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

Informational meeting for proposed 'community pool' Nov. 30

WINAMAC - An informational meeting for a proposed "community pool" in Winamac will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, at the Winamac Fire Station. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.

For the past year, Winamac Town Council member Judy Heater has been exploring the possibilities of building and financing a new pool in Winamac, and she will share her findings at the meeting, listen to suggestions and answer questions.

Red Cross to accept blood donations Nov. 25, Dec. 9

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Area residents will have two opportunities to donate blood for the American Red Cross as the holiday season begins.

The first will be in Francesville from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 25, at West Central High School.

The second will be in Winamac, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Knights of Columbus.

HVRM Santa trains to run Dec. 5, 12, 19

NORTH JUDSON - In past years, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum December trains have stopped and picked up Santa when he was stranded along the tracks on the outskirts of North Judson after his reindeer ran off with his sleigh.  

Come out on the first three Saturdays in December to see if this rare occurrence will happen in 2015.

County Republicans to choose new recorder Dec. 10

The Pulaski County Republican Party will hold a caucus in December to select a new county recorder to complete the final year of the term of Christi Hoffa.

Precinct committeemen will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac to reach their decision.

Chamber's Winter Wonderland Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will once again ring in a hometown Christmas with its annual Winter Wonderland, set for Saturday, Dec. 5, in Winamac.

The event features a parade, craft booths, merchant sales and entertainment.

Historical Society plans 'It's a Downtown Christmas' at opera house Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Historical Society will sponsor "It's a Downtown Christmas" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Vurpillat Opera House, Winamac.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce's annual "Winter Wonderland" that same day.

Iris-Elm Christmas Arrangements Show Dec. 5

The Iris-Elm Christmas Arrangements Show, a long-time Winamac tradition, will be held during Winter Wonderland events, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Winamac. The theme will be “Holly, Jolly Christmas.”

The show will be held in the historic Railroad Freight Depot on West Main Street, Winamac, which was built in 1862. The model train, featuring a scene of early 20th Century Winamac, will be in operation.

Library's November events include floral arranging, Alzheimer's Disease program

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

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.

PCHS Toy Store Dec. 12

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday (Dec. 12),  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

Gingerbread House contest Dec. 5

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor a Gingerbread House Contest during Winter Wonderland, Saturday, Dec. 5, in Winamac.

All ages are welcome to enter the contest..


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Indiana News

Pence among 27 governors calling on Obama to review refugee resettlement protocols

INDIANAPOLIS – The fight over if and how the United States and individual states should take in Syrian refugees continues – now with a letter to President Barack Obama.

The letter signed by 27 governors including Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence, urges Obama to complete an exhaustive review of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program.

Pence orders all state agencies to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees

INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Mike Pence has directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures have been achieved.”

Pence’s decision comes after Friday’s (Nov. 13) terrorist attacks in Paris, France, that left more than 120 people dead and 352 wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS – has claimed responsibility for the attack.

First lady and others kick off month celebrating adoption

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s hard to imagine wanting to bear children but not being able to.

First Lady Karen Pence experienced this hardship firsthand. For a long time before having their children, the Pences were listed with an adoption agency.

Fire Marshal urges Hoosiers to heat homes wisely

INDIANAPOLIS – After an unusually warm week for early November, state officials are reminding Hoosiers to choose heating sources wisely when the temperatures drop.

According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, unsafe alternative heating sources such as space heaters and ovens are a leading cause of house fires and fire-related deaths each winter.


Post News

Higher turkey prices raise cost of Thanksgiving meal, INFB survey shows

Increases in the price of turkey were largely responsible for an increase in the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal, according to Farm Bureau’s annual informal Thanksgiving “market basket” survey.

Indiana Farm Bureau’s survey showed an average price of $50.33 for a 16-pound turkey, the ingredients for stuffing and pumpkin pie, and other components of a traditional holiday meal. This is $3.40 higher than last year’s total and $2.21 higher than 2013’s total, but it’s only 28 cents higher than the total for 2012.

Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park receives Community Foundation Grant

Friends of Tippecanoe River State Park recently received a $5,000 grant from the Community Grants Fund through the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.  

This grant will go toward the group’s goal of upgrading the electrical and adding a handicap accessible entrance to Tepicon Hall at Tippecanoe River State Park.

INFB president says farmers need to pull together to keep moving forward

INDIANAPOLIS - In his final speech as president of Indiana Farm Bureau, Don Villwock called on farmers to pull together and stay involved.

Villwock, who will be retiring as president of the state’s largest general farm organization at the end of the year, delivered his annual address on Nov. 16 at INFB’s annual convention. He used his two grandchildren, 2-year-old Oscar and Oscar’s brand-new sister, to illustrate the importance of ensuring that agriculture fulfills its potential.

Extension awarded 'Day of Service Grant' for Little Free Library program

The Purdue Extension Office of Pulaski County has been awarded a community service grant provided by Serve Indiana to establish the Little Free Library program in numerous towns in Pulaski County.  

“I am so excited about this grant because it gives us the opportunity to establish small libraries in our rural communities that may lack libraries or residents who have limited access to books,” said Dr. Natalie Daily-Federer, Extension Office Director and 4-H Youth Development Educator.  

EPCS board begins process to invest funds

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community Schools board took steps at its November meeting which will allow the school corporation to invest some of its funds.

Superintendent Dan Foster told the board that Umbaugh and Associates, the corporation's building project consultant, advised the school board to look into possibly investing some of its lease rental proceeds as well as perhaps some of the capital projects funds.

West Central considers adding a pre-school program

FRANCESVILLE - West Central School Corporation is considering opening a pre-school, beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

The school board was updated on the proposal at its Nov. 12 meeting.

County recorder to be new clerk

The Pulaski County Republican Party has selected county recorder Christi Hoffa to serve out the remainder of county clerk Tasha Foerg's term.

Foerg has resigned her office, effective Dec. 31. She is moving out of the area. 

Over $1.9 million in community grants awarded through CFPC

Community grants have been awarded nearly every year since the Community Foundation of Pulaski County became a stand-alone community foundation in 2002.  

Before then, as part of a five-county affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, special project grant awards were made possible through Lilly Endowment Inc.  

All told, $1,924,815 in unrestricted community grants have benefited Pulaski County.

Pulaski County Public Library Medaryville Branch to close

From Pulaski County Public Library Board of Trustees

MEDARYVILLE - The Medaryville Branch of the Pulaski County Public Library will end its chapter as a traditional library location of the Pulaski County Public Library on Dec. 31.

For the last several decades, the location has experienced a rollercoaster of usage, with closures being slated in 1986 and 2001, before later being overturned.