January 2006 NEWSLETTER
Volume 11, No. 1

The Thorntown Public Library been approved to receive an Urban Forestry Library Releaf Grant. Funding for many books and programs is being provided by the U. S. Forest Service through the Division of Forestry of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The funding dollars are being matched by library funds. To earn the grant, the library has planned various programs and activities to build awareness of local trees.

Residents of all ages are invited to participate in a Photography Contest that has been designed to let us appreciate the beauty of Boone County’s trees in all seasons. Area residents may submit as many tree photos as they wish, but they must be of trees in Boone County. The winning photos will be used in the library as permanent end panel decorations on all shelving units in the adult and youth book stacks and local history areas. Photographers and locations will be identified, making this a valuable local history working exhibit.

Photos may be submitted to the upper level circulation desk from now until March 1, with the location of the tree, the name of the photographer, and address and phone number included. Entry forms are available at the library and require that the photographer allow the photo to become the property of the library for use on shelving end panels, as book marks, and in reports to the DNR. Photographer will retain publishing rights.

Photos need not be current; spring-summer-fall tree shots may be pulled from your archives. Photos must be at least 4 x 6” and taped to an 8 ½ x 11” sheet of copy paper.

The prize will be having your photo taken beside your picture in its permanent location. You will receive a copy of that photograph. Questions may be addressed to Karen Niemeyer or Fern Miner at 765-436-7348.

As part of a the grant, a tree and shrub pruning demonstration by Boone County Extension Agent Doug Akers, attended by over 20 people, was the kick-off event in November.

See a later article in this newsletter for a list of books, videos, CD’s and pamphlets that have been received from the DNR.

All departments in your library have adopted a Railroad theme for January and February. Adult participants may ‘contract’ for their personal involvement depending on how many books they plan to read or listen to during January and February. A sample of a contract might be signing on the TROLLEY, and committing to ‘read’ 5 books, whereas signing on the SUPER CHIEF train would commit a participant to read or listen to 10 or more books. The library staff wants all adults to get on board the Reading Train or the Trolley. This program is different in that you get to be the conductor of your train. Just GET ON BOARD!

I THINK YOU CAN! says children’s librarian Shirley Hodgen. All youth are invited to Make Tracks to the Library and Hop Aboard the Reading Train.

I Think I Can, I Think I Can--- Read all Winter

Passengers: Ages Infant to 2nd Grade
Join the 500 page club or the 1000 page club and Get on the Right Track.
Name of the Station: Library Book Station # 1–Thorntown Public Library
Track #: 124 N. Market Street
Tickets: Free to all who want to ride the reading train.. Pick up “tickets” at the youth department circulation desk. Keep “track” of the books/pages you read and monopolize your time this winter by reading.

Special Program and Celebration for youth on January 31, 2006, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (Parents may sign up for the Extension Office Program, Household Clutter (house, workshops, garages, barns etc.) 3-4 p.m. R.S.V.P. to the Station Master.

Monopolize Your Time this Winter –
Reading: All Aboard the Reading Railroad

Passengers: Grades 2-6
Join the 500 page or the 1000 page Club
Tickets: Free
Special Program and Celebration: February 28, 2006, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
R.S.V.P. to the Station Master


Clueless: January 26 and February 16th - 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Youth Council: January 16 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
February 6 and 20 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Extension Office Programs: Recently Maureen Buskirk, educator with the Boone County Extension Office gave a program for Moms, titled “Clutterless Kids”. Due to interest in having Maureen bring more programs to the library, plans are to have Maureen return in 2006. The Family Resource Management Educational Programs planned to be held at the library are: Household Clutter, Tuesday, January 31, 3-4 p.m.; Speed Cleaning the Kitchen, Tuesday, March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and Transparent Tape…..Who Would Have Thought?, Tuesday, April 11, 3-4 p.m.

On December 7, 2005, Youth Cook made cookies for residents in Thorntown. We made Christmas Cookies, Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Chip Bar Cookies, and Mint Petites. The Mint Petites were a favorite, so we will share our recipe.

Mint Petites
If you are a fan of mint-chocolate. Try these!

