October 2022

Day of the Death Notices (and more!)

by Kathy Fisher, Head of Genealogy

During October, staff at the Frederick Porter Griffin Center have been diligently celebrating Family History Month.

Didn’t make it in to see us?  Don’t worry – you can continue the celebration anytime, any day by visiting the FPG Center for Genealogy and Local History page. 

Be sure to check out our newly-updated Master Obituary Index!  We’ve added over 100 pages of new entries spanning all years pre-1900 up to 2020, made many clerical corrections, and streamlined the “Unknowns” section at the beginning (so even if you have previously unsuccessfully searched for a person in the Index, be sure to check again)!  The improved “Disclaimer, Key, and Tips” at the beginning offers assistance to better navigate the document.

We also recently uploaded new digital content including Heth and Jackson Township Justice Dockets and Group Photos.

Coming Up Soon:  Keep an eye out for the next digital collection featuring Posey Township Teacher’s Registers from the early 1900s!

Keep digging!

Elizabeth Branch Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Elizabeth Branch of the Harrison County Public Library will be celebrating their 10th anniversary October 31 – November 5.  The Elizabeth Branch held their open house on Sunday, October 28, 2012 with cake, balloons, and a grand celebration for our community.   The following day, Monday, October 29, 2012, the branch opened to the public and patrons were able to sign up for library cards and check out materials at the Elizabeth Branch for the first time.

Highlights from our 10 years include:  honoring our military at Memorial Day and Veterans Day every year with our Hero Wall and Hero Tree, celebrating the town of Elizabeth’s bicentennial, all of the delicious Cooking Academy creations with Ms. Pat, book signings with our local authors, weekly Storytime fun with Ms. Sara, many fun Summer Reading themes (our favorites: Libraries Rock!, Indiana Bicentennial, Oceans of Possibilities), solar eclipse party, and Christmas family photo days.

Services provided by the Elizabeth Branch of the Harrison County Public Library stretch far beyond books.  The Elizabeth Branch has 8 patron computers, copy machine, fax machine, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, audio books on CD, notary services, children and teen materials, children’s storytime, and so much more.  At the Elizabeth Branch we are happy and proud to serve our patrons in the southern part of Harrison County.  Stop in and visit the Elizabeth Branch today and help us celebrate our 10th anniversary!



Self-checkout station Corydon branch

Self-checkout station now available at Corydon Branch

The self-checkout station at the Corydon branch was made possible by a grant from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Self-checkout station at Corydon
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Harrison County Public Library installed a user-friendly station near the entrance of the Corydon branch to enable users to check out their own materials.

To check out, simply:

  1. Scan your library card or user barcode in the HCPL app
  2. Scan the HCPL barcode on each item
  3. Scan the QR code provided to print your receipt

You’re all set!

HCPL staff are happy to help if you would like assistance using the self-checkout station, or if you would prefer that they check out your items at the circulation desk.

A few guidelines for using the self-checkout station:

  • You may use only your own card for self check.
  • DVD’s and hotspots must be checked out by staff at the checkout desk.
  • If you have available holds, please see the staff at the checkout desk so that they may pull them and check them out to your account.

Don’t yet have your Harrison County Public Library card? Apply for a library card or renew your existing card online or at your local HCPL branch.


Check out these amazing shape monsters!

A Monstrously Fun Storytime!


Our library friends had a monstrously fun time singing and dancing at Move & Groove Storytime last week.  Check out the amazing shape monsters we designed!  If you’d like to make a shape monster of your own, the program will repeat on Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m.  You can sign up online or by calling the library at 812-738-4110.

SoIN Big Read Ella Enchanted

HCPL invites you to join us in the 2022 SoIN Big Read, “Ella Enchanted”!

Harrison County Public Library is partnering with the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana (AASI) and other regional partners in the SoIN Big Read, and you are invited to read along with us!

To kickoff the 2022 SoIN Big Read, Harrison County Public Library’s first event will take place this Saturday, October 15th, at the Corydon branch in the Children’s Activity Room at 105 N. Capitol Avenue with public showings of the movie Ella Enchanted (2004) at 10 am and 2 pm.

Free copies of the book will be available to pick up at any Harrison County Public Library branch starting Monday, October 17.


More Harrison County Public Library in-person and virtual book discussion events are coming soon.

“We are thrilled to kick off the SoIN Big Read with our partners, The Floyd County Library, Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Harrison County Public Library, Jeffersonville Public Art Commission, and Community Action of Southern Indiana,” said AASI Executive Director Brian Bell. “The SoIN Big Read will promote a regional community reading event of Ella Enchanted”

Over 1,000 copies of this beloved Newbery Honor-winning story that is sure to enchant readers new and old will be distributed at no cost at locations throughout Southern Indiana. Each SoIN Big Read partnering organization will host book-related programming, movie events, book discussions, workshops, and podcasts with the intention of fostering engagement and discussion of the book.

At her birth, Ella of Frell receives a foolish fairy’s gift—the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order, whether it’s to hop on one foot for a day and a half, or to chop off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not accept her fate…

Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse forever.

A tween favorite for 25 years, adults who remember the pleasure of discovering this fun fairytale themselves are now sharing this book with younger readers.

For more information about the SoIN Big Read, please click here.

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