November 2007 NEWSLETTER
Volume 13, No.11


On Monday, Nov. 5 the Taste of Home Sampler will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the library’s program rooms.  Dishes selected include  Simple Sausage Lasagna, Wild Rice Apple Salad and Peanut Butter Cookies.  Additional recipes will be selected during the next few days.  New participants are welcome and the rules are simple:  let the library know what dish you will bring from Taste of Home, Simple & Delicious, Light & Tasty or Cooking for Two  magazines and bring the dish and your table service.  Copies of all recipes and beverages will be provided.  This is a great way to sample a dozen or so recipes from the popular Taste of Home family of magazines and you will not go home hungry!


Flu and Pneumonia shots will be available on two separate occasions in the library’s program rooms.  The rooms are handicapped accessible through the south or east doors.

The Boone County Health Department will be on site on Thursday, November 1, from 2-6:00 p.m.  Flu shots for adults will be $20 and for children 18 and under they will cost $6.00.  If it is the first flu shot for a child, a booster shot will also be scheduled.  Pneumonia shots will cost $35.00.

The Visiting Nurse Service will be on site on Wednesday, November 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    A flu shot will cost $25, pneumonia shot $40, half-dose flu shot (ages 6-35 months) $15, FluMist (healthy ages 5-49) $35, half-dose thimerosal-free flu shot (ages 6-35  months) $35, and full dose thimerosal-free flu shot $40.

No reservations are necessary either day.


On Friday, November 2, at 3:00 p.m. we shall car pool from the library to tour the  new building of the Boone County Seniors Services, Inc.  If you want to see this new building and learn more about services offered, call the library and make a reservation—or let us know if you will be able to drive your car and accept passengers:  436-7348.


November is the month of chilly weather and perfect for High Tea on November 3 at 4-5:30 P.M.  In addition to open face sandwiches, there will be sweet treats and various teas served.  Karen Niemeyer will show decorated gourds for all seasons and will include the newest items in her collection.  There is no charge for this linen and lace tea, but reservations are required:  436-7348.



The library’s Alzheimer's Support Group meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.  This is a group discussion and, as needed, a speaker may be invited.  The Indiana Alzheimer’s Association provides monthly handouts and updates.  Victims in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s Disease are welcome to attend and add their questions and comments to the discussion. 

SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS WILL VOTE AT THE LIBRARY ON NOVEMBER 6.  The 11:30 senior lunch program will be held in the lower level lobby.


Adults who enjoy writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, short stories or poetry, are invited to attend one or both monthly Scribbler’s Guild meetings.  The purpose of the group is to motivate adults to write, to offer suggestions if desired, and to encourage writers to write even more.  An author may bring up to six pages (double-spaced) to each meeting, and for the purpose of group discussion copies may be made at no cost.  Upcoming dates will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1-2:30 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.  The November 7 session will include discussion of preferred meeting dates and times for December through June 2008.


Anyone interested in a car pool to the Indiana Gourd Society’s November 10 gourd show and meeting is asked to call Karen Niemeyer, who plans to attend part of the 9-3:00 show at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds. There will be displays, demonstrations, and vendor sales areas as well as food and music.

YOUTH COOK—November 11

Twelve youth joined us on October 3rd, which made for quite a full kitchen! We split into two separate groups, one making snickerdoodles and the other peanut butter cookies with chocolate kisses. The children also made microwave caramel corn, which turned out very well. Karen Niemeyer, the library’s director, had addressed Youth Cook and asked if we would make some cookies for the Fountain’s Plaque Dedication the following Monday. That had been our intention, but having such a large group of children, by the end of the program we were down to only a plate full of cookies. We were thrilled however, to have such a large number of youth come to Youth Cook and encourage anyone who is interested to join us next month. We will meet November 7th from 4:00–5:30 p.m.


The library will be closed for holidays according to the following schedule:  November 22, December 24-25, January 1, and closing at 4:00 p.m. on December 31.  In addition to being closed on Sundays, your library is open daily except for seven holidays and the Saturday of the Festival of the Turning Leaves, on which day the carpets are cleaned but the book sale is in session on tile floors. 


