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

Walorski staff to hold local office hours April 27

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

Also, the Rochester district office, located at 709 Main Street, is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.  Please stop by or call (574) 204-2645 to schedule an appointment.

YMCA golf outing postponed to June 27

The Pulaski Family YMCA  golf outing Saturday, April 25 at Mystic Hills Golf Club has been postponed to Saturday, June 27

Cost is $50 a person with four-person teams. Cost includes green fees (18 holes), cart, refreshments, and contests of longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin.

Ancilla College open house April 28

DONALDSON - Ancilla College will hold an "Access Ancilla Day" open house from 12 noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 28.

Those attending will enjoy lunch, a campus tour and information sessions about Ancilla degree programs, financial aid and more.

April programs at PCPL celebrate National Library Week

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

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.

PMH Health Fair May 16

The annual Pulaski Memorial Hospital Health Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at the PMH campus, Winamac.

The event will begin with a free pancake-and-sausage breakfast, served from 7:300 to 9:30 a.m.
Property taxes due May 11

Pulaski County's 2015 property tax statements will be mailed approximately April 6. 

Payment of the first installment will be due Monday, May 11, according to Pulaski County Treasurer Lynette Wilder.

'Moonlight Over the Tippy' bike ride June 5

WINAMAC - The Friends of the Panhandle Pathway will sponsor a "Moonlight Over the Tippy" bike ride from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 5.

The ride will begin and end at the Winamac Train Depot where participants can ride up to 20 miles (roundtrip). A sag stop (turnaround point) will be located near Thornhope.

Ivy Tech Kokomo sets Certified Production Technician course

Training program prepares students for advanced manufacturing jobs

KOKOMO - Registration is open for a 10-week training program offered by Ivy Tech Community College that prepares students for certification in the advanced manufacturing skills needed to succeed in the high-growth, technical jobs of the 21st Century. The program will run four days a week from April 27 to June 30. 

Nonprofit Human Resources Series offered

A free webinar opportunity for staff, trustees, and board members of small nonprofits is available through the Pulaski County Community Foundation and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.  

The Nonprofit HR Series will help nonprofits understand the legal requirements and potential pitfalls of hiring and managing nonprofit employees.

Pulaski County unemployment rate falls to 5.7 percent in February

Pulaski County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in February, down from 6.2 percent (revised rate) in January, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (March 30). The rate was 6.8 percent a year ago. The county has 6,047 employed persons in a labor force of 6,410. Last month those numbers were 5,967 of 6,367.

The state's February unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent (seasonally adjusted), down slightly from 6.0 percent in January. The February 2014 rate was 6.1 percent. The U.S. rate dropped to 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent in January. A year ago, the national rate was 6.7 percent.


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Indiana News

Colts QB surprises the General Assembly with a visit

INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers at the Statehouse are still fangirling after a visit from an Indianapolis sports superstar on Tuesday.

Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck was on hand to promote a program known as Change the Play – but that didn’t stop him from tossing the football with House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis.

Browning resigns as INDOT commissioner with no explanation

INDIANAPOLIS – Karl Browning resigned his post Wednesday as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation in an email to the governor without explanation.

Gov. Mike Pence immediately named Brandye Hendrickson – who’d previously led the agency in an interim role – to succeed him.

Food organization will be first lady’s major grant recipient this year

INDIANAPOLIS – Feeding Indiana’s Hungry will be the second major grant recipient from first lady Karen Pence as part of her annual fundraising luncheon on Thursday (April 23).

The Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation’s second annual fundraiser is modeled after the U.S First Lady’s Luncheon. The event will have similar features, including a surprise guest entertainer, linens and bags made specifically for the event, and bi-partisan support.

Video & story: Veterans, lawmakers clash over bills – many, many bills

INDIANAPOLIS – At the Indiana Statehouse there are bills to give property tax breaks and hunting permits to veterans.

There’s legislation to pay for specialized treatment for soldiers who come home suffering from post-traumatic stress.

And there are proposals to help the children of disabled veterans go to college.

