Volume 13, No. 6


The twelve-foot tall replica of the 1909 Mills Memorial Fountain has been ordered and is in the process of being cast.  The estimated installation date will be mid to end of July.  Smith Electric and K2 Plumbing will be preparing the west circle to receive the fountain, and Robinson Iron will install some protective bollards when they install the fountain.  THANKS to everyone who has helped the library get to the point of placing the order for the fountain.  This has been a community effort, and a commemorative art piece in the west lobby will honor all contributors.


The library is continuing to raise funds to manage a price increase of $3820.  In addition, to deter automobiles from hitting the fountain, four bollards (cast iron columns) at $930 plus installation will be placed on the west side of the fountain.  No car has entered the west circle in the three years, but that  record cannot be assured.  In addition, security cameras connected to a computer server/Internet will be installed with connectivity to the town’s police station.  Anyone who chooses to vandalize the fountain will be photographed  and can be viewed from library computers or the  computer in the town marshal’s office.  Two lights will be purchased to shine on the fountain and will serve two purposes: add night beauty, add visibility for photographing vandals.   Total amount still needed for price increase, protective bollards, security system, and lights:  $13,620.00. 

Any fund raised beyond those needed for purchase and installation of the fountain, lights and security will be placed in a fountain maintenance fund.  The library board will be paying for the connecting of plumbing and electricity to the fountain.


The literature racks on both floors of the library have assorted fliers and booklets of possible interest.  For example, this is the time of year to pick up the Open Show catalog for the Boone County Extension Homemakers July 26-27 competition.  In addition, monthly there are issues of “Calling All Parents” and “World of Working Women,” both provided by the Boone County Extension Office, also known as Cooperative Extension Service, Purdue University.  There are fliers of area attractions and programs. 

A reference booklet available for review on the table in the adult department bookshelves area is “Fuel Economy Guide,” by the U.S. Department of Energy.  The charts show most vehicle models and indicate, by transmission type/speeds and engine size/cylinders the miles per gallon for city and for highway, and the estimated annual cost of fuel.

The Teen Scene

Calling all teens!

The Thorntown Public Library’s Young Adult department is booming with activity.  Every Monday afternoon from 5:30 to 6:30 teens meet in the YA room to read and have an open book discussion.  June’s selected title will be “Bottled Up” by Jaye Murray.  “Bottled Up” provides keen insight into the troubled mind of a teenage boy wanting to stay straight but not knowing how to make good choices. Parental permission is required for each new book selected.

Each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 the Teen Council meets to discuss plans for community service projects, watch movies, play games, or just “chill-out.” 

June 5th was the “kick-off” day for the Youth department’s Summer Reading program.  The teens sponsored the program on this day with “The Reading Carousel” where children ages 3 to 6 made crafts, heard stories, and solved “mysteries.”  See the Summer Reading article for more details. 

Any teen wanting to register for any of the teen programs should  see Rita, the YA department Librarian, or call 436-7348 and ask for Rita.

Adult Programs

A beginner’s Calligraphy class is being offered in June.  Registration is underway for the three-part class which will be taught by Gene Ryan, who will return to teach this class for the fee of $20.  Classes will be conducted from 6:30 – 7:30 in Room 116 of the Library.  Participants will need to bring a Calligraphy pen that is available at Michaels and other craft stores.  Anyone interested in learning special penmanship for certificates, art pieces, quotations and sayings, and other uses should call the library at  436-7348 to reserve space in the class.  This is a time to also bring a friend and enjoy learning a new skill or merely polish the skill if you have not been practicing calligraphy for a time. 

Book Discussion:  For June, the book to read is The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.  In order to be prepared for participation, now is the time to pick up a copy of the book at the Adult Circulation Desk.  The discussion will be held at 1:30 p.m. on June 25.

The story is about a discussion group in California, consisting of 5 women and one man, who meet to discuss Jane Austen’s novels.  Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens.  Fowler has a finely sighted eye for the frailties of human behavior.  According to one reviewer, this is the novel that Jane Austen might indeed have written had she lived in twenty-first-century California.  The reader does not have to be personally acquainted with Austen’s novels, as a synopsis is included for each of the 6 books discussed.

