Wednesday, July 21, 2010

June 2010

Summer Reading : Make a Splash
(1st - 6th grades Monday at 11:00)
(preschool story time Thursday at 10:00)
Dive in to ..Summer Reading June 14
Sign-up activities
Fishing Worm Race June 21
(bring your own worm)
WOW ! The Wonders Of Water June 28
Library closed July 5
Captain Dan’s July 12
Cartoon Adventure
Pirates Ahoy ! July 19
Oceans of Fun July 26
Closing Program Splish Splash Aug. 2
Activities, games, reading, and prizes! Join the summer fun at the Ashley Wornstaff Library. First through sixth graders meet Monday mornings at 11:00. Storytime for preschoolers and kindergarten continues on Thursday mornings at 10:00. The programs listed above are for 1st - 6th graders. Storytime programs will have similar themes
READ READ READ 1st - 6th graders who keep track of the time spent reading will receive prizes and incentives. “Read with Me” provides incentives for younger children and their caregivers.
Teen Make Waves @Your Library provides a prize for signing up and a prize-drawing ticket for each two hours of reading time. Teen Night on July 20 6:30 - 8:00 features food, fun, and games.
Adults can Water their Minds by reading and get an Ohio State Park certificate good for 50% off camping or getaway rentals plus other prizes by contributing a book review. Adults may also sign up for a weekly drawing for passes and prizes.

The library levy passed by 80% in Ashley village and 69% in Oxford Township. This was one of the three largest margins of victory in the state. Twenty-five out of 29 library levies passes. While we are concerned that the days of stable, equitable funding for Ohio libraries may be over, we are very pleased that local residents feel that the library is an essential community service. Special thanks to everyone on the levy committee, Shirley Thurston, Gary Buechel and the Bell family. Thank you Ashley Village and Oxford Township.
Levy money will not be received until March 2011. The library has contracts with the village of Ashley and Oxford Township for the collection and distribution to the library of the levy funds. Any other use of those funds is not permitted and would be an illegal breach of contract.
Library services can be restored immediately because the library still has reserves and that levy money is forthcoming. The library is now open on Wednesdays. Staff hours have been restored. There is a budget of $17,000 for materials for 2010. Books have been ordered and magazine subscriptions renewed. Individual magazines were renewed prior to the levy by Kathleen Layman, Sue Dicke, Donna Swisher, Shirley Thurston, Barbara Nibert, Elizabeth Barker, Ohio Fish and Game Association, People’s Fund, and the Growing Community grant.
Summer Reading funded by the Community Foundation of Delaware County.
Staff Picks :
While preparing for the Summer Reading program Vicky Collins enjoyed three books among others : Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Bendler, Bird, Butterfly, and Eel by James Prosek, and Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock.
Jane Horn has been enjoying children’s audio books - especially A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck.
Whiter than Snow by Sandra Dallas is Karen Stein-Pendleton’s pick. An avalanche in the 1920ssweeps away nine children and four survive. Which four have survived in this tale of before and after events?
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is Liz Barker’s choice. This story of a revival of English magic in the early 1800s is a 780 page turning commitment that was worth the effort.
Susan Bussard recommends Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. This second book of a trilogy is a great read with an always winning combination of Italian shoes, family life and finding love.
Delaware This Week is available at the library thanks to the Delaware County District Library which sends them via the interlibrary loan delivery service. Extra copies are at the post office.
Megan Burns presented the Pet story time to a full house of 14 children who made cat hats and snacked on puppy chow. Megan is the library page and a regular storytime helper. She’s a welcome fill-in for Miss Vicky who had an opportunity to attend the National Book Exposition in New York.
Hand whittled nursery rhyme illustrations are on display in the children’s room. They are the work of Ed Schuler, a resident of Ashley Manor. He could be Olive Green’s Elijah Pearce.
Father’s Day is June 20. Give Dad his due.
Growing Community has suffered some from cold weather and lots of rain but should be back on track. The Boy Scouts helped fill the planters at Ashley Manor. Master gardeners John Kerr and Connie Yugo offered beginning gardening advice to those attending the Starter Garden meeting. Ten starter garden baskets complete with plants were distributed. Baskets were filled by The Jolly Rangers. It’s not too late to grow some greens and more.
The library gardens are a good (belated??) example. Two samples on the front lawn made the May deadline. One is a square foot garden with specific sol composition. The other is simplicity itself - bags of topsoil laid on the sod with a large window cut in the top and holes punched in the bottom. Watch our plants grow.
There are still plants, seeds, and garden space available -fresh cheap food and exercise. Garden tools can be checked out at the library. It could be the “greening of Ashley” with Farmers’ Market proceeds donated to the village.
Ashley village financial statements can be viewed at the library. Copies are available for the usual fee.
The current water bill included a cash summary by fund for 2010. Council meetings are the first Tuesday of the month. Committee meetings are listed on Ashley water bills. Be part of the solution.
The Bookmark Society will meet Thursday evening June 24 at 6:30. June’s selection is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay. A woman journalist is assigned a review of the 1942 roundup of Jews in Paris and discovers a connection with the event and much about her husband’s family and herself.
The perpetual book sale has received many, many romance novels and a large collection of contemporary hardback fiction plus miscellaneous items - all for that fabulous price of 10 cents or $1.00 a bag. Stock up on worry free vacation reading while the selection is good.

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