Archive for May 2008

SBDC to offer Class in Muncie, Indiana

May 21, 2008

MUNCIE, IN.  The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be offering a class entitled “Writing an Effective Business Plan” on Thursday, June 5, 2008. The SBDC specializes in providing comprehensive counseling and training services to small businesses and prospective small businesses.

Your Business Plan is an invaluable tool towards marketing your business to investors and guiding your operations.  This presentation will provide hands on exercises on how to develop the components integral to writing a successful business plan.

This class will be offered at the boardroom of the Energize ECI Engagement Center at 122 E. Main St., Muncie, IN from 9:00 am to 12:00.  (Visit the Energize ECI website.) There is a $20.00 registration fee.  Space is limited, so pre-registration is suggested.  Please call 765.282.9950 for more information.

About SBDC

The East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center is part of a Network of 11 centers that provide comprehensive business counseling, training and market research services to small business owners.  This program is funded through a collaborative agreement between the US Small Business Administration, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Ivy Tech Community College and local funding sources. 

Media Contacts:

Vickie Bevans, SBDC, 765.282.9950

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

MPL Tolstoy Event on NPR

May 20, 2008

A report filed by IPR/WBST reporter Marcus Jackman has been selected to be a part of Voice of America on National Public Radio. Jackman attended the Tolstoy Revealed! event at MPL as part of The Big Read. 

Russian Author on American Reading List

By Marcus Jackman 11 April 2008

Jackman report – Download (MP3)
Jackman report – Listen (MP3)

Russian author Leo Tolstoy made connections through his writings… connections across classes, across cultures, and across centuries. Almost 100 years after his death, more than a hundred people crowded a library meeting room in Muncie, Indiana, this week… to talk about Tolstoy’s works, history, and legacy. As Marcus Jackman reports, it’s all part of a national literary program called The Big Read.

The Big Read is designed to encourage reading, but also to draw communities together, by having everyone read the same book at the same time and then discuss it together. The National Endowment for the Arts, concerned about the decline of reading in the United States, launched the program in 2006 in 10 communities. Just two years later, more than 125 cities and towns take part.

Public libraries in each community select the books for their program. In previous years, participants have read 12 titles, including The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, and To Kill a Mockingbird. This year, Muncie, Indiana’s libraries chose Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

The highlight of the month-long program was a discussion about the book led by Vladimir Tolstoy, the author’s great-great-grandson.

Speaking through an interpreter, Tolstoy said he was excited to be invited to be part of the program because Ivan Ilyich was the first Big Read book by a non-American author. “But also I view the Big Read as a very important program,” he said, admitting, “I wish we had one like it in Russia because, especially in the younger generations, the reading level is going down.”

Tolstoy told the crowd Ivan Ilyich touches on the basic human need to live life sincerely, authentically, without pretense… and that makes the novella accessible to anybody.

Kristin Schwartz was in the audience for the discussion. She hadn’t read the book, but her Russian friend encouraged her to go. She said she was fascinated to learn about the influence Leo Tolstoy had around the world… and about the influences on him, including social Christianity and nonviolent resistance.

“I didn’t realize how political and philosophical his writings were, but there is a lot of historical significance.” Schwartz said she normally reads a lot of non-fiction, and picked up on a quote repeated during the discussion. “‘Thoreau was the seed, Tolstoy was the tree, and Gandhi was the fruit.’ I haven’t read a lot of Tolstoy but I have read Thoreau, so I’m really excited to read more Tolstoy and see the connections there.”

Responses like that are everything planners were hoping for when they chose The Death of Ivan Ilyich for Muncie’s Big Read, according to Donna Browne, who works for Muncie Public Library. “We’ve been enormously pleased. Truly we didn’t know what to expect. We had high hopes and fortunately they’ve all been fulfilled for adults and kids. Today, as you can see, we had a standing room only of mostly adults. We’re thrilled with that sort of response. You can see people lining up for autographs like they’re rock stars! We didn’t expect that at all.”

