January 2004 NEWSLETTER
Volume 9, No. 1

As of December 8 the momentum of the building project continues, and construction is still approximately three days ahead of schedule. Photos of the progress are being added to the library web site. The board and staff are pleased with Flaugher Construction and with the architectural firm Veazey, Parrott, Durkin & Shoulders. The planning for the November 8-13, 2004, celebration has begun. Since the public helped us design the building, we feel that the 42-member Library Planning Advisory Committee, Library Board of Trustees, staff, and any interested community member/group should be invited to participate in a December 16, 7-8 p.m., brainstorming session regarding the celebration. This will be an hour to generate ideas and prioritize them.

We ask for your patience as we move into another challenging part of the project, that of moving materials, furniture, and equipment, sometimes a temporary move, sometimes a move to their new location. Occasionally, part of the library will be inaccessible, some of the computers will be disconnected, and staff will be in jeans and coordinating the transfer. We are now meeting to orchestrate those plans and the word for 2004 is FLEXIBILITY!


On the east side of the expanded library will be picnic tables on a brick paver patio. The Friends of the Thorntown Library is making available the opportunity for individuals, families, groups, and businesses to preserve their names by having an engraved paver installed in the patio floor. A sample (though not in the correct color) is available for viewing at the library. Three lines of up to twelve letters and spaces may be used. The cost is $23.00; this includes the $21.00 brick and engraving and some money toward installation. Forms for ordering your paver are available at the library desk, and payment (cash or check payable to Friends of Thorntown PL) is required at the time of order. No orders can be accepted after December 19, 2003.

The Friends organization is also making available – until December 19 - for children’s art white ceramic tiles that will be added to the wall of the children’s bathroom. The cost is $3.00 per tile. This is an idea we “borrowed” from Witham Hospital’s nursery. The artwork must be completed at the library because special markers are used. These are then dried and oven-baked. The $3.00 may be paid in cash or check payable to the Friends of TPL. We shall be creating a booklet depicting each drawing and the artists’ stories about their drawings.

The library has accumulated the following since September. If anything is yours, please claim it from the Lost and Found tub in the Youth Department.
· Gray hooded sweatshirt Chaps Ralph Lauren XL
· Thermal insulated black jacket with hood, zippered, N u-Tech 14/16
· Summer cap, white with gray, “Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary Warden”
· Turquoise/navy vinyl raincoat with hood
· Royal blue lined windbreaker with hood Weather Control Small, with magic marker initials MM
· Jump rope – blue, with red handles
· Small child’s cap, tan, with tan plaid lining
· Green bath towel from November Taste of Home

Any family that wishes to keep their child’s “library ad” drawing is invited to pick them up at the library. These are posted on the upstairs entry walls and doors. Stop and enjoy the children’s depiction of the library—books, the ceiling fans, lots of color, and testimonials about their pleasure in reading and library use. Thanks to the Thorntown Elementary students for participating in this project.

Would you believe that exactly 120 people were present on December 1 for the 9th annual Christmas celebration? Crafts, Santa, refreshments, and even the singing were enjoyed by all…and we had only 5 quarts of lemonade and 24 cookies left! Thanks to all who provided cookies and who helped with the evening.

YOUTH COOK is still holding at ten participants monthly. In December they made a dipped peanut cookie and rock candy. The next session will be 4-5:30 p.m., Wed., Jan 7.


January 15, 2004 Clueless Mystery Club’s Monthly Meeting
The Clueless Mystery Club members have voted to meet for an interactive mystery on the third Thursday of each month. The January 15th meeting will begin with participation in an interactive mystery followed by a light supper and discussion. Please call or visit the youth department to reserve a place for the mystery and supper. If you are not currently involved with this group, but you are interested, join us for the evening and decide.

