David Johnson’s artwork at Kennedy this month

Posted December 13, 2010 by MPL Blogger
Categories: Displays & Exhibits

About the Artist

David Johnson was born in one of the Midwestern states that begins with the letter “I”. He went to public school, walked beans, detasseled corn, baled hay, worked as a bus boy, janitor, state liquor store clerk, and roofer. He built cement grain elevators on the Mississippi River, picked apples in Washington state, put together the Ferris Wheel for the carnival, worked in a K-Mart Pet and Garden Center, Sears catalog warehouse, painted houses, and fell off the Christmas tree truck.

David Johnson art display @ KennedyHe attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and received BFA and MFA degrees in Drawing and Printmaking from a couple of different state universities. He has taught at Miami University, Anderson College, Minnetrista and Ball State University where he has instructed Printmaking and Drawing since 1988.

David Johnson has exhibited his etchings, woodcuts and artist’s books in a few hundred exhibitions locally, regionally, nationally and occasionally abroad. He has received a number of awards for his work. His prints and books are in several collections including, the Boston Public Library, Special Collections at the University of Iowa Libraries, The Elvejhem Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carleton College, the University of Maine, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Harvard University Art Museum to name a few.

The present exhibition at Kennedy Library includes selections from an ongoing series of linocuts comprised of views of Middletown (Muncie) and its residents.


Robotics on display at Kennedy

Posted December 10, 2010 by MPL Blogger
Categories: Displays & Exhibits, Teen Stuff

@ Kennedy Library

Don’t miss the Muncie Robotics display at Kennedy Library this month!

Honor a Loved One: The Heroes Tree

Posted October 18, 2010 by MPL Blogger
Categories: Library News

@ Kennedy and Maring-Hunt

Honor a loved one who served or who is currently serving in the military. Make an ornament at home and visit either Library location to place it on the tree or you can visit either Library to make your ornament with the supplies on display and place it on the tree. You can also write the service person or veteran’s name and any other details you would like to share in the Heroes’ Album. The trees and ornaments will remain on display through Veteran’s Day on November 11. Help Muncie Public Library honor our past and current service men and women. Ornaments may be picked up after November 11, but cannot be mailed or returned to individuals. Please do not use irreplaceable items or photographs in making your ornament.

Explore a New Language with Mango

Posted July 9, 2010 by MPL Blogger
Categories: Just For Fun!, Tidbits from the Library World

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Written by Theresa Greenwood, Muncie Public Library Customer

Parlez-vous français? Vocè fala Português? Sprichst du Deutsch? Which one of these or one of 19 other world languages would you like to learn to speak, right at your computer, for free, using your Muncie Public Library card. I was amazed when after I had spent money to buy a well-known language course, I found out I could have just dialed up the Muncie Library Information at 747-8204 and been put in touch with a way to accomplish one of my “bucket list” dreams!

Let me introduce you to the spectacular “Mango Language Site.” I didn’t even know it existed until I needed to order the next language course from the company with whom I had been studying. It was going to be an expensive investment just for the second level. My finger was poised to dial the proverbial 800 connection to place the order when suddenly I remembered ‘back in the day’ the library used to have large shiny ebony 33’s. But by now I knew to ask for CD’s of Brazilian Portuguese. No such luck, but that’s when I discovered this incredible treasure: a language database (through the Muncie Public Library site) for learning a language that is as good as the famous (and expensive) course of study!

After you sign in with your library card number, establish your user name and password you can choose the language or languages you will concentrate on from the list depicted by pictures of the countries’ flags. (A good way to associate and learn international flags) Most of the languages have two levels: Basic and Complete, all spoken by native speakers.

The basic level teaches words for business or short trips overseas while the complete course offers much beyond basic language skills. (Just for a delight, if you’ve never heard the “symphony” of other languages, just click on one at a time and listen to the thousands of marvelous tones that have never touched your ears.)

If you are native speaker of any of the15 languages listed and want to learn English as a second language, you can do that. There are also sessions including Mandarin, Arabic and what is definitely “Greek to me.”

The sessions are designed to teach by using color-coded words complete with visual and audio pronunciation playbacks of individual words, phrases or complete sentences. (The site even allows you to time your responses and keep track of your progress; it also provides cultural notes and makes translations of foreign texts.) This color-coded method is presented in chapters beginning with: greetings, gratitude phrases and small talk. You have the option of listening over and over to a word or a phrase by continually clicking the mouse until you can capture the subtle nuances of new sounds setting off multiple neural synapses. You will proceed at your individual pace to the next chapter or feel the need to repeat previous chapters as quickly as you process and own the new information. Eventually you will be able to chain words together and amaze yourself by speaking another language.

If you want to increase your brain power, evade mental fog, prepare for a college entrance language requirement, develop an ear for international awareness, feel Americans should learn to speak a second language (as is the case in so many other countries) or just be simply glib at your next international party, I’d like to invite you to join me by discovering the Mango database. Go www. munpl.org, then click on Adults, then go to Subscription Sites, to Subscription Database M-Z, then “Mango Languages,” finally to Library and Home. Note on the left, pictures of the flags representing the languages. Click on one and begin an adventure into a wonderful world of speaking– as the old people used to say “with a foreign tongue.”

Now that I know that Mango is not just sweet, luscious fruit, I found that after just a week or so at this sweet find: this Mango helped me learn faster and more comprehensively than I did with my former language forays. Now I can say with confidence,“Eu só falo um pouco de português.”

Susan Fisher, an employee of Muncie Public Library, adds the note that, “Anyone can use the Mango system with or without a library card by using the open computer labs at any library location.” She said that since the program is audio, users in the computer lab would need to provide their own headphones or earbuds and would need to repeat the phrases quietly so as not to disturb other computer users. “This could make the Mango system accessible to anyone, even those without a home computer,” she said.

To try Mango Languages click here… and select “Library and Home” at the end of the paragraph describing Mango Languages.

New Circulation Policy

Posted June 24, 2010 by MPL Blogger
Categories: Library News

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Circulation Poilcy Change3 Days on Holds & Reserves

Effective July 8, 2010 all holds and reserves will now be held for THREE days before being cancelled. This will allow popular and in-demand materials to circulate more quickly and will serve as a cost-cutting measure for the Library.

Because of this change, postal mail notices of reserved and held materials will no longer be sent.

Please provide a phone number and/or email address at one of our locations or using this online form so we can notify you promptly when your materials are ready for pick up. Thank you.

Spread the Word!

Posted April 13, 2010 by MPL Blogger
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MPLRead More, Learn More, Earn More @ Muncie Public Library

Listen to our Radio Ad

We are spreading the word! Students who are good readers do better in school in all subjects. Students who do well in school are more likely to stay in school. An education (high school, associate’s degree, etc.) can translate to more earning power! Listen for radio spots on WLBC, WERK and ESPN radio stations. Look for billboard ads too. This promotion was made possible by a generous gift from The Friends of Muncie Public Library. (The MPL delivery vans are also working double duty and spreading the word as they are driven throughout Muncie. Watch for them!)