Thursday, December 06, 2012

December 2012

The Library will be closed December 24 & 25.  
We will close at 4:00 pm on December 31 and be closed January 1

Story Time 
Holiday Treats Dec 6
Reindeer             Dec 13
Christmas           Dec 20
No Storytime          Dec 27 Or Jan 3

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.” ~ Edith Sitwell

The Bookmark society will be meeting December  27 at 6:30.  
The book they will be reading and discussing is The Secret Between Us by Barbara  Delinsky.

Buckeye Valley East Giving Tree
Buckeye Valley East Elementary school is sponsoring a giving tree.  Help make Christmas shine for a child by taking a star off the tree.  They ask that you spend less than $25 on gifts requested on the star.  Then take the unwrapped gifts along with the tag to BVEE office by    December 14th.

We have had so many comments on our  fantastic book tree.   Megan and Susan created it, but got the idea from the website: Pinterest.  It’s a great place to get decorating and craft ideas. If you have a folder full of ideas you have pulled from magazines, this site might help  reduce the size of the pile!

 Keep us in mind. We could use materials for ongoing projects:
· Small clear containers 
· Paint store gift cards painting  supplies
· Digital camera                                               

A scrapbooking group has begun meeting at the library.  They get together from noon to 7:00 every other Tuesday. The women have been making great progress in getting their pictures beautifully organized.  They would really like more folks to join them.


Friday, November 09, 2012

November 2012

The Library will be closed November 22

Thursdays at 10:00 am
Squirrels                      Nov. 4
Thanksgiving                   Nov. 15
Closed                           Nov. 22
Bears & Hibernation       Nov. 29

Consolidated Electric Co. has awarded the Wornstaff Library with a People Fund grant to help us offset some of the costs we will have as we migrate to the COOL (Consortium of Ohio Libraries). The Wornstaff library will be moving into the COOL (Central Of Ohio Libraries) in March.   As a condition of the grant money award, Consolidated Electric challenged us to find additional sources of funding.  

to 229 Storage, Rotary Products and Rusk Brothers. These businesses have donated $1150 and with an additional $800 donated previously will be used to   help us purchase some additional equipment and supplies. With this help it will make it easier to meet the Spring deadline and possibly make the transition to the new system a lot smoother. 

Thank you to Rachel Bussard for building the amazing new display shelf  at the end of  the adult non-fiction into the new room. 

Thank you also to Karsten Bumpus for his artwork..  His drawings are on the dry erase board for programs this month.

We really appreciate the kind volunteers who donate their time and talents to the library each month.

We hope you have noticed all the changes that are occurring at Wornstaff library!

A direct result of our rearranging and reorganizing campaign is a number of bigger items that are available to a lucky patron.  We will accept donations for some pictures and other stuff that we no longer have a use for. 

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Read more at  

An interesting website is:  It’s a great place to discover all those things we will be honoring/observing these days, weeks and months. In addition to Thanksgiving and Veteran’s Day, did you know that November is also National Sleep Comfort Month?

Keep us in mind for Holiday Gift Giving.

We could use materials for ongoing projects:
Pool Noodles             
Small clear containers  
Paint &/or painting  supplies
Digital camera          

Christmas in Ashley is scheduled for December 1 from 6:00– 9:00.  This is the  third year in a row for this very popular event.  This year the Wornstaff Library will be one of the stops.  

We have been overwhelmed with book donations as well as a considerable amount of weeding lately.
So now is your opportunity to explore our book sale.  A box full for a dollar.  You can’t beat that price! 

We hope you noticed all the changes that are happening in the library.  We are trying to help make this library a more comfortable place to study and learn.    

In our efforts to reorganize, we will have some non-book items available (such as art work) for a donation. 

Thursday, October 04, 2012

October 2012

Story time: (Thursday morning at 10:00)

Pizza, Pasta, & Popcorn Oct. 4
Fire Safety Week Oct 11
Spiders Oct 18
Halloween Oct. 25
Scarecrows Nov. 1

The Bookmark Society will meet on Thursday evening October 25 at 6:30. The selected book is The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean, a story about memory, told through a Russian immigrant in the Pacific Northwest suffering from Alzheimer’s who survived the German assault on Leningrad by building a Hermitage based memory palace.

October celebrates books and science. Banned Book Week comes first. (Please celebrate by reading whatever you want to read.) Teen Read Week is Oct. 14 - 20 which also happens to be Earth Science Week, followed by Chemistry Week.

Thank You Consolidated Electric. The Wornstaff Library’s participation in the COOL consortium will be completed in March 2013 when we switch to the Evergreen catalog, costing several thousand dollars for technical services plus the labor of rebarcoding all the materials. We applied to the People Fund for money to help with this process and are delighted that they have awarded us $3500, contingent upon our finding some additional funding. Thank you, thank you.

Kilbourne Community Fall Festival, October 6, 8:00a - 4:00p will include a Geek the Library booth promoting awareness of library services and funding - plus breakfast, a hog roast, a parade, displays, markets for food and crafts, and yard sales.

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 9, 9:00pm.

Jane Horn officially became the new director of the Wornstaff Memorial Public Library when the library board announced her hiring at their September 10th meeting. Ms. Horn has been a library employee since September 18, 2008 and volunteered at the library prior to that. She is a local resident with three children in the Buckeye Valley School district, an active member of the Kilbourne Methodist Church, and has a master’s degree in Library Science. Please take time to congratulate Jane Horn on her new position.

