Monday, April 30, 2012

Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic in May

Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic meetings will continue to be held at CDPL in May.


Games begin at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Deweys Do Book Club

Join the Deweys Do, CDPL's book club, on Monday May 14th at 6:30 p.m.

The Deweys Do will be discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain  by Garth Stein.  Sign-up at Circulation to get your book.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Greeting Card Class

Join instructor Brenda Helvie for a Stampin Up Card Creating Class on May 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Helvie will provide all necessary supplies and the cost to attend is $10.00.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Book signing event!

Join us at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County on 
Saturday, May 5th from 4-6 p.m.

Author Jeanne Ann Vanderhoef will be visiting Crawfordsville with her family to sign copies of her books and talk about her life. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission to the Carnegie Museum is free.

Daughter of Kent Lambert and Janet (Maude Snyder) Lambert, Jeanne Ann was born in Crawfordsville in 1918. She attended the University of Missouri and then moved with her parents to New York City, where her father was serving in the 61st Cavalry Division. Kent Lambert led the last Cavalry charge of WWI and later became the Post Commander at Governors Island, New York. Jeanne Ann was a model for John Powers until her marriage to Dean T. Vanderhoef, a new graduate of West Point. After World War II, her husband became an intelligence officer and a Russian linguist, and the family, which now included a son and young daughter, moved to post-war Germany. A second daughter was born in Munich. After three years of living in Germany, the family returned to the U.S. until 1956 when they were transferred to Bangkok, Thailand. The Bangkok assignment served as the inspiration for Jeanne Ann's first book, Gibbons in the Family Tree. Jeanne Ann published her second book, Hard Road to Heaven, in 2011. She says her most recent book is based on her own memories plus the stories of others who shared their war-time experiences with her during her years in Germany.

Janet Lambert was born Maude Snyder in Crawfordsville in 1893, daughter of Francis L. Snyder and Mabel Galey Snyder. Her father was the first Supreme Scribe of the Tribe of Ben Hur fraternal order. In 1916, she began a stage career, appearing in productions with William Powell and Franklin Pangborne. She married Crawfordsville native Kent Lambert on New Year's Day, 1918, and changed her name from Maude Snyder to Janet Lambert. Despite hopes that he would remain stateside, he was sent to Europe to serve in World War I several months later. While her husband was away, Janet returned home to Crawfordsville to await the birth of her daughter, Jeanne Ann, who was born later that year. Her theater career ended with the birth of her daughter. Despite several years of serious medical issues resulting from her daughter's birth, Janet accompanied her husband to his military assignments, and spent much time with her daughter. When Jeanne Ann went away to college, Janet began to write seriously, selling her book, Star Spangled Summer to E.P. Dutton in 1940. She wrote 54 young adult best-sellers over the course of her literary career.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Genealogy Club meeting

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County will meet on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

 VA Records
will be presented by David Shelton of the VA Hospital in Indianapolis.

The program will be held at the Crawfordsville District Public Library in the lower level in the Donnelley Room. Public is Invited! For more information, call (765)-362-2242 Ext. 118.

Blossoms & Brunch

The Crawfordsville District Public Library Youth Services Department extends a cordial invitation to the eighth annual
Blossoms  & Brunch
Young ladies (6 and up) and adult guest, join us and create your own MAGIC GARDEN!

Saturday, May 19 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Crawfordsville District Public Library Donnelley Room,  Lower Level
Reservations, required due to space limitations, will begin April 16 (no e-mails, please.)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Block Party

The Youth Services Department at CDPL will have a BLOCK PARTY on Saturday May 5th at 9:30 a.m.! Come use your imagination to build with Legos. 

Book Munchers

Don't forget that CDPL has a program, Book Munchers, aimed at home-schooled students! 

Book Munchers meet at CDPL on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. The next program is set for May 1st. No registration is necessary. Just bring your lunch and listen to stories and then do activities with Ms. Linda! Call 362-2242 ext 115 for more information.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Genealogy Club After Hours

Genealogy Club of Montgomery County IN

After Hours!

5:00 to 9:00 pm
April 27 (Friday), 2012

The Genealogy Club will be having an "After Hours Genealogy Research" at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Pizza Supper & Research -- no charge -- donations accepted towards pizza.

