Volume 11, No. 5


A BIG “thank-you” to those individuals and organizations that have contributed to the fund to return a replica of the 1909 Mills Memorial Fountain to Thorntown. All who participated in the April 21 gala consider it a great success and the event earned $7288 toward the fountain goal of $48,280. Of this $3450 was earned from tables purchased by area businesses, $2020 was from ticket sales to individuals, and $1818 was from the silent auction. As of May 7 the fund is at $40,937.13. We are close to reaching our goal.

From the time the order is placed until the fountain installation is complete there will be a span of eight to twelve weeks. The figure of Helen will be 6’6” tall and made from cast aluminum with a verde gris finish. The rest of the fountain and basin will be cast iron (ASTM class 30 grey iron), but the basin will have a steel bottom. The basin will be 12’6” in diameter. A 6 CIM submersible pm will sit beneath the base of the fountain and will take the water surrounding it and pump it through the fountain.

A special feature of the gala included a large chocolate fountain that poured sixteen pounds of chocolate over fruits and other tidbits. This was enjoyed by everyone who was not already feeling a bit “stuffed” by the splendid meal, topped by many homemade cheese cakes, prepared by Country Garden Catering. The debate rages on, which cheesecake was best? Peppermint? Turtle? Multi-Berry? Sugar Free? There will be one other opportunity to make that decision: mark your calendars now for the library’s second gala: April 19, 2008, same location, same caterer. The cause will be the final one eliminated from the 2003 building project plans: a Secret Garden (walled brick) on the north side of the building. In addition, we are investigating the cost of converting at least the east set of doors (the handicapped entrance) to an electronic opening system.
Will there be a third gala in 2009? It is far too soon to say and depends partly upon public demand. Several have said they hope a Friends of the Library-sponsored gala becomes an annual affair. For now, mark your calendars for April 19, 2008. Relatively soon we shall plan a fountain unveiling and that party will be at the library!!

Spring Book Sale

The annual Spring Book Sale will be conducted during open hours (in the Guinn Room) from Tuesday, May 8 through Saturday, May 12. Book sale donations will be applied to the fountain project. Anyone who has quality books and videos to donate is asked to provide only those titles that are clean, not falling apart, and do not smell musty. Textbooks and out-of-date catalogs are not needed, nor are medical books more than 5 years old. There are many great new books available for this year’s sale which will be in the upper level of the Carnegie portion of the library and accessible via elevator. Shop early, shop often through 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12.


What can be done with a gourd? In May there are at least 68 examples of gourds on display in the lower level of the library. If you want to see more, library director Karen Niemeyer invites you to visit the Lebanon fairgrounds on Saturday, May 12, 9-3:00, to see gourd vendors and booths around and inside the Annex building.. At 10:00 a.m. the Indiana Gourd Society plans a gourd parade. Local gourd musicians will provide music during the day.

Adult Programs

Craft Programs: Thursday, May 17, 6-9 p.m. is Scrapbooking with Creative Memories Consultant Christina Drake. Your $5 fee for her workshop includes use of her cutting tools, punches, and her expertise. Plus, participants get to choose a package of stickers that coordinate with your pages.
Thursday, May 24, 6-8 p.m. is the popular Greeting Card, Make-It-and-Take-It class. Participants always take home 4-5 cards from this session, as the supplies are ready for you to assemble

Book Discussion: Monday, May 21, 1:30 – 3:00 (this month’s discussion is held on the 3rd Monday due to Memorial Day holiday). We are reading popular romance writer Debbie Macomber’s book, called “The Shop on Blossom Street.” Four women find their lives connected when they enroll in a knitting class. If you like these characters, there are other books about Blossom Street.

Beltone Representative

Aaron Myers, from Crawfordsville, will conduct meetings on Tuesdays May 22 and May 29, at 12 noon. He will cover the physiology of sound, the top ten signs of hearing loss, and will provide free cleaning of hearing aids. His presentation is geared to our Senior lunch audience, but anyone who needs this free information may attend. Best of all, Mr. Myers has discount cards!

New in the Local History Room

The library has purchased the Family Maps county books for the following counties; Boone, Montgomery, Clinton, Washington, Hendricks, and Marion. These books contain maps of every county homestead or similar land patent purchased in the past, as recorded on the database of the General Land Office (GLO) of the Federal Bureau of Land Management ( The books include maps showing county location within state, surrounding counties, congressional townships within the county, cities and towns within the county, and county cemeteries. There is also an index of surnames for county patents (with parcel-counts for each surname) and a surname/township index (with parcel-counts for each surname by township). There are three maps per township covering homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads and more. These books may not be checked out but may be used in the library. Copies may be made at ten cents per page.

Other local history tidbits: Linda L. White is our local history librarian. She is able to provide the most detailed help, but others on the staff are also able to point visitors toward appropriate materials. In early May there were researchers from Oregon visiting the library and using the genealogy collection. The library has recently renewed the subscription to the online databases “Ancestry” and “Heritage Quest Online.” “Heritage Quest” may be accessed from a home computer through the library’s web site ( To do so, select the genealogy link of the library’s home page, then select “access from home”, and enter your library card number without spaces. Select “connect” to view census records, Revolutionary War records, thousands of books, and more.


