Mooresville Public Library

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Library's 2005 Addition Construction Project

In case you missed it 12 years ago, here's a video of construction of the library's 2005 addition, which was dedicated on January 27, 2006, exactly 90 years after the MPL's Carnegie building was dedicated.

MPL Dedication, January 27, 2006 Video,
by Mooresville Public Library
 
Thanks to Beth Hensley, MPL volunteer extraordinaire (whom we call "The Decorinator"), and her late husband, Maurice Hensley, for donating an original DVD released at the 2006 dedication ceremony, which is now part of our permanent Indiana Room reference collection.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sanborn Maps Available Online

The Library of Congress continues to digitize its Sanborn fire insurance maps for various communities across America.  These maps begin in the 1800s onward to (more or less) the present day.  They are invaluable to local history researchers, because they identify locations of local businesses and houses at various times in a town's history.


Browse the LOC Sanborn maps online, and for additional Indiana-specific Sanborn maps, visit the Indiana Spatial Data Portal.




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Updated Walking Tour Handout

We have an updated handout for our self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Mooresville, Indiana.  Learn more from this brochure, or watch our program trailer below.

MPL Program Trailer #6
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic
Downtown Mooresville, Indiana

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Eiteljorg Museum Pass Now Available

The Eiteljorg Museum pass is now available to checkout at the library using your Evergreen Indiana card.  Our promo trailer explains.

Eiteljorg Museum Pass Promo Trailer, by Mooresville Public Library

The pass entitles up to four adults (and an unlimited number of youngsters age 17 or under) to:
  • Free general admission
  • Free parking

Friday, April 14, 2017

MPL Indiana Room Staff Hours

It's been awhile since we posted our Indiana Room staff schedule.  Staff will be available in our Indiana Room on the following days and times:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays:  12-8 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays:  9 am-5 pm
  • 2nd & 3rd Fridays:  9 am-5 pm
If the Indiana Room is locked, please stop by the Circulation Desk to ask that the room be unlocked.  There is limited access to reference materials when Indiana Room staff is not present, however.  Items that may be checked-out, however, are always available, once the door is open.

Use your Evergreen Indiana library card to checkout materials from the Indiana Room. Many items circulate from the Indiana Room.  Typically, circulating items have a spine label that reads the letter I followed by a Dewey Decimal Number and the first three letters of (usually) the author's last name (sometimes it's the first three letters of the item's title, if there is no author listed in the catalog for an item).  For example, if you wanted to checkout an audio CD recorded by the library's composer, the call number would be I 786.76 BUC, and it would be shelved in numerical sequence--in this case, along the wall shelves on the far left side, by the windows.  Go ahead and check these recordings out.  They're well worth a listen.

Reference materials (usually with a yellow "reference" label affixed to the spine) do not circulate but may be used inside the library.  Special collections, such as yearbooks, rare monographs, vertical files, microfilm, obituary cards, realia, displays, etc., do not circulate. For instance, if you see a book with the call number I REF 977.2513 MOR, then it's a reference book and does not checkout.

Please ask staff if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How Will We Transform You?

This week (April 9-15, 2017) is National Library Week.  The theme is Libraries Transform.  Our promo trailer elaborates.



Libraries Transform (2017 National Library Week Promo Trailer)
by Mooresville Public Library


How will we transform you, or you, us?  Find out on your next visit.  See our huge yellow transformer by our front entrance, where we have staff photos sharing what we love about our patrons.  (Click photos to enlarge.)






SRCS Brings You More to Checkout

Looking for something that isn't available in our Evergreen Indiana catalog? No problem! The Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS) is now available. Choose among over 30 million items to checkout. Click the logo below to get started.

Click Logo (Above) to Begin

Clifford C. Furnas: Olympic Athlete, Prominent Academic, and Famous Mooresvillian

Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969) graduated from Mooresville High School in 1918. He earned his bachelor degree from Purdue University (1922), at which he excelled in track and field. He secured a position on the U.S. Olympic team and competed in the 5,000 meters event at the 1920 Olympic Games in Belgium.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan (1926). From 1926-31 he worked as a physical chemist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Minneapolis.  Thereafter, he became a professor of chemical engineering at Yale University.

Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969)

Clifford C. Furnas as a Mooresville High School junior
(Class Photo from the ’17 Packet [MHS yearbook, 1917)
(Click Image Above to Enlarge)

In 1941, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, Furnas caused a sensation when he recommended the development of solar power as an alternative energy resource to fossil fuels.  During World War II, he directed the Curtiss-Wright airplane division.  In 1954 Furnas became chancellor of the University of Buffalo.  He served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Eisenhower administration (1955-57).  In 1962, he guided the University of Buffalo’s transition into the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), serving as its first president until his retirement in 1966.  He published many noteworthy scholarly books and articles throughout his distinguished academic and professional career.
Checkout a book describing his lifetime achievements from our Indiana Room collections. Visit our Famous Mooresvillians web page to learn more about famous folks from around these parts.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Have DVD, Will Travel


Evergreen Indiana, our catalog consortium, is conducting a pilot program in which many participating E.I. libraries are allowing DVDs to transit to patrons at other E.I. libraries.  In the past, patrons had to visit the E.I. library that had a particular DVD to check it out.  Now, you may place holds on DVDs held at other E.I. libraries (at least those participating in the pilot), and the DVDs will be sent to you at your home E.I. library (i.e., the one whose name appears on your E.I. library card).  It works just like other items that transit (e.g., books, audiobooks, etc.)  Our promo trailer explains.

