Volume 14, No.3

SECRET GARDEN GALA – April 19 – 5:00 p.m.

The library’s second annual gala will be held on Saturday, April 19, at Thorntown Elementary School.  The proceeds from the gala will be used to create a Secret Garden.  The Friends of Thorntown Public Library are assisting the library’s board and staff with fundraising for the walled brick garden that will be built on the north side of the library.

The idea for the garden is based on a book Secret Garden published in 1911 by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 

Reservations are now being accepted for the prime rib or chicken prosciutto (chicken with ham) dinner and will again feature Gene Poe’s homemade cheesecake bar.  Tickets will cost $35.00, of which $20.00 will cover the cost of the meal; the balance may be considered a tax-deductible donation.

A beverage reception and silent auction will be held from 5-6:00 p.m.  Western Boone music teacher Elizabeth Mott and her piano students will provide piano music during the reception.  Girls who participate in the library’s Secret Garden Club will serve as hostesses.  During the reception and dinner various silent auction items will be available for review and bidding and will include works of art, gift certificates for services, and more.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 and will include clarinet music by Gary Ketchum.  Dinner will be followed by a short program provided by Western Boone students, who will sing numbers from the musical “Secret Garden.”  There will then be a brief description of the garden prior to the announcement of the silent auction winners.
The purpose of this year’s gala, in addition to enjoying great food by Country Garden Catering and a wonderful evening with library supporters, is to raise funds for a public garden that may be used for reading, lunch breaks, receptions, programs, and other events.  The garden is the final piece that was temporarily eliminated from the renovation and expansion project that began in 2002 and was completed in 2004.  The reproduction of the historic fountain (installed in 2007) and the Secret Garden were cut from the project in order to keep the project to two million dollars and decrease the amount needed in property taxes to fund the debt. 

The goal for 2008 is to raise $50,500 for the installation of the six foot high walled brick garden that will be lighted for evening activities.  A plaque will be placed in the north entry; it will list those who contribute to the funding of the project.  This will include gala ticket purchasers, those who make a cash donation, those in whose honor a gift is given, and those who purchase engraved brick pavers.  The library staff and board, as well as the Friends of the Library, appreciate the support of all the fans and friends of the Thorntown Public Library and its programs and services.


Engraved brick pavers are being sold for $28.00 each and will make up the floor of the library’s garden that will be built on the north side of the library.  Each brick may contain up to three lines of thirteen spaces (letters, spaces, punctuation).    These are a wonderful way to honor family, friends, businesses and organizations.  The library’s east entrance contains examples of pavers purchased before the 2004 opening of the expanded library.  Sample phrasings include:


With regret the library’s board of trustees recently accepted the resignation of Head Librarian Fern P. Miner.  Fern began working at the Thorntown library on October 6, 2003, after working twenty-four years at the Lebanon Public Library.  Her service to visitors, friendly smile and dedication to program planning will be sorely missed, but Fans of Fern will be glad to know that she will not totally be absent from the Thorntown Public Library.

Fern’s service to the library will be acknowledged at the April 19 gala.  In addition, there will be a reception  on Monday, April 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the upper level of the library.  At 1:30 Fern will lead the Adult Book Discussion group as it talks about The Girl With a Pearl Earring.   Visitors will be invited to reminisce with Fern and to sign her guest book.  Visitors may also sit in on the book discussion.  Fern will continue to lead the group that meets on the third Monday of each month.

Fern began her public library career at the Thorntown Public Library when she filled in for Library Director Mary Ann Mathews in the spring of 1979.  At Lebanon she worked as children’s librarian, director, adult services librarian, and as a cataloger.    She first prepared to be an elementary teacher and attended Manchester College for that training.  After more than seven years of teaching upper elementary school children, she added a Master’s degree from Purdue University and then completed her Master’s in Library Science at Indiana University.

Her husband Jim is an active volunteer at the Thorntown library and serves as treasurer of the Friends of the Library.  They plan to continue living in their Jefferson Township home.  Daughter Jill graduated from Western Boone in 1991 and resides in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Andy Weippert and two children.  Fern has long been active in Zonta International, area churches, professional library organizations and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 218. 

This is a time to mark the calendar for April 21 as a day of celebration with Fern P. Miner.

The day of celebration will also be a time to greet Assistant Librarian Christine Sterle, who has been appointed to the position of Head Librarian, effective May 1, 2008.


Boxes in the library’s west entrance have been positioned to receive donations of new and gently used books that will be given to children who are being placed in foster homes.  This is a project of the Indianapolis Colts.  Donations to “A Smart Hand-Off” are welcomed through April.


The annual meeting of the Friends of Thorntown Public Library will be held on May 13 at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the kick-off of the annual spring book sale and a great opportunity to acquire books, magazines, videos, puzzles and more for the price of a donation.  There will be a brief business meeting and a program on gardening, recycling, and the library’s Secret Garden project.  The guest speaker will be Cheryl Toney.  A HUGE selection of materials will be available from the Tuesday evening meeting through Saturday, May 17.  The proceeds from the sale will help fund library programs and the Secret Garden.

Youth Department Programs

The present series of programs for children continues through April 29.  Jelly Beans, a story time program for children ages 3-6,  is meeting from 3:15-4:15 on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 in the children’s reading room.  DreamWeavers, a program for children in grades 1-3,  also meets from 3:15-4:15  on April 8, 15, 22, and 29 and will be held in meeting rooms 116 and 120.

Clueless Mystery Club, a deductive reasoning, problem solving, and investigative skills program that helps with reading skills, will meet on April 16 and May 21 at 4-5:30 p.m.