Scrapbooking:  June 21 at 6 p.m. is a time to beat the heat and get ahead on photo albums and scrapbooks.  “Scrapbooking with Christina” is a $5.00 class that monthly includes a demonstration, handouts and a sample of scrappin’ products.   It also includes use of Christina’s equipment and plenty of table space for spreading out photos and pages in progress.  Now is the time to plan to join the library scrappers for a pleasant evening of scrapbook catch-up and idea generating.  The Thorntown Scrapbookers provide the special $5.00 award for the best adult and best youth Christmas scrapbook at the county fair Open Show on July 27.  This is the time to finish the Christmas scrapbooks and others in order to enter them for the competition.

Greeting Card Make-it-and-take-it:  Thursday, June 28, 6-8 p.m. is the popular Greeting Card, Make-It-and-Take-It class. Participants always take home 4-5 cards from this session, as the supplies are ready for assembling.  Thanks are extended to Debbie Smith for compiling the kits and the ideas.


Get a Clue at Your

a mystery-based program of
 activities and reading

Kickoff session for Grades K-6 will be on Friday, June 8, at 3:00 p.m. with Campfire Kev and his I Spy Mystery program.  Campfire Kev will examine the literary elements that make up a mystery and apply them to solving a mystery in which members of the audience are the prime suspects.  Students will be introduced to literary terms “setting,” “character,” and “plot,” as well as some specifically related to mysteries. Then they will be involved in creating their own mystery to solve.  After the whole process, Kev will reveal his “Big Prediction”.

Grades 4-6  3-4:00 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5 – July 10
Ages 3-6    3-4:00 p.m.    Tuesdays, June 12 - July 10
Grades 1-3 11:30-1:00 Thursdays, June 14-July 12 (brown bag lunch)
Secret Garden  Book Club (gr. 6-8) 11:30-1:00 Mondays, June 11-July 9 (brown bag lunch)

Reading Read-to-me

A parent or caregiver reads aloud approximately 15-20 books to the child and then records on a reading log what has been read. Reading records will be due by July 13 in order to receive prizes on Awards Day.

Independent Readers

Children set a goal, read on their own, and record what they have read in order to participate on Awards Day.  Their report is turned in to the librarian.  A goal for children in first through third grades is 6 beginner books. For youth in fourth through sixth grades a goal of 3 novels is suggested. They may always read more.

Registration forms for both the reading and activities programs will be available at the kick—off events on June 5 and June 8 or at the Youth Department Circulation Desk.

READING CAROUSEL:  The kick-off session for children ages 3-6 was held on Tuesday, June 5, in the library’s meeting rooms.  The library’s Teen Council, directed by Young Adult Librarian Rita Trafford, provided a reading carousel of activities for the children and reinforced the summer reading and activities theme “Get a Clue at Your Library.”  As each child entered, he received a bag with a secret compartment bracelet and more.  At Mystery Booth #1 William and Corbin helped children find farmer Brown’s pony and paint their own pony.  Jessica T. and Brittany were at Mystery Booth #2 asking children to find Caesar hiding among the rocks.  Each child could then “find” his own “perfect” rock and give it a face with stick-on eyes, yarn hair, and a hat; this was followed by naming his special rock.  Mystery Booth #3 with attendant Jessica E. had some mystery animals on Farmer Brown’s farm.  Each child helped find out what these animals were.  As the children ate cookies, Ashton, Nakia and Brittany read stories that related to each of the mystery booths.  Jessica T. was a floater and helped in all the booths.  Forty-six children, teens, and adults participated in this event.  A big THANKS is extended to the teens and to Mrs. Trafford for doing such an outstanding job.  Mr. Trafford constructed a barn for the event; he then donated it to the library.  Finding the missing pony in the barn by opening several barn doors was indeed the favorite activity of the day.


