Volume 14, No.6


The library’s youth worked at a book sale booth at the Thorntown Community Organization’s fair on Saturday, June 28th.  Proceeds from the sale will be applied toward library youth programs.  Their volunteering is very much appreciated.


The spring 2008 book sale has ended and has resulted in a total of $851.16 in donations that will be applied to the Secret Garden Fund.  THANKS to all who donated materials, helped set up and monitor the sale, and who purchased books.  This is a record for the spring book sale, whose annual total is usually about $200.00.  Part of this spring’s book sale included needlecraft materials and wanna-be quilts donated by the family of Betty Brackemyre.  At the last minute we withdrew some of the yarns and fabric scraps—see the exciting news below

Melissa Imbus is teaching youth how to crochet and knit during the summer.  Yarns and knitting needles from Melissa and Betty Brackemyre are being used so that no fee is necessary for the classes.    New students may start at anytime.   Melissa is finding that all ages can work together, and some students are attending the Wednesday class and then coming back on Friday for further assistance.  Classes are Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m. and Friday’s 5-6:30 p.m.  At this time the focus is on knitting, but we shall have crochet floss available for those who later want to learn to crochet.  The classes began June 17 and will conclude on Friday, August 1. Other possible future classes may be scrap quilting, appliqué on clothing, e.g., to cover a hole in jacket or jeans.


There are sand and sand bags, but in spite of recent rains, there is no flood at the library.  Loose sand and the filled bags were packed around welding repairs made on June 27 to the basin of the reproduction of the town’s Mills Memorial Fountain.  Since the basin is made of cast iron (but has a steel floor), the weld must be allowed to cool down slowly and sand is being used as the insulator.   The cracks may have been present since the August 2007 installation of the fountain but only were revealed as calcium deposits from evaporating water were formed.  The repair costs are being paid by the fountain manufacturer.  Gary Cummins and Chance Fivecoat of Smart Manufacturing, near Dover, burnished off small areas of paint in order to complete the welding.  The library’s maintenance head Gary Deakins will touch up the painting needed inside the basin, at the welds, and where bicycles have nicked the surface of the basin.  The paint will be applied in three coats:  primer, black enamel, and verdigris that is brushed on and then wiped off to create the antique bronze effect.  After touch-up paint has been applied over the welds and allowed to cure, the fountain will be filled with 850 gallons of water and will again be enjoyed by residents and visitors.

YOUTH COOK – June and July

On June 4, Youth Cook was a relatively smaller group, with six youth and two instructors. That didn’t slow the group down, however. Even with fewer helpers, they managed to finish the prep work and have both dishes in the oven in about 30 minutes. They made a Cheesy Fiesta Bake and Easy Cherry Cobbler; both turned out quite well. The staff working that evening can attest to that, for the smaller numbers led to leftovers for the library staff. Youth Cook will meet July 2nd from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.


The library will be closed on Friday, July 4, and no CICOA lunch will be served.  The library WILL BE OPEN ON MONDAY, July 7.

Most of the library’s customers are aware that the library is seldom closed.  In addition to Sundays, the official closing dates are New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.  In addition, the library closes at 4:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and, usually, on the Saturday of the Festival of the Turning Leaves.  Originally, the festival closing was effected because the library’s one restroom could not accommodate all of the festival visitors.  Because parking is limited and staff are busy working in various festival areas, the library usually closes on festival Saturday.  However, a book sale is held in the meeting rooms and the nearby restrooms are open for the public.  In addition, since 1994 the library has used that one closed Saturday to have all carpet cleaned.  This allows the carpet to be dry and ready for use on Monday morning with little inconvenience to the public.  It is a major inconvenience to the staff, who must disconnect computers to assure their safety in movement, identify chairs that need to be cleaned,  and move smaller items off the floor and clear off desks so that they may be moved.  The book shelving is NOT moved!! 

On Monday morning the staff  reverses the process and all are happy when the process has once again been completed.

On May 19, with board permission, the library staff delayed opening the library by an hour to allow most to participate in a training program.  Led by head librarian Christine Sterle, local history and systems librarian Linda White, and cataloger Cathie Jackson, the staff worked together with the goal of improving library service.  The four principles of FISH!  Catch the Energy; Release the Potential  apply to both personal and business development and are based on experiences at the Seattle Fish Market.  The principles are PLAY (enjoy work while working hard), MAKE THEIR DAY (love the work, serve the customer and make people happy), BE THERE (give customers attention, and listen carefully, without judgment or interpretation to the message in the words that are being said) and CHOOSE YOUR ATITTUDE (choose to have a positive attitude).   When a colorful fish flies by in an impromptu game of “catch” or a staff member tells another, “Go fish”, know that they are reminding each other of the four principles of the training program.  The director noted that a statement in Tony Dungy’s book Quiet Strength is appropriate as well:   the umpire at the start of a baseball game says, “Play ball!”  He does not say, “Work ball.”  The library staff takes very seriously the commitment to provide exemplary services, materials, programs, and facilities.  If they are overheard saying, “Play library!” it does not mean to create a make-believe library but serves as a reminder to enjoy their work, even in the face of challenging situations.

