Volume 9, No.


It is a little hard to believe that on November 27 we shall be decorating a 14,000 square foot library for Christmas. Your Friends of Thorntown Public Library have agreed to handle the decorating of the expanded library and will welcome additional hands, ideas, and donations of good, unused Christmas trees and other decorations.


There are more than 40 events scheduled at the library during this 30-day month. If you need more details than are provided in the text of this newsletter or on the enclosed calendar, feel free to call the library: 436-7348.


Your library had a copy of Janie Cassell’s book LEBANON, but it was stolen several years ago. We have tried to procure a replacement copy through used book stores. If anyone has a personal copy, we would be happy to purchase it or receive it as a donation.

Yearbooks Needed:

Thorntown Sesquicentennial (1980) books: All copies formerly available for purchase at either the Thorntown Heritage Museum or library have been exhausted. If anyone has a copy that is no longer needed, we would be happy to receive it. When a buyer emerges, as two did during the last week in March, the book will be made available. The cash donation will then be given to the Friends of the Library and saved for creating an outdoor brick-walled “secret” garden for youth and adults to enjoy.


The annual spring book sale will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 11 during the Friends annual meeting. It will be held in the new building. Books will continue to be on sale through May 12-15 during the library’s regular open hours. We are accepting now, at the north door, donations of clean, used books, videos, and other materials. However, if books are moldy and dirty, please do us the favor of discarding them at your home rather than bring them to the library for us to discard. Likewise, we do not need old catalogs and old news magazines. We appreciate your understanding. If you have many items, please enter the library and advise us, for we are at this time storing book sale items off site and prefer to transfer your cartons to our automobiles for delivery to storage.


Because children (and adults) may be hurt by shoving and tussling, the library board has in place a no-touching policy. There are many sharp corners and dangerous objects, even in a place as safe as a library. All staff members hope that no parent will be offended when we enforce the policy by asking children to cease wrestling. Our local marshal and deputies have agreed to come when called if staff need assistance in breaking up minor scuffles or major fights. We are encouraging children to think of the library as a Neutral Zone—to save their fights for their own yards, homes, streets—or, better yet, settle the fight without resorting to physical abuse. We also work with youth who mentally intimidate their peers. On a daily basis the staff work to keep the library clean and safe. Children under the age of eleven are to be supervised by parent or guardian when in the library. We do try to keep a sense of humor as we referee various incidents, and the humor for this month is: “Unruly children will be towed away at parents’ expense.”


Linda L. White will lead discussion of the inspirational fiction book “The Seat Beside Me” at the April 19, 2:30 p.m., session. Pick up a copy of Nancy Moser’s book about passengers who survive a plane crash, those who do not, and the reassessment this provokes. Refreshments are served during each book discussion, for we believe the brain functions better with food!

The May book will be “Pull of the Moon”, by Elizabeth Berg. We have it on cassette (4 hrs. 45 min.) and will also have books available. Disturbed by the course of her life and marriage, Nan embarks on a backroad odyssey, following the moon and stopping to talk with women, men, her husband through letters, and herself through her diary.

Poetry Reading – April 19

The library has scheduled a Poetry Reading evening on Monday, April 19, 2004. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in the upstairs reading area. Any writer may read his original poems, just for the joy of sharing the writing. If time allows, people may read favorite poetry selections, and may tell a little about the poet, why this poem is a favorite, and any other comments they care to bring to the evening. Refreshments will be served.

The Poetry Reading event is held in addition to the month’s Scribbler’s Guild meeting, which is the first Wednesday of each month. Call the library, 436-7348, to register yourself as a Poetry Reader. April of each year has been designated National Poetry Month, and a special display of poetry books from the library’s collection appears on the mantle. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a poet born in 1919, stated, “Like a bowl of roses, a poem should not have to be explained.”

TV Turnoff Week: April 19-25, 2004

TV-Turnoff Network, based in Washington, D. C. has set aside the week of April 19-25 as America’s week to de-emphasize the role television plays in our homes. The Thorntown Public Library is offering some help to those families that are looking for some activities to replace the TV habit. Parents may pick up a packet of information, with a ‘pledge’ form for their family’s involvement. Families can spend time planning activities to replace TV viewing time. The library will offer a variety of programs during the week of April 19-25:




Identity Theft Awareness: Don’t Be a Victim – April 29

Identity Theft is ‘an epidemic of monumental proportions’ according to David Szwak a lawyer from Louisiana, who represents scores of victims. “And they get away with it.” There are a number of security and awareness measures that people can implement. Jeff Heck, a state police detective from Lebanon, will provide information and preventative measures at a library program on Thursday, April 29, at 7 p.m. Identity thieves are obtaining key pieces of our identities and using that information for illegal purposes. Practices you thought were safe and secure may make you a prime target for such theft, and it can be very difficult and time-consuming to undo the damage. Everyone should be aware of the ways thieves operate in stealing your private information, and what to do if it does happen to you. Pre-registration will assist the library staff in preparing handouts for this valuable program. For more information, call 436-7348.


In February and March we asked for your ideas on what you LOVE about your library and what you would CHANGE about your library. We are happy to take those thoughts anytime, but here are some of the answers received to date. These are from ages 8 to 80!

What I LOVE about my library:

What I would CHANGE about my library:


Adult Videotapes

Adult DVD’s

Adult Fiction

Adult Non-Fiction

Recorded Books (All Books are recorded on cassette tapes unless there is (CD) after author’s name, (CD) books are recorded on CD's)



Easy Fiction

Easy Non-Fiction

Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Non-Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

Juvenile Videos

Young Adult Non-Fiction

Parent Shelf

Updated  29 Mar 2004/ llw