Santa Claus is coming to town – to read stories at the Library! Huntington City-Township Public Library will sponsor a Stories With Santa program at 10am on Saturday, December 14th at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. The program will include a holiday-themed story time session, and each child will receive a small gift from Santa, sponsored by the Psi Iota Xi sorority. Parents are invited to bring their cameras to take pictures of their child with Santa Claus. There is no charge to attend, and kids of all ages are welcome, although the story time session is geared for kids ages 3 & up. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Parents may register their children by calling the Library at 260-356-2900.
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites adults, and especially senior citizens, to attend, at 2pm on Wednesday, December 11 at the Main Library,
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites adults, and especially senior citizens, to attend, at 2pm on Wednesday, December 11 at the Main Library,255 West Park Drive, Huntington.
Created in 1915 by Johnny Gruelle, a newspaper cartoonist and children’s illustrator and author, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, and Gruelle’s stories of their adventures were a nearly instant hit with children. Nearly 92 years after their inception, they continue to inspire deep devotion in children, and nostalgia in adults. Included in the Library’s program will be legends of the dolls’ creation, the true story behind the first Raggedy Ann doll, Gruelle’s connection to James Whitcomb Riley and the noted impressionist painters known as the Hoosier Group, and other nuggets of Hoosier history, as well as a special Story Time session just for grown-ups.
This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call the Library at 260-356-2900.
The Friends of the Huntington City-Township Public Library invite the community to attend their annual Holiday Book Boutique, to be held from 9am – 4pm on Saturday, December 7th at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. Items offered for sale will include very gently used books, movies, music, and other items of gift-giving quality. Children and teens are particularly invited to attend this sale and shop for gifts for parents and siblings.
Donations of nearly new and very gently used books, movies, music CDs, games and other items for the Holiday Book Boutique are being accepted at the HCTPL Main Library until Wednesday, December 4th. For more information, contact the Main Library at 260-356-0824.
If you are between the ages of 12 – 18 and you love taking photos, get your camera out and snap away for Huntington City-Township Public Library’s fourth annual Teen Photography Contest. Themes for this year’s contest include Random Acts of Reading - Photos of people reading in any way, anywhere; and Free Choice - Photos of any subject or theme you choose.
Teens can enter up to three photographs, which must be the sole work of the teen, with no outside help. Photos may be either black & white or color, and must have been taken sometime during 2013. Photos may be submitted in printed form only, and must measure 8″ x 10″ and may be dropped off or mailed to either library location.
Entries will be accepted until December 31st, 2013. Visit either library location – the Markle Branch Library, or the Children’s Department at the Main Library, to pick up official contest rules and an entry form. The Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington; the Markle Branch Library is located at 197 East Morse Street, Markle. For more information, please call the Children’s Department at the Main Library at 260-356-2900.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice celebrates 200 years
Thus begins Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a novel that has been read by millions, translated into dozens of languages, and adapted into movies, TV shows, graphic novels, and parodied multiple times over. To celebrate this bicentennial, the Huntington City-Township Public Library will hold a contest at both the Huntington Main Library and the Markle Branch. To enter, answer 10 trivia questions about Jane Austen, her life, her books, and more. The entry with the most correct answers will win. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn at random from correct entries. The winner will receive a deluxe hardback edition of Pride and Prejudice. Entries must be received by Saturday, November 30th, winners will be notified the following week.
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites pumpkin decorators of all ages to enter our annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest, open to individuals, families, groups, and clubs of all kinds. Between October 18-22, decorated pumpkins may be brought to either branch of Huntington City-Township Public Library. The HCTPL Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington, and the Markle Branch is located at 197 East Morse Street, Markle. Pumpkins should not be carved, but can be decorated with markers, paints, yarn, cloth, hats, or any such item.
On October 23, pumpkins will be judged by our library patrons in the following categories: Funniest, Most Unusual, Most Colorful, Prettiest, Cutest, Scariest, and Best Overall.
Separate winners in each category will be declared at the Main Library and at the Markle Branch Library. Winners will be notified on October 25th. Pumpkins must be picked up no later than 7pm on October 29. For more information, contact the Children’s Department at 260-356-2900 or the Markle Branch at 260-758-3332.
Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Huntington Area Writers’ Group invite area writers to attend a combination Writing and Publishing Workshop from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 14, at the Huntington City Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive in Huntington.
Monica Koldyke Miller, author of the historical romance novel, “Threads of Betrayal”, will present the workshops, designed to help writers increase their writing skills and better understand aspects of book publishing. No writing experience needed to attend – both first-time and veteran writers are welcome. Specific topics will include: Eight Tips of Good Writing; How to Evoke an Emotional Response That Hooks the Reader; Query Letters – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly; and Tips for Indie Publishers. Additional topics that will help enhance writing skills will also be covered. A question and answer session will follow the workshops. Signed copies of Monica Koldyke Miller’s novel, “Threads of Betrayal” will also be available for purchase at the event.
Participants will receive handouts for each workshop. There will be a $2.00 materials fee, payable at the door. Participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks if they wish. Please register by contacting the Library at 260-356-0824, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by September 7th.
Writing Workshop Topics:
Eight Tips of Good Writing
What Are the Two Most Common Mistakes?
What Is the #1 Novice Mistake?
How to Evoke An Emotional Response That Hooks the Reader
Publishing Workshop Topics:
Five Publishing Tips
Tips for the Indie Publisher (Self-Publishing)
The Huntington Area Writers’ Group is open to both aspiring and already published authors of any age or genre. The group’s focus is to share questions, problems, and experiences with fellow writers; to provide support, critique, and suggestions on works-in-progress; and to share information on improving one’s writing and navigating the publishing process. The Writers’ Group meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the HCTPL Main Library in Huntington, and meetings are free and open to anyone interested in polishing their own writing skills.
Huntington City-Township Public Library welcomes Huntington native and newly published novelist Bill Stamper for an author talk and book signing at the Main Library at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 29th. Copies of his action/adventure/crime novel, Reality Checks, will be available for purchase at the event for $11.50 .
A 1969 graduate of Huntington County Community High School, Stamper attended IPFW from 1969-71 and earned a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1973. After college, Stamper’s civil engineering career led him to work for agencies as varied as the Indiana State Highway Commission, the US Air Force, the National Guard, NASA, and the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a stint as an independent consultant.
However, Stamper’s desire to write fiction, first kindled in high school, never left him. Inspired by Benjamin Disraeli’s quote, “Most people die with their music locked up inside of them,” Bill finally managed to fit writing in with the daily demands of career and family. His new book, Reality Checks is his first full-length novel, a first step toward fulfilling a life-long dream.
Stamper lives in Burke, Virginia, with Cyndi, his wife of 28 years. They have one daughter, Christina. Although his career drew him away from Huntington County, he says that Huntington will always be “home”, and returns often to visit friends and family. He is working on the first draft of his next book, an adventure/fantasy novel entitled The Sorcerer.
Original image courtesy of Jan Tik
The Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Markle Branch cordially invites princesses ages 3 and up to a Princess Party at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 14th at the Markle Branch, 197 E. Morse St, Markle. The event will consist of princess stories and princess activities. Some activities include making tiaras, nail painting, and more!
Princesses can come in jeans and pearls or full regal attire. Princesses age 3-5 should come to enjoy the event; Princesses grades 6-12 are needed to help make tiaras, paint nails, and help with other princess activities; and Princesses and Queens ages 19 + are needed to bring finger food and other snacks. Registration is required and space is limited; call the Markle Branch at 758-3332 to register today!