January 15 to March 15 - Winter Reading Program
It’s S’no Time Like Winter For Reading
Pick up a reading record in the youth department after January 1 and keep track of the titles and the time you read. For each book you read you will receive a paper snowman. Write the title and author of the book you read, sign your name and phone number, and place in the large snowman in the youth department. On Monday, March 15, at 4:00 all preschool to and including sixth grade participants who have read 15 minutes daily or at least 600 minutes total for the two months will join together for a celebration. A drawing will be held and prizes awarded. Everyone will receive a reward for participating. Enjoy making a craft, eating snacks, and meeting a surprise visitor. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Secret Garden Book Club
The youth department has scheduled the first meeting of the Secret Garden Book Club for March 17 at 4:00 p.m. Copies of THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett are available on loan through the youth department. Discussion and snacks will be enjoyed from 4-5:00 p.m. Shirley Hodgen will lead the discussion of the first book from March through May. Mary Schmucker from Youth Cook is considering incorporating ideas from The Secret Garden Cookbook to entice us to join this group. Chris Hawkins is planning to lead us in future programs using the Sugar Creek Gang Series. Discussions will be held on the third Wednesday of each month. Please register before February 25th.


Book Discussion for Adults
The book discussion for adults for 2004 is scheduled on Monday, January 19, 2:30 p.m. (Mark your calendars for the 3rd Monday of each month). Copies of The Quilter’s Apprentice, by Jennifer Chiaverini, are available for you to borrow. Chiaverini’s first novel crosses the generations with a story about the friendship of two women. Each of the women has something to resolve from her past. Our discussion will center on the friendship of the women, and what each woman gains from her quilt making. Chiaverini has written a series of five Elm Creek Quilt novels, and the next one is scheduled to come out in April 2004. Participants in the book discussion are asked to sign up at the library, read the book prior to the discussion, and to tell about a special quilt, if they like. The book discussions will be facilitated by various library staff members; this one was chosen by Fern Miner. Some questions to ponder as you read: “Why is Sarah so drawn to the quilt she first sees at Elm Creek Manor?” “Teaching Sarah how to quilt fulfills something very profound in Sylvia. Explain what you think that is, and how it ties in to the major themes of the book.” “’Sorrows come to us all,’ Sylvia’s great-aunt once said to her. How does the adult Sylvia translate this portentous statement into the creation of dark and light sections of a quilt? What do the colors symbolize?”

Veteran instructor Gene Ryan will teach calligraphy in a series of three classes on Tuesday’s, January 13, 20, and 27, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The cost for the instruction is $20, and includes all training materials, except the pen.
Class participants will need to bring a fine point Speedball “ElegantWriter” black calligraphy marker, or may purchase one from the library for $1.99. The Schaeffer calligraphy fountain pen, medium point, black, may be substituted and may be purchased at the library for $4.47. Here’s your opportunity to learn a new craft in the slow times of winter— with your new skills, you may be able to create gifts for those you love, or address those summer wedding invitations in beautiful script. Bring a friend and register soon, as the enrollment is limited.

Taste of Home
On Monday, January 5, 6-7:00 p.m., the Taste of Home Sampler participants will bring table service and dish made from a recipe in the current issue of Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, or Light & Tasty. Library staff will provide a copy of each recipe (printed on card stock) and beverages, including “Hot Spiced Tea” from TOH page 11. Other recipes selected to date include Noodle Kugel and Spiced Fruit Cup. By phoning in your planned recipe, duplications may be avoided. New participants are invited!

For every INKJET cartridge returned in good shape, the Friends will receive $2.00. Now is the time to reduce pollution, recycle, and help your Friends and library at the same time. Please note:
· Only inkjet cartridges are acceptable. If the cartridge is bigger than the size of your palm, it is not an inkjet.
· The printhead must not be damaged. Do not put scotch tape over the printhead. Just bring it to the library, and we shall bag/wrap it for our postage-free return.
· Call us at 436-7348 if you have questions.

Typically, the Friends of Thorntown Public Library hold two book sales per year and use the proceeds to help fund both adult and children’s programs. The Friends are now working to help develop a walled garden area for children and your assistance is appreciated.
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

Updated 17 December 2003 / llw