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 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??

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