Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Hours

North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 26th.

For New Year’s Eve, the Library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 31st and will be closed all day January 1st. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 2nd.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Can You Spot a Con Artist?

The holidays are a particularly opportune time for scam artists and bogus investment opportunities.

The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office (www.in.gov/sos/index.htm ) has created a statewide campaign to alert Hoosiers on the most common types of fraud in Indiana: fraud aimed at seniors, faith-based fraud and mortgage fraud. Visit www.in.gov/sos/securities/2418.htm to take a look at or listen to some of the campaigns that deal with each kind of fraud.

One of the best ways to prevent fraud is to become a smart investor; Indiana Investment Watch provides Indiana residents with materials to provide the investor with knowledge about investing (www.in.gov/sos/securities/2422.htm), personal finance (www.in.gov/sos/securities/3285.htm) and news you can use (www.in.gov/sos/securities/2743.htm) to combat various scams and investment schemes.

Use the information from Indiana Investment Watch (www.in.gov/sos/securities/2423.htm) and take the steps to become a wiser, savvier investor!

Friday Facts: Government Information you can use from the Indiana State Library

Oh, Christmas Tree

While pre-decorated artificial trees are becoming more popular, there are still many people who prefer the traditional live tree that they decorate themselves. If you are planning on having a live tree you might want to check out these sites:

forestry.about.com/?once=true& - Top 10 Christmas tree species, picking a fresh Christmas tree
www.christmastree.org/care.cfm - Tips from the National Christmas Tree Association on maintaining your natural tree.

Check out this site for informational videos:
www.ehow.com/video_2370376_deal-christmas-tree-needles.html - How to estimate the length of your tree for lights, detangle, weave, and string Christmas lights, deal with tree needles (videos).

And if you decorate outside your house we hope you don’t end up at this site: www.uglychristmaslights.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Every Time A Bell Rings...

While Angels work hard year round, it’s that time of year when they increase their numbers and their good works. And the North Judson-Wayne Township Library will once again be doing our part to help them. Donations will be accepted from November 28th until December 14th, when the items will be packaged for distribution.

We will have our Angel Tree up for donations of non-perishable foods, grocery vouchers, laundry detergent, personal items (such as soap, shampoo, and deodorant), and new, unwrapped gifts for children. Gently used, clean coats will also be accepted. Contact Vicky Reetz at 896-2841 after 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday for the sizes needed for clothing donations or if you are interested in sponsoring a child or family.

Everything that is received by the library will be distributed within Starke County by North Judson organizations.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas Treats for Our Troops

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library will once again be taking Christmas donations for our troops in Afghanistan. This year it is requested that only food items be sent as no hygiene items are needed. Collection will be start on November 16th and will end on November 30th so the items can be packed and shipped out by December 2nd.

Please remember that NO PORK products are allowed in the country. Single-serving items are preferred that can be carried by individual soldiers. The following is a list of suggested items:

Cans of soup, chili, tuna, chicken, etc.

Tuna and salmon in pouches

Crystal Lite or similar individual flavored packets for single water bottles

Beef jerky

Pringles cans

Canned nuts

Candy, gum, granola bars

Canned fruits

Cocoa packet

Halloween Honors

Ghosties and goblins, among others,gave a preview of Halloween night on October 24th at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library’s Halloween program. The program was in cooperation with the Mint Festival’s Fall Festival. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not provide the best fall weather, so people missed fun, games, food, crafts, and costumed youngsters on parade between the raindrops. The 12 top costumes from the Library Halloween program were:

Cowgirl - Hattie Davis

Ice Princess - Shelby Cornwall

Fairy - Jackie Kozecar

Beeker from the Muppets - Austin Aucoin

Robot - Carl Rose

Michael Myers - Mathew Siebert

Chicken Helper Glove - Catherine Linderman

Clown - Cayden Marshall

Mr. Potato Head - Trey Linderman

Wolf with Little Red Riding Hood in basket - Breanna Blaha

Dracula - Tyler Crawford

Abigail “Abby” Sciuto of NCIS - Amanda Rose

Friday, October 16, 2009

Library Halloween Party

All manner of costumed mortals from preschool through 5th grade are invited to the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library on October 24th for our annual Halloween Party.

Sign-up for costume judging will begin at 10:15 a.m. and will end at 10:50 a.m., judging will be at 11 a.m. After a parade through town to show off the costumes, the winners will be announced.

Then from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a Goblin Game Grove for younger or more sensitive visitors, and – for those brave enough – our annual Haunted House.

Create/Donate a Fleece Blanket

Interested in learning how to tie a fleece blanket? A class is forming at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library for November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Price is $10 and you need to bring your own materials. However, if you make two blankets and donate one of them for this year’s Angel Tree, you will get a discount.

Call Vicky Reetz at 574-896-2841 for more details.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Alternative Halloween Ideas

Some people begin planning their next Halloween costumes the day after Halloween. If you aren’t one of them, you might be interested in the following sites.






And if your children are too old, too young, or have health issues you might prefer to have a party at home. Check out these sites for homemade treats.



Diabetic Sites:



Gluten Free Site:


Anyone Want Pie?

The Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be taking orders for Moore’s Pies from October 5th through November 2nd.

You can place an order in person at the front desk, by calling 574-896-2841; or by sending an email to lib.norjud@gmail.com.

Delivery will be the end of the week before Thanksgiving. And why not get a few extra to keep in the freezer for Christmas and New Year?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Starke County Trick Or Treat Hours

North Judson - October 31st from 3 to to 4:30 p.m.

Knox - October 31st from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Closed Labor Day

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be closed on September 7th, Labor Day.

GED Classes Return

Starting September 9th GED classes returned to the North Judson-Wayne Township Library. Classes will be held on Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Anytime that the North Judson-San Pierre School System cancels classes due to bad weather, GED classes will also be canceled.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Closed Columbus Day

The library will be closed for an in-service day on October 12, Columbus Day.

GED classes and the Jay Mints meeting will be held as scheduled.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

READ Fur Me, Jr.

Hooowdy, my name is Anubis and I would like to share some of my favorite books with you.

Starting in September I will be part of a new program for dog lovers from preschool through 2nd grade called “READ Fur Me, Jr.”

Join me at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. I’ve arranged for someone to read you some of the books I have enjoyed as part of the regular “READ Fur Me” program.

Be sure you sign up so we can keep track of how many sessions you attend. When all the spaces on your card have been punched by the staff, you’ll get to pick something out of the treat drawer and my mommy promises there won’t be any old bones.

At least, there won’t be any old bones for you!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Service at the Library

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library recently purchased a Xyron 510 Creative Station which can laminate items up to 5 inches wide. For the price of $1 per item we can provide protection for those important items that you carry in your wallets.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


With school starting on August 18th we haven't planned much for the month; there is just too much to do to get ready for classes and, especially for 4-H members, to get in a bit of last minute relaxation.

However, we will have "READ Fur Me" sessions on Saturday, August 15th, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and again on Thursday, August 20th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, August 10, 2009


After attending the SAMS Conference it became apparent that the North Judson-Wayne Township Library should have a blog. So, I have screwed my courage to the sticking spot and taken the plunge.

Be sure to check back periodically to see what is happening here in the Library.