Monday, December 31, 2012

Notes from Nubi: I am SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

Guess what!?!?!?! People outside of North Judson, Indiana have heard of me!

Mom told me that the North Judson-Wayne Township Library has statistics counters on both their blog and website. It’s something that they need to have to fill in some of the questions that the State of Indiana asks for the end of the year report. Don’t ask me why, I’m just a simple dog.

Anyway, mom was checking some of the statistics the other day and found out that “Notes From Nubi” is one of the sites people visit most. You’re also big on genealogy searches and mom said some people like to get access to our email address just to send us spam! I like my Spam sliced really thin and then fried up like bacon! Boy, is that GOOD! But mom hasn’t brought home any of the Spam you send. Guess she’s sending it someplace else.

Internationally people from Prince Rupert, British Columbia & Toronto, Ontario in Canada have visited and someone from Australia. Also people from Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, New York (one of the places was Albany – think it might have been the governor?), South Dakota, Texas (mom has relatives in Texas, wonder if it could be them?) and Virginia. And, of course, lots of people from Indiana.

Hey, maybe I could be the next international library animal star one day, just like Dewey the cat from Spencer, Iowa!

So Love to all my fans,


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Guides Have Arrived!

And which guides are we talking about?  The 2013 Indiana Festival Guide, of course.

Page by page, January through December, here is a listing of festivals, lodgings, and travel information that will take you from Lake County to Switzerland County; from Posey County to Steuben County and all the great towns and cities in-between.  So whether you are looking for new places to take the family for fun, good food and great memories or just want to check the date for your favorite event, come into the North Judson-Wayne Township Library and pick up your copy today.

2013 SCYC Youth Basketball Registration

K-4 students may enroll.  Schedules will be announced in February.  Updates are available on the website ( and Facebook.

Registration is $25 for current Club members; $35 for non-members.  Multi-student discounts are available.

Anyone interested in coaching should contact Program Director Melissa Smith at 574-772-1600, extension 1851.


Saturday - January 5, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Henry F. Schricker Library, 152 West Culver Road, Knox, Indiana  46534

Tuesday - January 8, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Knox Elementary Cafeteria, 210 West Culver Road, Knox, Indiana  46534

Wednesday - January 9, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oregon-Davis Elementary Cafeteria, 5998 N. 750 E., Hamlet, Indiana  46532

Thursday - January 10, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Liberty Elementary Cafeteria, 809 Talmer Avenue, North Judson, Indiana  46366

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prayer Vigil at Norwayne Field, December 17th

The following has been posted on several Facebook pages by Doug & Cindy Vessely.

"Prayer Vigil - God, please comfort these families. Please re-post if you like- Spread the word! For the victims and the families of the shooting in Connecticut, we will gathering as a body to pray, remember,and reflect on the poor children and adults who were so senselessly taken from this earth and have a moment of silence on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 PM at the Norwayne Park in North Judson. Several pastors have been asked to attend and ALL ARE WELCOME, as well as all people and all faiths. Monday - December 17, 2012, 6:00 PM Norwayne Park, North Judson. Please pass the word. May God Bless!"

Here's A Great Reindeer Game!

Well, I found out what one version of a "reindeer game" is today, and I took some pictures.

It seems you need a ruler, 9 clothespins, googlie eyes (I just LOVE them - but mom wouldn't let me eat them), some pom poms, some of Santa's unused pipe cleaners, a picture of Santa, and some dice.

Then you make some reindeer, attach Santa to the ruler and you're ready to play.

To Play the GAME:
Roll the dice.
If you get a 5, clip reindeer #5 to your “sleigh”!
Take turns between players.
Each turn gets 1 roll.
The first one to get all of Santa's Reindeer hooked up WINS!

Sounds like lots of fun, but I would have preferred something to do with flying.

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, great Kwanzaa, or whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year.

Love, Anubis

Monday, December 10, 2012

Notes From Nubi: What Are Reindeer Games?

We're getting ready for our last READ Jr. Tail Time of this year.  It will take place Saturday, December 15th at 11 a.m.

Mom saw Rudolph on TV the other night and she's been muttering something about "reindeer games" and tying them in to the stories for Saturday.  But she won't tell me what kind of games it is that reindeer play!  I guess I'll have to wait until Saturday, why don't you join us so you can learn more about reindeer games too.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Do You Like To Read?

From February through October the NJ-WTPL Book Club gets together once a month to enjoy a good discussion about a book.  We alternate between fiction and non-fiction, classics and those books destined to become classics with the occasional, but not intentional, clunker.

