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.