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!


Local News Briefs

Voter registration closes Oct. 6

Voter registration closes Monday, Oct. 6 for the fall General Election.

Early (absentee) voting will run from Tuesday, Oct. 7 through 12 noon, Monday, Nov. 3. Hours will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. Saturday voting will be offered from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. Early voting will be conducted at the courthouse in Winamac.

Library works 'Outside the Lines' to connect with Pulaski County

Pulaski County Public Library is planning a variety of special activities for area residents of all ages and interests during the month of September.

The programs are designed toward getting local folks thinking and talking about the library in a whole new way.

Francesville Fall Festival Sept. 19-21

FRANCESVILLE - If the third weekend of September is approaching, it must be time for the Francesville Fall Festival which runs Friday through Sunday (Sept. 19-21) this year.

This year's 49th annual Fall Festival will feature arts, crafts and flea market booths, dancing and musical entertainment (including the Jhonnie & Sally Show), a variety of dinners and food booths, a petting zoo, auto show, carnival rides and games, Lions Club bingo and fireworks.

Sept. 25 meeting to gauge interest for Autism Center in Plymouth

MISHAWAKA - A meeting to gauge the level of interest for an ABA Autism center in the Plymouth area (which would also serve Pulaski County) will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday (Sept 25), at LifePlex in the Pearl conference room, 2855 Miller Dr., Plymouth (enter through middle entrance, Main entrance).

Parents and professionals are encouraged to attend. The meeting is being organized by the Lighthouse Autism Center in Mishawaka.

Pulaski County Public Libraryl lists September events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for September.

All events will take place at the Winamac branch unless otherwise noted. For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946-3432.

Civic Players to stage 'Frankenstein'

LOGANSPORT - Civic Players of Logansport will present “Frankenstein,” directed by Peter Noakes with three performances the weekend of Sept. 19-21.

All tickets are $10; for ticket information, call the box office at 574-753-4116. All shows are at the McHale Performing Arts Center, on the Logansport High School campus.

'Glow in the Park' Sept. 27

A "Glow in the Park" benefit 5K Run/Walk will begin at dusk (about 7 p.m.), Saturday (Sept. 27), at the Winamac Town Park, sponsored by Get Fit NonStop of Winamac.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Riley Children's Hospital, Indianapolis.

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.4 percent in July

Pulaski County has fourth-best rate in state

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in July, down from 5.0 percent in June, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Aug. 18). The rate was 6.1 percent a year ago. The county has 6,597 employed persons in a labor force of 6,899. Last month those numbers were 6,580 of 6,925.

The state's July rate remained steady at 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted), the same as June. The July 2013 rate was 7.6 percent. The U.S. rate inched up to 6.2 percent, from 6.1 percent (seasonally adjusted), in July. A year ago, the national rate was 7.3 percent.


Purdue Extension of Pulaski County to hold Poverty Training Sept. 30

In Pulaski County, around 13 percent of the population lives at poverty level. In the state of Indiana, 1 in 5 children go hungry every day. In order to learn how to help meet this great need, one must first understand poverty.

Purdue Extension of Pulaski County will hold a Poverty Simulation at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Knights of Columbus in Winamac. This is a free educational event and dinner will be provided. 

Civic Players season tickets now on sale

LOGANSPORT - Season tickets for the Civic Players of Logansport 2014-15 season are now on sale.

The season includes “Frankenstein” in September, just in time to kick off the Halloween season; the very funny “Lottie & Bernice Show” in March 2015; and the musical “Chicago” in June 2015. Season tickets can be purchased for $30, with discounts for seniors and students.

Pulaski County episode of 'Savor Indiana' can now be seen on YouTube

The Pulaski County episode of Savor Indiana has begun its round of broadcast air times around the state on various local PBS stations, according to information received by Nathan Origer, executive director of the Pulaski County Economic Development Commission.

Segments of the show can now also be seen on YouTube. For links to the show, visit here.

Keep rural schools growing with America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

For the third consecutive year, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give Indiana farmers the opportunity to enhance math and science programs in their communities.

Now until April 6, farmers may nominate a local public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of up to $25,000.


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$1.6 million grant awarded for State Fairgrounds’ new Pedestrian Plaza

Project underway, expected completion in spring 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Work has begun on a new capital improvement project at the Indiana State Fairgrounds that will create a new gateway for visitors walking into the recently renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum.

The Pedestrian Plaza project will slow vehicular traffic immediately in front of the Coliseum; enhance the area’s appearance; and provide new space for special activities before and after Coliseum events.

State tax receipts don’t meet projections in August

INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell 1.4 percent below projections in August, but revenues remain ahead of last year’s totals.

The Indiana State Budget Agency released its monthly report on revenue collection for the state’s main checking account Sept. 10. It showed tax receipts for the month were $974.9 million, which is 2.8 percent less than projections.

