August 2008 NEWSLETTER
Volume 14, No 7

YOUTH COOK – August 6

Youth Cook, students in grades 4-12, will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, under the direction of Deborah Smith and Emily McKenzie.  On July 2 the group was a little smaller than usual, due to summer break. There were seven youth and two instructors working on quite a menu. The group made Double-Cheese Burritos with Homemade Flour Tortillas, Banana Boats, and Indoor S’mores. Even with smaller numbers, the group worked together and had everything made in time with just enough time left over to sample all the delicious treats.

Summer Readers. . . It’s Bingo Time!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Adult Summer Reading Program!  Hopefully everyone discovered some wonderful books and authors (or tried a new recipe).  The end-of summer bingo game will be held on Thursday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room.  As long as you signed up for adult summer reading, you are invited to participate in the Bingo Finale.  Completed bingo cards will still be accepted until the game, so you still have time to finish up those final summer reads!  Those who submit completed reading bingo sheets will receive one extra playing card per sheet submitted.  Prizes will include jewelry and a purse handmade by Betty Brackemyre.  If any men plan to participate, let us know—we’ll be sure there are some men-type prizes too!


With regret the library director has decided the fountain will not be turned on until next summer.  The purpose is to allow all repairs to be properly completed so that there will be fewer delays in future years.  All of the stress cracks, probably caused during shipping last summer, have been welded satisfactorily by Smart Manufacturing of Dover.  Various painters have been reviewing how to handle the repainting of the cast iron portions.  (Helen is made of aluminum and the floor plate is made of steel, but the other parts are cast iron.)  The decision has been made to bring in a portable sandblaster and remove the paint from the cast iron, then to paint it with an auto-type epoxy paint of high quality.   The paint should cure for six months.  Hence, the decision to do it right and not turn on the fountain in 2008.  Robinson Iron is paying for all repairs and admits to being stumped as to why our Helen at the Well has experienced both cracks and peeling and popping paint.  We do appreciate their integrity in helping us resolve the issues.   It appears that it is also advisable to connect the water line that feeds the fountain to soft water instead of to hard water.  This delay will allow time to work on that part of the fountain project rather than require the stringing of a hose across the bricks every 5 days next summer. Next year—a fine Helen welcoming all to her pleasant fountain!!


The excavating took place, the block footings have been laid, and the brick is scheduled to be laid this week.  Before the end of the summer the lighting and the brick floor should be in place.  Funds are still needed for the $50,000 project; $14,000 has been raised.   Anyone who is interested in making a donation may use the form below.


Engraved brick pavers are being sold by the library and may be used to commemorate an organization, individual, family, or event.  These will form the floor of the secret garden.  The cost of a paver is $28.00. The form below may be used to order pavers that will be similar to those installed in 2004 at the east entrance of the library.


Who is interested in visiting the Indianapolis 500 Speedway Museum?    If there is interest in a weekday drip, arrangements will be made for the Boone County Senior Services van to transport eleven persons.  The cost for transportation is $6.00 round trip  and cost for museum entry is $3.00.  If anyone wishes a track tour, there will be an additional $3.00 fee charged by the museum.  The museum is open 9:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday.   There could also be a snack stop on the way home.  Anyone interested should talk to Karen or Christine so that a date may be selected.

Recently the youth of the library have twice enjoyed the use of the BCSSI van.  Those teens (grades 7-12) who completed at least 500 pages of summer reading enjoyed a tour of the Indiana History Museum and the Youth Advisory Council (grades 4-6) planned a trip to the Indianapolis Zoo.

More trips may be planned if there is interest.  This is a good time to let library staff know and plan to  enjoy the company of others while pooling the cost of gasoline.  The van would also come to Thorntown to pick up at least four riders for shopping in Lebanon, but there do need to be four persons to justify the cost of the trip.

Calling Dog Lovers!

Garth Stein’s latest novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, will appeal to both animal lovers and auto racing fans.  The protagonist, Enzo, is a lab mix, who tells the story of his adoptive family from his perspective.  Enzo is capable of understanding human behavior, loves to watch television, and only wishes that he could learn to read, too.  He’s frustrated that he was denied the ability to communicate (and opposable thumbs), but, as he learned on the National Geographic channel, dogs often return in another form after death.  Enzo is certain that he will return as a man, and he is determined to learn all that he can in this life, so that he will be a good person in the next.

