December 2022

TALK – Text and Learn for Kindergarten

TALK is made possible by the Indiana State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Harrison County Public Library is excited to provide TALK – Text And Learn for Kindergarten to our residents.  TALK is an early literacy texting program for parents and caregivers of young children.  Diana Lasky of Youth Services stated, “Our director Alisa Burch has always looked for ways to encourage early literacy practices at home.  This is the perfect way to put early literacy tips directly into the hands of all caregivers.  Anyone can use TALK, no library affiliation is required.”

Interested adults may sign up to receive 2 messages per week with fun activities to do at home to help prepare little ones, ages 5 and under, for school success.

To register, simply:

  1.   Text TALK to 75547 or go to TALK
  2.   Provide the child’s birthdate and zip code
  3.   Choose your language: English or Spanish
    (2 children maximum per phone number)

You’re all set!  You may opt out at anytime.

HCPL staff are happy to help if you need assistance with registration.
Feel free to contact the library at 812-738-4110 for assistance or information.

Gingerbread Man Puppet Show & Fun – Dec. 3, 2022

by Diana Lasky

Harrison County Public Library Palmyra Branch employee Nikki Essary and her family presented The Gingerbread Man Puppet Show at the Harrison County Boys & Girls Club.  Many puppet characters chased the runaway “naughty” cookie hoping to be the one to get a bite.  After the puppet show, children visited fun stations where they could make a puppet, decorate a cookie and decorate a gingerbread playhouse.

HCPL Corydon Youth Services Assistant Ann Allen helped children decorate and make a gingerbread man marionette puppet.  It was amazing to see all the gingerbread puppets dancing and running away!

R.S.V.P. volunteer Charlotte Adams helped children decorate and cut out paper candies to decorate the gingerbread house.  The children enjoyed playing in the house as much as decorating it!  Visit the Corydon Branch to add more decorations to the house or to play and read in the house.

Teen volunteer Zada Taul and Diana Lasky of HCPL monitored the cookie decorating stations where children were very creative with their frosting and candies. The cookies were delicious however, not many cookies made it out the door.  It was a fun-filled day to kick off the holiday season.

Read to Feed Harrison County Winter Challenge

Read to Feed Harrison County 2023

Want to help out your community this New Year?  Sunday, January 1 is the first day of #WinterRead2023 – READ TO FEED HARRISON COUNTY! The challenge is open to all ages, January 1 – 31.  The goal is to read 9500 books as a community. If the goal is reached, Harrison County Community Services will receive 100 cases of chicken from Tyson, $1,000 from Duke Energy, $200 from REMC, and a $75 gift from Walmart. Canned food will be collected at all branches.

During the Winter Reading Challenge, everything counts! Books, eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines can be used from any source, library or personal. Try out HCPL’s new app to access eResources and more. Track your reading with Beanstack to earn emoji-themed badges and explore fun activities. You are challenged to read at least 10 books in the month of January to unlock the badges.

If you have participated in a reading challenge with us before, you already have a Beanstack account. The library will assist you if you have any difficulties logging on. If you do not want a Beanstack account, the library will be happy to log your reading for you. Just stop in at any library branch to pick up a Winter Read bookmark. HELP READ TO FEED HARRISON COUNTY!

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