Dive into local history or conduct genealogical research by browsing historic local newspapers on Hoosier State Chronicles.
The Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library and the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum came together to successfully apply for the 2021 LSTA Technology Grant after limiting digitization to newspaper microfilms from the late 1800s through 1990 following an unsuccessful grant in 2020. To complete this project, both organizations received approval from Ron Baumgartner, the owner and publisher of The Papers Inc., which owns The Mail-Journal.
The LSTA Technology Grant came from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and is administered by the Indiana State Library. SPL and the museum's microfilm digitalization project became the first of its kind in Kosciusko County.
How The Digitalization Process Worked
In October 2021, the Syracuse Public Library's microfilm was packed and sent to Digital Divide Data in Maryland. The vendor then scanned the microfilm through a high-speed feed scanner to produce the digitized pages into several formats. During the process, newspaper pages were cropped, de-skewed, and organized into folders. Following that, they were sent to another team, where metadata was created for each page, issue, and microfilm reel.
Once that process finished, the team at the Indiana State Library performed quality review on the work to catch minor issues, such as missing pages, duplicate pages, and incorrect labeling. Fixes were sent back to the vendor before final approval and the newspapers' inclusion on Hoosier State Chronicles.
What Was Digitized
Digitalized historic local newspapers include:
All of these historic newspapers are now available on the Hoosier State Chronicles website. Uncover headlines for national and local events, enjoy old advertisements, or retrace the steps of your ancestors. Users can also use the website's search feature to do targeted searches for family members. You never now what you will uncover!
On the search result page, you will find a sidebar. This sidebar offers several ways to refine search results to find ancestors. Know where they lived? Click on papers that would have been local to them. Know the periods they were alive? Click those decades. Don't forget to check the tags, which might have clues, such as a person you know is connected to your ancestor.
By Michelle Parker, Young Adult Services Librarian
If you are looking for a mystery that will keep you guessing and reading late into the night, look no further than "Five Survive" by Holly Jackson.
Red and her five friends are on a road trip to the beach for Spring Break when disaster strikes on an isolated road. The RV's tires are shot out by a sniper who is threatening the six until they give up a particular secret. Will Red and her friends be able to give him what he wants before the deadline at dawn? As the eight hours pass, find out the deadly secrets of each, who will turn on who, and ultimately, which of them will make it out alive.
While the second half of this book is an exciting whirl-wind, be prepared to push through the first half. If you enjoy this one, check out Holly Jackson's series, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, in my opinion, even more of a thrill ride than this one!
Michelle manages the Young Adult Services Department, planning programs, purchasing new books, and revamping the Rosalyn Jones/Young Adult Space.
Pictured are the winners of the North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse Public Library’s “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest. In front from left are Eva Kennelly, Emerie Walker, Kendall Toumey; and Skye-Leigh Kitson. In back are Eleanor Nightingale, Jackson Hayes and Julia Stover. Not pictured are Raily Klinefelter and Katianne Bolinger.
North Webster and Syracuse community members gathered to celebrate local teen artists during the “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest open house Friday, Jan. 13. The open house concluded the joint North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library teen art contest that saw 13 teen artists submit artwork.
At least 90 people attended the open house located at the North Webster Community Public Library, where Friends from the North Webster and Syracuse libraries provided appetizers and SPL’s Rebekah Sceniak performed live with her violin.
Prizes were awarded in three brackets based on grades. In the sixth through seventh grade group, winners were Raily Klinefelter (first place), Emerie Walker (second place) and Eva Kennelly (third place). Eleanor Nightingale (first place), Julia Stover (second place) and Kendall Toumey (third place) were the winners in grades eighth through ninth. Finally, Skye-Leigh Kitson (first place), Katianne Bolinger (second place) and Jackson Hayes (third place) were the winners in grades 10-12. Because of an anonymous donation, the gift card amounts were increased, so first-place winners received $100 gift cards, second-place winners $50 gift cards and third-place winners $30 gift cards.
Pieces were judged by five volunteer judges, all of whom are local artists: Emily Austin of Emily Austin Design; Deb Connett; Angie Deak of Made on Main; Fred Clark of Sturdy Oaks; and Golden Seaton, whose art is currently displayed at 2nd Floor Gallery & Studio. Wawasee High School art teacher Christi Ziebarth and her students also helped with the judging.
All art pieces will be displayed at NWCPL from Jan. 16-27 and then at SPL from Jan. 30-Feb. 10. At the end of these displays, teen artists can pick up their pieces from their home library, which they had listed on their entry forms.
Have you made the switch to Libby yet? If not, you will want to before April 2023 when the OverDrive is being discontinued.
