Volume 11, No.4

TPL Website
Have you been to the library’s website? Did you know that there are links there to help you find books by authors that write similar to those that you already like to read. Gnooks is a self-adapting community system based on the gnod engine. Discover new writers you will like, travel the map of literature and discuss your favorite books and authors. Click on the Gnooks link and you will arrive to a site that will give you options of how to search for a new book. By going to the Gnod's Suggestions you can enter three of the authors that you enjoy reading and The Gnod engine will take you to a page with an author listed and some of his books. I did a search using Anton Gansky, Randy Alcorn and Robert Whitlow; the Gnod engine came back with the following list of authors: Stephen Lawhead, Dee Henderson, Karen Kingsbury, Judith Pella, Ted Dekker, Bodie and Brock Thoene, and Tracie Peterson. All of the results are authors that I both have read and liked or have considered in the past. So when you are at a loss on what to read next, try Gnooks and see what authors might come up on the Gnod engine.

A Book Sampler
A new program is beginning, for anyone who likes to ‘talk’ good books to their friends. Or, maybe you are someone who needs some new authors to get to know. Join with other readers in ‘selling’ the books you enjoy. Any genre is welcome—it would be nice to have a variety of mysteries, general fiction, westerns, Christian fiction, romance, or science fiction. Maybe your taste runs to nonfiction. Plan to spend a couple minutes telling what you liked about a book, maybe reading a short passage, or naming the character you admired. Participants are invited to join the group on the 1st Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Registration for each session will ensure a variety of choices—both fiction and non-fiction. Participants will be given a handout for the books being touted, so it is important to call in, 436-7348.

Needlework Night
On the 2nd Thursday of each month we meet in the Guinn Local History Room for an evening of sharing and working on our needlework projects. If you enjoy needlework of any type please come and share with others your talents. If there is a type of needlework you would like to learn, let us know and we will try to find someone to teach us.

Computer Class for April
On April 12th, 19th and 26th from 9-11:30 a.m. we will be having a class on Microsoft Publisher 2003. This will be a three part class that will start with creating a flyer, then a brochure and finally a newsletter. Participants will need to attend 1st class to attend 2nd and 3rd classes. Keyboard and mouse skills are required; participants should be competent in a word processing program. Class is limited to 6 so call and register early.

Book Discussion
The 3rd Monday Adult Book Discussion group will be changing its day—one week later! Add it to your calendar for the 4th Monday of each month. This means the next daytime Book Discussion will be April 24, 2006 at 1:30, around the wooden table in the adult stacks. The next book will be My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Thirteen-year-old Anna Fitzgerald walks into a lawyer’s office and announces she is suing her parents. Anna has been generous up to this time about donating bone marrow for her sister who has leukemia. This time she refuses. The book will bring a lively discussion about the morality of medical decision making. Copies will be borrowed for those interested in attending.

Hardanger Needlework Class
On Thursday, April 27 and May 4 from 2:30-4:30 pm in the Guinn Local History Room, we will be having a Hardanger Embroidery class to make a Christmas ornament or pin. Pre-registration by April 21 is required for this class. The cost for this class is $7.00 which will cover the cost of two balls of pearl cotton thread and even weave fabric. You will need to bring size 26 or 28 embroidery needles and small pointed sharp scissors. Samples of Hardanger embroidery can be seen on display in the case next to the meeting rooms. For more information contact Linda White at the library.

Youth Programs
Seventeen children made tracks to the library this winter to sign up for the winter reading program, “I Think I Can, I Think I Can—Read all Winter”. WOW! Did they read!!!!! Everyone surpassed the goals they set for themselves, reading either 500 or 1,000 pages. Fifteen children read over 15,000 pages. Two children tracked their reading by listing the titles of the 181 books they read. We are not sure how many pages, but they sure did a lot of reading. Train engineer hats, handkerchiefs, and train whistles were awarded to Felix Jose’ Martinez, Felix Andres Martinez, Caitlin Osburn, Holly Osburn, Conner Smith, Carlos Quay, Rachel Scherer, Laura Scherer, Kyle Thomas, Sheraya Smith, Braden Smith, Megan Wagner, Jonathan Wagner, Miranda Wagner, Sarah Hutchins and Falicia Hutchins for meeting and surpassing their goals. One child met his goal, but did not submit his name. We hope to include his name in our next newsletter. Toot Toot! Good Job boys and girls.

April 3-7 Storytime classes will not meet during spring break, but will continue meeting on April 11, 12, 18,19, 25, 26.

April 11, 18, and 25 Dreamweavers will meet from 3-4:00 p.m. on April 11, 18, and 25.

April 11 Maureen Buskirk from the extension office will present the program, “Transparent Tape… Who would have thought?” from 3-4 p.m. in rooms 116 and 120 at the library for adults. Children may attend storytime while their parents are in the adult program.

Clueless Mystery Club meets April 27 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Youth Council will meet from 4:00-6:00 on April 17.

Summer is approaching and many of you are anxious to spend more time with your children and to take advantage of programs for them that promote physical and mental development. They may be taking a break away from school, but should never take a break away from physical and intellectual development activities. Bring your children to the library on May 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to register for summer programs for preschool and elementary youth. Prizes for registering and snacks will be offered.

A Getting Ready For Kindergarten class will also be offered this summer. Children entering Kindergarten this fall will enjoy activities that encourage preliteracy and numeric skills. You are invited to come to the library on May 1 to meet Miss Shirley, Miss Chris, and Miss Mary. You will learn about the summer programs being offered and receive a prize for registering. Promptly at 5:30 p.m. we will listen and interact with a story, make a craft, get acquainted with other kindergarteners and have a snack. The Youth Council will meet and greet our guests, help with crafts, provide snacks, distribute prizes, and offer tours of the library. If you have any questions you may call Mrs. Hodgen.

Youth Cook
Youth Cook met on Wednesday, March 1. We made Spaghetti Pie, and Rice Crispie Treats. We had several new faces join us for cooking this month: Johnny and Zachary Decker, Morgan Ragsdale, and Erin Warmoth. Youth Cook will not meet during Spring Break. We will meet again Wednesday May 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. Have a pleasant Spring Break, and hope to see you all again in May!!

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 April 5, 2006