Lewis (Junior) Kimble died September 18, 2012. He was the library custodian for several years and a long time village employee before that - and probably took with him much knowledge about the inner workings of both. He has lived in Arizona for the past several years.

Christmas in Ashley is being planned for Saturday, December 1. An open meeting will be held 7:00, October 11 at the United Methodist Church. Ashley is looking forward to its third year. This has been a popular event with a lot of local participation. Luminaries, the live nativity scene, and carolers are on the list again. Homes for the tour are needed. Contact Amy Ruggles (747-2804).

The School Halloween Parade will leave the school 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, October 31.

Beggars Night in Ashley is set for October 31 6:30 - 8:00. Turn on your porch light for treats.

Chemistry Week extras: Two basic (circulating) reference sets are The Elements and ChemLab by Grolier. Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks and Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste by Steve Spangler are for reading and exploring.

Good weather for reading is ahead with shorter cooler days even though Daylight Savings Time does not end until November 4th. Several large book donations have increased the book sale offerings. All are available at the standard ten cents a book, $1 a bag price. There’s no charge for unlimited browsing time.

The Catfish tournament is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 5:00 - 8:00 at the Ashley reservoir. The tournament is open to children up to twelve years old who should bring their own poles and be accompanied by an adult. ODNR will be supplying fish. Prizes and refreshment will be provided.

Illustrator/author Derek Anderson will be visiting BVEE on Wednesday, October 24th.

Ashley’s Junior Fair: The first Ashley fair was held in 1912 when a group of local farmers and businessmen erected buildings and a race track. Area competition was intense and by 1922 the board was plagued with debt. R. B. Warner, the high school vocational agriculture teacher, suggested exhibiting his boys’ pigs, an idea that was first spurned and then modified to include girls’ baking and sewing projects. The 1923 fair was a success and the junior fair idea was expanded. In 1925 after a rain storm destroyed the junior fair tent a junior fair building was constructed. Publicity about the demolished junior fair produced many inquiries and information was disbursed. Morrow County became the first in the state to organize a county wide junior fair. Charlie Ashbrook accepted a job to help establish an Ohio State Fair junior department for 1929. In the late thirties Delaware began a junior fair which provided stiff competition especially when Grand Circuit racing was added. In March of 1950 after 37 years of operation the Ashley Fair Board voted to dissolve the fair. The buildings and grounds were sold and all bills paid. The remaining money was placed in an endowment fund to be used to support junior fair work in Delaware County.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

September 2012

Story time: (Thursday morning at 10:00)

Grandparents & Families Sept. 6
Bee My Honey Sept. 13
Elephant Day Sept. 20
Falling Leaves & Apples Sept. 27
Pizza, Pasta & Popcorn Oct. 4

Storytime is open to all preschoolers and kindergartners. Programs last about 45 minutes and include stories, finger plays or similar activities, a craft, and (frequently) a related snack.

Movie Night will be Thursday September 20 at 5:00. The movie will be The Hunger Games. Free popcorn and drinks are available.

Scrapbooking has become a regular event at the library. The next get together is scheduled for Tuesday September 11, from 10:00 until whenever.

The Bookmark Society will meet Thursday evening September 27 at 6:30. They are reading Jonathan Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. All book lovers are welcome to join a friendly discussion with refreshments. The library has the DVD available for loan.

A FREE Grocery Coupon class, Savings Nation, will be presented on at the library Tuesday evening, September 26, 6:00 – 8:00. Sign up online at allows Ohio voters to change their address online. The deadline for change of address or registration is October 9. Potential first time voters can register at the library or the Board of Elections. Those who are unable to change their address can cast a provisional ballot at the precinct of their voting day residence.
People magazine and Mother Earth News September issues are here. We hope that’s the beginning of uninterrupted yearlong subscriptions.

Audio books revival. All those donated CDs are sitting on the shelf waiting for listeners. Enliven that daily trip to work, lawn mowing, or a variety of household chores with entertaining stories.
The next phase will purchasing children’s materials to replace the book and tape cassette kits we have. These can be a follow along teaching tool for beginning readers or just an introduction to the world of the printed book.

Fall equinox arrives at 10:49 on September 22.

Display case material is artwork created by and on loan from Gena Wiley. Let us know if you have a collection you’d be willing to share.

Delaware County Fair starts Saturday Sept. 15 and continues through the following week. The All-Horse Parade will be Sunday Sept 8 at 3:00. Animals, rides, fair food, live entertainment, and motorized competition – just in case you’ve missed the National Lawn Mower races.

Quilts – of course there will be plenty of local displays at the fair and the Ohio Wesleyan Alumni Center is featuring a display of art quilts through Sept. 16. Crafty people might be interested in T-shirt Quilts Made Easy. We can only add so many to the collection and currently there are many quilt books in the book sale. Take a look, find a book.

Ashley Farmer’s Market: Set up a table on the sidewalk and sell your fruit, veggies, flowers, baked goods, candles, etc. Every Saturday 9 – 12, September and October. What else is there in Ashley that we can share with each other??

