Library News

Young Hoosier Book Award: Your Child Gets to Vote!

Pick up a Young Hoosier Book Awrd nomination list at the Library.  In April, students get to vote for their favorites.  Watch this space for further details!


Federal and State Tax Forms Are Now Available

The IRS is no longer publishing printed instruction booklets for Forms 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ.  The Library has instruction booklets available for LIMITED checkout.  Instructions and forms are available from the IRS website, www.IRS.gov.  The Library staff will be glad to help you find instructions or forms at the IRS website.


Help With Reading

Help with reading is available Friday March 27th at from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Library.  This first session will be to find out the particular reading skill needs of those who attend.  Help is confidential.  For more information contact Library Director Don Parker.


NEW Bestsellers in Stock NOW!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawknis      Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

Yes Please by Amy Pohler                          Hope To Die by James Patterson

The Escape by David Baldacci                     Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Full Force and Effect (A Jack Ryan novel) by Mark Greaney    41 By George W. Bush

Act of War by Brad Thor                             Blue Labyrinth by Preston and Child

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly      Revival by Stephen King

Young Adult:  Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan

Junior:  Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9) by Jeff Kinney



Downton Abbey Season 1                  Fury

St. Vincent                                       The Interview

John Wick                                         Dracula Untold



NEW Large Print Available!

Don Sez:  “Do you get tired of squinting at books like I do?”  Then come in and see our LARGE selection of large-print books, including Westerns and non-fiction!


Story Hour: Weekly on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

March 19th: Spring!

March 26th: No session (Library Sprouts week)

We will present a story for beginning readers ages 3-7 every week except for weeks with Library Sprouts.  Look for details here or weekly on our Facebook page.



The Library version of this well-known geneaology program is now installed on all of our public computers.  Watch this space for an upcoming orientation and tips class.  But you don’t need to wait!  Ancestry is easy to use!  Start your journey through your family’s history today!


Library SproutsLibrary Sprouts A Huge Success!

This program for 0-3 year-olds and parent helps to teach early literacy and learning skills.  Sprouts is specifically designed for toddlers, taught by Early Childhood Education students from Purdue North Central under a professor’s supervision, and does NOT take the place of Story Hour.

Join us for the Winter 2014 Library Sprouts story hours — now at the Westville Library AND Wanatah Library on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Join us for the next Sprouts at one location or both!
Westville – Feb. 18th

Wanatah — Feb. 25thth

This program is FREE but you need to register.  Please register online using this link – https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3adoqaKkLAknOUB
(You may need to cut and paste in your browser).

You may also register by phone at 219.785.5637.  Space is limited.

We hope to see you soon!

The Library Sprouts Team

Thanks to the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County for making this program possible.


Parent Resources Available!

We have a wide variety of resources to help parents and caregivers help their students as we begin a new school year.  Included are ‘Learn More Indiana’, resources for improving study skills across students’ age range.  Come check out our Parent Resources section!


‘Indiana NEXT’ College Planning Resources Available

You can pick up a copy of ‘Next’, and resources on technical education and financial aid, as well as access job web sites and resume writing tips, all FREE at the Library.


Blank Slate Writers Group Next Meeting Wed. March 4th, 6 p.m.

New and aspiring writers are always welcome to this friendly local writers’ cooperative.  A big part of each meeting is a writing challenge with critiquing, to sharpen the writer’s craft.  For more info, just come by, or call the Library.


‘Knee Deep In Books’ Book Club is Restarting!

Our adult book club will meet on days/times convenient for the members.  Newcomers (and book suggestions) are always welcome!  Call the Library to be added to the book club contact list.


BOOK SPOTLIGHT!: “A Higher Calling” by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

If you enjoyed “Unbroken”, the story of a WWII American POW and his drive to find and forgive the Japanese officer who tortured him, you’ll be blown away by “A Higher Call”.  Also a true story, it recounts the German ace who decided he just didn’t want to kill anyone else that day, the crippled American B-17 bomber he escorted back to England, and the friendship that came with the the bomber’s pilot, who found the German ace after 41 years.  Don’t miss this inspiring story!


Overdrive E-Books!

You can now link to Overdrive, one of the nation’s largest e-book providers.  Click on the link and follow the instructions; find ‘Wanatah Public Library’ on the list, and when prompted, enter your library card number as a 5-digit number: for example, 0xxxx (don’t include the ‘P’).  You can download books and audio files either to your desktop or your portable device.

We’ll be happy to help you navigate the Overdrive system — just give us a call or come in, and we’ll work to make sure your e-book experience is a great one!

E-Books from Overdrive

Thanks to Triple J-Mar Petroleum and the BP Fueling Communities program for the underwriting of our e-books program!


New Videos

The Monuments Men                     The World Ends

3 Days to Kill                               The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Lego Movie                            Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Non-Stop                                     Heaven Is For Real

New York Times Bestsellers!

(These are just a few of our hundreds of new books!)

Mr. Mercedes — Stephen King

Goldfinch — Pulitzer Prize winner

Top Secret Twenty-One — Janet Evanovich

Invisible — James Patterson

The Matchmaker — Elin Hildebrand

The Closer — Mariano Rivera

Gone Girl — Gillian Flynn

The Fault in Our Stars — John Green

Vampire Academy — Richelle Mead

Adult Non-Fiction

Life Inside the Bubble — Dan Bongino           Gulp! by Mary Roach

Back to Work — Bill Clinton                   Frugal Families by Jonni McCoy

Sin In the Second City by Karen Abbott         The Social Animal — David Brooks

The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1



NEW Children’s!  Including Big Nate, The 39 Clues, Geronimo Stilton, My teacher is An Alien, and more!

NEW Teen and Young Adult!  Including Divergent (series), City of Ashes (series), and more!

Stop in and see some of our amazing and fascinating new items!


SAT, GED and College Planning Materials Available

We have a wide range of materials for planning your continuing education.  Ask us if you are looking for a particular resource and we’ll try to get it.