Mooresville Public Library

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Bobby Helms' Mooresville Connections

Hoosier native Bobby Helms (Robert Lee Helms) (1933-1997)–perhaps best known for the songs “Fraulien” (1957), “Jingle Bell Rock” (1957), and “My Special Angel” (1957)–was born in Bloomington, but, in later years, was a resident of Martinsville (he’s buried there in Hilldale cemetery).  He is a member of the Morgan County Hall of Fame.  His Mooresville connection comes from the 1970s, when he owned a restaurant/nightclub, the Special Angel Club, which was situated at Five Points (between Mooresville and Waverly), where State Road 144, Kitchen Road, and Orchard Road converge.  Learn more about Helms from this official website.  (Click the images below to enlarge.)

Bobby Helms publicity photo (circa 1957)

Advertisement from the 1977 Mooresville High School yearbook, Wagon Trails

Advertisement from the Mooresville Times, February 22, 1979

Saturday, December 3, 2016

2016 Victorian Christmas at the Library

At today's Mooresville (Indiana) Victorian Christmas celebration, we had several popular attractions.

The Central Indiana Folk Music & Mountain Dulcimer Society performed in the library's grand hall.  (Click photographs to enlarge.)

Silly Safari's Candy Cane Chris brought a reindeer to greet our patrons.  There was a long queue of excited youngsters (and adults) waiting to meet the star attraction.

Our youth services department spent the day presenting a variety of holiday craft activities as part of our Saturday Crafternoon program.

It was another exciting and busy Victorian Christmas at the library.  To see photos from past events, take a peek at the blog by Cauli Le Chat, our retired feline roving reporter.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Indiana Bicentennial Quilt on Display

Thanks to the generosity of local artist Sherry (Spencer) Foster, we now have an Indiana bicentennial quilt on display in our Indiana Room.  It is a wonderful historical tribute to our flags, featuring the American flag, Indiana State Flag, Indianapolis City Banner, and Mooresville Town Banner.  Stop by to have a closer look.  Click the photos below to enlarge.

These Dogs Are All Ears

Kids love reading aloud to our Paws to Read pooches, Darla and Fluff.  Paws to Read is a program that helps young readers improve their literacy skills.  Sign-up at our youth services desk to schedule your time to read to these wonderful dogs, who are happy to listen.  They meet in one of the library's study rooms on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10-11 a.m.

Meet Darla & Fluff (click to enlarge picture)

We recently made a book trailer featuring a children's picture book about reading to library dogs.  Click the video below to watch.  Click here to place a hold on the book in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog (you'll need to log-into your E.I. account).

MPL Book Trailer #363
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
by Lisa Papp

Monday, November 28, 2016

Watercolor Painting Classes Return

Our watercolor painting workshop returns on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Click here to register for the class.  Watch our program trailer (video) below to learn more.

Watercolor Painting Program Trailer (2017)
by Mooresville Public Library