Volume 13, No.4

Fountain Educational Gala and Fund-Raiser Planned for April 21, at 5:00 p.m.


The Thorntown Public Library needs your help to bring back to Thorntown Helen at the Well, the historic Mills Memorial Fountain that graced Main & Market Streets from 1909-1944.

The public is invited to a gala being hosted by the Friends of Thorntown Public Library, Inc., on Saturday, April 21, 5-9:00 p.m., at Thorntown Elementary School, 200 W. Mill Street. The cost per ticket will be $30.00 ($15.00 will be the cost of the food and $15.00 will be a donation). Other donations are welcomed.

Country Garden Catering (Gene and Peggy Poe) will provide an elegant banquet and the Thorntown Christian Church members will be assisting the caterers. This will be a dressy, but not a formal, occasion.

The menu will be a choice of prime rib or chicken oscar (chicken with crab). Accompaniments will be twice-baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables in garlic butter sauce, salad bar, cheese cake bar, and beverages. In addition there will be a large chocolate fountain with fresh fruit.

There will be a punch reception at 5-6 p.m. in the lobby and multipurpose rooms at the north side of the school. During this time guests will be able to learn about Anson Mills and the historic fountain. A display will feature the head of the actual 1909 fountain. Piano music and ventriloquist Jim Allen will provide entertainment during the reception and guests will be encouraged to read about the town’s history, Anson Mills and Helen at the Well. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of local art work and other pieces well worth taking home.

Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. and be accompanied by live music provided by Gary Ketchum, a clarinetist who plays the “oldies and goodies.” At approximately 7:30 there will a musical program by Western Boone Star Voices followed by a short program on Anson Mills and the Thorntown waterworks and fountain. Winners of the silent auction will then be announced.
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Anson Mills was born in the Thorntown area, designed the woven web cartridge belt for Civil War use (leather ones stretched when wet and cartridges fell out), fought Indians, built bridges, became a builder in El Paso, Texas, etc. He was asked by the town of Thorntown to build a library but because the town was in the middle of a typhoid epidemic, he instead gave the town its waterworks. In addition, he donated four fountains. Two were on Main Street, and the largest, Mills Memorial Fountain, was thirty-two feet tall and given in honor of his parents. Helen at the Well, as it was named, included a basin and two bowls, in addition to the figure of a woman and four figures at her feet. The fountain was built in 1909 at the corner of Main and Market streets and remained until 1944 when the family approved its being removed so the road could become state highway IN47.

The library’s reproduction will be about twelve feet tall, not thirty-two feet. This both controls cost and keeps the fountain in proportion to the building. The library board was pleased in 2004 to receive a quotation from Robinson Ironworks (Georgia) to provide the fountain for $48,280. The fountain will be installed at the west entrance of the library.

Will YOU help? Only $32,000 is needed to make the fountain a reality once again in Thorntown. Reservations are due by April 14, so plan to join us for a festive and educational evening. Return the form below with cash or your check payable to the library.

E-Mail for Grandparents

The Boone County Learning Network will offer a free hour of training for senior citizens who want to learn how to e-mail grandchildren, other relatives and friends. The teacher and library staff will help set up e-mail on the library’s computers so that area residents may easily use the library’s computers to “talk” for free to distant family and friends. This is a non-threatening session that will last from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. The class will be repeated on Thursday, April 19. Participants may bring the e-mail address of someone they wish to contact or may e-mail library staff in order to obtain answers during the class session.


Bingo provided by Hickory Creek and Essex will meet at 12:30 on Thursday, April 12 and 19. The e-mail class has been scheduled to NOT conflict with Bingo. There is time to do it all at your library!!

