October 2003 NEWSLETTER
Volume 8, No. 10

Please join the library staff, board, and Friends in welcoming Fern Miner to our staff as head librarian. As of October 6 she will be working in the office by the adult circulation desk. She replaces Jennifer Abbott, who has taken a job as a school librarian. Next month, watch for Fern’s autobiography in our newsletter. For now, we’ll just say that she lives west of Thorntown with her husband Jim, who is treasurer of our Friends, and she has worked for 24 years at the Lebanon Public Library.

Thanks to everyone who donated items for the annual fall book sale held by the Friends of Thorntown Public Library. Thanks, too, to everyone who worked the booth or bought materials and made monetary donations. The funds will be used by the Friends’ board to fund library programs and other special needs. The sale made $674.42, and the only expense was the $40.00 booth rent.

Youth Department Programs

The More You Read
The More You Know

The More You Know
The Smarter You Grow

The Smarter you Grow
The Stronger your Voice

When speaking Your Mind
Or making Your Choice

Delightful sounds emanate from the youth department on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, sounds of little ones giggling, playing, and asking questions, questions, questions, as they “Grow Into Reading” with Storytime. Stories, songs, crafts, and more are also planned for every Tuesday and Wednesday through October and November except for the week of Fall Break . Come and join us. There is still time to register for programs.

Clueless Mystery Book Club
October 16, 23, & 30; November 6, 13, & 20.
If you love mysteries and are in the third, fourth, or fifth grades, you will enjoy meeting in the youth department on Thursday’s at 4:00 beginning October 16. During the first five meetings we will use materials from Five Minute Mini-Mysteries, Nate the Great, LockNess Monster, Bigfoot, Bloodhound Gang, Sebastian, and Meg Makintosh. On November 20 we will enjoy an interactive mystery, “My Grandma’s Gonna Kill Me”. If you like solve it yourself mystery puzzles, you will enjoy meeting with a group of other super sleuths for solving mysteries using visualization, spotting inconsistencies, and logical deduction. Call or visit to register.

The Greenwood Public Library has given Justin Barnes and his cartoonist partners a thumbs up for their How to Draw program and invited them back for a second session. The Thorntown Public Library is happy to announce that these cartoonists will be here in Thorntown to present a program in the youth department on Saturday, October 25 at 2:30 p.m. for second graders to Adults. Class size is limited, but if there is sufficient interest, a class will also be held at 3:45 p.m. Each student who attends will receive a folder of drawings. There will be door prizes including comic books, pens, pencil sets, autographed drawings and chocolate. The program is free. Paper and pencils will be provided for each student. Register by calling or visiting the library and plan to come for what we know is going to be a great time for all. Pre-registration is VERY important so that we know whether or not to schedule these five men for a second session that Saturday afternoon.

Youth Cook
The youth cooking class had a candlelight lasagna dinner on October 1 and will be cooking again on Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, and Mar. 3. For now we are using the kitchen of the Thorntown United Methodist Church (across the street). The nine participating students are in grades 4-8 and taught by Debbie Smith and Mary Schmucker.

Youth Council
October 6 - game night 6:30-7:45 p.m.
October 13 - movie night “Holes” 6-8 p.m.
October 20 - karaoke night
October 27 - Halloween party with food, prizes for costumes

Adult programs are listed on the calendar in this newsletter.

The Brown Bags and Better Books group has recently instigated a new approach to their Friday noon discussions. Clip and save the enclosed reminder. On the first and third Friday’s of the month, the librarians and Pastor Branson will be featuring books they feel are of special merit; there will be time for discussion of portions of these books. On the second Friday participants are asked to bring some poem, reading, or other thought-provoking piece/book that can be shared and discussed. On the fourth Friday of each month, each participant is to bring something from current news to share and encourage discussion; this might be editorials, health tips, news updates, columns, etc. When there is a fifth Friday in the month, biographical books will be featured, and may be brought in by participants or Pastor Ron. New participants are invited for any session. Lack of preparation does not mean you should not come—this is a “come as you are” group.

Taste of Home Sampler, November 3
Bring table service and a recipe made from a current issue of Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, or Light & Tasty. Call ahead so that we may make a copy of the recipe for everyone. For November the recipes selected to date are Flavorful Herb Bread, Salt Free Seasoning Mix, and Orange Sponge Cake Roll.

Just a reminder--library staff provide treat bags and homemade cookies to youth and adults who “trick or treat” the library IN COSTUME from 6-8 p.m., Friday, October 31.

Did you watch the rebar being wired into grids? Did you see the footings being poured? Did you see the pit for the elevator shaft? Keep watching as we are “building our future on the foundation of the past.” Until December 19, there is time to design a tile for the children’s restroom or to purchase a commemorative brick for the library’s patio. See the circulation desk staff for details.

The Italian restaurants, pizza parlors, and other food joints that entertain with birthday songs have nothing on our library’s staff. Ask our staff to demonstrate for you the “library rap” they presented to the Thorntown Elementary School all-school convocation on October 3; this was a reading celebration of the highest order! The staff also went into motion for the library board on October 13.

Please let us know if you know of anyone who is homebound and who could use books, videos, and others delivered to his home on a temporary or long-term basis. Nina and Gerald Caldwell deliver on Tuesday’s the materials that we select on Monday’s. We do have space in our schedule for more stops.


Adult –Video tapes

Adult – DVD’s

Adult – Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

For a more complete list of new materials including books-on-tape, music CD’s, etc. go to the library’s web site at: http://www.bccn.boone.in.us/tpl

Updated7 October 2003 / llw