November 2006 NEWSLETTER
Volume 11, No.11


Thorntown Library has received word that it has received a $300 art, music, and theatre creativity fax grant from the Community Foundation of Boone County. The funds will be used to complete the labeling of the shelving ranges. Similar to the Boone County Tree Photo Contest held in the spring, the library is again conducting a photo contest. If there are local tree photos that missed the deadline, there is time to submit them at this time. However, also being sought are photographs of local buildings and landmarks.
All ages may participate
No limit to number of entries per photographer
Photographer and location/site must be identified
Deadline November 15 to upper level circulation desk
Photos must be at least 4 x 6” and taped to an 8 ½ x 11” sheet of paper
Photos need not be current but must be the work of the photographer
Entry forms are available at the library
Photos become the property of the library
Photographer will be photographed with winning entries; the resulting photo will become part of the library’s archives
Part of the library’s mission is the collection documents of historic interest and making them available to both present and future publics. Local photography is one of the treasures and 47 more photos are being sought for this current project. The cost of preparing the photos will be paid by a $300 art, music, and theatre creativity fax grant from the Community Foundation of Boone County.
In preparation for labeling of all the shelves, the staff is re-cataloging and re-labeling books so that large print titles will be shelved with the westerns, mystery, science fiction, Christian fiction and fiction titles. A red-white-blue large print label will make the books easy to spot but keep most of an author’s works together. The paperback romances are being shelved with the fiction titles.

Adult Programs

November is a month full of family gatherings, crop harvest, the start of the winter sports season, and for some, a time to make head-way on their holiday shopping. The library has planned several programs that you will want to mark on your calendar.

Monday, November 6, at 6:00 is the Taste of Home Sampler. To avoid duplications, please call in to register your recipe choice (436-7348). Recipes that will be sampled include Cran-Orange Gelatin Salad, Slow Cooker Fajitas, Taco Meat Loaves, Comforting Broccoli Casserole, Tater Beef Bake, Potato Chip Clusters, Caramel Pecan Pie, Fruit ‘n’ Pudding Delight Pumpkin Sheet Cake, and Candied Cranberry Chutney,

The adult Scribblers’ Guild will meet on Tuesday, November 7 and Teen Scribblers meet from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27. Bring writings and share them with other participants for both a critique and encouragement.

On November 9 and the second Tuesday of each month Needlework Night continues. This is a time to bring in handwork projects and visit around the fireplace with Linda White. ‘Tis the season to be working on gift projects. Linda will be working on Hardanger and Karen will be working on Needle Tatting. Both will be teaching classes for Boone County Home Extension on March 24, 2007. The session begins at 6 p.m. but the chairs are available any time.

Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. both Greeting Card Make-it-and-Take-it as well as Scrapbooking with Christina Drake will meet in the 116 and 120 meeting rooms. Debbie brings innovative greeting card ideas and supplies and Christina’s workshop topic is always informative. Christina will present a crop talk “Sense of Style – Power Palette” and an Album tutor “Christmas Albums”.

On Monday, November 20 from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Carmen Sanders will demonstrate an Edible Cornucopia, suitable for your Thanksgiving table centerpiece. This is a quick bread centerpiece that will be one you can replicate before Thanksgiving Day—honest!

The afternoon Book Discussion is scheduled for Monday, November 27, at 1:30. The book is Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns.

Remember to call in your reservation for the programs so that enough handouts will be available.


Last year at the library there were 41 flu shots administered by the Visiting Nurse Service. This year there were 20 waiting by the time the 11:00 start time rolled around on November 1. If you missed the flu and pneumonia shots at the library, call for other dates and other locations.


Once again Thorntown pharmacist John Randel is offering to research and assist seniors with Medicare D planning and enrollment. Dates and times will be posted and computers used at the library. The books and magazines will be available to make any waiting easier, and the elevator makes it possible for all to reach the privacy of the upper level office spaces.


Once again October 31 was a very enjoyable day and evening at your local public library. Many of the staff wore costumes and 284 visitors came by between 6-9:00 p.m. for a treat pack (compliments of the Friends of Thorntown Public Library) and homemade cookies (compliments of Karen Niemeyer and Debbie Belcher). The visitor count included 197 children and 87 adults. That’s a lot of cookies!

Books, Books, and more Books

Children’s Book Week is November 13 – 19, 2006. Many of you have fond memories of books you read when growing up. The Book Discussion group just finished a Young Adult book for their October session. The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene is a story about a German POW camp in Jenkinsville, Arkansas. One prisoner becomes a friend to a girl who tries so hard to make her parents proud of her. She has a rough life, until Anton convinces her she is a person of worth. For a younger age, the Boxcar Children have introduced many children to chapter books. Has your family read aloud together the series of Little House on the Prairie? What will your family remember about children’s books when they get to be grown and have families of their own? Ask at your Thanksgiving gathering what favorite children’s books are fondly remembered.

