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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Banned books, pumpkin painting, senior care among library's October programs

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.

Civic Players to present Agatha Christie mystery/comedy

LOGANSPORT - The Civic Players of Logansport will stage the Agatha Christie mystery/comedy And Then There Were None the weekend of Oct. 9-10-11, at McHale Performing Arts Center at Logansport High School.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9, 10; with a matinee at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11. All tickets are $10, available at the door or by calling 574-753-4116.

Breast cancer 'Walk for the Cure' Oct. 17

A "Walk for the Cure" to benefit breast cancer research and treatment programs will run from1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Winamac Town Park.

The event will be sponsored by the Pulaski Health Care Center. All are welcome to participate.

Craine Cruise Bicycle Ride Oct. 17

MEDARYVILLE - The 17th annual Crane Cruise, sponsored by the Medaryville Lions Club, will run Saturday, Oct. 17.

The bicycle ride lengths will be from 12 to 50 miles on flat, paved rural roads (helmets are required). Registration will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Lions Building in Medaryville. Maps will be available.

Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent

Pulaski County's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in August, down from 4.3 percent in July, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (Sept. 21). The rate was 5.1 percent a year ago. The county has 6,197 employed persons in a labor force of 6,439. Last month those numbers were  6,229 of 6,509.

The state's August unemployment rate dipped to 4.6 percent (seasonally adjusted, down from 4.7 percent in July. The August 2014 rate was 5.8 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to  5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in July. A year ago, the national rate was 6.1 percent.

Genealogical Society announces logo contest

The Pulaski County Genealogical Society has announced a logo contest open to all students, artists and inspired community members.

The Genealogical Society is seeking a visual identity and logo that is creative and professional. The logo should be easily recognizable and help promote the organization's mission, "to encourage and dispense genealogical knowledge and cultivate fraternal relations among its members."

New 4-H enrollment dates for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment will start on Oct. 1 and run through Jan. 15, 2016.  

New and current 4-H members may enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment card at any of the local schools or the Extension Office.  There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H.  Mini 4-H members are exempt. 

Registration open for spring semester at Ivy Tech

Admissions, financial aid and advising staffs ready to help new students

KOKOMO - Registration for spring semester classes at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region has opened, and now is a great time to get ready to begin a journey in higher education.

“Perhaps a potential student wasn’t able to get started at Ivy Tech this fall but wants to have everything in place when classes begin Jan. 11,” said Fran Hardin, director of Ivy Tech’s Express Enrollment Center on the Kokomo Campus.

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearer nominations now open

INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) and the Pulaski County Bicentennial Committee has announced the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public.

Torchbearer nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state.


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Hoosier lawmakers respond to Boehner’s decision to step down

INDIANAPOLIS – Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation responded Friday to the news that Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, would be resigning both as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and his seat in Congress by thanking him for his service and his friendship.

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, in some ways set the tone.

Hoosier politicians part of the crowd for Pope’s address

INDIANAPOLIS – Several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation welcomed and applauded Pope Francis’ address to Congress Thursday morning (Sept. 24), even though he spoke about such divisive issues as immigration, income inequality, climate change and the death penalty.

It was the first time in American history that a pontiff addressed Congress. The significance of the moment was not lost on Hoosier politicians.

Subaru announces plans for $140 million plant expansion in Lafayette

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday (Sept. 21) Subaru of Indiana Automotive has expansion plans and as many as 1,204 jobs will be created by 2017.

“Last week’s meetings with government leaders and business executives across Japan have strengthened our economic ties with companies operating in Indiana and sparked momentum for job creation in the Hoosier State,” said Pence in a statement. “Subaru chose Indiana as the home for its only assembly plant outside Japan, and now the company is choosing Indiana once more.”  

Unemployment continues to drop in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since 2007 in August. 

The unemployment rate now sits at 4.6 percent. That’s down from 4.7 percent in July.

Walorski votes against Iranian nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement Friday (Sept. 11) after voting against H.R. 3461, to Approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran:


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Reality Store is a reality check for 8th graders

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

Reality Store provides students with the chance to learn about careers, and envision their life at age 28. This experience quickly becomes a reality check for many. 

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance CEO named one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

Internationally known philanthropy expert Michael Chatman has named Indiana Philanthropy Alliance CEO Marissa Manlove one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, a list of honorees that includes such well-known philanthropy leaders as Oprah Winfrey, Bette Midler, and Gates Foundation President Sue Desmond Hellmann. 

Five injured in one-car accident

WINAMAC - Three children and two women were air-lifted to area hospitals late Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), following a one-car accident northeast of Winamac.

The Pulaski County 911 Center received a call at 4:56 p.m., advising of the accident on CR 400 N, neary CR 350 E.

BraunAbility acquired by Patricia Industries

WINAMAC - Patricia Industries (“Patricia”), a division of Investor AB (“Investor”) focused on private companies, has signed an agreement to acquire BraunAbility, the industry leader in wheelchair accessible vehicles and wheelchair lifts.

Investor is the Sweden-based investment company founded by the Wallenberg family over 100 years ago.

Murphy, Lawson work to protect residents against securities fraud

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and State Senator Ed Charbonneau met with the Pulaski County Prosecutor, Daniel Murphy last week (Sept. 17) to discuss their ongoing efforts to protect  Pulaski County residents against the various types of securities fraud.  

Currently, Murphy and Lawson are jointly involved in the prosecution of Joshua Ader of Seattle, Wash. on security fraud charges.  

Vanderaa resigns coroner's position

Pulaski County Coroner Steve Vanderaa is stepping down from his position, effective Oct. 1

Blair Todd, chairman of the Pulaski County Republican Committee, has called a caucus Monday evening (Sept. 28) to select a new coroner.

Bicentennial Legacy project approved for Pulaski County Quilters

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission held its September meeting at the Lake County Public Library on Sept. 18. There were 80 Legacy Projects approved this round, one of which is in Pulaski County.

Quilters of Pulaski County will complete a “Quiltessential Pulaski County” project.

Winamac Community HS senior named Commended National Merit Scholar

WINAMAC - Winamac Community High School Principal Rick DeFries announced Monday (Sept. 21) that Madeline R. Murray has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

New event center breaks ground near Francesville

FRANCESVILLE - Local officials, contractors and business owners broke ground Friday (Sept. 18) at the site of the future Meadow Springs - A Place for Celebrations, at the corner of U.S. 421 and SR 114, south of Francesville.

Meadow Springs is soon to be the area's newest and largest venue - a full-service event center with two conference/banquet rooms. The project has been financed, in part, by the Pulaski County Revolving Loan Fund and the Regional Development Company.