common occurrence for seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century schoolgirls and women to learn stitches, techniques, and elements of needlework design. A girl who was expected to go into service had to learn to mark her mistress's linens with family initials mend clothing. Girls in higher ranks of society were expected to impress potential husbands with prowess at needlework, as exemplified by her sampler. Phyllis and Anne often created samplers to celebrate births, commemorate marriages, and denote name etymology. As Anne and Phyllis increased their skills, their interests broadened and they sought more challenging work. The challenges were usually determined by the count of the fabric, the intricacy of the design, and the introduction of new techniques. “A shared love of ours was tweeding”, Anne says, “a technique where two or more colors of thread are used in the same needle at the same time to give depth and a subtle blend of color to the finished piece. Father Winter, a work that required three years to complete, is an excellent example of the use of tweeding. In 2007, Anne's mother Phyllis Brower passed away leaving Anne surrounded by her love. Her kindness and patience created a legacy that Anne will hold in her heart forever. There are days when Anne longs for one more moment, one more conversation, one more glimpse of her mom's beautiful face and gentle hands. In those moments, Anne feels Phyllis' presence in the heartfelt memories manifesting themselves through her own hands.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beekeeping class

It's that time again for
Bob Congleton's Beekeeping class

Saturdays from 9am until noon. Dates include:
November 12
December 10
January 2, 28
February 18, 25
March 17, 24
April 21, 28

Please sign up at the circulation desk.

Upcoming Book Signings

Saturday November 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local author John Sands will be at CDPL to sign his new book  
The Lottery Winner. Stop in and buy a book or just meet the author!

Sunday November 13th
Mel Vance will be here for a book signing. His book The Blackness of Utter Darkness will sell for $17 with $2 of that going to the Fish Food Pantry. Come by and get an autographed book from Mel or just say Hi!

Deweys Do Book Club

CDPL's book club The Deweys Do

will discuss Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas

Monday November 14

6:30 p.m.

Sign up at circulation!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Identity Theft Prevention and Repair

Identity Theft Prevention and Repair

This vital program is presented by the Indiana Attorney General's Office and is Sponsored by CDPL.

November 8
6:30 to 7:30 in CDPL's Donnelley Room

Genealogy Club!

Genealogy Club:
November 8

"Club Organization" by all members -- organizational meeting for the 2011-2012 year
Donnelly Room
Public Invited

765-362-2242 ext 118

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Yu-gi-oh Tournament!

Yu-gi-oh Tournament!
Join the fun...

Every Thursday through December @  5:15pm!

Call Michael Gurney for information and to sign-up: 765-307-4253 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Painting classes

Two painting classes for October 18!

Paint In with Mike Bowman
To view the current work you can work on with Mike using your own supplies, go to the sign near the Childrens area. Or just come watch the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. 6 to 8pm

Jan Brown's Bob Ross "Wet on Wet" Oil Painting Technique
Priced at $45, it is a steal -- to walk away with an oil painting and a new technique learned, all while having a great time. All you need to bring is a 16 X 20in canvas and please wear old clothes. Sign-up at the circulation desk. Come in or call 362-2242 X109

Watercolor Art Class

October 15! Pat Fay's Watercolor Art Class. $40 ALL SUPPLIES INCLUDED! Just bring yourself and be ready to paint a beautiful, watercolor painting... with Pat's help.

Sign-up at the Circulation desk! come in or call 362-2242 x109

Library to construct pavilion for programs

"As crews begin to move dirt for a pavilion at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, director Larry Hathaway is seeing a dream become reality. Hathaway said the library staff has long wanted to have a place where library patrons could enjoy the outdoors."

Read the full story on the Crawfordsville Journal Review web site.

Look at some construction pictures below:

Youth Services fall party

Youth Services Fall Party!

Youth Services will have a Fall Party for children of all ages on October 25th from 6:45 pm to 8pm.
Stories, games, and snacks!
 If you have a costume, wear it (but not scary please).
No registration required. Call 362-2242 ext 115 for details.

Resume Help

Writing a resume can be a chore! Need some help getting your resume done? Help is available at CDPL.
Karen Zach and Suzie Baldwin will help you write your resume or even proofread your current resume.

October 24 (Monday)

Come any time between 7pm to 8 pm @ CDPL (basement)

FREE! Sponsored by CDPL

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What have we learned about the property tax caps?

Professor Larry DeBoer
Purdue University, Agricultural Economics

When: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:00 EDT / 12:30 to 3:00pm CDT

Where: This program will be delivered via video streaming and can be viewed at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, meeting room C.
The program can also be viewed live online via a personal computer. Contact Ed Sheldon at 765-364-6363 or for URL.

Who Should Attend: All individuals involved in county and local government budgeting (county councils and commissioners, mayors and city councils, town boards, school boards, library boards, townships, etc.)

Cost and Registration: The workshop is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. To register, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office by phone at 765-364-6363 or email Please say you are registering for the "Local Government Finance" program. Please register by noon, Friday, October 21, 2011.

