Volume 10, No.2

LIBRARY PRIDE PHOTO CONTEST: Throughout April is a good time to take pictures of your library or collect those you already have and enter them in a photography contest. The contest ends April 30 and will showcase what you like about the library or may illustrate a service provided by the library that you enjoy. Photos may feature inside or outside shots, and if people are in the photo, it is necessary to obtain their permission to display their pictures. Photographs should be delivered to the Adult Circulation Desk and will be returned to their owners after being displayed at the library. Questions? Ask Head Librarian Fern Miner. April 10-16 is NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK, a perfect time to photograph your library.

Guinn Local History/Genealogy Center
Volunteers and staff have been keeping the library’s Guinn Room copier humming as they copy the Russell and Hitch Funeral Home registration books. As the records of area funerals are copied they are inserted into notebooks and indexed. All indexes are being placed on the library’s website. Researchers have been going to the library’s genealogy web page and using the indexes to request copies of information needed for their research. As of the first of March requests had been received from as far away as Canada, California, New York and Florida. Local researchers also access the information.

Staff are also entering the local cemetery records (compiled by David Guinn in the 1990’s) into MS Access and converting them to .pdf files to be placed on the website. This will allow any researcher with Internet access to view these records.

A third project is shared with the Boone County Genealogical Society and the Lebanon Public Library. Volunteers are asked to use a word processing program to transcribe Boone County obituaries, transferring the records to the Boone County Genealogical Society’s website with links from both the Thorntown Public Library’s and Lebanon Public Library’s websites. This joint effort will allow researchers greater access to Boone County records.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help with any of the projects in the genealogy department is asked to contact Linda White..

CPR Class: Plans are being made to offer in April CPR certification at the Heartsaver level of training. This will include adult, infant and AED. The class will require approximately three hours and probably be an evening class. The cost will be $35, which covers the text and the completion card. Anyone who may be interested is invited to notify library staff to be placed on a call list for notification once date and time have been selected.

MAKE A VERA BRADLEY-STYLE QUILTED PURSE FOR $5.00 in a class taught on April 21, 6-9:00 p.m. by library board member Deanna Brueggert. Participants will need a sewing machine, ¾ yard double-sided quilted fabric, 2½ yards Maxi Piping, 3 yards extra wide double fold bias tape compatible with the fabric, a 10” sport zipper, and sewing notions. In addition, one serger is needed for every five students. Three samples of the purse are on display at the library. Please call 436-7348 to register; prepayment of the $5.00 fee is required. The purse may be completed in the three-hour period if the straps are made in advance. Two fabric strips 45” x 3” are needed for the two straps. This is a great project for gifts and for personal use—but, beware, it may be habit-forming.

THORNTOWN RED HAT SOCIETY? Interest has been expressed in forming a Red Hat Society that headquarters at the library but visits area restaurants and sites of mutual interest. Any woman fifty and over may wear the red and purple, but any younger woman, although limited to pink and lusty lavender, is also invited to participate. The group will not necessarily link itself to the national organization but WILL endorse the statement of purpose: “The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and élan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.” An organizational session will be held at the library at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, to determine interest and direction. There are no actual rules, merely suggestions, and the well-known red hat and purple dress will not be required for the initial meeting. We promise something interesting for this first meeting—as soon as we figure out what that might be. Possible officers are the Queen Mother, Vice-Mother, Anti-Parliamentarian (who makes sure no one makes any rules), and Sergeant-in-Gloves, who ensures proper behavior if she can decide what that would be. Please call to make a reservation so that we can find enough red tea cups!

SUGAR CREEK ART GUILD, formerly the Boone County Art Guild, will meet on Saturday, April 23, at 1:00 p.m., in Room 120. Berry Connell, artist who created the Thorntown street scene for our local calendar, will talk about and demonstrate Pleine Aire painting

UFO DAY will be April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the program rooms. This is a day set aside to bring in your sewing machine, that craft project that remains unfinished, or any needlework/craft work that completes the sentence that begins, “Some day I shall make the time to finish.......” Mary Robinson claims to be an expert in UnFinished Objects and welcomes others who want to take time to Focus and Finish.

