Thursday, July 28, 2005

Library Building Set to Open Later this Year

As the opening of the completed New Castle-Henry County Public Library approaches, work on the project is moving at a brisk pace. The library is set to be finished by the end of this year, and plans for a grand opening are underway.

A focal point of the new library will be the main entry. This atrium will join the Carnegie library with the other renovated portion of the library to the new addition. Marked by large windows and a set of doors accessible from 15th Street, the atrium will welcome patrons into the library with its spacious, high-ceilinged corridor. This atrium will soon be visible, as the steel will be erected in the next few weeks.

The roof on the corner building is nearly complete, and masonry contractors will be on site soon to lay the exterior bricks. Drywall for the interior rooms in this section will soon be installed.

Work also continues on the new addition, as finishing touches are made. Wood trim is being installed on the metal railings, further improving the look of the new addition. The work is being done at night, in order to avoid interference with the operation of the library. The fireplace log inserts have been installed, and the fireplaces will be ready for use during the chilly days of fall. Work is underway for the glass wall that will contain etchings of various Henry County symbols and historic events. This wall will be located on the east side of the Indiana Room.

"I believe the new library will be a building that celebrates both the past and the future," said Jan Preusz, Library Director. "It will be a community enhancement that citizens can be proud of for many years."

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Library Adds Ancestry Library Edition Database

New Castle-Henry County Public Library now offers Ancestry Library Edition. This database is designed to help the casual or serious family researcher. The database can help find the answers to interesting questions about a family's background.

Users of this database can search the collection of family trees, or start work on their own family tree. The site contains census records, immigration records, military records, family and local histories, newspapers and periodicals, and birth, marriage and death records.

This database joins the existing HeritageQuest resource for genealogy buffs. The Ancestry Library Edition can only be used in the library while HeritageQuest can be used at home.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Library Chess Club

New Castle Henry County Public Library has recently formed a chess club, and it is open to all ages. New members are invited to join, whether experienced or novice. Upcoming meetings are Thursday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Reference area. During the meetings, beginners can learn more and those who know chess will play two games. E-mail Christian Miller at or call 529-0362 ext. 310, for more information.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Explore Tie Dye

Teen Program
Thursday, July 21, 4 to 6 p.m.
Free… all you need to bring is something to tie-dye (white pillowcases & socks work great).

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Creepy -- Crawly

Spiders give many people the creepy-crawlies. Are our fears based on fact or fiction? Find out at the Spider Myths website at

Find myths, misconceptions, and superstitions about spiders. You can also find spider web resources for more information.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Building Update

Library Construction Nears Final Stages

Pass by New Castle-Henry County Public Library, and it is clear that the end is in sight for the building project. Contractors have recently completed the structure for the southwest corner, giving a clearer picture of the finished product. Soon this area, which was once the ‘76 building, will receive a new roof. Interior framing of the area’s lower level is nearing completion. This section of the new library will house administrative offices and meeting rooms. The exterior brick of this area is scheduled to start July 15.

The main floor in the remodeled building has been poured and is at the same level as the floor in the original Carnegie building. Heating ducts and electrical conduit are being installed. The drain system around the perimeter of the remodeled ‘76 building has been installed and the dirt has been backfilled.

Work on the library’s main elevator hit a major road block during renovation. The old main elevator shaft had to be completely removed because of problems associated with its initial construction. These issues were unknown until the remodeling began.

The original railings which had a manufacturing error that left the railing with rough edges have been replaced with the permanent, much-improved railing. Wood trim will be added to the top and bottom of the railings beginning July 11.

The library will soon announce a grand opening date. A committee is working to plan a week-long celebration of the library’s completion.

Your Library Has WiFi

What is WiFi?
WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity and is generally used to describe wireless Internet access. The connection is obtained from wireless access points located throughout the library.

How can patrons use WiFi?
They must be using a computer or PDA that has WiFi connectivity already working. Most portable computers can add WiFi using an adapter that plugs into a PC card slotor USB port.
Do patrons need to have an account?
No. They simply use the service. We do ask that they comply with all library computer use policies while using this connection.

For more information, send email to

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Grant Expands Library's Spanish Collection

The library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act Hispanic grant in the amount of $7500. The majority of the funds will be used to purchase Spanish books and videos, and some of the funds will be used for staff training in conversational Spanish.

Department supervisors have nearly completed the process of selecting materials for the library's collection. Materials are available on the bookmobile as well as the main library building. At the library, all Spanish materials are located in the reference section, on the second level of the library.

The main focus of this project is to provide a larger collection of Spanish and bilingual materials to the Hispanic community in Henry County. As a result of this project, Spanish-speaking community members will have the recreational and educational library materials they need for personal growth and lifelong learning.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

There's Still Time to 'Explore New Frontiers'

If you haven't joined the summer program yet, it's not too late! Great reading incentives are available for all ages in the library and on the bookmoible.

Read as much or as little as you want. There are also upcoming activities that relate to the "Explore" theme.

Sign up today at the main checkout desk.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Looking for thrills?


Check out the Roller Coaster Database at

Find roller coasters by name, amusement park, or by location and learn all sorts of interesting facts about each one. There is even a glossary for those unfamiliar with coaster terms.

If you’re interested in amusement park safety, check out It gives safety tips, state regulations, statistics, etc.

Explore Scrapbooking

Wednesday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.
Art Center Annex

Space is limited... to register, click on the calendar link or call 765-529-0362 ext. 310. The workshop is free, and participants only need to bring 3-5 photos and a pair of sharp scissors.