Why: Voters put the new property tax caps into the state Constitution in November 2010, but Indiana local governments have been operating under the caps since 2009. Professor Larry DeBoer will look at what this experience has taught us about the workings of the tax caps in our system of local government taxes and budgets. Which taxpayers receive the bulk of the tax cap credits? What determines the level of tax cap revenue losses for a local government? Is there any way to anticipate what tax cap revenue losses will be, before the budget year? What's the relationship between the tax caps and the local income taxes? Professor DeBoer will address these questions and more in this On Local Government webcast.

Genealogy Club After Hours

Join the Genealogy Club for After-Hours Genealogy Research at CDPL on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 5-9 pm. Participants must arrive before 5pm because the library is locked at that time.

Pizza will be served at 5 pm in the Donelley Room on the lower level of the library. Donations are accepted for the pizza supper. Research in the local history and reference area begins at 5:45 pm.

Please confirm your expected attendance by Wednesday October 26. Call 765-362-2242 Ext. 118 or email

Friday, October 07, 2011

Stampin' Up

Stampin' Up Card Craft Class

Thursday October 13th
7pm to 8:30pm

Cost is $10. Brenda Helvie will help you create 2 Halloween and 3 Fall cards, plus a surprise project! Space is limited so please sign up at the circulation desk. Call 362-2242 ext 109 to sign up.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Deweys Do Book Discussion

Have you heard of the Deweys Do -- CDPL's Book Club?

This month the Deweys Do will be discussing Alice Azma's The Reading Promise.

Date: October 10th 2011
Time: 6:30 pm

Pick up a copy of The Reading Promise and join the fun!

Scrapbooking Fun

Join Deb Slater at the library for a fun Saturday activity...


Saturday October 8th 9:30-4:30

The class is free and you may use Deb's tools and expertise for your project.

Digital Photography Course

Digital Photography class
Thursdays October 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30 to 8pm

For more information and to sign up, call Joe Ashby at 522-4480.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Write Your Memoir

Karen Zach will teach a FREE Memoir Writing Class

October 5th and 12th from 1-3 pm.
Room B, CDPL
Please sign up at the circulation desk.

Paint In!

For everyone! Paint-In with Mike Bowman


Tuesdays October 11 & October 18, 6-8pm.

You are invited to come to a very informal "paint-in" with Michael Bowman. You can come to just watch artists paint, you can bring your own materials (any genre) and paint, or you can come to just ask questions. Mike will be here to help you get started or help in any other way he can.

For: Ages 10 to 100 (younger or older if interested)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Creative Writing Class

There will be a free class on Creative Writing at the library!

Wednesday October 5 and October 12
6:30 pm until 8:30 pm
Room B, CDPL

The instructor is Karen Zach. Please sign up at the circulation desk.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In the gallery -- October 2011

Don’t be Afraid! Come in to the Library’s Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery during the month of October! Slide in on a broom or the breath of a breeze; we're waiting for you! Even though October is usually filled with ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night, only artistic creations from the talented hands of Lynne Medsker and Gerald Villars are here to greet you.

Eighty year old Frankfort, Indiana resident Gerald Villers tells us that he has made "a lot of sawdust" in his life working for sixty years in construction, owning his own business, (Villars Construction) and now creatively playing with his wood working business/hobby Hoosier Wood Creations.

During his working career Gerald built new houses, remodeled old houses, repaired all houses, and put new additions on Churches everywhere and kept them in good repair. About fifteen years ago, when his body was asking to retire, he began working with a scroll saw creating signs and pictures as a hobby. His hobby has now turned into a very busy business, which pleases him no end. He uses a sixteen-Delta Scroll saw with amazing deftness, often quickly creating children's animals. He demonstrates his wood working techniques at shows and in schools, where children and adults love the magic emitting from his saw, and covet the results which he generously gives away. Come into to the Library and see for yourself this joy-filled man's collection!

Lynne Medsker, a Renaissance woman par excellence, exhibits complex experiments with texture, color, style and technique within the realm of collage, photography, acrylic paint, digital art, watercolor, clay and metal.

In her biography, she tells us that individual elements fused into strong compositions give her artwork a textural, multi-layered personality. Her "hands on" experience of physically shaping, coloring and assembling mixed media pieces is a fulfilling, sensory experience. She uses a wide variety of tools and processes to create her geometric shapes, organic elements, and often a balance of both; the subject matter generally being abstract.

Lynne has shared her artistic vision in numerous local venues, with a total of 20 solo shows in her home state of Indiana. Additionally, her work has been shown in a dozen states across the U.S., including Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington D.C., Phoenix and New York. She also has art in corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Sharing her enthusiasm for art, Lynne presents workshops, classes and one-on-one instruction.

Born in Cumberland, Indiana, at the time, a small suburb east of Indianapolis, Lynne spent summers boating, skiing, swimming and enjoying the natural surroundings of a lake near Nashville, Indiana. Nature still plays a huge part in much of her art! After 30 years of living within the city, Lynne settled in the suburb of Brownsburg, Indiana enjoying the peace and inspiration of surrounding woods, fields, and ponds with her family.