“Café Indiana:  A Guide to Indiana’s Down-Home Cafes” is an intriguing 2007 book to check if you plan to travel our state.  Author Joanne Raetz Stuttgen ate her way around Indiana.  As a result, her book details local customs and history as well as current favorites on the menu.  Wingate’s Spartan Inn, for example, goes through a four-quart pail of Chinese slaw daily; this unique salad is made with cabbage, broccoli, baby corn, water chestnuts, sunflower seeds, and Ramen noodles.  The author learned that one dessert may have different names about the state.  For example, Holy Cow Cake may also be called Robert Redford Cake or Better Than Sex Cake.  The book is geographically divided into north, south, east, west, central, and south central.  Dick And Judy’s in Jamestown is featured in the central section, as is Liz’s Country Café in North Salem. At the end of each chapter is a section of “Best Bets”, that include a brief paragraph on 10 to 15 additional restaurants.  Sigler’s Restaurant in Mechanicsburg is mentioned in the central Indiana chapter.  After reading about Stepler’s Family Restaurant in Amboy, Indiana, you will want to visit—and the posted phone number and hours will make sure you arrive at  the right place at the right time.  This book is located in the Indiana Collection:  347.957 STU


Written by Jack Devitt, this book is a gem of information published in 2007.  It includes over 2500 pictures and illustrations, 8000 tools or items, and lists over 5500 toolmakers.  It is arranged by town, and under Thorntown are listed carpet stretchers, poultry feeders & fountains, hand-held corn shellers, carriages and wagons, straw stacker, traction engine, pumps, and washing machine.  The picture of the washing machine looks very similar to the wooden machine in the museum and bears comparing.  The information provided includes patent number and date, and starting and ending manufacturing dates, if known.  The book’s index is by toolmaker.  Although it would be a challenge to locate any one tool that might be in your collection, it will be great fun to browse through each page and enjoy the search.  The book is currently on the New Materials shelves and later will be in the Indiana Collection 621.9 DEV.  The author has also written “Ohio Toolmakers and Their Tools.”

Book Discussion & Review

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult is the book chosen for the November 19, 2007 Book Discussion meeting.  An adequate supply of books is being borrowed, allowing all participants to read the novel prior to discussion. Having read the book is not a prerequisite, but will make the discussion more enjoyable.  Coffee is served at this 1:30 event.

Picoult often writes emotionally charged novels, and this is no exception. In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist;  you can fold laundry for a family of five…in nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it.  In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge. In Sterling, New Hampshire, seventeen-year-old high school student Peter Houghton has endured years of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of his classmates.  His best friend, Josie Cormier, gave in to peer pressure and now hangs out with the popular crowd that often instigates the harassment.  One final incident of bullying sends Peter over the edge and leads him to commit an act of violence that forever changes the lives of Sterling’s residents.

A Shred of Truth by Eric Wilson is the newest book in An Aramis Black Mystery series. Eric is a Christian Fiction writer of mystery and suspense novels. His books include Dark to Mortal Eyes, Expiration Date, and the first book in the Aramis Black series, The Best of Evil. In The Best of Evil, Aramis Black uncovered family secrets and historical conspiracies, hoping that his own dark past had come to certain resolution. But now, in A Shred of Truth, in the dark of night, he finds his brother unconscious and tied to a statue in Nashville’s Music Row with the initials AX carved into his back.

A shadow from his former life has reappeared, casting threats of violence and retribution. And soon the attacker is swinging his blade of self-righteous judgment directly at Aramis, calling upon him to “face his sins.” Can Aramis finally break free from the guilt of his old ways or will he succumb to the vengeance of an arrogant sociopath?  Join Aramis at his coffee shop as he solves the mysteries in his life.

Youth Department Programs

Give the “easy room” a name!

We want to give our storybook room a name transformation. Please enter this, no cost to you, contest by writing your choice on the paper provided at the YD circ desk and then drop it in the jar.  Don’t forget to write your name and telephone number on the back. You may also submit your name for the room by e-mailing the children’s librarian.

Enter as often as you wish.  If your name is chosen, you will receive a gift certificate to eat at Eddie’s.

Teen Reads
When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.” These are the words spoken by Brain Nelson in the book, Dairy Queen by C. Murdock. Teens meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to read and discuss this book with 10 teens.
One of the main characters of this book, D.J. a fifteen year old girl helps her injured father milk the cows on their Wisconsin dairy farm.   Will D.J. learn to talk about what is going on in her life and in her heart?” There is humor and heartache in learning to open up to family and friends. “It is a book I would have loved to share with my kid” says another author, Lynn Hoffman.

If you would like to join this group, call the library and ask for someone in the youth department at 765-436-7348 or Shirley Hodgen, Ext. 24.

