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

Pulaski County unemployment rate continues to drop in September

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in September, down from 4.2 percent in August, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Tuesday (Oct. 21). The rate was 5.7 percent a year ago. The county has 6,491 employed persons in a labor force of 6,878. Last month those numbers were 6,588 of 6,878.

The state's September rate dipped to 5.7 percent (seasonally adjusted), down from 5.8 percent in August. The September 2013 rate was 7.3 percent. The U.S. rate slipped to 5.9 percent, from 6.1 percent (seasonally adjusted) in August. A year ago, the national rate was 7.2 percent.

Hoosier Valley RR "Halloween Train" ride Oct. 25

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum’s Halloween Train "heads off" on a three-hour, round-trip excursion from North Judso to LaCrosse at 4 p.m. (CT), Saturday, Oct. 25.

Included in the trip package is a “Not So Scary, Scary Animal Show,” presented by Silly Safari Shows.

Early (absentee) voting runs now through Nov 3

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.

Reality Store a 'reality check' for 8th graders

Many young people don’t know what they want to be in life, but most have a good idea of what type of lifestyle they want in terms of material goods and technology. 

"Reality Store" provides students with a chance to learn about careers, and envision their life at age 28. This program will take place Oct. 22, at West Central Middle School with about 80 eighth-graders participating.   

'Trick-or-Treat So-Others-Can-Eat' Oct. 27

The annual "Trick-or-Treat So-Others-Can-Eat" food drived will run from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in Winamac and Francesville.

The event is organizaed by the Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and will partner with the Sunshine Societies of Winamac Community and West Central high schools this year to go door-to-door to collect food donations.

Walorski staff to hold office hours in Knox, Winamac Oct. 27

MISHAWAKA – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) reminds constituents that a member of her staff will be holding office hours to assist constituents with casework and official business. 

A staff representative will hold office hours in Knox and Winamac on Monday, Oct. 27

Winamac Community HS to stage 'Rebel Without A Cause'

The Winamac Community High School drama department will present Rebel Without A Cause, the stage version of the classic 1955 James Dean film, in three performances Nov. 7-9.

The plot follows three teenagers through a series of escalating events as they search for self-identity and a solution to the age-old generation gap dilemma.

Pulaski County Public Library lists October events

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

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.

Ivy Tech job fair Oct. 29 in Logansport

LOGANSPORT - The Ivy Tech Community College Logansport Campus will host its fall job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ,Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Community Room on the campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

The job fair is a great way for employers to connect with well-qualified, soon-to-be Ivy Tech graduates, as well as prospective employees from the general public. It is open to the public without charge.

Non-Profits Summit Oct. 22

The 2014 Pulaski County Non-Profits Summit will be held Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, at the Winamac Event Center, at the corner of Logan and Adams streets.

The purpose of the event is to bring together the county's non-profit leaders to build a strong, solid foundation for the community's future.

CASA seeking volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected children

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Pulaski County is in need of volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the legal system.

CASA volunteers are specially trained and provide information that helps judges make informed and timely decisions about what is best for an abused or neglected child, whether it be foster care, reuniting with parents, or adoption. 

Property taxes due Nov. 10

Pulaski County taxpayers are reminded by county treasurer Lynette Wilder that the second installment of property taxes are due Monday, Nov. 10.

The taxes may be paid at several locations around the county, or mailed to the treasurer's office at the county courthouse in Winamac.


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Indiana News

Pence won’t seek federal dollars to expand pre-K

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has opted to end Indiana’s bid for up to $80 million in federal pre-kindergarten funding, a move that appeases some conservatives as he mulls a 2016 presidential run.

Pence says he’s concerned about strings attached to the money. But Democrats complained Thursday that the Republican governor is throwing away an opportunity to expand a pilot program that is set to open next year to children in only five counties.

House GOP wants to rewrite school funding formula

INDIANAPOLIS – House Republicans say they will work in 2015 to boost money for public schools and rewrite the formula that distributes those dollars to try to reduce the gap between the state’s highest and lowest funded districts.

The move could mean a shift in funding from some of the state’s urban districts – and those with the highest concentrations of poverty – to suburban and rural districts. But House Speaker Brian Bosma said the goal will be to increase the funding overall so no district suffers considerably.

Pence says he’s confident Hoosier health workers can handle Ebola

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a webcast with health care workers Thursday (Oct. 9) to talk about Ebola and the state’s preparations should the disease arrive in the state.

“At this time, we have no reported cases of Ebola virus in Indiana,” Pence said. “However, there is no doubt that the Ebola virus has been a cause for international concern and is a growing concern here in the U.S., now more than ever.”

