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No Internet connection at home? We can help!

The Bell Memorial Library is now circulates an Internet Hotspot.  These devices are about the size of a large cell phone and connect the user to the Internet via cell phone towers.  The device will circulate for a week and patrons can reserve the units.

For more information, contact Stephen Boggs at (574) 353-7234 or via e-mail at


Fellow Patron Requesting Help

We have a patron with special needs who is requesting a series of book titles which we only have in paperback, they need audio books.

 The patron would love to read James Patterson’s series of, “The Women’s Murder Club.”  They would like to start with the first title of the series, but any will do.

 If you have any to donate, please bring them to the Bell Memorial Library and have the staff place them on Stephen’s desk.

 Thank You!!!


Happy Veterans Day


For all of those that have sacrificed, time, marriages, births, birthdays, anniversaries, limbs, and lives WE THANK YOU!!! WE APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE!!! AND WE ARE PROUD TO CALL YOU OURS!!! Thank you for volunteering to serve our country to make sure we the people are free to live as we see fit. And for those that served not  voluntary, THANK YOU ALSO!  Without Veterans there would be no United States. Happy Veterans Day, please know you are loved and appreciated and respected.


We are having a book sale just inside the main entrance to the library.  It is mostly fiction at this time. We are asking .25 cents each or 5 books for $1.00, Magazines are free for the taking. Please pay at the main circulation desk. Proceeds go to Friends of the Library Fund.

Come Join Us For Anime Night

We are happy to announce Anime Night!!!!! November 14, 2017 starting at 5:00 P.M.

We will be watching a Studio Ghibli film, Playing pokemon or your choice anime card games. Anime crafts.  Just for fun come dressed as your favorite anime character. Have suggestions??? Contact Billie Abalos. Come on out to see what fun things we have planned. We cant wait to see you!!!!

Andrew Luck Book Club

Please join us in exploring the books in the Andrew Luck Book Club.

We are happy to announce that we now will be participating in the Andrew Luck Book Club.

The mission of the Andrew Luck Book Club is to share some of the books He’s enjoyed, and to build a continually-growing community of readers of all levels .The idea was initially planted during an interview in February 2015 with NBC Sports Network’s Men in Blazers who started in on him about his love of reading. Then, several months later, Kevin Clark from The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about him being the “NFL’s unofficial librarian”, someone would post something using the hashtag #ALBookClub. They knew they were on to something fun. Every month, He introduces a book for the “Rookies” (younger folks) that he loved as a kid, as well as a book for the “Veterans” (more seasoned readers). The goal for 2017 is to launch a book each month for “Rookies” and “Veterans.”

You will find these books on a special table in the main library. Here is a list to get you started.

How Many Can you read??? Be the first to check them all of the list at our Library an get your picture on the website. Happy Reading!!!!!!!







Reunion by Fred Uhlman

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a curse by Rich Cohen

Despite The Height by Ivory Latta and Charles Smith

Catch A Star by Tamir Catchings and Ken Peterson

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Undaunted Courage: Merriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and The Opening Of The West by Stephen Ambrose

Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Dune by Frank Herbert

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Soul Of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into The Wonder Of Consciousness   by Sy Montgomery

The Lost Years: (Book One Merlin Saga) by T.A. Barron

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Number The Stars by Lois Lowery

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Little House On The Prairie by Laura Engalls Wilder

Papillon by Henri Charrie’re

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Martian by Andy Weir

Hatchett by Gary Paulson

The Art Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown


Trick or Treating Times in Kosciusko County

The following is a list of trick-or-treat times and Halloween events that Ink Free News has gathered from the community. To add an event to the list, please email all information to


The Atwood Fire Department will have the station open and be handing out goodies from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 29.  The department will also have cookies and juice or hot chocolate depending on the weather.

CLAYPOOL – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

ETNA GREEN – The town’s trick-or-treat will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The Etna Green Lions Club is hosting a hayride and hot dogs night at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. This is a free, family event.

LEESBURG – The town’s trick-or-treating will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The Tippy Creek Winery, 5920 North CR 200E, Leesburg, is hosting a Halloween Bash from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Prizes for best costume.Clunette United Methodist Church, 4227 N. CR 600W, Leesburg, is hosting a trunk-or-treat from 7 to 8 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 11.

MENTONE – The town’s trick-or-treat will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

MILFORD – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Wawasee Community Bible Church, 2035 East CR1300 N, Milford,  will host a trunk-or-treat at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28.

See pop culture icons celebrating anniversaries during ‘Lights Out at the Library!’ 6 p.m. to 8 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

NORTH WEBSTER – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The North Webster Church of God, 302 N. Main St., North Webster, is hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.The North Webster Lions Club is hosting The A-Maz-ing Haunted House at the North Webster Lions Fairgrounds, 410 W. Washington St., North Webster, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, OCt. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.

PIERCETON – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 31.

SILVER LAKE – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 31.

Monday, Oct. 30, the Silver Lake Lion’s Club is hosting a Halloween Party and Costume Contest beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Silver Lake Conservation Building located at the Corner of Elm and Sycamore Streets. Cash prizes for children and adults.Celebration Harvest is from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Silver Lake Station 2 (Old Fire Station) located at 104 N. Jefferson St. Get out of the chilly weather and enjoy refreshments, get a treat bag and sign up to win a family prize. The town will not be taking pictures this year, however a setting will be available for you to take your child’s photo.

