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Well, okay—so what is a graphic novel? There’s no hard-and-fast definition; opinions differ on whether this or that work counts as a graphic novel, and some authors avoid the term altogether. In general, though, a graphic novel is a story that’s told using sequentially organized panels of images and text. It is a media format that can be used to tell stories of any genre.

In the graphic novel sections at the Pulaski County Public Library, you’ll find currently buzzed-about series (The Walking Dead); superhero comics (Watchmen, Batman: The Court of Owls); Japanese manga (Naruto, Pokémon); memoirs (Maus, Persepolis); biographies (Anne Frank, Feynman); adaptations of classic stories (The Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet), widely loved novels (Black Beauty, A Wrinkle in Time), and contemporary bestsellers (Game of Thrones, Twilight); historical non-fiction (Lewis & Clarke); "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style books (Meanwhile); romance stories (Sand Chronicles); science fiction (To Terra); examinations of mental illness (Psychiatric Tales); religious texts (The Action Bible); and general fiction for all ages. Altogether, the library has over 900 graphic novels.

Reasons to read graphic novels are as varied as the types of stories contained within them. Young children are often drawn to the pictures, and reading graphic novels helps them develop the mechanics of literacy and the ability to make connections between words and images. Older kids and adults can use graphic novels to approach stories or subjects in a way that captivates their interest.

Most importantly, the graphic novel is valuable as a storytelling format in its own right. The combination of words and images allows authors to succinctly add subtle shading to characters and scenes, and it allows readers to interact with the text, consider thematic connections, and travel through a visual narrative at their own pace. Whether for serious reflection or pure entertainment, graphic novels can tell stories differently from any other format.

It’s clear now that the aforementioned preconceptions are based on myths. Graphic novels can be about way more than just superheroes; they can tell stories appropriate for any age; and as a format they have their own virtues, meaning they’re an alternative to (not a replacement for) other media.

If you decide to try a graphic novel, you won’t be alone—their circulation at the library has increased by over 400% in the past two years! All of the graphic novels mentioned are available to check out. If you’re looking for something else, the library staff is happy to answer questions and make recommendations. With more available in the format now than ever before, now’s a great time to come to the library and check out a graphic novel!

 
 
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Local News Briefs

CFPC annual celebration Sept. 1

Community Foundation of Pulaski County will hold its annual celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Presbyterian Church, Winamac.

The public is invited to join the Foundation for a "magical" evening as it celebrates the giving spirit in Pulaski County.

 
'Art in the Park' Sept. 2-4 at Tippecanoe River State Park

WINAMAC - Tippecanoe River State Park will feature "Art in the Park" events during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-4.

The three-day event will include 33 separate activities to participate in throughout the park.

 
Rick Haschel Memorial 5K Run/Walk Sept. 3

WINAMAC - The annual Rick Haschel Memorial 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 3, beginning at the fire station on Main Street, Winamac.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Winamac Athletic Boosters and PMH Home Health Care. Registration is $20 per person.

 
Monterey Days Festival Sept. 2-5

MONTEREY - The 19th annual Monterey Days Festival will run Friday,Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5, over Labor Day weekend in downtown Monterey.

Grand Marshall will be Loehmer's Hardware. The annual parade will step off at 5 p.m., Saturday. The traditional American Legion Ox Roast will begin at 11 a.m., Labor Day.

 
Rains provide relief to crops

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Rains last week across Indiana gave relief to crops suffering from lack of moisture, but also limited field activity, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

The amount of rainfall varied throughout the state. Some areas received adequate rainfall while other areas received an overabundance that caused flooding. 

 
New timeline announced for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County hasannounced that the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program will be made available with a new timeline for 2017 graduates.

Students mayapply online starting Aug. 19 through the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfopc.org.  Deadline for application submission is 3 p.m., Friday, Sept.16. 

 
Are you registered to vote?

Voter registration for the November 2016 General Election ends Tuesday, Oct.11, 2016 at the close of the business day if in person at the county clerk’s office, or at midnight if completing an application online.

Those who have not voted in the last four or more years, or who have moved, changed names, or have never registered to vote have several options.

 
Hoosiers to choose new state license plate

Designs unveiled at Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana residents now have the chance to decide what the next state license plate will look like as they vote on a final design to replace the outgoing Bicentennial plate.

Visit myBMV.com to vote. Voting ends at midnight on Sept. 5.

 
Community Foundation announces grant cycles

Community nonprofits and youth organizations may soon apply for grant funds through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. Grant applications will be available Aug. 1, at www.cfopc.org.

Community grants for a maximum of $7,500 may be awarded to organizations for charitable programs and projects that serve the Pulaski County community.

 
Pulaski County to celebrate Indiana Bicentennial with three-day TorchFest Oct. 7-9

Pulaski County will officially celebrate Indiana's 200th Birthday with a three-day TorchFest the weekend of Oct. 7-9, in downtown Winamac.

The celebration will kick-off with the arrival of the Bicentennial Torch in Pulaski County on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 7.

