November/December 2003 NEWSLETTER
Volume 8, No. 11

A photo album is being posted on our web site, so enjoy Craig L. White’s photography as you keep track of our progress in “building our future on the foundation of the past.” The block tower in the middle of the steel is the elevator shaft, and concrete for the second floor was poured November 19. Trusses are on site, and soon you will see walls appear. There is still time (until December 19) to design a tile for the children’s restroom (cost is $3.00) or to purchase a paving brick for your family, business, or organization name (cost is $23.00).

WANTED – clean one-gallon milk jugs—30 needed by November 28. You do not have to remove the labels. Also needed: empty cube shaped Kleenex boxes. Please drop them off at the library or call to have someone stop by your home. We need 25 and currently have 4, but any contribution will be appreciated.

ALSO WANTED-- cookies for the December 1 Christmas Family Night at the Library.

The library will be CLOSED on Thurs, Nov. 27; Wed/Thurs, Dec 24-25; Thurs., Jan 1. We shall close at 4:00 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 31.

The library will be open on snowy days unless the Boone County Commissioners declare a snow emergency. You may feel free to call to verify open hours and to leave a message if you need items renewed.

December 1 is just around the corner. Please join us from 6:30 to 8:00 for crafts, singing, fellowship, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus. If you enter through the youth department door on the north side of the library, you will be able to sign in and register for door prizes. Call or visit the library to let us know you plan to attend. This will help us have enough supplies on hand to accommodate everyone who wants to make crafts. The library’s youth council members will provide assistance and the Friends of Thorntown Public library will serve refreshments. This event started in 1995 with “Gingerbread Holiday”, followed by “Christmas is in the Bag”, “Country Christmas”, “An Angelic Event”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Snowman’s Christmas on Market Street”, “Wreathed in Smiles”, “Light Up Your House for Christmas” and for 2003, our Ninth Annual Christmas Family Night at the Library: “The Keys to Christmas”.

Starting November 3, youth will receive a key for “special books” that are checked out and read. Upon receiving a key from a librarian, each youth should write on the key his/her first and last name and telephone number. The key is returned to the librarian. A drawing for prizes will take place on Family Christmas Night at the Library on December 1. The Youth Department staff advise, “The more you read, the more keys you will receive and the more chances you will have at winning prizes!”

There will be a separate drawing for everyone who attends Christmas Family Night. To do this you must enter the youth department door and write your name and telephone number on the keys and deposit them in the container provided. Names will be drawn and prizes awarded at the end of the program.

The top ten readers, those who read the most books from November 3 to December 1, will have their names announced and receive their prizes at Christmas Family Night. To qualify for this contest, ask the librarian on duty for a reading record. Keep track of the books you read from November 3 to December 1 by recording the titles of the books and the authors on this record.

There are three ways to win prizes and enjoy the Christmas Season by reading and joining in the fun on December 1. Will you try all three ways? Have fun!!

Kdg. – 3rd grade youth will meet on Tues., Dec. 9th in the youth department from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Fourth – 6th grade youth will meet on Thurs., Dec. 11th, from 3:30-5:30.

Children will enjoy a muffin and a cup of hot chocolate while listening to a Christmas story followed by making Christmas gifts. Watch out! There will be surprises too!

On Wednesday, November 5th Debbie Smith and Mary Schmucker led the youth with a hands on pizza making party. Youth Cook made two homemade pizzas. One pizza was pepperoni and mushroom. The other was pepperoni only. We also used two different mixes—Chef Boyardee and Martha White--for taste testing and price comparison. Chef Boyardee won hands down. Youth Cook had ten children participate this month. We welcomed Lexi Warmoth, Kimberly Hankins, and Jody Garst to our pizza making evening. Youth Cook meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Thorntown United Methodist Church from 4-5:30 p.m. Move over “Charlie’s Pizza”—you have competition!!! JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 for our final class of 2003.


Adults and youth: If you are reading in competition for an autographed paver to be installed in the library patio, you are encouraged to KEEP YOUR NOSE IN A BOOK! All books read between September 22 and December 22 will be counted. The reader of the most books in each of five age categories will have his/her name and TOP READER 2003 carved into a brick for the new east entrance. If you won one of the five pavers in the summer reading competition, you will not win a second brick—you will receive a special Indiana prize—and the second place reader in your age group will win the brick, all of which are provided by the Friends of Thorntown Public Library.

Hello! I am the ‘new kid on the block’ and want to tell you some things about myself. I began working here on October 6, 2003, after 24 years at the Lebanon Public Library. I actually began my public library career here in Thorntown, in the spring of 1979, when I filled in for Mary Ann Matthews.

At Lebanon I worked as Children’s Librarian, Director, Adult Services Librarian, and as a cataloguer in Tech Services. No stranger to library building projects, I enjoy watching the construction process. This community has long needed more library space, and I am delighted that it is just around the corner.

My spouse of 37 years, Jim Miner, may be a familiar face to you. He is serving as treasurer of the Friends of the Library. He is very pleased with my career move, and plans that I will be ‘home for lunch’ occasionally. We live in Jefferson Township. Our only daughter, Jill, graduated from Western Boone in 1991, and now resides in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband Andy Weippert and their daughter Lauren. Their son is expected to be born in January 2004.

I grew up on a farm near Nappanee, Indiana. In my family were two older sisters, and a younger brother. We three girls sang together while we did the dishes. I decided early in life that farm chores, particularly morning and evening milking, did not give a family the freedom to get away very often. I now enjoy farm life through magazines such as Farm Woman, Farm & Ranch Living (my brother still farms the home place, without the cows). However, I maintain the seasonal orientation that goes with rural areas, and pay particular attention to how my neighbors’ crops are doing, what is being harvested, and how the droughts and floods affect their livelihood.