Oh, you're wondering what we do in November and December?  Well, since our meetings occur on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. we decided that was just too close to Thanksgiving and Christmas for comfort.  Each year we read at least two books have been made into movies; so on one Saturday early in November we bring in snacks (have to get rid of that leftover Halloween candy), try to get comfy on our plastic chairs, and watch a movie.  December is just a bit fancier because we do a carry-in luncheon, try to get comfy on those darn plastic chairs, and watch a movie.  Then because January is "Fill In Those Statistical Reports That Have To Go To The State Library" Month, and the weather is so unpredictable, we just don't meet.

We will be sending out the request for copies of our first selection for 2013, "Auntie Mame" by Patrick Dennis, on January 23rd.  So if you are interested in becoming a part of our cozy little group contact the library at 574-896-2841 and we'll make sure to have a copy on hand for you.

Annual Meeting Community Services of Starke County

The annual meeting of the Community Services of Starke County, Inc.’s general membership will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at 311 E. Culver Road, Knox, Indiana.

The public is invited to attend but only regular members will be entitled to vote on the program plans and the executive board appointees for the year 2013.   Regular members are those who have paid the annual membership fee of $5.00

Community Services of Starke County, Inc. provides services to low-income and elderly households such as transportation, nutrition, information and assistance, energy assistance, home bound meals, call-a-day, food pantry, health equipment loan program and homemaker services.

The executive board presently serving include Judy Ahlenius, president, Joan Chesak, vice-president; Pat Zobrist, secretary; Frank Skronski, treasurer; and members, Mary Ann Vische, Perry Thompson,  Judy Meissner, Sandra Santacaterina,  Arlene Sellers,  Ben Warren, Ursula Smrt,  Ellen Stevenson, Harold Weitgenant, Joe Guardiola  and John Schwenk.   Program director is Joan Haugh.

For more information, call (574) 772-7070.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Feed The Gator - Feed Your Community At Gilsinger Implement

Gilsinger Implement Company is launching a “Feed the Gator - Feed Your Community” Food Drive now through Dec. 20th. 

Non-perishable food and cash donations will be accepted at all six Gilsinger locations.  Our local Gilsinger branch is located at U.S. 35 and 200 N. in Knox and is open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  All foods collected will go directly to the Starke County Food Pantry.  For more information about this event, go to or call (574)772-3533.

Date Change K-9 Kadets Informational Meeting

There was a date change for the K-9 Kadets informational meeting.  It will be at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library on December 20th at 6:30 p.m. for children, and their parents, who are interested in joining the K-9 Kadets.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

What An Easy Craft!

 See, I told you Mom said we would make a READ Jr. Tail Time craft that was red but not an apple! And they were easy to make, why I could have made one - if I had fingers and opposable thumbs. - Anubis

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Notes From Nubi - Eat A Red Apple Day

One of my favorite fruits is apples.  And when Mom learned that Saturday is "Eat A Red Apple Day" she thought it would be a good theme for our Saturday READ Jr. Tail Time.  She said it was a very good day to tell stories about apples anyway because that's the night that Santa Claus is coming to North Judson and, just like him, a lot of apples wear red "suits."

So we've got apple stories, apple coloring pages, and a craft - but Mom says the craft has nothing to do with apples, except we will be using the color red.   I'm looking forward to seeing you here at the library at 11 a.m. this Saturday.  Hey, maybe we should all wear red just like apples and Santa Claus!

(Here's a picture of me from last year guarding the Angel Tree.  My Aunt Sue got me the suit but it was a little too small.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SCHS Christmas Open House

The Annual Starke County Historical Society Christmas Open House is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1–3 p.m. CT at the Starke County Historical Society Museum, located 401 S. Main St. in Knox.

A new exhibit is on display just in time for this year’s Open House. Kaylee Krom brought in 65 Beanie Babies from her collection, including three of her favorites.

The Knox Community High School Showstoppers will performing Christmas favorites from 2–3 p.m. to help everyone get into the mood for the season.

You are invited to tour the museum, listen to great music and enjoy cookies and hot cider.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 Library Angel Tree

Did you know that by picking up one extra item when doing your Christmas shopping you can bring as much joy to an unknown child as you do to the children in your own family?

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library is accepting new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to go under our annual Angel Tree.

OR, if you prefer, we have a list of 21 children who would benefit by being “adopted” into your family.

Our deadline for these items is December 15th so they can be delivered in time.  So when you do your shopping shine up your halo by picking up an extra item or two and then listen for the bells to signal that you’ve received your wings.

Items can be dropped off at the library Monday through Saturday during regular business hours.

(Here's a picture of Anubis guarding the 2011 Angel Tree.)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Benefit Dinner For Korie Howard

A benefit dinner for Korie Howard is set for Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. CT at the California Township/Bass Lake Fire Station.

Nine-year-old Korie Howard has been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, which is cancer of the bone. The benefit dinner will be a carry-in style and several fundraisers will be held throughout the evening including an auction, bake sale, pictures with Santa and more. Karaoke will be featured along with music from the band Overdue.

