Thursday, September 07, 2006

Join the Club at New Castle-Henry County Public Library

New Castle-Henry County Public Library offers a variety of clubs open to area residents. Club membership is free, and there are no obligations for commitment.

The library’s chess club meets monthly to play chess and learn more about the game. All abilities are invited to join the club. Even those who do not know how to play chess can come and learn how to play. The club’s upcoming meetings are on the following Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.: September 12, October 10, November 21, and December 12.

The library has a book club designed for women who enjoy inspirational fiction. The Chick Lit Book Club meets every other month. The group will meet on Wednesday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss What a Girl Wants by Kristen Billerbeck.

Writers, published or unpublished, are invited to join the library’s newest club. The Writers Club will discuss the challenges of writing, and share feedback and encouragement. The club’s first two meetings are Mondays, September 18 and October 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Hope Gwinn, program coordinator at New Castle-Henry County Public Library, organizes the library’s clubs. For more information about the clubs, call Hope at 765-529-0362, ext. 310, or log on to

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Library Offers Free Computer Classes

New Castle-Henry County Public Library is providing three free computer courses during the month of September. A PowerPoint Basics computer class will be held on Tuesday, September 5. Participants can choose to attend at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. to learn about how to create business presentations and photo slide shows using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Adults over the age of 55 are invited to join Surfin’ Seniors on Thursday, September 14, as they learn the basics of using computers. This class will begin at 10 a.m.

Computer Basics is the subject of the computer class on Monday, September 18, offered at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This class covers information including how to turn computers on and how to use computers to make life easier.

All computer classes will take place in the training lab, which is located behind the public computer lab on the upper level of the library. Computer classes at the library are free, but registration is required. Register online at or call 765-529-0362, ext. 315.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Library Participates in Nationwide Story Time, Offers Fall Programs

New Castle-Henry County Public Library is joining with sites across the nation on Thursday, August 24, in an attempt to set the record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. The library invites children, caregivers, and the general public to attend a special story time in the Children’s Library at 6:30 p.m. revolving around the book The Little Engine That Could. The “Read for the Record” campaign is an initiative of Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, with support from Starbucks, Pearson, Penguin (USA), American Eagle and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The library will begin offering weekly Story Times for ages 3 through kindergarten on September 1 and continuing to September 19. Participants can choose from Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. Toddler Time for ages 18-36 months will be held at 10 a.m. on the following Saturdays: September 9, 16 and 30. Caregivers are asked to register children for Story Time and Toddler Time to allow staff to provide personalized attention and materials for the children. To register for Story Time and Toddler Time, visit the Children’s Library, call 765-529-0362, ext. 366, or log on to

The Children’s Library will be closed beginning September 21 and will re-open September 28. The staff will be moving furniture, shelving and materials in order to better serve patrons. Material from the Children’s Library can be turned in to the main desk or the drop box at the back of the library’s parking lot.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Library Offers Free Computer Classes, Movie Times and More

New Castle-Henry County Public Library offers a variety of free programs for adults during the month of August. On August 15, the library’s Bestsellers Book Club will meet at 6:30 to discuss True Believer by Nicholas Sparks. New members are always welcomed.

The library will feature the classic movie Pillow Talk starring Doris Day on Wednesday, August 16, at 1 p.m. in the library auditorium.

An Introduction to the Internet computer class will be held on Tuesday, August 15. Participants can choose to attend at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. to learn about how to maximize their use of the Internet. Internet Security is the subject of the computer class on Wednesday, August 23, offered at 3 and 6:30 p.m. Learn how to protect yourself, the ones you love, and your identity on the Internet. Computer classes are free, but registration is required. Register online at or call 765-529-0362, ext. 315.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Indiana Author Fair and Friends Book Sale Coming to Library on Saturday

New Castle-Henry County Public Library is hosting an Indiana Author Fair on Saturday, August 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. A Friends of the Library Sale and Swap will be held during the same time, with a preview sale for Friends members from noon to 1 p.m.

The Mid-Summer Indiana Author Fair will begin with an author forum from 1 to 2 p.m. Those interested in writing and publishing can bring their questions for the authors, who will discuss their own personal journeys to becoming published authors. From 2 to 5 p.m., authors will be available to sell, sign and talk about their books. The Author Fair will be held in the library’s auditorium.

Authors featured at the fair include the following:

Ruth Brookshire recently released a book of short stories entitled From the Cornfield Ghetto. Brookshire edits the quarterly magazine Weeds Corner. She is a retired schoolteacher from Tri High who worked in the magazine world in New York City. Weeds Corner is a family-friendly magazine that contains fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Brookshire will be selling her book, along with current and back issues of Weeds Corner on Saturday.

Troy Kennedy and Kevin Campbell will share their first book, Blessings of the Curse, which is a vampire story with a twist. Reviewer Sandy Amazeen calls the book “an interesting tale complete with a rich history and scale drawings of the assorted weapons used that horror and vampire fans are sure to enjoy.”

Dr. Mary Muchiri is an associate Professor of English at Taylor University. Her book Saved Through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenya’s War of Independence is about her family’s experience during the fight against the British Colonial government. Her latest book, due to be released soon, is His Banner Over Me is Love: The Dreams of an African Woman.

Tony Perona is a business writer turned author who will soon release the second book in his Nick Bertetto mystery series. His first book, Second Advent, began the Bertetto series. At the end of each story, the reader is challenged to decide for himself what the truth really is. There are always alternative explanations for what has occurred.

Charlene Perry recently released her second book, due out soon, is called Haunted Henry County, Volume 2: More Hoosier Tales of the Ghostly and Mysterious. The book includes tales of the Guyer Opera House, information about the Witch’s Circle (a cemetery that borders Delaware county), and the Legend of the Open Grave. Perry personally interviews people and takes photos to obtain information for her books. Perry will have copies of her first and second book.

Robert Reed follows a rich history in his book Indiana’s Covered Bridges. Indiana once ranked third in the nation in the number of covered bridges. Many of these beautiful structures are still standing today. Reed’s book features nearly 200 vintage photographs, representing more than 36 Indiana counties.

Terry Reeves is a children’s author from Fortville. His first book Six Little Kitties was illustrated by his granddaughter and was based on a true story about orphaned stray kittens who came to the author’s childhood home. Reeves’ latest book, Pogo Makes New Friends? focuses on a charming monkey.

Katherine Smith is a Knightstown resident who is making her mark in the world of mystery books. Smith has written nine novels, and is an avid fan of both mystery and romance. Her book The Summer Bones was named an Eppies finalist, and Blood is Thicker Than Water was a #1 mystery bestseller at the Fictionwise web site. Her latest book Seek Roses is due out in December.

Just down the hall from the author fair the Friends of the Library will be hosting a book sale and swap. Those who donate a children’s book or a cookbook can receive two free items. All 25¢ books will be 6 for $1.

Find information on additional library activities at or call the library at 765-529-0362.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Library Hosts Family Karaoke Night

New Castle-Henry County Public Library invites all aspiring singers to come to Family Karaoke Night on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. Show off your talent, or have fun singing with family and friends. Audience members are invited to come and watch the program. There is no cost to participate or attend. The program is part of the library’s summer reading program and participants can earn prize entries for attending. For more information, log on to or call 765-529-0362, ext. 310.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Library Closed - July 4

The library will be closed on July 4th in honor of Independence Day. Celebrate Freedom!