Frankenstein, Bell Memorial Library, Tippy Valley and Akron Library!


Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation awarded funds to host a Frankenstein community read
TVSC will be part of a statewide One State / One Story: Frankenstein program

Akron (April 9, 2018)—Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation has been awarded a Community Read grant of $1,000 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of the classic novel “Frankenstein.” More than 60 other communities will be reading the book as part of One State / One Story: Frankenstein.

In collaboration with Akron Carnegie Public Library and Bell Memorial Public Library, the schools will host at least three community programs tied to the book during 2018, including a book discussion. They will also receive 50 books and assorted collateral (bookmarks, posters, etc.) to promote the programs. The $1,000 project funds can be used for a variety of purposes.

Written by teenage Mary Shelley in 1818, “Frankenstein” tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.

“‘Frankenstein’ is a powerful book that raises big questions about right and wrong, how we treat other people and the relationship between science and society,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “That’s what makes it such an important book to read as a community and as a state. We want to catalyze those serious conversations, but we want Hoosiers to have a little fun with the book, too.”

Akron Carnegie Public Library will be sponsoring a presentation entitled “The Science of Frankenstein” put on by Professor Steve at Akron Elementary School on October 25th , 2018.  Families will hear about the story of Frankenstein, marvel at stories of scientists that influenced the author and witness the wonder of demonstrations of light, anatomy and electricity.  Highlights of this event will include Professor Steve’s Jacob’s ladder (17,000 volts), Wimshurst Static Generator (75,000 volts) and his amazing Tesla Coil (750,000 volts of raw electricity)!  Akron & Mentone Elementary students will be reading Frankenstein twist picture books during the month of October in preparation for this event.

TVSC teachers Shelly Engle and Jane Hunn will be leading the way at the high school and middle school as they read the novel with students in the 2018-2019 school year. Book discussions will be the heart of the focus in these buildings, with an emphasis on moral and ethical responsibilities as they relate to science and life in general.  Bell Memorial Public Library will be sponsoring a movie event at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School on October 23rd, 2018 for students who have read the book to join together and have some fun.  Book-to-movie comparisons will be shared; along with Frankenstein-themed treats and gifts for students.  Community members are encouraged to stop by both public libraries to check out the classic novel and join in this reading event!

Reading Club members in all 4 buildings will be encouraged to read the classic or a Frankenstein twist novel during the school year.  Grace Smythe, a graphic design student at TVHS, will be designing t-shirts with the theme “Frank is in the Valley.”  These t-shirts are free to students who go above and beyond in their reading efforts by reading Indiana Young Hoosier or Rosie nominated titles throughout the school year.  Books purchased for the Hoosier reading program are generously donated by parent support groups at Akron & Mentone Elementary Schools.  Funds earned through book fairs help to purchase the t-shirts.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read the classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018. More than a dozen programs—including a digital gaming workshop, a sci-fi and horror writing festival for teens, community reads and read-a-thons, and college and university partnerships—will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state. One State / One Story: Frankenstein has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at 

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Indiana Humanities is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Lilly Endowment, Inc. Learn more at

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

About Indiana Center for the Book
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana’s literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level. Learn more at 

About Indiana State Library
The Indiana State Library serves Indiana residents with a variety of needs including; genealogy, Indiana history, preservation, rare books and manuscripts, reference and government services, Talking Books and Braille library, as well as the State Data Center. The State Library also leads and supports the greater Indiana library community and is a magnificent limestone building to visit. Learn more at:




Junior Achievement programs at Mentone Elementary

Mr. Boggs just finished a five week session of participating with Junior Achievement at Mentone Elementary! Junior Achievement is strives to give kids knowledge and skills and to show them what it takes to be in business in today’s economy.

Mr. Boggs worked with Mrs. Baker’s 2nd grade class where the theme was Our Community. The JA Our Community sessions are geared toward how all jobs help a community and how inter-dependent business and citizens are to the success of their community.

