Volume 8, No. 5


L-I-B-R-A-R-Y…Listen to the Youth Council poetry rap, see a finger play by the preschool activity group, learn about the youths’ movie night and toga parties, sample the Youth Cooking group’s cookies, see the final plans of the expanded Thorntown Public Library, take home perennials and houseplants, and celebrate with the Friends of Thorntown Public Library its seventh annual meeting.  A very brief business meeting will include election of board members and officers: 

The Friends organization was created on June 6, 1996, with four purposes:  to encourage the support and continued existence, growth and vitality of the Thorntown Public Library; to enrich the total resources of the library; to call attention to the needs of the library; and to undertake and perform any activity which nonprofit corporations are permitted or entitled to perform for the benefit of and to advance the interests of the library.  You are invited to be a member by completing the form below and returning with your payment.  Membership provides you the monthly newsletter by mail and advance notice of library activities, including book sales.  The newsletter may also be picked up at the circulation desks.

BOOK SALE donations are still being accepted for the June 13-14 sale.  Clean books, videotapes, and other materials may be brought to the north door of the library during open hours.


“Building Our Future on the Foundation of the Past” is the theme for the library’s expansion from its 3,400 square foot 1914 building to its 14,000 square foot 2004 building.  The front of the main floor of the Carnegie will remain almost unchanged by the renovation although we are hoping that the cost of the project will allow for a new front door that better seals out cold and hot air and may be locked with a key instead of with an Allen wrench.  The final blueprints and specifications/project manuals are on display at the library for any contractor who wishes to view them in order to bid on the project.  There will be a pre-bid meeting for potential bidders at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 21.  Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m., June 4, and awarded at the June 9 meeting of the Library Board.  It is anticipated that construction will begin at the end of June and will be concluded in September 2004.  Surely, no one said life in Thorntown is dull?!

TASTE OF HOME SAMPLER will meet at 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 5.  Bring table service and a dish from the current issue of “Taste of Home”, “Taste of Home’s Quick Cooking,” or “Taste of  Home’s Light & Tasty”.  The library will provide beverages and copies of the recipes printed on index stock.  Please call the library in advance so that recipes will not be duplicated.  Those chosen to date include Chicken in Cherry Sauce, Cube Steak Diane, Wild Rice Barley Salad, Lemon Lover’s Pound Cake, Rhubarb Oat Dessert, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake.  New participants are invited…this is a great time to try a dozen or more new recipes.


A special program is planned for May 8 for youth in grades 1-6.  According to the school calendar, students will be dismissed at 1:00 from school on that day.  Plan to come to the library’s youth department from 2:30-4:30 for a  Mother’s Day craft,  refreshments, and a choice of 2 videos playing  simultaneously in the easy room and the large room of the youth department.  Registration preferred.

CHESS NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY has become so popular that we now use more than seven chess sets.  If you want to see it in action, take a look at the upper level of the library during the Friends’ annual meeting.  The chess players will be concentrating from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. 

SCRAPBOOKING AND GREETING CARD GROUPS continue to meet on the third and fourth Thursdays.  See the calendar each month.  Won’t it be wonderful to have two program rooms with tables for these and other programs that require a lot of space? 

NEEDLEWORK TEA is meeting on the first and third Friday’s from 1-3:00 p.m.  Join us on May 2 and 16 with your lap projects and help us plan a quilt challenge in honor of the larger library, where a quilt frame will once again be available.  If anyone knows of a quilt top that could be quilted, we shall, in the interim, place the frame in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church across from the library.  

HISTORY WORMS, students in grades four through eight, will meet on Wednesday, May 21, 3-4:15 p.m. for “A History of Me”.  This beginning genealogy session will be facilitated by Patricia Gillogly, Linda White, and Jennifer Abbott.  In April, the Worms visited the Ben Hur home in Crawfordsville.  When they attended the annual conference of the Junior Historical Society at Turkey Run in March, a highlight was feeding time for the snakes in the Nature Center.  (Don’t ask.) 


