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Volume 2, Issue 4
February 2015
Selecting Library Materials
The library has many library employees charged with the task of selecting materials to add to the
library’s collections. The library selectors attempt to purchase items that our patrons either need or
want. The library’s complete collection development policies can be found here.
Library material selectors scour a wide variety of reviewing sources to make their selections and to get
their orders in early to be able to have items available as soon as possible. Sometimes they might even
be able to actually see items before they are ordered for purchase.
Library users can also suggest items for purchase although the library doesn’t guarantee that all
suggestions will be purchased. Sometimes the items aren’t considered to be of wide enough interest or
useful enough to be acquired for our collection. In some instances, the library might be able to borrow
the title from another library on behalf of a patron instead of spending our funds to purchase it for our
As our policy states: “It is the goal of the library to own or have ready access to a sufficient number of informational
resources with sufficient scope, depth, relevance, and accuracy in a variety of useful formats for the purpose of providing
information; education and instruction; cultural experience and growth; and meaningful recreation to the library's public.”
This means that we strive to collect a very wide variety of materials reflecting many different points of
view and means of expression. We don’t anticipate all of our patrons will like or agree with everything
we collect, but we do hope that our patrons will find some things they treasure among the many items
we provide to all of our patrons.
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Both branches of Westchester Public Library, the Westchester Township
History Museum and the Library Service Center will be closed for President’s
Day, Monday, February 16. Library buildings will reopen Tuesday, February
17, and will resume regular hours. The Chesterton Adult Learning Center
and the office of the Westchester Township Trustee will also be closed on
Presidents’ Day.
If your Pre-K through 12th
grade child is in need of
reading help, this program is
for you!
Designed to assist your child
with his/her academic
reading, the library’s tutoring
program offers a safe and
welcoming learning
environment with volunteer
tutors who will work
one-on-one with your child in
half-hour increments.
Student sign-up sheets are
available at both libraries or
online here.
Patrons interested in
volunteering to be tutors may
pick up and return
applications at the Circ desk of
either branch (note on
application your interest in
tutoring). The coordinator will
contact you to schedule an
Volunteers will be asked to complete
the library’s volunteer application,
waiver, and background check form,
all available on the library’s website.
History of
US Immigration
Saturday, February 14
11 am-12:30 pm
Bertha Wood
meeting room
Delve into the history of immigration in the United States. Discuss
how Americans have reacted to it, how the government has tried to
control it, and what influence it has on the country today.
The discussion will not center on current immigration policies, but on
historical influxes, reactions, and influences.
Discuss the various waves of European immigrants in the 1800s. The
group will also look at the way the government tried to control
influxes of Asian immigrants in the late 1800s and potential
communist immigrants in the 1920s.
The group is open to anyone interested in history and conversations
about history. Feel free to participate or sit back and listen.
Celebrate reading on Thursday, February 12, from 5-6 pm
Adults (18+) are invited to come make valentines and decorate yummy cupcakes.
Get some good reading recommendations. Library staff will booktalk a few good
Registration is required.
Call the Reference Department at 926-7696 to register.
Library Service Center · 100 W. Indiana Avenue · Chesterton
Call Julia at 926-7696 for more information.
Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm
Bertha Wood meeting room
Gear up for the Oscars!
Watch the 16th Oscar Award winner, Casablanca (1943).
Vote to predict this year’s Best Picture winner.
Health & Wellness Resource Center from Gale is a comprehensive
resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated
access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. The Health
& Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive
interface—providing multiple pathways to key information. Its
browser-style format lets you read the latest news, review a set of subject areas, select a
particular resource, or search across the entire database.
A single search brings together reference sources, periodicals, pamphlets, news, and
multimedia items, organized into tabs that let you easily find the type of information you are
seeking. Every article, pamphlet, and multimedia resource you find is available for printing,
e-mailing, and downloading.
Go to the library’s website:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Inspire icon.
Log in to Inspire (the first time you use Inspire you will be instructed to register).
Near the top of the screen in the middle of the page, click on “Search by
Scroll down to “Health & Wellness Resource Center” ~ this will redirect you to
their homepage.
Get free help for
problems with email,
software, hardware,
eReaders, tablets,
smartphones, etc. First
come, first served. In the
computer classroom.
Sunday 1-4:30 pm
Monday 10 am—7 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 3: 10 am—7 pm
Wed.—Friday 10 am—7 pm
Saturday 9 am—2 pm
(Sat., Feb. 5 9 am-12:30 pm)
If the problem is severe enough, staff may
recommend you see a
computer professional.
