October 2007 NEWSLETTER
Volume 13, No.10


The library’s annual Festival of the Turning Leaves book sale will, for the second year, be set up in the library’s program rooms.  Join us for a cup of coffee or glass of ice water while you browse for good, gently used books, magazines, videos, DVD’s, cassettes, and a 2-drawer metal file.  For the price of a donation, these may go home with you.  The Friends of Thorntown Public Library use the proceeds to help fund library programs:  Youth Cook, Teens Read, Youth Advisory Council, and others.  The schedule for workers is at the library desk and a few more helpers are needed.


More than 130 people attended the September 8 dedication of the library’s fountain “Helen at the Well.”   MANY THANKS go out to the volunteer bakers and donors who provided cakes, cookies, pie, watermelon and homemade ice cream.  A thanks also goes to Sam’s Club for a $50 grant for paper/plastic products and for ice cream, and to the Friends, who coordinated the celebration. 

Watch for changes in the  fountain locale as Craig White makes works of art out of the five protective concrete bollards and we add a bench for relaxing and enjoying the fountain.

The surveillance cameras have alerted us to some issues and our local police confer with those captured on camera.


On Monday, October 8, cookies and beverages will be provided at 5:30 p.m.  The plaque listing more than 335 donors and memorials will be unveiled at 5:45 p.m.  The celebration will conclude at 6:00 p.m.


If you lost a ring of keys that included a blue plastic pig, tell library director Karen what else was on the ring, and your keys will be returned to you.  They were found approximately August 13 on the upper level of the library.

AT THE LIBRARY – 4 classes

Beginning or advanced, you will find a quilting class for you at the library this month.

On October 2, 9, and 16 Donna Boone will teach a Square Poinsettia or Tulip Quilt Wall Hanging from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The cost of the class will be $10.00 and only ten students will be accommodated.  Beginners may participate in making this 24 ½’ square wall hanging.  Supplies will cost less than $10.00, but quilting needles and thread, scissors, ruler, quilting hoop, and rotary cutter and mat are also needed.  The bulletin board by the upper level circulation desk shows this fabulous wall quilt in Christmas colors.  Pick up the supply list from the desk.

On October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. will be the library’s second “Quilting with Anita” day.  A $10.00 fee is required, as is pre-registration by calling the library at 765 436 7348.  A sack lunch should be brought, but drinks will be provided.  Sewing machines will be used and there will be assistance if you need help bringing in a machine.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.:  arrive early for best choice of table space.

Two different blocks will be made in this class:  New York Beauty (uses paper piecing and machine appliqué) and Paper Clips (a unique design that is more than just one block and uses a quick cutting technique).  Time permitting, a quick technique for am 8-point star will be included in the day.  See the upper level circulation desk for a list of supplies needed.


The October 15, 1:30 p.m. book discussion will feature The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.  Copies of the book are available at the upper level circulation desk.  The book is set in the 1930’s when hard times have hit Harveyville, Kansas, where the crops are burning up and there’s not a job to be found.  For Queenie Bean, a young farm wife, a highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of local ladies dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their quilting skills to good use.  When a new member of the club stirs up a dark secret, the women must band together to support and protect one another.  The author explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad.


After a great summer we were all excited about getting together again for Youth Cook. Ten children, plus two instructors, participated in Youth Cook at our September 5th meeting. We made Baked Spaghetti Casserole & Peanut Butter Bars, which seemed to go over quite well seeing as there were none left by the end of the class. We would like to thank the Friends of the Library for allowing us to have this program and also Debbie Smith.  Without her planning and teaching, Youth Cook wouldn’t even be possible. Our next meeting will be October 3rd from 4-5:30 p.m. We plan to have a great year. – E. McKenzie, assistant sponsor


A variety of programs for youth from preschool through high school are available and listed on the library’s activity calendar and youth calendar provided with this newsletter.  Questions may be directed to youth staff Shirley Hodgen, Molly Donovan, Myrtle Cox, and Emily McKenzie.

STAFF READS – Cathie Jackson

A good read is  Way Off the Road  by Bill Geist.

Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and best-selling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life.

Yes, Indiana Hoosier folks and towns are mentioned, such as a Lebanon farm visit, gumbo from Lafayette, and a visit to a Holiday Inn in South Bend.  Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, Land of Lost Luggage, and Prairie Dog Suckers were some of my favorites for a good chuckle.  Being a novice reader of Mr. Geist, this book has enticed me to add him to my list of favorite writers.

Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical and anything but boring.  GEE, I’m ready to go on “the road again”. 

This book will be located in non-fiction 973.92 GEI when it moves from the new materials section.


Red Hatters’ Spa Party Monday Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. Enjoy facials, hand and foot treatments, and feel special at a party designed to pamper you. RSVP to Karen at the library.  Refreshments provided.

October 31 6-9 p.m. Halloween trick or treating at the library—all costumed visitors receive a bag of treats and home baked cookies.


The Indiana Supreme Court Library has given us a new book for our Civil  War collection and we thank them for it.  “Thunder from a Clear Sky” pays tribute to five critical weeks of 1862 Civil War history and is an in-depth look at Stovepipe Johnson’s Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana.  Author and Indiana historian Ray Mulesky takes an in-depth look at the swaggering rebel icon, Adam “Stovepipe” Johnson, and the first Confederate attack north of the Mason-Dixon Line.  “Are any unique, unexplored corners of the great American conflict remaining after 140 years of treading the same ground over and over?”  Mulesky asks.  This book offers a resounding “yes!”  You will find it in the New Materials section and eventually in the Indiana Collection 977.2 MUL.

Another Civil War recent addition is “The Civil War Period Journals of Paulena Stevens Janney, 1859-1866”, by Christie Hill Russell.  This book may be found in the Genealogy Collection 973.7 RUS when it is not on head librarian Fern Miner’s desk.  Fern is reading excerpts of the book to lunch participants in our Celebrate Today Center.  Paulena was an eighteen-year-old bride of ten days when she began her first of three journals spanning the years 1859 to late 1866.  As a Quaker, she was faced with the conflict that war-related events would test her conviction to work for peace and her support of the Union cause.  The author is the paternal grandmother of the granddaughter of local residents Larry and Beverly Parker.  We truly appreciate the gift of this book that chronicles the thoughts of an Ohio Quaker woman.


Library staff are celebrating the recent award to the library by the Community Foundation of Boone County of an $8300 grant to cover the one-time extraction and conversion costs of transitioning the library’s automation system to a new shared library catalog that uses Open Source technology.   In the next few months the library will be beta testing the system that should be fully functional by May 2008. 

We offer a BIG THANK-YOU to the Community Foundation for approving the proposal and supporting the library.



Flu and Pneumonia shots will be available on two separate occasions in the library’s program rooms.  The rooms are handicapped accessible through the south or east doors.

The Boone County Health Department will be on site on Thursday, November 1, from 2-6:00 p.m. and should have juvenile shots available.

The Visiting Nurse Service will be on site on Wednesday, November 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    A flu shot will cost $25, pneumonia shot $40, half-dose flu shot (ages 6-35 months) $15, FluMist (healthy ages 5-49) $35, half-dose thimerosal-free flu shot (ages 6-35  months) $35, and full dose thimerosal-free flu shot $40.

No reservations are necessary either day.

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