Video & story: Miller says she’s open to needle exchange legislation as So. Indiana HIV epidemic worsens

INDIANAPOLIS – A key Republican senator says she’s open to needle exchange legislation but needs the go-ahead from her GOP caucus to sign on.

Public Health Chairman Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, said after two hours of sometimes-emotional testimony on the proposal that she wants to add a sunset to the bill, meaning that lawmakers would have to reapprove the legislation in 2017 to keep the programs in place.

Video & story: Carly Fiorina visits Indy, seeks traction in crowded GOP presidential field

INDIANAPOLIS – Possible presidential contender Carly Fiorina wouldn’t say Monday (April 20) how she thinks the GOP should choose which candidates will get to participate in the party’s 2016 presidential debates.

Fiorina – in Indianapolis to speak at a GOP women’s event – sidestepped the question, even though the debates could be her best shot at getting the attention she’d need to stand out among a growing Republican field.


Post News

No injuries in Monterey building collapse

MONTEREY - No one was injured late Thursday afternoon (April 23) when the building housing the former Sportsman Bar & Grill unexpectedly collapsed in downtown Monterey.

The property, owned by Courtney Hardin of Crown Point, was recently placed on a certificate tax sale, with the new owners to take possession in June.

Galfab honored with WorkOne achievement award

INDIANAPOLIS - Galfab Inc., located in Winamac, received a WorkOne Achievement Award for partnering with WorkOne to create employment opportunities for local Hoosiers.

The award was presented Tuesday (April 21) in a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.

PACE facilitates Early Childhood Education seminar

Pulaski County Alliance for Community Education (PACE) recently completed facilitating a three-part seminar on Early Childhood Education.  

Kindergarten teachers and principals from both West Central and Eastern Pulaski Community schools, as well as preschool educators from throughout the county were involved in the seminars.

Sr. Boilini Speaks on Elder Abuse at Lampen Lecture

DONALDSON –Sr. Bonita Boilini, PHJC, JD presented a lecture entitled “Breaking the Silence: Elder Abuse, It Must Stop” as a part of the college’s Lampen Lecture series Wednesday (April 22).

Sr. Boilini wanted bring awareness to the alarming prevalence of elder abuse in the United States. While many cultures revere the elderly in their community, too often older Americans are taken advantage of emotionally, physically, and financially by strangers and relatives alike.

LaCrosse grain elevator explosion injures four

LaCROSSE - The investigation continues into Thursday (April 16) morning's explosion at the Co-Alliance LaCrosse Feed Mill which seriously injured four men who are employees at the mill, located just east of U.S. 421

Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office are leading the investigation into the cause of the explosion.

EPCS Board tables action on renovation project bids

WINAMAC – The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board voted last week (April 13) to table the awarding of bids for its school facilities renovation project, originally estimated at $14 million, to take some time for further clarifications on the project, especially at the elementary school.

Although project designs have been finalized for months, the bidding process has resulted in some costs running over projections.

PACE awards funds to Healthy Families program

Pulaski Alliance for Community Education (PACE) recently awarded $1,740 to the Pulaski County Healthy Families home visiting program.  

Funds will be used for educational learning kits, books for children, and "Parents as Teachers" training which offers new ways to use current practices, tools, and information that can be used with the families they serve during home visits.

Alliance Bank celebrates employee milestones

FRANCESVILLE - Alliance Bank recently honored employees reaching milestone anniversaries of five years or more.

Bank President Terry Stevens presented each staff member with a service award and recognition for his/her achievement at the bank’s western themed annual meeting held earlier this year. 

JA observes April's 'Personal Financial Literacy Month'

Imagine hundreds of community men and women volunteering with Junior Achievement in classrooms across Pulaski County. As they share their time and experience, they are helping elementary through high school youth understand economics, build workplace skills, and experience personal financial realities. 

In response to educator requests, JA expects to reach more than 1,004 in Pulaski County youth this 2014-15 school year.

Local farmer directs funds to Van Buren Township VFD

America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation supports local organization

STAR CITY – Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department has received a $2,500 donation from Pulaski County farmer Jean Ann Fox and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

The donation will help the organization purchase new equipment such as gloves, flashlights and batteries.