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Get Your Game On At The Library By: Joseph Wooley If you have spent time around the Hamilton East Public Library in the past few...

Zamboni Tales By: Connie Boomer I was talking with a friend of mine a while back about doing something we had always wanted to...

So You Want to Start a Book Group By: Jennifer Harmon Book groups can be an excellent way to explore your love of books while making...

Wintry Reads for Snowy Nights By: Julia Welzen Winter is upon us in full force, and the combination of extreme weather and beauty lends itself...

Start a Family Book Club in 2018 By: Lisa Glesil, Fishers Youth Services Librarian We've all heard of book clubs.  There are adult book clubs that...

Important Announcement From your Library The Fishers Library will continue to operate with limited services. Our children's department will be OPEN and accessible via our...

Ringing in 1875 in Fishers Switch By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’ve done several posts on the raucous nature of early Fishers – here, here, here, here, here, and here -...

A Holiday Recap in 1879 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Taking a deep breath after Christmas and looking at the impact of the day is...

Christmas in 1869 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the local newspapers now available online, I decided to check for information about early Christmas celebrations. ...

Staff Best Reads of 2017 As 2017 comes to an end, we've decided to share a list of our staff's favorite books they've read this year....

A Christmas Movie By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Historical documents can take a lot of different forms.  In 1935, the Noblesville Kiwanis club created a...

From January 1st to January 31st, Hamilton East Public Library will participate in a nationwide Winter Reading Challenge. Readers of all ages –...

A Poetic Mystery By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the new arts district in Noblesville, there is an impetus to start cataloging area arts figures. ...

Happy Birthday, Rex Stout By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian When discussing celebrities from Hamilton County, we sometimes have to be a little cautious.  Some of...

How to be Here By: Rob Bell As an avid listener of Rob Bell's podcast, the Robcast, for the last several months, I've started reading...

Thanksgiving in 1890 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Besides family dinner, Thanksgiving now brings to mind parades, football, and Black Friday sales.  In the past,...

An Unexpected Aerial Visitor By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the early days of aviation, balloon racing was a popular sport.  Unlike today’s hot-air balloons,...

Ever wish there was some way of keeping track all of the items you had checked out in the past? A new tracking...

Cynthiana – The First Geist Community By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian The area around Fishers and Geist is the site of some of the newest...

A Follow-up on the “Beetle Flyer” By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Some time back, I did a post on Hamilton County’s only car company –...

The Scariest Book Ever By: Bob Shea “The Scariest Book Ever” by Bob Shea is a delightful and funny read told from the perspective of a...

A Ghost War By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian As people prepare for trick or treaters, we should look at a time in Noblesville in late...

WellieWishers: Ashlyn's Unsurprise Party By: Valerie Tripp This is an early chapter book from American Girl. The WellieWishers are a group of fun loving girls who...

What Happened By: Hillary Rodham Clinton I was torn when attempting to select a title to discuss for my October book review. I recently finished...

How to Find Love in a Bookshop By: Veronica Henry Words cannot describe how much I love books about books.  Throw in an English accent...

Local Ghosts By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the last my blog post, I casually mentioned a Castleton ghost story.  It got an enthusiastic response,...

Charlie & Mouse By: Lauren Snyder; illustrated by Emily Hughes Mouse poked one of the lumps. "Are you awake?'  "No," said the lump. "We are sleeping."  "How...

Strange the Dreamer By: Laini Taylor I love Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. When I heard she was coming out with a...

We're remodeling! If you’ve noticed some recent changes in the Noblesville and Fishers Library, then you know we are remodeling some of our areas. As...

The Man Who Knew By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian While most people would be excited to be a part of one mystery, there was a...

The Return of the White River Monster By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian It’s October and time to look at history stories that are creepy or...

There's Someone Inside Your House By: Stephanie Perkins Stephanie Perkins is one of my favorite rom-com authors so I was a little surprised when I...

The Impossible Fortress By: Jason Rekulak I don’t often browse the stacks looking for a new book to read. Many times, I have a specific...

Uncommon Type By: Tom Hanks America’s favorite movie star (according to a People Magazine survey) has become an author.  Turns out, Tom Hanks is not...

Report From Fisher’s Switch – 1875 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Report From Fisher’s Switch – 1875 I’ve done several posts about the wild early days...

Fish Girl By: David Wiesenthal & Donna Jo Napoli Neptune, God of the seas and storms, now lives on land and has opened "Ocean Wonders,"...

Marching Societies By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Continuing to talk about Emancipation celebrations, it’s worth looking at the Victorian practice of organizing groups to add...

Revenge of the Evil Librarian By: Michelle Knudsen In a sizzling sequel to Evil Librarian, author Michelle Knudsen offers up more intense action mixed with...

Self-Emancipation – John Burtwell By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In keeping with the topic of emancipation from last week, it’s worth looking at the story...

Deskbound: Standing up to a Sitting World By: Dr. Kelly Starrett with Juliet Starrett & Glen Cordoza Deskbound is a great book for not just office...

Star Wars Rogue One: Rebel Dossier By: Jason Fry Fans of all ages will enjoy this movie companion title with its great graphics, awesome format...

Emancipation Day in Hamilton County By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In 1926, African American historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a “Negro History Week” in February...

Hamilton County at the Smithsonian By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian When someone mentions the Smithsonian Institution, you may think about famous objects like the Spirit...