Evergreen Indiana DVD Transit Promo Trailer,
by Mooresville Public Library

Find a DVD you'd like to watch at our library, and, if you have an E.I. card, place a hold on it, and if it's one of our "transiting" DVDs, it will come to you!  May I make a viewing suggestion?

The Worst Movie Ever Made
(Made Funny by Rifftrax)

Rifftrax makes fun of bad movies.  There are plenty of laughs here, especially since Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) has been voted the "worst movie ever made."  Click the MANOS image above to go to our Evergreen Indiana catalog to place your hold. This is one of our transiting DVDs, so you'll be good to go.  If you're really interested in the film, we have a behind-the-scenes book (and a novelization) in our catalog, also available to checkout.  We have several other Rifftrax DVDs, as well as its predecessor, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (all will transit, by the way).

Place your DVD holds now!  Have DVD, will travel--that's our motto.



P.S.  Readers my age may recognize that I based the title to this blog post on the television series, Have Gun -- Will Travel (1957-1963), starring Richard Boone as Paladin. Here's the series' theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin," sung by Johnny Western.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thanks a Million!

The MPL YouTube Channel reached a million views this morning.

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Thanks for watching!  You've helped us reach our goal.  Next stop--two million!

We hope you've enjoyed our videos during the past seven years.  If you haven't yet watched, we might have something to interest you.  We have book trailers, promo/program trailers, music videos, children's readalouds, children's songs, nursery rhymes, video blogs (vblogs), book reviews, early literacy videos, local history videos, and more.  Over 750 videos uploaded thus far, with plenty more to come.  There's always something interesting happening at the library, and videos are a fun way to learn more about it all.  Browse our video playlists to see what's available.

Many thanks to all of our current and former staff who helped make our videos: Suzanne Walker, Michelle Peltier, Casey O'Leary, Jaymi Edwards Guy, Rachel Montgomery, Meghan Adams, Kate Meador, Sandra Osborn, Janet Buckley (a volunteer, not staff), Cauli Le Chat, and everyone who has appeared in our videos. Thanks, too, to our executive director, Diane Huerkamp, and the library board of trustees for supporting our efforts.  We especially appreciate the original music composed by Daniel E. Buckley that we use for our video soundtracks.

Update (March 25, 2017):  How do we compare to some of the largest public libraries (nationally and in Indiana) for YouTube video popularity? Here's a summary of YouTube statistics for various public libraries with popular YouTube channels [e.g., New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Seattle Public Library, Indianapolis Public Library, Allen County (Indiana) Public Library, and the Indiana State Library, although ISL is not a public library].  All of these libraries serve large populations and have enormous resources and collections.  We serve a population of about 15,000 with around 65,000 items. We're definitely hanging with some impressive company on the video frontier.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Indiana's First Female State Legislator Was a Mooresvillian

Did you know that the first woman to serve in the Indiana General Assembly was born and raised in Mooresville, Indiana?

Julia D. Nelson (née Julietta Reynolds)
(1863-1936)
First Female in the Hoosier State Legislature

Born in Mooresville on December 11, 1863, Julietta ("Julia") Reynolds attended the Mooresville Academy School until 1880, when she married Edward F. Nelson.  The couple moved to Indianapolis circa 1887.  Subsequently, in 1903 Julia and Edward moved to Muncie, Indiana, where Edward was employed as a pressman for the local newspaper.    (Pressmen operated the printing presses; not to be confused with a reporter.)  Julia served as chairwoman of the Delaware County Republican Women's Club during the 1920 elections.  She was also active in the women's suffrage movement, as well as organizations such as the Order of the Eastern Star and the State Assembly Women's Club.

Following the death of state representative J. Clark McKinley just before the November, 1920 election, Julia D. Nelson was selected as McKinley's replacement to represent Delaware County in the Indiana House.  Julia served one full term (1921-1923).  Her first speech before the General Assembly called for legislation for the care and support of poor parents by their children.  During her first year in office, she introduced five resolutions, of which the most notable were:

  • House Bill 425:  To establish private hearings in criminal cases involving rape and in determination of paternity hearings.
  • House Bill 322:  To establish an Indiana Motion Picture Board to examine, approve, and regulate movies shown in Indiana theaters.
In 1932, following Edward's death, Julia moved back to Indianapolis.  She died on May 27, 1936 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Many thanks to the Indiana Commission for Women for information about Julia D. Nelson.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay DVD

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay DVD is now available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

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The video recounts the events between September 9 to October 15, 2016, "when the Indiana Office of Tourism Development held a 3,200-mile torch relay through all 92 Indiana counties. Carried by over 2,200 Hoosier torchbearers, the torch began the journey in Corydon and concluded in Indianapolis during the Indiana Bicentennial Commission's Hoosier homecoming celebration. This documentary serves to commemorate the event for all future Hoosier generations."  (DVD insert, back cover.)

Look for the DVD (there are two copies) in our media alcove.  Maybe "Flat" Dovydas Balčiūnas will be there to help (click photo below to enlarge).





Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Indiana State Parks Entrance Permit

The 2017 Indiana State Parks entrance permit is now available to checkout at the library for our patrons who have an MPL-issued Evergreen Indiana library card (they start with the numbers 27323...).  Click here to learn more about the library pass.  The state department of natural resources has requested users to complete a survey about this program, which you may pick-up at, and return to, the library's circulation desk.

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Click Above to Play Our Promo Trailer (Video)


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.



video

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.