OverDrive Inc. removed the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Microsoft Store on Feb 23, 2022, and now it plans to fully discontinue the legacy OverDrive app at the end of April 2023. At that time, users who try to access their library’s collection in the OverDrive app will need to upgrade to Libby.
OverDrive stated in a its FAQs about the switch, "We believe that Libby is the best reading experience for all users. With valuable partner and user feedback, we’re constantly enhancing the app and adding new features to engage your readers. Discontinuing the OverDrive app will allow our development teams to focus their efforts on Libby."
OverDrive app users currently see the following message in the app:
In early 2023, the OverDrive app will be discontinued. Upgrade to Libby today.
This change is only for the app. Patrons will still be able to visit the Indiana Digital Library's OverDrive website at https://idl.overdrive.com/.
Kindle Fire users can download Libby onto their device manually, as Libby is not currently available to download directly from the Amazon Appstore. OverDrive has requested information and a timeline for approval from Amazon but has not yet received an update.
Users can also deliver Kindle Books to a Fire tablet from a device that supports libbyapp.com (US only).
The OverDrive app will also remain available for Kindle Fire users to download and access until further notice.
What About My OverDrive Wish List?
Yes, when a user sets up the app, Libby prompts them to sync their OverDrive wish list using an in-app notification.
Learn more about wish list syncing on Libby Help.
New books are always arriving at the Syracuse Public Library. Here is a list of what is new in January. A few have not been released yet, so their release dates are next to them in parentheses. Check them out today, and if you haven't already signed up for the 2023 adult reading challenge, do so! Get rewarded for reading. Additionally, if you have book or DVD purchasing requests, you can now submit them digitally.
Summer will be here before we know it, meaning a new year of summer reading! Young Adult Services Librarian Michelle Parker is asking teens to lend their voices to the planning process.
The 2023 summer reading theme will be "All Together Now," and teens are encouraged to embrace that theme by sharing their thoughts about what they would like the program to look like. Fill out the online survey about the type of programming you'd like to participate in, what prizes would be best, etc.
Finally, mark your calendars to attend the "Help Plan Teen Summer Reading" session from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space. Help build the summer reading program of your dreams!
For information, contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Mirror Girls” by Kelly McWilliams is the YA Book Club pick for January.
As infants, twin sisters Charlie Yates and Magnolia Heathwood were secretly separated after the brutal lynching of their parents, who died for loving across the color line. Now, at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie is a young Black organizer in Harlem, while white-passing Magnolia is the heiress to a cotton plantation in rural Georgia.
The sisters reunite as teenagers in the deeply haunted town of Eureka, Ga., where ghosts linger centuries after their time and dangers lurk behind every mirror. They couldn’t be more different, but they will need each other to put the hauntings of the past to rest, to break the mirrors’ deadly curse — and to discover the meaning of sisterhood in a racially divided land.
Pick up copies at the library. Digital e-books and audiobooks are available on Libby.
Discussions occur from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA Space.
Email Michelle, email@example.com, or Amber, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
The Adult Book Club will read “All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark in Janurary.
Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship — the Queen Charlotte.
On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, “Lady Em,” as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead — and the necklace is missing.
Discussions will occur at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, via Zoom and at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the downstairs meeting room.
Books are available at SPL. Patrons can access a digital e-book and audiobook on the Libby app. For information about the adult book club or to receive a Zoom invitation, contact Becky Brower at email@example.com.
Get your hands a little dirty at the In the Garden group's January meeting, where members will do some winter sowing.
Join In the Garden at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the downstairs meeting room to try your hand at winter sowing with native seeds! Bring translucent gallon jugs (such as those used for distilled water) and potting soil for the project. The Syracuse Public Library will provide native seeds (you can bring seeds if you want to), duct tape and permanent markers.
Not interested in doing winter sowing this year? You are still invited to attend and watch the process. You'll also learn about what In the Garden has planned for 2023.
While at the library, don't forget to pick up 2023's recommended reading: "The Triumph of Seeds" by Thor Hanson; "The Book of Eels" by Patrik Svensson; and "The Invention of Nature" by Andrea Wulf. These books tell a story about the natural world while crafting a tale about how that story became important to the author. Hanson shares the love of seeds with his young son; Svensson gets to know his father through eel fishing; and Wulf follows the arduous trek of Alexander Von Humboldt in South America. Another recommended book that will amaze and has many examples is "An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us" by Ed Yong.
For information about In the Garden or any of the recommended books, contact Becky Brower, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find the latest DVDs (movies, documentaries, and TV shows) at Syracuse Public Library. Titles in bolded red will become available throughout the month of January. As with all of our materials, if there is a DVD you would really like us to order, you can now digitally request SPL order it via this link.
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