Hancock County library Feb. events

Library events

The following events are sponsored by the Hancock County Library:

Ask a history expert

Talk to Hancock County’s official historian, Joe Skvarenina, about the past. He will be available for informal conversations on local history from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield.

Skvarenina is past president of the Hancock County Historical Society and has authored several books on Hancock County.

No registration is necessary. Drop by the library’s local history and genealogy room.

Library closing date

Both locations of the Hancock County Public Library will close for President’s Day on Monday. Although cars will be parked at the library in Greenfield, the doors will be locked for a staff training day.

Book drops at both buildings will also be closed. Items due during this time may be returned Tuesday without fines.

As an option, drop boxes on the parking lots of Mt. Comfort Elementary and Eastern Hancock Schools will remain open.

Cardholders can download eBooks, audio books, music, and magazines 24/7 at hcplibrary.org.

Winter luau

Kids in grades K-5, aloha! Escape from the winter blues during a Hawaiian luau from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Hancock County Public Library’s Sugar Creek Branch in New Palestine. Learn some Hawaiian words, play luau games, make a craft and enjoy Hawaii-inspired food.

Register at hcplibrary.org or call 861-6618, ext. 313.

More magazines

The Hancock County Public Library has several new magazines on its shelves in Greenfield. Library card holders can check out print issues of “Newsweek”; “Fast Company,” a progressive business magazine; “HGTV Magazine” for DIY homeowners; “Mental Floss,” with humor and trivia; “Indiana Gardening;”and “ShopSmart,” published by Consumer Reports.

Tracing ancestors

Get advice on ways to trace Kentucky ancestors during a genealogy gathering from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 18, at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield. Diana Hoy will share strategies for researching Southern ancestors, such as tracking migration patterns, finding specialized genealogical sources and investigating Scots-Irish origins.

Register for this free workshop at hcplibrary.org or call 317-462-5141, ext. 240. Come to the library’s Greenfield Banking Co. Community Room A.

You’re the artist

Kids in grades K-5, create a mash-up of the book, “Birthday Bunny,” by drawing over the pages from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield. Turn a boring book into something interesting with art.

This event celebrates the picture book, “Battle Bunny,” written by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matt Myers. In their story, a boy named Alex gets a silly, sappy book called “Birthday Bunny.” He picks up a pencil and turns it into something he’d actually like to read: “Battle Bunny.”

Register at hcplibrary.org or call 317-462-5141, ext. 238. Come to the youth program room.

Anime & manga club

The monthly anime and manga club meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield. Make tasty Japanese “pocky,” watch new and favorite anime (PG & PG-13) and read the most recent manga.

Register at hcplibrary.org or call 462-5141, ext. 238. Come to the library’s Greenfield Banking Co. Community Rm. B.

Book discussion

“The Tiger in the Smoke,” by Margery Allingham, is the featured selection for the next Women’s Book Discussion from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Hancock County Public Library’s Sugar Creek Branch in New Palestine.

Margaret Allingham was a prolific writer who sold her first story at age 8 and published her first novel before turning 20. Famous for her London thrillers, she has been compared to Dickens in her evocation of the city’s shady underworld.

In the story, Detective Albert Campion stalks “The Tiger,” a knife artist on the loose in the faded squares of shabby houses, furtive alleys and darkened pubs.

Register at hcplibrary.org or call 861-6618, ext. 311. Participants are encouraged to read the selection in advance. To get a copy of the book, inquire at the library’s information desk.