Ticket price is $10.00 for adults and children 10 and under are $7.00.

For more information, or to help, contact Amanda at (574) 270-0849 or Crystal at (574) 242-0889. All charitable contributions can be mailed directly to the family at Korie Howard, in the care of Amber Stacy Howard, 304 North Roosevelt Rd. Knox, IN 46534.

Country Christmas Bazaar

The Country Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT at the Community Center (old firehouse) in North Judson.

20 vendors will have a variety of items including handmade jewelry, wood crafting, scarfs, crocheted baby and children's hats, decorative wooden holiday displays, candles, painted gourds, crafts, silk floral Christmas arrangements, primitive wooden cabinets and picture frames, and Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons and hats.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Decorate a Tree at Norwayne Field

The North Judson Park and Recreation Board invite you to decorate a Tree at North Judson’s Norwayne Field to help bring the warm spirit of Christmas to Our Town.  (Trees may be done in memory of a loved one and signs will be placed at each tree stating who did the tree and for whom.)  To choose your tree & for more information call 896-3258.

Decorating needs to be done by Friday, November 30th as the Christmas parade and tree lighting will be on Saturday, December 1st at 6 PM Central time at Norwayne Field.

Santa Arrives at Hensler Nursery November 24th

Christmas Fest officially begins at Hensler Nursery with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus!  The parade will  begin at 9 a.m. CST.

You’ll also be treated to performances by the Knox High School Jazz band and WKVI will be there to capture it all as they broadcast live!

Friday, November 16, 2012

22nd Annual Madrigal Dinner

The 2012 Royal Court of the 22nd Annual North Judson-San Pierre Madrigal Dinner invites you join them for feasting and merriment.  You have your choice of time and place:

  • December 6th or 7th, 6 p.m. at the Shore Club, 3698 S. County Road 210, Knox, Indiana  46534
  • December 8th, 6 p.m. at Grand Central Station, 301 Lane Street, North Judson, Indiana  46366
  • December 9th, 1 p.m. at Grand Central Station, 301 Lane Street, North Judson, Indiana  46366

Tickets are $18 for adults; $10 for children K-12.  Advance sales only, tickets MUST be purchased by December 3rd.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact 574-896-2158 (ext. 255) or 574-896-5041.

Santa Arrives in North Judson December 1st

Coat Drive November 17th

A drop-off coat drive is scheduled for Saturday, November 17 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Knox South Side Fire Station. You may drop off coats, hats and gloves to help those in need.

If you have questions, contact Kari at (574) 249-1439.

Girl & Boy Scouts Collecting Goods November 17, 2012

The North Judson Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be collecting for the Starke County Food Pantry on November 17th.  You can drop off food and toiletries at:

  • Dollar General from 9 a.m. to 12 noon  
  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Their goal is to fill a trailer with goods for the community.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Starke County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Don't forget, the Starke County Historical Society's Annual meeting is at 6:00 p.m. CST, November 15, 2012, at the Knox High School Cafeteria.

It is a Carry-in dinner.  You bring a covered dish.
We are providing meat, beverages, silverware, cups,  plates, and napkins.

If you cannot come for the meal, come at 6:45, anyway, to a short business meeting and to hear:

Simon Kenton, Frontiersman ---  Dave Altman presents a historical narrative of the settlement of the Indiana Territory, highlighting the life of Tecumseh and his conflicts with the advancing Americans. The story of Tecumseh, his brother the Prophet, William Henry Harrison, and others is told by the frontiersman, Simon Kenton, as he lived it. This narrative gives insight and details of our history that are not usually found in history books.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mom Made A Boo-Boo!

I found out why no one made it to our last READ Jr. Tail Time - Mom made a mistake!

You see, next year we're moving our sessions from the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month to the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  (Mom says that she has some group thing that often has programs on the first Saturday of the month that she needs to attend.)  Sooooo, that meant moving the Tail Times.

But when she told the people attending, she sorta said that we would start the change in November, not January.  So it's ALL her fault that no one came on the 3rd.  But it's OK, I forgive her (sorta have to because she controls all the treats at home); I just hope the people who showed up for READ Jr. Tail Time on November 10th can forgive her.

Anyway, this Saturday we will have a Tail Time so make sure you come.  I'll be looking for you.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Safe Sitter Course

IU Health Starke Hospital offers a Safe Sitter® class to teach adolescent babysitters how to care for children. The one-day class is offered to those ages 11 and older.

Safe Sitters will learn: babysitting business skills, basic childcare skills, what to do when a child chokes, safety for the sitter and how to call for emergency help. Cost is $50 per babysitter. A parent or guardian must complete a registration form at time of payment. Class size is limited to 10 babysitters.

