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.
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!
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites kids ages 3 – 7 to wear their pajamas and bring their teddy bears to Pajama Story Timesin August at the Main Library. The Children’s Department will present Pajama Story Timesessions at 7 pm on three Tuesday evenings in August: August 6. 13, & 20. Advance registration is highly encouraged – call the Library at 260-356-2900 to register your child for Pajama Story Time.
Are you ready to dig in and learn about the non-furry burrowers found in your hometown?
Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Mississinewa Lake Corps of Engineers invite kids in grades 1 – 6 to join Park Ranger Maggie Kubina at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 16th at the Main Library for an exciting introduction to the common amphibians and reptiles found in Indiana. Learn about their life cycles, habitats, and how human impact on the environment are threatening their survival, and be there for a special appearance by Salvadora the Salamander.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated, but not required – call the Children’s Department at 356-2900 to sign up for this event. The HCTPL Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.
Looking for kid-friendly outdoor activities in Huntington County this summer? Huntington City-Township Public Library and the Mississinewa Lake Corps of Engineers invite kids in grades 1 – 6 to Discovering Nature, which begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 9th at the Main Library in Huntington.
Maggie Kubina, Park Ranger at Mississinewa Lake, will share ideas about hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and even more outdoor adventures kids can have in Huntington County – as well as what wildlife kids may find while outdoors, and safety tips for each type of activity. There will also be a special guest appearance by a live salamander.
This program is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated, but not required – call the Children’s Department at 356-2900. The HCTPL Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites teens in grades 6 – 12 to get vocal and show off their talents at the Library’s Open Mic Night & Coffeehouse Experience, to be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 9th at the Main Library.
Teens may read a poem, sing a song, play an instrument, tell a joke, act out a skit, or display one of their many talents. (Everything must be in good taste – pretend your mother is watching.) Performers need to stop by the Library and have their material approved by July 1st.
Don’t want to perform? Come, watch, and cheer for those who do! The Coffee House will offer different kinds of coffee to sample, lemonade and light snacks. Registration is appreciated – call the Main Library at 260-356-2900 to register to perform – or just attend – the Open Mic Night & Coffeehouse Experience! The Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington.
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites movie lovers of all ages to an encore showing of The City of Ember, a science fiction/fantasy film based on the young adult novel by Jeanne DuPrau. The feature will begin promptly at 4:30 pm on Friday, August 9th at the Markle Branch, 197 E Morse Street, Markle. Bring your own snack or beverage, and a bean bag chair or other comfortable seating if you wish. Registration is requested but not required – call the Markle Branch at 758-3332 to reserve your place. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling to attend. This film is rated PG for mild peril and some thematic elements.
About the Movie, The City of Ember:
It’s been more than 200 years since the city of Ember was founded deep underground to protect a small segment of humanity from an impending doomsday on Earth’s surface. During that time, the secret to leaving the city when the time was right got lost; now, the town’s massive generator is failing, supplies are running low, and no one wants to think about what lies in the darkness beyond the city limits. No one, that is, except curious teens Lina Mayfleet (Saoirse Ronan) and Doon Harrow (Harry Treadaway), who are determined to find a way out of Ember before it’s too late. To succeed, they must puzzle out an ancient document, navigate the city’s crumbling pipeworks, and dodge everything from an enormous mole to the city’s overconfident mayor (Bill Murray).
Wednesday, June 12 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Preview, 5pm – 8pm
The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale Preview will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. This preview is for Friends of the Library members only – however, new members may join the Friends of the Library at the door. Membership costs are $5 for students or seniors, $10 for individuals or families, $25 for benefactors, and $50 for patrons. All members are entitled to receive two free books at the Preview Sale. Vintage books will also be offered in a silent auction; final bids must be in at 2:00 pm on Saturday.
Thursday, June 13 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, 9am – 8pm
The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale begins at Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. The sale is open to the public. Stop by and get a good deal on some great books, and help support our local library! Most books are 50 cents; children’s books are even less expensive. Bidding on vintage books continues.
Friday, June 14 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, 9am – 5pm
The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale continues at Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. Bidding on vintage books continues.
Saturday, June 15 Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
9am – 12pm Book Sale continues
12pm – 2pm Sack Sale – $2 per grocery sack of books. Vintage auction closes at 2:00 pm.
2pm – 3pm Remaining books are FREE – except for vintage books!
The Friends of the Library welcome donations of gently-used books and other items for the Used Book Sale. Donations are being accepted at the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, through Monday, June 10th. For more information, contact the Library at 260-356-0824.
The Friends of the Library for Huntington City-Township/Markle Public Libraries is a group of people who believe in the Library and the importance of its services. Friends demonstrate their belief by supporting Library activities, securing materials and services, and promoting the Library as an active, dynamic education and information center in the community.
Ongoing projects include providing library activity packets for hospitalized children, delivering books to nursing homes, the Huntington County Jail, and Malta House, funding and promoting library activities and other special programs for children and young adults, and funding annual Summer Reading Programs for all ages. Annual fundraising projects include operating the magazine recycling/resale booth year round, offering used books, magazines and fresh coffee for sale in the Books & Brew area at the Main Library, and sponsoring the annual Used Book Sale in June and the Holiday Book Boutique in December.
Huntington City-Township Public Library invites everyone to the Scholastic Book Fair from June 17-21 in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library. The book fair is jam-packed with books from over 150 publishers. Offerings will include fiction & non-fiction books for kids ages birth – 18, including popular series, activity & science books, and crafts, as well as a selection of books for parents and adults. Everyone will have the opportunity to buy great books and in turn help the library obtain books!
The book fair will be open Monday – Thursday, 10 am -7:30 pm and on Friday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.
Huntington City-Township Public Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. For more information, contact the Library’s Children’s Department at 260-356-2900.
Clifford the Big Red Dog is coming to Huntington City-Township Public Library in celebration of Summer Reading Club programs and the Scholastic Book Fair!
Kids of all ages are invited to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, who will appear in the Children’s Department at the Main Library at 2pm on Thursday, June 20, and at the Markle Branch Library at 2pm on Friday, June 21. The events will feature Clifford-themed activities and special Clifford the Big Red Dog Story Times, as well as a chance for kids to have their photo taken with Clifford himself. Parents are highly encouraged to bring their own cameras. These events are free and open to everyone young at heart.
Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington, and the Markle Branch is located at 197 E Morse Street, Markle. For more information, contact the Main Library’s Children’s Department at 260-356-2900, the Markle Branch at 260-758-3332, or visit the Library’s website at www.huntingtonpub.lib.in.us.
About Clifford The Big Red Dog:
First published by Scholastic in 1963, the Clifford the Big Red Dog series of books by Norman Bridwell has never fallen out of fashion with kids and their parents, and Clifford’s popularity increased in recent years thanks to the PBS animated series of the same name. Clifford and his pals (both canine and human) play, discover and interact with each other and the inhabitants of Birdwell Island, learning that good friends are what life is all about. Clifford stories are fun, gentle and kid-relatable — they deal with issues that kids are experiencing: whether it’s bragging, not wanting to share or learning that telling the truth is the best policy. More importantly, though, they learn that the world is out there to be discovered with gusto.
For more information about Clifford and his friends, as well as for great online activities featuring our favorite big red dog, check out Clifford’s official Scholastic book website at www.scholastic.com/clifford and the PBS animated series website at www.pbskids.org/clifford.