Thursday, August 25, 2005

Bring a Friend, Be a Friend

Having a library card is such a great idea...why not share the experience with a friend? September is National Library Card Sign Up Month, and the theme at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library is "Bring a Friend, Be a Friend." During this month, adults and teens who bring a friend to get a library card will receive a prize (the friend gets a prize, too!) Children who come to the library to get a card will get a prize as well.

Already have library-card carrying friends? Why not BE a Friend: Sign up as a Friend of the Library. Friends of the Library get discounts on book sales, have the opportunity to help with library projects, and more. There has never been a better time to be involved with Friends. When the library is complete, Friends will operate a gift shop and book store in the new library. Friends memberships start at just $5.

Get a good start to your fall: Bring a Friend and Be a Friend.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Basic Computers

Learn how computers can be used to make your life easier. For more information, or to register, click on the calendar link or call 529-0362 ext. 315.

Three sessions of the same class are available...
Tuesday, August 16, from 10 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, August 17, from 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, from 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Family Movie

Because of Winn Dixie
Thursday, August 11, 6 p.m.

Enjoy pizza with your family as you watch this newly released movie. calls the movie a "straightforward story of a girl and her dog that is simple without being simplistic, heartfelt without being sappy, and thoughtful without being ponderous."

Register here or call 529-0362, ext. 313.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Teen Book Talk

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Tuesday, August 9, 6 p.m.

A mysterious door in the home she just moved into haunts Coraline until she's tempted to see what's behind it. What lies beyond is another world, parallel to her own, but much spookier. When she returns to "reality," she finds that her parents have been trapped in the world behind the door, and it's up to Coraline to save them.

This fun, but creepy tale will give you lots to talk about.

Extra copies are available at the library. For more information, click on the calendar link, or call Angela at 529-0362, ext. 313.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Library Offers Digital Sanborn Maps

New Castle-Henry County Public Library received a donation for the online edition of the Digital Sanborm Maps for Indiana and Ohio. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists, real estate professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The maps include information such as the outline of each building, and the size, shape and construction materials used to build it. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Seven or eight different editions represent some areas. They cover from 1867 to 1970. In addition, the library has the major Henry County towns on microfilm.

Other library databases, many of which can be used from home include:

  • Encyclopedia Brittancia - a comprehensive database that contains a complete encyclopedia and the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
  • INSPIRE - a collection of more than 20 databases provided by the state of Indiana.
  • NoveList - a resource to help fiction readers find new authors and titles.
  • BookLetters - subscribe to a newsletter that will keep you up to date on the materials of interest to you.
  • BooksInPrint - find detailed information about books, audiobooks, and videos/DVDs currently in circulation.
The library also offers an online catalog and an online book club. For more information see the library's home page.