Thursday, October 06, 2011

October 2011

Story time : (Thursday morning 10:00)

Llama Lama Red Pajama Oct. 6

Pizza, Pasta, & Popcorn Oct. 13

Fire Safety Oct. 20

Halloween Oct. 27

Bread & Butter Nov. 3

Read for the Record Millions of children in low income neighborhoods are at risk of school failure before they start kindergarten. On October 6 more than 2 million people will call for an end to America’s early education gap by reading Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney - setting a world record in the process. Sit down to read in your community. You’ll be standing up for children everywhere.

The Fire Safety program will be enhanced by a visit of two firemen, Amy and Matt, from the local Elm Valley Fire Department. The department also donated fire safety materials for the program.

Right on the Money, a family program, in the Making Cents financial literacy series will be presented at the Wornstaff Library on Wednesday October 5 at 7:00. Activities and general information will provide a fun, educational experience for the whole family. It makes cents to attend. Check the list of county programs.

The Bookmark Society will meet on Oct. 27 at 6:30. They are reading We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg.

Ashley Walking Group meets at the library at 6:00 on Sunday evenings for a stroll around the village. See the village. Enjoy the company of your neighbors. It’s the easiest exercise - for your health.

Why Farm ? is an exhibit of art and texts at CCAD in Columbus through Oct. 15. Why Farm? seeks to explore the rewards and challenges of farming to encourage an understanding of a profession and a livelihood upon which we rely but about which we know very little. Delaware is an agricultural county.

Corn Husking Contest at Ottawa Bota Farm, on Oct. 8, 9:00am. Look for the red ears of corn.

Child’s Play : Games in 19th Century America at the Kelton House Museum in Columbus on Oct. 16, 2:00.

A new roof now protects the back two sections of the library thanks to M and R Roofing. The project was slightly delayed by more rain but we won’t have to worry about water in our one light fixture for many years to come.

Halloween is coming. Ideas for costumes and decorations in books and magazines make for good rainy day browsing while waiting for the big day. Village council has set Trick or Treat Night for Monday night Oct. 31, time to be announced. The school parade Oct. 31. Storytime Halloween is Oct. 27. Enjoy the season…and the next.

Christmas in Ashley planning dates are Oct. 20 & Nov. 17. Sponsors and homes to tour are needed. Contact Amy Ruggles 747-2028. Let’s celebrate.
The No Obligation Book Club in Real Simple magazine has a question of the month. Some recent ones of interest have been: What book character would you like to be? What book do you most frequently quote? and What book do you often recommend?

Fungus among us: It’s lovely weather for mushrooms in all sorts of shapes and colors. Armchair viewing is available in guide books which are as pretty as the Extraordinary Chicken portraits.

The Library Food Garden program evaluation is part of our commitment for the grant funds we received last year. One area in which we haven’t done very well is contributions to the BVEE food pantry. Not on our list was the library as a point for distribution. People have brought in squash, and cucumbers, and tomatoes, and peppers, and beans - and various patrons have reaped the benefits. If we had room we could consider expanding our book sale to ever so much more.

Books to Movies : There’s been a recent run on The Help apparently related to the movie release. Water for Elephants has had a pretty steady circulation which does not seem to be affected by the movie. Jane Austen has all those movie devotees and scores of derivatives and nobody seems to care about the original novels. ???

Proctoring exams at the library is another continuing education service to go along with study guides, online resources, and tutoring space. It can be of real value to people currently upgrading their education and skills through online classes.

Do some homework before signing up for classes. Check the school for completion and hiring rates. Be sure the requirements are compatible with your resources and learning style. Don’t forget about the increasing availability of more traditional classes in the area - OSU Marion, Marion Tech, Franklin, and Columbus State.

Banned Book Week was the end of September and the library celebrated by displaying several books (available for checkout) that have been challenged. The Gazette’s editorial page’s Voltaire quote seems appropriate: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” It’s also worthwhile pointing out that most schools permit alternative readings if parents object to their child’s being required to read a specific book. Coming in October 16-22 is Teen Read Week. Teens can celebrate by reading and adults can do that crossover thing - there are good books there.

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