School and homework doesn’t rhyme with horse and carriage but seem to go together just as certainly. Several years ago an Internet resource was frequently added to requirements – to acquaint students with its value. Today it might be worthwhile to require a book or magazine article just to remind student’s that not everything is found on the Internet and not everything there is reliable. A student recently confirmed the benefits of using our print dictionary. On the other hand both students and teachers need a little reminder that magazine articles can be found either at the library or from our website at home and these are magazine articles, NOT Internet resources. Coming soon – Microsoft Office on our computers with Power point capabilities and, perhaps, easier document transfer.

Johnny Appleseed Day is Sept 28. Try a biography by Howard Means or the DVD Botany of Desire

Elizabeth Barker will retire as director of the Wornstaff Library at the end of September. The library board is hosting an Open House from 3 - 5 Saturday, September 29. Please stop by for refreshments, to say thanks and to wish Elizabeth well. Her energy and passion for libraries will be greatly missed.

I remember saying (years ago) to long time Wornstaff Library board trustee Dick Newman that being the director of the Ashley library was my dream job. Eighteen years ago that dream became true. It might be worthwhile to add that my mind has not changed during the time here.
Working in a small public library has wonderful advantages to begin with. One gets to do everything – those proverbial plumbing incidents, ordering and cataloging books, etc., working with the people of all ages, and trying to figure out how to make the most of space and money and other resources. The library has gone from no computers to being in the process of joining the local Cool-cat open source ILS consortium with a server hosted by OhioNet with access to resources throughout the whole state.
The biggest plus though is the people – the patrons and the staff are the most obvious. They make going to work everyday not just a job, but a joy. It’s a helpful, friendly environment with interesting challenges and a variety of interests to share. The library board has provided bragging material at meetings. Our service area supported a levy to compensate for state cuts – YEAH!! That’s so much to miss. Thank you everyone. Elizabeth Barker

Friday, August 10, 2012

August 2012

No Storytime will be held during August. Storytime will resume on Thursday September 6 at 10:00. All pre-school and kindergarten children are welcome. Programs last approximately forty-five minutes and consist of story reading, some finger plays or similar activity, and a craft. A small snack is usually provided. Parents may stay with children during story time and participation in all parts of the program is optional. There are toys in the children’s room and opportunities for both adults and children to socialize while selecting library materials to check out.

The Corn Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 2,3, and 4. Pork on Thursday and traditional Corn Show barbecued chicken on Friday and Saturday - plus rides and games

Water Aerobics at the Ashley Pool are given on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 11:00 - 11:45. The cost is five dollars each session. It’s a hit. Weekly Yoga classes at the library are in the works. Thank Elaine McFarland, chairperson of the village parks and recreation committee. Regular pool hours will end on August 19 but the pool will be open weekends through Labor day, September 3.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks the night of August 11 between 11:00pm and 5:00am. There will be a crescent moon early in the morning and the darker sky is better for viewing. The shower will appear to emanate from the constellation Perseus in the northeast. Urban areas and security lights, and clouds and rain make viewing more difficult. Preservation Parks is hosting a Blues Creek campout (free but reservations required). It could be your lucky night for wishing on a shooting star.

The Bloodmobile will be at the White Lily parking lot Aug. 4 from 5:00pm-10:00. Bring your ID. Blood is needed.
Summer Reading sponsors help make the program a success. The library particularly thanks McDonalds who provided our opening Ronald McDonald program and coupons for children and caregivers completing the Read to Me program. The Sunbury Skate Park provided a skating party coupon for the weekly adult drawing and Meijer gave substantial amount of gift certificates. Other contributors were Target, Walmart, the Butterfly House, CAPA, Chiller Ice Rinks, Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew, Columbus Museum of Art, Magic Mountain, Wendy’s, The Wilds, and Zoomers Skate Club.

Teen Mystery Night had 15 teens examining the evidence to determine the murderer - plus some neighborly inquiries about our “crime scene”.

The Bookmark Society meets on Thursday August 23 at 6:30. Muffin and Mayhem by Suzanne Beecher is the month’s selection.

Family Movie Night is scheduled for Thursday evening August 16. Popcorn and drinks are provided. The movie will be The Lorax.

Storytime supplies could be supplemented while library users are shopping those back to school sales. Donations of glue, glue sticks, and markers are especially appreciated.

Magazine glitches. We’re working on trying to get People magazine and Mother Earth News subscriptions back in line.

Donations have expanded our DVD collection significantly and have been much appreciated by library users. Sharing with the greater community is a great way to recycle items from personal collections. Duplicates provide replacements.
Green-Wise Fair will be held Sunday, August 26 from 11:00am - 4:00pm at Preservation Parks Deer Haven Preserve. It’s a free family event with vendors and exhibitors with ideas and products for sale, children’s activities, workshops, concessions and energy saving tips.

Don’t forget local recycling possibilities. The Village of Ashley provides recycling along with trash pickup. There are recycling bins at the school. Ohio Mulch, just north of Delaware on route 42 takes not only yard waste and brush but recycles a variety of electronic equipment. Two hazardous waste drop offs are scheduled for fall: Knox County on Sept. 22, and Delaware County on Oct. 20. Help keep Delaware County beautiful - and green.

