February 2007 NEWSLETTER
Volume 12, No.2


The Bee A Reader adult reading program began on January 3 and will run through February 28. The emphasis will be on honey and sweet reading and include a spelling bee (February 19, 6:00-7:30 pm), cooking contest with honey (February 2, 11:00 a.m.—bring a dish and the recipe that contains honey), and programs on bee keeping (February 17, 10:30-noon, 1-3:30). Copies of The Secret Life of Bees, the January 22 (1:30 p.m.) book discussion title are available at the library for check-out; plan to enjoy honey treats while talking about life on a bee-keeping homestead in South Carolina. Honey will also be featured during the Feb. 3 (4-5:30 p.m.) tea, for scones call for either honey or strawberry jam. Honey is also a fine sweetener for tea. Reading logs for Bee A Reader are available at the adult circulation desk.


If bees fascinate you and you are working on a 4-H project, want to keep bees, or just want to know more, Lisa Schluttenhofer will make two presentations on Saturday, February 17. The 10:30-noon program will include introduction to beekeeping, bee biology, kinds of bees, jobs of the bees, and what a beekeeper does. The 1-3:30 program will be for the person more serious about keeping bees. Although no lunch will be served, there are a refrigerator and microwave for those who want to bring a lunch to eat at the library. Pre-registration is requested so that adequate handouts may be prepared.

WANTED: 47 photographs of the Thorntown area

The library staff is seeking pictures of the Thorntown area to be used as shelving end-panel labels. All photos must be the work of the photographer. Both older photographs and more recent shots are welcome. There is no limit to the number of photographs submitted nor to the age of the photographer. Location/site must be identified and photos must be at least 4 x 6” and taped to an 8 ½ x 11” sheet of paper. Entry forms are available on both floors of the library. For a sample of how the photos will be used, see the reference shelving end panels in the adult department. As soon as additional shelving is delivered, the staff will be ready to move materials ONE MORE TIME and then label the shelves to make it easier to find desired books and videos. Photos will be needed by Feb. 15.


On February 1 from 6-8 p.m. the Boone County Learning Network is offering at the Thorntown Library a free clinic for anyone who wants help programming and using his cell phone. High school students will teach the features of the cell phone in a one-on-one training session. Forms to register for the clinic are available at the library and are due by January 28. Registration may also be completed by calling the library at 436-7348.


Plan to join Martha Jane Ottinger on February 13 between 4:00 and 5:00 pm as she instructs participants on the fine art of counted cross stitch utilizing an owl project. Participants are invited back on February 15 between 6:00 and 7:00 pm to continue work on the project under the watchful eye of Martha Jane.


The library is making arrangements to host a class or series of classes that teach the historic art of hooking rugs using strips of wool and a hook on background fabric. The teacher will teach a 4-hour class and a small project or a 4-week series of one partial day per week. The more extended class would cost $65.00 and include pattern, hook, wool, and everything needed to finish a piece that could be used as a pillow top or foot stool cover. How to finish the edges will be part of the training. The pattern could include flowers, vine and a bird or the trainer will design a pattern for the group’s interest, such as an eagle or lamb. Anyone who is interested in learning rug hooking is asked to call the library so that the best schedule and project may be selected.


For a mere donation of $1.00 each or $5.00 for 6 chances, you could enjoy the warmth and beauty of a very colorful, handcrafted queen bed-sized granny square afghan. Made by Thorntown’s Elizabeth White, the afghan has been donated for a drawing that will be held on February 19. All monies raised will be applied to the fountain fund to re-create the historic Mills Memorial Fountain. Stop by the adult department at the Thorntown Public Library to view this gorgeous afghan and purchase chances to win.


Teens Read meets on Mondays at 6-8 p.m. in the Young Adult Room. January 29 is the next date to join others in grades 7-12 to discuss the current book selection. There is no preparation for this group—just come and read and join in the discussion as the chapters are completed. At present the group is reading “Under the Watson’s Porch” by Susan Shreve, an human interest story about coming of age. The next book will be “Cut” by Patricia McCormick, a story of youth addictive behavior and a psychological mystery novel. Parents of the teens may preview each book two weeks prior to the start of its reading.


Teen Scribblers’ is a group of teens (grades 7-12) who bring in their essays, stories and poems to read aloud. The Teen Scribblers’ meet on the fourth Monday (January 22) from 6-8 p.m. in the Young Adult Department.

The Adult Scribblers’ Guild will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6. This is a time to share original writings and receive encouragement and comments.


The February 26 adult book discussion at 1:30 pm will focus on a dog story “Marley and Me, Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog” by John Grogan.. Additional copies of the book will be available to borrow as soon as we receive them from other Indiana libraries.


Local artist Craig L. White will offer at the library a wood carving class. On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8:00-5:00 and on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1-5:00 p.m. participants will hand carve a canvasback decoy. Participants must pre-register by calling Craig at 436-7498 and may inquire about materials at that time. Those who have their own carving knives may bring them. Otherwise, knives will be provided for use during the sessions.


