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 wornstaff@gmail.com.

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.  www.mos.org/fireflywatch.

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??

Cool-cat.org 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.