Preview Shelf: September 2017

September 28, 2017

By Dianne Combs, Reference and Local History Assistant

Okay, you have just received the news of a diagnosis no one wants to hear. Someone you love has dementia. You’ve noticed the signs, but maybe didn’t want to think about it. Or, you have no clue where to go from here. Come to CDPL and find a great collection of books on caring for the dementia and Alzheimer’s patient. Maybe you’ll even want a book on how to care for yourself or other caregivers.
“Thoughtful Dementia Care: Understanding the Dementia Experience” by Jennifer Ghent-Fuller, approaches the topic head-on. She addresses each chapter topic with explanations of its meaning, and then presents many short anecdotes to help explain how that topic is manifested with the patient. “Short Term Memory Loss and Its Impact” discusses multi-tasking activities, such as cooking and hobbies, and how dementia may affect that activity. One story notes that a husband was asked during dinner to weed alongside the house afterwards. He immediately got up and started weeding, forgetting that he was in the middle of a meal. Repetitive questioning can become a great frustration for those involved in dementia care. Several suggestions for dealing with this issue are highlighted, giving caregivers ways to “think outside the box” to give relief to themselves and to calm the questioner.
A very common aspect of dementia is long term memory loss. The loved one begins remembering their life as a child, and may start asking to speak to loved ones who no longer live. This can be terrifying for the person, since they will never get to see “mother” or “father.” They may forget who the caregiver is, or other family members. They may not remember that parents or siblings may have died. The author relates a story about a woman who remembers that her husband fished everyday. She would call out for him, and the family would tell her that he was out fishing, and this relieved her anxiety. The dementia patient may continue to have “retrograde amnesia,” and remember things that no one else does about their early life. This can also be frustrating because the person may forget skills such as using a car door, or the phone. Forgetting what a mirror is may cause great distress. Dealing with the person where they are at the moment and working with them there can alleviate frustration for all.
Other books that may be helpful are: “The 36-Hour Day–A Family Guide to Caring for People Who have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss,” by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins; “A Loving Approach to Dementia Care,” by Laura Wayman; and “Connecting Through Music with People with Dementia,” by Robin Rio.
If you are unable to get to the library, there are several books available on Hoopla, such as “Alzheimer’s Answer Book,” by Marwan Sabbagh, and “Alzheimer’s Disease, a Holistic Approach,” by Michelle Deetken, PhD. Our new e-book service, OverDrive, also offers many additional resources on the subject. You will find the link to OverDrive on the library’s web site at Please call the Reference staff at 362-2242 ext. 117 if you have questions.


September 21, 2017

By Alex Hughes

In an age where technology seems to grow more complicated by the day, it is understatedly difficult to keep up. It is truly a relief to see an e-book service offered that is useable by all, regardless of “tech savviness,” and such a service is now available to you! While CDPL has offered numerous ways to read on your electronic devices in the past, we are excited to announce our latest and most convenient addition to our eContent: OverDrive.

OverDrive is our most user-friendly and multifaceted electronic reading resource yet. With over 57 libraries statewide contributing to the eCollection, there is undoubtedly something for everyone. There are currently 32,000 eBook titles, 4,800 audiobook titles, and 700 videos available to be streamed and enjoyed, for leisure or education, and those numbers are only growing. One of OverDrive’s most exciting features is its ability to be utilized on nearly all electronic devices. While other eBook services CDPL has offered have worked solely with smartphones and Kindle Fires, OverDrive can be used on all Kindles and wireless devices, and it’s easier than ever! Yes, that’s right; Kindle Paperwhite users can now use our library ebooks!

You can start using OverDrive through CDPL today, by downloading OverDrive’s app, Libby, through the App Store, (iDevice,) Play Store, (Android devices,) or Amazon Appstore, (Kindle Fire.) If you don’t have a device compatible with apps, you needn’t worry! Simply bring your device in with you to the library, and you can receive either written or verbal instruction from any of CDPL’s staff on the 2nd floor – we’ll be waiting!

One final detail – the OverDrive service does require entering your current CDPL library card barcode number, and the password you selected for your library account. Keep in mind that all CDPL cards expire after 12 months from the date of issue. If your library card is expired, you will need to renew it in person before you will be able to use OverDrive. If you can’t remember your password for your library account, please stop by our circulation desk, and we can reset it for you. If you have any questions about your renewing your card, please call 362-2242 option 1 to speak to a circulation department staff member.