In her Artist Statement, Lynne says, "When she creates art she feels alive, as if this is the purpose of her life. It keeps her life in balance, letting her escape the tensions of the everyday world. Mixed media is such a wide-open area to explore; essentially art can be made of anything or any combination of things." What a freeing definition to have when creating art! She finds creating, experimenting and combining items from so many different sources intriguing. While producing mixed media artwork, she uses a wide variety of tools and processes. She finds the "hands on" experience of physically shaping, coloring and assembling mixed media pieces to be a fulfilling, sensory experience.

Regardless of the creative method used, the final result is typically multi-layered in appearance. Her work features geometric shapes, organic elements, or a balance of both. Her subject matter is abstract. As she gains experience, artistically and in life, her artwork evolves, becoming more complex, with more texture, detail and dimension. She challenges viewers to enjoy the imagery of her artwork and to discover evidence of the things hidden within the layers of each piece.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Get help with your resume!

Resume Help
by Mother /Daughter team Karen Zach and Suzie Baldwin.

They can help create, spice-up or just look over your resume!

Drop in anytime October 10th and 24th between 7pm to 8pm.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Genealogy Club Annual Dinner & Meeting

The Genealogy Club will hold its
Annual Dinner & Meeting 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by the monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner. Please RSVP before Friday October 7. For those attending the dinner, a payment of $10.00 must be made at CDPL's Reference/Local History department by Monday October 10.

Helen Aker will present "Confederate Prisons" at 7 p.m.

Visitors are always welcome to attend! The meeting will be held at CDPL in the Donnelley Room. For more information, call Dellie Craig at 362-2242 ext 118 or e-mail

Stop Fraud and Crime Before They Strike

Stop Fraud and Crime Before They Strike
A Consumer Protection Presentation from the Indiana Attorney General's Office

Crawfordsville Public Library
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
4:30-5:30 p.m.

A representative from the AG's Office will give a presentation on how to protect yourself from the latest telephone, mail, and Internet scams. Come hear about the latest tactics fraudsters use and how to avoid becoming a victim.

For more information call 1.800.382.5516 or visit us online at

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lego Block Party

The Youth Services Department at the Crawfordsville District Public Library will have a monthly "BLOCK PARTY" on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.! The next scheduled block party is on Saturday October 1!

There may or may not be a theme. Registration is required! Come use your imagination. Call 362-2242 ext 115 (no e-mails please).


For everyone! Paint-In with Mike Bowman

2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 6-8pm.

You are invited to come to a very informal "paint-in" with Michael Bowman. You can come to just watch artists paint, you can bring your own materials (any genre) and paint, or you can come to just ask questions. Mike will be here to help you get started or help in any other way he can.

For: Ages 10 to 100 (younger or older if interested)

Stop in this Tuesday September 27th!

3 Strikes of the Match

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association presents

3 Strikes of the Match
Hear the Forgotten History of April 19, 1775, The Day Our Nation was Born

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6-8 p.m.
CDPL, Meeting Room A

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Story Time now on Facebook

Want timely updates about current and future events in CDPL's Youth Services department? 

Add Story Time as a friend on Facebook!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oil Painting Class

Dick Murray will be here to teach the Bob Ross "Wet on Wet" Oil Painting Technique from 9am to 4:30pm on Saturday September 24

You will need a first time purchase of #5 Painting Knife, 1" Bob Ross Landscape Brush, #3 Bob Ross White Bristle Fan Brush, #2 Bob Ross Script Liner Brush (Sable), and a 16" X 20" Canvas. Cost is $45.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Introduction to "Essentials of Photography"

Attend our photograph course taught by Joseph and Deborah Ashby

Thursday September 22 6:30pm to 8pm

In this introduction, you will gain an overview of Photography, Cameras, and Equipment (no fee).
If you decide to take the other 8 classes (consecutive Thursdays) the cost is $80. Sign up at the Circulation Desk.  Sponsored by CDPL

Taste of Home at CDPL

Calling all Amateur Chefs! 

If you like to try new recipes, eat new foods, and you have fun, come join us at the library for an hour or two of food tasting and comradery.

All you have to do is come to the Circulation Desk, sign-up, pick out a recipe, write it on the menu sheet, and then come back to the library September 22 at 6pm with the recipe made to eat!

Jan Brown's oil painting class

Jan Brown teaches Bob Ross "Wet on Wet" oil painting technique

Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 5pm

Cost is $40. Bring your own 16x20 canvas and wear old clothes.

Sponsored by CDPL

Monday, September 12, 2011

Water color & Oil painting classes!

September 17th at CDPL!

Bill Pattison "Art of Illusion" Oil Painting Art Class
The painting he will be teaching may be seen near the Circulation Desk.
Cost is $75.

Pat Fay Water Color Art Class has been cancelled

Deb Slaters Scrapbooking Class

How about some scrapbooking on September 17!

Deb Slaters Scrapbooking Class

Join Deb for a fun filled Saturday starting at 9am and ending at 4:30.
She will let you use her tools and give you great ideas, you bring your materials.


Sponsored By CDPL


Don't forget the Yu-gi-oh Tournament!

