Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Find Out More About Bigfoot at Library

Bigfoot… the stories have been around for ages, surrounded by suspicion and interest. The legend of Bigfoot has made its way into popular culture, bypassing the traditional scientific community. Those who have seen Bigfoot creatures, however, are often dismissed as crazy. Is this a fair characterization?

Not according to Larry Battson of Wildlife Education Services. Battson and his wife Cheryl are wildlife specialists who have traveled across the nation educating the public about wildlife. They regularly appear on WISH-TV Channel 8 with their animals including six tigers, 17 alligators, baboons, bears and many others. Their animals have been featured on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Animal Planet and Oprah.

While working with Jim Fowler of Wild Kingdom during a lecture in Georgia, Larry’s interest in the Bigfoot legend was piqued. Fowler was filming Russian brown bears and all the Russian guides wanted to talk about was a creature that they had seen that they thought was very similar to the North American animal known as “Sasquatch.”

“I had been interested in this since I was young, but didn’t really take it seriously,” Battson noted. “When I got some insight into the subject, my thinking changed dramatically.”

Now Battson travels the region discussing Sasquatch and researching reports of sightings. New Castle-Henry County Public Library will welcome Larry and Cheryl Battson on Thursday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the subject of Bigfoot, or Sasquatch. Researchers use the Native American term Sasquatch to describe the large, ape-like creature that the general public refers to as Bigfoot. The term Bigfoot was coined by a California journalist and does describe the large footprints allegedly left by the Sasquatch.

The majority of Sasquatch encounters seem to be at night. While most sightings occur in the Pacific Northwest, the Bigfoot Encounters web site (to which Battson contributes) lists 13 sightings in Indiana since 1972.

Perhaps the most well-known Sasquatch sighting occurred in 1967 when Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin captured 24 feet of 16mm film of a walking ape-like creature in Bluff Creek, California. While many have tried to write off the footage as a hoax, it has never been proven that the film is not authentic. Larry Battson has met Bob Gimlin and will show the “Patterson footage” during the library program. Battson is currently planning a trip to Bluff Creek to film a Sasquatch documentary.

Is it really possible that a species of large mammals would go undiscovered by scientists? It is not implausible, notes Battson, since gorillas were discovered only 100 years ago and there are new species of animals and insects discovered on a regular basis.

While most of the work Larry and Cheryl do involves visiting schools to discuss animals, the Battsons have been sharing more presentations about Sasquatch recently after an Indiana library invited them to come and share their insights. Those who attend the program at New Castle-Henry County Public Library can expect a night of good entertainment. Participants are encouraged to share questions and stories. Most presentations attract at least one person who has experienced a possible Sasquatch encounter or know of someone with such an exprience.

“Either this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever known, or one of the most interesting animals ever known,” said Larry Battson. “Either way, it’s a heck of a good story.

This free program will be held in the auditorium of New Castle-Henry County Public Library, which is located on the library’s lower level. Registration is not necessary for this program.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Week 1 Summer Reading Winner

Here is the picture of our very first adult weekly prize winner Kim F. She won the "Hoosiers" DVD and basketball mouse pad. Week 1 prizes courtesy of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Library Offers Summer Programs for Families

New Castle-Henry County Public Library welcomes families to come to the library and enjoy a variety of free programs. Unless indicated, programs will be held in the Children’s Activity Room and do not require registration.

Monday Movies at 2 p.m. begin June 5, with What’s New Scooby Doo? (88 minutes) as the featured movie. The movie for June 12 is Shaggy Dog (101 minutes), and June 19’s movie is George of the Jungle (92 minutes).

Wednesday afternoons at 2 p.m. are reserved for “special programs” in the Children’s Library. On June 7, learn more about jesters and make a hat at the “Be A Jester” program. Make a batch of play-dough and take some home during “Scientific Cooking” on June 14. Create a puzzle in a bottle on June 21. Registration is requested for these special programs. Call 765-529-0362, ext. 366 to register. Participants can also sign up at the library.

Come to the library’s auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, for a Family Comedy Open Mic Night. Share your best jokes and funny life observations at this side-splitting event for all ages.

