January 2004 NEWSLETTER
Volume 10, No. 1

The Friends of Thorntown Public Library Newsletter has usually been written by your library’s director, with a few articles inserted by library staff but edited by the director. Melissa Darnell has been arranging the articles into an attractive newsletter. With this first 2005 issue we are experimenting with more input by all staff and more editing by Melissa. Please let us know what you think. Our goal is to get to you timely information about your library and its programs.

Attention all writers!
The Thorntown Public Library’s Scribblers’ Guild is interested in hearing what you have written. Not a professional? Not a problem. The Scribblers’ Guild offers the opportunity to all who are interested to meet in open forum here at the library, and share their written work the first Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 pm. You may ask for a critique or merely read for fun.
We would like to kick off the 2005 Scribblers’ Guild on January 5th and February 2nd by sharing something about the Thorntown Library, old or new. Do you have a story about our library that you would like to share? If so, bring it to the meeting on Wednesday, January 5, at 7 pm. If you don’t have a library story or poem, bring what you have or just come and enjoy. Both January’s and February’s meetings will be held in the Guinn Genealogy room of the library at 124 W. Market St. We welcome you to the Thorntown Chapter of the Scribblers’ Guild. For questions please call the library at 765-436-7348.

Computer Classes
In February we will be offering two more computer classes. On Feb. 9 from 9-11 am and Feb. 10 from 6-8 pm we will offer a class using Microsoft Excel 2000 and on Feb 23 from 9-11 am and Feb 24 from 6-8 pm we will offer a class on Microsoft Publisher 2000. Each class is limited to 6 participates and pre-registration is required. Register either at the Adult Circulation desk or by calling 436-7348 or you may email Linda at lwhite@thorntown.lib.in.us.

Genealogy Workshop
We will meet the Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 9-11 am and Thursday, Feb 17 from 6-8 pm for the Genealogy Workshop. These workshops are for beginner researchers to learn the basics of doing research. This month we plan to spend time using the computer and internet for doing research. If you plan to come, please contact Linda White at 436-7348 or email her at lwhite@thorntown.lib.in.us .

Volunteers Needed for Microfilm Project
The Genealogy / Local History department is undertaking a project of coping the obituaries from the newspapers we have on microfilm, we will need volunteers to go through the microfilm and copy the obituaries. Once copied, we will need volunteers to type the obituaries so that they can be placed on our website. The typing can be done from home and saved as a text file. Contact Linda White at 436-7348 or lwhite@thorntown.lib.in.us.

Youth Department Programs

Youth Council Grades 4-6 met January 17 and elected new officers for 2005. The following offices were filled: President, Nakia Sheets; Co-President, Dennis Williams; Vice-President, Kasie Arterburn; Secretary, Madison Baxter; Program Chairpersons, Quintin Martin and Shari Sheets; Outreach Committee, Melissa Hennessey Turner, Brittany Turner, and Rebecca Gray; Set-up Chairpersons, Jesse Cummings and Travis Martin
Melissa Hennessey Turner gave a presentation on Canada. She was born and lived on Cape Breton. We enjoyed learning about the ferry rides she took to get to the mainland. People living on Cape Breton were called Capers. She brought Cape Breton’s flag and a $5.00 Canadian bill to show the council members. Next time she will teach us a few words in French. Thank you, Melissa.
Quintin Martin, program chairperson, suggested that we have a memory day and each member bring and display items that have many memories for them and tell the other members about their lives. Other suggestions for programs were to have a parent night, reading night, favorites night, helpers night, game night, video night, crafts night and many more. For party night it was suggested that they have a pop party and bring 2 liters of every kind of pop they could find. That suggestion was tabled for obvious reasons. Nice try Quintin!

Winter Wonder(ful)land reading
There is a specially designed program for each age level at the library. Join other readers who enjoy their WONDERFUL library. Participants will sign up, and receive a Reading Log. The Winter Wonder(ful) Reading Program began on January 10, and continues until March 12. Age appropriate prizes will be awarded for each person who completes the program.

Other Programs
February 12: Rosemalling Class for Youth ages 10-14
taught by Jan Boettcher will meet on this Saturday morning from 9-12:30. Children will be using oil–based paint on wood, choosing a coaster or ornament to paint. The cost of the class is $10.00. This is for youth who are seriously interested in learning to paint and using the rosemalling technique from Norway. Sign up at the youth department circ desk. Examples of the work will be on display next week.

January 27: Special storytime/craft program from 4:00-5:00 p.m. will be held for all enrolled in the Winter Wonder(ful) Reading program this winter. Enjoy hearing a story and making cards and gifts for soldiers in Iraq.

February 10: Special storytime/craft program from 4:00-5:00 p.m. will be held for all enrolled in the Winter Wonder(ful) Reading program. Make valentines for those special people in your life.

Spring Storytime will begin the week of February 21st. Programs for 3-6 year olds will be held on Tuesday’s at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s at 10:00 a.m.

Clueless Mystery Club will meet for the first time in 2005 on Thursday, February 24. Call or visit the library to sign up for this 4:00-6:00 program for 3-6th graders.

Secret Garden Book Club will meet on the second Monday of each month beginning Marach 14.

Julie Ness, teacher of the Development Class at Granville Wells will bring 12 children on March 16 from 8:30-9:30 for story, craft, and tour. Welcome Julie! We are looking forward to meeting all of you.

Clueless Mystery Club will meet for the first time in 2005 on Thursday, February 24. Call or visit the library to sign up for this 4:00-6:00 program for 3-6th graders.

Secret Garden Book Club will meet on the second Monday of each month beginning March 14.