Newark Earthworks Full Circuit Walk will be held at the Ohio Historical Center Newark site on August 11 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The walk is 7.5 miles and covers the best preserved examples of the Hopewell earthworks. Parking and attendance are free. Bring your own lunch. The Great Circle Museum provides information about the Hopewell culture and includes an interactive video.

Geek the Library Let others know that you care.Share what you geek. Share what your library does for you and your community. Public libraries are truly resources for everyone. The Wornstaff Library offers free access for everyone to a wide assortment of materials for informational, educational, and recreational use. We offer computers and the Internet (including 24/7 wireless). These services are free to users but they do need to be funded. Until recently Ohio libraries were well supported by the state, providing equal library services in all communities and greatly contributing to the excellence of Ohio libraries. State funding has been reduced to two-thirds of 2006. The Wornstaff Library has received compensatory support from the local community with a 2010 five year levy. This will need to be renewed and state funding needs to be defended - hopefully restored. Show you care.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

July 2012

Dream Big Read summer reading kicked off June 18. Forty-seven children and twelve adults attended a very enjoyable comedy show with Ronald McDonald. Preservation Parks presented a program on bats the following week.  Seventy-four  first through fifth graders and twenty-six teens have signed up for the reading program.  Information and packets for the Delaware County Preservation Parks letterboxing adventure are available. Summer reading children can  signup anytime and also at the beginning of the Monday programs.  Children do not need to attend programs to participate in the reading part.

(all programs are Monday morning at 11:00)

Nightcrawler Race July 2   (bring your own worm)
Draw Big July 9    (with cartoonist Dan Collins)
Reach for the Stars July 16
Camp In July 23
Closing Program (All invited) July 30
     Big Fun with the Magic of  Stephen Knight

Storytime programs are Thursday morning at 10:00.  Summer program topics will be similar to Monday’s. Read with Me offers preschoolers and caregivers McDonald’s coupons for completing six reading activities.

Teen Mystery Night Wednesday July 18 at 6:30. Teens solve a CSI murder mystery, A Crack in the Wall. Sixth graders and up are welcome.

Adults can signup up for Between the Covers, turn in a review for a camping discount and prizes. Weekly drawings include gift cards, museum passes, and tickets for the Wilds and sporting events.

The Bookmark Society will meet on Thursday July  26 at 6:30 and is reading Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik. Good food, good company, and books .  Who could ask for more?

Farewell to Larry and Penny Gale.  Thanks to their business efforts fresh produce has been readily available in Ashley during the summer months.  That won’t be true this summer and will be sorely missed. Maybe the Bargain Barn or some enterprising sociable person can fill the gap.

The Bargain Barn Food and More had its grand opening June 29. There’s a varied assortment of scratch and dent groceries and more, plus some regular groceries and excellent service - but no affordable milk which seemed to be on the local list.

Vouchers for Farmers’ Markets are again being distributed by The Council for Older Adults.  Community Action Organization can provide assistance with electric payments and/or air conditioners.

The Fourth of July in Delaware includes a parade at 3:00, the traditional outdoors Central Ohio Symphony concert at 7:30 and fireworks at 10:00.

Fair season is here. The Ohio State Fair starts July 25 and runs through August 5. The Marion County Fair is July 2-7 and the  Knox County fair is July 22 - 28. Enjoy.

Goodbye Fred, the Tale of a Fiddle Leaf Ficus. Many years ago a patron gave the library  a potted house plant which grew and grew and really grew when it got to spend the summers in the back entry.  It grew so much it couldn’t be moved back and forth any more and has been confined to an area behind the copier where it leans longingly toward the front door and endures periodic pruning to keep it a manageable size.  Unappreciated here perhaps, but not unnoticed by one patron who received delivery last week thanks to some help from Troy Clark. 

A Food Access Survey is being conducted in the Ashley area by the Delaware General Health District. The survey is conducted on the telephone and takes about twenty minutes. Cards with facts about participating are available at the library.  The first 30 callers will receive a $10 Kroger gift card. 

Applications for the position of director are being accepted by The Wornstaff Library.  The library serves the Village of Ashley and Oxford Township with a collection of 40,000 items and over 33,000 circulation. Yearly expenditures are approximately $170,000 financed by state funds and a local levy.  The library is in the process of moving to an Evergreen based ILS consortium.  
The library director oversees daily operations of the library supervises a staff of six, works directly with the fiscal officer, and reports to the library board of trustees.  The library director is responsible for collections, program, and library policy development and implementation, promotes the library to the community, and provides leadership for strategic planning and implementation of library services that meet the needs of the community
This position involves considerable interaction with the general public, employees, the fiscal officer and the board of trustees.  The applicant must have experience with library practices, be comfortable with technology, and have strong communication and management skills.  A Master’s degree in Library Science is required.
Compensation and hourly work week will be set by the board of trustees.  Starting date will be October 1 or before.
If interested please submit a resume by July 31, 2012 to Wornstaff Memorial Public Library, Attn: Fiscal Officer, 302 East High Street (Box 358), Ashley OH 43003; Fax 740-747-2085; e-mail

Director Elizabeth Barker is retiring Sept. 30, 2012.

Firefly Watch A free online citizen science program created by the Museum of Science in Boston is collecting information about the distribution of fireflies and possible environmental influences on them.