The theme for Mrs. Dye’s 4th grade class was Our Region. JA Our Region provides students with a practical approach to starting and running a business, learning about advertising and strives to show not only how to make a decision but how to make a good business decision.

Later in March Mr. Boggs will be traveling to Akron Elementary to lead sessions over five weeks to some of their 4th and 5th grade classes.

Click here to learn more about the Junior Achievement program: 

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


Yes, we DO circulate toys…

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Storytelling Kit # 2

Kit includes:  2 Books:  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed  A Fly, &The Three Pigs.  Also included are an old lady doll, fly, bird, horse, cat, dog, cow and horse.  Puppets included are:  3 pigs, wolf, straw house, stick house and brick house.   Also included are Old MacDonald, horse, pig, cow, sheep and chicken.  Storytelling glove is also included.


~Creative Corner~

Calling all crafters!  Join us on Thursday,

February 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm.  We will be making this cute Shamrock Planter.  Cost for this class will be $5.00.  This class will be limited to 20 participants and sign up is required.  Sign up sheets will be located at the main circulation desk.  Creative Corner is for adults only ages 18+.

Questions, please contact Billie or Sharon at



How to use our e-book service

With your Internet browser you can access our e-book collection in our “Magic Wall” at:

You will need to have online access from your Bell Memorial Public Library account to use our e-book service. Our e-book service needs your Bell Library account information to login. Just e-mail the Director at to register for an online account. Online access for just your Bell Library account will show you what you have checked out, any fines and what materials you have requested to be held for you.

The Library’s currently held e-books are available at
Below is what the initial screen will look like in your web browser:

To access the collection click on Login in the upper right corner. Enter your Bell Memorial Public Library username and password at the appropriate prompt which should look like this:

After a successful login you should be returned to the Library’s “Magic Wall” page.

You can browse the collection by hovering your mouse over the title for brief information on the title…for example:

For more information on the title click again on the cover art and a new screen will appear giving you brief details of the title…

Clicking on details will provide a synopsis if available.
To continue browsing, click on the Magic Wall on the upper left of the screen.

Easier Information About Your Local Government Finances

The Department of Local Government Finance (“Department”), in partnership with the Indiana Business Research Center, has recently released an online dashboard for political subdivisions. The dashboard displays summary information about political subdivisions, including revenues, expenditures, and assessed values. For school corporations, educational performance data is also provided.

The URL for the Gateway online dashboard is 


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 in Fulton County

Fulton County communities and organizations are readying for this year’s round of Halloween fun.

Here’s a rundown:

• Boofest in downtown Rochester is Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Following that is the annual First Financial Bank costume contest, on East Eighth Street. Downtown drivers should watch for the first half-block of East Eighth Street to be restricted or closed until the contest is over.

• Faith Outreach Center, 1125 E. Ninth St., will have trunk and treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

• Rochester trick-or-treat hours are 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Fulton Liberty Lions’ costume contest is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fulton Community Building. There will be prizes in six age groups, including adults, and cash prizes for the top three winners in each group.

Trick-or-treating follows from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

• Akron festivities start with a 5 p.m. Saturday parade from Town Square Park to the fire station. Costume contest judging begins at 5:30 p.m.

Trick-or-treating is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

• Beaver Dam United Methodist Church is having trunk and treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot across from the church, 9798 W. 1000 South, Akron. There’s a prize for the best decorated trunk. There also will be hayrides and snacks. All children are welcome.

• Kewanna trick-or-treating is 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

During those hours the Kewanna United Methodist Church is having truck or treat at Pearl and Toner streets. Attendees are welcome to have a hot dog and drink in the church annex.

Also, the Kewanna Church of Christ invites children to play games and crafts during trick-or-treating hours.

• Trick-or-treating hours in other towns: Argos – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; Culver, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; Winamac, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; Monterey, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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.