Call Michael Gurney for information and to sign-up 765-307-4253  or 765-362-1309  

Every Thursday through October! 

Sponsored by CDPL

Friday, September 09, 2011

Need some help with your resume?

Resume Help
by Mother /Daughter team Karen Zach and Suzie Baldwin.

They can help create, spice-up or just look over your resume!

Drop in anytime September 12th and 26th between 7pm to 8pm.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Booksale this Saturday

of the 
Crawfordsville Public Library 

Saturday September 10th
9am until 5 pm
CDPL Lower Level

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Genealogy Club Meeting

Join the Genealogy Club for their monthly meeting on
Tuesday September 13, 2011, 7pm!

Amy Hathaway will present "My DNA Experience"
The meeting will be in CDPL's Donnelley Room on Lower Level.Public Invited! Call: (765)-362-2242, Ext 118 or Ext 117 at Reference Desk or email at for more information.

Friday, September 02, 2011


Popular media is full of references to Twitter and tweeting. The likes of Martha Stewart, Ashton Kutcher, and even President Obama use Twitter. But just what is Twitter? And what is a tweet?

Todd Kelsey in Social Networking Spaces: From Facebook to Twitter and Everything in Between writes "it is a small blog with very short entries," actually just 140 characters. Tweets are the text posts that are displayed on the author's profile page and sent to the author's subscribers. Those subscribers are often known as "followers."

According to Paul McFedries in Twitter; Tips, Tricks, and Tweets users took the question of "What are you doing? and morphed it into What's happening?" He states that his book will tell you everything you need to know to get started and perform all the standard chores and beyond. 

Did you know that CDPL is on Twitter? CDPL posts upcoming events, programs, closings, and other important announcements. On the library's homepage, click on the "What's New" tab and then select Tweets. You can read CDPL's tweets without joining Twitter. If you'd like to join Twitter, just click on the yellow "sign up" box and follow CvillePL!

All the books mentioned above can be found at CDPL. Both offer information on how to get started on Twitter, tips, and advice on sending tweets

Thursday, September 01, 2011

In the gallery -- September 2011

The lovely month of September bridges the gap between sizzling summer and the cool beauty of fall. The Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery bridges the gap as well with two new celebrated artists and their work. In this golden month Brandon Boas' imagination peeks into Nature's secrets with Photography and Robert Foote celebrates his Woodturnings.

Photography by Brandon Boas

On December 29, 2009, I read about Brandon Boas in Dick Wolfsie's column "Life in a Nutshell", in The Paper. Chronicling past year feel-good stories, Dick spoke of Brandon's passion for photography. I emailed Brandon, set up a gallery exhibit and voila! Here is the rest of the story.

Twenty-nine year old Brandon Boas from Columbus, Indiana certainly knows how to overcome life's struggles and the limitations of Down syndrome, pursue his life dreams and reach for the stars. Though he never had photography training, he has launched his own photography business and received state and national acclaim.

Brandon began taking pictures when a family friend showed him some photographs. Immediately, he was inspired to begin taking pictures himself. When he turned 10, he got his own camera, a little yellow Kodak. Since then, his cameras have not had a rest. He began with pictures of his family, flowers, landscapes, and old barns, especially old barns "because they might fall down" he says.

Brandon's family motivated him to launch his own company BB Loves Photos, or email to show other disabled people how much they can achieve if they work hard and dream big. Proceeds from his sales have been sufficient to pay expenses associated with his photography, but are not yet a significant source of income.

When Brandon entered a barn photo in the 4-H Fair, it became a turning point in his life. Although the entry was disqualified because it was not supposed to be framed, "somebody saw it and bought it" said Brandon, who then realized his Photos would sell.

In November 2009, Brandon, a determined, self-directed and ever so patient photographer won the John McCauley Memorial Community Awareness Award at Development Services Inc. in Columbus, IN and has been featured on WISH-TV Channel 8 and WRZQ Radio. Nominator/ mentor Tom Harpring, Director of Communications at DSI, and a professional photographer himself, says of Brandon "if he sees something, he immediately wants to figure out how it's done and has the ability to seize opportunities presented by unexpected happy accidents."

Now, along with creating a book of his photography and opening a store, Brandon dreams of starting a wedding and portrait photo business. "God created landscapes and people," Brandon says, "that's why I want to do people and weddings." "Maybe when I retire, says mentor and mother Kay Boas, "because I can't keep up with what he wants to do now and work too!"

An example of this "promotional entrepreneur" in action comes from Brandon's own lips: "I walked into Baron Hill's office in Washington D.C. and gave him two of my business cards; one for Baron Hill and one for President Obama". "When I met Stedman Graham at a conference I made sure Oprah got a business card too!" His "person to person" promotions have been honed to perfection.

Robert Foote
"S1 Actions in Wood"

Beneath the professorial robe, Robert Foote, Wabash College Professor of Math and Computer Science since 1989, holds a secret passion for turning wood into beautiful "objects d'art". His first experience at woodturning occurred in a junior high school shop class and later under the tutelage of his grandfather, a finish carpenter and furniture maker. He has been turning wood seriously since 2003. When he first set up his shop, he thought he would do general woodworking, but as soon as he started using his grandfather's old lathe, he knew that was what he really wanted to do.

