It takes many, many people to keep a library open, attractive, and serving its community.
We give our thanks to the many parents who bring their children and teens to the library to select reading and viewing materials and to share in the varied programs. Many parents (and grandparents and baby-sitters) also assist children as they spend time in the library.
We also thank the many community service volunteers who spend hours dusting shelves, putting new labels in books, and weeding flower beds.
Special friends are our Friday quilters who create works of art and donate their $1.00 per hour fee to the library’s Gift Fund, some of which will help pay for the historic fountain that will be put into place near the end of July.
Also special are Dorothy Beavin, who volunteers each Thursday, and Bob Martin, who keeps our flowers watered and the grass mowed. Craig White answers the call when we have questions about what is behind our walls and he builds attractive fences about the library equipment that needs visible screening.
Recent additions to the library include a painting by Alyce Miller provided by Robert L. Gillan. The lovely still life floral painting in a wide gilt frame is hanging by the non-fiction and magazine section of the adult stacks, south side of the upper level. John Gillan restored a grandfather clock given by R. L. Gillan to the library. The clock dates to approximately 1906 and was formerly in Stubby Myers’ drugstore in Thorntown. This incredible piece is a testament to woodworkers and clockmakers of the past, to John’s skills of the present, and to Bob’s love of local history. Other recent additions, made possible by special helpers to the library, include a tranquil oil painting (hanging at the top of the steps) by Ginny Daggy and a portrait of Bob Gillan in his Anson Mills uniform, as painted by Carol Fisher. The portrait is hanging above the 1917 clock in the Guinn Genealogy Center on the upper level of the library.
Next month we’ll mention other helpers and gifts—it is a very long list. A BIG Thank-You! to each and every one.
A 24/7 Library
Your library is open 57 hours per week for physical access, but it is open 24/7 for those who want to use the wireless network. We find customers sitting in pickups late at night downloading information because their home dial-up Internet access is slower than desired. At 10:34 p.m., Sunday, June 24, we snapped a photo of Camille and Michelle Coffman sitting at the library’s picnic table and using their laptop by parking lot light—while visiting cats frolicked about. It presented a delightful picture as the library’s Red Hatters and friends returned from the annual Symphony at Sunset and fireworks.
For those with home computers and Internet access, audiobooks and video programs may be downloaded through the library’s web site. An area resident visiting Shanghai was able to download and enjoy a mystery novel even while in China.
A Library without Walls
In 1914, the library was built with a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. At that time all the library furniture (oak circulation desk, tables, chairs, file cabinet) was purchased for $1043. When the Thorntown High School basketball team won the state championship in 1915, the celebration concluded with a reception at the library. A 1914 picture of the library building exterior is almost the very same as the exterior looks today except that a black railing has been added for safety, flower beds and flag pole added, and the parking area has been paved. In 2002-4 the library became 4.12 times larger than the 1914 building and services, collection and programs have expanded.
The library is larger than its physical dimensions and continues to expand beyond its physical walls. While at home or library computers, area residents and visitors across the globe may research their ancestors by accessing the library’s web site and using “Heritage Quest Online”.
The library’s catalog is no longer a card file with only subject (if you know it), author (if you can spell it) or title (if you know it exactly) access. Instead, the entire content of those cards is now available through the keyboard and with knowledge of only a part of a title or a few words about the content. Mixing and matching of search terms nets the searcher a wide range of selections of books and other materials. The library shares the catalogs of more than 40 other Indiana libraries and receives deliveries every Tuesday of materials requested from those libraries for Thorntown Public Library card holders. Yvonne Urban-Morgan is the staff member who manages the interlibrary loan program. In June alone the library loaned 42 items and borrowed 10 from other Indiana libraries, and most are delivered by a statewide library courier service.
The library staff members are very happy to congratulate Tom Clark who proudly showed his recently received GED card. Tom has spent many hours at the library using the computer lab and Internet access to study for and complete his work for his GED. Tom plans to continue learning using online resources.
A doctoral student, Joan Daggy, is using the relative quiet of the library and its wireless network to work on her doctoral dissertation in the area of statistics. Other wireless users are performing their jobs in Thorntown a few days a month rather than drive to an office, while others are searching for physical fitness tips and answering/sending e-mail messages.
The library subscribes to a variety of services made possible and frequently updated through the use of technology. Through the library’s subscription to Learning Express, courses in grammar for writing, practical math, reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling, workplace skills, and more may be completed online. In addition there are practice sessions and tests for ACT, ASVAB, Civil Service Careers, Cosmetology, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, Law Enforcement, Praxis/PPST, Real Estate, SAT, U. S. Citizenship and more. It is possible to take an Army mechanical engineering test just for fun—to see how much one knows, or just to see how good one is at guessing the answers to test questions. The test score is reported immediately.
Every Indiana taxpayer helps pay for INSPIRE, a host of databases that include magazine and newspaper articles, many in full text, that are useful for all ages.
The library’s web site is updated frequently by systems librarian Linda L. White. Bonnie Deakins is Linda’s backup on technology matters, but outside vendors are sometimes also used for service and special issues. The library’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are monitored by a consultant technician who visits frequently but who also monitors the temperatures and operating systems from his home office computer.
Your library is a visible and valuable presence in Thorntown but many of its services and the sources of its services lie beyond the bricks.
Mark the Calendar
A Thorntown Alzheimer Support Group is being planned for August. A tentative date for the monthly 7 p.m. meeting will be the third Tuesday, August 20. The meeting will be for both caregivers and friends of Alzheimer Disease patients. The Indiana Alzheimer Association is assisting library staff in starting a local group and will provide materials, will send occasional speakers and will assist with getting the discussion started.
August 4 is Tea Time at the library, 4-5:30 p.m. Something new has been added. Ginny Daggy has donated a splendid silver tea set that belonged to Bob Daggy’s mother. We plan to use it at the August 4 tea. In its honor, let’s make this a glove and summer hat event and see if we can top our Red Hatters for originality.
Boone County Area Planning Commission will be holding community meetings in August and seeks input on the revision of the county comprehensive plan for land use. A public meeting will be held at Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School on August 9 at 7:00 p.m., at Lebanon High School on August 7, at Zionsville HS on August 13, and at the 4-H Building at the fairgrounds in Lebanon on August 15. After drafts of the plan have been created, they will be available at the library for review and comment.
Calligraphy classes will be taught at the Thorntown Library on 5, 12, and 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at a cost of $20 for the series.
Friends of Thorntown Public Library plan a dedication of the fountain on Sat., September 8. More details will be provided in the next newsletter.
In June, your library produced 6078 copies on the four copiers located in the library. Tell us what copy-related services you wish were available. Right now all computers can print in color or black and white to the copy machines. Most copiers can reduce and enlarge images, albeit at different levels. All can use letter and legal-size paper, but only two can print onto 11 x 17” paper. What copy machine work do you wish you could do at the library? Tell us, please.
For a more complete list of new materials including books-on-tape,
music CD’s, etc. go to the library’s web site at:
November 26, 2007