Monday, December 29, 2008

Storytime
Unbirthday Party Jan. 8
Penguins Jan. 15
Let it Snow ! Jan. 22
Groundhogs & Shadows Jan. 29

New circulation policy: Starting Jan. 1, 2009 books, magazines, audios, etc. will circulate for three weeks. DVDs and videos will circulate for one week. Renewals must be requested. Materials on reserve will not be renewed. Home School and teacher loans will be six weeks with no renewals.
This policy is more in line with actual use and with other libraries’ policies. There will not be fines for overdues but the replacement cost of materials will be listed as a fine on the family card. Library use may be restricted until materials are returned or replacement costs paid.

Sewer line repairs. The library has a broken sewer line which will be repaired in eary January. The break is located at the top of the basement ramp and both the ramp and the back stairway may be blocked off for a week or so, interfering with access to the library, the book drop and some portion of the parking lot. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope the time will be limited. Work will be done by Del-O Plumbing, Emergency Drain & Plumbing and a sub-contracted concrete firm.
Pen pals needed. Fourth graders at Buckeye Valley West and North need pen pals to enhance their reading experiences. Students will chose a book and write a letter of introduction. The pen pal will exchange letters for 8 weeks followed by a get together. It doesn’t take much time and may be invaluable to a child. Call Margie West 363-5000.

Thanks to Lyn Heine for letting her Pere Noels live in our display case over the holidays. Thanks to all our patrons. If we had a mission statement it would involve being a vital part of the community. It takes people to accomplish that. Thanks for cards and goodies and story time supplies.


Income tax time : Forms have started to arrive and will be shelved on the rack inside the front door. They can also be printed from the www.irs.gov site. The Delaware County Earned Income Tax Coalition will again provide free tax preparation for qualifying persons, Helpline 211. They will be at the Wornstaff Library on Saturday, February 7, from 10:00 to 2:00.

Community Action has a representative here once a month - Thursday Jan. 8 1:00-3:00 this month.

Recycle magazines. Donate your slightly used, almost current magazines to the library for others to use. Archaeology is a recent example. Take home the library’s discards to read or use for crafts.
New magazines. It’s time to renew our subscription list, time for patron recommendations. If you have a favorite magazine you think others in the community might enjoy perhaps the library would subscribe to it. You could even borrow it from the library instead of purchasing it. Saving money has value.

New call numbers. Juvenile fiction can be on the regular shelves, on the “middle school” twirly rack or on the “teen” shelves. Are you confused? So are we. The catalog isn’t much help. Jane Horn is making a difference. Books on the teen shelf will be PBYs and those on the younger twirly rack will be PBJs. Then there are easy chapter books and new…

Great Books sold in a set of presumably what every well educated person should read were popular in the 1970s. A current book explores their life and effect. Libraries help anyone pursue individual projects. The Wornstaff Library has a set of Harvard classics along with a more popular literature set tucked away in a corner adjacent to our “classic” collection. Do your own Ellery Queen retrospective, or Harry Potter marathon - in books, on audio tape or on the screen. If we don’t have it there’s a good chance we can borrow it for you.

Buckeye Dulcimer Festival flyers are available. This almost week long workshop attracts instructors and learners from all over the country. It also provides two excellent evening concerts right down the road at Recreation Unlimited - unless they get snowed in again this year. All of this is organized by Ashley’s own Louise Ziegler.

Local literary trivia. Last year Delaware County read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. Timeline’s Jul./Sept. issue profiles bootlegger George Remus purported to be a model for Gatsby. William Least Heat-Moon’s Roads to Quoz features Route 40 expert Frank Xavier Brusca from Westerville.

Happy 2009 from the Library Staff

New Year’s resolutions. Read more books. Take advantage of the library’s FREE movies and Home Learning Media. Return materials on time.

Monday, December 01, 2008

December 2008

Holiday hours : December 24 & 25 - Closed ; December 31 - 10:00 - 5:00 ; January 1 - Closed.


Story time :
Holiday Treats Dec. 4
Reindeer Dec. 11
Christmas Dec. 18
No Storytime Dec. 25 & Jan 1


Evening Storytime is scheduled for Wednesday evening Dec. 17 at 6:30. Christmas is the theme. A family story time is being considered for the coming year.

Comments and suggestions will help the library better serve the community.


Family Craft Night will be held Thursday evening Dec. 4 from 6:30 - 8:00. Crafts available include making candy mints and cubical photo holders from CD cases. Bring your own photos.


Home School Book Talk on Tuesday morning, Dec. 9 at 10:30 will focus on simple handmade gifts - always appropriate and perhaps especially so this year. As always books, good company, and a bit of food will be available. Programs are designed for first through sixth graders. It’s a Holiday Workshop.


Picturing America is a collection of 2 x 3 foot laminated posters of art works illustrating U.S. history. These posters will be a permanent addition to our materials and available for selected loan. This collection is provided through a grant and is contingent upon displays and programs which are still in the planning stage. Previews are available and suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.


Christmas books are on display : decorating ideas, crafts, recipes, and Christmas stories.



Robert Ziegler has been named the new member of the Wornstaff Library Board of Trustees. A long-time Ashley resident Mr. Ziegler has worked for the county highway department, Citizens Federal Savings and Loan and operated a small department store in Ashley and then the video store. He’s president of the Prospect Senior Citizens and helps his wife Louise with dulcimer activities. He replaces Kay Conklin who retired after thirty years on the board. We appreciate Bob’s interest.

The library board is composed of five members from Ashley and Oxford Township as established in the Wornstaff will. The board is responsible for policy and general oversight and is an essential element of library operations. Other members are Shirley Thurston (president), George Patterson (vice-president), Lisa Kimble (secretary), and Michael Wion. The interest these people take in the library and the time they devote deserves some recognition and appreciation. Meetings are on the second Monday of the month at the library and are open to the public.


The Children’s Buy-In program is designed to cover kids with special health needs and targets families with income above $42,000 who struggle to cover health costs. Families can only apply online at http://jfs.ohio.gov/OHP/cbi/index.stm. This Ohio program was expected to cover 5000 children and few have enrolled.


Magazine discards are coming. Some back issues are kept but most are cleared for the coming year. Discards are free and can be requested.


Long overdue materials (Jan. 2005-Dec. 2007) include 101 books and 54 videos. That’s over $1000 worth of materials per year. These are all materials that have been checked out by library patrons and NOT returned. In many cases the patrons have moved and we are unable to contact them. Sometimes we call and are told it’s right here on the table. The library only works if books and other materials are returned so others can use them. Your tax dollars pay for the library staff, operation and materials. Not returning materials is literally stealing from everybody in the community and limit’s the resources available to them.


A public Internet printer is still in the works though the scanner is functional and one upgraded public computer has better connections and sound. Staff appreciates the flat screen monitor at the desk and is looking forward to not having to print in the office. Thank you Level 9 Networks. Now if we could find a “filing cabinet” with 6” deep drawers or other solution for our DVD storage - and get our sewage drain problems solved we’d be in good shape for the end of the year.


Free tax preparation will again be provided for persons eligible for earned income tax credit by the Delaware County EITC Coalition, Jan. 15 - April 15.. The group will be at the library in Ashley on February 28 from 10:00 - 2:00. Call 2-1-1.


Ashley notes : Hello to Wade’s Barbershop. Get your hair cut right here in Ashley. It’s a familiar location there on High Street, all refitted and open for business. Farewell to Second Hand Rose and best wishes to Larry and Penny Gale on their move to Nevada. We’ll miss the store itself - a point highlighted by the going out of business bargains. FLOR plan is buying their building. Where will notebooks and envelopes appear??