Monday, January 28, 2008

Scapbook Workshops in February

Scrapbook Workshops
February 9, 2008
Presented by Susan B. Griffith
at the Crawfordsville District Public Library

Crop Workshop, 9:30-4:30
$10.00 ($5.00 for half day)

Beginner's Class, 10:00-12:30

Romance/love page class, 1:30-3:00

Bring photographs or other items to be entered.
Register at Circulation Desk 362-2242, by February 7.

General questions regarding the workshop can be directed to the Reference Department at Extension 117 and specific questions can be directed to Sue at 307-7738 or

Books in Memory of Daphene Daggy Morrison

The large print bookshelves on the main floor at the Crawfordsville District Public Library display 30 new volumes, mostly fiction, with bookplates "In Memory of Daphene Morrison", and then "Presented By" with the name of the individual or organization donor. Mrs. Morrison was a native of Thorntown, where she graduated from high school; she also graduated from DePauw University. Some of her generous Crawfordsville volunteer activities benefited First United Methodist Church, P.E.O., Delta Kappa Gamma, Montgomery County Retired Teachers, Wesley Thrift Shop and the FISH Food Pantry. Large print books all carry plain round yellow stickers. They are a constantly increasing portion of the CDPL collection, due in part to the generosity of those making memorial gifts to the library. The not-as-new large print books are available right ahead of the elevator on the upper level. A new list of large print books also appears on the library's website, - the third item under "What is RSS?" Here are a few of the titles in the Morrison memorial collection. Steve Martin's "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" tells with his unique humor his experiences growing up and developing his comedy routines. In Brad Thor's thriller "The First Commandment" a covert counterterrorism agent chases a sadistic assassin, against the advice of superiors, because the criminal has a Guantanamo Bay background. "A Summer Smile" by Iris Johansen also spawns risky business, this time terrorist hostages. A journalist's assignment is to find a troubleshooter for the military in "Spook Country" by William Gibson. W.E.B.Griffin's "The Shooters" concerns a present day intelligence agent handling big dangers in South America. "The Elves of Cintra" which is Book Two in Terry Brooks' series Genesis of Shannara tells of fifty years from now, when the world is polluted, as a few heroes with magical power lead refugees from embattled Seattle to the Oregon wilderness. "Life's A Beach" by Claire Cook promises funny moments with diverse characters and humorous situations. Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple mystery "The Bloody Tower" finds a mother of twins in 1925 writing an article about the Tower of London where as a visitor she spies a dead Yeoman Warder. Here's more of the memorial collection. "Lottery" by Patricia Wood deals with a simple boy, taught whom to trust, who, at 31 years old, wins the big prize and has new problems to consider. Colleen McCullough's "Antony and Cleopatra" is her follow-up to "The October Horse"; now Caesar is dead and Rome is divided. The historic novel has six Parts and seven maps. "The Chocolate Jewel Case" is JoAnna Carl's "Chocoholic Mystery with Tasty Chocolate Trivia!" featuring a murder plot and intersperced mini-reviews of what she calls Chocolate Books. "One-Way Ticket" is a Brady Coyne novel by William Tapply involving the Boston mob demanding debts never owed by their victim. Here are other new books at 205 S. Washington Street. The "2007 Indiana Football Digest" includes several paragraphs about North Montgomery, Crawfordsville, and Southmont on pages with their local advertising. The paperback, "ESPN Sports Almanac 2008" looks all-inclusive. Five Hal Leonard music books include one with beginning pianist versions of greatest hits labeled "ABBA Gold", "The Easy Classical Fake Book", and the piano scores of vocal selections "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "The Sound of Music" and "West Side Story". "First Lessons in Beginning Guitar" comes from Mel Bay. They're on the shelves 782 and 787.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Preview Shelf -- How the Library is Governed

