September 2007 NEWSLETTER
Volume 13, No.9


t will be a holiday, but on Monday, September 3, the Taste of Home Sampler will meet at 6-7 p.m. in the library’s program rooms.  Dishes selected include Tortellini Spinach, Chocolate Pecan Pudding Cake, Crab Bruschetta, Smoked Sausage Primavera, Tropical Fruit Salad, Herbed Onion Focaccia, Coconut Pineapple Cake, Glazed Peanut Butter Bars, Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad, Sweet and Sour Beef, and Sour Cream Potatoes.  Additional participants are welcome and the rules are simple:  let the library know what dish you will bring from Taste of Home, Simple & Delicious, Light & Tasty or Cooking for Two  magazines and bring the dish and your table service.  Copies of all recipes and beverages will be provided.  The south door of the library will be unlocked for the sampler.  What a wonderful way to sample a dozen or so recipes from the popular Taste of Home family of magazines and you will not go home hungry!




The reproduction of the historic Thorntown Mills Memorial Fountain will be installed by September 1.  

Please join us on September 8, 2007, at 4-5:30 p.m. for an ice cream social (ice cream, desserts, lemonade) and “oldies but goodies” music on clarinet  by Gary Ketchum.

At 4:45 p.m. there will be a brief dedication ceremony.  This event is being sponsored by the Friends of Thorntown Public Library, Inc. 

Weather permitting these events will take place on the west side of the library and chairs will be provided.  In the event of rain we shall move into the library’s program rooms.

An R.S.V.P. will be helpful but is not required:  phone 765 436 7348. 

A plaque listing all  donors and memorials is
in production.  Commemorative medallions are being printed and will be available for a donation.  We recently were loaned for a week a ceramic medallion of the original 1909 fountain.  It was set in a two-inch brass base.  To date no local resident remembers seeing such a commemorative piece in a relative’s collection of memorabilia.   Photographs will be on display at the Sept. 8 celebration and it will be interesting to see whether or not anyone knows the history of the piece.
Adult Programs for September


On three Wednesdays in September, Gene Ryan will offer a beginning Calligraphy Class. The dates are September 12, 19, 26, from 6:30 – 7:30.  Five people have already enrolled in the class, and others who want to learn the art of ‘fancy writing’ are encouraged to call the library, 436-7348, to get your name on the class list.

All you need to bring are the willingness to learn, and a calligraphy pen, which is  available at Michaels and other craft shops.  A packet of letter patterns is provided for the $20 class fee.  We can envision  some unique Christmas presents with your newly learned skill!


The daytime Book Discussion group will be reading and discussing  Mark Haddon’s book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.  Reserve the 3rd Monday, at 1:30, for this time of lively discussion.  Copies have been borrowed through Inter Library Loan which you may borrow to read.  You will be fascinated by Haddon’s insight into the Autistic mind of the 15-year-old boy in the story, a story that has a lot of humor and poignancy.   Put it on your calendar for Monday, September 17, at 1:30  for coffee and discussion.

The October featured book will be The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas.


Anita Hardwick will return to conduct an all-day (9 – 3 pm) Quilt Class on Saturday, October 27.  Sign up is underway; however, the information you need is not ready yet.  Putting your name on the list will ensure that you receive the supply list in plenty of time. Some avid quilters will bring their sewing machines, but if you prefer to just listen and take notes, you may also attend.  The fee for the day is $10.

If there is enough interest, tentative plans are underway to conduct a Beginning Basic Quilt class, with several sessions to guide you each step of the way.  You will make a project of which you can be.proud.  Let the library staff know if you are interested in a Quilting Basics class, and we will keep you informed.

Contacts are being made to offer a Rug Hooking class, a repeat of Tatting, Crochet and/or Knitting, Beading, Fly Tying, Investing Principles….in whatever topic you express an interest.   If we hear of your interest, we will notify you when such a class is on the calendar/schedule.  We want to know what skills you would like to learn or improve.  Already on the monthly schedule are Wood Carving, Scrapbooking, Greeting Card Making.


Becki Brown delivers books and other materials to homebound residents on Tuesday afternoons.  If you need this service, please call the library at 436-7348 so that you may be added to the schedule.


To monitor the new fountain as well as the interior and exterior of the library, the Board of Trustees has invested in a digital recorder and camera surveillance system.  Signs are being posted to alert visitors to the fact that “This area is under 24-hour video surveillance.”

BOOK SALE - Sept. 28-30

During the annual Festival of the Turning Leaves the Friends of Thorntown Public Library will again host a book sale.  On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 28-30 the library will be open and all materials (books, magazines, videos, DVD’s and more) available in the program rooms.  Restrooms will be available.  For the price of a donation, which will be used to help provide programs at the library, you may take home some ‘like new’ and ‘gently used’ items.  The south doors will be open for the sale and the library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday while the carpet is cleaned and allowed to dry.  Hours:  9-6 on Friday, 8-5 on Saturday, 10-3 on Sunday.  Additional donations of materials for the sale may be made at any time.

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 November 26, 2007