Are you looking for help with the new smartphone, tablet, laptop, or eReader Santa left under the tree? Need an introduction to social media or email? Interested in using the Library’s Digital Branch to research our databases, search for a new job or career, or download eBooks & eAudiobooks?
Huntington City-Township Public Library will offer a free Tech Day @ Your Library session from 4-8 pm on Monday, January 6 at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. The Library’s technology geeks will be on hand to offer free help with all kinds of technology – from Windows 8 to iPads, Facebook to web browsing, from scanning a photo to using a smartphone, from Tweeting to researching, and much more. It’s completely free to come to Tech Day @ Your Library – bring any gadget, device or technology question you like – if it’s digital, we can help!
Movie lovers of all ages can recapture the magic of the holiday season at Huntington City-Township Public Library’s upcoming Family Movie Night, featuring the perennial Christmas favorite, Miracle on 34th Street. The feature will begin promptly at 5pm on Wednesday, December 18, at the HCTPL Main Library, 255 West Park Drive. Christmas cookies will be provided, but bring a beverage and a bean bag chair or other comfortable seating if you wish. Registration is requested but not required – call the Main Library at 260-356-0824 to reserve your place. Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling to attend. This film is rated PG – parental guidance suggested.
About the book and the movie, Miracle on 34th Street:
Many books inspire the making of movies, but the idea that became the “story” for the film
Miracle on 34th Street didn’t actually become a book until well after filming was underway. Valentine Davies wrote the original “story” as a basis for the planned film,and then later expanded the story into a 120-page novella, published in conjunction with the movie’s premiere. The inspiration for the story, about a disillusioned woman, her skeptical daughter and a mysterious man who believes he is the real Santa Claus, came when Valentine Davies was standing in line at a big department store during the Christmas season.
Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, who’s the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a Macy’s toy-department Santa. World-weary Macy’s supervisor Maureen O’Hara soon has doubts about hiring Kris: it’s bad enough that h thinks he’s the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can’t find at Macy’s, he’s gone too far! Amazingly, Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) considers Kris’ shopping tips to be an excellent customer-service “gimmick,” and insists that the old fellow keep his job. A resident of a Long Island retirement home, Kris agrees to stay with lawyer John Payne during the Christmas season. Payne is sweet on O’Hara, and Kris hopes he can bring the two together. Kris also wants to win over divorced O’Hara’s little daughter Natalie Wood, who has lost a lot of the Christmas spirit. Complications ensue when Porter Hall, Macy’s nasty in-house psychologist, arranges to have Kris locked up as a lunatic. Payne represents Kris at his sanity hearing, rocking the New York judicial system to its foundations by attempting to prove in court that Kris is, indeed, the real Santa Claus!
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites children ages 4-8 to attend the upcoming Raggedy Ann & Andy and the Christmas Kitten program. The program will include a Story Time session, a Raggedy Ann & Andy craft, music, a mini-booklet of coloring and activities to take home, and a special treat. The Library is offering two sessions of this holiday program; an evening session will begin at 6pm on Wednesday, December 11th, and an afternoon session will be offered at 4pm on Thursday, December 12th. The program is free, and the public is invited to attend. Registration is appreciated, but not required.
Based on the Raggedy Ann & Andy books by Johnny Gruelle, Raggedy Ann & Andy and the Christmas Kitten was written by Andrew Clements. Raggedy Ann, Raggedy Andy, and their friends are thrilled when they find a lost kitten on Christmas Eve. But when the kitten turns out to be a handful, Raggedy Ann comes up with a plan sure to make Christmas Day truly unforgettable.
This program was designed to meet more than twenty of the academic standards in music, art, and reading that are recommended by the Indiana State Department of Education for children in first grade. At the end of the program, each child will be given an mini-booklet of activities that also fit these academic standards. Sessions designed for children younger than six will include most, but not all, of the components listed above. Anyone who would like more information about the program, or the academic standards used to design it, is encouraged to contact Kay Stine, head of the Library’s Children’s Department, by phone at 260-356-2900, or by email at email@example.com.
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,
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
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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.