Preview Shelf: June 2017

June 29, 2017

By Jessica Mondy, Reference & Local History Assistant

Are you a teacher? Do you homeschool your kids? Do you need enriching, educational, materials to keep your kids reading and learning this summer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Crawfordsville District Public Library has a new collection of resources that might be of interest to you! My name is Jessica Mondy, and I am a new library assistant in the Reference and Local History Department, located on the second floor of the library. I am also a teacher, who is always looking for cheap (or free!) materials to engage and support my students in the classroom.

The good news for CDPL patrons is that our local library has a wealth of resources that can be used in all types of classrooms, whether they be in a public school or around a kitchen table. While the first floor of the library has always been known as an enriching place for children and teens, the second-floor also has materials that could interest your growing readers. The second floor of the library contains such sections as nonfiction DVDs and nonfiction books about every subject imaginable. We also have an expanding collection of non-fiction adult graphic novels, covering a variety of subject matter. Think of the potential uses of these items for your student’s education!

It is important to note that while we have a large selection of items on the second floor that can and will benefit your student’s education, the second-floor is mainly dedicated to adult collections. Many of the items in the second floor collection may be above your student’s grade level, and possibly be too mature for younger readers. Our children’s department is a wonderful location for younger students, but with some guidance, older students can benefit from the second floor collection.

Recently I have begun compiling a series of annotated bibliographies for classroom teachers and homeschool educators to get a taste of the variety of materials we have on the second floor. So far, I have completed one of these bibliographies for reference materials, biographies, nonfiction DVDs, and graphic novels. Each bibliography has a bold heading on it, declaring it a “Resource for Teachers” and stating the category of items included. I have included a short explanation of each item listed, and the call number of each specific item. I encourage you to look at these items, and think of how they could support your lesson plans, independent studies, extra credit opportunities, and research projects. In the future I hope to expand these bibliographies to include more of the diverse resources in our collection.

Come check out our “Resources for Teachers” at CDPL, and let us know what other areas of interest you have for your students! There now is a place on the website for Teacher links,
and these handouts are also located in the information center on the second floor. While all of the materials included in these documents contain relevant educational material, CDPL encourages each teacher to assess the items before using them in an educational setting, to ensure that the materials align to curriculum needs as well as making sure they are appropriate for students at your grade level.

Have questions about the library’s materials for students? Please call the children’s department for questions about materials for children, or the second floor reference desk for questions about materials for educators or older students at 362-2242 ext. 117. Our staff members look forward to serving you.


June 22, 2017

Kat BurkhartBy Kat Burkhart

Carnegie Museum Anniversary Blitz Column – 6/20/17

The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month! To celebrate this major milestone, the Carnegie Museum is hosting ten community events from Monday, June 26 to Saturday, July 1.

On Monday, June 26, children enrolled in Museum Camp will visit the Carnegie Museum. This year’s theme is art, with the children learning about combining colors and tie-dying t-shirts during their visit to the Carnegie. During the rest of the week, campers will visit the other three museums in town, as well as the Athens Art Gallery, learning about and creating their own art at each stop.

On Tuesday, June 27, we will present two sessions of “Carnegie & Canvas” – a Family Paint at 1:00pm for $25/canvas and an Adult Evening Paint at 7:00 pm for $35/canvas. Participants must register by June 24. The price includes guided art instructions, age-appropriate beverages and snacks, as well as your own artwork to take home.

On Wednesday, June 28 from 4:00-7:00 pm, the museum will celebrate the latest book by local author Shannon Hudson, Abolitionists on the Underground Railroad: Legends from Montgomery County, Indiana, with an author talk and book signing. The event is free and books will be available for purchase.

On Thursday, June 29, the Carnegie will host two sessions of the Girl Scouts STEM Van at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Participation is free to boys and girls ages 4-11 with advanced registration. Also on Thursday will be Open Mic Night with the Lyons Music Sign. This event will run 7:00-9:00 pm and is open to all family-friendly performances.

Friday, June 30 brings our next Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night, with local Jeopardy champ Christopher Short as emcee. $5/person admission includes snacks and a cash bar. Come with your own team of up to six people or make friends when you get here. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the Trivia starting at 7:00 pm.

And finally, Saturday, July 1 will feature the 3rd annual Maker Day from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This event is being held in conjunction with the Lew Wallace Study & Museum, with activities hosted indoors at the Carnegie Museum and outdoors at the Study. Makers of all kinds will be on hand to encourage visitors to learn, invent, craft, play and make. Maker Day is free and family-friendly.

All of this will be in addition to our free Summer at the Museum program, which will continue all week.

It will be one crazy, fun, event-filled week at the Carnegie Museum. Come help us celebrate our anniversary by attending one, a few, or all of our events! More information on all of these events can be found on our Facebook page (@CarnegieMoCo) or by calling the museum at 362-4618.


