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Solar Eclipse Glasses recalled on Amazon

This is a human eye with a permanently burned retina.

If you look at the eclipse without proper protection, it could soon be yours.  Are you paying attention yet?  (Picture from …


Added by Eden Ransdell on August 15, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Build a Pinhole Projector - a safe alternative to eclipse glasses

A pinhole projector is the simplest and safest way to view the eclipse, and you probably already have the materials lying around your house!  Here are some examples of various styles you can put together.

Paper Plate Eclipse Viewer

(Image from…


Added by Eden Ransdell on August 8, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Safe sources for Solar Eclipse glasses

If you will be using solar eclipse glasses to view the eclipse on August 21, make sure they are real before you trust your vision with them!  Safe solar glasses should have have the ISO 12312-2 standard printed on them as well as the name of a reputable manufacturer.  Be warned that there many listings on Amazon for glasses that claim to be made in the USA by American Paper Optics, but are actually Chinese imitations.  These…


Added by Eden Ransdell on August 2, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Library offers Pre-Eclipse Programs

In cooperation with the Harrison County Public Library astronomer Mark Steven Williams of StarGeezer Astronomy will host a series of Total Solar Eclipse Preview programs in Harrison County August 9 - August 15.

In addition to viewing the Sun through telescopes with safe solar filters and demonstrations of a “pinhole camera”, guests will learn the local circumstances of the eclipse, the history, science and folklore of eclipses, why there aren’t eclipses each month,…


Added by Alisa Burch on August 2, 2017 at 8:38am — No Comments

Meet Libby, your new OverDrive app

Libby, a new app developed by OverDrive, will go live on June 20th to replace the OverDrive Media Console app that you may be accustomed to using to download eBooks and audio books.…


Added by Jessica Stroud-Gibson on June 16, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

What's in a vernal pool? - Nature Club recap

Last week during our river and pond program, we had the chance to look at some pond-loving minibeasts in a microscope.  Here is some of what we found:

A copepod is a tiny crustacean (like crabs, lobsters, and pillbugs).  This type is called Cyclops because of its one eye.…


Added by Eden Ransdell on June 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Summer Reading Begins

Registration for the Harrison County Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" begins Wednesday, May 24.  The free program runs from May 24 to July 31.

Children of all ages can register at any HCPL branch location or online at the library website ; The program begins May 24 but members can sign up anytime during the summer.

Children will also be able to register for story hours and craft…


Added by Alisa Burch on May 22, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Shakespeare Club Canceled

Shakespeare Club on Thursday 5/11/17 has been canceled.  Reschedule is pending.

Added by Autumn on May 9, 2017 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Birding at the library?! - Nature Club Recap

There are more than books at the library!  Just this week we have seen:

Yellow Warbler

Song: Sweet sweet little-more-sweet!

Freshly arrived from Central America as…


Added by Eden Ransdell on April 27, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What's Blooming Now? - Hayswood Nature Reserve

The following pictures were taken April 14th on the woodland trail at Hayswood Park.

Drooping trillium, Trillium flexipes

Note the three unmottled leaves and the white, stalked flower with curled-back petals.…


Added by Eden Ransdell on April 15, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What's Blooming Now? (Woodland Edition)

Want to learn your wildflowers?  Read on for some ID tips.  The following photos were taken March 31-April 2, 2017.  Disclaimer: I am not a real botanist but I like to pretend.

Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica

What to look for: This one's pretty straightforward.…


Added by Eden Ransdell on April 3, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Frogs and Toads of Harrison County - Nature Club Recap

This Thursday in Nature Club we learned about the frogs and toads that live in Harrison County.  Here's a bit of trivia for you:  all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads.  Read on to learn how to…


Added by Eden Ransdell on March 18, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

OverDrive’s top titles for Teen Tech Week

During Teen Tech Week from March 5-11, libraries showcase the digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and career. The 2017 Teen Tech Week theme, “Be the Source of Change,” encourages teens to take advantage of digital resources to make a positive change in their life and community. Based on feedback from librarians, starred reviews and popularity rank in schools, we have…


Added by Jessica Stroud-Gibson on March 6, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Adult Winter Reading Program begins Feb. 6th

The 2017 Winter Reading Programs will kick off on Monday, February 6th. A link to register will be available on the Harrison County Public Library's web site, or you can register during your next library visit at any branch.

  • Any adult…

Added by Jessica Stroud-Gibson on January 30, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Free Tax Help

VITA Locations

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, sponsored by Community Action of Southern Indiana, is providing free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers for individuals and families that earned less than $54,000 in 2016.  To schedule an appointment at any of these locations, call 812-590-4064.  Please refer to the IRS's website to make sure…


Added by Eden Ransdell on January 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sign up for Spring Children's Programming!

Our Spring Children's Programs are live on the blog and ready for sign-ups.  We have programs for children of all ages, from newborns through 18.  You can sign up in person at any library branch, online on our website, or by calling the library…


Added by Eden Ransdell on January 23, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

2016 Tax Forms Have Arrived!

The 2016 tax forms have finally arrived at the library!

Here is what they have or are sending us:



IT-40 Booklets (forms included inside)



1040 Forms and Instructions (1040 Istructions have not yet arrived!)

1040-A Forms and Instructions

1040-EZ Forms and Instructions


You can print out your own tax forms at home by going to …


Added by Autumn on January 18, 2017 at 3:47pm — No Comments

31 Days of Mango

Start off your New Year's Resolutions with learn a language in 31 Days (or at least the basics) using Mango Languages in the Library eResources  They even have a schedule to get you started.…


Added by Autumn on December 28, 2016 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Afterschool Crafts - Gingerbread Houses

The kids had a blast decorating graham cracker gingerbread houses for Afterschool Crafts this year.  A big thanks to our Teen Activity Group for building the houses!

Check out their finished works of art …


Added by Eden Ransdell on December 22, 2016 at 5:59pm — No Comments

20 things to do in a blanket fort this winter

Cooler temperatures and holiday time off makes the last month of 2016 the perfect time to revisit a favorite childhood project: the blanket fort. Whether you use your dining room table, sofa cushions, high back chairs, or something more elaborate, try these 20 suggestions once settled in your fuzzy igloo.

1. Eat one last slice of pie.…


Added by Jessica Stroud-Gibson on December 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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