Most of his work consists of small to medium-sized bowls, vases and platters, some functional, some purely decorative. He also designs and makes tree ornaments, earrings, and small containers. He uses mostly domestic wood, but occasionally chooses an exotic species. He often incorporates holes, bark, and other wood irregularities into his pieces to give them an unusual character. Some of his work is inspired by Southwestern Native American pottery. Photos of his work may be seen by googling "S1 Actions in Wood" on the internet.

For the past five years, Bob's wood turned masterpieces have appeared in the windows of downtown businesses during the annual fall art exhibit sponsored by the Montgomery County Art League. Three of his pieces won awards. In March, he gave a presentation to the Art League about his work and how he does it.

Much of his "training" as a wood turner comes from the numerous books and videos that now exist on the subject. He has taken classes from Ed Moore at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown, North Carolina, and from Tom Fortenberry at Woodcraft in Indianapolis. He also benefits from the woodturning organizations he currently belongs to.

As a member-artist of Crawfordsville's Athens of Indiana Arts Studios & Gallery his work continues to be on display and is for sale. He is a member of the Association of American Woodturners and its Central Indiana Chapter which meets in Zionsville. While living in Georgia for a year, he joined the Classic City Woodturners in Athens.

Robert's other hobbies include playing trumpet in the Wabash College Brass Ensemble and the Montgomery County Civic Band and bicycling the quiet roads of Montgomery County.

S1 is the mathematical term for a circle.
An S1 action is when something is spun in a circle.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Deweys Do CDPL's Book Club

Have you heard of the Deweys Do -- CDPL's Book Club?

It's back!

Date:September 12th 2011
Time: 6pm

Pick up a copy of Persuasion by Jane Austen at circulation and join the fun!

Grandparent's Story Time

Grandparent's Ocean Adventure Story Time

Kids, bring your grandparents for stories, snacks and a craft!

Call now to register! 362-2242 Ext 115

Home Court of Hoosier Hysteria

The Home Court of Hoosier Hysteria will be open through December 30, 2011. This exhibit commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the first High School Basketball Championship in Indiana, won by Crawfordsville in 1911. Also see items and information about the long and vibrant history of Basketball in Montgomery Count; from its roots in the local YMCA to the county high schools, Wabash College and much more!

Visit the Carnegie Museum!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Introductory Computer Classes

Introductory Computer Classes

The Crawfordsville District Public Library is offering an assortment of free, introductory computer classes for people who have little or no experience using a computer. The classes will be divided into two groups of students; ages 18-54 and ages 55 and up.

Students will be introduced to computer basics using laptop computers with Windows 7 Microsoft operating systems. The laptops will be equipped with mice and keyboards.

Registration now open!

To register for a class, visit the Reference desk on the second floor of the library, or call (765)362-2242, ext. 117 or ext. 100. No voice mails accepted. Class sizes are limited to five participants per class to allow for personalized instruction. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Wait lists will be formed if classes fill. Classes will be held in the Classroom in the lower level of the library.

Introduction to Computers
Ages 55 and up--Wed., Sept. 7, 14
Ages 18-54--Wed. Sept. 7, 14

Participants will be introduced to:
  • The inside of a computer
  • Basic computer terminology
  • Microsoft operating systems
  • Using a mouse and keyboard

Introduction to the Internet
Ages 55 and up--Wed. Sept. 21
Ages 18-54--Wed. Sept. 21

Participants will be introduced to:
  • The definition/history of the Internet
  • Internet browsers
  • Internet search engines
  • Searching on the Internet
  • Navigating a website
  • Bookmarking
Prerequisites: "Introduction to Computers" course or some familiarity with using a computer, basic terminology, using a mouse and keyboard.

Introduction to E-Mail
Ages 55 and up--Wed., Sept. 28
Ages 18-54--Wed., Sept. 28

Participants will be introduced to:
  • Creating an e-mail account
  • Creating strong passwords
  • Sending and receiving e-mails
Prerequisites: "Introduction to Computers" course or some familiarity with using a computer, basic terminology, using a mouse and keyboard.

Introduction to Computer Security
Ages 55 and up--Wed., Oct. 5
Ages 18-54--Wed., Oct. 5

Participants will be introduced to:
  • Definition of malware/spyware
  • Microsoft security updates
  • Free security programs
  • Backing up important files
Prerequisites: "Introduction to Computers" course or some familiarity with using a computer, basic terminology, using a mouse and a keyboard. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beat the Heat with Facebook!

When the weather reaches the 90s, it is time to find someplace cool and out of the heat. What better time to learn and practice your social networking skills. Afraid of Twitter and Facebook? CDPL has just the remedy to ease those concerns.

Tod Kelsey in his book Social Network Spaces: from Facebook to Twitter and Everything In Between encourages readers to join Facebook and start exploring. It is free and anyone can join. One of the many things you can accomplish on Facebook is sharing pictures. Family members can become Facebook friends and post pictures that they can share. This is especially beneficial for sharing photos of the kids with grandparents and other interested parties who live far away.

