January 2007 NEWSLETTER
Volume 12, No.1


The “Taste of Home Sampler” will meet on January 8, not on January 1, at 6 p.m. in room 116 of the library. Any cook who likes to try new recipes is invited to select and prepare a recipe from the current issue of Taste of Home, Simple and Delicious, Light and Tasty, or Cooking for 2. Library staff will provide beverages and copies of the recipes, so participants are asked to call and report the recipe in advance. The library’s board of trustees always meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. The board will be guests of the Taste of Home group and fill their plates before beginning their meeting upstairs in the Carnegie portion of the library.


The Adult Book Discussion title to be discussed on January 22 at 1:30 p.m. will be The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Additional copies will be borrowed from other libraries. This is a good time to curl up with this book set in 1964 in South Carolina. This story about mothers, daughters and “other mothers” is well worth reading and discussing. The “calendar” sisters August, June, and May Boatwright are well worth meeting. This title has been selected to coordinate with the Adult Winter Reading Emphasis Bee a Reader. More information will be available for details of how to Bee a Reader in January 2007; the reading program will run from January 3 through February 28. Fern reports the emphasis will be on honey and sweet reading and include spelling bee, cooking contest with honey, and programs on bee-raising.

Teens Read meets on Mondays at 6-8 p.m. in the Young Adult Room. January 8, 15, and 29 are the next dates 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.

Youth Read also discusses as the reading progresses but is for students in grades 4-6. January 10 and 24 from 3-4:00 p.m. is the time for reading Once Upon a Marigold and taking part in group discussion.

Refreshments are provided for all reading groups.


Teen Scribblers’ is a group of teens (grades 7-12) who bring in their essays, stories and poems to read aloud. The group will cheer the success of completing a piece of writing and, if the author wishes, offer a critique or answer questions by the author on how to improve the writing. Copies for discussion are made at no charge to the author. The Teen Scribblers’ meet on the fourth Monday (January 22) from 6-8 pm in the Young Adult Department.

The Adult Scribblers’ Guild will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. This is a time to share original writings and receive encouragement and comments.


On display in the adult department is a queen bed-sized granny square afghan. Made by Thorntown’s Elizabeth White, the afghan has been donated for a raffle that will be conducted on February 19. Tickets may be purchased for a donation of $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. All monies raised by this raffle will be applied to the fountain fund. This is a heavy, very warm afghan, perfect for keeping toasty while reading in the blustery February and March weather.


Outreach Librarian Rita Trafford delivers weekly books and video materials to those who are homebound or in area health care centers. A phone call to the library will reach Rita so that others may be added to “The Route”. Someone who is temporarily homebound, e.g., with two broken legs, may call and request temporary delivery service.


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. The library board will pay to install the plumbing and electricity. The current total is more than $14,000. Donations are tax-deductible, since the library is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 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, and only the head has been preserved in the Thorntown Heritage Museum. 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.


There is still time to take pictures of the Thorntown area and leave them at the library for use as shelving end-panel labels. Entry forms are available on both floors of the library. Staff is especially seeking pictures that will reflect, long into the future, what Thorntown is like today. All photos must be the work of the photographer and older photographs are also welcomed. There is no limit to the number of photographs 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. A total of 47 photographs are being sought.


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, January 18 and 25 and February 1 and 8. The January 18 session “Sweet Misery” is about the effects of artificial sweeteners on the body. The January 25 program “Sweet Remedy” is a sequel to the previous week’s film and discusses alternatives to the use of artificial sweeteners, genetically modified foods, MSG and artificial food colorings. 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.


Martha Jane Ottinger will be teaching a series of needlecraft classes at the library. “Needle Tatting” will be taught on January 9 from 4-5 p.m. with a practice session held on Thursday, January 11, from 6-8 p.m. The January 9 class will cost $10.00 and include all supplies. Reservations are a must because the needles will be mail-ordered. There is no guarantee that additional needles will be on hand. Call the library with questions about the class or the availability of supplies. This is the class to take if you have ever wanted to learn this old, old art of lace-making.

On February 13 Martha Jane will teach a counted cross stitch owl project from 4-5 pm with a practice session from 6-8 p.m. on February 15. If there is interest, she will teach a plastic canvas project on March 14 at 4-5 p.m.


A hot lunch for seniors age 60 and up is provided daily for a suggested donation of $2.00. This 684-calorie meal is nutritionally balanced. The menu is included in this newsletter. Reservations are recommended, but the over-sixty library staff maintain standing lunch reservations so that if someone drops in and has no reservation, a lunch is available. The staff member(s) merely eat elsewhere on that day. Head librarian Fern Miner provides a brief program several days each week. 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. However, participants and staff believe someone somewhere is having a birthday that should be celebrated. In addition, the group cheerfully celebrates sunny days, rainy days, windy days, and gray skies.


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 Karen Jones, Jim Miner or Karen Niemeyer, this is an excellent class to ease the pains of arthritis and muscle tension.


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 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 Kristina” is held on the third Monday of the month in a library program room. For a $5.00 fee, Kristina 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.


In addition to programs and materials, the library provides, for a fee, use of copiers and fax machine. In addition, computers with Internet access are available, as is a wireless network which makes it possible for users to bring their own laptop and connect to the Internet at no charge, whether sitting in the library parking lot or
at a chair/table in the library. Downloadable audiobooks, a complete list of new materials, and a variety of genealogy resources are available from the library’s web site:

Meeting rooms are available for family and business gatherings at no charge. Visit the library as we continue “Building Our Future on the Foundation of Our Past.”

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 5, 2007