Several adult authors have enjoyed popularity, after Book Discussions: Jodi Picoult, Anita Shreve, and Joan Medlicott. Try them, if you are not already acquainted with these authors. One of the joys of being on the library staff is learning from you, our customers, what you like to read.

If you are a mystery reader, plan to enjoy Kathy Reichs’ books that feature forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. You may start at the beginning of the series or dip into the newest title Break No Bones and enjoy a great read.

Stealing with Style is a fine mystery that involves antiques and the adventures of Sterling Glass, an appraiser of antiques. This book is available on CD and makes you want to take a close look at family heirlooms.

Two reference books are available for special research: The Complete Directory for People with Disabilities 2007 includes assistive devices (wheelchairs, stationery, automobile, kitchen aids), associations, camps by state, clothing (includes an adult swim diaper to be used when in a pool and a snip slip that may be cut with scissors to the appropriate hem length), computer and software assistive devices, exchange programs, foundations and funding resources by state, law agencies, vocational and employment programs by state, rehabilitation facilities by state, and much, much more.

The Complete Learning Disabilities Directory 2007 contains listings of national and state organizations, information and contact information for Attention Deficit Disorder programs, publications and state listings for camps and summer programs for those with learning disabilities, classroom resources and computer resources arranged by subject area (language arts, math, science, social skills), conferences and workshops, books and other media, and a geographic index so that services may be identified by state.


On Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11, the upper level of the Carnegie portion of the library will be closed while a coat of GymSeal is applied to the wood floor and allowed to dry. It is anticipated that by Monday there will be business as usual. Six computers with Internet connectivity will be available for use during the two days (and every day): three in Children’s room, one by microfilm reader printer, one by adult circulation desk, and one outside the director’s office.


If your mailbox does not fill with seed catalogs, you may borrow seed and garden catalogs from the library. A file box is kept in the 635.9 (gardening) section of the shelving and current catalogs shelved there. WEBO librarian Beverly Parker is responsible for the library’s creating a collection of garden catalogs. A few years ago she called and asked for them, and we did not have such a stash. Since then, current catalogs are maintained.

Red Hat Event

Watch for the red hat ladies to converge on the Thorntown library on Saturday, November 11. The Ttown-Ever-Read-y Hatters are hosting a Traveling Boutique by Gloria Osborne, from Gas City, Indiana. Any Red or Pink Hat ladies in the area are welcome to join us for the luncheon and style show/entertainment day, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A catered luncheon is included, and you will have time to shop for Red Hat merchandize, and get acquainted with Red Hatters from all over. The fee for the day is $10. The deadline for reservations is November 7. You may pay at the door, and when you make a reservation to attend, you are committing to the fee. Anyone interested in becoming a Red Hat lady may attend, even if they have not officially joined a chapter.
Phone your reservations to the Library (436-7348) or to Mary Rolston (676-5408). Gloria says any woman may attend who enjoys hats, clothes, and fine jewelry. She will make the day FUN!


Thanks to Rick Hamerin who comes to the library every two months to clean and maintain the fish tank. Staff and visitors love to look at the fish, but few like to maintain the aquarium, a gift from Jim and Ginny Bowen. Staff tries to keep the water level high. This is in self defense. When it gets low, and the trickling water can be heard, little boys sometimes have an accident on the tile floors in front of the tank. Staff then must clean up and disinfect the area. When Karen mentioned the phenomenon to personnel at a pet store in Lafayette, the fish dept manager smacked his forehead with his palm and exclaimed, “THAT is why we have to keep mopping that aisle! I could not figure out what was happening.” Karen puts this in the category of “things they don’t teach you in library school”.


Anyone who wants to help decorate the library for Christmas is invited to drop in from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 25 or Monday, November 27.


“Fiesta!” will be held on Monday, December 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and feature Mr. and Mrs. Santa (a good opportunity for photographs), crafts for children of all ages, the making of gourd musical instruments “guiros”, assorted Spanish desserts, and stories and fun for all ages. Last year there were approximately 170 people in the library for the 12th annual Christmas Family Night.


Your library borrows from and loans materials to libraries around the state and world. If the item you need is not in our collection, it may be that we will be able to borrow it from another library. In October alone we loaned 70 items to other libraries


Rita Trafford, young adult and outreach librarian, takes books and other materials to homebound residents weekly. A phone call can make the difference between boredom and a visit with interesting library materials. Rita also offers programs for local area health centers and senior living centers. Suzanne Bramblett monthly takes 20 large print books, selected by library staff members, to Homewood in Lebanon, where some Thorntown residents are recuperating. Service may be requested by calling 436-7348.


Check out the library’s web site for a complete listing of services, new materials, and photographs. The site receives rave reviews from libraries and researchers and is brought to you by Local History and Systems Librarian Linda L. White.

For a complete list of new materials including books-on-tape, music CD’s, etc. go to the library’s web site at:

Updated November 27, 2006