For my adult life, I first prepared to be an elementary teacher, and went to Manchester College for that training. After 7+ years of teaching upper elementary, I realized I needed to modify my career path. I chose to add onto a Master’s degree at Purdue, by preparing myself as a school librarian. The doors did not open; but my teaching background made for an easy transition to children’s library work. When I made the transition to Director at Lebanon, I was already pursuing my Master’s in Library Science at Indiana University. I’ve not regretted the change in careers for a minute!

We are both active in the work at Lebanon Christian Church. We have been in some plays with area drama groups, and enjoy a subscription to Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. I’ve been a member of Zonta International since 1989, and have enjoyed attending the International Conventions in Detroit, St. Louis, Honolulu, Paris, and Gothenburg, Sweden. Future conventions will be in New York City, and Australia. My professional library organization memberships are in Indiana Library Federation, American Library Association, and Public Library Association. Locally, I assist the American Legion Auxiliary Post 218 when I can.

I welcome the opportunity to serve you—stop by and get acquainted. This library offers many, many services and has a wonderful collection. Use your library!

November has been a month of increasing size in many programs: ten at Youth Cook, seventeen at Taste of Home Sampler, eight at Brown Bags & Better Books, and thirty five at Youth Council. Aren’t we looking forward to more space…in less than a year? Have you noticed there is a countdown on our homepage? We plan to start celebrating at 6:00 p.m., Monday, November 8, 2004. The Library Planning Advisory Committee, a group that assisted the board in planning/designing the library, will assist staff and board in planning the Nov., 8-13, 2004, celebration.

BROWN BAGS AND BETTER BOOKS meets every Friday at noon to 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church across from the library. Come prepared, come unprepared, come with our without your lunch, but join us for interesting discussions.

Veteran instructor Gene Ryan will teach calligraphy in a series of three classes on January 13, 20, and 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost for the series is $20.00 and includes all training materials except the pen. Each student will need to bring a fine point Speedball “ElegantWriter” black calligraphy marker or may purchase one from the library for $1.99. The Shaeffer calligraphy fountain pen, medium point, black, may be substituted and may be purchased at the library for $4.47. A display of January class projects is available for viewing at the library. Make this one of your New Year’s resolutions, but do call to reserve your space.


On January 19, 2:30 p.m., a daytime book discussion group will begin. The sessions are planned for the third Monday of each month except December. The January 19th book will be The Quilter’s Apprentice, by Jennifer Chiaverini. Fern Miner will lead the discussion. The author has written a series of Elm Creek Quilt books, and we shall begin with the first one in the series. You can help us plan if you will sign up to be a part of this discussion group. Please let us know if you would be interested in purchasing the paperback ($7.80) so that you may mark in the book, or if you want it to be provided by the library. We shall borrow copies from other libraries. Plan to bring to this discussion a special quilt, either one that you have made yourself or one that has special meaning for you. “Just as the darker sections of a quilt can enhance the brighter ones, the mistakes of the past can strengthen understanding and lead the way to new beginnings. This debut novel…tells a timeless tale of family, friendship and forgiveness.” (book cover)

The February 16 discussion will be led by Yvonne Welty of Lebanon Public Library and feature Rocket Boys: a Memoir, by Homer Hickam. We shall borrow copies of the book or you may have us purchase a copy for you for $8.37. This is a NASA aerospace engineer’s story about his childhood in a coal mining area and includes his childhood rocket experiments.

The March 15 novel will be The Five People You Meet in Heaven and discussion will be led by Karen Niemeyer. At present cost to purchase the book is $11.11, but it may be less, if the paperback version of this 2003 book by Mitch Albom becomes available. In this book Eddie dies on his 83rd birthday while saving a little girl from a falling cart. He learns that heaven is a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it.

Future meeting dates will be April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, and November 15, 2004.

CHESS PLAYERS WANTED: Chess for all ages – on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:00. If you want a partner or you want to learn the game, join us.

HOME REPAIR QUESTIONS NEEDED: The library has found some great volunteers who are planning to offer a basic home repair class (or series) in early 2004. At this time we are asking, “What are the things you would like to know about home repair?” We started planning a class for women, then decided to offer it to women and senior citizens who had smaller hands or less physical strength, then found there were some men who had questions too!

Examples of some questions include:

Tell us what you need to know—and maybe it can safely be taught in this class.

There are two opportunities to learn knitting at the library. Betty Brackemyre teaches knitting every Tuesday from 6-8:00 p.m. We need to know if a beginner is planning to attend so that supplies may be provided. This group meets at the library fireplace. You really MUST see Betty’s knitted Christmas stockings!

On the first Monday of every month beginning in January, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Melanie Lietz will offer an opportunity for area residents to enrich their knitting and crocheting lives with new friends, help with current projects, and a pattern every month. The cost of this “Knitting and Crocheting Club” is $5.00 per month. Melanie will answer questions, give hands-on help, and provide original designs (patterns) each month. Special classes will be taught by arrangement.

Clueless Mystery Club
Members of the club will meet on January 15, 2004 for supper and an interactive mystery.

Fourteen 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have enjoyed meeting weekly through the fall and will begin meeting monthly in 2004. One of the highlights of the program has been the visit to Lt. Rob Knox, a detective in the Boone County Area. Our appreciation goes to Mary Schmucker in the youth department for bringing this speaker to the library.

Youth interested in joining this club may call the library at 765-436-7348 and ask to speak to Shirley, Chris, or Mary in the youth department.


Adult DVD’s

Adult Videos

Adult Fiction

Recorded Books on Tape/CD’s

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Videos

For a more complete list of new materials including books-on-tape, music CD’s, etc. go to the library’s web site at:

Updated7 October 2003 / llw