Dave Awl the author of facebook me! lists tasks you can do on Facebook:
  • Reconnect with old friends and make new ones
  • Keep track of what your friend are doing
  • Share information with friends by posting photos, videos, notes
  • Share links to other websites
  • Invite friends to get-togethers and parties

He also has tips and strategies for dealing with common problems and concerns:
  • How to protect your privacy
  • How to evaluate a friend request
  • How to decide what applications are trustworthy

More information and computers you can use to practice social networking skills are all available at CDPL.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Author Visit: Angie Klink

Author visit and book signing!

Author Angie Klink  will be here September 10th from 10am to 2pm.

Her latest book, Divided Paths/Common Ground is about two women who began the Purdue Extension Agency.

Read more about this book!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lego Block Party

The Youth Services Department at the Crawfordsville District Public Library will have a monthly "BLOCK PARTY" on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.! The next scheduled block party is on Saturday September 3rd!

There may or may not be a theme. Registration is required! Come use your imagination. Call 362-2242 ext 115 (no e-mails please).

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ogden Nash!

Frederick Ogden Nash
August 17, is the birthday of the humorous poet Ogden Nash. He was born Frederick Ogden Nash in Rye, New York in 1902. No less than the New York Times wrote, "his droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best known producer of humorous poetry." His first job was as a writer of street car ads. Perhaps that is where he practiced his brevity and wit. The humor is often unique and could be said to be "oft-kilter" with its rhyming devices and created spellings. He was also know for his surprising puns. Here is a sample:

The panther is like a leopard, except it hasn't been peppered
Should you behold a panther crouch, prepare to say Ouch.
Better yet if called by a panther, Don't anther

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree
Indeed unless the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all

Ogden Nash also gave the world one line observation gems such as:

Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker


Happiness is having a scratch for every itch

He died on May 19, 1971; however, his wit and humor live on through his writings which you can find at CDPL (Check the catalog for Ogden Nash)

Nash, Ogden. Marriage Lines; Notes of a Student Husband. Boston: Little, Brown, 1964.
Nash, Ogden. Verses from 1929. Boston: Little, Brown, 1956.
Nash, Ogden. There's always Another Windmill. Boston: Little, Brown, 1968.
Smith, Linell Nash. Loving Letters from Ogden Nash: a Family Album. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bob Ross Painting

Jan Brown teaches Bob Ross painting technique

Tuesday Aug 16 at 5pm

Cost is $40. Bring your own 16x20 canvas and wear old clothes.

Sponsored by CDPL.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Weekly story time resumes!

Weekly story time resumes on August 22 in the Childen's Department!

Elementary K- 3rd: Monday - 4pm
Babies-up to 18mo: Tuesday - 10am

Toddlers - 18 mo to 3yrs: Wednesday - 10am

Preschool - ages 3,4,5:  Thursday - 10am and 2pm

"Art of Illusion" oil painting

Bill Pattison "Art of Illusion" oil painting class

August 20
9am to 4:30pm

A supply list (with sample painting) is available near the Circulation Desk.

cost $75.00
for info call: Pat Paris at765-376-6862

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Want to scrapbook?

Join Deb Slater as she gives you ideas and use of her tools to make wonderful scrapbooks.

Bring your own materials for a fun-filled day!

Saturday,  9am to 4:30pm

Sponsored by CDPL

Resume help


Writing a resume can be a chore! Need some help getting your resume done? Help is available at CDPL!

Karen Zach and Suzie Baldwin will help you write your resume or even proofread your current resume.

August 8 (Monday)
7pm to 8 pm @ CDPL (basement)

FREE! Sponsored by CDPL

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Amish Cook

A Q & A with The Amish Cook's Editor Kevin Williams
As seen weekly in The Journal Review

August 4 @ 10:30 AM
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Kevin is a nationally noted speaker and author about anything Amish. In addition to being creator and editor of The Amish Cook column, Kevin has authored two soon-to-be-released fiction books about the Amish.

Friday, July 29, 2011

In the gallery -- August 2011

Floating into the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery, on a silent melody meant for strings, drifts the August Exhibition PAINT ME A SYMPHONY: The Acrylic and Mixed Media Paintings of Cheryl Kaldahl a nationally known artist, vocalist, composer and musician, whose diverse background allows her to weave her unique expression of the arts into her creations. In the Display Cases are A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS: Antiques loaned by the members of the Montgomery County Antique Study Club. In her Artist's Statement Cheryl tells us that for her whole life she has been immersed in the sheer beauty of her Indiana environment, and this immersion has been the inspiration for her creative expressions. She learned silence and to listen to the music of her surroundings from her heritage. While walking in the woods, with the wind whispering through the pine needles, her creative spirit is awakened. She listens with her heart, reflecting on her subject, and quietly interprets what she has been drawn to paint or musically compose. On her magical artistic journey her work evolves as she blends new techniques with old.

Cheryl Kaldahl art has been featured in numerous exhibitions, collaborations, featured artist events, juried shows and art fairs. She has received private oil and watercolor instruction and has taken workshops from some of the most highly respected artists in the country.

