Saturday, December 31, 2011

RIP April

In November, 2011, we lost a valued member of the READ program. RIP April, we will miss you.

Thank You!

The acknowledgement is late but the words are sincere - Thank You to everyone who shared the Christmas Spirit by adopting a family or donating something under the Angel Tree. Each of the gifts was distributed to families and children in Starke County and made their holiday a bit brighter.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Anubis the Christmas Dog

Anubis guarding the gifts under the Angel Tree at the library. She wants to thank everyone who brought in a gift and will make sure they stay safe until picked up by Santa's helpers.

Friday, December 16, 2011

READ Jr. Tale Time December 17th

On Saturday Anubis will be in for READ Jr. Tale Time at 11 a.m.  While she doesn't know it yet, there is a red jacket and some reindeer antlers in her future!  We'll make sure to get her picture taken and on the web tomorrow.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Want to Earn Your Wings?

As everyone knows, this is not the best of times.   But if you have holiday spirit to share why not consider being an angel to someone less fortunate than you. 

Starting November 28th the North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable foods and toys to be distributed within Starke County.  

If you are interested, we also have the names of a few children that you can “adopt” for Christmas; just call the library at 574-896-2841.

Ride the Santa Train December 17th

If you want to take a ride on the Santa Train on December 17th you better hurry before they sell out!

Enjoy a festive journey aboard the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum's Santa Train on December 17th. Children of all ages will enjoy meeting Santa Claus on this 45-minute journey through the winter landscape of rural Starke County. Child and youth tickets receive a free gift from Santa.

Purchase your tickets online at Trains leave the station at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day.

Adult tickets = $10
Ages 6-15 = $8
Ages 1-5 = $4

Family/Group Rates: Buy 6 or more train tickets and receive $2 off per ticket! (All tickets must be purchased in the same order.)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shop to Win in Starke County

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library is part of "Shop To Win" sponsored by the Starke County Chamber of Commerce. Stop in and pick up a card, get it stamped by 8 different participating merchants, then bring it back to the library and put it in the drop box for a chance to win $50. The drawing will be held on December 17, 2011.

Retail Merchants will require a purchase before stamping the back of your card; but the North Judson-Wayne Township Library will stamp your card for free.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

But this year it will be on Friday night just before the Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m.. Santa will arrive in North Judson at 5:45 p.m. and make his way down Lane Street from Sycamore to Main and then on to Norwayne Field. After the tree lighting there will be hot cocoa and cookies served at the fireplace on the top of the hill.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hail the Heroine!

Those of you who have been holding your breath can now breathe - our tiny village has been saved!

And who is the heroine who has rescued the villagers from the mean turkey?  None other than Claudia Floyd, whose name was chosen from the basket by one of the children who attended READ Jr. Tail Time on Saturday. Claudia picked up her turkey on Monday and it will be featured at her family's celebration on Thursday.

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's Not Too Late...

You can still enter to become a hero/heroine and save our tiny village from the great big mean turkey.  One of the children at Saturday's READ Jr. Tale Time (November 19th) will pick the name of person who will walk away with the turkey and into the legends of the village people.

The library is open until 6 p.m. tonight and you can still enter before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.  Good luck to everyone who has been brave enough to enter.

"Have a Bad Day" Day is November 19th

Did you know that the 19th of November is "Have a Bad Day" Day? In honor of this, the theme for Saturday's READ Jr. Tale Time is bad days. And our special "guest of honor" will be Anubis's friend, Eeyore.

you can visit this website for more information on bizarre and unique holidays: It's where I found out this fascinating fact:  "Believe it or not, Have a Bad Day Day was created to encourage us to wish people to have a bad day. The intent is to have sales people stop saying to their customers "have a good day", and replace it with "have a bad day". "

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank You For Stopping By

Thank you to everyone who baked or purchased cookies for the Friends of the Library Cookie Walk. In the short time of 5 hours we sold out and the Friends group made a profit of almost $500. In case you're wondering, the fund raising was part of a long range project by the Friends to help enhance the library's genealogical searches.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Temptation! Temptation!! Temptation!!!

All day cookies have been delivered to the library for the Friends of the Library Cookie Walk.  Luckily I have been able to control myself so you'll have plenty to choose from when you go to Bailey's Discount Store on Saturday. Cookies will be sold by the pound, and based on the smell, they will be worth every penny you spend. Bon appetit!

GED Classes Back at NJ-WT Library

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library is once again a site for GED classes.

Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Registration for classes is done on a monthly basis.

For more information call the North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 574-896-2841.  We will pass on your name and number to the teachers and they will get back to you on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Change Your Clocks Tonight

  Yes, it’s the time of year for us to “Fall Behind.”  Make sure that you set your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on November 5th so you won’t be late for church or any other appointments you have on Sunday. 

Friends of the Library Cookie Walk

The holidays can fill you with dread.  “How can I do everything that needs to be done before the big day arrives?” 
Well, the Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library want to help.  On Saturday, November 12th, starting at 9 a.m. until they sell out the Friends will have a cookie walk at Bailey’s Discount Center selling cookies by the pound.
 You can choose the cookies you like best and then, to avoid temptation, put them in the freezer until Thanksgiving.  If you buy enough, you won’t have to worry about Christmas either. 

SOV* *save our village

The people of our tiny village are being threatened by the largest, meanest turkey they have ever seen. They need your help!

To rescue them just visit the North Judson-Wayne Township Library, fill in a raffle ticket, and place it in the basket on the table. On November 19th we will draw the name of the hero/heroine who will save the village from this terrible menace.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fun Day Trivia Contest

We received a letter today that the North Judson Park will be doing a Fun Day Trivia Contest. 
  • Date:  Sunday April 3rd
  • Time:  4 p.m.
  • Place:  Grand Central Station
  • Cost:   $10 per person per team (ex:  5 people = $50; 10 people = $100).
This is a team event and there can be up to 10 members on a team.  Four or five rounds of ten questions will be asked, each time will submit an answer sheet after team discussions.  Prizes will be awarded to the team with the highest score and the team with the lowest score.  Also, a traveling trophy will be awarded to the winning team for display in home, office, hall or business until the next contest when they can defend their title as "Fun Day Trivia Champs.

For more information you can contact Rich at 574-896-2574 or email

Create Your Own Birthday Cards

If you are the creative type be sure to sign up for this class by calling the North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 574-896-2841. There is a cost of $5 and you will need to bring your own scissors, adhesive and ideas. For examples of what you can learn visit the teacher's blog at

Thursday, February 10, 2011

What Do Men Want?

Alright, we have programs for children and for women. But what programs do you men want? Now before we go further they do have to be wholesome family type programs that you could attend with your children.

Seriously, if you have any suggestions for programs that would appeal to the male members of the community let us know. We really hate to leave such a large portion of the community out of the library.

Craft Classes To Be Offered

We've been discovered by someone who is interested in teaching YOU how to make your own cards and do some scrapbooking. Sound interesting? Soon as I get the details I'll let you know what the March project will be so you can sign-up. Until then, why not visit her blog where you can see some of the beautiful work that's been done in the past.

3 Time Iditarod Participant To Visit Starke County

You know it's bad when the weather keeps a three-time participant in the 1,150 Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska and her sled dog from visiting.

Karen Land and Borage rescheduled their visit to Starke County for February 14th.   You can join them at either the:

North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 3:30 p.m.
(sign up by calling 574-896-2841) 
Henry F. Schricker Library at 5:30 p.m.
(sign up by calling 574-772-7323)