Volume 11, No. 5

Friends of Library Annual Meeting, Book Sale, Plant Swap and Author Speaker, May 9th, 7 p.m.
The 10th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Thorntown Public Library will be held on Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. After a brief business meeting in the Guinn Genealogy Center of the library, Author Bob Quirk of Newtown, Indiana, will talk about his book “Real American Stories” and offer the book for sale. The annual plant swap will be held and refreshments will be served. The spring book sale will take place Tuesday evening through Saturday, during the library’s open hours. A raffle for a basket of decorated gourds and other items will be conducted, with proceeds to go to the fund for recreation of the town’s historic fountain.

Sugar Creek precincts 1 and 2 will vote at the library. Voters should enter the south doors to the programs rooms. On that day the 11:30 lunch will be served in the lower level lobby. On Saturday, April 22, the satellite and absentee voting took place at the library. Staff who voted on the new machines agree that they are a big improvement over previous voting technologies.

Taste of Home Sampler on May 1
Taste of Home will meet in the Guinn Genealogy Center upstairs in the Carnegie because voting machines will have been placed in the meeting rooms during that day. Lemon Coconut Cake and Vegetarian Penne are on the menu. Interested cooks and tasters are invited to call the library with the recipes that will be prepared using current issues of “Taste of Home”, “Light and Tasty”, or “Simple & Delicious” magazines. Beverages will be provided. The prepared dishes and table service should be brought for the 6-7:00 p.m. tasting session. Copies of each recipe will be provided on card stock. What a great way to try 9 to 12 new recipes at one meal!

TPL Website
Do you ever wonder what programs are available at the library? You can find out by going to the library’s website at and clicking on the Calendar of Events link at the bottom of the page. The library staff posts information about programs to this site for the public’s convenience. You can also subscribe to the Program e-mail list which e-mails a list of the current month’s programs at the first of each month. To subscribe click on the link to “e-mail list” on the library’s website ( and enter your e-mail address.

Computer Classes
The library will be offering Microsoft Publisher 2003 classes on June 7, 14, & 21 from 9-11:30 am. This is a three part class that will start with creating a flyer, then a brochure and finally a newsletter. Participants will need to attend the 1st class to attend the 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.

Opportunities to Volunteer - HELP NEEDED!
Have you thought about volunteering somewhere? TPL is looking for people that would like to volunteer. The Local History department is looking for help with data entry work and clipping newspapers. The children’s department is looking for help with cutting items for children’s programs, making professional buttons with a hand press, providing snacks and paper supplies, etc. Call 436-7348. We need you! If you would to volunteer please contact Shirley Hodgen or Chris Hawkins in the children’s department or Linda White in the local history department.

Adult Winter Reading Report
The following people ‘got on board’ the Super Chief Reading Program by reading above and beyond the requirement of 10 books. Top readers were: Dorothy Beavin (25 books), Pat Burnham (21 books) and Lena Hunt (20 books). Others who read more than the required number were: Margaret Carter, Angela Rabenstein, Mary Lou Moran, Robert Burnham, Karen Niemeyer, James Miner, Dan Hawkins, Glenn Merson, and Fern Miner.

For the Trolley Reading Program, requiring a minimum of 5 books, Ilene Lanpher and Cathie Jackson tied with 9 books, and Michael Wagner read 8. Other participants were Kathleen Merson, Mary Robinson, and Melissa Darnell.

In lieu of Big Prizes like a real railroad journey, the staff is offering all Reading Program Finishers an opportunity to designate a book that is a VERY GOOD READ in our COLLECTION, and the Tech department will put a bookplate inside the book. Here’s your chance to recommend books to other people. Ask for your reward paper from Fern Miner.

Book Sampler Program
Another way to recommend books to others is by participating in the First Thursday program, meeting at 6:30. Those attending can have about 5 minutes to ‘sell’ a book they have enjoyed, and encourage others to check it out to read. At the April 6 session, there were four books ‘sampled’: Christian Fiction book Fire by Night (by Lynn Austin), Titan (science fiction by Ben Bova), Grimmer than Hell (science fiction by David Drake), and a non-fiction title The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Nobody has to be a professional book reviewer to take part; just let people know of good books you are reading. A sweet treat and coffee are available. Call in with your book titles, and a handout will be prepared.

Adult Book Discussion
The May 22, 2006, daytime Book Discussion , starting at 1:30 p.m., will feature A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton. The novel has a rural setting, and involves a woman who cares for a friend’s child. The author has a wonderful way of describing the community and brings insight into the hearts of her characters. Copies of the book will be available in the next couple weeks.

Youth Cook
Youth Cook will resume after Spring Break on Wednesday, May 10rd from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

REGISTRATION FOR Summer Reading and Activities Program
Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tales is the theme for the 2006 summer reading program to be held from June 5 to July 21. The library’s Youth Council is sponsoring an Open House for Preschool and Elementary youth and their families at the library on May 1 from 4:30-6:00 in the lobby. Booths will be set up for youth to register for the independent reading programs and the activity groups. Youth Council members will be greeters, provide information about the programs, teach a craft, serve refreshments, and give tours of the library. Registrants will receive a prize. A special storytime is also planned in the Children’s Activities Area at 5:30 p.m.