The library has a new book “Weight Loss Confidential” by Anne M. Fletcher. It details how teens lose weight and keep it off and what they wish parents knew (about their weight). Many of the principles are appropriate for adults and the book is thought—provoking. For example, one chart compares food then and food now. THEN: a bagel was 3 inches in diameter and had 140 calories. NOW: a typical bagel is 6 inches in diameter and has 350 calories. THEN: a box of movie popcorn held about 5 cups of popcorn, with 270 calories. NOW: a tub of popcorn has 630 calories—and that’s before the free refills! The book is located at 613.25 FLE in the adult collection.


The library will be closed on Memorial Day so that staff may take part in local celebrations to honor the nation’s armed services personnel killed in wartime.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a ‘moment of remembrance’ and respect. Observing a moment of silence or listening to “Taps” are two suggested methods.


The library director recently signed a two-year (through May 2009) contract with CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions to provide lunches for senior citizens for the price of a donation. The suggested donation is $2.00. From twelve to twenty-five participants enjoy lunch and camaraderie on Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. It is helpful if reservations are made by noon the previous day. Lunch manager, Becki Brown recently (May 7) celebrated her 52nd birthday—but who is counting, when someone as personable as Becki has been hired by CICOA to manage the lunch program, keep the food hot, and serve it with a smile?


On Monday, July 2, the Taste of Home Sampler group will again assemble. The May 7 meeting featured twelve new recipes and not a bad one in the bunch. The Sampler group discussed the fact that the Thorntown library was featured in Taste of Home for celebrating eleven years of trying new recipes. The original group started by using only the one magazine, but, as the publisher released new titles in its line, the group also expanded to encompass recipes from Cooking for Two, Light &Tasty, or Simple & Delicious. Participants bring the dish and their own table service, but the library provides beverages and copies of the recipes ready for filing. The next tasting event will be Monday, July 2, at 6:00 p.m. It is anticipated that guest speaker John Bower and his artist wife Lynn will join us for the meal.

At 7:00 p.m. Mr. Bower, an acclaimed Hoosier photographer, will provide a slide presentation titled “Capturing the Soul of Indiana: a Celebration of Our Overlooked Cultural Heritage.” Share in Bower’s joy of discovery as he brings to life abandoned and overlooked objects and places that make Indiana special: decaying houses, exquisite cemetery statues, amazing architectural details, towering grain elevators, and hidden attic spaces. Bower takes thousands of pictures a year, and his presentation will be memorable, informative and entertaining. The library has his current books Lingering Spirit, Guardians of the Soul, 2nd Stories, and After the Harvest. Take a look at these to get a feel for his outstanding photography. He scours Indiana’s towns and byways by driving as many as 10,000 miles a year. He may be looking for a few details for his fifth book while he is in Boone County. His previous books deal with Indiana’s fading, forlorn and forgotten places; cemetery art; what is upstairs, on top and overhead; and also historic grain elevators and feed mills. Bower develops the film and makes the prints in his Monroe County home while Lynn writes essays, selects final images and designs the books. Plan to bring a recipe and share in the sampling or just come for the program. It promises to be a memorable evening.


Both sessions of the “E-mail for Seniors and Other Novices” proved to be popular. If there are needs for other computer classes, please let the library staff know. Systems librarian Linda White will either design the class and teach it or make arrangements for Boone County Learning Network to offer the class.


The times of all teen programs changed beginning in May. All evening teen programs will be 5:30-6:30 p.m.

On Mondays the Teens Read group has been reading “Cut”, a young adult novel by Patricia McCormick about the youth phenomenon of self-inflicted cutting to release anger and pain. They read a portion of the book and discuss it in the same session; there is no outside preparation required.

Teen Scribblers is held the fourth Monday of the month and will not meet in May because of the Memorial Day holiday. This is a session for writers to share/discuss their writings. There is also an opportunity for the youth to write in journals during the session.

Teen Council had been meeting every other Wednesday but has decided they want to meet every Wednesday starting on May 9. At present they are working on the kickoff event for the summer reading program for younger children.

Don’t respond to phony IRS e-mails

The IRS is trying to get the word out about one of the latest internet tax scams.

In this scheme, taxpayers receive an e-mail telling them that they are entitled to a tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the individual to a web site that resembles the IRS’s web site. The individual is then asked for personal and financial information, such as social security number, bank account PINS, and credit card numbers.

The scheme (called “phishing”) is an attempt to trick the recipient into giving the data that the scam artist can then use to steal the individual’s identity and financial assets.

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail purporting to be from the IRS, do not click on any links in the message, open any attachments, or provide any personal or financial information to the sender. Instead, forward the e-mail to the IRS for investigation at

The IRS emphasizes that it never sends unsolicited e-mails and has only one web site. The official IRS site is Any other web site with a similar address (for example, .org, .net, or .com) is likely to be one of these “phishing” sites.

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

Updated May 14, 2007