What's Happening @ The Library

    A quick listing of some of the things you might see or find at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library.

    Libraries Forever...

    posted Jul 7, 2014, 9:58 AM by North Judson Public Library

    Libraries will always exist to fulfill your reading needs no matter which format you prefer.

    How to Access Our eBooks With Other eReader Devices

    posted Jul 2, 2014, 2:21 PM by North Judson Public Library

    How to Access Our eBooks With Kindle Fire & Fire HD

    posted Jul 2, 2014, 2:19 PM by North Judson Public Library

    How to Access Our eBooks With Apple Devices

    posted Jul 2, 2014, 2:18 PM by North Judson Public Library

    How to Access Our eBooks With Android Based Devices

    posted Jul 2, 2014, 2:16 PM by North Judson Public Library

    Have You Visited Our "Magic Wall" Yet?

    posted Jun 30, 2014, 12:58 PM by North Judson Public Library

    If you haven’t visited our “Magic Wall” just yet you’re probably wondering what titles we have available as ebooks.  While I won’t list all 60 titles, here are a few that might interest you. 

    Starting with the children’s selection we have 18 titles, including:
    • Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (except for the newest as that won’t be out until November)
    • Jan Fields – Adventures in Extreme Reading 

    For Teens we offer 11 titles such as: 
    • Veronica Roth – Divergent Trilogy
    • John Green – The Fault in Our Stars

    While our Non-Fiction is currently just 6 titles, we do offer: 
    • Scott Helman & Jenna Russell – Long Mile Home:  Boston under attack
    • Michelle Knight – Finding me:  A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings 
    • Solomon Northrup – 12 Years a Slave

    Our largest section right now, with 27 titles, is Adult Fiction which includes: 
    • Wanda Brunstetter – Indiana Cousins trilogy
    • Johnny Cash – Man in White
    • Harlan Coben – Missing You
    • Grey Iles – Natchez Burning
    • Ira Levin – Rosemary’s Baby
    • Frank Peretti – Monster

    All of our ebook titles are listed in our online card catalog:
    1. Click on “Browse” in the left-hand column
    2. Choose “eBook” under the first selection (leave the others as “All Collections” and “All Time Periods”)
    3. Click “Search”
    4. A listing of all the ebooks we currently own will appear.
    5. Click on “Download item” and you will be taken to the Magic Wall where you can check out the item or put it on hold if it is currently out. 

    Notes from Nubi: Introducing Miss Kelsie...

    posted Jun 24, 2014, 3:43 PM by North Judson Public Library

    I’d like to take a brief moment to introduce the newest member of the North Judson-Wayne Township Library staff – Mrs. Kelsie Purcell. Now I haven’t met Miss Kelsie yet because I’ve been taking my retirement seriously and staying home, but mom is thrilled because Miss Kelsie is really into kids.

    Starting with this year’s Summer Reading program, Miss Kelsie has taken over all of the NJWTPL children’s programming. And does she have some great plans for them for the coming year – a stuffed animal overnight; a scavenger hunt for 1st to 5th grades; a Parent’s Day Out; a combined Tot Time/Story Hour in December. Whew, it totally exhausts me; but I’m 77 in human years and Miss Kelsie is much, much younger. 

    I’ll have to talk mom into bringing me to the library one of these Saturdays so I can meet Miss Kelsie.  Heck, maybe I’ll even volunteer if she ever needs an old dog to help with a program. After all, I do have a little experience in that area.

    Love to you all, 

    Welcome to the World of eBooks at Axis360

    posted Jun 20, 2014, 8:59 AM by North Judson Public Library

    In May, 2014, the North Judson-Wayne Township Library signed an agreement with Baker & Taylor Axis360 to provide eBooks for taxpayers in our service district.  (If you live outside of Wayne Township your home library can provide you with eBooks – locally the Starke County Library System or the Pulaski County Library System.) 

    Before you get too excited, there is some bad news that goes with the good.  If you have an older Kindle, Nook and some Android based ereaders/tablets, you will not be able to download books directly to your reader as their operating systems are not set up that way.   


    Applications you will need:

    There are four applications that you need to download directly to your tablet.  Each of them is free and you should be able to download them through Google, Android apps or from our Axis360 site under “App Zone” (


    1. AxisReader is an application from Baker & Taylor which will allow you to connect to our library, browse the collection, login to your account with the library, and download books.

    2. Acoustik is an application that will read books to you if they are set up to be read.  You will have to set up a free account with Acoustik. Not all the books we purchase will be Acoustik compatible.

