Teen DND Group Enters First Major Battle of Campaign

Tyson Library’s Teen DND Group ended their first September session in the midst of a heated battle. The 7-member party is working to rescue a professor from thugs in their campaign through the fictional world of Evaria.

Teen Program Coordinator Aly Wright is leading the group through their first Dungeons and Dragons Campaign in the role of Dungeon Master. Each teen gets to use their imagination to navigate their character through trials in the cooperative adventure game.

The group meets in the library’s gallery twice a month to play, and their imaginations are on full display with each turn. Email aly@tysonlibrary.org for more information about teen programs at Tyson Library.

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Tyson Library Teen Council contributes to Versailles Rocks Campaign

Summer looks a little different for Tyson Library’s Teen Council compared to the other classes. The teens’ activities tend to stray from the annual theme. This year our council members explored several topics, including communication skills, mental health, and physical health practices.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Tyson Library Teen Council members work to decide which items might be the most helpful to them in an emergency scenario. In this case, they had to save themselves from a shipwreck with items like food rations and a mirror. Pictured, from left, are Kaylee, Abbie, and Mavery.

Children and Teen Programming Coordinator Aly Wright said the library aims to offer the teens a chance to learn different skills each summer. This year she planned to focus the teens Friday afternoon classes around topics to help them learn about health and happiness.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Marie Menchhofer speaks to the Tyson Library Teen Council about mental health. She explains why it is important to talk about, pay attention to, and take care of your mental health.

Early in the summer Aly led a program on effective communication. In another session, the teens used their deductive reasoning skills in a life-sized game of Clue. And, at their final summer session, they heard from Main Street Versailles President Holly Wehr about giving back to their community. After hearing from Holly, the teens painted rocks with fun designs and positive messages to hide around the community as part of the ongoing #VersaillesRocks campaign. If you spot a fun, painted rock around town, post a picture to social media with the hashtag to help spread the joy!

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – The Tyson Library Teen Council paint rocks to the ongoing Versailles Rocks campaign. Main Street Versailles President Holly Wehr tells the teens about being involved and volunteering in the local community.

Our Teen Council is open for all students in grades 7-12. They meet monthly throughout the year to participate in various programs and service projects. To learn more, go to www.tysonlibrary.org/teen-programs/.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Tyson Library Teen Council members use their attention to detail and deductive reasoning skills in a life-sized game of Clue one Friday afternoon this summer. At the end, one teen had solved the case! Pictured, from left, are Abbie, Mavery, Crystal, and Nolan.

Update (Part 2): We’re Reading to Our Heights in 2022 at Tyson Library

It’s time to share how the last of our staff participating in our Read to Your Height Challenge are doing!

Margaret, Director – Goal: 5’3″

Margaret has read 12 books since January 1.

“I am really enjoying this challenge and it is fun to see what other staff members are reading,” Margaret said.

Margaret’s favorite read this year (so far): In Honor’s Defense (Hanger’s Horsemen Series) by Karen Witemeyer, Christian Fiction

“I think I have read all of Karen Witemeyer’s books and this was a favorite series of mine,” said Margaret.

Her least favorite read this year (so far): Forever My Own by Tracie Peterson (Ladies of the Lake Series), Christian Fiction

“…I just didn’t like it as much as the other two in the series,” Margaret said. “There was less action and the main characters were from Sweden and the author included a lot of Swedish words that were hard for me to pronounce – haha!

Margaret has been reading the genres that she enjoys reading, like Historical Christian Fiction. She enjoys this genre because “the time was so much simpler than it is today, and I like learning some historical facts that the authors adds to the books,” Margaret said.

Trey, Circulation – Goal: 6’3″

Trey is leading the pack with 43 books complete so far this year.

“I absolutely love the reading track sheet that we have started here at Tyson Library. I would say that I have probably read more books than normal in the past few years since I’ve been working in a public library,” said Trey. “And, I am very proud that I’ve still got the rest of the year to read more novels.”

