Left to Right: Phyllis Sweeney, KCPL Board Vice President and Yvette Kirchoff, KCPL Board President, peruse family history books at the McGrady-Brockman House on 9/22.
From the Desk of Library Director,
Knox, the Indiana Bicentennial Bison statue, has been at home on the McGrady-Brockman front porch since the bicentennial festivities concluded two years ago. On one side of the bison is a tribute to local agriculture via an homage to Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting and on the other side is a salute to local institutions and industries.
In January, 2017, Knox County’s Indiana Bicentennial Committee decided to donate Knox County’s torch to the Knox County Public Library. With remaining funds from the committee, a plexiglass display case was created for the torch. The torch will be permanently displayed at the McGrady-Brockman House. Knox County Torch Bearers were present for the ceremony on September 22. Following the ceremony, Dennis Stroughmatt and his band played French Creole music on the front porch. Uncle Billy Green’s newly framed paintings were on display. On this special day, Cindy Frederick, Ann Hecht, Richard Rodgers and Steve Smith offered genealogical research assistance and tours of the building.
Here’s a photo of the torch bearers at the ceremony, with the torch, in front of the McGrady-Brockman House.
Kneeling by torch: Haley Salitros Lancaster and Dr. Richard Snyder
First Row, Left to Right: Virginia Stangle, Pam Andrews, Sally Keller, Emily Hinkle, Mark Kratzner, Frank Doughman, Susan Brocksmith for her parents Rowe and Maridell Sargent, Pamela Nolan
Second Row, Left to Right: James Williams, Pam Gardner and Mark Hill
Below is a list of Knox County Torch Bearers not in the photo above:
Brian Andrews, Jason Collins, Monty Cooper, Richard Day, Dave Engstrom, Chris Gafner, Dave Gardner, Gary Goodman, Robby Goodman, Mark Goodrich, Lori Hadlock, Joe Maberto, Jim McCormick (Deceased), Becky McDowell, Theresa McKimmey, Rob McLin, Larry Melsheimer, Bob Morrison, Jim Osborne, Jennie Prewitt, Jane Russell, Rowe Sargent (Deceased) and Maridell Sargent, Art Tedrow, Jamie Tracey and Jill Williams.
P.R. Sweeney, Emily Bunyan and Dennis Latta dressed in historic fashion at the Bicentennial Torch celebration.
Left: These two visitors did research at the McGrady-Brockman
on September 22nd.
Programs and Meetings
October and November
Instant Pot Cooking
On Thursday, October 18, at 11 a.m., Tonya Short from the Purdue Extension Office will be here to talk about using Instant Pots. Are they as good as they advertise?
Members of the Friends group are invited to attend a monthly meeting on Thursday, October 18 at 10 a.m.
Friends Book Sale
The Friends group monthly book sale will be held on Friday, October 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Fortnightly Building.
Curb the Urge to Splurge
On November 8 at 10 a.m., Tonya Short will give you tips on keeping your wallet and waistline in check this holiday season. This program will be in the main library's sun room.
A monthly meeting of the Friends group will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 10 a.m. in the main library sun room.
Friends Book Sale: Last one until January 2019
The last books sale for 2018 will be on Friday, November 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fortnightly Building. Don't miss this one!
Book Drop Coffee Shop in October
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30 and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Library's sunroom.
A final installment in the series that began with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is taken from the late author's previously unpublished personal files and features the same wacky and offbeat misadventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and their companions.
The hapless brother-in-law of British navy officer Samuel Pepys embarks on a dangerous mission to the New World in pursuit of two judges who helped murder Charles I, an effort marked by 17th-century Boston's Puritan beliefs, Native American tribal wars and an agent of the Crown with a mysterious past. By the award-winning author of The Relic Master.
Discover more at the Library
1.Gochips--These small, rectangular devices can be checked out just like a movie and are located with the DVDs. The library currently has just three of them, but a few more kids movies will soon be added. Gochips are actually a wifi device that allows the user to stream movies any electronic device to which apps can be downloaded. Simply download the Gochip app, and connect to the device like any other wifi signal by using the provided password. Then, open the app and stream the movies.
2.Freegal music--Free music downloads with your library card. Go to the Freegal music link on the library homepage and sign in with your library card. Three songs per week can be downloaded and they are yours to keep.
3. Niche Academy--Free tutorials that will teach you how to use Facebook, Overdrive, Twitter, customer service and so much more. On the library homepage, click the green "Tutorials" bar on the right side and a whole world of learning will open up. Anyone can use Niche Academy. No library card sign-up required.
