Archive for April 2008

Manga @ MPL

April 10, 2008

Manga is used in the English-speaking world as a generic term for all comic books and graphic novels that were originally published in Japan. However, Manga is often considered an artistic and storytelling style that can also encompass non-Japanese works. The term AmeriManga is sometimes used to refer to comics created by American artists in a Manga style. Manwha is the Korean equivalent of that idea. From


Jane Austen Book Discussion

April 8, 2008



Jane Austen speaks your language!! If you love the literary works of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and more, then come join us at MPL’s Reads for Teens when we discuss Jane’s fabulous works, have tea and participate in a Jane Austen activity.

For Young Adults, grades 6-12, the Jane Austen book discussion and fun begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 7th. Don’t miss it!



2008 Edible Book Winners!

April 7, 2008

Children’s Fiction/Non-Fiction

1st Place: Barbara Frazier for “Emerging from the Pages” inspired by Little House on the Prairie

 2nd Place: Terry and Sarah Ellis for “Your Dreams Will Come True!” inspired by Cinderella

3rd Place: Don, Kim, and Benjamin Wurtz for “Hats off to Dr. Seuss!” inspired by the books of Dr. Seuss

Adult Non-Fiction

1st Place: Christal L. Veatch for “Food for Thought” inspired by the Holy Bible

Adult Fiction

   1st Place: Jeffrey Frazier for “Two Tasty Towers” inspired by Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers

   2nd Place: Julie Kay Wine for her entry inspired by Moby Dick

   3rd Place: Monica James for her entry inspired by Secret Life of Bees

   4th Place: Fay Haskins for her entry inspired by Nora Roberts’ Key series

Sonata Glass Sculpture @ Kennedy

April 3, 2008

Christopher RiesNearly 75 people were in attendance to hear and see the presentation by noted glass artist, Christopher Ries. Immediately following his presentation, the crowd was joined by additional customers and Library supporters eager to get a glimpse of the sculpture. The art area at Kennedy was filled to capacity as Ries and Patricia Schaefer, who donated the sculpture to the Library, lifted the cloth to reveal Sonata. The glass sculpture is an etched blue crystal multi-dimensional disk. It weighs more than 700 pounds and is nearly 7 feet tall including its pedestal base. Also in attendance at the event was Tom Hawk, owner of Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio. Virginia (Ginny) Nilles, Muncie Public Library Director, thanked Schaefer for sharing this magnificent piece of art with Muncie Public Library and the Muncie community!

Incredible Edible Books!

April 2, 2008

Edible MacintoshDon’t miss the fun and laughs and oohs and ahhs as participants display their entries in the Muncie Public Library Edible Books Festival. The public is invited to view all the entries in the festival.

Those who registered are planning and creating their displays that will feature books, authors and characters depicted in food. That’s right, all entries must be created of edible materials. Cakes, pies, vegetables and other food stuffs will be creatively displayed to depict literature.

Entries are due at 2 p.m. at Kennedy Library. Judging is at 2:15 and the displays are open for viewing until 4 p.m. (Due to health codes the food creations cannot be served or consumed on the Library premises.)

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Image courtesy of University of Minnesota.