June 15, 2017

By Dianne Combs

I get together with a group of friends occasionally and have “book night.” We discuss a certain piece, share favorite poetry, or read some of our own writings. We also seem to have a fondness for knowing how our favorite writers wrote. One writer that has had a great impact on others with his style and story writing abilities is Pat Conroy. CDPL has recently purchased “A Low Country Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life,” by Pat Conroy. It is actually a collection of blog postings, letters, essays, and an interview put together by his editor, Nan Talese, and his wife, Cassandra King. I did not know much about him beforehand, but just reading his wife’s introduction makes me wish I had met this man. She relates that “someone wrote that Pat didn’t fill up a room when he entered it, he WAS the room.” He was kind, he was effusive, he cared about his readers, and he could tell a story to keep you glued to the pages of the book. I have read a couple of his books; I always thought he could fill a sentence with the best of the southern writers.
The first offering of his writing is his entrance into the cyber world of blogging. He never really liked to blog, or have a website, or even own anything electronic. But with his usual candor, he relates highly personal information, but in a way that doesn’t make you feel sorry for him. You just want to sit with him and swap stories. He tells of his Citadel basketball buddies, beautiful wives of close friends, and recounts how various authors, name after name, have influenced his writing. He never says anything bad about anyone; in fact, he will elaborate on all their good points. The one person he fails to speak well of is his father, who was written about in “The Great Santini.” His father was a highly-regimented, abusive, mean Marine who made everyone in the family miserable. Many writers have come from poor childhoods, and Conroy is a shining example of that. He plumbed the depths of his family’s misery and put down on paper the feelings and experiences that many people have had, but perhaps were not able to relate, or even admit to their existence. He met many people at book signings throughout his career who were in tears when they met him, and were then able to tell him their own sad tales of best-forgotten childhoods. And he would listen. And he would remember them, and he would tell them to write it themselves. He was a great encourager of young writers, and liked to follow their careers.
We have several Conroy books available on the CDPL shelves and on Hoopla. Hoopla has “The Water is Wide,” “Prince of Tides,” “The Boo: A Tribute to the Man Who Ruled the Citadel,” “The Lords of Discipline,” and “The Great Santini.” The “Prince of Tides” movie, starring Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte, is also available at CDPL in our DVD collection.

June 8, 2017

By Angela White

Next week here at CDPL, I am very excited to announce that we will be having our very first Graphic Novel Book Club. We will be discussing the 1997 Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale’s modern Batman classic A Long Halloween. This DC Comics collected 13-issue series follows a younger, more inexperienced Batman in a film-noir style murder mystery. He’s young and he makes mistakes and all the classic Batman baddies are there to shine a bright light on his inadequacies.
Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim. This story highlights Batman as the detective as well as a crime fighter.

While Loeb is concocting an enticing mystery, Tim Sale is bringing this world to life with his imagery. The smallest details are creating this film-noir vibe that goes hand-in-hand with the mystery it’s creating. That’s just the setting. Add in the characters and their depictions, and you have one of the best looking comics ever. Loeb’s deep story, with character development and plot twists only helps bring Tim Sale’s wonderful characters, setting and mood to life.

Dripping with mood, characters and emotion, The Long Halloween is just as engrossing today as it was upon its release 20 years ago. It’s the perfect story for a Batman fan, a Halloween fan and anyone looking for a good story. If you’re out shopping for anyone in the coming weeks, pick it up. It’s the perfect Holiday present.

This book is available for checkout from our electronic resource, Hoopla Digital. You will need a library card to access it. If you have any questions about the date, time, location, or how to access the book, contact CDPL’s digital initiatives librarian Angela White 765-366-2242 ext. 100 or


June 1, 2017

Karen RecordBy Karen Record

The Youth Services Department at the Crawfordsville District Public Library would like to invite all children up through the age of 18 to register for the summer reading program, “Read-a-saurus”.
Registration begins Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Once younger children register they will be given a map of a dino dig. As they read, they will follow the dinosaur footprints and stop to “dig” at the different holes on the page. They will earn a prize at every hole. Once they complete the dino trek, the elementary children will earn a t-shirt and a book to keep. The preschoolers will earn a dinosaur book bag and a book to keep.
Every day the children may find Daisy the Dinosaur and enter a drawing to win a small stuffed dinosaur (that may be related to Daisy).
Each week the children will have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about dinosaurs by completing the dinosaur trivia game. There will also be a new drop-in dinosaur craft to make each week except for a patriotic craft the week before July 4th (while supplies last).
Please plan to join us for a story time each week. Baby story time for ages up to 18 months will be on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., toddler story time for ages up to 3 will be on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and activity time for ages 4 and up will be on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Tagalongs are welcome.
There are several family activities during the summer as well. There will be outside activities under the pavilion (like dino digs), a hatch-a-dinosaur activity, dinosaur Bingo, a story time on the Trail, Touch-a-Truck, and the World of Bubbles show. Frequently there will be a new picture hunt for children to enjoy while they visit the library. Of course, there are always regular things to do while you visit the library like work puzzles, color, play games on the computer, and play in the play corner.
The program for tween and teens is different from the younger children. They will keep track of time read and place tickets in a bucket for weekly and grand prize drawings. These students will also have the opportunity to do a Dinosaur Challenge where specific reading or tasks will earn extra tickets or prizes. There are two craft programs specifically for ages 12-18. We will have a time for making a dinosaur skeleton wood craft and an optical illusion sand art picture (registration required for both).
The program ends Tuesday, July 11, 2017. All time for reading must be turned in by 6 p.m. that day, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the finale for summer reading, The World of Bubbles.
Please visit to see the events calendar. You can also call us at 362-2242 ext. 115 with any questions or to sign-up for a specific activity.
We want to thank the Friends of the Library for funding a good portion of this program. We can do so much more with their generosity.
We hope to see you this summer (if not before)!