 
 

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2016 Indiana State Fair ends with sunshine and record final day attendance

INDIANAPOLIS—The 2016 Indiana State Fair drew to a close Sunday with a return to “fair weather” and the crowds that followed. Proof that good weather brings Hoosiers to the fair. 

On the last day of the fair a new final Sunday attendance record for the 17-day fair was set with 83,148 fairgoers through the gates.

 
Pulaski County 4-H'ers earn 2016 state fair honors

INDIANAPOLIS - The judging results for Pulaski County 4-H members at the 2016 Indiana State Fair have been received.

The state fair was Aug. 5-21 in Indianapolis.

 
Pulaski 4-H'ers participate in State Fair Dog Show

The 4-H Dog Show results for Pulaski County 4-H members at the 2016 Indiana State Fair have been received.

The state fair was Aug. 5-21 in Indianapolis.

 

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How to 'fact check' politicians, emails, social media

Interested in fact-checking some of the chain emails or political talk you are hearing?

Here are two of the better-known and respected sites for such endeavors: www.FactCheck.org and www.PolitiFact.com.

 
Indiana gubernatorial race considered 'toss-up'

INDIANAPOLIS—The 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race between the Democrat candidate, former House Speaker John Gregg, and the Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, has been placed in the “toss-up” category, according to the Cook Political Report.

Analysts at the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication, expect the race to be competitive because of the recent changes to the Republican ticket.

 
Bicentennial showing of 'Hoosiers' Sept. 23-24 at historic Artcraft Theater

FRANKLIN. – It’s time for movie goers to hit the gym.

The Historic Artcraft Theatre will show the 1986 movie “Hoosiers” to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial.

 
 

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State Bicentennial Commission approves Pulaski County Torch Fest as a legacy project

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its August meeting at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Aug. 19. There were 69 Legacy Projects approved this round, one of which is in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Pulaski County Bicentennial Committee and the Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay; Pulaski County’s past, present, and future; and community pride in downtown Winamac, the county seat.

 
NIPSCO analyzes future plans for electric generation

MERRILLVILLE – As part of its regular electric supply planning process, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) announced Tuesday (Aug. 23) that it is considering long-term supply options, which may lead to the retirement of four of the company’s coal-fired electric generation units at two different power plants over the next seven years. 

While not yet final, NIPSCO outlined its electric generation strategy at a public meeting with consumer representatives, environmental organizations, customers and other stakeholders taking part in Indiana’s Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process. 

 
Medaryville man held in stabbing incident

MEDARYVILLE - A Medaryville man is being held at the Pulaski County Jail on three charges, including attempted murder, stemming from a stabbing incident Wednesday (Aug. 17) at a residence northeast of Medaryville.

The unidentified male victim sustained a stab wound to the chest, according to a police news release and was airlifted to a South Bend hospital.

 
Star City Lions spearhead effort to restore Community Building

STAR CITY - Star City now has a stabilized Community Building that will stand the test of time and weather.

The old roof had been failing for some years, leaking and creating water damage throughout. The organizations that relied on this building to hold their events and fundraisers wondered how long they would be able to continue. Another facility to hold this scope of meetings and events is not available in Star City.

 
Sheriff's office swears-in new deputy

Tanner Prentice was sworn-in Monday as a deputy sheriff with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

Prentice will begin his duties with the sheriff’s office in a training capacity.

 
Iris-Elm Garden Club dedicates Blue Star Memorial ByWay Marker

WINAMAC - The Iris Elm Garden Club dedicated its new Blue Star Memorial ByWay Marker at the Winamac Freight Depot Sunday (Aug. 14).

Club member, David Zahrt was the master of ceremonies for the program.

 
Winamac Town Council hears updates from new parks and recreation board

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council received updates at its August meeting on the activities of the newly established parks and recreation board.

Park board president Courtney Poor reported the board has been discussing the annual budget for parks and recreation and shared that within their budget the board members feel a safe amount to operate and maintain a swimming pool is $40,000.

 
CDC moves forward with land proposal for PC-CARE

MONTEREY - The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) voted at its August meeting, held in Monterey, to propose to the county commissioners the sale of County Farm land for the purpose of purchasing property near Medaryville for the PC-CARE project.

PC-CARE (Pulaski County Center for Agriculture-Renewable Energy) is a proposed “agricultural tech-park,” which was identified in the county’s strategic plan for economic development several years ago to increase focus on agricultural and renewable energy.

 
Former sheriff, chief deputy indicted by grand jury

Former Pulaski County sheriff Michael Gayer and his chief deputy face multiple charges, including theft and obstruction of justice, as the result of a grand jury indictment returned and unsealed Tuesday evening (Aug. 9).

Soon after, Gayer turned himself in to Pulaski County police Tuesday night and was released on $1,500 cash bond.

 
Healthy Families program helps parents make best decisions for children

Nothing brings joy to the heart like the arrival of a new baby. But what happens once parents get baby home and reality sets in?

Parenting is a hard job. Every parent wants to do what’s right, but how does one know whose advice to follow?