Taste of Home
May 7 at 6 p.m. No one has chosen recipes yet, so it is wide open for picking a dish.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion

The book to be discussed on Monday, April 23, at 1:30, is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. The story is set in the Minnesota countryside and North Dakota Badlands of the early 1960’s. This engrossing story is about one family’s quest to retrieve its most wayward member. The story is narrated by Reuben Land, who is eleven years old. Born without air in his lungs, Reuben is keenly aware of the gift of breath, and consequently, the gift of life. Reuben’s father bestows true miracles on Reuben’s life. When the family situation worsens, Reuben wonders if there will be enough miracles to save the wayward brother, Davy. Peace Like a River is an inspired story of family love, religious faith, and the lifelong work and trust required of both. Copies will be available soon—just ask at the Circulation desk. Book Discussion usually lasts until 2:45 or 3:00, and anyone is welcome to join in.

Calling all Crafters!

Christina Drake will bring her Creative Memories Scrapbook products, and will provide an instructional session on Thursday, April 19, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Spread out on our tables and enjoy the fellowship of other scrapbookers. You may order supplies ahead and Christina will bring your order to the workshop. There is a $5 workshop fee, which covers the cost of using her cutters, punches, and special tools and of participating in a topic of the evening..
Thursday, April 26, at 6:00, is the next meeting of the Greeting-Card-Make-It-and-Take-It class. Debbie Smith brings supplies and samples of cards she has designed, and participants will take home the cards made during the session. These are really special cards. Impress your friends and family with products from this special craft session which meets monthly on the fourth Thursday.

May 8, 7:00 pm — Friends’ Annual Meeting & Plant Swap

Brenda Stewart, speaker is an Indiana author from Bedford, IN. Her book is called Power in the Blood. She is a painter, sculptor, and forensic artist who reconstructs skulls for identification purposes. She has also worked as a professional doll artist, specializing in Native American sculptures.
Plant Swap: Garden and houseplants available. You may take home plants even if you cannot bring any. The Friends’ book sale is during open hours, in Gwinn room, running from May 8 – 12.

Sunday, May 6 - Tea: Mothers, Muffins & Memories

Join us for a sampling of homemade muffins and assorted teas while listening to a program presented by Patricia Gillogly and her mother Virginia Daggy. Take home the recipes from this 4-5:30 session. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the library.

Hearing Aid Programs on May 22 and 29

Aaron Myers from Beltone in Crawfordsville will be at the library on Tuesday, May 22 and again on May 29 at noon. At the request of two of our customers, he will discuss the physiology of sound, ten signs of hearing loss, provide free cleaning of hearing aids, offer free information and a discount card.

Inter-Library Loan

The Thorntown Public Library owns thousands of titles in print and non-print formats. However, what is a customer to do if the library does NOT have a particular title? Ask.

It may be that the title is one that staff feels should be added to the collection and, if so, the item will be ordered. If the title is out-of-print or one that may not be often used, there is a service called Inter-Library Loan (ILL). This allows customers to request titles from other libraries. Through a courier service Thorntown receivea inter-library loan deliveries every Tuesday. Customers may place ILL requests at the circulation desks and will usually receive items within seven to fourteen days.

Book reviews

Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep; the all-in-one resource for solving sleep problems in kids and teens is available on the new book shelf in the upper level (call number 616.92 OWE). Written by “The Sleep Doctors” Judy A. Owens and Jodi A. Mindell, the book describes easy and effective strategies for solving sleep problems in youth from preschool to high school. This includes not getting enough sleep, sleepwalking, nightmares, issues related to ADHD and other medical and emotional problems, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and more. The authors are two of the country’s foremost experts in pediatric sleep issues.

The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do is one of those books that is both fun to read (or skim) and practical too. Created by Samantha Ettus, this small book has two to three pages on many, many subjects and is divided by morning life, work life, home life, weekend life and the big life. How to’s include how to shave, apply lipstick, shake hands, listen, deliver bad news, balance a checkbook, shovel snow, iron a shirt, sew on a button, pick produce, mow a lawn, make a martini, uncork a wine bottle, have good posture, flirt, buy a diamond, change a diaper, house-train a puppy, plan a trip, and much, much more. Look for this book on the upper level new book shelves with a 640 ETT call number.