5:00 pm: Pizza, Donnelley room, lower level
5:45 pm: Research in local history and reference area, 2nd floor (no time limit on computers)
9:00 pm: Closing

Advance arrival (Before 5:00 pm) is required. Library is locked at 5:00 pm.

Visitors welcome
Please confirm your expected attendance by Wednesday, April 25, by calling 756-362-2242, Ext 118 or e-mailing

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pavilion awaits benches

The pavilion is in place. Now it awaits further landscaping and the benches for you to be able to sit and take advantage of the shelter. These two images are from April 16th.

In case you missed the earlier reports on the pavilion, you can still get to them from here:

April 5, 2012:
April 4, 2012:
April 3, 2012:
December 30, 2011:
October 14, 2011:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Celebrating National Library Week: Reader's Advisory

Do you sometimes have trouble trying to figure our what to read next? Do you often want to investigate a series? Do you want suggestions by category or theme on what to read? Then why not try the CDPL reader's advisory blog: Words Worth Reading

Words Worth Reading is our literature blog that was created to help you find books worth reading.
You can get to the blog from the library home page ( and use the "What's New?" menu to choose Reader's Advisory -- or simply go straight to the blog at
On the left side of the blog are several categories of links you can use
  • Read Alikes
  • Categories/Themes
  • Series
  • CDPL's Honored Local Authors
That way you can browse for whatever you want!

You can also read articles on new arrivals in the library.
The Read Alikes are especially helpful for you to find authors similar to those you already like. And, where possible, you are also given a link to the author's offical web site, a link to what we have of that author in our catalog, and also a link to a Wikipedia biography.
Be sure to give Words Worth Reading a try!

Celebrating National Library Week: Interlibrary Loan

Have you ever tried Interlibrary Loan?

It's nice to be able to find in your library all the items you want to check out. But what if we don't have what you want? Well, then you should consider using our Interlibrary Loan service.

This is just another way that your library can serve you!

What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

If the Crawfordsville District Public Library does not own the book, video, or article that you need, we can try to borrow it from another library through the Interlibrary Loan service.

Who can use the ILL service?

This service is offered to all patrons holding a valid library card from the Crawfordsville District Public Library (does not include RB cards). You must have no outstanding fees or overdue items. Patrons must be 18 or older to request an interlibrary loan. Those under 18 can also request an interlibrary loan if they have parental permission.

How long does it take to get an ILL?

Most loans can be received within 10-14 days. You will be informed as soon as possible if a loan can't be made for some reason.

How long can I keep ILL materials?

The average loan period is 2 weeks or longer, depending on the wishes of the loaning institution. The late fee for an ILL item is 50 cents per day.

What is the cost?

The service is free; this cost is underwritten by the Friends of the Library. If the lending library specifies that it requires costs for photocopies or mailing a particular requested item, patrons will be consulted before materials are borrowed.

What can I borrow?

You may request items not owned by the Crawfordsville District Public Library or items missing from the library's collection. You may not request items owned by the library.

What is my ILL limit?

You are limited to 10 requests at a time.

How do I make an ILL request?

•You can make a request at the Reference Desk in person or by phone (362-2242 ext. 117).

•You can e-mail our ILL staff:

•You can use FirstSearch on any computer in the library. Ask a librarian for assistance, if necessary.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Author visit: James E. Rady

Meet the author of A Time to Forgive and Love Finds a Way at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

Author James E. Rady will be at CDPL on Wednesday, April 18th from 6-8pm.

James Edward Rady, a Hoosier poet/author was born on a farm in Indiana and reared in the community of Roachdale. He graduated from Roachdale High School and earned BA and MS degrees from Indiana University. He retired from a career in Indiana schools as a teacher/administrator. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and retired from a career in the U.S Army, serving during the Korea and Vietnam wars. He has written and edited Bible Study material, Sunday School lessons, Tracts, educational newsletters, brochures, and booklets. He hosted a radio news and cable TV talk show on education. He has published three books of poetry, and at the age of 85, with his collection of original letters from a Civil War soldier, he completed his first novel, Love Finds A Way. His second novel, A Time to Forgive, was completed at age 88. He and his wife make their home in Lima, Ohio.

 In addition to his latest novels, CDPL also has Rady's books of poetry in our Local History collection.