    3. Blio is an application that allows you to see the books laid out as the author intended.  You will have to set up a free account with Blio. This is especially important with books that have directions, pictures, etc.

    4. Adobe Digital Editions is an application from Adobe which will allow you to read books on your ereader/tablet in the epub format. You will have to set up a free account with Adobe.  You will need to download this program to your laptop/computer and use it to transfer books to your older Kindle/Nook, and some Android based ereaders/tablets, by connecting them directly to your laptop/computer with the cord that came with them. 


    How to Checkout eBooks:

    So you visited our “Magic Wall” and found a book that looks interesting, how do you check it out?  When you linger on a title an information box will open.  Choose the format you want to use and then you can add the item to your checkout list (if you want to keep looking), check it out right away, or put it on your wish list if it is already checked out.  Once you make your choice a box will open asking you to enter your 14 digit library card number beginning with 2979.  If you choose you can checkout up to three items for 14 days and add titles to your wish list.  You can then download the books directly to your tablet (or computer if you are using an older Kindle, Nook, or some Android based ereaders/tablets).


    How Often Will New Books Appear on the Magic Wall?

    Now, did you know that most eBooks are only “leased” to libraries?  And that we only “own” them for a limited amount of time?  When you purchase a book for your ereader from Amazon or Barnes & Noble you usually pay the same price as you would for a physical copy of the book, part of that price (the royalty) goes to the author and you get to keep the book forever.  When libraries purchase eBooks we get them for a limited time (usually a minimum of 1 year or in some cases a total of 26 circulations - which could be more than one year depending on the popularity of the item) and we have to pay the author’s royalty for 26 books whether the item circulates 26 times or not.  So the brand new book that you might pay $25/$30 for could cost us somewhere between $75 and $150, and we don’t get to keep it.  Needless to say we won’t be purchasing many brand new books as eBooks, but once the price comes down in about 6-8 months they will be considered.

    We hope to add more titles to our eBook collection every other month and welcome your input as to titles and authors for consideration. 



    Have YOU Registered For A New Library Card?

    posted Mar 4, 2014, 10:12 AM by North Judson Public Library   [ updated Mar 4, 2014, 10:12 AM ]

    It was last September that the North Judson-Wayne Township Library migrated to a new automation system.  During that time we’ve run into a few problems, most of which have been resolved or are in the process of being resolved.

    One of the nice things about the new system is that it did let library patrons use their old library cards while we waited for the new cards to arrive.  Since January we have been upgrading our patrons to their new library cards and by the end of March the old cards will no longer be accepted by the new system.

    If you haven’t been in to upgrade your library card then you are not aware of the advantages that the new library cards offer on our online catalog.  Visit the library’s website ( and in the middle column under the photo of a mint plant you will see several websites lead off by Library Card Catalog.  Click this and it will take you to our online card catalog.

    Obviously you will be able to do a basic search by title, author, subject, series and keyword; but, you can also use Lexile measure and AR (Accelerated Reader Level).  There is also a menu on the left of the page which will let you do an Advanced search. Here you can add the Form you are looking for (book, CD, DVD, periodical) and what Collection to search (Adult Fiction, Adult Biography, Easy Books, Easy Readers, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature, Young Adult, etc.).  You also have the options to just Browse or see what DVDs we own. 

    When your search opens you just have to click on the title of the item for more information.  It will tell you:
    • If the book is available or checked out
    • How many copies the library owns
    • If the book has a Lexile or Accelerated Reader level and the number of points
    • An option to create a review of the book (subject to editing by a member of the library staff before it is published)
    • Under the book cover you have the options of :
      • Placing a reserve on the item
      • Emailing the information to yourself
      • Add to list (which doesn’t appear to be working just yet but should in the future.)

    With your new library card come new privileges with our online catalog.  When you click on My Account in the left-hand menu (or Login in the upper right corner after the word Home) the Patron Login box will come up requesting your new barcode number.  Once you enter that long 14 digit number a page will come up with your basic information:  name, items on loan, fines owed, and materials you have placed on reserve.  You will also be offered the chance to enter a password to protect your information.  If you were to lose your card this would prevent anyone from accessing the information in your account.

    We are also in the process on adding ebooks to the library’s collection.  If all goes well, (cross your fingers) they should be available to the public by the end of May.  That seems to be it for right now.  We will try to keep you up to date as we discover more about the new automation system.   

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