Gay marriage now legal in Indiana, high court opts not to review lower court decision

INDIANAPOLIS – Gay marriage is now legal in Indiana.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Monday (Oct. 6) an appeal from Indiana and four other states, a move that leaves in place lower court rulings that legalize same-sex unions.

State leaders urge Hoosiers to keep Kassig family in thoughts, prayers

An Indianapolis man who spearheaded a relief effort for Syrian refugees has been named the next beheading target of the Islamic State terror group, the Indianapolis Star is reporting.

State elected leaders have issued statements urging Hoosiers to keep Peter (also known as Abdul Rahman) Kassig, 26, in their thoughts and prayers.

Obama talks manufacturing, economy during stop in Princeton

PRINCETON, Ind. – President Barack Obama spent the afternoon of National Manufacturing Day Friday (Oct. 3) in Indiana, addressing students, business leaders and local factory workers at Millennium Steel Services – a key supplier for the Toyota production plant located next door.

Standing on a platform in front of large steel coils and an American flag, the president talked about the state of the nation’s manufacturing industry in an informal question-and-answer style session.

Indiana’s use of renewable energy up over past decade

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers are using significantly more energy from renewable sources – including biofuels and wind – than they were just 10 years ago, a Purdue University expert told lawmakers Tuesday.

But the total amount of energy coming from those sources in the state remains small and less than the national average.


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PCHS seeks donors, volunteers for annual holiday assistance projects

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday (Dec. 13),  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS), on the corner of Pearl and Logan streets, Winamac.

Anyone who would like to volunteer the day of the Toy Store and Gift Distribution is welcome to do so. Contact Human Services by calling 946-6500 or email at

iPads and Enhanced Wi-Fi at the Pulaski County Public Library

The Pulaski County Public Library is offering a new way to access its digital services: iPads can now be checked out for use at both the Winamac and Medaryville library branches. In addition, the library’s wireless network has been improved at each branch.

The library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant in the amount of $8,531 to fund these new and improved services. The goal of this project is to expand access to the library’s digital offerings to all members of the community.

Fall leaf colors mostly on schedule, but rainy weather taking toll

INDIANAPOLIS - The fall color display for trees is on schedule across most of Indiana, although recent cool, rainy and windy weather is likely to slow the color change and knock leaves from trees, according to DNR community and urban forester Carrie Tauscher.

The result could be a shorter viewing season.

County Council votes to remove funding for Pleasant View

Council approves 2015 budget of $15.9 million

The Pulaski County Council has unexpectedly voted to remove funding for the Pleasant View Rest Home (the county home) in its 2015 budget.

The council approved the action in a 3-2 vote Monday night (Oct. 13) at its annual budget adoption meeting.

Winamac Community HS fine arts students attend leadership seminar

WINAMAC - Several Winamac Community High School band and choir students traveled to Concord Community High School in Elkhart last month to attend a leadership seminar led by famed lecturer, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

Dr. Lautzenheiser is the founder of Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc. Dr. Lautzenheiser has worked as a collegiate director, and was executive director of Bands of America. He has held seminars that have included over 2 million students nationwide.

IFB state convention on the road again

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual state convention will be held Dec. 12 and 13 in French Lick at the French Lick Resort. This year’s theme is “Get on Board.”

Indiana Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, with approximately 72,000 farmer members and 182,000 associate members. Approximately 1,200 are expected to attend the meeting.

State tax receipts continue to trail projections

INDIANAPOLIS – State tax receipts fell below projections in September for the third straight month but remain ahead of revenue for the same period last year.

During the first quarter of the fiscal year, state revenue was nearly $39 million behind estimates released in December. That’s about 1.1 percent below forecast.

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.

West Central Board approves budget, master contract

FRANCESVILLE – West Central Elementary School remains on a water boil order, the West Central School Board was informed at its meeting, Thursday evening (Oct. 2).

The elementary well tested positive in a Total Coliform Test late last month. The Total Coliform (TC) test is often used as a standard of a “safe” water supply. No other bacteria was found in the water testing. A well drilling company is doing additional bleaching of the well to kill and remove the coliform.

Poverty Simulation: Understanding the realities

By Karen Clem Fritz

Do you know the face of poverty?

If you subscribe to the usual stereotype, that the poor are lazy, unwilling to work, and spend their sparse means on beer, cigarettes and drugs – then you miss the mark by a long shot.

EPCS Board okays $14 million facilities improvements project

By Karen Clem Fritz

The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board voted its approval Monday evening to proceed with an estimated $14 million school facilities improvement project, which might begin as early as spring 2015, and will encompass improvements to learning environments, infrastructure, and safety at the three school facilities – and result in little impact on the tax levy.

The action came following a public hearing on the proposed project which featured presentations from Gilbraltar Design of Indianapolis on the scope of the project, and Curt Pletcher of Umbaugh and Associates of Mishawaka on the financial impact.