Saturday, November 6, 2010

Make & Take Class Offered

Looking for unique Christmas cards to send this year?  Why not make your own?  For a $5 material fee Jennifer Merle-Hamscher will teach you to make three (3) unique items using stamps and scrapbooking techniques.  The class will be held at the library on November 17th at 6:30 p.m.  There is a limit of 20 so call the library at 574-896-2841 to reserve your spot.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Whooo's that bird?

It was about a year ago this month that Dorothy Hansen donated this stuffed owl, which originally belonged to Lavelle Hansen, to the library. Since that time he has been sitting in a window keeping an eye on things. 

Of course it could be a she, I wouldn’t know how to tell the difference. But I’m going to leave that decision up to you in our “Name the Owl” contest. To enter you can stop in and fill out a slip (or two or three), contact us via email (, or visit us on Facebook to leave your suggestion. Be sure to include your name and phone number so we can contact you if you come up with the best name.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Great Big THANK YOU...

On Thursday, August 19th, Starke County Environmental Management donated a chair - made out of recycled plastic bottles - to the North Judson-Wayne Township Library. We're sure it will be quite a conversation piece and highly desired by the children who visit. 

They also left us a recycle container for plastic bottles. Just think, if you bring in your plastic bottles to recycle you will be giving a "hand" to everyone.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Make a Splash at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library: READ

And make a splash they  did.  From June 28th through August 6th a total of twenty-five children took part in the six week Summer Reading program at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library.

But they didn’t spend all their time reading.   Every Wednesday they gathered to Be Creative by making crafts (ie:  a beach in a bottle, a rainstick, decorating ducks) or playing games (Make a Splash Bingo, Where’s the Duck?) and listening to stories read by Mrs. Bonnie Halascsak.  Needless to say, everyone had a good time.  By the time the program ended on August 6th, twelve of the participants had spent at least ten hours reading or being read to over the six week period. 

On August 7th we gathered by the ramp of the Civic Center to see who would win bragging rights for winning 1st North Judson-Wayne Township Duck Race, using the ducks they decorated the Wednesday before.  After the race everyone went to the library basement where certificates and prizes were passed out; a lunch of hotdogs, nachos, and s’mores was served; and the film “Kermit’s Swamp Years” was enjoyed.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wednesday Be Creative Meetings End

Today was the last of our Wednesday Be Creative meetings for the Summer Reading program. We were hoping to have some duck races but because of the weather decided not to do any outside activities. Hope for good weather Saturday so we can have the races before we pass out certificates and prizes.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer Reading Coming to an end

We have entered the last week of the Summer Reading program. Time Logs need to be returned to the library between August 4th and August 6th so we can prepare certificates for everyone who took part in the program. Hope everyone had a good time, I know that the staff did.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Make a Splash: READ

Make a Splash @ the North Judson-Wayne Township Library and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. This year the program runs from June 28th to August 6th.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Testing and Education Reference Center

Visit the Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) at to prepare for the SAT, GED, MCAT, Civil Service Exams and many others. These are accessible at your local library or on your home computer for Indiana residents. 



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Closed Memorial Day

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be closed May 31st, Memorial Day. 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Frank H. Ono, Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor

As Memorial Day approaches it is fitting to recall a local hero.  Frank H. Ono (June 5, 1923 - May 6, 1980) fought in World War II as a member of the 442 Regimental Combat Team.  This regiment was made up of Nisei - the American-born sons of Japanese immigrants.  Their experiences in the military were similar to those that other races have faced; while they fought the Germans in Europe, they also had to fight prejudice in America.

The 442 Regimental Combat Team trained at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and was composed of “Buddaheads” - Hawaii born Nisei - and “Katonk”- Nisei that had grown up on mainland America.  Because Japanese-Americans had not been forcibly “relocated” from their homes, businesses and farms and incarcerated in camps, the “Buddaheads” did not understand the attitude of the “Katonk” toward the government.  Once a group of Hawaiians were sent to tour Camp Jerome and Camp Rowher in Arkansas and saw the barbed wire fencing and the rough barracks where families were packed together without privacy the “Buddaheads” understood and gained a new respect for the “Katonks.” As a result the men stopped fighting and united like a clenched fist.

   The motto of the 442nd was “Go for Broke”, a gambling term that means to risk everything in one great effort to win big.   And the men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team did just that.  It was “the most decorated unit for its size and length of service, in the entire history of the U.S. Military. The 4,000 men who initially came in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 3.5 times. In total, about 14,000 men served, ultimately earning 9,486 Purple Hearts , 21 Medals of Honor and an unprecedented eight Presidential Unit Citations.”

It took the United States government fifty  years to recognize that Nisei soldiers were deserving of the Medal of Honor.  On June 21, 2000 President Clinton awarded 22 Asian Americans, 20 of them Japanese American WW II veterans.   Thirteen of the medals were given posthumously.

