Archive for February 2008

Tolstoy Revealed

February 26, 2008

Tolstoy Twice

As part of The Big Read, Vladimir Tolstoy, great, great grandson of Leo Tolstoy and Director of the Tolstoy Estate Museum will speak on Saturday, March 29 at 2 pm at Kennedy Library. No reservations are needed.He will be accompanied by interpreter and Tolstoy scholar, Galina Alexeeva, as he discusses the influence of Tolstoy in America. Be a part of The Big Read. Read Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich and get connected at MPL events celebrating The Big Read. We have an online discussion forum available here. In order to leave your comments, interested participants must register first. (Click on the ‘register’ link on the right hand side at the top and follow the directions.)

The Big Read is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Keep your eye on the MPL website as other events are added to the month-long celebration of reading and literacy! Visit any Muncie Public Location and get your own FREE copy of The Death of Ivan Ilyich!

NEA The Big Read logo

Special Thanks to our Big Read Partners!


Books by the Pound Sale!

February 22, 2008

Books by the Pound Sale

Saturday, March 1

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Public Sale – All are welcome!

Sunday, March 2

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Public Sale – All are welcome!

All sales are at Maring-Hunt Library. All new inventory of used, donated and like-new books.

Books 50 cents a pound!

Books on Tape $1!

Videos $1!

DVDs $2!

(Other items as marked.)

Friends: show your card and receive 20% off all weekend!


Kennedy Grand Reopening

February 15, 2008

Kennedy Library Reading RoomSpecial Thanks to everyone who attended the Grand Reopening of Kennedy Library on Valentine’s Day. We don’t have an exact count, but we know more than one thousand people attended. 

Words can’t describe the excitement of the evening. Delicious food, jazzy piano music and gourmet coffee set the tone. The bright colors, sparkling lights, open spaces and vivid artwork made the newly remodeled Library shine!

Customers were so happy to have Kennedy open again. Some came to get books and use the computers. We were, after all, open for business. Some came to see the dedication bricks they had purchased. The engraved bricks in memory of friends and family members prompted more than one person to shed a tear. Some customers were so overcome by the joy of the event and the beauty of the renovated space, that they cried too. A grandmother brought in her young granddaughter to check out her very first book. A gentleman brought his 100 year-old mother to proudly show her the brick he bought in her honor. A local artist was so moved by the evening that he left only to return shortly with two pieces of art he wanted to donate to the Library.

Mayor Sharon McShurley shared comments at the dedication ceremony. Leon Jones, who was the Library Director in 1964 when Kennedy first opened, provided the invocation. Could he have guessed back then that he would play a part in a grand reopening more than 40 years later?  Could he have guessed that the empty field he purchased for the Library all those years ago would turn into the shining jewel it is today? Other speakers included Roger Gilcrest, President of the MPL Board of Trustees and Virginia (Ginny) Nilles the Library Director.

It was a special evening, full of memories, sharing, excitement, fun and friendship. Thanks to all who attended.

Hour and Phone Number Changes

February 11, 2008

 These changes are effective February 11, 2008.

Administrative Offices at 2005 South High Street

Monday-Friday: 8 am – 5 pm

Phone: 747-8200 Main Information Line

Carnegie Library at 301 East Jackson Street

Carnegie Library is Muncie’s oldest public building and has been in continuous use as a library for more than 100 years. Built with funds from Andrew Carnegie, it opened in 1904.

Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm

Friday: 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Phone: 747-8200 Main Information Line

Conley Library at 1824 East Centennial Avenue

Conley Library opened in its present location in 1978. It is named for the late community activist Vivian Conley. Conley was a non-traditional student and championed the cause of education to others.

Monday-Friday: 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Phone: 747-8216

Kennedy Library at 1700 West McGalliard Road

First opened in 1964 and just recently renovated, Kennedy Library will reopen to serve the Muncie community at 3 pm on Thursday, February 14.

Monday-Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm

Friday-Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday: 1-5 pm

Phone: 747-8200 Main Information Line

Maring-Hunt Library at 2005 South High Street

Maring-Hunt Library is conveniently located next to South View Elementary and Wilson Senior Apartments. This ideal space allows the Library to serve a diversity of ages through its collections, after school programs and its outdoor green space.

Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday: 1-5 pm

Phone: 747-8200 Main Information Line

Local History & Genealogy Center at 210 South Jefferson Street

This research facility provides state of the art research opportunities for those tracing their family origins. The center also promotes the history of our community, creating civic pride and a sense of heritage.

Monday-Friday: 9 am – 6 pm

Saturday: 10 am -5 pm

Sunday: Closed

Phone: 747-8208