The youth department has planned summer reading and activities programs to celebrate the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with the theme “Reading Expedition: Read and Explore”.  Registration for summer programs begins May 9th.     

Two hundred years ago Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on a three-year journey to explore the uncharted West.  They successfully completed the overland journey between the Missouri and Columbia River systems, thus opening the unknown West for future exploration and development.  Their courageous exploration made great contributions to the history of our country and discovered our nation’s outstanding natural resources.   

The National Council of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial website released the following: 

“---I George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States do hereby designate 2003 through 2006 as the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.  I ask all Americans to observe this event with appropriate activities that honor the achievements of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  I also direct Federal agencies to work in cooperation with each other, States, tribes, communities, and the National Council of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial to promote educational, cultural, and interpretive opportunities for citizens and visitors to learn more about the natural, historical, and cultural resources that are significant components of the Lewis and Clark story.--“


Anyone who would like to volunteer to help the youth department with the bicentennial observation and Read and Explore programs please contact Shirley, Chris, Mary, or Morgan in the youth department.  One volunteer has come forth to do a craft activity with the youth.  Look for more information on this in the next newsletter. 

Read to Me - For preschool children who have not yet learned to read.  Sign up in the Youth Department and receive a reading log.  Keep track of the 20 books you read to your child.  Before July 25th, bring the completed reading log to the Youth Department desk.  You are invited to a celebration on July 25th from 9-11:00 a.m. at the Lion’s Park for crafts, games, prizes, and refreshments.  Reading awards will be presented to those who have read 20 books. 

Let’s Read Together  -  For children beginning to read or listen to stories on their own.  Keep track of the 20 books you read together on a reading log you will receive at sign-up in the Youth Department.   Join the celebration at the Lion’s Park on July 25th for crafts, refreshments, games, and prizes.    

Read On My Own - For children who are enjoying reading on their own.  Keep track of the 10 books you read on the reading log you receive at sign-up. You are invited to celebrate at the Lion’s Club from 9-11:00 on July 25th with games, food, crafts, and prizes. 

Totally Teen  -  Read 300 pages and receive a prize and 3 reading bucks.  For every 100 pages over the 300 pages read, you will receive a reading buck.  You may use your reading bucks to select prizes. 


Monday Movie Matinees:  Movies will be shown Monday’s at 3:00 p.m. -- June 16,  June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14,  and July 21.  For a listing visit or call the library.  Registration is helpful, but not required.   Popcorn and Kool-aid will be served.

Explorers (Toddler Ages 2-3):  Join us for stories, crafts, games, and snacks on Tuesday’s - June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th,  July 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd  at 10:00 a.m.

Adventurers (Preschool Group Ages 3-6):  Enjoy a fun-filled hour listening to stories, playing games, making crafts, and having a snack with your friends.  Join us at 1:00 p.m. on the following Tuesday’s:  June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, July 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd or at 10:30 on the following Wednesday’s:  June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

Corps of Discovery (School-age  Grades 1-3):  Monday’s at 1:30-3:00 (Stay for the 3:00-5:00  Monday Movie Matinee.)  The Corps of Discovery will meet on June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, July 7th, 14th, and 21st.  During the Lewis and Clark expedition the Corps of Discovery made important contributions to zoology, botany, geography, ethnology, and literature.  One of America’s greatest expeditions became one of our nation’s greatest periods of learning.  Through hands-on activities we will learn about the skills the men needed to be chosen to join the Corps. 

Interpreters Brown Bag Book Club (at Noon) (11:30-1:00) Grades 4-6:  Bring a sack lunch on Thursday’s, June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.   We will meet in the youth department or at the Lion’s Park, weather permitting.  Dessert will be provided.  Featured books are THE CAPTAIN’S DOG MY JOURNEY WITH THE LEWIS AND CLARK TRIBE, and  GUTS: THE TRUE STORIES BEHIND HATCHET AND THE BRIAN BOOKS.  (Look for information on the Secret Garden Book Club starting this fall.)

