Archive for December 2007

Free Tax Help is Coming to MPL!

December 31, 2007

Paying taxes

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program offers free one-on-one tax help for people with low to moderate incomes. VITA will hold several tax help sessions at Muncie Public Library throughout February, March and April. Dr. Paul Parkison, retired Ball State University Accounting Professor, oversees this volunteer-based program. Call 759-8620 for more information.

The following tax help sessions have been scheduled for February and March at either Kennedy Library or Maring-Hunt Library:

  • February   1      M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Cancelled
  • February   6      M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February   8      M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February 13      M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February 15      M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February 20      KB        10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February 22      M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February 27      KB        10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • February 29      M-H    10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March   5          KB         10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March   7          M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March  12         KB        10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March  14         M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March  19         KB        10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March  21         M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 26          KB        10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 28          M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • April 2             M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • April 4             M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • April 9              KB       10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • April 14           M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • April 15           M-H     10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mobile Media Production Lab Coming Soon!

December 18, 2007

             Muncie Public Library is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Library Services and Technologies Act (LSTA) Technology Grant by the Indiana State Library!  This grant is awarded to Indiana Libraries that present innovative ideas to use emerging technologies to address the needs of the Libraries and their customers.

            With the received funds, Muncie Public Library has been able to create a Mobile Media Production Lab comprised of audio/visual tools that will allow us to bring digital media recording and production to the Library and surrounding community.  Equipment purchased with the funds will offer a wide variety of capabilities, including audio recording and mixing, loop-based music creation, digital video and photography production and CD/DVD burning capability.

Digital World

            The Lab will enable the Library to expand its reach into the digital world by giving us the ability to digitally video record Library programs and post them to the Library website for viewing at any time.  The Library will also focus on youth by allowing dedicated time to let them  use the equipment and learn how to express their creativity through the new media.  In addition to being utilized within the Library system, the equipment will be taken to schools, community centers and senior citizen centers to offer workshops on the hardware and software.  Workshops can focus on teaching the basics of digital video, photography, audio recording and music making, or could be built around a particular project that your group would like to undertake.

            If your class or organization would be interested in hosting a workshop please contact Adam Cox at 741.7338 or

December 18, 2007

PBS Kids Logo

Caillou, Boohbah and Liberty’s Kids

are NOW available on MyLibraryDV!

Read more about available episodes here

Coming Soon: Cyberchase

Features of the MyLibraryDV service:

  • 24/7 access to more than 500 on-demand videos that can be downloaded from anywhere with a broadband Internet connection
  • NO HOLDS—MyLibraryDV allows multiple people to simultaneously download videos
  • DVD-quality movies and more, including videos from Antiques Roadshow, America’s Test Kitchen, and Today’s Homeowner
  • Exclusive originally produced video programming only available through MyLibraryDV
  • New programming from PBS Kids and MyLibraryDV

Try MyLibraryDV today!

Preschool Storytime Schedule

December 14, 2007

Storytimes @ Maring-Hunt:

Jumpstart Reading Storytime
Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Children 18-36 months
Preschool Storytime
Fridays at 10:30 am
Children 3-5 years
Gingerbread Babies
1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Infants 4-18 months
Lapsit program: preregistration required

Call 765.741.5150 to register!

Storytimes @Kennedy:

Jumpstart Reading Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Children 18-36 months
Reading Music, Reading Words
Wednesdays at 10:30am
Children 3-5 years

Call 765.741.7333 to register!

Reading Facts

December 13, 2007

Family reading time   Did you know… 

  • Reading to your child in the early years encourages closeness between you and your child and promotes a larger vocabulary. Research shows that children with larger vocabularies have higher school achievement! (Information from Duke, Neil and Annie Moses. 10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’s Vocabulary, Scholastic Professional Paper. Scholastic, 2003.)
  • Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in the 10th grade! (Information from Ehri, L. & McCormick, S. Phases of word learning: Implications for instruction with delayed and disabled readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 14, 135-163-1998.)
  • By the time children reach age three, their brains are twice as active as those of adults. Activity levels drop during adolescence. (Information from Shore, Rima. Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development from NY: Families and Work Institute, 1997.)

Winter Reading Program

December 13, 2007

Snow on Book Sculpture

Hey, kids, it’s time to “chill out” at the library with a GREAT book!  Winter Reading fun starts January 2 at the Muncie Public Library!  Sign up at Maring-Hunt, Carnegie, or Conley public library and get a reading log to keep track of the fun reading you do. You can even read magazines and listen to books on tape! 

Be sure to bring your reading log to the library every week to earn cool prizes like treasures from the treasure chest, or free book and food coupons. Make it to the halfway level and you are eligible for a $30 Toys R Us gift certificate drawing. Finish all the reading levels and you will receive a chance to enter the end of program drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate!

Plus, when you check out 5 books and/or attend a winter reading program you will be eligible for a drawing for a $25 Books-a-Million gift certificate!

Check out the special Winter Reading Programs for make-and-take crafts, afternoon movies, Read and Feed and MORE fabulous story times for preschoolers and kids. If you don’t have a card, that’s okay! You can read at the Library! Read just 20 minutes a day to reach a prize level and earn a prize!

Melt into the library and have fun! If you liked summer reading, you’ll love Winter Reading! Brrrrrr!

For more information, visit any Youth Services Desk at Muncie Public Library. Last day to sign up for Winter Reading is February 15, 2008. Last day to pick up prizes is March 7, 2008

Youth Services Contact Number: Maring-Hunt 741.5151, Conley 747.8216, Carnegie 741.5158

*If you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades check out the drawing prizes below to see what is available for you!

 Your choice of Drawing Prizes will include:

  • That MP3 Player you never got for Christmas
  • A Flash Drive
  • Downloadable iTunes

You will receive additional drawing entries by:

  • Reaching a reading level  
  • Checking out five books 
  • Attending a program.

When you reach the top level, enjoy a personal pan pizza from Papa John’s.

Last day to sign up: February 15, 2008. Last day to pick up prizes: March 7, 2008.

Snow is Falling, Books are Calling is for kids preschool through 8th grade. The middle school program is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. For more information call 741.5151 or check out our website.

Be sure to visit us at Maring-Hunt, Carnegie or Conley locations starting January 2, 2008 to sign up and get all the details.

*Hey parents, want to see some facts about reading?

Special Winter Programs

December 13, 2007





Thursday, January 3rd: 4-6 p.m. – Read-n-Feed

            – Maring-Hunt Fort

                               – Grades K-8

Tuesday, January 8th : 4-5 p.m. – Zoom Into Science

            -Maring-Hunt Fort

            – Grades  K-5

Tuesday, January 15th:  3:30-5 p.m. – Yarns & Reads

            – Carnegie Meeting Room

            – Grades K-8

Tuesday, January 22nd: 4-5 p.m. – Zoom Into Science

            -Maring-Hunt Fort

            – Grades  K-5

Thursday, January 24th:  5:30-7:30 p.m. – Family Movie Night

            – Maring-Hunt Meeting Room

            – Family





Thursday, February 7th: 4 – 6 p.m. – Gaming Mania!

            – Maring-Hunt Fort

            – Grades 3-8

Monday, February 11th: 4 – 5 p.m. –  Valentine Crafts

            – Carnegie Library Meeting Room

            – Grades K-8

Thursday, February 21st: 6: 30 p.m. – Critter Junction

            – Kennedy Library Meeting Room

            – Family

Visit our calendar for information on all of our weekly preschool programs. Select ‘Children’s Programs’ and the Library location, or leave the location blank for a list of programs at all locations.