Trey’s favorite read this year (so far): Qb: My Life Behind the Spiral by Jeff Benedict and Steve Young, Sports

Trey’s overall goal for the year is to read more than 75 books and to try to read some “controversial” classics. some classic novels that are considered controversial.

“My favorite genre is definitely biographies and memoirs,” Trey said. “I like them because you can learn so much about individuals who were maybe misunderstood by the public or maybe they went through the same struggles you are currently going through in your life.”

If you saw our original post about setting these “reading to our heights” goals in January, we hope you’ll continue to follow along. There isn’t a reward for reaching our goals (other than the self-satisfaction, I suppose), but I think we’re all enjoying the challenge.

Don’t forget to see how the rest of the staff is doing in our previous update post!

Check out our reading logs in the adult area of our collection the next time you stop in. If you see a title there you’ve been thinking about reading or have already read, we’d love to chat about it!


Tyson Library dives into summer possibilities with penguin visit


Summer is officially underway at Tyson Library this week following Saturday’s kickoff event with the Wave Foundation and Newport Aquarium. Handlers and African Penguin Green Bean educated and entertained the local audience at the Tyson Activity Center. 


Many of the young patrons will join us this week for the start of our summer programming as we explore “Oceans of Possibilities.” Many of our classes still have some room for any child who wants to join us! Registration forms are required for each child attending, stop in or call 812-689-5894 for more information about signing your child up.

Adults can also start entering to win prizes as they enjoy their summer reads. You can enter at the check out desk or click here!


Tales from Tyson Library!

We have an array of news to share with you!

First and foremost, we have a new staff member joining our team! Miss Aly is now our children’s program coordinator! She has been with us since early this summer getting the hang of things! She is pleased to be joining our team and has lots of new ideas for our children’s programs! We can’t wait to see what she has planned! With that being said, our registrations for the school year programs are now open! Please register your child(ren) by coming in to fill out a registration form. Miss Aly has a new program starting this fall called Tyson Travelers! This club is for grades 1-6. We will meet monthly to explore different cultures and time periods through games, foods, and crafts. If you’re interested in this club for your child(ren) please make sure to register your child(ren) as spaces will fill up quickly.We are pleased to announce we are continuing Science Club, Krafty Kids, and Storytime! We are looking into other programs in the future and we hope to announce our programs here on the website as soon as we can. 

Don’t worry, Miss Donna is still at the library! She is now the cataloger for the library and will be processing all movies, books, and CD’s that come into the library for your convenience! 

Make sure to stay up to date with all of our great new items that Miss Donna catalogs by registering for our “Wowbrary”.

What is Wowbrary?

Wowbrary is a nonprofit service that provides you free weekly emails and RSS feeds about your local library’s most recent acquisitions. We’ve found that users of Wowbrary emails are both awed and excited when they discover their local public library’s abundance of new books, DVDs, and CDs.

Register Here: https://www.wowbrary.org/signup.aspx

-Sarah Bush

Cataloger, Community Relations, and Adult Program Coordinator


Tyson Library and TAC to Bring Silly Safaris to Versailles

Silly Safaris is coming to town to kick off Tyson Library’s Summer Wildlife Explorers program!  Join us on June 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Tyson Activity Center to enjoy a fun filled program of animal antics with Silly Safaris.  This will be the library’s first program to kick off our summer children programs. 

Other activities this summer for the kiddos include an outdoor program at the library called “Leap into Science, Lights, Shadows, and Critters” that will be held on June 8th from 1-2 p.m.  We will have four different stations for the children to explore, and there will be drinks and popsicles available as well.

Pet Parade at the Library is planned for July 7 at 11:00 a.m.  We will meet on the front lawn of the library, and from there go on a short parade with our pets around the block.  Pets may come in costume if you desire.  After the parade we will pass out award certificates and popsicles for the kids!  ALL PETS MUST BE ON A LEASH AND RESTRAINED.  AN ADULT MUST BE PRESENT.

There is not registration for Silly Safaris.  To register for Leap Into Science Day or the Pet Parade go to www.tysonlibrary.org and click on the events calendar, then find the event and click on it to register.

Hope to see everyone this summer for a great time at the library!