To register, call 574.772.1171.

From Our Friends of the Library

The Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library would like to say THANK YOU...

to everyone who made a contribution to our collection for CADA, they are very thankful for everything they received.  We've pinned their thank you note to the bulletin board in our lobby.

to everyone who made a purchase at our Cookie Walk out at Bailey's Discount.  Our Friends group made a total of $630 which will be used toward children's programming and for a new video projector.

to Bailey's Discount for allowing us to have our Cookie Walk at their business.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Create A Wreath

Judy Nielsen and the North Judson-Wayne Township Library are offering a hands-on wreath making session Friday, November 16th, at 7pm in the Library's lower level meeting room. Mrs. Nielsen will start by showing how to create a lovely, inexpensive decoration to grace your holidays.

Then, with her expert assistance, you will craft your own wreath.  For $3.00 for Mrs. Nielsen will supply a 12" frame and wire. You need to bring with you:

  • 2 bushels of 12" evergreen branches
  • heavy leather gloves
  • pruning cutters
  • and any special items you want on the wreath
To register call the North Judson-Wayne Township Library at 896-2841.

2013 4-H Enrollment

Are you going to be a first time 4-H parent but you're not sure where to get forms or information?  Between November 1st and January 31st you can sign up on line at home, at the library, or at the Starke County Extension Office.

Enrollment for the 2013 4-H Year will begin on Thursday, November 1st. You may complete the online enrollment process at  If you are unable to complete the online enrollment process, please contact the Extension Office for assistance. A computer will be available in the Extension Office for those families who are unable to complete the online enrollment at home.   The deadline for enrollment is Thursday, January 31st.

As you are aware, there is now a State 4-H Program Fee of $15.00 per member; with a maximum of $45.00 per family. You can pay this fee online at the time of enrollment or in person at the Extension Office. Please keep in mind that your enrollment will not be completed until the fee has been paid. If you or someone you know needs assistance with the $15.00 State Program Fee please have them contact Elisabeth Smith at 574-772-9141.

We've Started A Community Calendar

It took some time to enter the information, but as of November 7th we've added a Community Calendar to the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library  website. You'll find it listed in the directory to the left of the page under "Starke County Activities."

We hope you will make use of it to see what's happening locally, and that you will contact us with information about your organization's plans and events. You can send your information to:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Veteran's Documentary On WYIN

Veteran's Day will be celebrated November 12, 2012, but PBS channel WYIN in Merrillville will start the celebration on November 10th.

As an addition to Ken Burns documentary “The War,” Lakeshore Public Television gathered twenty six local World War II veterans to share their incredible stories . On Saturday, November 10th, WYIN will rebroadcast their stories at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Tune in to watch and honor these veterans and all who served in World War II.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh

A documentary of the Grand Kankakee Marsh will be presented on PBS this week. Jim Shilling has sent us the following information as to time and station. Will you watch?

I have mentioned the Grand Kankakee Marsh before. My father was born north of Hamlet in 1893 on an "island". Any little sand knoll or rise out of the water of the marsh was called an "island". All of the islands were named. There was Crab Island, Coon Ridge, White Woman's Island and on and on. These names are often mentioned in the old history books, but very seldom identified as to where they are.

Before 1900, the only way my father and his family could get to Hamlet (the nearest trading area) was by boat. Or perhaps in a real dry season, by horseback. Or walking in the winter time on top of the ice. Grandma didn't really like this type of pioneer living, so eventually she and Grandpa sold the land and moved to Knox in 1897. Grandma liked a little more social life. Remember, no cell phones, not even a land phone, no TV's, no radios, no mail service out in this location. They were on their own.

That was before the area was drained.

A new documentary has just been produced about this marsh, which included much of Starke County. It is called Everglades of the North - the story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. A promo of this great video can be seen at -
The full one-hour program has just been released and can be viewed:

Monday, November 5
WYIN, Lakeshore Public Television in Merrillville, IN - 8 p.m. CST.

Thursday, November 8
WNIT Public Television in South Bend at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST).

Former Starke County Historian, Marvin Allen, was interviewed at our museum by the production crew, and will appear in the film. This story is part of Starke County history. I hope you enjoy it.

Jim Shilling
Starke County Historical Society

Saturday, November 3, 2012

It May SEEM Early, But...

As of December 2nd all  of the Santa Trains for 2012 have been Sold Out.

Just visited the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum to see if they had anything scheduled for November and found the following:
Visit with Santa Claus as we take you on a holiday journey through rural northwest Indiana. Children will receive a special surprise gift from Santa. These trains are extremely popular, so make sure you get your tickets early!
 So if you're interested in getting tickets for the 11:00 a.m. train December 15th just click on the words Santa Trains and you can find more on pricing and availability.

