Archive for February 2009

Meet the Author!

February 27, 2009

Kennedy Library
Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing? will be a guest judge at the April 4 Edible Books Festival. Where Am I Eating? explores the globalization of the food industry. Copies of Where Am I Wearing? will be available for sale and for author signature at the Edible Books Festival. Timmerman and his wife are Muncie residents.

Book Description (from

Globalization makes it difficult to know where the things you buy come from. Journalist and travel writer Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, so he traveled from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back. Along the way, he met the people who made his favorite clothes and learned as much about them as he did about globalization itself. Enlightening and controversial at once, this book puts a human face on globalization.


The Reading Circle

February 26, 2009

Book Discussion Series

Join us around the beautiful Sonata sculpture at Kennedy Library as we read and explore selected books. The March 2 group will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss The Shipping News by Annie Poulx. Check out a copy of this book at the Kennedy Circulation Desk. The group will meet every other Monday. Join in the group whether you have read the selection or want to know more about it before you read it. The title of this planned quarterly series of discussions is defined as,” The Ties That Bind” and will focus on books that create a sense of family, place and community. Other titles to read will include: Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde; A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines; Ordinary People by Judith Guest; and Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg.  Special copies of each book will be available at the Kennedy Library Circulation Desk.


Discussion Dates

Every Other Monday at 2 p.m.

At the Kennedy Library Sonata Room


March 2—The Shipping News

March 16—Pay It Forward

March 30—A Lesson Before Dying

April 13—Ordinary People

April 27—Fried Green Tomatoes


More information about The Reading Circle

Get out and enjoy Spring 2009 Programs at Muncie Public Library

February 26, 2009

Wild and Wacky ScienceWild n’ Wacky Science, Tuesdays, March 10, April 14, May10, 2009
*NEW LOCATION Kennedy – (Grades K-3) 3:00-4:00 pm
Calling all Jr. Scientists in grade K-3! Have a blast learning about science at the Wild & Wacky Science program now located at Kennedy Library! Enjoy experiments, crafts, and much more

MPL AdventurersMPL Adventurers!: Wednesday, March 25, April 22, May 27, 2009
Maring-Hunt Library – (Ages 7-11) 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Come explore the mysteries of history and the world! Grab your gear and go along with us as we explore exciting books and activities on Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, and far away lands! Kids ages 7-11 sign up today! Call 741-5151 to register.

BookBunchMPL Book Bunch – Thursday, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2009
Kennedy Library – (Grades 2-5) 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Join the MPL Book Bunch for some “book”tastic fun!! We’ll be reading the “Mouse & the Motorcycle” and enjoying games, crafts, and snacks! Bring yourself and get ready to enjoy the fun! Call 741-7333 to register!

City Of EmberBox Office Books- Now Showing: City of Ember!: Thursday, March 26, 2009
Maring-Hunt Library – (Family) 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Free fun for the whole family! Enjoy free popcorn while watching a movie on the big screen!
Call 741-5151 to register!

teddy bear picnicTeddy Bear Picnic – Friday, May 8, 2009
Maring-Hunt Library – (Ages 2-5) 10:30 a.m.
Bring your teddy bear to the library for the Teddy Bear Picnic! Sing, listen to stories, make a craft and enjoy a treat with your teddy! Call 741-5151 to register!

Fancy NancyFancy Nancy Party –Thursday, May 14, 2009
Kennedy Library – (Ages 4-9) 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Grab your boa and feathered hat and join the Fancy Nancy Party! Be a part of the Fancy Nancy fashion show, read fabulous Fancy Nancy books, make a Fancy Nancy craft and enjoy delectable goodies! Call 741-7333 to register!

Free Web Design Class

February 24, 2009

Computer classes @ MPL

Have you ever wanted your own website but didn’t know where to start? Need to create an online presence for your small-business? Come to the library for a free class introducing you to website basics and design. Charles Cantrell, a computer professional with 20 plus years experience, will present techniques and technologies for creating a website and answer your questions about the process.

The topics to be discussed, but not limited to, are: basic HTML, web servers, web content, and hosting.

Classes will take place once a week for 3 weeks and last for two hours.

Dates and times are as follows:
March    3 @ 5:30pm
March 10 @ 5:30pm 
March 17 @ 5:30pm

Classes will be held in the Maring-Hunt Loft, located on the second floor. **Registration is required due to limited seating.**

***Classes are currently full.  ***(Updated March 2, 2009)

Prerequisites: To sign up for this class basic computer knowledge is required and you must be comfortable using the Internet, keyboard, and mouse.

Contact Jen Booth to register or if you have any questions.

Jen Booth

Nate the Great at Kennedy Library

February 9, 2009

Wednesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. @ Kennedy Library

Enjoy free family fun with magic and balloons at this special presentation!

Nate the Great is in town and performing one night only at Kennedy Library. Prepare to be amazed and amused with Nate’s magic tricks and world-record setting ability to create balloon animals.

See more about Nate the Great @!

Library Closings for Presidents’ Day

February 6, 2009

All Muncie Public Library locations will be closed on Sunday, February 15 and Monday, February 16 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
(Scheduled meetings and events will still take place at some location meeting rooms.)

MPL Awarded AWE Early Literacy Computers

February 5, 2009

Muncie Public Library has received a grant of three AWE Early Literacy Computers to encourage literacy in children. AWE stands for Advanced Workstations for Education.Each computer is equipped with fun learning programs for children in both English and Spanish versions.

The AWE computer project is supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Kids and parents, stop by Maring-Hunt Library or Kennedy Library to check out these new computers which feature Reader Rabbit, Sponge Bob and other popular learning software.