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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

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

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

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

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

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.…

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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…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on March 18, 2017 at 11:00am — 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…

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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…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on January 23, 2017 at 2:30pm — 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 …

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

Have you done your homework, voters?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 from 6 AM to 6 PM.  To find your polling place and preview who's on your ballot, visit Indiana Voters.  You can also view sample ballots on the Harrison County Government's website. …

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 31, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Spiderweb Cupcakes from Afterschool Crafts

This month in Afterschool Crafts we made some creepy spiderweb cupcakes.

These are simple to make at home.  Bake your cupcakes according to package directions.  While they are baking, melt some almond bark in a sandwich baggie in the microwave, then cut a little hole in the corner of the bag to pipe…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 31, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Nature Club - Spooky Spiders recap

This week in Nature Club we learned about some of the common spiders in Harrison County, then went on a spider hunt around the library buildings.

Orb-weavers build what you typically think of as a spider web--round with spiraled webbing.  They are docile, timid spiders with poor vision.  Right now there are many spiderlings building tiny orb…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 15, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Are you registered to vote?

October 11 is the last day to register to vote for 2016 elections.  Harrison County residents can register in person at the Clerk's Office (300 North Capitol Ave., Room #203, in Corydon) or online at www.indianavoters.com if you have a valid Indiana…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on October 10, 2016 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Sign up for Fall Children's Programming

It's time for another season of Children's Programming at HCPL.  We have programs designed for 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 at 812-738-4110.…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Welcome to Axis360

If you like Overdrive, or are interested in getting free e-books and audiobooks, HCPL has a new service called Axis360.  It comes in two major formats: a Windows PC program that will allow you to read books on your computer screen, and a mobile app that can handle both e-books and audiobooks (currently…

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Added by Eden Ransdell on August 15, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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