The Crawfordville District Public Library is directed by Larry Hathaway, who is also Executive Officer of the Library Board of Trustees. The Trustees meet monthly and as necessary, and right now besides all the business they conduct, they also plan tours of the various departments and visit the gallery exhibits. Serving the Board are Robert Burgess, President, appointed by the County Council, Isobel Arvin, Vice President, appointed by the City Council, Secretary & Assistant Treasurer Susie Hildebrand appointed by the Union Township Board, Treasurer John Culley appointed by the North Montgomery and South Montgomery School Boards, Pat Stull and Linda Petrie appointed by Crawfordsville Schools, Dwayne Rater appointed by the County Commissioners, and James Ayers, library Attorney. Inspiration, information, and entertainment, all are available through the CDPL. First, inspiration. "Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul" and "Chicken Soup for the Christian Teenage Soul" come from writers Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen and their staffs. There's Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "Shalom in the Home" with "smart advice for a peaceful life". There's "Hearts and Minds Uplifted: The Power of Falun Dafa" originating in China but with benefits for all races, ethnic groups, professions and age groups everywhere. "Daily Life Strategies for Teens" by Jay McGraw is designed to boost self-confidence, build friendships, resist peer pressure, and achieve goals. Richard Rybolt's "75 Ways to Beat Depression" contains "words of hope & solutions that work". "Fires in the Bathroom" is advice for teachers from high school students by Kathleen Cushman. The experience of ultra-Orthodox Jews opening a kosher slaughterhouse in 1987 Iowa, led to conflict and conflict resolution on the cutting edge of cooperation, in "Postville" by Stephen Bloom. Next comes information in the form of biography. "John Donne The Reformed Soul" by John Stubbs shows how he embarked on a personal reformation searching for a God who could unite everyone instead of trying to save the Roman Church from being exterminated by Queen Elizabeth's Protestant regime. "Boone" by Robert Morgan is billed as the story of America and its destiny, because the author reveals the complex character of frontiersman Daniel Boone whose heroic life was stranger and more fascinating than the myths that surround him. Scott Donaldson's "Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Life" revives appreciation of the leading American poet at the time of his death in 1935, one who regarded writing poems as nothing less than his calling. "Nixon and Kissinger" Partners in Power by Robert Dallek is a joint biography, a provocative, groundbreaking portrait of a pair of outsize leaders whose unlikely partnerships dominated the world stage and changed the course of history. A personal story by Mary Gordon called "Circling My Mother" gives a rich, bittersweet memoir of their relationship, and her role as daughter. Her "single" mother died in 2002 at 94, and lived a life colored by immigration, world war, the Great Depression, and physical affliction.Entertainment (this is so individual) might come in the form of special ideas. "The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature" by Joseph Lau and Howard Goldblatt is the first to include representative works from the three principal areas (China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) for the entire modern period. "Wildly Romantic" is Catherine Andronik's story of the English Romantic poets like Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats. These rebels believed poetry should express strong feelings in ordinary language; in their years, the early 1800s, poetry could land a person in jail.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Beginning Genealogy Workshop

Beginning Genealogy Workshop
February 25, 2008

Crawfordsville District Public Library, Room A

Pre-register by February 22
765-362-2242 ext. 4 or ext.118

Sponsored by:
Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, IN
Crawfordsville District Public Library

Genealogy Club of Montgomery County "After Hours Genealogy Research"

Genealogy Club of Montgomery County "After Hours Genealogy Research"
5:00-9:00 pm
Friday, January 25, 2008
Crawfordsville District Public Library
Pizza Supper and Research -- no charge -- donations accepted towards pizza.

5:00 pm Pizza, Donnelly room, lower level
5:45 pm Research in local history and reference area, 2nd floor (no time limit on computers)
9:00 pm final closing

Advanced arrival [Before 5:00 pm] is required. Library is locked after 5:00 pm. Visitors are welcome.