Celebrating National Library Week: Searching the Catalog

You may already know that you can search the library catalog from the library or from home any time  you want in order to find anything you want! Searching can be frustrating, however, because a library catalog needs your help (what we are saying, we suppose, is that a library catalog is not as easy to use as Google!). But if you use some basic strategies, you can greatly increase the chances of finding exactly what you are looking for.

One of the most useful features of the catalog is the Limit by filter that allows you to narrow your search to a particular type of material.

For example, if you wanted to find books about dinosaurs for children but did not want to scroll through DVDs or adult non-fiction books, use the Limit by filter and choose "Juvenile beginner books" before clicking Go.

The Limit by filter is just one of the ways you can improve any search. For more help, feel free to ask any librarian on duty or call the Reference Desk at 765-362-2242 ext 117.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scrapbooking class

Deb Slater's Scrapbooking class is at CDPL this Saturday April 14th from 9:30am until 4:30 pm. 

Bring your memorabilia and use Deb's tools and expertise!

Sponsored by CDPL.

Celebrating National Library Week: CDPL Events

Get to know your library during National Library Week!

Did you know that CDPL has an events calendar online? Don't miss out on great events at your local library. Check out the events calendar for upcoming programs, book discussions, and author meetings!

Want brief reminders about library events? CDPL tweets about upcoming events on Twitter.

Monday, April 09, 2012

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week 2012 (April 8-14)! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Want to help celebrate National Library Week? Get aware and get involved! See what's available for library fans:

Do you have a story you want to share? Let others know about it here:

And don't neglect to get to know YOUR library better!

For example, did you realize that you can talk to a Reference librarian any time the library is open? Drop by the 2nd floor Reference desk, or just call 765-362-2242 ext. 117.

You can aslo use our online Ask-a-Librarian form to contact us whenever you wish. Just go to:

We will answer you as soon as we can!

Stampin' Up!

Join instructor Brenda Helvie for a cardmaking class at the library on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10.00, materials will be provided. Create your own masterpiece! Sponsored by CDPL.

And, while you're waiting for the class, visit some of these websites for ideas and inspiration...
Or, watch some of these videos about cardmaking on Youtube, including this one:

Don't forget to search the library catalog for craft books, too!

See you Thursday!

Library pavilion "gets covered"

The pavilion is beginning to look more like a pavilion with every passing day!

In case you missed the earlier reports on the pavilion, you can still easily get to them from here:
April 5, 2012:
April 4, 2012:
April 3, 2012:
December 30, 2011:
October 14, 2011:

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Library pavilion continues to grow...

The second day of construction on the library pavilion revealed much more progress.

View earlier construction and read more about the project!

Take a look at what happened on April 4:

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Library pavilion construction

The library pavilion is going up this week!

Final construction has begun on this project that we introduced to you last October (

Read the October 14, 2001 Journal Review article on the pavilion.

We also showed you how the pavilion wood was being prepared in the factory and how the concrete base was achieved:

Now you can enjoy some of the final stages:

Monday, April 02, 2012

Fun With Police Sketches

Have you ever had trouble picturing a character from a novel? Brian Joseph Davis has a solution. On his Tumblr blog, The Composites, Davis uses law enforcement composite sketch software to bring your favorite characters to life, using descriptions from the book. Don't just wonder what Humbert Humbert (Lolita, Vladimir Nabakov) looked like, find out exactly how creepy he is. (On the other hand, it can be a little strange when you already have an idea of a character and the sketch is not the same, like the one of Edward Rochester of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.) You can read more about The Composites at the Atlantic, and make suggestions for character sketches at Here are a few of my favorite sketches:
Mr. Wednesday, American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Ignatius J. Reilly, A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's, by Truman Capote


Learn about Pakistan's culture

IREX Global Undergrad Program, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department, has sent Tayyab Rauf of Pakistan to Wabash College for a semester of study. He is to get to know American culture and he would like to share his own culture with us.

Rauf will be at CDPL on Thursday April 12th at 5pm to share Pakistan's traditions, music, sports, famous personalities, and much more. This program is aimed at both children and adults and is sponsored by CDPL.

Film Making 101

Film Making 101 is a FREE course being offered by certified instructor, Jason Lowe.

The class meets every other Monday from 6:30 to 8:30:
April 23
May 7
May 21
June 4
June 18

You need only bring a camera. It is all right if two or more want to use the same camera. For more questions and to sign-up, please go to the Circulation Desk.

This course is sponsored by CDPL.