- Information from the “Go For Broke National Education Center”

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

National Police Week

National Police Week runs from May 9th to May 15th. Let your local law enforcement officers know that you appreciate the work they do by wearing your seat belt and not driving over the speed limit this week and every week.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Addicted to Yarn Club

After four months of planning the Addicted to Yarn Club at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library has begun meeting.  The club is composed of 23 people, from the novice who has never picked up hook or needle to those who have been working with yarn for decades, gathering to exchange knowledge, patterns and just have fun. 

For the next few months there is a choice of 5 different meeting times per week:  Monday at 3 p.m., Tuesday at 10 a.m., Wednesday at 6 p.m., Thursday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.  Once the club becomes more settled it is probable that some of the meeting dates/times will change.  But for at least the next two months there will be five options each week for interested yarn "addicts" to gather.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Census 2010

As of April 20th the North Judson-Wayne Township Library no longer has any of the census papers in-house. Apparently they have moved on to the next stage and if you haven't filled in a questionnaire you should receive a visit from a census worker sometime in the future.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Howdy, mom let me do the write up about the READ Fur Me, Jr. Story Hour  program for May 1st.  She said we were going to do something about hands today.  Maybe that means that everyone is going to pet me!  Anyway, if you come you'll get to hear a story or two, make something and learn a fingerplay.  Hey, you'll have to use your hands for those last two things.   I'll be waiting for you at the library at 11 a.m.

After that's all done I'll be hanging around for some of you older kids to READ to me.  While mom reads well I always like to hear other people read to me.  So from 12 noon until 3 p.m. I'll be waiting at the library.  Hope you'll stop in to share a book with me.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Local Children's Author to do Book Signing

On Saturday, April 17th, local author Ingrid Odenthal will be reading her book "The Warm Heart" at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library as part of our National Library Week celebration.

The reading will take place at 11:15 a.m. as part of READ Fur Me, Jr. and afterwards Mrs. Odenthal will be available until 2 p.m. to sign copies of her book.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

We Made The Papers

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library was recently featured in an article in the Starke County Leader.   Just click on the following link if you would like to read the article.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Census 2010 help

A member of the Census Team will be at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library to assist you if you have trouble filling in the form or have any questions.

March 27th (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 29th (Monday) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 31st (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 1st (Thursday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 3rd (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 5th (Monday) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 7th (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8th (Thursday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 10th (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 12th (Monday) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 14th (Wednesday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 15th (Thursday) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
April 17th (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winner of the Framed raffle

Alice F. Dolezal (left) was the winner of the lap afghan, crocheted by Linda Leonard, that was raffled off at the "North Judson Framed" display. She was presented her prize by Pat Caron.

North Judson Framed a success

If you came to the North Judson-Wayne Township Library on February 6 you might have had a difficult time finding a place to park. Beside the children and parents who came for the READ and READ, Jr. programs and the typical Saturday library patrons, the library was flooded with visitors to the new “North Judson Framed” exhibit sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

All day visitors toured the main floor and lower level of the library, enjoying exhibits, photos and memorabilia donated by, or on loan from, members of the community. In some cases they were able to clear up questions about photos by furnishing information about the scenes or people in them. In addition to viewing the exhibit, visitors were able to sign up to become a Friend of the Library and for a chance to win a lap afghan crocheted by Linda Leonard, which was won by Alice F. Dolezal of San Pierre.

But this exhibition would not have been possible without the contributions made by the Friends of the Library, who provided frames and other resources; Sandy Whitenack, who took on the enormous task of framing the photos and displaying them, and the memorabilia, to their best advantage; Kareen Nielsen, who ably assisted Sandy; and Craig Roher, who is working on the ongoing project “A Walk Down Lane Street” project.

To these individuals, as well as everyone who has ever purchased anything at a Friends of the Library fundraiser (Mint Festival Book Sale, cookie walk, pie sale, Mint Festival Beauty Pageant Concession stand), the North Judson-Wayne Township Library would like to express their deepest thanks.Your contributions not only help to support the library, but the community as a whole.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Are you addicted to YARN?

Have your family and friends come to believe that your knitting needles or crochet hooks are a permanent part of your anatomy?

Are you experienced in knitting/crocheting and willing to help a beginner?

Are you a rank beginner looking for someone to explain where you’re going wrong?

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library would like to get the expert, the beginner and everyone in-between together. We are interested in starting a knitting/crocheting club where like-minded people can gather to knit, crochet, share patterns, and just talk. This would be an informal group and we are considering having both afternoon and evening sessions.

So if you are a yarn addict and are interested in forming a knitting/crochet group contact Sandi by:
  • phone - 574-896-2841
  • email -
  • snail mail - 208 Keller Ave., North Judson, Indiana 46366
  • or just come into the library.

North Judson - Framed!

The Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library invite you to join them for “A Walk Down Lane Street” February 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

As you travel the halls and rooms of the library’s lower level, you will view photos and memorabilia invoking memories of our town. If you spot a person, place or thing that you recognize but we didn’t, please be sure to drop a note into our “mailbox”.

Also, if you have a copy of a North Judson-San Pierre yearbook from 1965. 1973, 1981, 1996, or 2008 you would like to donate to complete the library’s collection please contact us at 574-896-2841.