The Little French Bistro By: Nina George The Little French Bistro is reminiscent in theme and plot to George’s first novel, The Little Paris Bookshop. ...

In a Dark, Dark Wood By: Ruth Ware Readers may know Ruth Ware from her 2016 hit, The Woman in Cabin 10.  Her debut novel...

The 1883 Newspaper War By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Since the earliest days of journalism, newspapers have known that a way to attract readers is...

Duncan, the Story Dragon By: Amanda Driscoll   Have you ever been so excited about or by a story that your imagination just goes wild or better...

An Eagle in the Snow By: Michael Morpurgo If you are a history buff like me, or are just looking for a fast read then...

The FOL Board approved some $12,000 in funds to benefit Library programs and purchase equipment at the spring quarterly meeting.  The monies will...

The Noblesville Iconoclast By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Looking at some more Hamilton County newspaper history, it’s interesting to note the various short-lived journals that...

Before We Were Yours By: Lisa Wingate   The cover image on this book grabbed my attention as I scrambled to select a title before heading...

Little Excavator By: Anna Dewdney If you are a fan of the “Llama Llama” series by the late Anna Dewdney, you will love Little Excavator...

Early Hazards of Teaching By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With the start of the school year, it’s time to look at early education in the...

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl By: Ryan North, drawn by Erica Henderson Who has the ability to tackle computer science courses, talk to squirrels and defeat...

A Look Inside The People’s Guide By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Hamilton County has several unique historic resources – I’ve posted about the 1866 map...

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon By: Jill Thompson Wonder Woman is on top of the world right now. After a consistently excellent comic reboot in...

Mystery Series Starters By: Jennifer Harmon First Book in Series: The Keeper of Lost Causes Author: Jussi Alder-Olsen Character: Department Q   First Book in Series: And Only to Deceive Author:...

Scythe By: Neal Shusterman What would you do in a world without hunger, disease, war or misery? Humanity has conquered everything, including death…or so it...

Scandal in the Theater By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Thursday night is the opening of the 25th annual production of Noblesville Shakespeare in the Park. ...

Some Railroad Heroes By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian I’ve talked about railroad wrecks before, particularly ones that were caused deliberately.  For the flip side of...

Girl in Disguise By: Greer MacAllister Girl in Disguise is an historical novel set in the 1850s and 1860s that tells the story of Kate...

I Am The Messenger By: Markus Zusak If you’re a fan of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and his wonderful style of writing, try I...

Update on the Noblesville Library - We appreciate your support and patience as we deal with the aftermath of the flooding in the...

A New York Attitude By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Whenever there is a random mention of incidents in Hamilton County that appear in the national...

The War that Saved My Life By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley "Don't you be talkin' to nobody!"Mam said. "Jamie's out there" I mumbled. "And why shouldn't her be?"...

The Fourth of July in 1876 By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Hamilton County has several local history collectors who spend their spare time doing things...

Girl in the Blue Coat By: Monica Hesse Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights...

The Annotated Pride and Prejudice By: Jane Austen, Annotated & edited by David M. Shapard This year, July 18 marks the 200 year anniversary of...

Scholastic Year in Sports 2017 By: James Buckley Calling all sports fans! If you are looking for a great book that highlights all the wonderful...

Forest Park Golf Course – National Register? By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Looking at historic sites around Hamilton County, we can see that several are...

Sid Hawkins – Big Apple Entertainer By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian People from Noblesville have achieved different levels of fame.  There was one who never...

Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor Sycamore is the story of Jess Winters, a young girl, who went missing in 1991.  It is also the story of...

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure By: Doreen Cronin The Chicken Squad is a book about four chick detectives: Sugar, Poppy, Sweetie, and Dirt. The...

Some Hamilton County Inventors By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian   Hamilton County has always had creative people, as can be seen by the arts community.  But...

LEAVE ME ALONE! By Vera Brosgol A Caldecott Honor Book that The New York Times calls “both classic and ultracontemporary,” Leave Me Alone! is an epic tale about one...

The Gauntlet By: Karuna Riazi What happens when a trio of friends find themselves trapped inside a board game, forced to play challenges designed by...

The Warden's Daughter By: Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli Cammie O'Reilly, aka Cannonball or the Little Warden, lives with her father, the Warden, above the county...

The Hate U Give By: Angie Thomas 16-year old Starr Carter lives a complex life. At her suburban prep school, she is athletic, smart and...

Everyone Brave is Forgiven By: Chris Cleave   World War II fiction has been a trend in publishing these last few years.  In this librarian’s opinion,...

[caption id="attachment_20573" align="alignleft" width="362"] Reproduced with permission from I Dream of Mudsock.[/caption] Early Fishers - The Trittipo Bombings By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian Continuing our look...

[caption id="attachment_20562" align="alignright" width="154"] A portrait of Kin Hubbard.[/caption] Kin Hubbard and Abe Martin of Brown County By: Justin Davis, Indiana Room Digital Assistant Way before...

Leonard Wild and his Buildings By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian William Conner may have established the city of Noblesville, but there is another person who...

Read It & Weep: Tearjerker Books By: Jennifer Harmon Need to get in touch with your emotions? These books will give you all the feels. Albom,...

Favorite Bedtime Stories By Melissa Dragoo The very best part of my day, as a busy parent of two 7 year olds, is reading...

Stamped from the Beginning By: Ibram X. Kendi Stamped from the Beginning is a heavy book. The fact that it is a physically large book...

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