Cheryl honors her father's artistic lineage by combining his innovative faux painting techniques with her own unique flair, creating a fresh, exclusive style.

Cheryl is the proud owner of Juxtapose: Art & You Gallery, in the Arts & Market District in downtown Lafayette, IN. She has found great joy and fulfillment in doing workshops for the community. She has been commissioned to illustrate a children's book entitled ANGELS IN MY EARS.

Always marching to the beat of her own drum, Cheryl has excelled in the music industry as well. She studied with a Doctor of Music from the Chicago Conservatory of Music and received private classical Piano instruction as well as private Piano Master Classes from visiting professors. Cheryl also received instruction on Composition and Music theory and Concert Piano Refinement. She holds numerous regional and statewide vocal and piano awards. She declined three California record offers to pursue her love of music through teaching. She has taught private piano, organ, voice, guitar, band digital piano/keyboard, and group music education classes.

Through the years she has been a Regional and Indiana State Piano Performance and Theory Judge, President of the Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association, Board Member of the Wabash Valley Watercolor Society, Stage Manager and Performer at Lafayette Civic Theatre, performing actress for regional theaters including musical theater, regional and national piano/vocal performer, and has made TV and radio guest musical appearances.

The Antique Study Club of Montgomery County meets once a month in member's homes to study antiques acquired by members. They are interested in everything old and interesting. They love to share their treasures with others and occasionally, when room becomes scarce, they will sell them so they can put out something newly acquired.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

American Revolution lecture

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association presents 

"3 Strikes of the Match: Hear the Forgotten History of April 19, 1775, The Day Our Nation Was Born." 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6-8 PM 

CDPL, Meeting Room A 

They will discuss Paul Revere's ride and the first day of the Revolution. The following questions will be answered: 
1. When and where was the American Revolution fought and won? 
2. When and where did the Revolutionary War actually start? 
3. What caused the professional British Army to break and run after a two minute encounter with colonial farmers and shopkeepers? 
4. Who fired the first shots of the Revolutionary War? 
5. What's the difference between history and heritage? 

This event is sponsored by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association and CDPL.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Genealogy Club Meeting

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County IN Corp will have the program

"Round Table: Tell About One of Your Civil War Period Ancestors"
by club members and guests in the Donnelly Room at CDPL
August 9th, 2011 at 7 PM
Public Invited! Call: (765)-362-2242, Ext 118 or Ext 117 at Reference Desk or email at for more information.


When: Thursdays @ 5:15PM
Where: CDPL's Basement meeting room
Cost: free
Call: Michael Gurney at 765-307-4253 to sign-up
Sponsored by CDPL
FYI! What is Yu-gi-oh?
""Game King" or "King of Games" is a Japanese manga created by Kazuki Takahashi. It has produced a franchise that includes multiple anime shows, a trading card game and numerous video games. Most of the incarnations of the franchise involve the fictional trading card game called Duel Monsters (originally known as Magic & Wizards), where each player uses cards to "duel" each other in a mock battle of fantasy "monsters". The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is the real world counterpart to this fictional game on which it is loosely based. (!)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer at the Museum

Summer at the Museum continues through mid-August -- so you still have time to visit the Carnegie Museum and earn prizes for completing activities. Go for it!

See the CMMC blog "Collage" for details.

Bob Ross Class

Bob Ross Class

When: Saturday, Jul 30, 2011
Cost: $45
Time: 9am to 4pm

Paint your own painting! Join Dick Murray as he teaches you the Boss Ross "Wet on Wet" technique while painting "After the Frost."
Supplies you need to bring are posted by his painting near the Circulation Desk.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

After-Hours Genealogy Club Meeting

Join the Genealogy Club for 
After-Hours Genealogy Research at CDPL!
Friday July 22, 2011, 5-9pm

5:00 pm - Pizza in the Donnelley room (no charge, but donations accepted)
5:45-9:00 pm - Research in local history and reference area (no time limit on computers)

Advanced arrival (before 5:00 pm) is required. Library is locked at 5:00 pm.

Visitors Welcome! Please confirm your expected attendance by Wednesday July 20. Call 765-362-2242 ext 118 or email

Friday, July 08, 2011


Want to scrapbook?

Saturday, July 16th:  9am to 4:30pm

Join Deb Slater as she gives you ideas and use of her tools to make wonderful scrapbooks.(Bring your own materials for a fun filled day!)


Sponsored by CDPL


When: July 14th at 5:15PM
Where: CDPL's Basement meeting room
Cost: free
Call: Michael Gurney at 765-307-4253 to sign-up
Sponsored by CDPL
FYI! What is Yu-gi-oh?
""Game King" or "King of Games" is a Japanese manga created by Kazuki Takahashi. It has produced a franchise that includes multiple anime shows, a trading card game and numerous video games. Most of the incarnations of the franchise involve the fictional trading card game called Duel Monsters (originally known as Magic & Wizards), where each player uses cards to "duel" each other in a mock battle of fantasy "monsters". The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is the real world counterpart to this fictional game on which it is loosely based. (!)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Bob Ross Painting Class

So, do you want to paint?

