Saturday, July 31, 2010

August 2010

There will be no story time during August.
Splish Splash summer reading closing party will be held in the library parking lot on Monday August 2 at 11:00. All ages, preschoolers through teens are invited to attend for a fun filled water activity based finale. Final reading hour tallies and prize tickets will be recorded. The prize drawing for first through sixth graders will be held. Winners don’t have to be present to win but will have fewer prize choices. Adult prizes will be drawn later in the week.

One thousand and fifty-four hours have been tallied so far. The library was raided by pirates (twice!) brandishing hooks and searching for treasures. Underwater trips were made in the bubble room. Fun was had by all and many books were read.

Teen Night entertained half a dozen teens with food and games. The party might count as a partial thank you for some of our hard working summer reading volunteers. Thank you Nikki and Bailey Lucas, Megan Burns, and David Layman. Helping set up and keeping all those reading records up to date is an essential part of the program.
Summer reading statistics - sign up 118, hours read 1063; teens signed up 46; story time participants 41 with 39 Read with Me sign ups.

Thanks to all who made summer reading programs possible: The Wilds, Joe's Crabshack, CAPA, Magic Mountain Polaris, Target, Meijer's, Layman Family, Kauble Family, Walmart, Richland Carousel Park, Longbranch Pizza, Ohio State Fair, Ohio State Parks, McDonald's Delaware/Sunbury, Columbus Crew, Columbus Museum of Art, Rocky's Italian Ice, Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, Franklin Park Conservatory, Marengo Country Market/Subway, everyone who donated items on our story time wish list, library staff, and especially to the Community Foundation of Delaware County.

Buckeye Valley School starts Wednesday Sept. 1.

Fresh Foods Nutrition and Preparation will be presented Tuesday, August 17 at 6:30 by Diane Mays of the Delaware County OSU Extension Service. This program is part of the Growing Community grant.

Canning and Food Preservation was presented by OSU certified Cora French-Robinson who came all the way from Lancaster to discuss techniques and new standards with sixteen attendees. A variety of fact sheets are available. The current revised USDA Complete Guide to Canning is available online at tab Publications.

The Food Pantry at Buckeye Valley East is currently open on Thursday afternoon from 1:30 - 3:30. Thank you for volunteering, Robert and Twana Smith. Volunteers are needed for Tuesday mornings 9:30 - 11:30. Call Shelly Stewart (937-594-0859) or Smiths (614-593-6872) if you are interested. The Food Pantry has been serving close to 80 persons. Gardens at the library and one maintained by the local Brownie group have contributed produce to the food pantry. Anyone can donate extra produce.

The Ashley Corn Show is set for August 4, 5, and 6. Games, rides, music, barbecued chicken and corn on the cob are highlights of this traditional local festival and home-coming.

Ashley on the main route. Ashley has been host to the man walking across the United States, the bicyclist from out west and one morning in late July a group of bicyclists riding a mission fund raising trip from Pigeon, Michigan to Columbus, Ohio. They stopped for a break at the Wesleyan Church . connects to public and private entities for job searches, education, training, etc. Search the web at the library or bring in your computer and take advantage of wi-fi which is fast and FREE.

The Bookmark Society meets on Thursday August 26, 6:30 - 7:30. The book selected for reading is The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford, the reflections of an elderly Chinese American who when quite young had loved a Japanese girl who was interred during World War II. All book readers are invited to join these discussions.

Used ink cartridges help us save money on office supplies. We appreciate your donations. There is a box for deposit beside the copier.
Fall Planting and Garden Cleanup presented by Master Gardeners is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 11, Saturday, at 1:00. This will be the final program in our Growing Community : the Library Food Garden grant funded program. It has been an interesting experience so far with many thoughts on how it could have been done better. We were very excited with the initial community response. Progress was a little sidetracked by grant terms, our levy campaign, and the weather. Tree plantings which should have been done in the spring will be done in late August at Ashley Villa, the Ashley Village Park, Buckeye Valley East Elementary, and Delaware Manor. There are still books and DVDs to come - and more vegetables. Thank you to the Brownies, SACC, Ashley Manor, and those busy Master Gardeners.

Mother Earth News Aug./Sept. 2010 has two interesting graphs. Where does the money go? from Consumer Expenditures April 2009 shows average annual household expenditures with percentages.

U. S. food system energy use (not cited) shows percentages of energy used from farm production through consumption.

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