AT THE LIBRARY: Online games and Amish books at CCPL

Join librarian Brad Allard for a game of Drawful, the “what the heck did you draw?” party game from the creators of You Don’t Know Jack, at 8 p.m. Thursday

Each player is given a prompt, which they will attempt to draw on their mobile device. The catch is, there’s no eraser.

Once all the drawings are complete, players have to come up with a convincing lie to trick other players into choosing their answer instead of the actual prompt.

Try your luck at finding the real answer among the lies. You do not need to own the game to play. You just need to have a device for Zoom and a smartphone or tablet to answer questions.

Drawful can host up to eight players at a time. The best artists of each round will win a gift card to the Daily Grind. You can register for the program on Evanced.

You can access Evanced registration for Drawful three ways:

— Visit the Library’s Facebook page at Click on Events and scroll down to Drawful and its link to the Evanced registration form.

— Go to the Library’s home page,, click on the Facebook icon at the top right and or right hand side of the page and proceed according to the previous instructions.   

— On the Library’s homepage click on the reference/adult services tab, choose adult programs in the drop-down menu. Yhat will connect you to the Evanced calendar where you can open the Drawful link to the registration form.

Give Drawful a try.  This is the third You Don’t Know Jack-related program Brad has done in the past couple of months, and past participants rave about the challenges and the fun.

Adult services book buyer Jennifer Mattern and  Director Julie Maruskin have been scouring websites and book catalogs for Amish fiction, one of the most popular genres these days.

Get into the library’s online catalog or online library and you’ll find hundreds of Amish fiction titles.

If you’d like some background about Amish life, try these books from the library’s non-fiction section.

“Simple Joys of the Amish Life” by Mindy Starns Clark and Georgia Varozza with paintings by Laurie Snow Hein (call No. 289.7 Clar) beautifully reveals the Amish in their simplicity, graciousness and tradition of preparing great, hearty food. It includes interesting facts about Amish life from Clark’s popular “A Pocket Guide to Amish Life,” and includes favorite recipes from Varozza’s “The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook.”  Radiant paintings from artist Hein complement the text.

“Simple Joys of Amish Life” captures moments of Amish family and showcases foods like “Georgia’s Amish Table Tidbit” alongside intriguing and often inspiring details about the blessings of a simpler way, community and faith, the values of celebrations and ceremonies.

It will also delight every foodie, mom or potluck participant ready to add chocolate sauerkraut cake, potato soup and Amish dressing to their recipe repertoire.

An intimate description of one Amish man’s perspective on the world is “Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm” by David Kline (call No. 508 Klin).

Kline came upon a sleeping woodchuck one summer day as he walked near his farm. He scratched the animal gently with his walking stick, and the sleeping creature arched its back with pleasure at the attention.

Kline’s essays on nature, farming, animal, and insects show his gentle knowledge, reverence, joyful spirit and appreciation for nature.

He offers a view of life few take time to experience and allows readers to share his respect for and unity with the Earth.

Have a wunderbaar week.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at 

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