Enzo’s master, Denny Swift, is a race car driver.  Enzo narrates through many life-changing events; the victories and defeats of Denny’s racing career, the beginning of his marriage, and the birth of his young daughter.  Denny becomes embroiled in a legal battle that could be greatly simplified—if only Enzo could talk.  Although he cannot speak up for his master, Enzo gives the reader a refreshing “dog’s-eye-view” of human life, with all of its beauty and absurdity.  If anyone ever wonders what their dog is thinking, The Art of Racing in the Rain (FIC STE) may provide a little illumination. 

New John Bower Book

Some may remember John Bower’s presentation "Capturing the Soul of Indiana—A celebration of our overlooked cultural heritage" that was held at the library in July 2007.  The library has recently acquired Silent Workplace: Shops, Stores, Businesses, and Factories Where Hoosiers Once Earned a Living, his latest book of art photography. Bower’s fifth book focuses on closed-up building in various states of preservation, and among the subjects are factories, general stores, banks, and restaurants.  The library has all of Bower’s works, and Silent Workplace can be found in the Indiana Collection (IN COL 799.9 BOW) once it is moved from the New Materials shelf.  Anyone interested in meeting John Bower—or learning about other Hoosier authors—can visit the Indiana State Fair on Monday, August 11 during the Indiana Authors Showcase, which will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Home and Family Arts Building. 

One World One Dream—Summer Olympics 2008


The 2008 Summer Olympic Games are right around the corner, and what better way to prepare than with a visit to the International Olympic Committee’s newly launched web site,  The site, which made its debut in late July, features games, news, statistics, an Olympic personal trainer, and archives of past medalists and other Olympic facts.  Fans can test their trivia knowledge, shop for souvenirs and memorabilia, and subscribe to video and audio podcasts.  The IOC site also includes links to the official Beijing 2008 site and the Olympic Museum. 

Anyone interested in Chinese culture can check out the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide, China (915.1 CHI) in the library’s adult book collection.  In addition to its function as a travel guide, the book is well-illustrated and includes information on the history, culture, and geography of various regions.  Destination China (DVD 915.104 DES) is a Globe Trekker video that allows the viewer to explore China from the comfort of the living room.    
For those more interested in the Olympic tradition, Athens to Atlanta: 100 Years of Glory (796.48 LAI) provides a brief synopsis and highlights, as well as photos, of every Summer Games held from 1896-1992.


“Blessings” by Anna Quinlan is the book that the adult discussion group will consider at 1:30 on August 11.  There is still time to read this book about a teenage couple that drives up, late at night, headlights out, to Blessings, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing. They leave a box and drive away, and in this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever. Richly written, deeply moving, beautifully crafted, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, caretaker of the estate, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her own reasons, decides to help him. The secrets of the past, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community.


The youth have so much enjoyed the classes taught by Melissa Imbus this summer that they want her to continue.  On Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:00 and on Fridays 5-6:30 students of ALL ages may join in and learn to knit or to learn a more advanced technique.  Adults wanting to learn are invited and may call the library to indicate what knitting technique they wish to learn. 


During the 2008 Festival of the Turning Leaves on September 26-28, the library will again hold a book sale in the meeting rooms.  Books and other clean, gently used materials are welcomed now as donations.  Funds from the book sale will help the Friends of the Library sponsor programs for all ages.  In addition, there will be some antique glassware available for the price of a donation; this has been contributed by the family of Betty Brackemyre and proceeds will be used to help build the Secret Garden.  Volunteers to set up the sale on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. are being sought, as well as others to supervise the sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9-5 p.m.  A sign-up sheet for volunteers is available at the upper level circulation desk. 


The Friends of Thorntown Public Library, Inc., has just received payment in the amount of  $85.50 for a carton of empty ink cartridges.  Readers are invited to deposit cartridges in the carton in the library’s west lobby and will know that the cause is a worthy one.  Friends help provide programs for all ages and help fund the fountain and Secret Garden projects. 


Maximilian Sebastian Donovan arrived on July 16.  Youth department assistant Molly Donovan did bring baby Max to the library in late July to introduce him to all the staff.  Both mother and baby are doing well, as are father and sister!.


Adults wanting to share their writings with other writers are invited to participate in the Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, August 20, 1-3:00 p.m.  This is a time for comment, critique, and cheering each other on!  The session is held in the Young Adult Room.


Youth As Resources will offer a training program on how to apply for Y.A.R. grant funds.  The training will take place in the library meeting room at 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25.


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 September 3, 2008