Saturday, March 31, 2012

Purdue Extension agency: strength training sessions

The Purdue Extension agency is offering strength training sessions beginning Monday, April 2, from 11-12pm

The sessions  (total of 13 meetings) continue to meet

April 4
April 9
April 11
April 25
April 30
May 2
May 7
May 9
May 16

The cost is $10.00.

Participants are asked to bring dumbells or ankle and wrist weights they might have, otherwise some will be provided. They are also asked to dress comfortably for exersize; pants or shorts that allow for stretching and bending. Finally, they are asked to bring a waterbottle or a bottle that can be filled.

Classes last approximately 45-60 minutes. The routines begin with a 5 to 10-minute warmup that may include walking, marching, light calisthenics (such as toe touches). The resistance training exercises work all the major muscle groups, utilizing a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weight. Classes conclude with a 5 to 10-minute cooldown that includes upper and lower felxibility exercises.

Please phone 765-364-6363 or e-mail for any questions and to sign-up.
Co-Sponsored by CDPL

Monday, March 26, 2012

Three Strikes of the Match

The 237th anniversary of the most important day in American history is coming up! On April 19, 1775, the  Revolutionary War began, and on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the Revolutionary War Veterans Association will sponsor a program at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Join us from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Donnelly Room as we discuss the events and people whose decisions and actions shaped and still define us as a nation. Alan Metsker will answer questions such as...
  • When and where was the American Revolution fought and won?
  • When and where did the Revolutionary War actually start?
  • What caused the British Army to break and run after a two minute encounter with colonial farmers and shopkeepers?
  • Who fired the first shots of the Revolutionary War?
  • What's the difference between history and heritage?
Go back in time to when 
"Give me liberty or give me death!" 
was more than just a saying.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Deweys Do April Meeting

Deweys Do, CDPL's book club, will be discussing Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us on Monday April 9th at 6:30 p.m.. For an enjoyable evening, join the Deweys Do in this discussion.

Sign-up at Circulation and start reading your book today!

For information and reviews about the book, check out the author's website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Yu-gi-oh in April

Yu-gi-oh games will be held at 4:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays in April:

April 5
April 12
April 19
April 26

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Non-Fiction: It's All About the Dress

Selecting a bridal gown for that very special BIG Day can be painful and discouraging. Randy Fenoli, fashion director at Kleinfeld and star of TLC's Say Yes to The Dress, has a new book that can guide the soon-to-be bride with this important decision and avoid the distress.

Randy counsels brides to define their story and determine how they want to feel and look in “The Dress” for their special day. He advises brides to consider what they want the dress to say to their guests.

Anyone who has watched Randy in action on TLC knows how smoothly he handles difficult situations that he refers to as “challenges.” He offers his rules and suggestions throughout his book, It's All About The Dress. The photographed models are not professionals, but real brides in their actual dresses that Randy helped them select.

If purchasing the perfect wedding dress is something in your future, this book will prepare you for that momentous occasion. As Randy states “a wedding dress is worn once, but photographed forever.”

Fenoli, Randy. It's All About The Dress. New York: Grand Central Life & Style, 2011.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Genealogy Club meeting

Genealogy Club of Montgomery County IN Corp will be presenting a program entitled 

"Karen's Kollected Kolumns" 
 by Karen Zach, retired teacher, Gen Web coordinator for Montgomery County, genealogist, and author. 

The program will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

This will be held at the Crawfordsville District Public Library in lower level in Donnelley Room. Public invited. Call: (765)362-2242, Ext 118 for more information.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Introductory Adult Computer Classes

Introductory Adult Computer Classes!
The Crawfordsville District Public Library is offering an assortment of free, introductory computer classes for adults who have little or no experience using a computer.

Adult learners 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 begins Wed., March 21

To register for a class, visit the Reference desk on the second floor of the library, or call (765)362-2242, ext. 100. No voice mail registrations 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 Room C in the lower level of the library.

Introduction to Computers: Part A
Wed., April 4, 2012
3:30-4:30 or 6:30-7:30
Participants will be introduced to:
  • The inside of a computer 
  • Basic computer terminology 
  • Microsoft operating systems
  • Using a mouse and keyboard
Introduction to Computers: Part B
Wed., April 11, 2012
3:30-4:30 or 6:30-7:30
Participants will be introduced to:
  • Files and folders 
  • Creating and saving a document 
  • Storage devices 
  • Downloading and installing
Prerequisites: Intro to Computers: Part A

Introduction to the Internet
Wed. April 25, 2012
3:30-4:30 or 6:30-7:30
Participants will be introduced to:
  • Definition/history of the Internet 
  • Internet browsers 
  • Internet search engines 
  • Searching on the Internet 
  • Navigating a website
  • Bookmarking
Prerequisites: "Introduction to Computers Part A & B" course or some familiarity with using a computer, basic terminology, using a mouse and keyboard.