SYRACUSE – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

A free, fall carnival will be held at the Syracuse Community Center, 1013 N. Long Drive, Syracuse, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28.The Syracuse Park’s Department and Wawasee HS Choir are holding The Haunted Thrill at Crosson Mill, Veteran’s Memorial Park at Crosson Mill, Syracuse, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27, 28 and 31.Syracuse Public Library is hosting a Halloween Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. People are encouraged to come in costume to play carnival games and get candy.Rose Home North, 72876 CR 29, Syracuse, is hosting Boo Fest from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

WARSAW – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31

Community Life Center, 825 N. Harrison St., Warsaw, will hold a trunk-or-treat from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.Downtown Warsaw’s Spooktacular will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.Redeemer Warsaw, 1720 E. Center St., Warsaw, will be hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

WINONA LAKE – The town’s trick-or-treat will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31

A free, Halloween-themed 5k run will be held at the Winona Lake trails at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Goshert Farms Corn Maze

Kosciusko’s One and Only

Corn Maze

Opening Day September 23rd.

September Hours: Saturday 10-day

October Hours: Wednesday & Friday 4-dark

Saturday 10 A.M.-dark

Preschool, Daycare, Homeschools, Elementary Schools

Wednesday -Friday by appointment only.

Youth Groups Always Welcome

Admission $6.00

Children (3 and under) free with paying adult

New This Year: Kittie Barrel Train, Corn Hole, Straw Mountain, Corn Pit,

Petting Zoo, Hay Rides, Pumpkin Sling Shot, Pumpkins, Gourds, Corn Stalks,

       Snack Bar, Soy Candle Making.

7132 S. 1300 W

Mentone, IN


Coming Attractions/ Books coming in…

  1. Among the Dead by J.R. Backlund /
  2. Body On Baker Street by Vicki Delany /
  3. The Adjustment by Suzanne Young /
  4. Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia /
  5. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran /
  6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson /
  7. The Summer That Made US by Robyn Carr /
  8.  The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant /
  9.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan /
  10.  The Vengence Of Mothers by Jim Fergus /
  11. Worlds in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley /
  12. Written In The Stars by Aisha Saeed 



Adult Movie for October 16th

October's Movie

We will be showing the movie, “Growing the BIG One”

A small town’s annual pumpkin growing contest means huge changes for big city radio host Emma Silver(Shannon Doherty) who sets out to pay off her late grandfather’s debts by winning this year’s $50,000 grand prize. In the process she strikes sparks with a handsome neighbor Seth( Kavan Smith) who could teach her a lot about farming and love.

This irresistible and romantic film, cultivates big laughs, warm memories, and unforgettable friendships.

Creative Corner

DIY-Pumpkin-Terracotta-Pots-6Please join us on Thursday, October 19th. from 5 p.m. to 7 p. m. for creative corner. We will be making these adorable Terra Cotta Pumpkins! Sign up sheets will be located at the main circulation desk. Cost for this class will be  $5.00 and there will be a limit of 20 participants. This craft is for adults only (ages 18 +).  Payment will be required prior to the start of the class. For questions or any additional info, please contact Billie  at or Sharon at or call the library at 574-353-7234.

History Of Halloween

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival  of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory lll designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints Day, incorporated some traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallow’s Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child friendly activities such as trick or treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes, and sweet treats.

A Night To Dismember

A Night To Dismember_2017 Party InviteYA and Children’s departments will be hosting a Halloween party on October 26th starting at 5 P.M You are encouraged to wear your favorite costumes. The YA department is having a zombie theme, and the Children’s dept will be come as your favorite character. The older kids(12 -18) in the YA group will be held in the bell x room, and the children’s (kindergarten to 11yrs) will be held in the large conference room. There will be refreshments provided. Sign up is required. We request parents to be here no later then 8P.M. to pick up their children of any age. Sign up sheets will be at the main circulation desk.

halloween gaming


  1. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh/
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs /
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins /
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins /
  5. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins /
  6. The Inquisition by Taran Matharu /
  7. Night School by Lee Child /
  8. Turbo Twenty Three by Janet Evanovich /
  9. Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton /
  10. Love Story by Karen

Meet Our New Children’s Coordinator!

sharonBell library would like to welcome our new Children’s Coordinator, Sharon Kindig. Many of you may already know her as one of the teachers at Jack & Jill Preschool. Sharon is looking forward to working with the  kids & parents here at Bell Library. Stop in and give her a warm welcome and check out the new times for our Children’s Programs on the Kid’s Web Page and in our September Newsletter !


New Internet Name For BMPL

Attempting to provide folks with an easy to remember website name was nearly impossible with our original website address (, especially for us men folk who don’t do well with lotsa’ letters and dots! 🙂


We purchased a new web name to make it easier for you to get to us!  We are now also at:  Get it?  Bell Memorial Public Library, ergo the bellmpl.  We deal with information, so the dot (.) info works just fine for what we do.  You can still get to us at our original address above, just easier at !