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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

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.

 
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.

 
Music Jam May 6 at Opera House

WINAMAC - A country-gospel-bluegrass "music jam" will run from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the Vurpillat Opera House, downtown Winamac.

All interested musicians are welcome to participate (acoustic instruments only). The event will feature a dance floor, beverages, snacks and a 50/50 drawing.

 
Property taxes due May 10

The Pulaski County Treasurer Lynette Wilder has announced that property tax statements are scheduled to be mailed March 29.

For convenience, property taxes, which are due May 10, (first installment), may be paid at any of several locations.

 
PMH Health Fair May 14

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will hold its sixth annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14.

The morning will begin with a free pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the hospital in Winamac.

 
Red Cross to accept blood donations May 17 in Francesville

The next visit of the Red Cross to collect blood donations in Pulaski County will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at the First Christian Church, Francesville.

The American Red Cross encourages the community to make an appointment to give blood in May and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent 

 
Spring Garden Fair May 28

WINAMAC - A Spring Garden Fair in downtown Winamac will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 during Memorial Day weekend.

The event will celebrate gardening, food, creativity and the fun of the season. It will feature vendors, music, food, plants, antiques, crafts and downtown shopping.

 
Human Services to offer Elder LEAD program in May

Individuals age 65 and older, as well as their caregivers, are encouraged to take advantage of a free consumer education program, Elder LEAD, to be offered at Pulaski County Human Services in Winamac.

Currently in its second pilot phase, this statewide initiative promotes health and wellness among our older Hoosiers.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate improves in March

Pulaski County's unemployment rate improved in March, dipping to 5.6 percent, down from 5.9 percent (adjusted) in February, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (April 18). The rate was 4.7 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,041 employed persons in a labor force of 6,397. Last month those numbers were 5,903 of 6,270 (revised). A year ago the numbers were 5,990 of 6,283.

 
PMH Senior Care helps senior citizens with mental health issues

Pulaski Memorial Hospital's new Senior Care program can help senior citizens with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, fear and worry lasting more than two weeks. It also assists with grief issues.

Program director Mindy Shidler, RN, hopes to spread information about the Senior Care program throughout the community.

 
Updated Pulaski County episode appears on 'Savor Indiana'

An updated episode of "Peaceful Pulaski County" from the Savor Indiana television series can now be viewed on the Savor Indiana website: SavorIndiana.com .

The episode was also recently broadcast on Lakeshore Public Television (Channel 56) in Merrillville. Lakeshore broadcasts to 3.4 million TV Households in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. The program is available to them and other members of the Indiana PBS family.

 
 

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Young, Hill rematch in the race for Indiana’s open senate seat

INDIANAPOLIS — Republicans are sending U.S. Rep. Todd Young to face Democrat and former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill in the race for Indiana’s open senate seat this November.

Young was off to an early lead when the polls closed at 6 p.m. As supporters started to flow into the room for Young’s victory party in downtown Indianapolis, so did the votes. The race was called for a Young victory just after 7 p.m.

 
Cruz ends his run for president after Indiana primary

INDIANAPOLIS ­­– Indiana was the end of the campaign trail for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who ended his run for president Tuesday after losing the Indiana Republican primary to Donald Trump.

“We left it all on the field in Indiana,” he said. “We gave it everything we’ve got, but the voters chose another path.”

 
First Lady Karen Pence unveils watercolor paintings

Prints part of exhibition celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial

INDIANAPOLIS – First Lady Karen Pence, Indiana’s Bicentennial Ambassador, joined Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Tuesday (April 26) at the newly-named Indiana Arts Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to unveil three of 16 watercolor prints created by the First Lady.

The full 16-print collection will be displayed in the Indiana Arts Building to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial during the Indiana State Fair, which runs from Aug. 5 to 21.

 
Once in a lifetime chance to see famous Indiana landscape paintings

INDIANAPOLIS —The Indiana Historical Society will give Hoosiers a chance to view the landscapes of Indiana through the brush of one of the state’s most iconic artists.

