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

Nashville country singer Levi Riggs to perform July 4

What are you doing before the fireworks July 4?

Country singer Levi Riggs of Nashville will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Independence Day, at the entertainment stage at the Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

Extension Homemakers Baked Potato Bar July 3

The Pulaski County Extension Homemakers will hold a Baked Potato Bar Sunday, July 3, in the Winamac Community Building at the town park in Winamac.

Serving will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until sold out. Meals will be $5 including baked potato with choice toppings, including cheese sauce, butter, sour cream, green onions, and bacon - with an orange drink and brownie.

Independence Day fireworks July 4 at Winamac Community HS

WINAMAC - The annual Independence Day fireworks show will begin at dusk (about 10 p.m.), Monday, July 4, at the Winamac Community High School practice football field.

The south parking lot by the baseball field will be closed. The public should park in the lots behind the high school and elementary school (do not park on grass). All are asked to be respectful and to please clean up after themselves

4-H Fair Parade July 5

The annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair Parade, with the theme "4-H, a Field of Opportunity," will step off at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, in downtown Winamac.

The grand marshal of the 2016 parade will be longtime Pulaski County businessman, Kiwanis Club member and active 4-H supporter, Paul Gilsinger. The parade is organized by the Winamac Kiwanis Club. Late entries will be accepted up to an hour before parade time.

Pulaski County Farmers' Market to run first, third Saturdays

A Pulaski County Farmers' Market is being organized this summer, to be held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through October.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in downtown Winamac at the town parking lot on the corner of Logan and Main streets. Vendors are being sought.

Pulaski County unemployment rate at 4.3% in May

Pulaski County's unemployment rate continued to improve in May, dropping to 4.3 percent, from 5.1 percent in April, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported Monday (June 20). The rate was 4.6 percent a year ago.

The county has 6,422 employed persons in a labor force of 6,708. Last month those numbers were 6,078 of 6,406. A year ago the numbers were 6,098 of 6,395.

Winamac residents reminded of fireworks ordinance

The Winamac Town Council adopted a fireworks ordinance in 2008, regulating the use of consumer fireworks, and as the Independence Day holiday approaches, residents are reminded of the ordinance's provisions.

The ordinance is intended to protect public health and safety, and to prevent the disturbance of the peace of property owners and residents.

Storms provide relief for crops

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Storms last week provided much needed moisture for stressed fields, according to Greg Matli, Indiana State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Precipitation amounts varied widely and dry pockets persisted. Although last week’s storms were a relief for some counties they were also a hazard. The storms were accompanied by strong winds that caused damage to crops in some areas.

Red Cross to accept blood donations July 19, 20

Pulaski County residents will have two opportunities in July to donate blood for the American Red Cross.

The first will be from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, at West Central Elementary School, Francesville; and the second will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Plans continue for NIPFP Legacy Project on 200 years of Hoosier agriculture

WINAMAC - The Northern Indiana Power from the Past's 2016 Antique Power Show will present a special Indiana Bicentennial Legacy exhibit showcasing 200 years of Hoosier farming.

Area residents are invited to contribute and assist with the exhibit which will transport visitors from 1816, the dawn of Indiana’s statehood, and move them through 200 years of agricultural history.

Library June programs include visit of the Bicentennial Barn Quilt

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for June, which include the "Celebrate Indiana" summer learning program, introduction to Geocaching, a watercolor class, and a visit of the Bicentennial Barn Quilt.

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

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.


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Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair runs July 1-7

The annual Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair will run Friday, July 1 through Thursday, July 7, at the county fairgrounds in the Winamac town park.  

The motto for the 2016 fair is 4-H: A Field of Opportunity. Highlights of this year's fair, in addition to the 4-H exhibits and judging, will be a tractor pull, kiddie carnival, youth talent show, country music entertainment, fair parade, 4-H Auction,

4-H Royalty to be crowned Saturday

“4-H: A Field of Opportunity” is the theme for the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair which runs Friday, July 1 throughThursday July 7 at the county fairgrounds in the Winamac park.

One of the primary features of the fair is to showcase the projects completed by the county's 4-H youth - demonstrating what they have learned in this valuable program which develops  talents as well as important skills and values. For many years now 4-H members have included “city kids” as well as “farm kids.”

Miss Pulaski County Pageant Sunday

Miss Pulaski County 2015, Macy Bischoff, will pass her title to one of eight deserving young ladies from across Pulaski County Sunday, July 3, at the annual pageant during the Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair.

The 2016 queen will be crowned following a glittering evening of professional wear, evening gown and impromptu question competition.

18 youth complete 10-year 4-H careers

Pulaski County has hundreds of youth in the 4-H program, but only a select few will make the committment to participate in all 10 years of elgibility. At the 2016 Pulaski County 4-H & Community Fair, which begins Friday (July 1), eighteen 4-H'ers will complete their 10th year in this national program which teaches life-long values and skills which will guide them as they enter adulthood.

They will be recognized at the 4-H Recognition Program at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 2, at the entertainment stage in the fairgrounds.  All are invited to attend. 

2016 4-H Junior Achievers announced

Each year the local 4-H club leaders are asked to choose a fourth-year member of their club who they believe has demonstrated the qualities of up-and-coming leaders. These qualities include character, willingness to help, achievement skills, leadership, and overall positive attitude. 