All ages/skill levels are welcome to attend.
Meet at the tables near the Reference desk on the first floor of
Thomas Library from 7-8:30 pm.
The first and third Thursdays, beginning February 5.
Battles of the American Civil War
Join Thomas Murphy in the Bertha Wood meeting
room for this series of battles of the American
Civil War. Each program will take place on a
Wednesday evening, with a repeat presentation on
the following Saturday morning.
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
Saturdays, 10 am-noon
February 4
February 7
February 25
February 28
March 25
March 28
Get Hooked:
Crochet for Teens & Adults
Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, & 26
4-5:30 pm
Registration Required & begins Feb. 19
Adults and teens are invited to join Amber Erazo in the Bertha Wood
meeting room to learn the basics of crochet.
Bring a size H hook and a skein of light colored worsted weight yarn.
Register via phone or in person. Call Julia at 926-7696 for more
Spotlight on Julia Bowersox, Reference & Youth Services Librarian
Julia Bowersox, Reference & Youth Services Librarian,
is a local gal returning back to the region. She grew up
in Michigan City. Her undergraduate degree is in
English from Indiana University. There she met and
married her college sweetheart. He had the opportunity
to work with a magazine in NY so they moved to NY
for a little over 5 years. They lived on the Jersey side of
the Hudson, just across where I Love Lucy, Lucy and
Ricki Ricardo had lived. She started volunteering at a
little town library in NY and shortly after acquired a
library assistant job and decided to get her Masters in
Library Science. While in NY she acquired her Masters
Julia and her family.
of Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute
in Manhattan, NY. Pratt is the oldest library science school in America, founded by Mr. Melville
Dewey! It’s mainly known for its art and design program. Being an art lover, she took advantage of
this and also received a Museum Libraries Certification. One of her classes was even at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Thomas J. Watson Museum Library on Monday nights when the
museum was closed.
They moved back a few years ago to Chicagoland
when she accepted a position at Naperville Public Library
in Naperville, IL. When they had their first and only
child, she decided to stay home for a few years and write
book reviews for Voice of Youth Advocates magazine.
She still writes reviews for VOYA on the side, but it’s
mainly for her love of YA literature and wanting to be in
the know of what’s being published. And she gets free
“I’m excited to be a part of the Chesterton
community. I have always believed that libraries are the
heart of a community. I am
an avid reader and
enjoy art and crafts and
visiting museums. I look
forward to creating
programs for the
community and talking
books. So stop by and talk
books with me sometime!”
Stop in, meet Julia, and see this great picture!
Arm knitting!
Leea Likes:
All of these titles are
available @ your library in
print or audio format or
both. Check them out
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
A murder...a tragic accident...or just parents
behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that
someone is dead. But who did what?
Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Rizzoli and Isles are summoned to a crime
scene and find a killing worthy of a ferocious
beast—right down to the claw marks on the
corpse. Now they must find a way to lure
him—monster or human—out of the shadows
and into a cage.
Sunday Matinee will take place on
Eyes Only by Fern Michaels
Poor adoptive parents need the Sisterhood’s
help to fight the rich mother trying to regain
children she gave up for adoption. In a case
that is far more twisted that it first appeared,
the ingenuity, courage, and friendship of the
Sisterhood will be tested as never before.
The Stranger by Harlan Coban (March 2015)
The Stranger appears out of nowhere and whispers a few words in your ear and disappears,
leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world...Adam Price has a lot to lose...
No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor
Pike and Jennifer get a letter informing them
they are fired...but then their commander asks
them to help with a personal matter: his niece is
missing. Neither Pike nor Jennifer understands
how critical her disappearance will become.
Meanwhile, all Taskforce teams have been redirected to a developing terrorist situation that
could cause many deaths.
Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1:20 pm
Library Service Center
100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton
Tracy’s Take:
Coming Soon to AV:
Big Hero 6—A special bond forms between Baymaz, a
plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamads in this
action-packed comedy adventure.
Lucy—A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the
tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior
evolved beyond human logic.
A Walk Among the Tombstones—Private investigator
Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who
kidnapped and murdered his wife.
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Are you or
someone you know
because of
extended illness,
injury, or disability?
If you are a
resident of Westchester Township and are
having trouble getting to the library for these
reasons, you are eligible for the library’s free
homebound service.
