Daniel R. and Carol M. Root donated this painting, Untitled (Woodland Scene) by John Elwood Bundy, to the Indiana Room at the Crown Point Community Library in June 2021. John Elwood Bundy (1853-1933) was quintessential in forming the Richmond Art Group, made famous for their portrayal of Indiana picturesque scenes. Bundy was nationally known for his nature paintings, featuring his favorite woodlands near Richmond, Indiana, although he did paint portraits by the commission as well. He shared his knowledge with the group artists as well as with his students at Earlham College and within his studio. Bundy painted for both pleasure and commission, rarely titling his works. This painting was acquired by the donor’s great-grandmother, Carrie Dyer Root, at the same time she commissioned a portrait of her mother in the mid-1890s. There is no known title for this painting. More information can be found on both the Richmond Art Group and John Elwood Bundy in Shaun Thomas Dingwerth’s The Richmond Group Artists (IC 759.1726 DIN).
Roll on down to the library and support early literacy!
Join the Friends of the Crown Point Library for a night of dice-rollin’ fun to raise money for early literacy! Proceeds from their Bunco Night at the Library fundraiser will support a variety of early literacy outreach efforts and programming at the library and in its community.
The Friends of the Crown Point Library is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit the library. They are dedicated to advocating for library services, promoting early literacy, and funding projects and programs to enhance and promote the use and enjoyment of the library. This year they have generously provided over $17,000 to support the following:
- Over 250 Book Baby Bags for newborns and parents in partnership with St. Clare Health Clinic
- Summer and Winter Reading Events
- Books and materials to enhance baby and preschool-age Storytime programming
- Books for Library Book Clubs
- Historic Trolley Tours
- Permanent Storywalk® at the Crown Point location (to be installed in 2023)
- Madcap Puppets Show at Bulldog Park
- Music Concerts at the Library
- Staff Appreciation Luncheon and Apparel
- The Charlie Cart Project for Culinary Literacy Programs
- Licensing Fees for Movie Nights with the Library at Bulldog Park
The after-hours event will take place at the Crown Point Community Library on Friday, November 11 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m. with the first “roll” beginning promptly at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for members, and $30 for non-members and include three rounds of Bunco, dinner, dessert, coffee, tea, and pop.
There will be raffles, 50/50, door prizes, and more! Tickets can be purchased at the Crown Point Library, space is limited!
For more information visit www.crownpointlibrary.org/about/library-friends or call (219) 663-0270.
The Library is celebrating its 10th Anniversary since its new building, located in Crown Point 122 N. Main Street, officially opened on October 22, 2012. The expansion of the Crown Point location has increased the many services and resources the library offers, and provides a beautiful space for community residents to gather to read, discover and connect!
The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by the City of Crown Point, on Thursday, October 20 at 10 a.m. in front of the Children’s Library located on the second floor. Refreshments will be served in the Internet Café and attendees will be able to take a tour highlighting the new renovations.
For ten days, beginning Thursday, October 13- Saturday, October 22, support your library by giving $10 for the 10th anniversary and help us reach our goal of $3,500 to purchase STEAM coding equipment for library programming, including Chromebooks and robotic coding devices to encourage children and teens to develop coding skills. Our celebratory fundraising efforts will help the library raise the funds needed to obtain a matching grant opportunity from the Crown Point Community Foundation.
Donations can be made online or at the front desk of the Crown Point location.
Thank you for supporting your library!
National Friends of Libraries Week is a national week of celebration recognizing the advocacy and contribution efforts of Friends groups that are made up of volunteers.
The Crown Point Community Library’s Friends group supports the Library through advocacy, fundraising, and promotion of library programs and initiatives. For over 35 years, they have made it their mission to enhance and promote the use and enjoyment of the library.
The role of the Library in our community is evolving in exciting and necessary ways. Beyond, books, the library is now also a place to learn essential skills, connect with your community, and discover new opportunities. When you support the Friends by becoming a member, making a donation, or attending a fundraising event, you help make resources available to everyone. Thank you for supporting your library!
This year they have provided over $17,000 in financial support to enhance services and provide materials for programming and outreach efforts!! Have you thought about becoming a “Friend” but haven’t done it yet? Friends couldn’t do what they do without the help of people like you! Join today and get involved.
During this special week of recognition, the Friends will kick off their membership drive and invite you to join their organization, or renew your membership, download the membership form or pick one up at either library location.
Support your Friends and your Library at these upcoming events:
Purchase a bag of books for only $5 at the Fall Book Sale
Buy a ticket and attend “Bunco Night at the Library”
Banned Books Week (September 18 – 24, 2022) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.
Books unite us. Books encourage boundless exploration and allow readers to spread their wings.
Stories give flight to new ideas and perspectives.
Reading-especially books that set us free-expands our worldview.
Censorship, on the other hand, locks away our freedom and divides us from humanity in our own cages.
This designated week brings together the entire book community-librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types-in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The Crown Point Community Library celebrates Banned Books Week and its director, Julie Wendorf, is a strong advocate for the community and the freedom to read. Check out the top 10 banned books.
In October, the library will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Crown Point Library building location at 122 N. Main Street. This building has been well loved and needs some freshening up. Throughout September and October, public areas will be repainted and some flooring replaced. We are doing our best to limit the disruption to the public, however, some areas will be unavailable to patrons for a limited time as projects proceed.
The areas currently being painted are:
- 1st Floor Collection Area – Please ask staff for assistance retrieving materials that may not be accessible.
- 2nd Floor Children’s Library – This department will be closed from September 19-October 8.
- Programs will be held in the Library Meeting Rooms.
- Visit staff and browse a limited collection in the first-floor reading area.
Thank you for your patience!
The Geminus Corporation will offer two free mental health-related training courses at the Crown Point location in September. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Mental Health First Aid
September 9 from 9-3 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. This course is intended for adult participants.
Please include an email address for pre-course work. A certificate will be emailed after the course once the post-course online quiz and evaluation have been completed.
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
September 17 from 10 -12 p.m.
QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 2-hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.
Great news! Kindle Fire users can now install the Libby app on their devices manually – for instructions visit: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/kindlefire
How easy is it to read 1,000 books before kindergarten? Here are a few ways:
- One bedtime story a night for three years,
- Ten books a week for two years,
- 20 books for a week for one year!
The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. The library can help you! Simply sign up for our free program “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten”. We provide you with resources, reading lists, reading logs, and more. Children ages 0-5 are invited to sign up for this program at any time. Read more here: https://crownpointlibrary.org/1000-books-before-kindergarten/
Congratulations to sisters Charlotte and Fiona! On August 9, they both completed the “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” program – just in time for school to start.
Our monthly book groups return in September. Books assigned are available now at the library the group meets.
In addition to the monthly discussion groups, the library also has a True Crime Book Club that meets quarterly and a Business Book Club every other month.
New members are always welcome to join, for more information visit: https://crownpointlibrary.org/for-readers/book-groups/
Click on the image to print out the Fall/Winter 2022 titles.