Natasha Trethewey will be poet laureate of the United States starting Sept. 2012.  She’s a 48 year old African American from Mississippi. 

Saturday, June 02, 2012

June 2012

Dream Big Read summer reading kicks off June 18 (Monday 11:00) with Ronald McDonald. First through fifth graders can enjoy a variety of activities relating to the theme.  Information and packets for the Delaware County Preservation Parks letterboxing adventure will be available.  Signup will begin that day for all programs.  Summer reading children can also signup at the beginning of the Monday programs.

(all programs are Monday morning at 11:00)
Dream Big Read signup June 18
Batty for Books June 25
                                 Nightcrawler Race July 2 (Bring your own worm)
                                         Draw Big July 9 (with cartoonist Dan Collins)
Reach for the Stars July 16
Camp In July 23
    Closing Program (All invited)  July 30
Big Fun with the Magic of Stephen Knight

Storytime will resume that same week on June 21 Thursday morning at 10:00.  
Summer program topics will be similar to Monday’s. 

Teen Movie Night Thursday June 21 at 6:00 will feature signup and a Sherlock Holmes movie. Sixth graders and up may join this program.  

Adults can signup up for Between the Covers, get a camping discount and turn in reviews for prizes.

Weekly drawings include  gift cards, museum passes, and tickets for the Wilds and sporting events. A special June 30 drawing will be held for a complete party at the Sunbury Skate Club!

Noah Eblin’s Eagle Scout project involved organizing and completing the painting of the railings at the library, resetting the damaged rail at the foot of the back stairs, and painting light strips on all the steps.  Approximately 90 man hours went into the project.  Leftover paint was donated to the library.   This project provides greater safety for both staff and patrons and accomplishes some needed maintenance.  The library is very appreciative of these benefits. It  also illustrates the long standing relationship between the Boy Scouts and the library, which has served as their meeting place for many, many years. 

The Bookmark Society will meet on Thursday June 28 at 6:30 and is reading The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich.  What will Marsha serve - borscht or pickled beets and eggs?? or there’s cake, pierogies, and a beet and pear puree?? will be live at Selover Library in Chesterville on June 6.  Selover follows the Sunbury Community Library and Germantown as a member in a consortium using the Evergreen open source library system and sharing cards and resources.  Mt. Gilead and Cardington are next.  The Wornstaff Library is scheduled to join in March 2013.    

The Transit of Venus  “There’s a little black spot on the sun today” on June 5. The next chance to view this astronomical event is 2117.

New DVDs plus an assortment of donations should help while away the hot summer evenings.  TV series Downton Abbey and All in the Family, new releases Grey, Hugo, The Adventures of Tintin, Iron Lady, and Red Tails are a small sample.  It’s all free. 

Last chance for free video tapes. We’re getting the basement ready for summer reading and those tapes have to make room for other activities.

A Food Access Survey is being conducted in the Ashley area by the Delaware General Health District. The survey is conducted on the telephone and takes about twenty minutes. Cards with facts about participating are available at the library.  The first 30 callers will receive a $10 Kroger gift card. 
Red, White and Blues, the BVEE 2nd grade opera was an amazing production (and amazingly thought provoking). One viewer wondered how each year could be better than the previous. Thank you everyone for all the effort that goes into the show.  What an experience it must be for those students. If you missed the live performance you’ll be able to check out the DVD at the library.

Ashley geeks swimming.  Hurrah for the pool and the village newsletter. Various staff and board members helped man the Delaware County Libraries booth at the Arts Festival promoting library services with the Geek campaign.  We’ve collected quite an assortment of responses here ranging from “tieing shoes”  through family to sword play.   

The Ashley municipal building has been sold with some possibility of options in relation to its use. Suggestions and druthers will be entertained.  We’ll keep a list.  Some reminiscences about the long closed poolroom actually introduced that possibility - without the illegal gambling at cards and with access for all perhaps.  It would be a place to meet and exchange views, and something to do.  

The June Rural Electric Co-op magazine features The Wilds with information about its new zipline.  

Memorial Day weekend free pool days seemed to be a big success, a perk for patient residents, and a good operational run-through.  There are many summer days ahead. June 7 is the last day of school.

The Council for Older Adults is again distributing vouchers for Farmers’ Markets.  Community Action Organization can provide assistance with electric payments and/or air conditioners.

Friday, May 04, 2012

May 2013

Story time :   (Thursday morning at 10:00)

      At the Beach       May 3
Mother’s Day May 10
The Wild West May 17
Under Construction May 24
Let’s Play May 31
NO STORYTIME June 7 & 14

Storytime will take a two week break and resume on June 21st.  Summer themes will be coordinated with Summer Reading themes - featuring Night.

DREAM BIG READ starts June 18th.  Sign up and meet Ronald McDonald. Programs will be held Monday mornings at 11:00 and will start with a variety of activities including promotion for the Preservation Parks letterboxing adventure.  Following nature clues is a great way to familiarize the family with Delaware County’s resources - and you get a prize for doing it.    

What Do You Geek?  The Delaware Arts Festival on May 19th & 20th will include a county libraries table for the Geek campaign.  Stop by and say hello as you take advantage of Delaware’s annual arts and crafts festival. Promote your interests on the library’s GEEK board. Join the picture parade. Ashley village GEEKS swimming!  That means the pool will open.  Check the board for dates and fees.  We GEEK the pool - and Megan Wion’s participation.

