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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

Library June programs include visit of the Bicentennial Barn Quilt

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for June, which include the "Celebrate Indiana" summer learning program, introduction to Geocaching, a watercolor class, and a visit of the Bicentennial Barn Quilt.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

 
'Moonlight Over the Tippy' bike ride June 3

The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will once again sponsor a "Moonlight Over the Tippy" bike ride on Friday, June 3.

The ride will begin with a mass start at 7 p.m., and conclude at 10 p.m. The ride will begin and end at the historic railroad freight depot in downtown Winamac.

 
Next Food Finders Mobile Pantry visit June 3

The next Food Finders Mobile Pantry Food Give Away Day will begin at 11 a.m., Friday (June 3), at the Medaryville Town Park, located at the corner of Ridge and National streets, Medaryville.

Those participating are asked not to arrive before 10:45 am., and to bring at least two laundry baskets or boxes to carry food home.

 
Pulaski County Farmers' Market to run first, third Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market is being organized this summer, to be held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through October.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in downtown Winamac at the town parking lot on the corner of Logan and Main streets. Vendors are being sought.

 
Sheriff's department memorial service May 31

 

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual memorial service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, at the front entrance of the Pulaski County Justice Center, Winamac.

The memorial service will be held to remember and honor the three officers who were killed in the line of duty while employed at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

 
Memory Loss: What's normal, what's not

A program on memory loss in association with aging will be offered from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, at Pulaski County Human Services, located at 115 W. Pearl St., Winamac.

Entitled, “Memory Loss: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference," the session is free to anyone who wishes to attend.

 
WHS/WCHS Alumni Banquet June 18

WINAMAC - The 37th annual WHS/WCHS Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate continues to improve

Pulaski County's unemployment rate improved in April, dropping to 5.1 percent, from 5.6 percent in March, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (May 23). The rate was 4.3 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,079 employed persons in a labor force of 6,408. Last month those numbers were 5,998 of 6,355. A year ago the numbers were 6,038 of 6,308.

 
Plant a blue/gold Indiana Bicentennial Garden

Are you planning your bicentennial garden?

The Garden Club of Indiana’s state endorsed bicentennial project is a “Blue and Gold Floral Tribute to Indiana’s Flag.” All Indiana residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in this floral celebration. Any size planting—large or small, in ground or in containers—will show Hoosier pride.

 
Library's May events include Indy 500 celebration, free comic books, adult coloring

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for May. Events include a celebration of the 100th running of the Indy 500, a free comic book day, and more coloring for adults.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

 
 

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Criminals use ransomware to target Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS – Cybercriminals are using a growing form of hacking to target Hoosiers and gain control of their computers and information.

Just recently a not-for-profit healthcare facility fell victim to a ransomware attack, forcing it to transfer patients to a different hospital and reroute emergency responders to another facility.

 
Racing to a victory: Indy sees tourism spike for 500

INDIANAPOLIS — When the green flag drops at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, there will be 350,000 race fans to witness the 100th running of the Indy 500.

For Dillon Kaller, 24, it’s surreal to experience the Indy 500 festivities in person for the first time.

 
The Indy 500 is a sell-out and that’s good for state’s economy

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in years, the Indy 500 is sold out.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway leadership made the announcement on the steps of the Statehouse alongside Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Friday (May 6).

 
Newly revealed panoramic photos of the first Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS ­— To mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indiana Historical Society is sharing panoramic photographs from the first race.

The four photos were taken by Charles F. Bretzman, the race’s first official photographer, at the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 30, 1911.

 
 

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Winamac Community HS awards diplomas to 97 seniors

Scholarship winners announced

WINAMAC - Commencement exercises at Winamac Community High School was Friday, May 27, in the school gymnasium. Diplomas were presented to 97 seniors.

Speakers included the Class of 2016 Valedictorian Madeline Murray and Salutatorian Emily Downing. The program included the tradition of awarding several community scholarships. 

 
Jim Harper announces candidacy for Indiana State Senate

Jim Harper has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Indiana State Senate, 5th District, which includes Pulaski County.

Harper, a Valparaiso resident, said he is running to bring “new energy and independent leadership to the state senate.”

 
West Central HS commencement May 29

FRANCESVILLE - The 49th annual commencement exercises at West Central High School were held Sunday (May 29), in the school gymnasium. Diplomas were presented to 56 graduates.

The program opened with a baccalaureate service, sponsored by the West Central Ministerial Association, followed by the commencement ceremonies.

 
West Central HS presents awards to underclassmen

FRANCESVILLE - West Central High School held its underclass awards program Tuesday (Mary 24).

Honor roll, attendance and academic awards were presented to freshment, sophomores and juniors as follows:

 
Alliance Bank's Junior Board of Directors celebrate first term

FRANCESVILLE – Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors, their families and school administrators assembled May 1, at North White High School Auditorium to celebrate their first term as a board of directors. 

Alliance Bank’s Junior Board of Directors is comprised of junior and senior students from North White, West Central, Winamac and Twin Lakes high schools, serving two terms as board members; one term as a junior and one term as a senior.

 
Plans on course for new community pool in Winamac

WINAMAC - More than half of the funds needed to build a new $643,000 community swimming pool have been raised, reports Winamac town councilwoman Judy Heater who heads a committee to steer and raise funds for the pool project.

Heater gave an update on the committee's progress to a group of interested citizens Tuesday evening (May 17)..

 
Winamac Community HS presents senior awards

WINAMAC - Sixty-four seniors were recognized Monday (May 16) at the Winamac Community High School Senior Awards Program for various academic and athletic awards, honor roll, and scholarships. 

The following is a list of various award winners:

 
West Central HS holds senior awards program

FRANCESVILLE - West Central High School seniors were recognized for various academic, attendance and honor roll awards, and scholarships at the Senior Awards program, Monday evening (May 16), at the high school.

The following is a list of the award winners:

 
CFPC meets Lilly GIFT challenge

The Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) has announced it has successfully completed Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) challenge

"When Lilly Endowment announced the newest phase initiative in the fall of 2014, it was the first experience for nearly the entire board of directors," said Wendy Rose, CFPC executive director. "It was also an extraordinary opportunity to impact our community by increasing the foundation’s grant-making capacity. Board, staff, and donors responded in amazing fashion and deserve deep appreciation for this accomplishment toward a brighter future for Pulaski County."

 
Winamac Community HS names top seniors

WINAMAC - Valedictorian Madeline Murray and Salutatorian Emily Downing will stand at the head the Class of 2016 at commencement ceremonies later this month at Winamac Community High School.

Madeline is the daughter of Tim and Joan Murray of Winamac, and Emily is the daughter of John and Denise Downing of Winamac.