On Monday, July 2, the Taste of Home Sampler group will again assemble at 6:00 p.m..  Call the library to report the dish that will be contributed from recipes  in Taste of Home,  Cooking for Two, Light &Tasty, or Simple & Delicious. Participants bring the dish and their own table service, but the library provides beverages and copies of the recipes ready for filing.
It is anticipated that speaker John Bower and his artist wife Lynn will join us for the meal.

At 7:00 p.m. Mr. Bower, an acclaimed Hoosier photographer, will provide a slide presentation titled “Capturing the Soul of Indiana: a Celebration of Our Overlooked Cultural Heritage.” Share in Bower’s joy of discovery as he brings to life abandoned and overlooked objects and places that make Indiana special: decaying houses, exquisite cemetery statues, amazing architectural details, towering grain elevators, and hidden attic spaces. Bower takes thousands of pictures a year, and his presentation will be memorable, informative and entertaining. The library has his current books Lingering Spirit, Guardians of the Soul, 2nd Stories, and After the Harvest. Take a look at these to get a feel for his outstanding photography. He scours Indiana’s towns and byways by driving as many as 10,000 miles a year. He may be looking for a few details for his fifth book while he is in Boone County.  His previous books deal with Indiana’s fading, forlorn and forgotten places; cemetery art; what is upstairs, on top and overhead; and also historic grain elevators and feed mills. Bower develops the film and makes the prints in his Monroe County home while Lynn writes essays, selects final images and designs the books. Plan to bring a recipe and share in the sampling or just come for the program. It promises to be a memorable evening.

Spring Book Sale Results

Our annual spring book sale ran from May 8-May 19 and made an unprecedented $563.67.  At its conclusion the library director delivered the 36 remaining boxes of books to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville for inclusion in their next sale.  After enjoying good homes, some of the books had been in the September 2006 and May 2007 book sales and have now been sent to another part of the county, where they will have life in another home.  The spring book sale has always been held inside the library and usually makes about $125-200 for library programs.  This year’s book sale proceeds have been deposited into the Fountain Fund.  Reasons for the increased profit?  The book sale ran for 11 days instead of 5 and on Friday and Saturday, when there were 40 garage sales in Boone County, library staff took turns supervising the carts of books on the library’s west circle.  This caused a lot of visitors to stop and shop.  This is the first sale that has been entirely mobile.  No tables were used because the meeting rooms were heavily booked and there was no place to lay out a sale on May 8.  The books were brought out for the conclusion of the May 8 Friends of the Library annual meeting and the carts were later moved outside for the final Friday-Saturday sale.

Lost and found

Lost something?  Maybe it was left at the library.  Ask at the lower level circulation desk and describe the item in order to claim it.  Most recent additions:  winter jacket, sweater, basketball.

Beltone Representative

Aaron Myers, from Crawfordsville, will conduct a meeting on Tuesday, June 12, at 12 noon. He will cover the physiology of sound, the top ten signs of hearing loss, and will provide free cleaning of hearing aids. His presentation is geared to our Senior lunch audience, but anyone who needs this free information may attend. Best of all, Mr. Myers has discount cards!  His first presentation was very well received, but since he is part of a two-person office, there are times when he cannot be present.  Anyone wanting to hear his program is advised to call the library on June 12 to check the day’s schedule

CICOA Honors Thorntown’s Jim Miner

Those who attend the library’s daily senior lunch program and the Monday-Wednesday-Friday exercise classes are familiar with the smiling face of volunteer Jim Miner.  Jim leads the stretching routine at 12:30.  At 11:30 he helps serve and clean up the senior lunch.  The State of Indiana’s “Options:  The Indiana Elder Affairs Network” and the Central Indiana Council on Aging presented Jim with a framed certificate of honorable mention.  He is one of four to receive honorable mention as a CICOA Hoosier Lifetime Award recipient.  The other three were Charles  Kinderman and Nelle Worthington of Marion County and Charles Mohr of Boone County.  The winner  of the 2007 CICOA Hoosier Lifetime Award was physician Angenieta Biegel of Marion County.    Congratulations to both Jim and Chuck on their awards and a big “thank you” for their service to Indiana and Boone County.
Through CICOA the library daily provides lunches for senior citizens for the price of a donation. The suggested donation is $2.00. From twelve to twenty-five participants enjoy lunch and camaraderie on Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. It is helpful if reservations are made by noon the previous day.   Meals may be delivered to homes.  The library will provide contact information.