Introduction to E-Mail
Wed., May 2, 2012
3:30-4:30 or 6:30-7:30
Participants will be introduced to:
  • Creating an e-mail account 
  • Navigating your inbox 
  • Sending, receiving, replying  
  • Sending, receiving attachments 
  • Managing e-mails
Prerequisites: "Introduction to Computers Part A & B" course or some familiarity with using a computer, basic terminology, using a mouse and keyboard.
*Instructor will contact each participant to schedule a time to meet in the library to create an e-mail account in advance.*

New Rock Biographies

Making your summer reading list now? Our new rock biographies are great reads for those long summer days!

by Paul Brannigan
The epic story of a singular career that includes Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and Them Crooked Vultures. Based on ten years of original, exclusive interviews with the man himself and conversations with a legion of musical associates like Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, DC punk legend Ian MacKaye, and Nevermind producer Butch Vig, this is Grohl's story. He speaks candidly and honestly about Kurt Cobain, the arguments that almost tore Nirvana apart, the feuds that threatened to derail the Foo Fighters' global success, and the dark days that almost caused him to quit music for good.
Read about Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in Heavier than Heaven.

The bass player for Mötley Crüe and a skilled photographer in his own right offers a unique visual memoir of his rock and roll life.
More books about Nikki and Motley Crue: The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, by Nikki Sixx and The Dirt, by Motley Crue.

Like American Idol? Read judge Steven Tyler’s story in
 Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
The frontman of the classic rock band Aerosmith tells his story, including his rise to rock stardom in the 1970s, the band's drop in popularity, and their comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s.
 Also new at the library is Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s biography, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath.

Or, try some classics:

Watercolor Class

Pat Fay is having a watercolor class!

March 31
9 to 4:30

Cost is $40

Pat provides ALL supplies!

Take home a beautiful watercolor you created with Pat's instruction.

Sponsored by CDPL!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sugar Creek Quilters

Sugar Creek Quilters present:

Spring Dance
of the Quilts

March 12 -- April 30
Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery

The Sugar Creek Quilters regularly create quilts for charity:

* Quilts of Valor -- for veterans and their families

* Baby quilts -- for the Well Baby Clinic

* Marie Canine Cancer Center quilts

Come see the nearly 55 quilts and quilt items! Each will be labeled with the quilter's name, the name of the quilt, and information about the quilt.

New Books on Babies

$204,060 is what the federal government estimates it costs to raise a child born in 2010 until 2028. Even that may not really count the cost of daycare and post secondary school. But nevertheless Denise and Alan Fields, authors of Baby Bargains have help for parents worried about the high cost of children.

Their book guides parents wanting to buy "quality at a discount." They propose 7 commandments to follow:
1.Safety is job ONE - avoid used cribs and car seats as safety requirements change
2.Focus on the Basics - your mission is to have a safe place for baby to sleep and ride in the car
3.Weed out the Fluff - take an experienced parent along when shopping to help select the necessary items
4.Two words: Free Money - take advantage of employer sponsored dependent care accounts and other tax deductions or credits
5.More Freebies - new parents often receive discounts to entice them into stores
6.Shop at stores that don't include Baby in their name - places like discount stores that are not specially catering to babies may have better prices
7.Online Shopping Savvy -use those coupons for free shipping and discounts before ordering online. Monitor the free message boards at

They state that their focus is on safety and durability. Two factors that interest every new parent!

Also new to the library is Baby 411, an easy-to-use guide with answers and advice for your baby's first year.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Selling Your Kitchen Creations

Selling Your Kitchen Creations!

If you are interested in selling your creations from your own kitchen, there will be a 3-day course put on by the Purdue Extension Agency from 10:00  to 11:30. Please pick up a brochure at circulation if you are interested. There is a registration included in the brochure. 

March 20
March 27
April 3

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lawn or Garden questions?

If you have any Lawn or Garden questions, come to the library between 9 and 11 on March 17!

Ed, from the Purdue Extension Office, and Mark, from Davidson Greenhouse and Nursery, will be here to answer your questions.