¼ c. sugar 2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. margarine, softened Garnish: vanilla or chocolate
¼ to ½ t. peppermint extract frosting or chocolate mint
½ t. vanilla extract candies

In a large bowl, blend sugar and margarine together until fluffy.
Add extracts; mix well. Stir in flour and blend well. Shape into
One-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten slightly. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool. Frost with frosting and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, or with chocolate frosting and top with chocolate mints cut into triangles.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen.

Debbie Smith and Linda Porter walked with children to area Thorntown residents. Youth Cook did not meet on January 4 but will meet again Wednesday, February 1 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Adult Programs
The Adult Book Discussion title for January 16 was Lance Armstrong’s It’s Not About the Bike. The subtitle is My Journey Back to Life. Lance Armstrong has had success winning the Tour de France bicycle race many times. This book is the personal story of Lance Armstrong’s life so far, from childhood through early success, nearly fatal cancer, recovery, survivorship, more triumph, marriage and first-time fatherhood. Men and women are invited to the discussion group. The discussion begins at 1:30 on the 3rd Monday of each month. If you missed the discussion, you still might want to read the book. The selection for the February 20 discussion will be “The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love,” by Joan Medlicott. This book is about three aging ladies who decided that getting older has to be more than three meals a day in a boarding house. Check with the library staff about getting a copy of the book to read or hear.

Scrapbooking is the third Thursday of each month, 6-9:00 p.m. and Greeting Card Make-It-And-Take-It is the fourth Thursday, 6-9:00 p.m. Card-making groups find our tables are handy for laying out the supplies. The Ellison machine makes short work of punching out shapes. Debbie Smith always has special ideas and supplies for making cards. Let us know that you want to participate so that if we have bad weather and have to reschedule, we can let you know.

For scrapbookers, it is never too late to get involved. The time is right for making a Senior Graduation Scrapbook. Bring your friends, use the tools that are here, and spread out your work on our meeting room tables. Join other scrapbookers in this fantastic hobby. You can learn how to crop, find the best photos, and (ugh!) destroy or give someone else the photographs you cannot use in your book.

Future plans for scrapbooking: there has been interest expressed in creating a small photo album designed for the elderly, who may need help remembering the people in their lives. You can create a perfect album for someone in a nursing home, or a relative who may someday have difficulty with people’s names. Let us know if you are interested in this kind of ‘training’ session. Trudie Dillon presented a very informative program on
January 16 and we may want to work together to put into practice some of the ideas she shared with participants.

If you register for an interest in scrapbooking, we can notify you if our schedule has to change. Please leave your name and phone number and we will try to meet your schedule and interest in projects.

ReLeaf Reference Matierals
The following have already been delivered to the library as a result of the funding by the U.S. Forest Service and Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources.

A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America
A Tree is Nice
Arbor Day: The Holiday that Makes a Difference (video)
Arboriculture and the Law
Backyards Woods: Bring Your Vision to Life
Celebrate Arbor Day
Diseases of Trees and Shrubs
Indiana Community Tree Selection Guide
Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs
Introduction to Arboriculture: Tree Biology (CD)
Landscape Tree Factsheets Including Evergreens for Screens
Photographic Guide to the Evaluation of Hazard Trees in Urban Areas
Principles and Practices of Planting Trees and Shrubs
The Lorax
Tree City USA Bulletins (2-volume set of National Arbor Day leaflets)
Tree Conservation and Home Site Development Guide
Tree and Shrub Handbook
Tree Ord (CD)
Tree Planting Resource Kit
Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes
Trees of Indiana (CD)
Woody Plants of North America (CD)
Your Yard, Your Trees, A Homeowner’s Guide

Also available: brochures that you may take with you and keep in your personal library

Tree Selection
Why Hire an Arborist
Trees and Turf
Treatment of Trees Damaged by Construction
Avoiding Trees and Utility Conflicts
Why Topping Hurts Trees
Pruning Mature Trees
Recognizing Tree Hazards
Benefits of Trees
New Tree Planting
Plant Health Care
Certified Arborists
Buying High-Quality trees
Proper Mulching Techniques
Avoiding Tree Damage During Construction
Insect and Disease Problems
Pruning Young Trees
Think Tree
Mature Tree Care
Tree Value

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 17 December 2003 / llw