Fall Back

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sign Language Classes

Interested in learning sign language?  Diana Thompson will be teaching a six week course at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library starting on November 12th.  The cost will be $25.

For more information contact Carol Grubbs at 219-205-2438

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Notes from Nubi - 11/3 READ Jr. Tail Time

Mom is actually on the ball and preparing for our next READ JR.Tail Time.  She's been looking for books about people who like books and like to read and tell stories.

I hope you can join us on November 3rd, we'll be meeting at 11 a.m. to color pages and Tail Time will start soon after.  Oh, Mom promised to take some pictures of the crafts the kids make this time, I told her she had to show how creative my friends are.

See you then.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Villagers Ready to Par-Tay

Whew!  The residents of our Halloween Village are beginning to relax and are in the mood to par-tay.

That gigantic black cat that was worrying them so much has been removed from their midst and given a new home with Sheila Harrington.  Everyone is very happy with this turn of events, the villagers no longer feel threatened, and I can attest to the fact that the cat is going to a very Halloween friendly home because I pass by Sheila’s house every evening after work.

So “Thank You” Sheila from the bottom of the villager’s hearts.  They hope you have many years of joy with their “terrible accident.”

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fantastic Fiction Is Just That

"When is Nora Roberts' new book coming out?"

"How many books did Agatha Christie write about Hercule Poirot?"

"What's the order for the Jack Reacher series?"

Fantastic Fiction

If you have ever asked a question like that, you need to know about Fantastic Fiction. This website will let you know when an author's next book is scheduled to come out, the order in which their books should be read, and any pseudonyms they used to publish other types of books.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy Sweetest Day!

Wow, did the kids have fun at READ Jr. Tale Time today. Did you know that today was Sweetest Day? I didn't. Mom told us that Sweetest Day started in 1922 when Herbert Birch Kingston, who worked at a candy factory, decided to cheer up orphans and poorer children by giving them candy and gifts; now it's like a smaller version of Valentine's Day.

Anyway, after reading some stories about sharing stuff you no longer need/want/use with other people, everyone made Hugs and Kisses flowers to give away. Wish we'd taken some pictures! Maybe I can convince mom to make some when we go home. She has some crafting stuff left over and then we can show you how nice the flowers looked.

Well, I better go now. Just 28 more minutes and I get to go home and have a treat. See you later. - Anubis

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

3rd Annual Hensler's/WKVI Pumpkin Drop

They’re planning to lift a multi-hundred pound giant pumpkin into the air by crane and drop it on a car.

But they're not just dropping giant pumpkins, they’re also shooting them into the air thanks to the Fahrfunflingers. The Farhrunflingers are rolling out their giant sling shot which can shoot pumpkins approximately 130 mph and over 600 feet!

You can also join Hensler's and WKVI to

  • help the local food pantry by donating canned goods and non-perishable items.
  • raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

October 27, 2012
Time: 11am – 3pm CST
Fahrfunflinger Pumpkin Shot Demonstration
Food Pantry Collection
Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit
Free entry and parking
WKVI Radio 12-2PM, Co-Sponsor

Directions to Hensler's

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trick-or-Treating Hours Updated

North Judson – 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT (San Pierre usually follows the same schedule)

Knox- 5:30-7:00 p.m. CT with costume judging to be held after 7:00 p.m. at the Knox Community Center.  Refreshments and prizes will be given for three age groups.  The costume judging is sponsored by Starke County A.B.A.T.E.

Hamlet – 5:30-7:00 p.m. CT

Winamac – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Francesville – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Medaryville – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET with costume judging at 7:15 p.m. ET at the Lion’s Club

Monterey – 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET

Culver – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Plymouth – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

North Judson Library Fright Night

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Friends of the Library Collecting for CADA

The Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be collecting items for CADA (Coalition Against Domestic Abuse) during the month of October.  Items can be brought to the library any time during the month.  Requested items are those which cannot be purchased with food stamps, namely paper products and personal items (no shampoo is needed) such as:

  • Paper towels
  • Foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Dish detergent
  • Laundry soap
  • Dryer sheets
  • Sponges
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
Any cash donations will be converted into gift cards.

Friday, October 5, 2012

There Was a Terrible Accident at Our Halloween Village!!!!!

(Well, it you might not consider to be that bad if you like cats.)

You see, one of the villagers decided they wanted to be a tiny bit taller, but the potion they brewed was too hot to drink so they put it aside to cool while they went out to buy cat food.  Unfortunately, their cat wasn’t picky about what it ate and lapped up almost the entire bowl of potion, knocking what little remained onto a pumpkin growing just below the window.  Now there is a monstrously large cat, and pumpkin, that the villagers would like have removed from the village before it gets too hungry.