written by Shari Sheets, Emma Haney, and Karen Niemeyer

On Friday, June 1, at 6:00 p.m. fourteen youth (grades 4-6)  and six adults gathered for the library’s first ever lock-in/sleepover.  The “customs inspectors” checked all blankets, sleeping bags and totes and unearthed nothing more interesting than a stash of candy which was both permitted and shared with others in the group.  In order to hold the lock-in, the youth had made a presentation to the library’s board of trustees on April 9 and explained their plans for the event.  These included reading activities, games, food, and more.  Mrs. Niemeyer had checked with the library’s insurance agent and all youth had provided permission forms for participation.  The following reports describe the night.
Shari Sheets:  “The lock-in was awesome.  The first thing we did was a scavenger hunt that was fun.  We looked for stuff on the computer, in books, anywhere you can think of.  The winners were Emma Haney and Brittany Turner.  Tag Team Reading was next.  We read the book “Punished” for ten minutes per team.  Jessica Turner asked the five teams questions and the winners were the team of Melissa Turner, Hayley Thomas, Taryn Guinn, and Rebecca Gray.  Then we made pizza, homemade.  Then we did a lot of  other stuff until 8:00 in the morning.  Then we went home.” 
Emma Haney:  “The lock-in was a blast!  We made homemade pizza.  We all worked together, and it turned out great and yummy tasting.  We watched some awesome movies and had a terrific talent show.  We had dance performances and piano solos.  Chase Cook gave outstanding back massages.  We had hair, makeup, nails and more.  The boys even let us do their hair and nails.  They looked great.  We also had tag team reading and a scavenger hunt.  The scavenger hunt involved teamwork and looking up books and fun things like that!  We danced a bunch and did Karaoke.  It was so much fun.  We had a bunch of great helpers and celebrated Karen’s  birthday.  We cleaned up at 6:00 a.m. and ate breakfast at 7:00 a.m.  We had pancakes, sausage, and orange juice.  We left after breakfast and it was the best lock-in ever.  “
Note from the library director:  The youth were superb.  Adults were very happy with the youth behavior for the fourteen hours the 5 boys and 9 girls were locked inside the library.  A truly BIG thank-you goes to adults and young adults who helped the Director Karen Niemeyer and Children’s Librarian Shirley Hodgen with the event.  They are Ron Guinn (library board president), Yvonne McCall,  Jessica Turner, Lashae Penrose, and Emily McKenzie.  Students who attended, in addition to journalists Emma Haney and Shari Sheets, were Brittany and Melissa Turner; Chase and Cole Cook; Jason Endsley; Alec Smith; Rebecca Gray; Taryn Guinn; Tori McCall; Damon McClintock; Gabriella Saurini; Hayley Thomas. 
In addition, a special thanks goes to Mary Kay consultant  Laverna Truitt, who arrived at 2:30 a.m. to provide facials using products for boys that were different from those used for girls.  Another special thanks is extended to Body Shop consultant April Shepherd who provided the tubs and pumice for foot soaking.  Ron and Taryn Guinn cranked up a cotton candy machine, and the Friends of the Thorntown Public Library helped pay for the food.  Fern Miner helped serve breakfast while Thorntown Kiwanian Jim Miner cooked.  Bonnie Deakins and Becki Brown helped clean up the mess, a little of which was left in spite of multiple cleanups during the lock-in.  The Thorntown Police Department was standing by in case of need and everyone is happy that  the event ran smoothly and safely.  Children’s Librarian Shirley Hodgen surely knows how to throw a party!!

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 November 26, 2007