The Bookmark Society will meet May 24 at 6:30, reading The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer. In case you’ve been intrigued but not persuaded by comments of the really good food and enjoyable company you can get a poster size good look at the happy group.  “We Geek book clubs.”

The Second Grade Opera is scheduled for May 23 & 24.  The AmeriKIDS will star in Red, White and Blues. Don’t miss this very unique event.  Next year the Central Ohio Symphony, with  a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, will have Marilyn Shrude     from Bowling Green University compose a piece for their former concert master, Ioana Alu.   Ms. Shrude will also work with the second grade opera at Buckeye Valley East Elementary.  A workshop at the Wornstaff Library, possibly on instrument making, is an additional proposal.  What a wonderful connection with the community!  Local resident Louise Ziegler has played a major role in the dulcimer revival, illustrated by Recreation Unlimited’s recent hosting of the 21st annual Buckeye Dulcimer Festival.    One story attributes Doug Felts’ introduction to his helping to build a cardboard dulcimer.   

Community Gardening updates:  Isaiah 2:4 calls for beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks which may be an appropriate lead-in for thanking Dean Baldwin for plowing the community garden area.  The Delaware Episcopalian Church will be using one section for produce for their monthly free dinner and the Brownies may be planting pumpkins.  Some space is available for individuals.  Plants started by the Brownies will be available for giveaway starting May 12.

Movie Night is May 17 at 5:00. Popcorn and drink are provided by the library.

Books on CD.  A huge donation will enable us to revamp our pretty pathetic collection.  There’s some interest but not enough to justify any active purchasing so what’s available now is a random assortment of cassette tapes and donations.  Included in this donation were numerous  books on cassette tapes which will be available in the book sale - as will many of ours currently in the audio section.    There are more materials to come including music CDs and paperbacks. All are from the estate of Jamieson T. Glade.  We are very appreciative of this generous donation.

A Social Painting Party is a new art as entertainment concept provided by library patron Kay Carroll, owner of the Art Nest.  Party goers receive supplies and instructions from a professional art instructor for the creation of an acrylic painting they get to keep.      

Electronic equipment recycling is available at Ohio Mulch on Route 42 just north of Delaware.  Computers, printers, cell phones and more can be dropped off at the site.  

A Passport to Your History features pages for each of the Ohio Historical Society’s 58 sites and attractions with a treasure hunt style question and space for personal notes.  Starting May 24 the Passport booklet and “I Visited” stickers will be available at historical Center each site.  Options include wildflower walks, vintage base ball games, flint knapping, a Civil War encampment, the Summer Festival of the Arts at Youngstown, an heirloom plant sale, and much more.  Tour Ohio.  Related Ohio attractions include the Statehouse Student Art Exhibit, War of 1812 with costumed  re-enactors at the Palace Theatre in Marion on May 5, Dawes Aboretum programs on urban gardening, native plants and a garden fair. 

Merry month of May quotes : 1)Ah! My heart is weary, waiting, Waiting for the May.  2.) May is a pious fraud of the almanac. 

Thursday, April 05, 2012

April 2012

Story time :    (Thursday morning at 10:00)
Easter           April 5
Library Week           April 12
Nursery Rhymes & Folktales   April 19
How Does Your Garden Grow? April 26
At the Beach           May 3

Game Day is set for Wednesday April 4 from 2:00 to 4:00.  Refreshments provided. Take an electronics free break during Buckeye Valley’s spring break.  An assortment of board and card games and SKITTLES are available - or bring your own favorite game to share - and your friends.

The Bookmark Society will meet on Thursday April 26 at 6:30.  The selected book is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Twin sisters inherit a London flat owned by their mother’s twin sister.  Good company and food provided. 

Movie Night on Thursday, April 19 at 5:00,  will feature The Librarian and the Quest for the Spear.  
Drinks and popcorn are provided.

Library Community Gardening:  The front beds are looking ready for this early spring thanks to new square foot garden boards donated by Rotary Products, labor from Mason Walker, and some horse manure from the Buchwalter family.  Some lettuce and marigolds had seeded last year.  Peas have been planted.  Watch for red runner beans. The Brownies will be starting seeds again with the help of master gardeners - possibly good replacements for all the frosted plants planted in March?? The plan is to be more proactive about passing out plants.  Check out that garden equipment (sod stripper, shovel, rake, and hoe) at the library.  Cold weather plant seeds that can safely gratify the urge to get out there in this unseasonable weather…peas, carrots, lettuce. 

Bird houses decorated by the Brownie scouts are  currently in the library display case plus the bluebird  and Carolina wren houses made in recent Preservation Parks workshops.  

The Ashley Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Newman Park (beyond the swimming pool) on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00  for children up to eight years old.  Don’t be late.  

The Youth Trout Fishing Tournament is scheduled for April 28 from 8:00am to noon for children up to age 12.  Children must have adult supervision and should bring their own poles and bait.  Pre-registration forms are available at the library and the village office.

The Official Geek the Library Kickoff occurs Saturday, April 14 as a finale for  Library Week.  Find out what your library can do for you.  Let your library know what your passions are.  What do you Geek?? We Geek our local community.

