Murder Under the Big Top: A Murder Mystery Event

The library is happy to announce that we recently received a $1,000 grant from the Town of Yorktown Endowment Grant through the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. 

This money will be used to fund a new project called Family Fun @ Your Library. This is an event in that series.


Enter a world of fabulous freaks, exotic acts, and mysterious management…

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Desperate to bolster his circus from a dog-and-pony show to a spectacle that will rival Ringling, Harold Hargrove’s dire attempt to lure audiences and show-stopping attractions have created rivalries that exist beyond the center ring.

As the pressure builds, a murder is committed that steals the show…and you are left to uncover the culprit before the final act.

Was it the raging ringmaster in an attempt to clean up the spectacle? The talented tightrope walker whose fall took them out of the limelight? A revolting roustabout with revenge in their veins? Or possibly a possessive performer whose death defying demeanor went too far…?

In an intense world of illusion and intrigue, you must rely on your wit and intuition to find the killer before the Grand Finale!

How to Participate

For our murder mystery party to be a success, we need at least 20 people to play characters! Sign up to play a character, and we will send you an envelope with everything you need, including information about who you’re portraying, two weeks before the event.

Event Night

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Murder Under the Big Top will be Monday, October 22, from 6:00-8:00 pm. That’s right! An after-hours library murder mystery! Food will be provided.

When you arrive, you’ll be given an envelope with your objective and other items you’ll need for the game.

After a bit, the lights will go out. When they come back on, the victim will have fallen down “dead.”

Next, it’s time to collect evidence and present your findings to the investigator.

Finally, you’ll fill out a ‘Who Dunnit?’ sheet.

The investigator will reveal the solution. Were you right?


Murder Under the Big Top is a clean program, suitable for youths and/or more conservative groups. However, please be aware that there are multiple instances of bribery, blackmail, deceit, and, well, “murder”…

This will be a night you don’t want to miss!

 

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Family Fun @ Your Library: One Book/One Community

The library is happy to announce that we recently received a $1000 grant from the Town of Yorktown Endowment Grant through the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. 

This money will be used to fund a new project called Family Fun @ Your Library.

 

One Book / One Community Family Read

Nothing brings people together like the love of a great book, and we’re bringing that feeling to our entire community for our first Family Fun @ Your Library program, One Book/One Community. Join us in reading¬†The One and Only Ivan this fall.

Read a description of this award-winning book below, followed by all the details you’ll need to participate.

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Timesbestseller!

This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making.

In the tradition of timeless stories like¬†Charlotte’s Web¬†and¬†Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author’s note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events. –Harper Collins Publishers

 

Registration

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Registration for One Book/One Community will begin on August 20 and run through August 31.

During that time, families can sign up for the program and reserve their book. Books will be available for pick up the week of September 10.

Book Discussion Night

Join us at the library on October 17th from 6:00 pm Р8:00 pm, where will we come together as a community to discuss the book over food, activities, crafts, and surprises!

We hope to see you and your families there!

You Don’t Have to Be Super to Be a Hero

Yea yea yea I know. That title makes this post seem cheesy. Our theme for Summer Reading this year has been all about superheroes. While I have written posts about graphic novels (which are the primary medium of modern superhero stories) and Batman, how can this theme be applied to us? Last time I checked, we don’t have super strength or the ability to fly around. When we look at all the superheroes, there is one thing that remains constant; they make a difference to benefit others. You can make a difference too. You don’t need to have super powers in order to make a difference, and be someone’s hero; you simply need to have an idea. So here are a few ideas to get you started.

Write a Something

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Do you have something you are passionate about or a situation that bugs you? Get your ideas and thoughts out there in the world. Blogs have changed the way that people learn online. Most company websites (including News organizations) have a blog in order to get ideas out faster. So if you have something to say, sit down at your computer and write it out. Whether you chose to write a blog or a book is up to you, but make it meaningful so it can change lives.

Serve Someone

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There are countless charities in the world that do different things to help make the world a better place. Chances are, if you want to serve the world, there is a charity or a religious organization doing exactly what you want to do. Do some research and find a place you can serve. Charities have long been thanked for helping and credited with changing lives. If you want to make a difference, make sure you serve somewhere.

Be Involved Somewhere

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This kind of blends well with the previous point, but it is important to get involved. If you are not involved somewhere, especially your community, it will be hard for you to know how to help and make a difference. Even some local institutions take volunteers to help them get their work done. Here in Yorktown, our Fire Department is entirely volunteer. Without those volunteers, our community would be in lots of trouble when there is a fire. You can even get involved in local festivals and celebrations. You can even choose to run for local office to help better your community.

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So there you have it. These are a few simple ways that you can become just like your favorite superhero and make a difference. If you need help figuring out how, there are plenty of books and other resources available to you at your local library. Ask a librarian for some help finding what you need, and get out there and make a difference.

What other ideas do you have? Leave us a comment and let others know about how to help.