Meditation at the Library

"Meditation at the Library" 

Whether a Beginner or Pro, join Sharon Parker for a relaxing and enjoyable evening and help your mind stay young!

March 14 & 21

Sponsored by CDPL

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Beekeeping Class

Want to learn more about beekeeping? It's that time again for Bob Congleton's Beekeeping Class!

The beekeeping class will be held at the library on the following Saturdays from 9 am until noon:

March 17
March 24
April 21

NOTICE: The April 28 class has been CANCELLED.

To sign-up or for more information, please see Circulation staff.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Be a Friend of the Library!

The Friends of the Library book sale was held today, as it is every second Saturday of the month. The Friends of the Library is composed of citizens with a special interest in learning. This organization supports the library's mission both through their volunteer efforts and financial assistance. They have provided for the library in the past computers for the children’s room, a CD player, and a refrigerator for the staff room. They have a special interest in encouraging the love of reading in children and occasionally provide extra funds for events or refreshments in the Children’s room.
Want to join the Friends of the Library? Find a membership form at our website! Annual membership is as low as $4.00, or add yourself to the mailing list for free and receive the monthly newsletter to stay informed of events at the library. Also, support the Friends by donating your extra books for the monthly book sale!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tri Kappa Art Show

This annual exhibit is an amazing combination of artistic talent of students from all over the county which will be on display through Saturday during regular library hours. An awards reception is planned for from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday (March 7)  in the lower level of the Library. Everyone is invited. Tri Kappa Sorority members and the three county high schools art teachers have readied an amazing body of work for viewing. Categories include: Ceramics, Computer Graphics-Graphic Design & Communication Arts, Drawing 1 and 2, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography 1 and 2, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textile & Fiber Design.

Ribbons and prizes for first, second, third place and honorable mention in each category are given out at the awards reception. There is also an award for Best of Show. Each year Tri Kappa hires an experienced, independent artist to judge the student work. The judge chosen this year is Kim VanArsdell.Before taking over the helm as executive director of the non-profit artists’ co-operative Athens Arts approximately a year and a half ago, Kim VanArsdell was self-employed as a stained glass artist concentrating on public commission works. VanArsdell, a native of Frankfort, has resided in Crawfordsville for more than 30 years. Her stained glass windows and lamps are found in public and private collections throughout Indiana including the Mulberry Library in Clinton County and the Frankfort Community Public Library. VanArsdell attended Indiana University at Bloomington, where she majored in painting and minored in printmaking. She has additional training in secondary art education from IU. She also is an associated artist with Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery at Lafayette.

The Mary Bishop Memorial Gallery is open during normal library hours, which are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, March 05, 2012

March is Women's History Month!

This year’s theme for Women’s History Month is Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment, a subject that is at the heart of the work of one of the first feminists. Mary Wollstonecraft was born in England in 1759. Mary struck out on her own at an early age to work, eventually setting up a school with her sisters and friend Fanny Blood. When the school failed and Mary became dissatisfied with her options for employment, she decided to become a writer. She was in France during the Revolution and wrote An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution, which was published in 1794. Her most famous work, though, was A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects. Written in 1792, Wollstonecraft argues that women should be educated since they will in turn educate children, and women can and should be equals to men in some areas of life. Mary’s dramatic personal life overshadowed her work for years after her death (she had numerous love affairs and an illegitimate daughter in addition to her daughter with philosopher William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of Frankenstein) but her ideas found life again with the women’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century. (Read about Crawfordsville’s own famous suffragist, Elizabeth Boynton Harbert, at our Local History blog).
                 Visit the library and check out Mary Wollstonecraft for yourself. Lyndall Gordon’s Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft was on the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2005 list. A fictional account of Mary’s life, Vindication, was written in 1993 by South Bend teacher Frances Sherwood. And Mary’s most influential work can be found through interlibrary loan or as a free download from google books.

Learn about the forthcoming 1940 Census

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, IN Corp at 7:00 pm. March 13, 2012 will be presenting "1940 Census" by Mike Mitchell, Genealogy Club Member.

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.

Deweys Do: Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey

The Deweys Do book club will meet on Monday, March 12 at 6:30 pm.
The group will discuss Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey.

If you would like to read a copy, books are available at the Circulation desk.

Yu-Gi-Oh in March

Yu-Gi-Oh card game will be held on the following Thursdays at 4PM:

March 8
March 22
March 29

Call Michael Gurney to sign-up at 765-307-1673