Every Friday, the Children’s Library will offer Story Time at 10 a.m. Children can enjoy stories and activities during this weekly activity.

Create a craft to take home during Super Saturday Craft Times. Every Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., children can drop by and make a craft. The craft for June 10 is an ice cream soda magnet, and the craft for June 17 is a “squeakin’ squawkin’ chicken.”

The library will host Family Movie Afternoons two Saturdays a month at 2 p.m. in the library auditorium. On June 10, the movie is Cheaper by the Dozen 2; and on June 24, the movie is Bambi 2.

Children ages 7 through 10 are invited to join the Birthday Club. On the month of their birthday, they will be invited to a party for all children who share a birthday month. The party for this month is June 17 at 10 a.m. To sign up for the birthday club, visit the Children’s Library.

The activities offered in the summer are part of the library’s “Laugh it up @ your library” summer reading program. Participants can sign up at the library or on the bookmobile. Those who attend activities will receive bonus entries for weekly and grand prizes. For more information, visit

Laughter Is In Store During Library’s Summer Reading Program

What building has the most stories? The library!

Riddles and giggles will fill New Castle-Henry County Public Library as the library launches its summer reading program with the theme “Laugh it up @ your library.” The summer reading program, open to all ages, begins on the bookmobile May 30 and in the library on June 3.

The programs on the bookmobile and in the library will maintain their established structure with improved prizes and added opportunities to win. Children who come to the bookmobile will be rewarded just for visiting the traveling library. Grand prizes on the bookmobile for kids are a Zvue video player, game boy micro and $50 Visa gift card.

Teens and adults who come to the library or the bookmobile can choose books that interest them, read the books, write a short review, and turn in their review cards when they bring their books back. They will receive a small prize just for turning in their cards (limit three prizes per visit) and be entered into a weekly and grand prize drawing. Weekly prizes include Starbucks gift cards and movie passes. The grand prizes for teens are an iPod Nano, an Anime boxed set, and a $50 gift card. There will be three grand winners for the adult program as well, with each winner receiving a $100 Visa gift card.

Children who visit the library can participate in a program similar to the adult and teen programs, with a grand prize of a portable DVD player. Children can also win a small prize by solving the weekly “secret riddle.”

As an added bonus this year, summer reading participants can earn extra entries into the weekly and grand prize drawings by attending the various free programs offered at the library this summer.

The library’s summer reading program is sponsored by Friends of the Library, with support from many local businesses.

Watch for details regarding upcoming programs at the library in your local newspaper. Find more information about the summer reading program and the activities connected with the library by visiting the library in person or online at

Library Offers Teen Activities

Teens looking for something to do this summer can find fun, free events at New Castle-Henry County Public Library. These programs are part of the library’s “Laugh it up @ your library” summer reading program. Teens can earn entries for weekly and grand prizes simply by attending these activities. Additional prizes can be earned by reading books and writing short reviews.

The summer kicks off with the third annual teen read-a-thon from 12 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 5. Teens can get a head start on summer reading and enjoy free pizza. Teen Knit Night is Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own materials and have fun with other teen knitters.

Friends of the Library recently purchased arcade-style “Dance Dance Revolution” boards for the Teenscape Teen Room. Test them our at the DDR & Karaoke Revolution on Thursday, June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn how to draw Manga and watch some Anime on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m.

Best friends being separated by a move find a mermaid who will grant them a wish in exchange for help in finding the man of her dreams. Watch the fun unfold while watching the teen movie Aquamarine at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 15.

Play Call of Duty on 20 networked computers during the LAN party on Friday, June 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. A Teenscape Game Fest will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.

Have a say in what happens for teens at the library. Join the Council of Advisory Teens for a meeting on Tuesday, June 27, at 4 p.m.

All teen activities are held in the Teenscape Teen Room, located on the upper level of the library, and snacks are served at all events. Please sign up for all events at the library, or by calling 765-529-0362, ext. 313. Registrations are also accepted online at or via IM at Yahoo: anewla or AIM: nchcplangela.