Participants will receive personalized book
selections and a delivery of materials
either every two weeks or once a month,
whichever is preferred. Homebound
library patrons may choose from fiction or
nonfiction books, magazines,
audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, or videotapes.
To learn more, call 926-7696 and leave a
message for Outreach Coordinator
Sadie Steciuch.
February 18
10 am—1 pm
In the Bertha Wood meeting room
NorthShore Health Center will provide blood
pressure screenings free to walk-in patrons.
2:30 pm, the first Monday of each
month in the Bertha Wood meeting
February 2:
The Museum of Extraodinary
Things by Alice Hoffman
March 2: The Bookman’s Tale
by Charlie Lovette
April 6: My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
May 4: Anne of Greene Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
June 1: We are all Completely Beside
Ourselves by Karen J. Fowler.
In addition to the screenings, interested patrons
will receive help calculating their Body Mass
Index (BMI).
Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the
circulatory system, often measured for diagnosis
since it is closely related to the force and rate of the
heartbeat and the diameter and elasticity of the
arterial walls.
Call Maysha Carlson at
742-8145 with any
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All Bits & Bytes computer classes
take place in the classroom on the
second floor of Thomas Library.
Registration is necessary for all
ARTnews reports
on the personalities,
trends, and events that
shape the international
art world. Its articles
focus on art ranging
from old masters to
contemporary art in all
genres. Regular features include
reviews of books and exhibits, travel
destinations, investment and
appreciation advice and insights into
the art world.
Art in America is a
To reserve your spot in any of the Bits & Bytes classes, please call the
Serials/Automation Department at 926-7696, ext. 1125, or register online
at the Bits & Bytes link on the library homepage.
Intro to Facebook
This beginner level class will cover how to create an account, accept and
send friend requests, how to post to your wall, how to post a photo, and
how to send a private message. Facebook safety will also be discussed.
Intro to Facebook will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6-8 pm, with a
repeat session on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 1-3 pm. Registration is underway.
Intro to Android
monthly illustrated
magazine that is
dedicated to
contemporary art in
the US. It is well
known for
publishing profiles
of popular American artists. Each
month, the magazines column In the
Studio focuses on the processes of a
single artist who is changing the world
of American art.
Learn how to set up and use an android device including phones and
tablets. Also covered in the class will be installing applications and using
the default Google applications.
Readers of Art in America are treated to
art reviews, features on art-related
books, and news articles related to the
art community. The magazine’s art
experts publish illustrated reviews of
artwork that is being shown in LA, NY,
and anywhere in between. The books
featured typically explore the history of
art and its various movements in great
detail. The magazine writers often
publish information about art events
and exhibitions taking place in the near
future, so readers don’t miss out on the
next big showing.
Intro to Kindle
Choose from one of two sessions available. Tuesday, February 10, from 6-8
pm or Thursday, February 12, from 1-3 pm. Registration is underway.
Online Genealogy
Learn how to use free online genealogy resources. Access the sites and browse
them or create accounts and find information in class. A working knowledge of
the Internet is needed. Bring note taking tools and some information to use in
searches on sites like This introductory class will take place
Thursday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 pm. Registration begins February 3.
Delving into digital media can be a bit daunting, but Kindle Fire is streamlined
for that and does it well. Learn to utilize Overdrive and other online library
resources on your devices.
Choose from one of two session available: Tuesday, February 17, from 6-8 pm,
or Thursday, February 19, from 1-3 pm. Registration will begin on February 3.
Intro to Word 2013
Learn the basics of the latest version of Word. This beginner level class will
focus on how to navigate around Word 2013. How to create, open, and
save documents will be covered, as will how to use some basic templates
and how to change margins, fonts, and text styles.
Choose from one of two sessions available: Tuesday, February 24, from 6-8
pm, or Thursday, February 26, from 1-3 pm. Registration will begin
February 10.
Tech Trivia
Cataloging & Acquisitions
There’s always something going on in the halls of Technical Services…
Coming soon to your library...
Hageman Library:
Thomas Library:
The Sheep Go on Strike by JeanFrancois Dumont
The Dark, Dark Night
by M. Christina Butler J BUT
Not Just a Dot by Loryn Brantz J BRA
The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big
Storm by Paul Bright J BRI
Imagination According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney J FIC BIR
by Charise Mericle Harper
Olympians: Ares Bringer of War
by George O’Connor J FIC OCO
The Never Girls: Far from Shore
by Kiki Thorpe J FIC THO
The Seems: The Split Second
by John Hulme J FIC HUL
What Was the Hindenberg?