Julie Ness, teacher of the Development Class at Granville Wells will bring 12 children on March 16 from 8:30-9:30 for story, craft, and tour. Welcome Julie! We are looking forward to meeting all of you.

Youth Cook
Youth Cook was cancelled Wednesday, January 5th due weather, and school cancellation. Our policy is Youth Cook will be cancelled if school is closed due to weather. We will meet Wednesday, February 2, 2005 from 4-530 p.m.

Photography Contest
Did you happen to capture the beauty of our recent winter weather on film? If you did, or if we have more (beautiful?) ice storms, prepare to turn in your best photos for a contest. Entries for the Winter Contest are due March 15.
A slightly later photography contest will also be conducted, featuring your best Library photos. Think outside shots, inside shots, activities, people gathering at the library, architectural features, unique camera angles. This contest will conclude for National Library Week, in April. Watch for more details of both of these contests, but start taking pictures now!

New Books Worth Noting
Three new titles you may want to notice, and check out: On the Road with Your Pet is a Mobil Travel guide, telling places to stay that will accept your pet when you travel around the U. S. Handbook of Denominations in the United States is placed in the Reference section in Religion. This book explains the difference between various denominations, such as Evangelical Methodists and United Methodists. The third book that caught my eye is Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure. Some slight alterations will make your patterns fit better, and will make your sewing efforts more satisfying for your time

We are pleased that CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions is daily providing a nutritional hot lunch for our Celebrate Today Center. For a suggested $2.00 donation, those over sixty may enjoy chicken, fish, spaghetti, spinach, brussels sprouts, milk, fruits—and some enjoy spinach more than others. A varied menu is announced a month in advance; the February menu is now available. The number of reservations varies from 18 to 55 daily, with the average being 20. Reservations are recommended and groups are required to sign up a week in advance so that the Indianapolis chef may order enough food.

We welcome Becky Brown as our site manager who serves the food, makes our coffee, and cleans up after us. Becky is paid by CICOA for four hours per day. This is a lady whose personality is very welcoming, and her attention to detail in food preparation and safety is superb.

In addition to eating, we have Bingo competition on Wednesdays, Brown Bags and Better Books discussion on Fridays, followed by quilting at the quilt frame. We have book talks and poetry readings, and we are working on final details for an “armchair” aerobics and stretching/flexibility program to be offered through our Boone County Family YMCA. We plan to announce details soon. We are still working on the requests for Tae-Bo, Step Aerobics, and Kick Boxing. Frankly, your library director would like to be no one gets hurt and is wondering if we could just start a senior citizen Rockettes group instead!

In addition to our on-site meal program, we are very, very happy to announce that we have demonstrated such an increase in homebound meal delivery that on January 20 CICOA announced that they would add an extra driver to start a route out of Thorntown. On November 8 only one area resident was having meals delivered at home. Again, the recommended donation is $2.00 per meal. CICOA will be placing an advertisement in the Lebanon REPORTER for a driver, and conscientious applicants should watch for that ad. The shift would be approximately 9:00 to noon Monday through Friday and cover Thorntown, south of Colfax and north of Lebanon. The pay will be $9.90 per hour plus mileage of $ .405 per mile.

Anyone interested in the Home Delivered Meals program or other programs may call CICOA at 1-800-432-2422. Federal and state funds provide the majority of CICOA’s revenue, with addition private donations supplementing those sources. The goal is to help older adults and persons with disabilities, regardless of age, live comfortably and independently at home. Brochures about services offered are available at the library or may be sent from the Indianapolis office.

Todd M. Cook of Star Real Estate Services in Thorntown has become the sponsor of the Celebrate Today Center coffee center. We appreciate Todd's providing the coffee for our Center participants.

DON’T THROW AWAY TOMORROW is a new book by Dr. Robert Schuller. On Fri., Feb. 4, 12:15-1:15 p.m., the Brown Bags and Better Books discussion group will read a few paragraphs, then discuss, read a few more, then discuss. This approach is designed for those of us who might never participate if we had to read the whole book FIRST!

“Don’t Throw Away Tomorrow: Living God’s Dream for Your Life” includes chapters on starting and succeeding with optimism, choosing positive values, letting your conscience write your rules and set your boundaries, measuring tomorrow’s risks and rewards, staying focused on your dreams, clearing the channels of communication, and believing in tomorrow. Dr. Schuller is a possibility thinker who understands that it is easy to succumb to negative thinking and negative people, that adding up rejections, failures and setbacks can cause us to want to throw away tomorrow. Join the BBBB as we read and learn every Friday in program room 116.

From 7-9 p.m., Wed., Feb. 16, area resident Tyson Warmoth will teach “Self Defense for Women” to women ages 16 and up. You may wear high heels (weapons in themselves) or your sweatsuit—this is a practical class on how to protect yourself, regardless of your attire. Language will be real-life and graphic descriptions of threatening situations and protective measures will be used. Tyson has made his career in law enforcement in Thorntown and Lebanon and he and his family are familiar faces in our library. Reservations are helpful, but not required, and may be made by calling the library at 436-7348.

This month’s book is “Gap Creek” by Robert Morgan. Plan to join us for a 1:30 visit with these Appalachian high country families as they struggle with nature, work, the changing late nineteenth century, the disappointments and triumphs of marriage, and the turning of faces to the future. You may listen to the book as well—ask about our books on tape and CD.

When the Boone County Commissioners have declared a snow emergency, your library will be closed. Otherwise, as long as four people can get to work, the library will be open during its announced hours. Radio and television stations, as well as the voicemail announcement, will announce closings.

Updated 5 February, 2007 / llw