Walorski, Donnelly, Coats react to Obama's address on ISIL

In a 13-minute address to the nation Wednesday night (Sept. 10), President Barack Obama outlined a "counter-terrorism campaign" against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), also known as ISIL.

The president, speaking from the White House, lifted restrictions on U.S. strikes in Iraq against the terrorist group, and authorized direct attacks against ISIL in Syria for the first time.

State spends millions to launch high-tech data hub, analyze information

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence unveiled a new technology center Tuesday (Sept. 9) that cost the state nearly $340,000 to create and will be used to monitor real-time data as part of an effort to identify and solve state problems.

But the cost of the Management & Performance Hub headquartered in the space is actually much higher.

Commentary: ‘Off-year’ elections and lawmakers as kings

INDIANAPOLIS – Politicians and pundits have a name for the races going on this year.

They call them “off-year” elections.

Money pours into state elections across US as stakes rise

Money is pouring into statehouse elections this year at a potentially record-breaking rate, as the stakes for political control in the 50 capitals continue to rise.

Campaign contributions for state races this election cycle likely will surpass a record $2.1 billion collected by candidates, legislative caucuses and state political committees in the last two-year election cycle of 2011-2012, said Edwin Bender, executive director of the dollar-tracking National Institute on Money in State Politics.


Post News

Wet Weather Slows Progress

LANSING, MICH. - Cool temperatures in conjunction with the increased rainfall have slowed overall crop progress on Indiana farms during the past week, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), Great Lakes Region.

Average temperatures for the week ending Sept. 14 ranged from 57 to 67 degrees, and from 1 degree to 9 degrees below normal.

EPCS Board considers $14 million building project

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board is considering an estimated $14 million "building" project, which might begin as early as spring 2015, and will encompass improvements to learning environments, infrastructure, and safety at the three school facilities.

No construction of new buildings or additions are included in the proposed project. The school board has met in several work sessions this summer to discuss the needs and solutions for the school corporation's facilities.

Who's on my election ballot?

Early September traditionally kicks-off the election campaign season. Voters have less than two months to familiarize themselves with the offices up for the fall election and the candidates hoping to fill them.

Election contests include U.S. Congress (Dist. 2), three state offices (secretary of state, auditor and treasurer), State Representative (Dist. 16), several county offices, Winamac Town Council; Culver, Eastern Pulaski and West Central school boards, and township offices.

The U.S. "mid-term" General election will be Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Digital Disaster Prep: Are you ready?

CHICAGO - Smartphones offer a world of knowledge and information at your fingertips. Keeping your phone at hand is second nature, so why not take the time to turn it into a life-saving device in times of emergencies? 

Disaster preparedness begins with knowing your risks, making a communications plan and having an emergency supply kit with essentials such as water, food, flashlights and medications.

Secretary of state, county officials clean up voter rolls

INDIANAPOLIS – State officials have identified more than 700,000 voter records in Indiana that either need to be updated or made inactive because they are no longer valid.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson said the voter list refresh project – which has included mailing more than 5 million postcards to Hoosiers – is meant to make voting more secure and to provide a more accurate look at voter participation.

Lilly Endowment Offers $500,000 to Pulaski County

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a sixth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative for Indiana community foundations. The new phase includes a total of $66 million dollars across the state, covering every county and 94 community foundations.

The Pulaski County Community Foundation (PCCF) is eligible to receive up to $500,000 under GIFT Phase VI, based on the county’s population.

JA raises over $5,000 at golf classic

Junior Achievement serving Pulaski County raised over $5,000 for financial education programs for area youth during its annual golf classic at Mystic Hills Golf Club earlier this summer.

Members of the JA board of directors worked hard soliciting friends, family, colleagues, and businesses to recruit teams to play in the event, securing sponsorships, and collecting prizes to support this annual fundraiser. Area coordinator, Julie Dyson, was thrilled to have 17 teams sign up to play for JA.

West Central School Board hears report on new state academic standards

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School board heard reports on the new Indiana Academic Standards, and the new ISTEP+ test at its regular meeting Thursday (Sept. 4).

Superintendent Don Street reported that the Indiana Department of Education received word from the U.S. Department of Education that Indiana has received a waiver pertaining to certain aspects of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Walorski visits West Central HS on 'Hoosier Education Tour'

Congresswoman stops in Francesville as part of district-wide education tour

FRANCESVILLE - As part of her ‘Hoosier Education Tour’, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) stopped in Francesville Wednesday (Sept. 3) to visit West Central High School.

Walorski had a chance to tour the school and speak with students and teachers about various programs the school offers students to prepare them for the future workforce.

PMH welcomes new family medicine physician

WINAMAC - Pulaski Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of Dr. Melissa Dawson to the PMH Medical and Surgical Group staff as a family medicine physician.

Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Dawson received her medical degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and recently completed her residency at the Riverside Family Practice Residency Program in Newport News, Va.