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 offers Discovery Crew programs this fall at both the Main Library in Huntington, and the Markle Branch in Markle.
Discovery Crew members meet for stories and crafts, sessions last 45-60 minutes. Through books, Discovery Crew kids will explore different weekly themes and enjoy related books, crafts, games, silly songs, and activities. Most of all, participants will experience the joys of reading and the fun of learning!
At the Main Library, 255 West Park Drive, Huntington, Discovery Crew will be offered weekly for kids in grades 1 – 3 at 4:15 pm on Wednesday afternoons, beginning September 18 and continuing through November 6th.
At the Markle Branch Library, 197 East Morse Street, Markle, Discovery Crew sessions will be offered for grades 1 – 4 at 4:45 pm on Tuesdays, beginning September 17 and continuing through November 5th.
There is no cost to attend these programs, but registration is required and space is limited. Stop by either library location to register, or call the Children’s Department at 260-356-2900 or the Markle Branch Library at 758-3332 to reserve your child’s spot on the Discovery Crew!
Registration for Fall Story Time is underway at both locations of Huntington City-Township Public Library. Weekly Story Time sessions will be offered to children ages birth – 7 years at the Main Library in Huntington on Tuesdays & Wednesdays beginning on September 17 and 18. Children ages 3 – 7 are invited to Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning on September 19.
Story Time introduces the child to children’s literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests. The library incorporates the Every Child Ready To Read @ Your Library pre-reading skills into their story time programs. These six skills that children can start learning from birth are narrative skills, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary, and print motivation. Story Time also introduces children to many concepts on the list of Indiana’s pre-K (3 – 5 years) Academic Standards, including word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literacy response and analysis, listening, and speaking. Read more
The Huntington City-Township Public welcomes Dennis Wiegmann, a member of the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 18th in the Main Library at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington. Wiegmann will present a program on the history of Baseball, both vintage and modern, and the formation of the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club. Other team members may also appear to add their viewpoints on the game.
Formed in 2005, the Huntington Champion Hill Topper’s first game was at Insane Asylum Field against the Indianapolis Hoosiers followed up by the Winona Lakes Blue Laws. The team is a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association whose mission is as follows: “The mission and purpose of the Vintage Base Ball Association shall be to preserve, perpetuate, and promote the game of base ball as it was played during its formative years in the nineteenth century and other historic eras.” To find more information about the Huntington Champion Hill Toppers Vintage Base Ball Club visit their website at http://championhilltoppersbbc.webs.com/ or for more information about Vintage Base Ball, visit http://www.vbba.org/.
Tess Gerritsen will be visiting the Huntington Main Library (255 W. Park Dr., Huntington, 46750) for an author talk and book signing Wednesday, Oct. 2nd at 2:30PM.
Her books The Surgeon, The Bone Garden, and Last to Die will be for sale at the event. You may bring your own books for her to sign as well.
The Surgeon (softcover) = $7
The Bone Garden (softcover) = $7
Last to Die (softcover) = $9
Last to Die (hardcover) = $24
Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D.
While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson.
Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), and Last To Die (August 2012.) Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 25 million copies have been sold around the world.
Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”.
Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.
Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.
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 email@example.com 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.
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!
Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926 – 21 November 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey’s 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list.
In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its 22nd Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame on 17 June 2006.
Anne Inez McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the second of three children. Her father had Irish and English ancestry, and her mother was of Irish descent. She attended Stuart Hall (a girls’ boarding school in Staunton, Virginia), and graduated from Montclair High School in New Jersey. In 1947 she graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College with a degree in Slavonic Languages and Literature. Read more
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.