A Getting Ready For Kindergarten class is planned for children who will start Kindergarten in August 2006. Register on May 1 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Children’s Activities Area for the weekly storytime planned just for Kindergarteners this summer. Take the opportunity to meet other future Kindergarteners and receive a prize for registering.

You are also invited to attend a special storytime in the Children’s Activities Area of the library promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Summer Programs

Reading Programs
The independent reading program, Read to Me/I’ll Read to You is for children from Birth to Second Grade. Read Alone/Read By Genre is for children in grades 3-6. Register at the Open House and receive a reading log to track your summer reading .

Storytimes are being offered for children ages 3-6 on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00.

Dreamweavers are youth in Grades 1-3 who meet weekly on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 to explore literature, science, and history in a creative way using classics and award books.

Secret Garden Book Club meets on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. with a brown bag lunch at the Lion’s Shelter. Youth will read some of the 2006-2007 nominees for the Young Hoosier Award and Caddie Woodlawn, enjoy related activities, and prepare for the Book Beat Competition on July 21.

Youth joining the choir will plan to attend the Book Club sessions from 1-2:30 and then join the choir from 2:30-3:30

Camp Courage meets on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Library. As weather permits we will also use the Lions Shelter.
Youth will read the 2006-2007 Young Hoosier Award Book Nominees and a classic, The Bears of Blue River, enjoy related activities, and prepare for the Book Beat Competition on July 21. Snacks provided.

Youth in grades 4-6 who like to sing, dance, and move will want to arrive at the library at 2:30 for choir in meeting rooms 116 and 120. Youth in Secret Garden will need to meet from 1-2:30 and then go directly to Choir practice. Immediately after Choir, the youth in Camp Courage will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Book Beat at the Thorntown Public Library
We are looking for school-age children in grades 4-6 who will sign up to be on a team with 3-5 other readers. Each team will read 5 books during the summer. The Battle of the Stars will take place on July 21. The teams will compete against each other on the content of the books by playing, Name That Book. A pizza party, prizes, and a video will follow. On May 1, or thereafter, sign up as a team (3-5 people) or as an individual (we will find a team for you). Our organizational meeting will be held on May 15 at 3:30 p.m. At this meeting you will decide on a name for your team, a logo, and a captain. Books will be distributed to each team. There will only be two meetings. The organizational meeting will be held on May 15th and the Battle of the Stars will be held on July 21st. Each team captain will encourage his team members to share the books and prepare for the competition. The library staff will always be here to help in any way possible.

Youth Council
On May 1 the council will sponsor an Open House at the library from 4:30:6:00 to begin the registration process for the summer programs. They have been working very hard to make this a special night at the library.

On May 15th Rita Trafford, Young Adult Librarian, will meet with the Youth Council to give an introduction to the youth about the requirements for joining Teen Council. Seven of the Youth Council’s sixth graders will have the opportunity to join the Teen Council. A video and snacks are planned. Video permission slips will be available at Open House for parents to sign.

Look for forthcoming programs and events: scrapbooking, contests, Clueless Mystery Club, and Choir.

Did I say Choir? Yes, Kids, I did! Do you like to sing, dance and move? Do you like to read? The Thorntown Public Library is offering a non-audition Children’s Choir for the summer. This will take place on the first three Wednesdays in June. (June 7, 14, and 21) We will sing, create, move, and promote the summer reading program with songs about animals.

The choir for grades 4-6 will meet from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and the choir for grades 1-3 will meet from 3:40-4:40 p.m. on Wednesdays; June 7, 14, and 21. The choir will be taught by Mrs. Ewigleben, who has taught elementary music in the Tippecanoe School Corporation for 23 years.

The choir will perform a short program on Friday, June 23 at 7:00 in the meeting rooms at the library for the public. Registration forms will be available for signing up for choir on May 1 as well as for all library summer programs.

Quilting Time
Each Friday at 1:30 pm the Thorntown Quilters meet in room 120 around their latest quilt. They have been quilting together at the library for the last several years with a break during construction in which they met at the United Methodist Church. The quilters have quilted several quilts for area families, some newly pieced and others that ancestors had pieced but never quilted. If you would like to learn to quilt come and join the quilters any Friday. If you have a pieced quilt that you would like quilted for a fee, call 436-7348.

Needlework Night
On the second Thursday evening each month from 6-8 p.m. those that like to do needlework get together for an evening of sharing their crafts and talents. Each participant brings their project to work on. If there is a type of needlework that you would like to learn let the library know and the staff will setup a special class for it.

Breast Cancer Awareness – May 23, 7-8 p.m.
Amanda Wood from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will teach participants how to check for breast cancer, provide a model for practicing identification of lumps, and provide educational materials.

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

Updated May 2, 2006