Remember the book and song, “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”.  For years children have had fun singing that song. Now we have a new version: “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat”.  Of course, Dreamweavers had fun with that version.  Our craft time was spent decorating mini-pumpkins.  Each received a treat for having one that was pretty, scary, ugly, unique, etc.  Mrs. Hodgen took a picture of each child and their creation.  Then the children were told that during the week of Fall Break, DreamWeavers would not meet on October 23.  On October 30 DreamWeavers would not meet, but are invited to visit the library in costume on October 31st from 6-9 and say Trick or Treat to our director, Karen Niemeyer.

DreamWeavers will meet November 6 and November 13.

“You think you know everything about Thanksgiving, don’t you…..?” Well join DreamWeavers to find out?  We will find out who saved Thanksgiving in the book Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson and Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock. Foods that the pilgrims enjoyed will be served and crafts of that period will be made.  Dress like an Indian or a pilgrim if you wish.

Children’s Book Week
November 12-17

Youth Council

Youth council members are excited about their new lime green t-shirts with TPL Youth Council logo.  Each member who would like a t-shirt may bring $3.00 to help recover the cost.  At the October 24th meeting members watched Ms. Shirley perform a skit for their entertainment, read Tailypo (scary), ate apples dipped in caramel while listening to Sodysalyratus (fun and a little scary) and practiced the play that the council will perform for the Pre-3rd grade children on Monday, December 3 at the annual Christmas at the Library program. Members who missed the Oct. 25  meeting will want to see Ms. Shirley about signing up to be in the play. 

Clueless Mystery Club

Members arrived on October 17 to find a doorkeeper at the meeting room entrance.  Before admission was allowed, each club member was required to give a secret code and then receive the hand stamp to enter.  Operation Catch Me If You Can began with members dividing into two teams.  Then they were called upon to complete 2 projects (one was arts and crafts based: the other was a performance). Things took a surprising turn and investigators were called upon to solve a mystery by putting together and finding clues that lead them to a thief and a stolen item.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 21.  The Theme will be Operation Pirate Treasure Hunt.  You may dress like a pirate if you choose or even a famous pirate like Black Beard, Captain Morgan etc.  The Thorntown Public Library has non-fiction books on pirates in E 910.4 and J 910.4 as well as many in fiction, audio, and video. Ask a librarian for help!

Our December meeting will be held on December 19th for Operation
Christmas at the Library

The annual program for adults (parents, caregivers, grandparents etc. and children) will be held this year on Monday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the library. The Theme for this year is Little House on the Prairie Christmas at the Thorntown Public Library.

National Reading-Writing Contest Offers
Big Prizes For Students and Libraries

The Indiana Center for the Book, a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of  Congress, coordinates Letters About Literature within Indiana.  Students may enter through their teacher, school library, or public library.

The competition asks entrants to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves.  There are three competition levels:  Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7 and 8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12.

Postmark deadline for entries is December 14, 2007.
Big prizes are awarded!

For additional information call 317-232-3699.

When you decide to write, call the library and let us know if we can help attain any literature written by your favorite author.


The library delivers books and other materials to homebound residents on Tuesday afternoons.  Becki Brown is our driver.  Call the library if this is a needed service.


BINGO twice each month at the library!  Provided by Essex and Hickory Creek Health Care Centers—see the calendar in this newsletter.


During November the Greeting Card Make-It-And-Take-It class will meet on November 15 at 6-8 p.m.  The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22.  We offer a huge THANKS to Debbie Smith for setting up the card crafting stations each month and we appreciate her clever ideas and her wide selection of rubber stamps.  Thanks, Debbie!!


On the second Tuesday of each month at 6-8:00 p.m. needleworkers are invited to work on their projects in the lower level lobby or by the fireplace in the upper level.  This is a time to visit with friends while learning or working on needlecraft.


Pharmacist John Randel will again offer Medicare D planning and review sessions at the library.  These sessions will be held in the privacy of an office on the upper level.  The east parking lot and elevator make the area handicapped-accessible.

Senior citizens who wish to review their Rx coverage or who wish to file for first time are invited to meet with John and may call the library (436-7348) to schedule an appointment.  Appointments will be for fifteen minutes and will start at 9:00 a.m.   Dates and times are Wed. and Thurs,, Nov 28-29, Dec. 5-6, and Dec. 12-13, 9:00-11:45 a.m., 1-4:00 p.m.  Because John will not have access to the pharmacy’s computer, he will need an individual’s prescription information.  Each person should bring a list of their prescriptions,  strength, and the frequency of use.  Medicare card and date of birth will have to be provided.  The Medicare enrollment period is November 15-December 31.   The waiting area will be the upper level magazine area and the chairs outside the director’s office.

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 November 26, 2007