To help them out, the Library is going to raffle off the cat, pumpkin included.  Next time you’re in the Library just fill in one of the tickets with your name and phone number.  The drawing will be on October 26th so the cat, and pumpkin, will have a new home before Halloween.  

We've Added A New Page

We've added a new page at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library website.  It's called "Starke County Activities" where we will list local events.  

If your group is having a fun or fund raising event let us know, we'd be happy to help you advertise.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween Costumes, Goodies, and Decorating Ideas

Halloween isn't as far away as it seems.  To help you get ready for the holiday we have gathered some web sites to help you prepare your home and family for this fall festival.

If you would prefer to make your child's costume rather than purchase one from a store, try visiting these sites for ideas.  The majority of these costumes are very simple and, depending on their age, your child might be able to create their own costume.  Have fun! 




Monday, October 1, 2012

Ideas for Halloween

Expect to see quite a bit of Halloween themed items appear this month. From scary stories to costume ideas to treats you make at home, we'll be posting Halloween ideas for you to consider and share.  Let's start with these sites. 

Is it October yet? Let's get this Halloween planning going! We have so many decoration ideas on will you start?  Halloween decorating fun  (Quite a few friendlier Halloween ideas here for the smaller and more sensitive members of the household.) 

Get ready for some scary Hoosier stuff! Today marks the start of the Hoosier Horror Blog Hop. There's a big variety of writers involved in this one.  Hoosier Horror

"I'm a dog, not a canvas!"

Mom was on the internet looking to see if she could find a cute Howl-ween costume for me. I knew I was in trouble when she called me over and said, "Anubis, maybe instead of making a costume for you I should just paint a costume on you. What do you think of this?"

Then she continued to look and found this page Painting animals to look like other animals.

 PLEASE let Mom know I'm a dog, not a canvas! At least a cloth costume can be taken off after a few hours.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Looking For Weekend Activities in October?

Looking for something to do with the kids on the weekends?  Obviously you should bring them to the READ Jr. Story Hour at 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month.  Anubis would be upset with me if I didn't mention this first.

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has several train events scheduled through October:  Fall Harvest trains on 9/29 & 10/13; Pumpkin trains on 10/6 & 10/20; and their Halloween train on 10/27.  For more information and ticket prices visit their website at Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum..

October 5, 2012 - Just found a new listing of great things to do with the kids on the weekends.  Visit this site to see a listing of October activities in Winamac at the Tippecanoe River State Park

We'll try to keep you up to date with upcoming holiday type activities as we learn about them.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Hours @ North Judson, Knox, & Plymouth

Well they're doing plenty of advertising on TV and the goodies are out in the stores, I know that you are on the edge of your seats wondering, "When will North Judson have Trick-or-Treat this year?"  If you read the minutes from the last town board meeting you already know.  But for the rest of us the "good news" is that your little ones can take to the streets on October 31st, between the hours of 5 and 6:30 pm.

North Judson – 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT (San Pierre usually follows the same schedule)

Knox- 5:30-7:00 p.m. CT

Winamac – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Francesville – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Medaryville – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET with costume judging at 7:15 p.m. ET at the Lion’s Club

Culver – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Plymouth – 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Register to Vote

Register to vote, make sure your current address matches your voter registration address, and VOTE in November! Voter Registration closes for the 2012 General Election on Tuesday, October 9.  If you haven't registered, you can pick up a voter registration form at the the library.

You can check your voter registration and polling location at anytime at or by calling 1-866-IN-1-VOTE.

I tried the website listed and it works great; just make sure when you do the search that you don't use your nickname or it won't find you. Once I entered my first name as it appears on my license everything was fine.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Don't Forget - Brush Pick-Up in North Judson

Don't forget, the town will be picking up brush for the last time starting on Monday, October 1st. I've got some in my wheel barrel waiting for that last ride out to the alley.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

You can purchase tickets from any Kiwanis member.  Need we say more?  

Friday, September 7, 2012

No Smoking On North Judson Town Property

(The following article was "lifted" from WKVI (  Thank you Ben (and sorry I don't know your last name.)

By: Ben
Published: September 7th, 2012

The town of North Judson’s no-tobacco ordinance is now in effect, prohibiting smoking or any other form of tobacco use in municipal buildings or properties, including parks. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the ordinance prohibits smoking and tobacco use on the premises of municipal properties or within eight feet of their entrances.

The ordinance also prohibits smoking in town parks and their park shelters or within 15 feet of the shelters.

The North Judson Town Council held the first and second readings of the no-tobacco ordinance at their meeting on Aug. 20, and Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the council held the final reading on the ordinance at their meeting on Sept. 4.

The ordinance is more restrictive than the state’s Smoke Free Air Law, but only applies to municipal properties.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Starke County Environmental Management Website Launched

The following  was "lifted" from the WKVI website.  Thank you to Anita Gooden for the article.