BOOK BEAT TEAMS:  (Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-8):  Choose your own team of 3-5 readers.  Read 4-5 books over the summer and compete on the content of the books by playing “Name that Book” at the Battle of the Stars on Thursday, July 24th from 2:00-5:00 p.m.   A Pizza Party with Games and a Movie will follow.  Sign up now either as a team (3-5 people) or as an individual (we will find a team for you).  The first meeting will be June 3 at 3:00 for Grades 4-6 and 4:00 for Grades 6-8. At this meeting you will form teams, name your team, and receive your books.  Battle of the Stars will be held on July 23 from 2-5:00 p.m. for  Grades 4-6; July 24th from 2-5:00 p.m. for Grades 6-8.   For a list of the Young Hoosier Books we will be reading, call or visit the library. 


A Summer Ceramics Camp with Instuctor Susie Endres

Additional Activities by Shirley Hodgen and Morgan Dunbar 

3 Day Summer Ceramic Workshops planned for June:

    1st Session---June 4, 5, 6  -  1:00 to 4:30 p.m. each day

    2nd SessionJune 11, 12, 13 - 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. each day

RISING STAR CAFE is a new program being offered for those ages 13 to 22.  As soon as we have several submissions of poetry, music, or drama, a date will be selected for an evening of entertainment and refreshments.  The public will be invited for the performance evening, but the masterpieces must have been developed by the young adults.  The library’s sound system will be available and karaoke using an original song is acceptable. 


May 5, 8-10:00 a.m. - Microsoft Windows 95, 98 and ME – This class will cover what  a desktop is, right and left mouse clicking, setting up different users, organizing and creating file folders, changing the desktop’s appearance and creating shortcuts on the desktop. Requirements for this class are basic knowledge of keyboarding and of using a mouse.  Class is limited to 5.

May 19, 8-10:00 a.m. Ins and Outs of E-mail – Let’s Get Organized – The class will cover setting up Outlook Express; how to setup different mail boxes; reading e-mail and deleting, replying to, forwarding, and filing it; creating new folders; address book management; sending attachments; message rules and blocking sender; printing. Requirements for this class are basic knowledge of keyboarding and of using a mouse. Class is limited to 5.

Wednesday, June 4, 8-10:00 a.m. Microsoft Word 2000 Beginners’ Class - Taught, as are all our computer classes, by Technology Assistant Linda L. White, this class on basic Microsoft Word 2000 is a requirement for the June 30 “Intermediate Word” class.  It will be limited to 5 students and requires basic knowledge of keyboarding/mouse.

June 16, 8-10:00 a. m. Getting Started on the World Wide Web – This class will cover Internet Explorer 6.*, how to access resources on the Web, navigating the Web, useful options on the Menu Bar, how to download, e-mail and print, components of the internet, Boolean searching on the internet, etc. Requirements for this class are basic knowledge of keyboarding and of using a mouse. Class is limited to 5.

June 30, 8-10:00 a.m.  Intermediate Word – The class will cover using images, tables, columns etc. Requirements for class – Microsoft Word Basic. Class is limited to 5.

June 19th BOB SANDER SPECIAL at 4:00 p.m.

Bob Sander is well-known for his work as the resident storyteller for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, roster teller for Young Audiences and the Indiana Humanities Council and independent work at festivals, libraries and corporations.  In 2001, Bob was among 50 Indianapolis artists whose work was publicly recognized and awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship from The Arts Council of Indianapolis.  He reaches out and captures the attention and participation of a wide age span.  The Thorntown Public Library is pleased to be able to provide this entertainment as a special program to celebrate our 2003 Summer Reading Program.   Registration preferred, but not required.  THIS IS A PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES! 

VISIT THE LIBRARY’S WEB SITE and sign up to automatically receive monthly the calendar of programs.  You may also elect to receive a weekly notice of the new materials that are available for checking out.  


 Adult Fiction

Adult DVD’s


Youth Dept. Fiction

Juvenile Video’s

For a complete list of NEW MATERIALS, check out the library’s web site at:

Updated  5 May 2003 / llw