Youth Council, a program for youth in grades 3-6 continues to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. 

On April 21 home extension educator Maureen Buskirk will provide a special session for youth (ages 3-6 and grades 1-3) and their parents during the 3:15 program time.  “Rise and Shine:  We’re Feeling Fine!” will include information explaining how routine, organization, and good nutrition plans can get the whole family off to a great start in the morning.  A great start means there is an excellent chance of having a great day filled with successes and enjoyment.  One handout “Dealing with Morning Madness” will outline tips for creating a routine and a “Rise and Shine Morning Chart” may be used to record the week’s successes.  There will also be discussion about breakfast and bedtime routine.

“Children and Parents Go Grocery Shopping” will be the topic of Maureen’s presentation on May 27 at 3:15-4:15 p.m.   The challenges of grocery shopping with young children can overwhelm the busy parent but there are ways to make the task easier and to turn the negatives into positives.  With a plan and some helpful tips the trip can turn into an enjoyable learning experience.  May 27 will also be the day to hear the details and to sign up for children’s summer library programs.

Teen Programs: 
June 12-July 24, 2008

“Change the Page: Teens Moving Forward” will be the summer 2008 theme for teens.  “Change the Page” is more than a summer reading program—it’s a whole summer of activities.  The program will offer opportunities to explore the library and its resources through not only reading traditional books, but also utilizing the various other forms of media at the library.

In addition to reading, teens will be able to participate in a variety of free programs offered three days during the week for five weeks.  Each week will focus on a particular facet of change. Some programs offered include teen cardio, “Healthy Junk” from Nature’s Pharm, recycling, horticulture, jewelry making, ballroom dancing, digital imaging & scrapbook, and more.

The program is free and open to all teens, who may contact Patricia Gillogly, Young Adult Librarian/Literacy Coordinator, Thorntown Public Library, at 765-436-7348, ext. 204 or e-mail to

Library staff also coordinate a Teen Scribblers group on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Young Adult Room from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  This group is facilitated by  youth assistant Molly Donovan.

Teens Read meets with Christine Sterle and Pat Gillogly on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Young Adult Room from 4:30-5:30.

Young adult librarian Pat Gillogly is seeking young adults to serve on a Teen Advisory Council. The council will provide input in selection of materials, programs, and activities. They will also serve as assistants to the Youth Department.  Applications will be available in the Young Adult Room or inquiries may be e-mailed to
PGillogly@thorntown.lib.in.us.  Parental consent is required for participation.

Taste of Home

May 5  will be the bi-monthly Taste of Home supper.   Participants choose a recipe from a magazine in the “Taste of Home” family, call the library to log their choices, prepare and bring the dishes to the 6:00 p.m. meal, then sample a dozen recipes at one sitting.   The library provides beverages; participants bring their own table service.  Recipes selected to date include  Applesauce Raspberry Gelatin Mold and Traditional Scones.

New Mantle

Jill Kelly donated the table runner that now graces the mantle in the 1914 building.  Visitors are encouraged to admire the color and the craftsmanship of this piece and say “thanks!’ to Jill.

Adult Winter Reading Program Concluded

The Winter 2008 Reading Program is now history and there were many positive comments about the program.  There were 35 participants for ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HISTORY and many of them turned in a ‘report’ during each two-week interval.  Winning names were drawn for each interval.  The first drawing (Jan. 26) prize went to Ginny Daggy.  She won a large clock with a still life painted on the clock face.  At the second  interval, on Feb. 11, Patty Ramsey took home a silver and black clock of a modern design.  The third and final drawing, on Feb. 25, earned a  gold rimmed clock for Lynne Campbell.  At the end of the program, all the report papers were placed in a Grand Prize drawing, with Julia Salvatore being the lucky recipient of an ‘anniversary clock’ for her mantle.  Additional prizes were a timer (for turning on your lights according to your setting), won by Tim Nash.  The youngest participant in the Once Upon a Time program was Ricky Blair, and his prize was a daily Sports calendar.  Mary Lou Moran took home a small alarm clock.  Thanks to Christine Sterle for creating interesting Reading Lists, and preparing special displays. Thanks to all the participants for making our ‘history’ reading program a success!


The next Book Discussion group will talk about The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.  The copies that are borrowed from other libraries will be available, along with a discussion guide, for the April 21, 1:30 p.m. meeting.  The mysterious portrait of the anonymous Girl with a Pearl Earring has fascinated art historians for centuries.  Once labeled the ‘Dutch Mona Lisa,’ it is this magnetic Vermeer painting that is the inspiration of Tracy Chevalier’s novel.

In 17th Century Delft, in a prosperous town in Holland with a growing art community, Griet, a Protestant girl, becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer.  Griet’s beauty, innocence and fascination with her master’s work provokes resentment from Vermeer’s wife Catherina, who lacks all understanding of her husband’s art.  But Vermeer himself recognizes Griet’s artistic talents and makes her his apprentice.  When Vermeer is commissioned to paint a portrait of the maid, a highly charged and deeply intimate situation develops that threatens to destroy the ordered household in which they reside.

Participants are invited to read the book, then offer opinions about the writer, the plot, the characters, and the skill with which the story comes to life.  Visitors who have not read this book but want to join Fern Miner and other readers will be welcome to observe and participate.

Greeting Card Class

Every 4th Thursday (April 24 is the next date) Debbie Smith sets up the components to make 4-5 greeting cards.  These special greeting cards can be tailored to individual use—seasonal, birthday, get well, and all-occasion.  There is no charge for the class, which meets at 6 p.m. each month. Registration is helpful in preparing enough materials.

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 June 12, 2008