By: anita
Published: September 4th, 2012

A new website has been launched to help you find more information on how to make your environmental assessment payment and recycling in Starke County.

Visit where the hours for the Starke County Environmental Management District are listed, as well as the location and more information on district events. Also, learn how to recycle the items that are otherwise difficult to properly dispose of.

There is also a section on precycling, which is a process in reducing the waste of what we produce to help reduce the amount we need to recycle.

Visit the website for all of that information or call the Starke County Environmental Management District at 772-7865.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library will be closed on Labor Day, September 3rd.  See you on Tuesday!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Not to rush it...

To do your best you need to have a plan.  Our plan was simple - convince Linda H. to continue scaring the community this Halloween with another of her most excellent haunted houses.   Now Linda is not doing this totally on her own, she has a talented assortment of actors and handy-people whose creativity supports her ideas.

This year we will have our typically mild, children's version; but, we have promised those creative minds that they will be allowed to run wild one night, no holds barred, and do their best to truly scare the community.  And, as usual, there will be no charge for this entertainment.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We've Made Some Changes

Our new website should be up, so the next time you visit you should see a different site (fingers crossed). Be sure to let us know what you think of it.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

North Judson Schools Start August 15, 2012

While the kids won't be too happy about this, you can see a list of school supplies for the 2012-2013 school year at Just go to the "Select a School" at the top of the page and choose NJSP Middle or NJSP Elementary, the supply list link is in the right hand column. You can also run off a copy of the school calendar at the Elementary school site.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Library Closed July 4th

The North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library will be closed on July 4th.  
This patriotic pie was "hijacked" from 

INSPIRE-d Changes

INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2012) – Hoosiers premier resource for academic research, test preparation and career development has undergone a dramatic facelift. (, Indiana’s Virtual Library, now features greatly enhanced search functionality as well as an updated and easy-to-use interface.

“We believe users will appreciate new INSPIRE’s more intuitive searching capabilities that now resembles popular online search engines,” said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana’s State Librarian. “Now is a great time for Hoosiers that have not heard of INSPIRE to test drive this complete virtual library that is accessible from their home, school or work computer.”

The reason behind the INSPIRE’s enhanced searchability is the intergration of the unique 360 Search from Serials Solutions. This technology filters data and omits search results that contain errors via its own knowledgebase and does not rely solely on the data supplied by content providers to filter searches. The new 360 Search also clusters results in order to speed up searches and better organize data. Results clustering separates search results by subtopics, dates, journals and authors so that search results are organized and easy to browse.

INSPIRE's interface has also been completely revamped to give it a fresher look and feel and make it easier to navigate. The interface has new features such as links to INSPIRE databases, an updated advanced search and a larger search bar, all designed to enhance the user experience.

“INSPIRE is not only a search engine geared towards students, it has features designed for jobseekers, teachers, health professionals, and dozens of other professional, personal and leisure interests,” said Brooker. “For example, a database focusing on hobbies and crafts, and another on home improvement, were just added to the INSPIRE suite of resources in the past 24 hours.”

Monday, July 2, 2012

Can You Say "Derecho"?

I learned a new weather related word over the weekend - derecho. This is what went through Starke County on Thursday and caused so much damage. You can read more about derechos at this site: 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Quote of the Month - July 2012

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.
- Stephen Wright

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

National Sunglasses Day, June 27, 2012

For those of you who haven't heard just yet, June 27, 2012 is National Sunglasses Day. Personally, I wear mine all year round.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

DREAM BIG At The Library

Come join the Summer Reading Program at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library. 

Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. we meet for stories, crafts, games and other fun activities.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Can You Read This?

Okay it's time for a test. How many of you can read the following message?

Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting! 

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too 

Can you raed this? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. 

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it

Ray Bradbury Dead At 91

Just learned that another of our favorite authors died.  Science Fiction just won't be the same without Ray Bradbury.,0,5622415.story

Monday, June 4, 2012

Searching Your Family Tree?

For those of you working on your family tree, here is a FREE search source provided by the Mormons.

Statewide Smoking Ban Takes Effect July 1st

Libraries are part of the statewide smoking ban. We have a list a frequently asked questions posted on our front door for you to see.

For more information you can visit this website:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Betty, Allen Chesak Named As Mint Festival Parade Grand Marshals

From the WKVI website:

Betty and Allen Chesak will serve as Grand Marshals for the 2012 Mint Festival Parade. The North Judson Mint Festival Committee named the two at their recent meeting.

Betty has been involved with the Mint Festival since its beginning 35 years ago. Many of those years she was the Mint Festival President before retiring from the committee in 2010.

Allen is a Starke County farmer. Working with his father Charles, he was involved with mint farming in the early years. The mint farming blended in well with the corn and soybeans also grown on the property.

