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.