Volume 14, No.4

2008 INDY 500 Ticket Drawing

WIN two tickets to the Indianapolis 500 (Sunday, May 25, 1:00 p.m.) and donate to your library’s Secret Garden at the same time!!  Enter today for your chance to win tickets to the 2008 race.  Tickets are available at the library’s circulation desks:  1 ticket for a $1.00 donation or 6 tickets for a $5.00 donation.  The drawing will be held on Saturday, May 17, at the library, but you do not need to be present to win.    The winning seats will be located in the North Vista, Section 37.


There were eighty-two diners who enjoyed the April 19th library gala.  Country Garden Catering, assisted by members of the Thorntown Christian Church, United Methodist Women, and WEBO’s Sunshine Society and National Honor Society made sure that all guests enjoyed the elegant settings and delicious meal.  The WEBO Music Department provided entertainment for the reception and following the dinner, and area businesses and artists contributed items for the silent auction.  Proceeds are being applied to the brick walled garden that will be created at the north side of the library.  The brick is being manufactured and work on the garden will begin in June.

The 2008 costs for the garden are an estimated $50,500.  A bronze sculpture for the center of the garden is being planned for 2009.  To date the  Secret Garden fund contains $11,709.00.

Engraved brick pavers will continue to be sold through June 2008 at a cost of $28.00 each.  Donation and paver forms are included in this newsletter.

A special thanks is extended to Friends of the Thorntown Public Library for again coordinating the gala and special fund-raising.  Thanks is also extended to the Silent Auction donors, who included Kelly Frank, Ed Rice, Craig White, Suzie Endres, Jim and Fern Miner, Axie Frey, Ginny Daggy, John Bower, Niemeyer Gourds, Stampers Anonymous, Randel Pharmacy, Merle Norman – Lebanon, Cynthia’s Beauty Salon, Jerry’s Feed &  Salt – Lebanon, Kercheval Funeral Home – Sheridan,  Donaldson’s Candy, Unzicker Brothers Pottery, Family of Betty Brackemyre, Audrey Elaine Owens Krawczyk, Marcia Clutter – Southern Living at  Home, Dale and Connie Dickerson – Healthy Air and Water Systems, and Amber Brown – Longaberger Baskets.


On May 13, 7:00 p.m., will be the annual meeting of the Friends of Thorntown Public Library.   Following a short business meeting and election of officers, Cheryl Toney will talk about Indiana gardening and recycling.  The annual plant swap will include a variety of perennials and houseplants—participants are invited to bring plants and starts of plants to share.  It is not necessary to bring a plant in order to take some home.  The library’s spring book sale will open after the meeting and continue during the library’s open hours through Saturday, May 17.  There will be a variety of books, videos and audiotapes available for the price of a donation. This year there will be a special silent auction during the annual meeting.  Thirteen WillowTree angel ornaments and figurines, provided by Kercheval Funeral  Home, Sheridan,  will be on display and awarded to the highest bidding donor by the end of the evening.  Proceeds from the book sale and silent auction will be added to the library’s Secret Garden fund. 


Teens of the Thorntown Library recently presented to the library board and to the Youth As Resources board their proposal for summer programming for the library’s teens.  As a result of their efforts and those of sponsor Patricia Gillogly, the youth will receive $385.00 for events designed to encourage teens to read during the summer and to visit the library for special activities.



The library has recently begun acquiring a new audio series called “The Modern Scholar.”  Each title in the series features a renowned professor delivering a lecture series on a particular subject.  The courses are divided into subtopics and listed in the course syllabus, so listeners can pick and choose which lessons they would like to hear.  Each course comes with an illustrated guide that includes short professor bios, lists of suggested reading materials, and questions to consider at the conclusion of each lecture.  The series includes subjects in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.  We currently have lectures about dinosaurs, astronomy, baseball, anatomy, and the Hebrew Bible. . . to name a few!

In addition to the CD audiobooks, several Modern Scholar titles are available in downloadable format.  To see the broad range of subjects covered by this series, type modern scholar in the catalog search box and click Series.  As new titles arrive, they are placed on the New Materials shelf, so be sure to check for new arrivals!


In The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss has created a unique fantasy world that has enchanted readers and critics alike.  Kvothe (pronounced “quothe”) is the reluctant hero of Rothfuss’ first book; he is a mysterious man, a magician who has fled his past to live a simple life as an innkeeper.  His secret is kept safe by his pupil, Bast, until Kvothe rescues a Chronicler who wishes to record his story.  The child of nomadic entertainers, Kvothe’s pleasant boyhood was ripped away when his family was murdered, leaving the intelligent youth homeless in the city of Tarbean.  The dual desires to learn about the mythical demons that killed his family and to learn the magical art of “naming”—by which one can control natural forces—lead Kvothe to the University, where he begins to build a reputation as a powerful arcanist (magician).  The first book of a trilogy, The Name of the Wind reveals just enough of Kvothe’s story to leave the reader hungering for more.  Fans of Harry Potter may appreciate the university setting, and Rothfuss builds an original fantasy mythology that will intrigue even casual fantasy readers.  The book can be found in the adult stacks under SCI FIC ROT.


The  May calendar of events as well as the May menu for the Celebrate Today Center senior lunches is included in this newsletter.  Questions about programs may be directed to library staff:  436 7348.


Both the east and west parking lots will be closed on May 8 and 9 for sealing of the asphalt.  Parking will resume on the morning of May 10.  The stone lot east of the alley and other areas nearby may be used for parking.

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 June 12, 2008