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. 

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