Pilot Group editor, adult summer reading among Culver library offerings


Lois Tomaszewski, Managing Editor of The Pilot News Group, will present “The Scoop on Community Journalism” at the Culver-Union Township Public Library Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. in the large meeting room.

Lois Tomaszewski has been senior staff writer and news editor for more than 13 years. Her latest position was at the News Dispatch in Michigan City. Much of her career was spent as the only reporter for a weekly newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina, where she covered everything from local government and schools to feature stories and crime. She has won more than two dozen journalism awards from state, regional and national journalism organizations.

She will speak about journalism, and the role newspapers have in communities, as well as the future of community newspapers, and ways in which the community can be a part of the news process.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Reference/Adult Services Librarian, Laura Jones at 574-842-2941 or ljones@culver.lib.in.us.


“Groundbreaking Reads” is the theme of Culver-Union Township Public Library’s 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program. Explore not only groundbreaking books but underground music and movements such as prohibition and the resistance movements of WWII. Dig into other underground phenomena and activities like composting, caving, and archaeology. The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to adults of all ages, with programs, prizes, book discussions, and special events. The adult program will run concurrently with the children’s program, “Dig into Reading.”

CUTPL will hold many adult programs during June and July to go along with the Summer Reading Program theme of “Groundbreaking Reads.”
Thursday, June 13, 1 to 3 p.m. in the small meeting room: “Making Your Garden Grow” with composting and gardening, presented by special guest speaker and Master Gardener, Bob Yoder.

Monday, June 17, 6 p.m., in the large meeting room: The film, "The Bucket List" will be shown

Saturday, June 22, 1:30 p.m. in the small meeting room: book discussion of "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Monday, July 8, 6 p.m. in the large meeting room: screening of "Everglades of the North," a documentary about the Grand Kankakee Marsh.

Monday, July 15, 6 p.m.: As a follow-up to the previous week's screening, a question and answer session and discussion with one of the film producers will be held in the large meeting room.

Tuesday, July 23, 1 to 3 p.m., in the small meeting room: “Digging for Your Roots: A Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop” with lifetime local genealogist Monty Peden. All skill levels from beginner to expert are encouraged and welcome to attend the instructional, enjoyable workshop.

Adult summer reading registration is open to anyone ages 18 and older, and begins on June 3, 2013. The program will run through August 2. For more information, call the library at 574-842-2941 or check out www.culver.lib.in.us.


During the month of May, Culver-Union Township Public Library is celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an eye-catching, multimedia display completed by Reference/Adult Services clerk, Esmeralda Rodgers. Esmie, as she is known by patrons and staff, is from the Phillipines, and as such, she brings to the library a rich understanding of Asian Pacific American heritage and culture.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a national celebration established in 1977 and designated as a month-long celebration in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. May was intended to commemorate immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and also for the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad, completed on May 10, 1869. Chinese immigrants made up the majority of workers laying tracks for the.

Esmie’s display is located at the main entrance to the library, and includes books, DVDs, and CDs available for checkout by patrons. There is also a board with information cards about many famous individuals of Asian Pacific American heritage, such as fashion designer Vera Wang, novelist/poet Ha Jin, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The display includes writers, artists, political figures, athletes, musicians, actors/actresses, and even astronauts.


CUTPL's book/film group, A Novel Approach, will meet Wed., June 5 at noon in the library's large meeting room located downstairs.

The book is "The King's Speech," based on the true story, "Find Your Voice" by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi. This inspiring story will help to explain how one man, Mark Logue, helps King George VI overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment.

The film is "The King's Speech" starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, winner of four Academy Awards.

Copies of the selection are available for checkout and may be reserved by contacting the library at 574-842-2941. Patrons are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while they enjoy the movie and the discussion afterwards.