Beginning Genealogy Workshop
On April 21, from 6-8 p.m. will be a workshop on Legacy genealogy software. Legacy is shareware software that is easy to use for inputting family history information. This class will be limited to 6 participants so that computers will be available; pre-registration is required.

Computer Class - April 14, 6-8:00 p.m.
“Getting Started on the World Wide Web” will include an explanation of what the Internet is, search tips, URL’s, Boolean searching and various search engines and directories. Mouse and keyboarding skills are required. The class will be limited to 6 participants. Pre-registration is required but there is no fee for the class.

Computer lab available to public for classes.
The computer lab is available for classes taught by non-library personnel. Contact Linda White for scheduling of the lab, which is only available during the library’s open hours. The instructor will be responsible for advertising of classes. The lab is limited to six computers. All computer have Microsoft Office 2000 Professional installed (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Powerpoint and Publisher).

Wireless Network Do you have a laptop or notebook computer? Do you need to connect to the internet but don’t want to pay for it. Come to the library and connect to our wireless network. If your laptop has wireless capabilities built in, all you have to do is walk in and sit down in an easy chair or at one of our tables and you may connect. If you don’t have wireless capabilities built in, see Linda White and she will set you up with a loaner USB card for use while you are at the library.

Statewide Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant Libraries The revised Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant list now includes the following libraries within 25 miles of Thorntown: Colfax Public Library, Crawfordsville District Public Library, Frankfort Community/Clinton County Contractual Public Library, Kirklin Public Library, Ladoga Clark Township Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Linden Public Library, Roachdale Franklin Township Public Library, Sheridan Public Library, Tippecanoe County Public Library (Lafayette), and West Lafayette Public Library. If you have a library card at Thorntown Public Library, you may go to any of the above libraries and get a reciprocal borrowing card. Before issuing you a card, the library will call Thorntown to be sure that you have an active account without fines or overdues. If you have an active account at any of the above libraries you may also come here to get a reciprocal borrowing card. There are 150 libraries now usiing the statewide reciprocal borrowing covenant; for a complete list visit the State Library’s site at http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/isl/ldo/rbcovenants1104.xls .

Youth Cook
Youth Cook made Homemade Sugar Cookies for Valentines Day in February. We welcome Ted Irvin to our cooking class. Ted was quite the gentleman, served staff cookies, and offered to help with clean-up. Thank you Ted and Virginia for the delicious cookies!!! On March 2nd eleven children participated in Youth Cook. The Pepperoni Bites were quickly consumed, but library director Karen got to sample the last one. (Karen’s comment: They were EXCELLENT!) We had Peanut Butter Cups for dessert. (Karen did not get one of these!) Youth Cook will meet during Spring Break on Wednesday April 6th from 4-5:30p.m.

Fifty-One youth made tracks in the snow to the library this winter to sign up for the Winter Wonder(ful)land Reading Club. Special storytimes, special crafts, and small prizes were given as incentives to keep reading the books at the Thorntown Public Library.

Storytime for children ages 3-6 continues in April on Tuesday’s at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s at 10:00 a.m. except for the week of Spring Break. Twenty-four children are enjoying stories, activities, songs and crafts. It is not too late to begin participating.

Clueless Mystery Club meets on Thursday, April 21st from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Clifford is missing. It is believed that Count Olaf has taken him from the library. Come dressed as any book character you wish. Come in disguise if you wish. Be willing to tell at the inquisition hearing where you were when Clifford the dog disappeared and why you should not be a suspect. Be ready to answer questions about your character. So read all you can about your character so you can give accurate information. We will have fun and eat mystery food. If you have any questions, please call Shirley Hodgen.

Youth Council Grades 4-6 held an Open House on Monday, March 21st. There were 40 in attendance with a program that included a skit on bullying, rap and dancing, cheers, booths created by individual council members to share their hobbies and interests, and FOOD FOOD FOOD!

The summer activity programs are “Racing to Read Around the Continents” Anyone who has traveled outside our North American Continent and wishes to share memborabilia, pictures, and stories with the youth, is asked to call the youth department.