Barbara Belcher will be providing a series of four health-oriented movies at the library at 6:30-8:00 (or 8:30) p.m. on Thursday, February 1 and 8. On February 1 the program will be “Program for Disaster” and will talk about the dangers of prescription drugs. The February 8 title “Public Exposure” will discuss DNA, the use of cell phones, towers, and the effects of radiation.


The library is accepting cash donations in order to re-create the historic Mills Memorial Fountain in 2007. The fountain will be placed in the circle at the library’s west entrance. As soon as $48,280 has been raised, the fountain will be ordered. Now is a good time to remember town history and the fountain project with a gift to the library fountain fund. The original 1909 fountain was torn down in 1944 to allow IN47 to become a state highway. Please help. All donors and those memorialized by gifts will be acknowledged in a permanent plaque that will hang in the library’s west entrance.


that the Friends of Thorntown Public Library newsletter began in 1996 and that newsletters from 2003-2007 are on the library’s web site?

…that requests for library board information averages 75 requests per day, that the Friends newsletter was requested 11,779 times in 2006, and that the request for genealogical information on the web site was more than 70,000 in 2006?

…that the library’s web site is accessed by people from Denmark, South America, Germany, and other parts of the world?

…that in 2006 the library circulated 70,967 items, an increase of over 4002 items from the 66,965 circulated in 2005?

…that interlibrary loan continues to increase? A few years ago there was a total of about 50 loans and 50 items borrowed from other libraries. In 2003 the library loaned 370 items to other libraries and borrowed 188 from them; in 2006 the library loaned 593 items and borrowed 351 items. Part of that increase may be attributed to the library’s presence on the Internet and the fact that borrowers may access the library’s database (card catalog) from any computer with an Internet connection.

…that the library has checked out 104 downloadable audiobooks since June 2006? This is a new service that is showing a steady increase in use.

…that the busiest week was the week of October 15, 2006, when 5288 pages were requested from the library’s web site?

...that in 2006 there were 277,858 requests for pages from the library’s web site, an average of 765 requests per day? Can you imagine how much parking would be needed if all those requests were made in person at the library?

…that the library’s server is “maxed out” with services and programs being offered and that a new server will be installed in January?

...that the library’s annual report is due to the Indiana State Library by February 1 and an annual financial report due to the U. S. Dept. of Commerce/Census Bureau by March 1? More statistical information on use and activities of the Thorntown Public Library will be provided in the March newsletter and be based on statistics from the reports.

…that the Indiana State Board of Accounts audits the library every two years?

…that a complete listing of library programs and services is available on the Thorntown Library’s web site: www.bccn.boone.in.us/tpl ?


The library staff and the Celebrate Today Center lunch bunch are beginning a new tradition, the celebration of a staff member’s starting at the library. There is always a good reason to have dessert! Those dates and people to celebrate are:


Barbara Darnell September 1, 1992 Rita Trafford July 21, 2004
Karen Niemeyer July 18, 1994 Yvonne Urban-Morgan September 7, 2004
Shirley Hodgen August 24, 1994 Bonnie Deakins November 30, 2004
Linda White September 1, 1997 Becki Brown, CICOA December 8, 2004
Sandy Smith September 2, 1997 Ashton Porter April 4, 2006
Chris Hawkins January 22, 2001 Buffit (cat) April 11, 2006
Mary Schmucker March 17, 2002 Myrtle Cox June 1, 2006
Linda Porter April 22, 2003 Becki Brown July 7, 2006
Fern Miner October 6, 2003 Emily McKenzie July 3, 2006
Cathie Jackson January 23, 2004  

In 2006 library director Karen K. Niemeyer celebrated her 40th year as a librarian. She began her career in August 1966 at East High School in Aurora, Illinois, moved back to Indiana in 1969 in order to obtain in-state fees at Indiana University (Bloomington) while pursuing her Master in Library Science degree. One summer she worked as assistant to the director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington. From 1969-1975 she was a junior high librarian at Ben Davis Junior High School (Indianapolis) and designed, created the library, and was librarian at South Wayne Junior High, also in MSD Wayne Twp., Indianapolis. From 1975-1994 she was Director of Media Services for Carmel Clay Schools, Carmel, IN. She retired as a school library administrator on June 30, 1994. She had had to give six months’ notice and had planned to work with her husband in his real estate appraisal business. However, three months after her resignation from Carmel Clay, Kathleen Merson called to say the Thorntown Public Library was advertising for a director. Karen had always assumed she would volunteer at the public library but decided it would be even better to be paid for her service. She interviewed, was hired, and began at the Thorntown Library on July 18, 1994. The rest, as is said, is history!

P.S. She includes Buffit, the big tan cat, as a staff member because she started paying for his vaccinations and care on April 11, 2006. Buffit is the official library greeter.


