Tuesday, September 04, 2007

September 2007


Grandparents’ Day Sept. 6
Big & Little Sept. 13
Elephants Sept. 20
Falling Leaves Sept. 27
Apples & Pumpkins Oct. 4

Evening Storytime on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 will be Falling Leaves.

Welcome (back) to the 2007-2008 preschool story time. Sessions are held Thursday mornings and start at 10:00. The first fall month includes measuring each child’s height. Finger plays, stories, a simple craft, and (frequently) treats are a typical forty-five minute schedule. There’s time for more play, socializing (both parents and children), and book and movie selection afterwards. Storytimes are held in the basement meeting room which can be accessed by the outside ramp on the east side of the building. Parents are encouraged to attend. “Giving story time a try” and partial sessions are quite acceptable. All preschoolers are welcome.

Homeschool Book Talk is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at 10:30 . Programs are geared for first through sixth grade and October’s will feature international books and crafts, games and food. Around the World is the theme in recognition of United Nations Day (Oct. 24).

Craft Night is planned for Thursday evening, September 27 from 6:30 to 8:00. These are usually family affairs, suitable for both individual adults, and older children and parents. Copper foam pumpkins, felt coasters, and leaf motif cards are craft options.

School at Buckeye Valley started late in August and always brings changes in the library’s daily rhythm. Our days are much quieter until the bus arrives at 3:00. Looking at the intensive teen Internet use this summer, we are leery about what the evenings will be like. We may limit use to once a day and homework will have some priorities.

School assignment MORE alert. Borrowing from other libraries is now easier - and the more we borrow the less it costs per book. A student who needs an assigned fiction book or materials for a research paper should ask. A little planning and foresight are the only requirements. Bring your assignment sheet with you to the library for best results. Reading lists are very helpful for keeping our library collection up to date. Books still contain a lot of information and can be more helpful than the Internet. Ask about accessing magazine articles through “Reference” at www.oplin.org. It works at the library and at home.

The Delaware County Fair starts Saturday Sept. 15 and ends Saturday Sept. 22. Best of luck to all participants young and old. Check the library for recipes, how to raise chickens and grow vegetables, and lots of armchair country living. Our display case features some Ashley Fair memorabilia and a bow to Ashley’s ribbon factory. Ashley held the first junior fair in the nation. R. B. Powers Company makes ribbons that are awarded all over the United States and beyond.

Library board meetings are held at the library, at 7:30, the second Monday of each month. These meetings are open to all the public. Anyone with concerns or suggestions or wanting to know more about how the library operates should attend. Michael Wion, a teacher at Big Walnut, and the father of three (almost four) young boys is our newest board member. Shirley Thurston is the president. George Patterson, Kay Conklin, and Lisa Kimble are the remaining members. The number of members and the service to Ashley and the surrounding community were specified in the Wornstaff will which established the library. The area is now defined as the village of Ashley and Oxford Township though many users are Morrow County residents.

Ashley village will elect a mayor, councilpersons, and a member of the Board of Public Affairs this November. A list of candidates for all Delaware County offices is available at the library and on the Delaware County Board of Elections website. The village newsletter has additional information about council meetings and other events. Registration deadline for the November election is October 9.

Chess club will be back on alternate Saturdays starting Sept. 29 - after back to school adjustments and the Delaware County Fair. Chess club is open to all ages and levels. There are books and websites for learning basic moves and developing strategy. The video “Searching for Bobby Fisher” provides an interesting view of the competitive rounds.

Happy 80th Birthday to Lewis (Junior) Kimble. He was the library custodian from 1995 through 1999 - a small part of many years of keeping various aspects of Ashley cleaned up and in good shape.

Fall begins on the autumnal equinox September 23.

The Week has arrived. Billed as “all you need to know about everything that matters” it’s a quick, 40 page review of news, arts, business, and leisure.

Local Politics : a Practical Guide for Governing at the Crossroads is available for political candidates.

Delaware This Week will also be available on a regular basis thanks to the Delaware County District Library and the US Cargo route.

The book sale recently received a large donation of children’s books and videos - still ten cents each or one dollar a bag. There’s usually a variety.

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