The Chesaks will ride in the parade on Sunday, June 17.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Friends Book Sale at Mint Festival 2012

Just like last year, the Friends of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library Book Sale will be held in the ultra roomy Bank of Indiana building, kitty-corner to the library.

We will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; books (hardbacks & trade paperbacks) @ $1 each; pocketbooks @ .50 cents each; children’s books @ .25 cents each and we will be offering a selection of VHS tapes (priced at $1 each) that the library has discarded. Some of these are well used, some of them barely circulated.

Our big “BUCK A BAG” blowout will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. All the books you can stuff in a typical grocery bag become your treasures for just $1. VHS tapes will be sold at .50 each.

Friday, May 25, 2012

June 2012 Newsletter

Mint Festival Activities For Pets

The Starke County Humane Society has planned plenty of activities for your pets at the Mint Festival this year.  For more information you can contact them by calling 574-896-5060 or visiting them at 0104 W. State Road 10, North Judson, Indiana  46366.   

We are searching for this year's Pet Parade Mascot. The Mascot will lead the Pet Parade and also be included in the Big Parade on June 17th. A gift basket will be awarded. Does your pet have a special story ? Please post a photo and your pet's story. All entries must be received by June 11th. If you entered last year, you may enter again this year (excluding last year's winner.)
PET FUN RUN / WALK: JUNE 16th / SaturdayNorth Judson Town Park / Arlowa Lane at the Baseball Field
Registration at 9:30 a.m.
Fun Run/Walk starts at 10:00 a.m.
Entry Fee: $ 10.00 per team ( Handler & Pet )
Prizes awarded : 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
Team may run, walk, jog or any combination. Only one lap required to receive Pet Fun Run T-Shirt.
PET FUN DAY: JUNE 16TH / SaturdayNorth Judson Town Park / Arlowa Lane at the Baseball Field
Activities Begin following the Pet Fun Run.
Activities include: Doggie Dash ( Limited to Dog's under 40 lbs. - speed contest )
Duck Game ( Dog's can pick a ducky and win a prize )
Finders Keepers Treasure Yard ( Dogs can keep prize they find )
Canine I.Q. Test
We ask a nominal donation to enter each activity
PET PARADE : JUNE 17thNorth Judson Town Park. Meet at Shelter # 3 (by Little League Field)
Registration at 12:30 p.m. (c.s.t)
Parade starts at 1:00 p.m. (c.s.t)
Prizes awarded for: Biggest, Smallest, Cutest, Ugliest, Most Unusual, Best Costume & Grand Champion.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Third Week of May Is...

The 3rd week of May is National Bike Week and National Police Week.

I'm not sure if by Bike they mean bicycles or motorcycles, so be especially nice to motorcycle policemen!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Quote of the Month

Here it is the middle of May and I haven't posted our quote of the month! So here it is:

The mother's heart is the child's school-room. - Henry Ward Beecher

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

As part of his national tour, New York based Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher will be presenting a program at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library at 3:30 p.m. on May 23rd.  Please contact the library at 574-896-2841 before May 22nd to reserve your seat.

His repertoire will include:
          Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata No. 147
          the Chaconne in D minor by J. S. Bach
          2 works from Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite;
          Francisco Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra;
          2 compositions by Spanish composer Joaquin Turina;
          Grieg’s Chanson de Solveig from Peer Gynt;
          music of Praetorius, Ponce and Reusner
          and will end with Koyunbaba by composer/guitarist Carlo Domeniconi.

CDs of Mr. Fletcher will be available for purchase at the program.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Piggies & Cream at the Point Opens

Piggies & Cream at the Point officially opened today.  The drive-in will feature home-raised and homemade products form Birky Family Farms including:  Birky's Barbeque, pork burgers, pork poppers, pork tenderloin and homemade chicken tenders. They will also be serving soft-serve and homemade ice cream, shakes, draft root beer and vintage sodas.

Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Maurice Sendak Obituary

It was announced today that Maurice Sendak passed away at the age of 83. Which one of his books is your favorite?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Historic National Road Yard Sale

Most of us have heard of the 800 mile long yard sale which stretches from Pennsylvania to St. Louis, Illinois. On May 16th at 6:30 p.m. Patricia McDaniel, founding member of the Historic National Road Yard Sale, will be speaking at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library. Not only will she be talking about the creation of the Yard Sale, she will also talk about loaning items from the 40s, 50s, and 60s to be used in Hollywood movies.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Backstage Studio Flash Mob Video

A video of the flash mob presented by the Backstage Studio of Dance is currently on YouTube. Why not stop by there and cast your vote for the group. 

Help Backstage Studio Of Dance of North Judson become one of the Top 10 Flash Mob Videos of National Dance Week. Go to and vote for video #46