All of these 4-H unior Achievers will be recognized at the 4-H Achievement Program at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 2 at the entertainment stage in the fairgrounds.


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Indiana News

New state law: New hurdle for purchasing cold medicine

INDIANAPOLIS – A trip to the pharmacy to pick up cold medicine won’t be the same come next month.

Starting July 1, customers must have a relationship on record with a pharmacist to access ephedrine or pseudoephedrine without prescription. According to the Indiana Board of Pharmacy, this means the customer must have had a prescription filled at that pharmacy, or the customer must have previously purchased ephedrine or pseudoepherine at that pharmacy.

Bicentennial literary map honors Indiana writers

INDIANAPOLIS — Many Hoosier writers have put Indiana on the map, so maybe it’s only fair that the Indiana State Library has decided to return the favor.

The Indiana Literary map was created by Indiana State Library in partnership with several literary organizations to feature outstanding writers in the history of Indiana, as well as, contemporary writers.

Pence expresses interest in expanding state’s pre-K program

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Thursday to Secretary Sylvia Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services expressing interest in expanding the state’s pre-K program for disadvantaged children.

“Because of the success of our first-ever, state-funded pre-K pilot program, I am committed to opening doors of opportunity to serve even more disadvantaged children in our state,” said Pence in a statement. “Since the On My Way Pre-K pilot program has come online, we’ve served 2,300 kids in the five pilot project counties. I am committed to growing this program using state and available federal resources.”


Post News

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearernames, uniforms announced

15 Torch Bearers from Pulaski County named

INDIANAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) executive director Mark Newman, Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance president and CEO Kim Smith and Bicentennial Torch Relay state director Noelle Szydlyk  unveiled Wednesday (June 29) the names of more than 2,000 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay torchbearers, as well as the official torchbearer uniforms. The unveiling took place during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse.

The list includes 15 names from Pulaski County.

Police identify victim of June 9 Francesvilld house fire

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, with the assistance of the Indiana State Police Forensic Lab, has identified the victim who died in a house fire on June 9, in Francesville, as R. Michael Lucas, 66, of Francesville.

The next of kin has been notified by the county coroner. 

July 4 cookout could cost a little less

INDIANAPOLIS - An Independence Day cookout featuring some of Americans’ favorite summer foods – hot dogs, cheeseburgers, ribs, baked beans and other items – will be a little less expensive this year, according to an annual survey from Indiana Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau’s informal survey showed that the average cost to feed 10 people at a summer cookout is $48.06 – or just over $4.80 per person. This compares to last year’s total of $48.78.

CDC hears update on Winamac, Francesville 'Main Street' progress

The Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC) heard an update at its June meeting on the plans of Francesville and Winamac in their pursuit to become Main Street communities.

Civic and business leaders and interested citizens in Francesville and Winamac are in the process of establishing and incorporating 501(c)3 non-profit organizations to become state-recognized as Main Street communities.

WHS/WCHS Alumni Reunion honors Class of 1966

The 37th annual Winamac High School/Winamac Community High Schol Alumni Reunion was held Saturday, June 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Winamac.

Honored guests were 23 members from the 50-year class, the Class of 1966.

Bicentennial Barn Quilt on display in Winamac June 27-30

Recently completed by quilters from across Indiana, the Indiana Bicentennial Barn Quilt is an official Bicentennial Legacy Project and part of the state's 200th birthday celebration.

The quilt will be on display in Winamac June 27-30, at the Pulaski County Public Library.

Alliance Bank welcomes three new staff members

FRANCESVILLE - Chassidy Sparks, Lila Fritz and Cathy Drake-Seymour recently joined the Alliance Bank team.

Chassidy joined the Alliance Bank team with an extensive customer service background and will be working as a loan assistant. Lila brings her strong administrative background and is joining Alliance Bank’s bookkeeping team. Cathy joins the bank as an accountant, bringing 24 years of accounting and business experience.

EPCS Board to pursue new food services director position

WINAMAC - The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board decided to pursue a new position of food services director during its June meeting Monday evening.

Superintendent Dan Foster recommended the position and presented a job description. He discussed hours, expenses and the scope of the position with the board.

Iris-Elm celebrates National Garden Week

In celebration of National Garden Week, Iris Elm Garden Club presented the Pulaski County Public Library a copy of the National Garden Clubs book, The Frightened Frog An Environmental Tale.

The text includes fun frog facts, a story describing the challenges of being a frog, and ways children can "Leap Into Action" to help protect, preserve and support frog and amphibian habitats in their own backyard.

Coleman, Harper meet with local Democrats

WINAMAC - Lynn Coleman, congressional candidate for Indiana Dist. 2, and Jim Harper, candidate for state senate Dist. 5, met with the Pulaski County Democrats at their monthly meeting Saturday (June 4), in Winamac.

Coleman will face incumbent Jackie Walorski in the November election, while Harper will challenge incumbent Ed Charbonneau.

West Central releases three teachers under reduction-in-force policy

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board has invoked its reduction-in-force policy and cancelled three teaching contracts, effective at the end of the school year.

The board took the action due to declining enrollment at the school corporation, and a projected decline in revenue and expenditures.

Winamac Council approves park board members

WINAMAC - In a special meeting Tuesday morning (May 31), the Winamac Town Council appointed a four-member park board.

The members of the town's new parks and recreation board will be Republicans Brad Zellers and Chris Schramm, and Democrats Courtney Poor and Jon Chapman.