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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Scarecrow

MPL composer Danny Buckley has just released a new music CD entitled The Scarecrow (for solo guitar).  It is available to checkout (both the music CD and the sheet music) from the library's Indiana Room collection.  To listen, click the players below.

"The Scarecrow,"
Movement I from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

"Black Winds,"
Movement II from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

"Straw Heart,"
Movement III from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

"Elegiac Reverie,"
Movement IV from The Scarecrow,
by Danny Buckley

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Getting Closer to a Million Views

The MPL YouTube Channel  is getting closer to a million viewings.  Today's Mooresville-Decatur Times had a nice article about it.

The channel has many playlists for different types of videos (book trailers, program/promo trailers, historical videos, music videos, live action, sing-alongs, readalouds, puppet shows, and much more).  Browse our playlists to watch the videos, or just trawl through our video list to pick-and-choose from among our (currently) 730 uploads.

We begin most of our videos with production logos, starting usually with the library's 100th anniversary logo, followed by our Cauli Le Chat clip.


This production clip was adapted from a share-alike video called Animal Motion Animation, by Megan Goodson (2010).

Don't know Cauli Le Chat?  Learn more about our retired feline roving reporter on her blog. It's a fun read.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Norma Tapp (1929-2016)

Norma Tapp (1929-2016), a longtime Mooresville educator and library volunteer, passed away earlier this week.  Her obituary appeared in today's edition of the Mooresville-Decatur Times.  It also appeared on the Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service website.

Norma Tapp Obituary
Mooresville-Decatur Times
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (Page A-2)
(Click Image Above to Enlarge)

One of Mrs. Tapp's many contributions to Mooresville Public Library was her compilation of newspaper articles about John Dillinger, who grew up in Mooresville.  It is our most popular Dillinger resource, although it is a reference item and does not circulate outside the library. (Learn more about this binder from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.)

I met Mrs. Tapp a few years ago while visiting my father-in-law at a senior living center in town.  She was a warm, friendly, charming person who was interested in discussing many subjects, including local history and library activities.

Many long-time residents will remember Mrs. Tapp as a teacher and friend. She made a lasting contribution to our community, making Mooresville a better place in which to live and grow up.  If you knew Mrs. Tapp and would like to share a memory or leave other comments, please visit the Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service website's celebration wall.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Burial Map to Mooresville's Old M.E. Cemetery

Thanks to Mooresville sexton Ed Bucker, we have a burial map for the Old Methodist Episcopal (M.E.) Cemetery on West Washington Street.  A spreadsheet accompanying the map lists burial plots of many of the town's earliest pioneers and settlers.  (Click the photos below to enlarge.)

Old Methodist Episcopal (M.E.) Cemetery,
also known as Old Mooresville Cemetery,
on West Washington Street 

Old M.E. Cemetery was established in 1829

Painting of the first Mooresville M.E. Church (built in 1839)
(on West Washington Street, in front of the cemetery)

Photograph of the first Mooresville M.E. Church
(from Hadley, Almira Harvey.  A Brief History of Mooresville and Vicinity [1918])

The photos below show where to find the cemetery burial map.  To the left of the map (in a yellow binder) is the spreadsheet listing the names of those buried there, as noted on the map.

Although these materials do not circulate, they may be examined in the library's Indiana Room.

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