A no-stress exercise that increases strength and flexibility and takes place on a comfortable chair is a visual definition of Sitting Fit Exercise held at the library on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30-1:30. Led by Jim Miner, this is an excellent class to ease the pains of arthritis and muscle tension.


BINGO, with calling and prizes provided by Essex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, will be at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 18. On February 8, Hickory Creek will sponsor Bingo at the library and on February 22, Essex will sponsor. There is no charge to play, and a good time is had by all.


A hot lunch for seniors age 60 and up is provided daily for a suggested donation of $2.00. The menu is included in this newsletter. Reservations are recommended. This is a time of fellowship, healthy eating, education, and birthday-anniversary-glad-to-be-here celebrations. The meals are healthy, but the optional desserts may not be.


Make greeting cards following the samples and using supplies and equipment provided by Debbie Smith. Typically “Greeting Card Make-It-Take-It” meets the fourth Thursday (Jan. 25, Feb. 22) from 6-9 p.m. in a program room on the lower level of the library. All supplies are provided and participants will make three or more greeting cards.

“Scrapbooking with Christina” is held on the third Monday of the month (Jan. 18, Feb. 15) in a library program room. For a $5.00 fee, Christina Drake provides handouts and a brief lecture on a scrappin’ topic, sometimes providing a make-it-take-it activity with the lecture. Use of her equipment and the opportunity to purchase special papers, stickers, and other supplies are part of the evening’s 6-9:00 p.m. activity. Scrappers may spread out on as many tables as needed.

An “I Love Winter Tea” will be hosted at the library from 4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, February 3. A program “Antique Linens” will be provided by Cindy Keyes and her trunk full of linens will be discussed and various pieces passed around for inspection. There is no charge for the program, but reservations are necessary for this fine linen and china tea that will feature scones with honey and jam, pumpkin cake, zucchini snacks, coffee, herbal and black teas, and more. To register, call the library at 436-7348.

Youth Department Programs

Winter Reading Carnival

Have you noticed the animal book characters on top of the book shelves in the easy room? You will discover these characters and many more in books at the Thorntown Public Library. Join the Winter Reading Carnival Book Club now and read about your favorite book characters. Visit the youth department and receive a folder with a reading record for you to bring with you on each visit to the library. Each time you read about a special character in a book, the librarian at the desk will record this for you . Reward day is February 28.

Youth Council for youth in grades 4-6 will meet on February 5 to make Youth Council T-shirts and on February 19 to complete the T-shirts and organize a Name the Easy Room Contest. Members of the council share their need for materials to complete assignments at school, plan activities to promote our library programs, and enjoy fun activities.

Youth Read

Youth in grades 4-6 meet every week now on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. for book discussion. February scheduled meetings are 7, 14, 21, and 28.


Youth Cook will resume on Wednesday February 7, 2007 in the lounge from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. At the December 2006 class, the youth prepared two candy recipes—Marshmallow Puffs and Cinnamon Rock Candy. They also prepared Cookies for Santa and Peanut Butter Whimsy Bars. The children took home candy and cookies to share with their family or neighbors.
Secret Garden
On the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 4:15-5:45 youth in grades 6 and 7 meet for book discussion. February meetings are scheduled for February 12 and 26.

Clueless Mystery Club

Clueless meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 4-5:30 pm for mystery scavenger hunts, courtroom drama, case solving, and how to solve problems and mysteries using library resources and imagination.

Purdue Extension Programs with Maureen Buskirk—Speed Cleaning the Kitchen will be held in the meeting rooms from 3-4 p.m. on February 27th.

(Storytime is planned for patrons who have preschoolers and DreamWeavers is planned for grade school age children).

Teaching Money to Preschoolers –Why—How? for parents and their children will be held on March 20th from 3-4 p.m. (pre-register by calling the library at 765-436-7348).

Spring Programs

Plans are to start Jelly Beans Storytime and Dreamweavers on Tuesday, February 27 from 3-4 pm. Jelly Beans will meet as usual in the Easy Room and Dreamweavers in the meeting rooms. Magic Glasses Storytime, a repeat of the Jelly Beans program, will meet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the Easy Room. Secret Garden, Youth Council, Clueless, and Youth Read will continue meeting with their regular schedules, i.e. Secret Garden, the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month; Youth Council, the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each Month; Clueless, the 3rd Wednesday of each month; and Youth Read, every Wednesday. Look for the announcement of more specials in the March Newsletter.


On Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p.m., Anita Hardwick will present “Quilting with Anita”. Anita’s class will experiment with various quick machine techniques to create some old time favorites. The blocks may be used individually or combined into a quilt. Quilters may bring their sewing machines or just observe and take notes. A $5.00 fee is required and reservations are due to the library (765-436-7348) by March 14. Beverages will be provided, but participants will want to bring a sack lunch. A materials list is available at the library, as is a sampler quilt showing the many blocks from which participants may select. Anita has been teaching quilting classes for 25 years and has been published in both books and magazines. She exhibits nationally, has earned several ribbons and also judges quilts at the local, state, and national levels.

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 January 25, 2007