Library News

Tax Forms Available

Once again this year, you can pick up both state and federal tax forms at no cost at the Library.  If we don’t have the specialized form you need, we’ll print it out for you.

Indiana tax instruction booklets are available to pick up.  The IRS is no longer printing federal tax instruction booklets — 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ booklets, as well as some booklets for attachment schedules, are available online or as a 2-day checkout from the Library.  In some cases, there might be a charge for printing out a long specialized or low-demand booklet.


Free State Park Passes in 2016
2016-State-Park-PassesIn 2016, Hoosiers can get free access to state parks by checking out an entrance pass at their local public library. The passes will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. They will be available for check-out from Jan. 1-Dec. 31.

For more information about this wonderful opportunity, ask a member of our staff.




Make Story Hour Your Children’s New Year’s Reading Resolution!

Join Miss Arlene for stories, great fun and activities every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.!  Note the new earlier time.  Story Hour is intended mainly for children aged 4-7, but all are welcome.

Our Library Sprouts program for children ages 0-4 will resume for the winter/spring on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 9:30 a.m.


Lego Club for ages 9-12, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.!

Our next Lego Club meeting will be on Wed. Feb. 17th at 3:30 p.m.  Come by after school and join in the fun!


Next “Our Stories” Book Discussion Thur. Feb. 25th at 6 p.m.

So you know your Uncle Frank fought at Omaha Beach, and that 2 ancestors fought on opposite sides in the Civil War — but you’ve always wanted to know more about those times.  Or you always wondered about the Postwar years were times of such big change.  Or you always wondered whatever happened to party-line phones.  Share your thoughts questions, favorite books and movies. We”l go wherever the discussion leads us, maybe read some books or watch some films on the subject, maybe look up the answers online.  Light refreshments will be provided.


New Videos!  Include Interstellar, Foxcatcher, Barbershop 2, Get Hard, Chappie, and The Forger.


Book Spotlight: “The Worst Class Trip Ever” by Dave Barry — The renowned humor writer turns his talent once again to fiction especially for junior high and young adults.  When Wyatt and his 8th-grade class go on the annual class trip to Washington, DC, they think they’ve stumbled upon terrorists planning an attack, but it’s much more complicated — and funny — that that, and a lot of craziness happens before Wyatt and his friends save the President.  Maybe they won’t end up Grounded For Life after all!  — Don Parker


Help With Reading

Help with reading is available by appointment, and a monthly informational meeting is designed to help those who want to find out more.  The next info meeting will be Friday December 4th from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Library.   All 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


NEW Audio on CD!

Tick Tock and Second Honeymoon by James Patterson

Bones in Her Pocket (a ‘Bones’/Temperance Brennan novel) by Kathy Reichs

Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich                   Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler

Don’t Know Much About the Civil War by Kenneth C. Davis


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.



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


Library Sprouts! Wed. Feb. 17th at 9:30 a.m.!

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.

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.


‘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.


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.