October 2005 NEWSLETTER
Volume 10, No.


Calligraphy Classes are offered in October on three consecutive Tuesday evenings. October 4, 11, & 18 should be set aside for the class, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Participants need to bring a Calligraphy pen. Two types have been identified and where they can be purchased: Manuscript calligraphy pens may be purchased at Michaels, and the Elegant Writer is available at Hobby Lobby. The letter patterns and paper will be provided in class. Registration is underway, and the $20 fee should be paid by October 4. Checks are payable to Gene Ryan, the instructor of the class. To register for the class, phone the library at 436-7348. The library is located at 124 N. Market Street in Thorntown. We are excited that we have enough people registered to hold this class. If you miss the first class and need to have a catch-up session in order to participate, let us know.

Book Discussion on the 3rd Monday of each month will resume on October 17, at 1 p.m. The chosen novel, The Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver was selected because of the involvement with the balance of nature. This novel weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms in southern Appalachia. Books are available to borrow (two are large print), and a discussion guide will be distributed.

The October Sky is a special program scheduled for Monday, October 24, at 7 p.m. Amateur astronomer, Jim Miner, will discuss what a person can see in the sky, with binoculars or the naked eye. This program is designed for anyone interested in astronomy. Pre-registration will guarantee that enough chairs are set up for the evening.

D.A.R. Genealogy Workshop
The Library and the James Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Boone County will present a genealogy workshop at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 25. If you are interested in your family tree, just starting to track down your ancestors, need some extra help with research, want to find proof of your ancestors, or have questions about the D.A.R., this session by The James Hill Chapter Regent Vicki Emmert and Vice Regent Anne Werry will be a must-attend for you. For more information, feel free to call Vicki at 765-676-6441. This session is also the regular meeting of the Boone County Genealogical Association and visitors are invited to attend.

Calling All Crafters
A special Greeting Card session will be held on October 6, 6-9 p.m. There will be another opportunity to make greeting cards with Debbie Smith on October 27.

Traditionally, the Scrapbook sessions are set for the 3rd Thursday of each month, and the Greeting Card Make-it-and-Take-it groups are scheduled for the 4th Thursday. In October, both groups will meet on the 4th Thursday, October 27. Scrapbookers now have the privilege of getting a Frequent Scrapbooking Card, with special benefits from attending most sessions, and/or purchasing of supplies. Many of the same skills and design techniques can apply to both crafts. At 7:30 p.m. Christina Forsythe will teach a technique with some of the cutting tools, punches, and shapes that she has available. Both craft sessions are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the program rooms.

If you need to get started on a scrapbook to highlight your high school senior’s school career, start attending the sessions where you can receive all kinds of instruction for page layouts, theme pages, organization tips, and photo cropping. Plus, you can spread out your materials on our tables.

At the Boone County Fair Open Show in 2006, there will be special award for the best scrapbook of a Special Event. Scrapbooking makes a nice autumn into winter hobby, so get started! Greeting cards may also be entered in the Open Show in the Arts, Crafts, & Hobbies department.

Report on Quilt Bus Day
It was a special event Monday at the Library on September 19. Fifteen people brought their sewing machines and strips of fabric to receive instruction from Kris Driessen. Dropping in during the day were about 20-25 more people. Jon Driessen reported that there was only about a 15-minute period when there were no shoppers on the Bus. Those who attended the evening came away with knowledge of how to determine when a quilt was made. Thanks to all who shared their quilts for our display, brought quilts to the program, and attended any part of the day. We estimate that the total participation for the day was 150 people. Are we going to bring back the bus? You bet—probably in 2007, as the Bus is pretty much booked for 2006. In the meantime, there was interest expressed in bringing in other quilt instructors, for a Sew-In day.

Halloween Special
From 6-9:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, compliments of the Friends of Thorntown Public Library and of staff bakers, there will be home made cookies and bags of candy treats available for all who visit the library IN COSTUME. This is a great opportunity for those of us not in town to see your great costumes.

Brown Bags and Better Books
BBBB is meeting at 10:30-11:30 on Thursday mornings and will soon finish reading and discussing “Mountain Moving Faith” by Dr. Robert H. Schuller. Reading is done during the hour, not in advance, and discussion follows each paragraph or page. The next book will be “One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger” by Max Lucado. Feel free to bring lunch or snacks and munch as you participate.

Senior Lunch and Sitting Fit Exercise
A nutritious lunch is available at 11:30 M-F for a recommended donation of $2.00 for anyone age 60 and over. This is provided by CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions and the month’s menu is available at the library and in local newspapers.
Reservations may be made by calling the library 436 7348. Provided by the Boone County YMCA is leadership for Sitting Fit Exercise class, held at 12:30 MWF.

Room Reservations May Be Made Online
The library’s program rooms and other meeting areas may now be reserved by going to the library’s web site www.bccn.boone.in.us/tpl and selection “room reservations” from the menu. After your request for space has been received, a staff member will e-mail a confirmation about space availability. The following rules apply:
1. Key may be checked out on your library card from the adult circulation desk on upper level (the key will unlock two doors on south side of library next to alley). Key must be returned the next business day and may be placed in an envelope and returned via the book drop on the north side of the building (Bow Street).
2. There is no charge for the room as long as we do not have to hire someone to clean up after your meeting. If we have to clean up, the charge will be $25.00.
3. Please: Put trash in receptacles/bags provided, wipe off tables (if used), and sweep floors (if food or craft supplies used during meeting). If you used kitchen/lounge, wipe off counter, appliances, etc. Place trash bags in dumpster, close dumpster lid and gates (dumpster is located on south side of east parking lot).
4. You do not need to fold up/put away tables.
5. Alcoholic beverages and firearms are prohibited.

Planning for the Future
In planning for ten to forty years in the future, your library board has acquired at very reasonable prices the properties east of the library’s east parking lot. The board used funds that had been saved for that purpose. For now, the 118 E. Bow Street property is being cleaned up and readied for rental so that it will generate some income. The property at 120 E. Bow is being rented. The property at 113 N. Pearl is being surveyed and appraised. We appreciate the help of Robert Martin, Jake White, and volunteers from the Boone County Jail who are assisting staff in cleaning up the exterior of all three and the interior of the118 E. Bow property.
In July 1994 the library board announced that the library needed more space and that land should be acquired in order to expand. It took seven years to, in a friendly manner, purchase additional land in order to begin planning for today’s library. Our building was designed so that a future addition may be built over the east parking lot. Whenever the next expansion occurs, parking area will be needed. The board is to be commended for planning well ahead in order to not again be land-locked. There is no plan to continue buying additional lots. Questions may be addressed to library board president Eric Ragsdale or library director Karen Niemeyer.

Genealogy Information on the Web
Linda White, Local History/Systems Librarian, continues to add local genealogical information and links to the library’s web site. In addition to indexing newspaper and funeral home records and cemetery information, she coordinates volunteers, including some who do not live in Indiana. They are daily contributing information to assist researchers in identifying their historic Boone County ties. On the Indiana GenWeb Links page we are the only Boone County Library listed with searchable indexes and databases. We are part of a list of 37 other libraries in the state that offer databases and indexes on their sites. The address is http://www.ingenweb.net/ingen_state.htm

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.

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Updated  October 6, 2005