Vladimir Tolstoy isn’t just the author’s great-great-grandson. He’s also the director of the Leo Tolstoy Estate Museum at the family estate at Yasnaya Polyana, southwest of Moscow. He encourages readers to visit the museum, explaining that nothing can replace studying Tolstoy’s writings at the author’s own home, because his work can’t be separated from the land or culture it was written in. “I also hope that those readers who open Tolstoy for the first time, reading Death of Ivan, won’t stop at that, but will continue reading and learn from other writings the range Tolstoy had, and variety of themes in his writings.”

Those writings have touched people around the world, according to Galina Alexeeva, head of academic research at Tolstoy’s Yasnaya Polyana Estate Museum. She says it’s not surprising that Americans especially might feel a deep connection with him.

“I believe that if Leo Tolstoy were alive, he would be very happy to know that in America they still read his works,” Alexeeva says, “because for Tolstoy, America was the most sympathetic country, and he loved this country, and he received 2500 letters from America. And there were close ties between Tolstoy and many American writers and public figures in his life time. So it’s very nice that the tradition continues.”

What was surprising to the Russian visitors, though, was the serious interest with which Americans are reading Ivan Ilyich. Communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania also read the novella. Tolstoy says they have been very impressed with the profound questions they’ve been asked… particularly by young people. “Those questions were very deep and precise, and to a detail. They were not just something you’d ask generally. But they were looking for the answers and waiting for the answers and trying to find them. They were very sincere,” he says.

And such sincerity would surely have pleased his great-great-grandfather, too.

 

Adult Summer Reading is back @ MPL!

May 13, 2008

Artistic Bee

BEE a Reader: Pollinate Your Mind!

Summer Reading Program for Adults

 

Summer is a time for growing things, so why not grow your mind with Muncie Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program? The program runs June 1 – July 31 and adults 18-118 are eligible. For every book you read, fill out a short review and get your name entered in our grand prize drawing for a very secret, very grand prize. So, whether it’s the newest best sellers, or some great books on gardening (check out the MPL Gardening Resource Brochure), bee a reader this summer and bee a winner! Check out our Summer Reader blog!

 

Maring-Hunt will host the annual Summer Reading kick-off on Saturday, May 31, from 1-4 p.m. Readers of all ages can get a jump on signing up for the Summer Reading Programs for children, young adults and adults while enjoying food, games and fun. Mark your calendars!

 

 

Hey Teens! Welcome to Summer Reading @ MPL!

May 13, 2008

Metamorphosis:

Summer Reading @ Muncie Public Library

For Young Adults in Grades 6-12

June 1 – July 31, 2008

  

Buzz into the Library this summer and find out how you can transform your summer into fun and prizes. Experience a metamorphosis of reading in your life. Plus, you will have fun and have chances

to earn cool prizes, *even* a computer!

 

Keep track of your time spent reading anything you choose–even magazines and graphic novels–and earn free food items, a free book to keep and certificates to local attractions. Plus, for each level you complete you will be eligible to enter drawings for your choice of an MP3 Player, a $50 Books-A-Million gift certificate, or a $50 iTunes Card. Plus, all summer reading participants completing the program will be eligible for a drawing prize to win a Free Computer! 

Visit us online @ www.munpl.org and check out our calendar!  Sign up for special events by calling any Muncie Public Library location.

Carnegie Library: 741.5158 – Conley Library: 747.8126 

Kennedy Library: 741.7333 – Maring-Hunt Library: 741.5151

List of Summer Reading Programs available here.

Muncie Public Library cards are *free* for those living in Center Township.  Library cards can be obtained for a fee if you live outside of Center Township. Young adults may participate at the Library if they do not have a Library card.   

*Image title Escher’s Metamorphosis

 

Hey Kids! Catch the Summer Reading Bug for Summer Reading & Prizes!

May 12, 2008

Muncie Public Library Summer Reading Program for Kids
June 1 – July 31, 2008

Check out our other Summer Youth Events: visit us online @ http://www.munpl.org or sign up for special events by calling our Youth Department at 765.741.5151 or 765.741.7333.

