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For a complete listing of DVD’s, videotapes, books-on-tape/CD, fiction, non-fiction, youth materials, etc., please check the library’s website at:

The summer reading theme is “Racing to Read”. Staff are asking all customers for racing memorabilia they would be willing to donate for prizes or to display. Also being sought is a race driver or team that would be willing to come to the library and talk to our youth.

Suggestions are welcomed; please call the library and ask for Shirley Hodgen, Chris Hawkins, or Mary Schmucker. Also needed is an individual or group to make a race car out of cardboard for the youth department.

Summer Reading Kick-off Event is May 14th
Nancy Roe Pimm will share her many racing stories with children based on her years working on an Indy 500 pit crew and as the wife of an Indy 500 race car driver. Nancy brings “pit trash” (racing suit, helmet etc.) from the Rahal/Letterman Indy 500 winning racing team for an interactive session with the boys and girls. She talks to her captive audience about her writing career and encourages them to achieve their dreams through reading, writing, and perseverance. Nancy wrote INDY 500 THE INSIDE TRACK. The library has a copy of this book in the youth department. She will also share other books she has written on animals and more. Join us at 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 14, for this special program. Nancy comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where she resides. Her first visit will be at the Plainfield Public Library in the morning before traveling to Thorntown. Before and after the program children may sign up for the summer reading and activity programs and receive their racing reading log and a “surprise” to help you get your engine started.

Following the kick-off event and sign-up on May 14th, the 7 week summer programs are from May 31 to July 15. During the Boone County Fair Week and the State Fair, special walk-in programs are planned. See more about this in the June newsletter.

The summer activity programs are “Racing to Read Around the Continents”. Anyone who has traveled outside our North American Continent and wishes to share memorabilia, pictures, and stories with the youth, is asked to call the youth department.

Youth interested in a Marble Contest should contact Shirley Hodgen at the library. Traditionally, World Marble Contests are held in Britain between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. A Marble Contest for children is being planned for this summer at the Thorntown Public Library. Sign up to have fun with this game that is more than 3000 years old. There are 3 forms of this game: Taw, Cherry pit, and Nineholes. We will begin with Taw.

Quilting—June 2
Quilted Purse with Linda – June 2, 6-9 pm – come and make a quilted purse with Linda White. One of the purses will be on display after May 16th at the library. This purse will require one (1) yard of double sided pre-quilted fabric, one nine inch zipper and one package of piping to match purse fabric. Before class cut a three inch wide strip of fabric and sew together length ways. Top stitch after turning right side out for strap. You will need to bring your own sewing machine to the class and you must pre-register for the class by May 26th.

Beginning Genealogy – May 19th, 6-9 pm – This month we will be focusing on online searching for genealogy. This class is limited to 6 and you must pre-register for the class.

MS Word 2000 – May 26th, 6-8 pm. There is no charge for the class, but registration is required and is limited to six per class. Requirements for the class include a basic knowledge of keyboarding and use of a mouse.

Guinn Local History/Genealogy Center

We are trying to complete our collection of local yearbooks and are still missing several from the Thorntown area. They include the following years for the Thorntown Exode: 1917-1919, 1929-1930, 1933-1936, 1939-1949 and from Western Boone: 1974, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1987-1989 and 2003 to present. If you have any of the above and would like to donate them to the library please contact either Linda White or Karen Niemeyer.

We are also collecting yearbooks from the surrounding areas of Advance, Jamestown, Pinnell and Lebanon as well as yearbooks from other areas. Please keep us in mind if you happen to have or know of the location of any of the above mentioned yearbooks.

We are still working on the newspaper obituary project. If you would like to volunteer to transcribe obituaries into a text file please contact Linda White at the library. These obituaries will be posted on our website. We are also seeking individuals who would be interested in going through our microfilm and finding obituaries, birth and marriage information to transcribe for posting on the libraries website.

Come and visit our website at

We are adding new items to help with your genealogy research all the time.

If you have questions or need help with your research, someone is available most days if they know ahead of time that you are coming to help with your research. Call the library and ask for Linda White to set up a time that someone will be available to work with you.

Adult Programs

Representatives from the Small Business Administration will be at the Thorntown Public Library on Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. If you have ever wondered if there is a way to get help and advice on starting or maintaining a small business, this informative meeting is for you. Presenters will cover ‘Who We Are,’ ‘What We Do,’ ‘Programs & Services,’ ‘the Small Business Development Center’ and the assistance they offer. Reservations are requested in order to prepare an adequate supply of handouts.

Book Signing—May 24
Former Western Boone resident Bruce Scott will discuss the new book he has researched and written on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. INDY: Racing Before the 500 is the result of Scott’s research of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before there was an Indianapolis 500 (the years of 1909-1910). The Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to balloon races, motorcycle races, an aviation meet and over 80 auto races. The book is subtitled The Untold Story of the Brickyard. Scott obtained over 200 photographs for this 280-page book.

Bruce Scott will autograph the books you purchase at this program, and is donating 10% of the proceeds to Riley Children’s Hospital. Scott graduated from Western Boone High School in 1980, and now resides in Batesville, Indiana.


Updated 10 May 19, 2005