“Indiana Impressions: The Art of T.C. Steele” exhibition is a part of the historical society’s celebration of the Indiana bicentennial. Art experts consider Steele to be the best known Indiana landscape artist.

 
Stutzman, Young go head to head in Senate debate

INDIANAPOLIS — The two Republicans in the primary race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat tried to set themselves apart during a debate Monday night (April 18).

Republican Sen. Dan Coats will retire from Congress at the end of his term. Now U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who currently represents Indiana's 3rd district, and U.S. Rep. Todd Young, who currently represents the state's 9th district, are vying for the seat.

 
 

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Two incumbent county commissioners ousted; voters like Trump and Bernie

Results by precinct now posted

Pulaski County voters said "no" to two incumbent county commissioners and "yes" to presidential contenders 'Trump' and 'Bernie' at the Indiana Primary Election Tuesday.

A total of 3,929 voters, including 934 early voters - or 41.18 percent of registered voters - cast ballots.

 
Strong storms slow planting progress on farms

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Cooler temperatures in Northern Indiana along with strong weekend storms and increased precipitation in Central and Southern Indiana slowed planting progress last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

The beginning of the week was mild, but gave way for moderate to heavy rainfall through the weekend.

 
PCPL partners with hoopla digital to give patrons online and mobile access to free movies, music, eBooks, more

Library cardholders can instantly explore, borrow, enjoy dynamic content on smartphones, tablets, PCs

The Pulaski County Public Library has announced the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.

 
Ruff family establishes CFPC fund

The Ruff Unrestricted Family Fund (R.U.F.F.) was recently established by Beth Ruff in loving memory of her husband, Jeffrey James Ruff.

Jeff passed away at age 53 after a brief, but severe illness last year. Beth made a charitable gift to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County and received a match from Lilly Endowment, creating a permanently endowed fund.

 
Winamac Council votes to establish park board

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council voted to establish a park and recreation board during a special session Thursday evening (April 28).

Some board members, however, continued to express unease over the creation of the new board, especially in ceding some of their authority to another entity.

 
Tippecanoe Township Democrats elect new trustee

MONTEREY - At a called township caucus Wednesday (April 27), the residents of Tippecanoe Township elected Martie J. White as the new township trustee by acclamation. 

County Clerk Christi Hoffa was present to administer the oath of office immediately following the vote.

 
Work begins on Pulaski County Jail Garden

 Pulaski County inmates and correctional officers began work April 19 at the Pulaski County Jail Garden.

The garden is located at the Pleasant View Rest Home property, which is the previous site of the county home. 

 
West Central HS names 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian

FRANCESVILLE – Valedictorian Jerod Putt and Salutatorian Vanessa Murray will lead the Class of 2016 down the aisle at commencement ceremonies next month at West Central High School.

Jerod is the son of Brian and Tami Putt of Francesville, and Vanessa is the daughter of John and Jessica Murray, also of Francesville.

 
Summer Bookmobile to serve West Central Elementary School families

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central Elementary School Title I Department has announced that the Summer Bookmobile program will continue.

The Pulaski County Library has agreed to help sponsor books for this program. This donation from the county library along with funds from the Title I grant will help to purchase best-selling adult books as well as books for all reading levels and tubs in which to store books.

 
New Purdue exhibit flexes Indiana's mussels

WINAMAC - Newly arrived at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac is a dynamic, interactive Purdue University exhibit about the unsung heroes of the Tippecanoe River - freshwater mussels.

A reception to open the exhibit was held Friday evening. Special guests included State Sen. Ed Charbonneau and State Rep. Eric Gutwein.

 
Winamac Town Council holds first reading on parks and recreation board ordinance

WINAMAC - The Winamac Town Council held a first reading on a new ordinance to establish a Park and Recreation Board at its April meeting.

Reorganizing the current park board to meet state code will open up opportunities for grant funding that isn't currently available to the community, and could prove helpful for the town’s swimming pool rebuilding project, as well as other park and recreation programs.