Prizes this year are better than ever, with a chance to win a computer for ages three through high school and other special drawing prizes!  First 500 to register receive a book bag. Earn Book Bucks at each level and spend your Book Bucks at the MPL Bookworm store!
Sign up in June or July at any Library Location. 
Carnegie Youth Services hours are limited to 12-6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Catch the Reading Bug this Summer at Muncie Public Library!

Go Buggy for Reading! 

Don’t miss the best Summer Reading Program ever!

     > First 500 to register receive a book bag.
     > Read or listen to any MPL Book or magazine for just 20-30 minutes a day. 
     > This year earn $5 worth of Book Bucks at each level, and spend your Book Bucks at the MPL Bookworm store!
     > Read your way to level 5 and be eligible for a drawing for a gift certificate of your choice from Wal-Mart, Books-A-Million or Toys R Us!  
     > Children who read to level 8 will be eligible for a drawing prize to win a free computer!
     > Check out 5 books each visit and you are eligible for a bonus book bag drawing prize!
     > Program ends July 31, 2008.  Pick up prizes by August 7, 2008.

Summer reading is open to children of all ages!  Children can be read to, read on their own, or read with their summer day camp or day care families to earn prizes.  Summer Reading Programs are also available for teens and adult of any age! 

Muncie Public Library cards are *free* for those living in Center Township!  Even children who do not have a Library card can participate in the Summer Reading Program by reading books while at the Library!

 

Hey Babies & Preschoolers: Catch the Reading Bug @ MPL for Summer Reading & Prizes!

May 12, 2008

Muncie Public Library Summer Reading Program for Babies through Preschool
June 1 – July 31, 2008

Check out our other Summer Youth Events: visit us online @ http://www.munpl.org or sign up for special events by calling our Youth Department at 765.741.5151 or 765.741.7333.

Prizes this year are better than ever, with a chance to win a computer for ages three through high school and other special drawing prizes!  First 500 to register receive a book bag. Earn Book Bucks at each level and spend your Book Bucks at the MPL Bookworm store!
Sign up in June or July at any Library Location. 
Carnegie Youth Services hours are limited to 12-6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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Read to Your Child from Birth!

Here are the facts – why should you read to your baby and toddler?

          > 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! 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 or reading ability in the 10th grade! Ehri, L., & McCormick, S. Phases of word learning: Implications for instruction with delayed and disabled readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 14, 135-163, 1998

          > 90-95% of poor readers can reach average reading skills with early intervention. If intervention is delayed until 9 yrs of age, then 75% of these children will continue to have difficulty learning to read throughout high school. Lyon G. Reid. Overview of Reading and Literacy Research. In Keys to Literacy edited by Susannah Patton and Madelyn Holmes Washington, DC: Council for Basic Education, 1998

          > By the time children reach age three, their brains are twice as active as those of adults. Activity levels drop during adolescence. Shore, Rima Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development MY: Families and work Institute, 1997

Summer reading is open to children of all ages!  Children can be read to, read on their own, or read with their summer day camp or day care families to earn prizes.  Summer Reading Programs are also available for teens and adult of any age!

Muncie Public Library cards are free for those living in Center Township!  Even children who do not have a Library card can participate in the Summer Reading Program by reading books while at the Library!

Catch the Reading Bug this Summer at MPL!

Come Celebrate Childrens’ Book Week @ MPL!

May 2, 2008

To celebrate Children’s Book Week MPL is:

  • > Holding Scavenger Hunts at Maring-Hunt (Guess the Character) and Kennedy (Who am I)! 
  • > Giving away a drawing prize for checking out a book – Pre-K through 8th grade (one per day per customer)!  
  • > And having a Children’s Choice Awards Voting at all locations!  

Come in at any time during May 14th – 17th and check at the Children’s Desks to participate in these activities!

Hey kids! Come in and fill out a voting log and get something from the MPL treasure chests!  You can also ask us about our drop-in crafts/coloring sheets available at all locations!