Youth Department Programs

Read to Me and Independent Reading youth who “Caught the Reading Bug” this summer may submit their Reading Logs for prizes on July 11.  Participants are to complete the reading log to show that they have met their contract to read a specified number of books or pages. A variety of activities are planned for July 11th.  From 3:00-4:00 youth may submit their reading logs for a book prize.  Other activities include bug face painting, singing yourself buggy, reaching inside the “bugs” box for a prize, and drinking Wormy Orange Punch.  From 4:00-5:00 Mark Lehman will entertain with his “Reading is Magic” program for all ages.  From 5:00-6:00 p.m.  worm sandwiches, butterfly cookies, and bug juice will be served.   At 6:00 the Dover Puppets will set up in the meeting rooms.  From 6:30-7:30 the Dover puppets will perform with music for all youth and adults.

Battle of the Stars

On July 12 at 1:00 the Pink Panthers, Reading Rambos, and the Super Sleuths, will face each other in a contest to answer questions about the Young Hoosier Books 2008-2009 that they have been reading this summer.  The seven books chosen by the youth to read from the YHBA List of  twenty titles were Ghost’s Grave by Peg Kehret, Room One by Andrew Clements, Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy, Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams, Escape! by Sid  Fleischman, Heat by Mike Lupica, and Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson,


The library staff and board thank the teens and the youth volunteers who have been participating in programs and assisting with various library projects.  Most recently many of the youth were involved in helping at a special summer book sale.  They loaded books onto carts that were wheeled to the Lions Park Shelter for the Thorntown Community Organization’s June 28 fair.  The Friends of the Library paid the booth fee, but the youth worked 9-4:00 sending good used materials to new homes.  They made more than $132.00.

In addition, a special thanks is offered to Kayla Michaels and Brandon Long who helped Mrs. Niemeyer  load a ton of sand into 40 sand bags provided by the local fire department/emergency management.  In spite of recent rains, there was no flood at the library.  The sand bags were used in repair of the fountain. 


The bricks are on site.  The mortar is on site.  Soon the excavator Joe Lovell will be on site and work on The Secret Garden will begin.  Plants that would be affected by the work have been moved and planted in other areas about the library, thanks to the labors of Smith’s Lawn Care of rural Thorntown.  The sand that was used as insulation for the welds in the fountain will be re-used in the garden as a base for the pavers and engraved pavers that will form the floor of the walled brick garden.  Local artist Craig L. White is supervising the construction of the garden.  Craig was the library board’s supervisor of the 2003-5 library building project as well.  The drawing of The Secret Garden, as well as suggestions made by The Secret Garden Club, are on display in the lower level lobby.


In May the parking lots were sealed and re-striped.  In the process the north parking space in the west lot was striped with blue lines.  A few people had complained to the town marshal that they had to pull too far forward into the intersection in order to clearly see oncoming traffic.  The marshal asked that no cars park in the space.  There is additional parking in the stone lot east of the alley on the east side of the library.  One of the bicycle racks has been moved from the grass to the blue-lined space.

In July two of the east doors to the lower level lobby will be equipped with automatic door openers.  The seniors who lunch at the library daily plan to celebrate with cake whenever that change has been made, probably on July 10, which also happens to be the birthday of Children’s Librarian Shirley Hodgen.  A door that opens automatically will be an asset for those who are pushing baby strollers, for those using walkers and wheel chairs, and for those carrying armloads of materials.


An updated computer system will be installed in August.  Library staff are updating the library’s card registration applications by asking each customer to complete a new ivory-colored card.  Birth dates are being requested so that improved reports on how various age groups use the library may be developed.  When time permits, any customer who has not yet completed a new application is asked to do so at one of the library desks.


The July adult book discussion will be held on Monday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m.  Plan to reserve the second Monday afternoon for future book discussions.

For July, discussion leader Fern Miner invites participants to read an Oprah selection Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio.  Rural Kentucky in the 1950’s is not an easy place to grow up, and it is especially hard for ten-year-old Icy Sparks, an orphan who lives with her grandparents.  Life becomes even more difficult for Icy when violent tics and uncontrollable cursing begin—symptoms brought on by a troubling affliction that goes undiagnosed until her adulthood. Icy’s adolescence is marred by the humiliation of the illness and its all-too visible signs are the source of endless mystery and hilarity as everyone around her offers an opinion about what is troubling the girl.  Eventually Icy finds solace in the company of Miss Emily, an obese woman who knows what it is like to be an outcast in this tightly-knit Appalachian community.  Narrated by a now-grown Icy, this novel is full of warmth and humor as it recounts a young girl’s painful and poignant journey to womanhood—and the many lives she touches and enriches along the way. 

Copies of the book are being borrowed from other Indiana libraries so that everyone who wants to participate may read Gwyn Hyman Rubio’s first novel, one about learning to overcome others’ ignorance and celebrate the differences that make each person unique. 


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 July 2, 2008