Youth interested in a Marble Contest should contact Shirley Hodgen at the library. Traditionally, World Marble Contests are held in Britain between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. A Marble Contest for children is being planned for this summer at the Thorntown Public Library. Sign up to have fun with this game that is more than 3000 years old. There are 3 forms of this game: Taw, Cherry pit, and Nineholes. We will begin with Taw.

The summer reading theme is “Racing to Read”. Staff are asking all customers for racing memorabilia they would be willing to donate for prizes or to display. Also being sought is a race driver or team that would be willing to come to the library and talk to our youth.

Suggestions are welcomed; please call the library and ask for Shirley Hodgen, Chris Hawkins, or Mary Schmucker. Also needed is an individual or group to make a race car out of cardboard for the youth department.

Summer Reading Kick-off Event is May 14th
Nancy Roe Pimm will share her many racing stories with children based on her years working on an Indy 500 pit crew and as the wife of an Indy 500 race car driver. Nancy brings “pit trash” (racing suit, helmet etc.) from the Rahal/Letterman Indy 500 winning racing team for an interactive session with the boys and girls. She talks to her captive audience about her writing career and encourages them to achieve their dreams through reading, writing, and perseverance. Nancy wrote INDY 500 THE INSIDE TRACK. The library has a copy of this book in the youth department. She will also share other books she has written on animals and more. Join us at 3:30 on Saturday, May 14 for this special program. Nancy comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where she resides. Her first visit will be at the Plainfield Public Library in the morning before traveling to Thorntown. Before and after the program, children may sign up for the summer reading and activity programs and receive their racing reading log and a “surprise” to help you get your engine started.

The CELEBRATE TODAY CENTER, a senior’s activity program in the library’s program rooms, continues to offer daily nutritious lunches for a suggested donation of $2.00 (for those over sixty), Bingo on Thursday’s at noon (sponsored by Hickory Creek, Essex, and the Library), Sitting Fit exercise led by the Boone County Family YMCA on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30. Home delivery of meals is also offered and meals are packaged from the food delivered daily to the library. Every Tuesday library staff deliver books and videos to homebound residents and facilities. “Poetry with Rita” is offered at Parkwood at 2:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month; join Rita on April 18.

YOUTH THAT CARE is the name selected for their group by the library’s Teen Council. Students in grades 7-12 are presently rehearsing a play they wrote and will perform at Crown Pointe on April 23 and at Thorntown Elementary on April 27. These teens and others have been benefiting from the use of the portable stage acquired by the youth, who wrote and received a Youth As Resources grant.

The crocus and daffodils blooming around the library are a welcome sight. These were planted by National Honor Society and by Teen Council members.


Below is a sketch of a replica of the historic Thorntown “Helen at the Well” fountain that graced the intersection of Market and Main streets from 1909 to 1944. The Thorntown Public Library Board of Trustees at its March 14 meeting approved the design for installation on the circle at the west entrance of the library.

Cost estimates in 2003 ranged from $56,000 to $120,000 to replicate the fountain at half its original 32-foot size. The library is delighted to have received a quotation from a Georgia company that will provide the fountain for $48,280.00. The cost was reduced by creating a fountain that is of an appropriate scale for the building. Helen will be a six foot figure, there will be one bowl instead of the original two, and the concrete portion of the existing circle at the west entrance will be used as a base rather than destroyed and re-poured.

The library board has agreed to provide the plumbing and the electricity. The fountain will be ordered only after the funds have been raised. There is great enthusiasm to return to Thorntown its historic fountain. Although grants will be sought, there is never a guarantee that there will be one or more awarded.

THIS is the time to contribute to the recreation of the historic Mills Memorial Fountain that was donated by Anson Mills in honor of his parents.

Will YOU help? Only 48 gifts of $1000 each will make the fountain a reality once again in Thorntown. Please give what you can, as soon as you can. Gifts may be made payable to the Thorntown Public Library Gift Fund/Fountain and will be memorialized on a special art piece placed on the wall in the library’s west entry.


Updated  29 Mar 2004/ llw