By Janet B. Pascal J 387.742 PAS
Story Thief by Janus Riley J FIC RIL
Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag FIC HOA
Natural Remedies for Inflammation by
Christopher Nasey, N.D. 616. 0473 VAS
Steadfast Heart
by Tracie Peterson FIC PET
Lovely Wild by Megan Hart FIC HAR
Redeployment by Phil Klay FIC KLA
Devil’s Dance by Daniel Depp FIC DEP
Only for You by Beth Kery FIC KER
Stop the Coming Civil War
by Michael Savage 320.5209 SAV
Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become
Wolves by Carolyn Chute FIC CHU
As Gouda as Dead
by Avery Ames PB MYSTERY AME
Murder in the Queen’s Garden
by Amanda Carmack PB MYSTERY CAR
Give it All
by Cara McKenna
Young Adult
News and Notes
Check out these new YA must
reads fro the collection at Thomas.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William
Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
The remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its
power to overcome crippling adversity. Anyone who doubts
the power of one individual’s ability to change his community
and better the lives of others will be inspired.
The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
New girl Lauren has a secret. Football hero Colby has a
problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into
Inland by Kat Rosenfield
Something is calling Callie from the river behind their house
and from the ocean miles away. Just as her life begins to
feel like her own and the potential for romance is blossoming, the pull of the dark water seeps into her mind filling her
with doubt and revealing family secrets.
Freak City by Kathrin Schrocke
Mika’s heart is broken, until he sees Leah—smart,
beautiful...and deaf from birth. Communication is hard, so
Mika begins to learn sign language. But the world of deaf
people is so different from the hearing world. Can their worlds
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a
True Story by Josh Sundquist
Josh only ever had one girlfriend. For 23 hours. In eighth
grade. Why was he still single? Go on his semi-scientific and
wholly hilarious journey to see how he was looking for love—
or at least a girlfriend—in all the wrong places.
Manolo is torn between fulfilling the expectations
of his family and following his heart. He embarks
on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds
where he must face his greatest fears. Neither he
nor his friends realize that they are being
controlled by the two lords of the Underworld,
La Muerta and Xibalba.
Rated PG, The Book of Life has a running time of
95 minutes.
Watch on Saturday, February 7, at 5 pm.
Enjoy munching free popcorn while watching.
Library Service Center
100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton
Young Adult News and Notes
Teens: celebrate Good Reads and Sweet Tweets on Thursday,
Feb. 12, from 4-5 pm.
Make valentines
—or anti
—and decorate yummy
Get some good reading recommendations, too. Library staff will
be booktalking a few good reads. Don’t miss the fun!
Come to the library’s first-ever teen advisory board.
Recommend library programs and books. Make new friends.
In the Bertha Wood meeting room
Make a difference @your library
Registration is required.
Have fun! Community service hours available. Call Julia at
6:30-8 pm
Kids in grades 1 and above: join the
Learn to make decks of 60 cards, made
of Character, Energy, and Special cards.
Learn math, strategy, and
communication skills.
Thomas Library Children’s Department
Wednesdays at 3:30 pm
Registration Required
Lego Club
Lego Club will meet
Friday, February 13, at
6:30 pm. Attendance is free of charge, but
registration is necessary. Lego Club is for ages six
years and up.
Meet new friends.
No need to bring anything (unless you
want to bring a starter pack of cards).
@ the Library Service Center on Feb. 27
6:30 pm.
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Westchester Public Library Childrens’ Services
You never know just who—or what—you’ll meet
@your library!
Register now for this exciting
Friday, February 20
6:30 pm
How to you say “Excuse me” in Japanese?
What is the proper mealtime behavior in
Learn the answers to these questions and more at
this fun global etiquette program for children age six and up.
Enjoy the short lessons and learn some of the customs of four different cultures.
Be polite in Japanese, Spanish, French, and German.
Kids, join local foreign language teachers for this great time!
Call the Children’s Department at Thomas Library for more information or to register.
Saturday, February 21, from 1-2 pm
Kids, join Miss Heather in the Children’s Department for a short story time.
Listen as she reads a few good books.
Make 100 glasses. Make and eat trail mix with 100 pieces in it.
Celebrate the opening of the new mini reading room where the 100 great books
shelf will be located.
Take home a list of all 100 books and use your library card to discover new
worlds of wonder and adventure.
