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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

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 …

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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 Nurturestore.co.uk)…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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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.…

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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 www.hcpl.lib.in.us. ; 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…

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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…

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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.…

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

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