Archive for October 2008

Snag the Big One!

October 30, 2008

Job search and Interviewing Tips Class @ MPL

Learn some of the best “fishin’ spots” for your job search. Get some tips on how to land the “big one” in a job interview.

Maring-Hunt Library
The Loft – Second Floor
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
3-5 p.m.

To reserve your spot call 747-8200 and ask for Katherine or email


Muncie Public Library Salutes Veterans

October 30, 2008

Veterans Day Poster

Monday, November 10, 2008 at Kennedy Library

5:30 p.m.  Our Heroes’ Tree

7:00 p.m.  Conversations Across Generations


The Our Heroes’ Tree Program at 5:30 p.m. will feature donated and created ornaments on the patriotic Heroes’ Tree. Participants are encouraged to bring an ornament, copy of a picture or a story about a loved one who has served or is serving our country. Ornaments can also be made at the program and added to the tree. Any Veteran or service person wishing to share a story or a memory will have the opportunity to have that memory recorded on audiotape or videotape. The shared stories will be used in a future project honoring Veterans and will be made a part of the Local History and Genealogy collection.


The second program at 7:00 p.m. is a viewing of the Ball State Project, Conversations Across Generations: The Cantigny First Division Project Oral History. This moving video was created by students reaching out to hear and record the stories of Veterans. Discussion will follow.


Our Heroes’ Tree @ MPL

October 29, 2008

Our Heroes' Tree

Muncie Public Library is participating in Our Heroes’ Tree initiative sponsored by the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University. The program honors past and present service members and works to create awareness of military families currently affected by deployment.

MFRI is asking public libraries across the state to participate in the program. Kennedy Library and Maring-Hunt Library will each display trees for the community to decorate.

To participate in Our Heroes’ Tree, people need to simply create a handmade ornament honoring a service member in their family or community from past or present wars, conflicts or peacetime operations. Bring the ornament to Kennedy Library or Maring-Hunt Library beginning November 1, where it will be placed on the tree with other ornaments. Supplies to create ornaments will also be available at each Library location. Photocopied pictures (no originals please) and stories about the individual service members may also be submitted and will be placed in a binder on display near the tree.

By participating in the Our Heroes’ Tree project, you will be honoring a family member or loved one from the past or present by acknowledging their service and dedication to our country!

Former Fort Wayne Mayor, Graham Richard, to address the question: What Does Muncie Need to Thrive?

October 27, 2008

The Series Continues…

Special Presentation
by former Fort Wayne Mayor,
Graham Richard

Thursday, November 6
7 p.m. at Minnetrista

“What Does Muncie Need to Thrive?” It’s a question being posed by The Star Press in a series of ongoing newspaper reports. Keith Roysdon, Business Editor, created the series and is organizing community discussions to address the issues.

The Star Press is scheduled to feature an interview with Graham Richard soon. Don’t miss the article and don’t miss your chance to be a part of the dialogue when Graham Richard addresses how to meet basic community needs (such as pothole repair) and create community growth. It’s all connected and concerned citizens can make a difference!

Mayor Richard recently completed his first book, Performance is the Best Politics, which features the story of Fort Wayne’s transformation to high performance government. Mayor Richard has been asked to make many keynote presentations to share his experience as a mayor, business owner and entrepreneur. He served as an Indiana State Senator and he is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Sponsored By:
Muncie Public Library, The Star Press, Minnetrista and The1859 Forum

Friends of Conley Fall Reading Festival

October 17, 2008

Friends of Conley Library

Fall Reading Festival

Saturday October 18, 2008



Family Fun

Fall Leaf Activities

Story Time

Free Refreshments

Read Together

Muncie’s Response to Recent Economic Change: An Oral History

October 15, 2008

Presented by James Connolly, Warren Vander Hill, and Paul Mitchell
Center for Middletown Studies – Ball State University

Kennedy Library
6:30 PM, October 27

On October 27, the Center for Middletown Studies and Muncie Public Library will present a talk on the history of local economic development efforts. The presentation is based on a series of interviews with local civic and business leaders involved in past and current efforts to address problems related to long term economic change in Muncie and Delaware County.

In recent years the issue of economic development has taken center stage in Muncie and Delaware County. The closing of the Chevrolet/New Venture Gear plant and the pending shutdown of the Borg Warner factory are but the latest blows to the area’s manufacturing base. The county’s leading employers are now a university, a medical complex, local government, and Wal-Mart. The result is a new universe of jobs. Few high-paying production-line jobs remain. Newly created positions in education and health care that pay well generally require a college or advanced degree and often attract people from other parts of the country or the world. Retail and other service jobs require less education but tend to pay considerably less than the unionized factory jobs that we have lost and do not offer the same chance to join the middle class. Local civic leaders, business people, and citizens now strive to respond creatively and effectively to these changes.

As the community embarks on new initiatives to deal with economic change and its consequences, it is worth taking a moment to review prior efforts in this area. Support from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County permitted the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State University to interview political and business leaders involved in local economic development efforts and to compile them in an electronic archive. On October 27 at 6:30 PM in the Kennedy Branch of the Muncie Public Library, James Connolly, Director of the Center, and interviewers Warren Vander Hill and Paul Mitchell will present some of the findings from their research. We hope you can join us for a stimulating conversation about local economic development and some of the lessons we might draw from past experience as we move forward.

For more information, please contact the Center for Middletown Studies at 285-8037 or



Education Matters!

October 13, 2008

Reach for the Stars
Visit any Muncie Public Library to find out about the importance of early literacy, find out about programs and services for adults and find out how computer skills can help you in the workplace.

More pictures…