Dream Big Read!  We still need your help providing  colored duct tape for a  craft project - red, yellow, blue, and white.

The amaryllis comes back. A couple of years ago a patron brought us an amaryllis which dutifully and beautifully performed and then it took a year’s rest while it produced another bulb, but it is gorgeous (and way too big) right now.

New books include recipes to try on the more dismal days Cake Pops by Bakerella and The Whoopie Pie Book.  DK Publishing offers Top Dog and The Women’s Fitness Book both with the expected excellent illustrations and layout. 

Magazine Alert  There may be gaps in our subscriptions due to before-the-levy-passed economies and subsequent renewals. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Author Brandon Mull creator of the Fable Haven series and   The Beyonders was brought to Delaware by Tammy Furlong of Fundamentals Book Store.  His itinerary included visits at The Delaware County district Library, Buckeye Valley East Elementary and the Wornstaff Library. Several home schoolers and teen fans took advantage of his stop at the library for a more personal visit and lots of autographing. He’s a Utah native and this was a rare eastern visit. 

E-book preparation. Vicky Collins attended a Barnes & Noble presentation Nook in the Library which examined how libraries currently use e-readers and tablets and how this might evolve in the future.  The State Library hosts an e-book subscription service.  We’re thinking about it.

National Library Week is April 8 - 14. AtYourLibraryOrg on You Tube has a collection of short videos with famous people touting what libraries mean to them.  Libraries are collaborations with their users.  April 10 is designated Library Workers’ Day but there is not a Library Users’ Day which seems to be missing a fine opportunity.  Those users are the smart ones - getting  books and movies, and internet access, and reader’s advisory and reference  - all FREE.  

National Poetry Month is also celebrated in April. Philip Levine is the current poet laureate of the United States. J. Patrick Lewis is the Children’s Poet Laureate.  Example: Great, Good, Bad
A great book is a homing devise
 For navigating paradise.
A good book somehow makes you care About the comfort of a chair.
A bad book owes to many trees 
A forest of apologies. is now  available on the Sunbury Community Library web site.  Take a look at what our catalog will look like by this time next year.  We’ll have a common library card.  

Thursday, March 01, 2012

March 2012

Story time :  (Thursday morning at 10:00)

Pig Day March 1
Celebrate Art March 8
Green Day March 15
It’s Spring         March 22
Trains March 29
Easter   April 5

The Bookmark Society  will meet Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 pm.  The book for that date is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, a fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and their life in Paris in the 1920s.  Woody Allen’s movie Midnight in Paris  could provide some  supplemental background.

Movie Night is scheduled for Thursday March 15 at 5:00 and will feature The Three Investigators & the Secret of Skeleton Island. Join the fun.  Enjoy free popcorn and drinks.

The American Legion Clyde C. Keltner Post #518 donated a replacement flag to the library.  Our thanks to them, and to the Boy Scouts who will properly dispose of our previous flag.

The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival will be strumming at Recreation Unlimited March 7 - 11 with public concerts on Friday and Saturday evening.  It’s a chance to hear some of the best. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Dream Big Read ! That’s the summer reading theme.  Preparations are already in full swing and you can help.  We’re looking for donations of colored duct tape for a craft project - red, yellow, blue, and white.  In case you’re intrigued Got Tape by Ellie Shiedermayer will give you some idea of alternative uses for all those sticky strips.

“Geek the Library” Libraries are more relevant than ever.  Libraries can transform individuals and communities. “Friend” Albertus Wornstaff on Facebook and check out Get your geek on. Show your support. Look for us at the Buckeye Valley East Carnival March 16.

Free tax preparation is  available into April for low to moderate income people at the Woodward Family Resource Center and 7991 Lewis Center Road.  Call 211 or 740-369-3184  for an appointment.  The Council for Older Adults (363-6677) schedules AARP volunteers for seniors also into April. 

The Delaware Amateur Radio Association has donated four books on ham radio to the Wornstaff Library: The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (2010), Getting Started with Ham Radio, and Ham Radio for Dummies, and Joe‘s Place. DELARA provides free ham radio training classes, FCC license examinations and mentoring for all interested people and events such as Field Day.

Delaware County Model Railroaders group meets at 10:00 every Tuesday at Big Walnut Community Trail in Sunbury. There’s an Open House from noon to 4:00 pm one weekend a month. Check the Preservation Parks schedule for dates.   March-May park fliers are available.  

Spring forward to daylight savings time on March 11. Spring itself arrives on March 20th.

Cobblestone, Kids Discover, and Ask - all children’s magazines featuring a special topic in each issue with Cobblestone emphasizing history and Kids Discover more science based.  Back issues on a variety of subjects are available. 

Don’t forget to vote! Be informed. There’s Best Editorial Cartoons 2012, The Obamas, The Real Romney, Fed Up by Rick Perry, Governing at Home, Health Care Reform, While America Sleeps by Russ Feingold, and A Simple Government by Mike Huckabee.
VCR bonus:  Take advantage of the change in technology to boost your viewing pleasure.  We have been discarding low circulating video tapes. Our discards may be your treasures -  FREE to any interested persons before we really discard them.

Hurrah for the Ashley Pool. Things are looking good. The village is advertising for life guards and some summer swimming is set.

Ashley Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday April 7, 1:00 pm at Newman Park for youth up to age 8.  The shelter house is available for rent. 