4. Biblioboard--A new offering that will allow library patrons to access resources from other Biblioboard users, and even publish their own books and collections. While the official launch for this platform is still in the planning stages, if you want to check it out, go to biblioboard.com and click "Find your Library." You can also create a profile, or click the "open access" button to access Biblioboard without a library card. There's a Niche Academy tutorial for Bilbioboard, too.
5. On the library website "Community" page are links to Allison Workplace Skills, typing help, GCFLearnFree and Mozilla web literacy. All of these links will help you improve your computer skills. Its all free.
Youth Department News
On October 15th, the Library will be kicking off a brand new, three week stretch entitled “Making A Monster”.
We will have a variety of programs aimed at children and teens focusing on both the light and dark sides of medicine. We will discuss how good people can use ethical behavior and cutting edge technology to save lives, and how that technology can be abused.
Our programs will be conducted primarily on Monday and Tuesday nights. On Mondays, we'll have a couple of programs for teens. The Teen Advisory Board's weekly meeting at 5:30pm will be followed at 6:30 by a fun programs on education topics. The programs offered at 6:30 on Mondays will include medical care through the decades; impact of 3D printing and other emerging technologies on the practice of medicine. We'll make monster movies using Green Screen Technology. This is the technique of photographing or filming a person or object against a green monochrome background, and replacing the backdrop with material from a different image a color filter.
On Tuesdays, we'll haves separate programs for both children and teens from 6-7pm. Concurrently offering programs allows entire families to participate in the fun! For the younger children, we have Mad Science Time. This is a fun storytime hosted by our resident Mad Doctor Diana, who will share some of her favorite silly, spooky stories, and lead everyone is a super fun science experiment! For teens in the family, we will have a program entitled Monster Workshop. During this special program, we'll do the unthinkable. We'll build a monster! Now don't worry, we won't be stitching our Frankenstein's Monster out of corpses. We'll make ours out of craft materials, 3D printed parts.
Tonya Short, Knox County Purdue Extension's Health and Human Sciences Educator, will offer a Block Party for Children ages 18 months to 8 years of age on Saturday, October 20th from
10-11am. Children and parents will find out how to use Block Play to teach math, science, social, physical and language skills. Short will offer an anatomy program for elementary school aged children on Saturday, October 27th from 10-11am, children will learn the names, locations, sizes and shape of body organs by wearing Velcro anatomy aprons.
Amy Blake will teach children "How to be Mad Scientists" during a special program on Monday, October 29th from 6-7pm. She will talk about how scientists do their work. Then she'll lead participants in performing some silly science experiments.
This initiative is being sponsored by a grant from Indiana Humanities called Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap is a grant program designed to promote the crossover between the humanities (philosophy, art, history, etc.) and the sciences (math, engineering, medicine, etc.) This grant is made possible through funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For a full schedule of events, click on the "Making a Monster" link on our website (www.kcpl.lib.in.us).
You can also follow both the Main Library and Teen Department accounts on Facebook or Teen Department on Instagram, for more updates and information, If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me, Youth Services Manager, Roger Stremming. You can call the call the library at
812-886-4380 or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making a Monster Schedule
November will be a busy month for the library as we gear up for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo! This month is a challenge for anyone interested in participating, where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Now, not many will achieve that goal, but the real reward is in expressing yourself creatively through writing for a month. In addition, to help keep us all on track, we will be starting some writing groups for the month. We will have one group for the adults, and one for the teens, so everyone will have a support group to encourage and help them through the month.
We'll be kicking this off with a webinar on November 1st from 4-5pm. We will be introducing Biblioboard, a brand new writing and publishing tool available to the public from the library. The webinar will serve as an introduction on how you can use the tools to create the next great novel, as well as a fun way to meet the other writers taking the challenge! The webinar will be open to all ages!
Contact Roger Stremming or Paula Smith at the library for more information!
Knox County Public Library Board President: Yvette Kirchoff
Vice-President: Phyllis Sweeney
Secretary: Rama Sobhani
Treasurer: Jim Beery
Member: Katherine Gollmitzer
Member: Rebecca Roach
Member: Janice Mott
Friends of KCPL Officers
President: Diana Martin
Vice-President: Mary Theobald
Secretary: Judy Kratzner
Treasurer: Pat Jost
Membership: Gloria Nightingale
Main Library Hours
Mon-Wed: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tues-Sat: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
McGrady-Brockman House Hours
Mon: 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Tues, Wed, Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Every other Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thurs and Sun closed
Knox County Public Library Board Meeting
Third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Meeting House Board room
Friends of the Library Meeting
Third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the main library sunroom
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Knox County Public Library 502 N. 7th Street Vincennes, Indiana 47591 812-886-4380 www.kcpl.lib.in.us