Jan Brown will teach the Bob Ross "Wet on Wet" Oil Painting Technique at CDPL on July 19th!

Cost is $40

Please bring your own 16in by 20in canvas!

Please wear old clothes!

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County has plans for July!

Charles Hill (Indiana State Library) will present "An Indiana Princess in your Family?"

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7pm
Where: Donnelley Room (CDPL)

The public is invited!

Call 765-362-2242 ext 117 or 118 for more information.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Comparing and Contrasting Genocides

The public is invited to attend
"Comparing and Contrasting Genocides: The Holocaust and Rwanda"

July 11th at 7pm in the Donnelley Room

Larry Grimes will share his vast knowledge of these two genocides. His goal "is to educate and reach out to students of all ages to express the historical importance of these events and and how they affect us today."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

In the gallery


July is HOT and so are the two exhibits being displayed in the Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery at the Crawfordsville Public Library from Thursday, June 30 until Friday, July 29.

Robert Clark, a photographer who began studying Photography in the late 1970's and never plans to stop, is the presenter of our HOT wall art this month. His work has been published in magazines, calendars, and books. He is also a stock photography contributor and has had several gallery shows. Robert enjoys presenting his work at Art Festivals like Penrod on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and at many other exhibits east of the Mississippi River. Robert never tires of shooting locally and is continually learning of new opportunities to shoot interesting subjects. In fact, he has a long list of subjects he intends to shoot, all within a few hours of home. He does travel further, but if he gets into his "explore mode," it's amazing what he finds right around home.

Robert is currently working on a Photography Course geared to those seeking more information on how to improve the quality of their images. He invites you to visit his website at

Our second HOT display case exhibit is Laura McClain's needlework, which she began as a young girl during week long visits to her McClain grandparent's farm. Her grandmother Mary Jane had Laura embroidering pillow cases purchased at the Ben Franklyn store in Veedersburg, and working on various other sewing projects.

Laura was born and raised in Montgomery County. She is the daughter of Jay McClain and Martha Townsend Bell. She attended Waynetown Schools and graduated from North Montgomery High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Science in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University.

Through middle school, high school and college, Laura's interest in needlework waned because of her myriad other interests. It wasn't until after she was married that her interest returned. Her sister, Dr. Amy Becker, introduced her to cross stitch and she started working on a small project called The Four Seasons depicting a football, basketball, baseball and golf ball for her husband's office.

Laura's next project was a collection of international Santas. Her intention was to cross stitch a Santa or other Christmas themed piece for her daughter Chelsea each year. This did not happen, however, because each successive piece became more detailed and took longer to complete. Santa and his reindeer (free standing) took a year to complete and the Nativity took 3 years. Whew!

Many of Laura's cross stitch pieces are actually wearable art. She went in this direction because custom framing was hard on a stay-at-home mom's budget and more people were able to see her work as others wore it.

Currently Laura is working on a winter scene in the Thomas Kincaid style.

Brain Day at the Carnegie Museum

Brain Day at the Carnegie Museum from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, July 9th!

Visit the museum to learn about the human brain with Wabash professors Dr. Neil Schmitzer-Torbert, Ph. D. Neuroscience and Dr. Karen Gunther, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science. Admission is free.  See real brains up close and test your perceptions. See how a lie detector works, temporarily lose your sweet tooth, and much much more.

Call 765-362-4618 for details.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Pearl S. Buck!

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck lived an incredible life. Born in Hillsboro, WV on June 26, 1892 to Southern Prebysterian missionaries she did not remain long in the U.S. When she was only 3 months old her family returned to China.

Conditions were rough in the poor community at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal where her parents were stationed. She was the 4th out of 7 children, yet only 3 lived to adulthood. Her mother and her Chinese tutor, Mr. Kung were her teachers. She learned to speak both English and Chinese.

Life was not easy for the missionary family. Young Pearl saw war, poverty, death, abandonment, and sexual slavery. The family even faced personal dangers during the Boxer Rebellion and were evacuated to Shanghai.

Young Pearl was accepted as a hardship case student at Randolph Macon Women's College in 1911. She was different from the other girls because of her upbringing and out-dated clothes. She nevertheless did well and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.

She returned to China after college. There she met and married Lossing Buck an agricultural economist. From 1920-1933 they lived in Nanking on the campus of Nanking University where they both were teachers. In 1927 she was again forced to leave China because of violence in the "Nanking Incident."

Pearl had begun to publish stories and essays in the 1920s. Her second novel, The Good Earth became a best seller and won the Pulitzer prize. She continued to write and in1938 she won the Noble Prize for Literature. She is one of the few who has won both recognitions.

CDPL has many of her books, short stories, and several biographies. Pearl Buck, author and humanitarian died in 1973.


Conn, Peter J., Pearl S. Buck: a Cultural Biography., N.Y: Cambridge, Press, 1998.

"Pearl S. Buck: Brief Biography of Pearl S. Buck," 18 May 2011. .

Stirling, Nora B., Pearl Buck, a woman in conflict. Piscataway, N.J.: New Century Publishers, 1983.