Bird houses built by the Girl Scouts will be on display starting mid-March. Check the shelves for plans for some of your own.  Now’s the time to prepare.  

Maple Sugar Festivals: Camp Lazarus Saturday March 3, 9 - 4; Lutheran Memorial Camp Sunday March 11, 10:30 am - 4:00 pm, Stratford Ecological Center Saturday, March 17,  reservations required. The sap is rising and spring is coming.  Take advantage of these festivals for some outdoor activity and a pancake breakfast.

Square dancing (eastern style) at Stratford Ecological Center might be a regular feature.  Give them a call if you are interested. (740-363-2548).

Comics for the doldrums: New Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes selections have been added to replace some very popular, very worn copies.  Some one recently recalled Pogo as in Walt Kelly’s Our Gang. The Short and Happy Life of the Shmoo by Al Capp - who remembers Lil' Abner?

March recognition goes to St Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, Youth Art Month…and SPRING.  Draw a picture of women planting shamrocks?   Celebrate the buzzards return  They are due in Hinkley March 15.  One’s been sighted here. 

Friday, February 03, 2012

February 2012

Storytime: (Thursday morning at 10:00)

Groundhogs & Shadows Feb. 2

Be My Valentine Feb. 9

In the Arctic Feb. 16

Leap Day is Coming Feb. 23

Pig Day Mar. 1

Movie night commentary. Something new to do in Ashley: save a night once a month for movies at the library. Thursdays are good for us. An earlier time, at least now, seems better for family schedules. Attendance has been small but worth the effort. We’d appreciate your suggestions and comments. Come Feb. 16 at 5:00 to see Real Steel.

The Bookmark Society (book club) will meet on February 23 and is reading Same Kind of Different as Me : a Modern Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall & Denver Moore.

What do you Geek?? It’s a county wide library campaign aimed at people’s real interests. What’s your passion? What makes your eyes light up? We’d like to know. Wornstaff Library staff geeks include cooking, geography, jewelry, and organic sustainability.

Free tax preparation for low to moderate income people will be available at the Wornstaff Library on Saturdays February 11 and 18 from 10:00 - 2:00. Call 211 to schedule an appointment. Delaware County VITA provides this service. Other Vita sites are Woodward Family Resource Center in Delaware Wed. 5 - 8 and Sat. 10 - 2 and 7991 Lewis Center Road Tue. 5 - 8 and Sat. 10 - 2. The Council for Older Adults (363-6677) schedules AARP volunteers for seniors Wed & Thu. 9 - 3 February, March, and April..

New DVDs have been ordered including The Big Year, The Big Lebowski, Spy Kids 4, Cowboys & Aliens, Dolphin Tale, How Beer Saved the World, Gnomeo & Juliet, Jeff Dunham, Jesse Stone, Prohibition, Midnight in Paris, My Life as a Turkey - there should be something for everyone.

The COOL cooperative has received its funding grant and is becoming a reality. Sunbury Community Library is in the process of migrating to the Evergreen open source library program and should “go live” early in March. Cardington, Chesterville, and Mt. Gilead libraries will soon follow. We hope to join the group within the year.

The Wornstaff Library has been fortunate in being able to provide a computerized, now web accessible, catalog at extremely low cost over the past 15 years. Our library program is no longer being supported by its current commercial owner. The options of either migrating to another commercial vendor or joining available consortiums (which also involves migrating to another commercial system) are very expensive and leave us similarly dependent.

The State Library of Ohio proposed a pilot program of the Evergreen open source system but was unable to follow through - after producing some real interest in this possibility. Chauncey Montgonery, the Community Library director, became one of the strongest advocates. His leadership and ample help from OhioNet are making a practical solution for small libraries a reality. The open source program provides more local control and bypasses the commercial vendors. By sharing equipment and technical support a combined group of small libraries can provide advanced, reliable digital services that would be difficult for those libraries to provide on an individual basis. There will be additional benefits shared by patrons.
Newbery and Caldecott winners are Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, a depression era story, and A Ball for Daisy illustrated by Chris Raschka, a wordless book with a dog and a ball. Buckeye Book Awards (given by children) were Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, Chalk by Bill Thomson, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, and The Exiled Queen by Cinda Chima. Our library’s top children circulations were Go Dog Go, Waddle, A Balloon for Isabel and Ten Friendly Fish. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Suzanne Collins distopia series were YA tops along with graphic novels..

Magazine giveaway time has arrived. Requested discards have been pulled and requesters called. Others are available for the taking. Catch up on recipes and articles at leisure. Revive your picture file for crafts and reports. Create clever valentines.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Larry Rossiter for remaking the old into wonderfully workable. Our circulation desk built in 1928 by inmates at the Mansfield Reformatory has gone through various permutations in use - recently including housing the DVD discs (more or less). Mr. Rossiter installed modern glides and made both drawers accessible AND created a more functional and ergonomic computer desk. We love it.

Statistics 2011 : It’s time for all those reports.

Receipts $215,458               Expenditures $167, 457                        Patron visits : 18906

Total circulation 33117         Reference questions 1277                     Internet use 4916                       

Books added 1420              Total books 39, 245                              Audiovisuals 161

Total audiovisuals 4806        Meetings held 244                                 Attendance 3577

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