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Astronomy for Beginners, Part 2 - The Galaxy, or Hunting DSOs

Next time you're outside on a clear night, stand a moment and look up.  That's a lot of stars, right?

Photo by Dambldore via…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on December 4, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Astronomy for Beginners, Part 1 - The Solar System

As long as you have good vision, anyone can learn astronomy, telescope or no.  Read on for a beginner's primer to one of the most rewarding science hobbies!

Learning Constellations

Trust me, taking the time to do this will make everything else much easier!  You can print out a free monthly…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on December 4, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving Dinner Cupcakes from Afterschool Crafts

Check out the mini Thanksgiving dinner cupcakes that our Afterschool Crafts group decorated!

Dinner Plate=shortbread cookie, with your choice of colored frosting

Turkey=Brach's Maple Nut Candy, sliced

Gravy=Melted chocolate

Green beans=Long green sprinkles

Peas=Round…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on November 17, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Owls of Indiana

Who's that hooting in the woods?  We have four species of owls resident in Indiana, plus another four that visit during the winter.  You can easily learn the calls of the three most common, and if you practice, you can even hoot back at them and start a conversation.

Great horned…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on November 2, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Our winner for the Lanesville Pumpkin Contest is Dumbo made by Natalie Cornwell!

Made by Natalie Cornwell.

Added by Trevor Lee Smith on November 1, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Halloween Reads: Modern Masters

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski--A story within a story within a story, centering around a house that's bigger on the inside.  This was easily the most frightening book I've ever read, as well as the most immersive--the layout of the text actually draws the reader into the experience.  If you're like me and usually prefer…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 31, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: Gothic Novels and Penny Dreadfuls

If you've ever read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, you'll remember the heroine obsessing over some "horrid" books, but did you know that the books she mentioned were real novels, popular during Austen's day?  Read some of these Gothic novels for yourself and see how they compare to today's horror novels.

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 30, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: For the Young and the Young-At-Heart

Here are some of our favorite spooky chapter books.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman--The story of a boy raised by ghosts and other supernatural beings.  Like a Halloween version of the Jungle Book.  Check it out at the Corydon or Lanesville branches of HCPL, or…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 29, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: The Best of Poe

We have works by Edgar Allan Poe in all of our library branches, as well as on Overdrive, where you can read them online or download them to your Kindle or another eReader.  If you would like an ebook to keep, check out …

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 28, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: Creepy Fairy Tales

Not suitable for today's children!

"Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault--"Beauty and the Beast" but with serial killers!  Read it here or ask at the Children's Desk for a copy in one of our fairy tale books.

"The Vampire" by Alexander…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 27, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) was one of the three great Weird writers, alongside his friends H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard (the latter being most famous for his Conan the Barbarian stories).  Smith's Weird stories fall into three major "series":

Zothique is a lost continent withering under a dying sun, populated by dark wizards and ancient gods, with a…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 26, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Look who showed up at the Lanesville Branch Pumpkin Contest!

Captain Underpants!

Added by Trevor Lee Smith on October 25, 2017 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Halloween Reads: The Classics

Become more literate while scaring yourself silly!

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)--available on Overdrive in eBook and audiobook, or download a copy to keep from Project Gutenberg or a free…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 25, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: Let's Go to the Movies!

How many of these classic horror movies did you know started off as books?

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954)--This apocalyptic horror novel has been turned into a movie several times, including 1964's The Last Man On Earth (starring Vincent Price), 1971's The Omega Man (starring Charlton Heston), and 2007's I Am…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 24, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Halloween Reads: Oldies But Goodies

Because if Lovecraft thought they were scary, they must be good.

Follow the links to read these free public domain classics.  All are available for eReaders such as Kindles and Nooks, or on your computer screen, from Project Gutenberg, as well as free audiobooks from …

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 23, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Halloween Reads: H.P. Lovecraft

Out of what crypt they crawl, I cannot tell,

But every night I see the rubbery things,

Black, horned, and slender, with membraneous wings,

And tails that bear the bifid barb of hell.

They come in legions on the north wind’s swell,

With obscene clutch that titillates and…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Would you like to make an Advent Calendar? Call 812-952-3759 to sign up. Classes are available for Nov. 7th and also the 14th from 6:30-8pm.

Would you like to make an Advent Calendar? Call 812-952-3759 to sign up. Classes are available for Nov. 7th and also the 14th from 6:30-8pm.

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Added by Trevor Lee Smith on October 18, 2017 at 11:16am — No Comments

Free Children's Programming at HCPL

Fall registrations are open!  You can check them out on the Events page or on our Youth Calendar.

We have programs available for birth through 18 years old.  What…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on September 11, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

View Eclipse @ Your Library

Party with us today. Monday, Aug. 21,  and view the astronomical event of the century, the Great American Eclipse.  Each library branch location is hosting a viewing party.  Drop in anytime from 12:30 - 4 pm to participate.  The Maximum eclipse should be approximately 2:25-2:27 pm.  Don't be late.

We have pinhole projectors and eclipse glasses to share.   Crafts will be available for little ones to create and commemorate the event.

Call for more…

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Added by Alisa Burch on August 21, 2017 at 8:48am — No Comments

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