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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

SR 14 five miles east of Winamac closed May 3

Drainage work forces closure just east of Winamac

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting drivers of the one-day closure of SR 14, between CR 500 and CR 550, just east of Winamac, on Wednesday, May 3, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Crews will close the road at this location to replace a drainage tile under the road.

 
National Day of Prayer observance May 4

Sponsored by the Association of Churches of Pulaski County Ministerial Association, the 65th annual National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 4 with a 50-minute program from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac.

This year’s theme is "For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us ... Forgive Us ... Heal Us." All are welcome to attend.

 
Pulaski County unemployment rate drops to 4.0% in March

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dipped to 4.0 percent March, down from 5.4 percent in February, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (April 24). The rate was 5.2 percent a year ago.

The county has 5,946 employed persons in a labor force of 6,191. Last month those numbers were 5,733 of 6,061. A year ago the numbers were 6,089 of 6,422.

 
PMH Health & Wellness Fair May 6

Pulaski Memorial Hospital will hold its seventh annual Health & Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 12 noon., Saturday, May 6. The theme will be Wizard of Oz.

Free health screenings will be offered, as well as activities for children.

 
Most state farmers off to good start

USDA Great Lakes Region - Many Indiana farmers were able to get a good start with planting last week, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The week started with warm and dry weather, creating ideal soil conditions. Later, there were spotty showers that didn’t yield much rain but cooler temperatures were cause for some concern.

 
Thompson publishes seventh book in 'Tiger Lily's Cafe' mystery series

Star City mystery writer Kathi Thompson has published the seventh book, Chasing A Butterfly, in her Tiger Lily’s Café Mystery series.

She has begun to hold book signing sessions in the area. A local signing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac.

 
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.

 
Sheriff's office begins raising money for scholarship fund

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has begun raising money to start a scholarship fund for Pulaski County high school graduates.

The scholarship will be available to students interested in studying law enforcement from Winamac and West Central high schools. The sheriff’s office needs to raise $10,000 to transfer the scholarship to the Community Foundation of Pulaski County where the scholarship will be self-sustaining.

 
April programs at library feature Mason jar painting, 'Teddy Roosevelt'

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for April, which include celebration of National Library Week, a Mason jar painting craft, a visit by "Teddy Roosevelt" and a first-time home buyers class.

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

 
 

Indiana News

Francesville awarded OCRA grant

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) has awarded just over $103,000 to 23 communities and organizations for quality of place initiatives through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant Program (QuIP).

The Uptown Project of Francesville will receive a $2,500 award.

 
NIPSCO announces environmental grant winners

Pulaski County SWCD among winners

MERRILLVILLE - NIPSCO is awarding 15 local nonprofit organizations with grants -totaling $50,000 - to help fund restoration and education projects throughout northern Indiana.

 
Young, Donnelly release statements on North Korea briefing

The Trump administration invited all 100 U.S. Senators for an unusual White House briefing Wednesday (April 26) regarding uneasy relations with North Korea, prompted by the nation’s nuclear threats and talk of military action, if necessary, by the U.S.

Most senators attended and were transported in buses to the classified briefing conducted by the president's top national security officials, and a 15-minute appearance by Trump. The briefing team was to meet later with House members in the Capitol.

 
Bill Watch: What bills did the governor sign?

INDIANAPOLIS - As the 2017 Indiana General Assembly drew to a close, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed 36 bills Friday April 21.

To see details of the bills the governor has signed this session, visit the 2017 Bill Watch webpage: www.in.gov/gov/2923.htm.

 
Fairgoers to celebrate 'Wonderful World of Food' at 2017 Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana State Fair patrons may want to bring much bigger appetites to the annual event this summer after Fair officials announced its 2017 theme, the “Wonderful World of Food.”

We all love food. We grow it, sell it, cook it and eat it! And at the 2017 Indiana State Fair we will celebrate it with a featured food each day of the Fair from Aug. 4 to Aug. 20.

 
Indiana to receive federal grant to combat opioid epidemic

GRANGER -U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced Thursday (April 20) Indiana will receive a federal grant for approximately $10.9 million to help combat the opioid epidemic.

The grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services was funded through the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, which Donnelly pushed for and supported. 

 
'Let’s Camp, America! Weekend' is May 5-7 at Indiana State Park properties

Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire, cook outdoors and more during Let’s Camp America! Weekend at Indiana State Parks, May 5-7.

Let’s Camp America! Weekend is a nationwide initiative of the National Association of State Parks Directors.

 
Many local blue spruce trees affected by fungus

The Colorado blue spruce is a widely planted ornamental tree. The pyramidal form and its blueish color are the primary reasons for its popularity.

But this spruce is having some problems in the local area, according to Purdue/Pulaski County Extension educator Phil Woolery, a certified arborist.

 
 

Post News

Crouch, Walorski speak at Lincoln Day luncheon

FRANCESVILLE - Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski were featured speakers at the annual Pulaski County Republican Party Lincoln Day luncheon Saturday, at the Cornerstone Event Center, Francesville.

Crouch gave highlights from the recently concluded General Assembly session, while Walorski reported on issues in Washington, D.C.

 
No charges to be brought against officers involved in March 28 police action shooting

WINAMAC - No charges will be brought against the four police officers involved in the March 28 police action shooting south of Francesville which resulted in the death of a Lafayette man, the Pulaski County Prosecutor's office announced Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutor Daniel P. Murphy reported in a press release that his investigation into the matter is completed, and that the officers involved in the incident "acted in accordance to Indiana law and were found to be justified in the use of deadly force to protect themselves and others."

 
2017 Halleck Award presented to Dan Murphy

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce presented Daniel P. Murphy of Winamac the 2017 H.J. Halleck Community Service Award Saturday (April 22).

The award was presented at the Chamber's annual meeting/awards banquet at the Winamac Event Center.

 
Volunteers help with park clean-up

WINAMAC - Early clouds and a possibility of rain failed to deter nearly 60 volunteers who showed up for a clean-up day at the Winamac Town Park Saturday (April 22).

The project was planned not only as a community event, but in recognition of Arbor Day and Earth Day. It was an opportunity for the local community to get out and appreciate the outdoors

 
New flower, gift shop to open in downtown Winamac

A new flower and gift shop will open in the historic Vurpillat Opera House in downtown Winamac this summer.

The Pulaski County Historical Society, owner of the opera house, has announced it has rented the south storefront of the building, located on the corner of Main and Market streets to Doug and Carrie Hoffman who will launch their new business to be known as Main Street Floral.

 
Wright participates in 2017 Boston Marathon

A former Winamac woman, LeeAnn Wright, 37, of Valparaiso, participated in the 2017 Boston Marathon Monday (April 17), completing her run in just over 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Wright ran under bib number 14910 and was one of 13,698 women participating, and of those women, 6,612 were in her age group.

 
PEAK breaks ground for new group home

WINAMAC - Peak Community Services recently held a ground-breaking for a new group home under construction on Washington Street in Winamac. An open house will be announced upon completion of the project.

The new home will replace the current residence on Main Street and will feature six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and lots of room to enjoy the outdoors.

 
EPCS board hires Kroft as girls basketball coach

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School board approved a list of projects and purchases for the school campus, and also hired a new girls basketball coach and middle school math teacher at its April meeting.

The board also heard a proposal to change the high school grading scale from as 12-point to a four-point system.

 
PMH breaks ground for MRI facility

WINAMAC - Pulaski Memorial Hospital trustees and staff broke ground Monday (April 10) for a new permanent facility for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) procedures.

The project, which will give patients 24/7 access to MRI scans, will be completed in August.