Saturday, February 21 · 2 pm
Knit--wits & Pearls of Wisdom
Love to knit or crochet? Join fellow
enthusiasts every Thursday from
10 am-noon around the fireplace.
Refreshments, conversation, and
relaxation included.
Tech Help Desk
Saturday, Feb. 7: 1-4:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 17, & 24: 10 am-4 pm
First come, first served.
Bifocal Bookies
Meet on the second Tuesday of the month
at 1 pm at Hageman Library
February 10
Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn
Like us on Facebook! Hageman Branch
Museum Musings...
Like us on Facebook! Westchester Township History Museum
This series takes
place the third Thursday of each month at
the museum, & the
following day at
Michigan City
Library, 100 E.
Fourth St.,
Michigan City, at
2 p.m.
It is not necessary to
read the book in
advance. Coffee, tea
and cookies will be
For more information, contact the
museum at 983-9715
or Michigan City
Library at 873-3049.
Join Susan Schwarner for Bookmarks on
Thursday, February 17, at 2 pm. She will
review Emily St. John Mandel’s book
Station Eleven.
Lives were turned upside down during
World War II when the US government
opened Japanese internment camps for
American citizens of Japanese descent
who lived near the west coast. Tallgrass
focuses on a small Colorado town and
the internment camp there.
After a young girl is murdered, all eyes
turn to the newcomers—the Japanese
Americans interned at the camp.
Rennie Stroud has just turned 13 and sees
her town as she’s never seen it before.
She will discover secrets that can destroy
even the most sacred.
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky brings
us back to Tallgrass, only this time
Join Serena Sutliff, museum curator, for Mad About
Mysteries in February.
From slapstick comedy to witty dialogue, the
mystery genre is home to many funny characters,
situations, and conversations. Authors to be
presents will include Kathleen Bacus, Mike
Befeler, and Dixie Cash. Humor is subjective, so
attendees are asked to bring along their favorite
funny mysteries as well.
Mad About Mysteries will take place on
Wednesday, February 11. Sutliff will repeat the
presentation on Saturday, February 14.
Both sessions will begin at
2 pm.
Light refreshments will be
through the eyes of 12-year-old Tomi, a second-generation
Japanese American whose family is moved to the internment
camp after her father is wrongly taken away as a spy.
Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her
family as an enemy. What does she need to do to prove she’s an
honorable American?
Knitting Together
Area knitters are invited to gather in the Brown
Mansion for a cozy afternoon of knitting,
conversation, and refreshments on Sunday,
February 1, from 1-5 pm. The program is free
of charge and open to the public.
Those who crochet or do other needlework are
also welcome to attend.
Celebrate the era that
introduced video games, home
computers, 8-track players,
VCRs, MTV, disco music, Star
Wars, the Brat Pack,
Transformers, and more.
Stroll down memory lane to an
era not too far gone at the
exhibit which will run through
February 22.
From the Curator’s Desk...
I was speaking with Pat Mitchell, one of the museum’s volunteers, the other day about the upcoming Intro to Online Genealogy class that I’m leading with Eva Hopkins. We talked about our own work on family
histories, what to do when you get stuck, and interesting new resources available.
Pat also answered several of my questions regarding the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society. Of course I
know about genealogical societies—I’ve even contacted some during the course of my own genealogical research.
However, I wasn’t very certain about what the groups do, what their programs or meetings are about, and how the
NWIGS could help me in my family search in Ohio, Arkansas, Massachusetts, and more.
Well, she certainly cleared up any misunderstandings I had. The NWIGS programs offer help to everyone working
on family history, not just those studying family histories in Northwest Indiana. In fact, one of the upcoming programs is about using DNA in family history research. Past meetings included how to find Quaker ancestors and
using immigration records. The NWIGS website—which will be looked at during the class—also has much to offer to family researchers looking at this area including a surname search and paper resources archived on the site.
The big-picture lesson I learned from this conversation was that genealogical societies all over the country can be a
help to anyone looking for their family history. Some charge fees, some will do a small amount of work for free.
But all of the genealogical societies exist to help us learn our own history.
I invite you to attend the Intro to Online Genealogy class being held at Thomas Library on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from
2-4 p.m. Registration is required as space is limited (call 926-7696, ext. 1123 to register). You may want to bring
paper, pen, and information about your family that can be used to start your research. Pat will also be in attendance
to introduce us to the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society.
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For, like, more information, call the
museum at (219) 983-9715 or, like, stop by
during our hours Wednesday through Sunday
1 - 5 pm.