Saturday, November 28, 2009

December 2009

Story time
Polar Express & Trains Dec. 3
Reindeer Dec. 10
Christmas Dec. 17

Dec. 31
Unbirthday Party Jan. 7

Home School Book Talk on Monday Dec. 14 at 10:30 will be a homemade Holiday Workshop with a focus on the Great Depression.

Game & Lego Day is scheduled for Monday Dec. 28 from 1:00-3:00. Bring a friend for games, food and fun. All ages are invited to attend.

The Bookmark Society will meet Thursday evening December 17. This month’s selection, Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon, celebrates the holiday season. All book lovers are welcome. Copies will be available at the library.

Library holiday hours : The library will close at 5:00 on December 24 and will be closed December 25 and 26. The library will close at 5:00 on December 31 and be closed January 1, 2010.

Special Thanks to everyone who has donated story time supplies, money, books, DVDs, magazine subscriptions, time, used ink cartridges, and sympathy. I think that covers most of the specifics though it doesn’t begin to cover the many individuals who have contributed to the concept of a public library which enables the whole community to share resources. The story time wish list and the magazines that will not be renewed are listed on

Bob Ziegler has resigned from the Wornstaff Library Board of Trustees due to illness. We thank Mr. Ziegler for his willingness to serve on the board and hope for his improvement.

Persons interested in serving on the Library Board of Trustees should contact the library (740-747-2085) or send a brief statement of interest and qualifications to Wornstaff Library, Box 358, Ashley, Ohio 43003. Applicants must live in either Ashley village or Oxford Township. Regular meetings are held once a month at 7:30 pm on the second Monday. Occasional special meetings are held. Board members establish general library policy and advise and make judgments on subjects ranging from personnel and public relations to financial and legal matters. Members should represent the community and have experience or knowledge applicable to their role. Current board members are Shirley Thurston, George Patterson, Lisa Kimble, and Michael Wion. For additional information contact any of the board members or the library. The next board meeting is Dec. 14, 2009.

The Friends of the Library met Nov. 19 and discussed requirements for incorporating as a non-profit organization. If the library board decides to put a levy on the ballot the friends organization would be very helpful in campaigning. This November the Sunbury Community Library levy did pass but Chesterville’s Selover Library levy failed.

Ohio voters approved 30 out of 38 library levies.

Missing Twilight series books have been replaced by our neighbor. Both books and tapes are shelved at the desk due to the high rate of theft. Can there be too much emphasis on how distressing it is to have books that should be accessible to everyone stolen by thoughtless individuals??

Christmas books have been retrieved from the basement for the holiday season. Craft and recipe books have been gradually making their way upstairs in response to requests as making gifts requires some extra lead time. Holiday movies and books on the regular shelves have identifying stickers and their very own section in the children’s department. Relax with favorite stories and share them with the next generation.

Grants offer some help in relation to the current budget problems. Thanks especially to Susan Bussard, Linda Thomas our fiscal officer, and Vicky Collins who have contributed to applications to The Delaware Community Fund, We the People Bookshelf, and Consolidated Electric’s People Fund. These grants would enable us to provide more resources for the library, to update reference type materials, and to maintain children’s programming. Current funding estimates for 2010 are $114,000 which would enable the library to maintain the current five day week / 47 hour week schedule with the present 30% staff cut. There would be no money for materials or programming and any repairs or maintenance would require the expenditure of reserves. Neither actual plans for 2010 expenditures nor a decision about placing a levy on the ballot have been determined.

The Wornstaff Library has received a five star rating from the Library Journal for the second year in a row. This year’s rating is based on 2007 statistics and ranks libraries according to per capita circulation, program attendance, and Internet use. We are quite pleased to receive this rating and feel that it is indicative of the valuable service we provide, not just to our service area, but to the surrounding community. Director Elizabeth Barker was interviewed and briefly quoted in the article. This rating is also dependent upon our patrons who encourage us to care about them. Without YOU our work would be pointless. Many thanks and Happy Holidays to all of you from all of us.

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