We hope you’ll enjoy this new service, now offered in addition to our very popular e-content service, hoopla. Happy Reading!


September 14, 2017

Karen RecordBy Karen Record

The Youth Services Department offers many activities and programs for all ages. We wanted to let you know what we offer for ages 12-18. Every month there is a reading challenge, a hands-on activity, and a book club.
The reading challenges begin on the first day of each month and end on the last day of the month. September’s reading challenge is a scratch-off ticket. Scratch off the prize space and choose three areas on the ticket to scratch off to see how long you should read. After you have read for the specified amount of time come to the library and retrieve your prize. You can do a different ticket every week. October’s reading is a candy corn challenge. You will receive a candy corn cut-out. You will read three books and list the titles and authors on each part of the corn. Then come in to receive the prize. November’s reading challenge is a punch card. For each 15 minutes you read, you can punch out or mark out the time on the card. Once the card is finished, come in for the prize. December’s reading challenge is a naughty/nice list. Read three books and put the titles on the naughty (wasn’t your cup of tea) or nice (loved it) side. Bring the list to the library for your prize.
The hands-on activity is the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. We do ask that you sign up for these activities so we know how many materials to purchase. October’s hands-on activity is making items from duct tape. Come make a belt, sandals, a basketball hoop, or a visor to mention just a few. November’s hands-on activity will be decorating gingerbread houses. The houses will be put on display in the Youth Services area. December’s hands-on activity will be book-inspired decorations.
The book club meets the 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 pm. However, that time is negotiable depending on the schedules of those participating. The teen will need to come get the book we are reading each month so they can participate in the discussion and activities for that book. September’s book is “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Draanen. October’s book is “The Seventh Most Important Thing” by Shelley Pearsall. November’s book is “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. December’s book is “Miracle on 49th Street” by Mike Lupica.
All the activities are listed on our website (, on a flyer in the Youth Services area, or you can call to ask questions (or register for any of the above) at 362-2242 ext. 115. We hope to see you at some of our activities just for ages 12-18!


September 7, 2017

By Lynette Ziuchkovski, Reference & Local History Librarian

Did you know that when a cat purrs, it is also increasing its own bone density and ability to heal?

Petting your dog can and does lower your blood pressure.

If you suffer from deipnophobia (fear of making small talk over dinner), knowing some random trivia can help!

I am a socially awkward adult. Often mistaken for an introvert, shy, and to make the impression even more complete – I am a soft talker. However, I find myself put in social situations on a daily basis. Whether I am at work, church, store, or out in the community I often find myself face to face with complete strangers. The person makes eye contact and there is an expectant look of someone who wants to begin a conversation. YIKES! I have read books about how to make conversations and how build charisma, but what do you start the conversation about? What if this person isn’t a fan of your favorite author, television show, or music? What can you possibly base any kind of conversation on? My go-to answer is Trivia.

Early on I discovered I had a good memory and would remember odd facts from various places, books, or movies just to name a few of the sources of this wealth of useful knowledge. This knowledge has proven very useful in getting me through some very awkward social interactions and produced a good friend or two out of the interaction; just by knowing some trivia.

Best of all, since moving to Crawfordsville this wealth of useful knowledge comes in handy with the many nights of Trivia here. Every Monday at Wings Etc. starting at 7 p.m., one Thursday a month at Backstep Brewing Company starting at 7 p.m., and Geeks Who Drink events at various times and locations are just some of the Trivial Pursuits here in Crawfordsville. So if you find yourself being awkward with strangers, or if you want to win at a trivia competition try some of these sources at the library:

  • “Cats Are Capable of Mind Control: and 1,000+ uberfacts You Never Knew You Needed to Know” by Kris Sanchez
  • “Numberoids: Any Number of Things You Didn’t Know . . . And Some You Did” by Donough O’Brien and Anthony Weldon.
  • “The Trivia Lover’s Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found” by Gary Fuller.
  • “Timeless Trivia” DVD set.

If you see me out at a Trivia event, good luck and game on!