Join us in celebrating National Library Week. Visit our library during the week of April 15-21 and receive your color-changing mood pencil: Reading Sets the Mood for Learning. The youth department is hosting an author visit on Tuesday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Author, Shari Klink, who wrote “100 Kisses” will visit with us and have her books for sale for those who wish to purchase one for gifts and have it signed.

Youth Programs

Storytime: Children ages 3-6 may come and join us in the Children’s Reading Room for GREAT stories, friends, and fun from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on April 10, 17, 24, and May 1.

DreamWeavers: Youth ages 6-10 will meet on Tuesdays, April 10, 17, and 24 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eighteen youth have been meeting for book discussion and activities related to the book or theme. Themes will be Indiana Mysteries, Rainforest, George Washington Carver/Peanuts, and Westward Ho! It is not too late to join the group!

Thorntown Public Library’s Youth Department presents the Summer 2007 Reading and Activities programs, “Get A Clue At Your Library” with two Kick-Off events. A Kick-off event for children ages 3-6 is being planned by the Teen Council, under the direction of Rita Trafford, as a community service project for the library and youth department on June 5, 2007 from 3:00-4:00 at the library in meeting rooms 116 and 120. Activities related to books are: Paint Your Pony, woodcraft, Mystery Animal, Create Your Own Animal, Mystery Rock, Stories, and much more!

The Kick-Off Event for youth in Grades 1-7 will be a visit from Campfire Kev and his I Spy Mystery program on June 8, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. Campfire Kev will examine the literary elements that make up a mystery, and apply them to solving a mystery in which members of the audience are the prime suspects. Kids are introduced to literary terms: setting, character, and plot as well as some specifically related to mysteries. Then the audience is involved in creating their own mystery to solve. After the whole process, Kev reveals his “Big Prediction”.

Some of the summer programs will include making a codebook, going on a scavenger hunt, learning how to make disguises, and how to take fingerprints. There are so many ideas and plans on how to make this summer’s programs truly a mystery and the Clueless Mystery Club members will be involved to make this a great summer on how you can “get a clue” about anything at your library this summer.

Youth Council and Teen Council: The Youth Council will meet with Mrs. Hodgen on the first and third Mondays at 4-6:00 p.m. while the Teen Council will meet with Mrs. Trafford on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Youth Read, Teens Read and Teen Scribblers: Youth Read is 3-4:00 p.m. every Wednesday, while Teens Read meets at 6-8 p.m. each Monday. The exception is the fourth Monday when the Teen Scribblers meet instead of the reading group. Check the calendar for the dates and times.

Secret Garden Club will meet from 4:15-5:45 p.m. on April 9 and 23. BIG plans are in the works for a special event. Members need to talk to Mrs. Hodgen to find out what those plans are!!


Local artist and wood carver Craig L. White has placed several pieces of carved art in the library for the enjoyment of staff and customers. A blue jay, cardinal, and other sculpture are exquisitely detailed and available for purchase. Twenty percent of the purchase price will be donated to the library’s fountain fund. In addition, Craig has been teaching carving classes at the library.


Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. classes are available at the Thorntown Public Library. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Local carver Craig White will teach tool use and each participant will take home completed projects.

The cost is $20 per two hour session, plus the cost of the materials which vary from project to project. Craig’s students have recently ranged in age from 11 to 85. Questions may be directed to Craig at 436-7498 or clwhite@frontiernet.net.


On Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, a scrimshawing class will be held at the Thorntown Public Library. The Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Saturday and will finish up from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Local carver, Craig White, will guide participants in designing and scrimshawing (engrave or etch) a faux Sperm Whale tooth cast from an original about 6” long. The completed engraving will be filled with black India ink and polished out.

The original scrimshawed teeth were done by whaling sailors in the early 19th century and the originals are worth many thousands of dollars today. A sample of the project is on display at the library. The cost of this two-day class is $150 and includes all materials. Reserve your place in this class by calling Craig White at (765) 436-7498 or by e-mail: clwhite@frontiernet.net

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 April 11, 2007