Please confirm your expected attendance by Wednesday, January 23rd 765-362-2242 Ext 118 or

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Scrapbook Workshop

Scrapbook Workshop to be held on January 19, 2008
Presented by Susan B. Griffith
At the Crawfordsville District Public Library, Classroom D

Crop Workshop, 1:00-5:00
Cost $5.00

Beginning Scrapbooking Workshop, 1:30-3:30
Cost $8.00

Bring photographs or other items to be entered.
Register at Circulation Desk 362-2242, by January 17, 2008.

General questions regarding the workshop can be directed to the Reference Department at Extension 117 and specific questions can be directed to Sue at 307-7738 or

Thursday, January 03, 2008

CDPL Gallery: Teachers Become Artists in Retirement

December gallery at CDPL It may be snowing, cold or dreary outside but the month of January, in its brightest wisdom, presents each of us with a fresh opportunity to begin again, unfettered and free of the past. Unfettered and free of classroom routine, retired lifetime teachers June Gourley and Jan Sieferman, in their brightest wisdom, let their latent talents free to pursue exciting experimental experiences in pencil, pastel, oil paint, watercolor and quilting. The fruition of these joy-filled journeys awaits you in the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery during the entire month of January, 2008. Come see what they did.

When June Gourley was approached to display her work in what she described as "this beautiful facility where such wonderful works of established artists have been shown", she was reluctant to respond positively. After active pursuit, she agreed that sharing her hobby would be an honor, most especially if doing so might encourage others to pursue experimentations of their own heart's desire.

Always an admirer of local Crawfordsville artists, June's desire to take up pencil and brush remained under cover until her retirement in 2001 when a four-year move to Fairfield Glade, TN presented an opportunity to frequent art galleries and watch artists working in watercolor, pastels, colored pencils, oil, and acrylics. She began taking an occasional workshop in 2002, audited drawing and watercolor classes at Roane State, joined their Art Guild and even displayed a few paintings in their art gallery.

In the beginning, June didn't know about alizarin crimson, sap green or any of the magic colors that could be combined together to form even more beautiful colors. She had yet to learn about paper weights, types of brushes, techniques and the processes for using the new equipment her husband began gifting her with. Dear husband Tom even gave up his favorite fishing tackle box, just so June could have a convenient way to store and carry her art supplies. WOW! WHAT A GUY!

June believes those who begin expressing themselves creatively in high school or before have a decided advantage over those who begin later. But it's never too late to begin, her husband reminds her, as he speaks to and of her with endearment, as his very own "Grandma Moses"!

In 2002, June finally mustered the courage to take a workshop from local artist Jerry Smith and gained some self-confidence. Later workshops with Rob O'Dell gave her further opportunities to learn, grow and take risks without "hyperventilating". She began seeing her work more acceptably; realizing that artists whom she most admires have been working at it for a long time and as a neophyte she was just beginning.

June still refers to her work as a "hobby" but three paintings of her daughter and granddaughter may be found in Thailand, another in a gallery in Michigan. A portrait painted from a photo of her grandson may be found in their home in Kyrgyzstan (by China). She hopes to paint portraits of her twelve grandchildren. A lofty goal indeed! June also enjoys painting and giving away greeting cards which recipients enjoy and love to frame.

As a child June was often found sketching, no TV in those days! As a fifth grader, she was chosen to attend Saturday classes in art at Ball State. She remembered how important those early art experiences were to her as a child, thus she always tried to include as many art projects as possible in her own kindergarten and first grade classrooms.

"My life has been blessed", she says, "having a career that I loved, a wonderful family and now having the time and zest to pursue multiple art adventures in retirement".

Retired Art teacher, Jan Sieferman, was born and educated in Evansville, Indiana. She remembers winning a drawing contest in the fourth grade without benefit of artistic training. She and her best friend were the artists for the Memorial School Newspaper and designed and built sets for plays and productions at the school. One of her favorite Christmas gifts was an oil painting set.

After high school, Jan attended Marian College in Indianapolis, but graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in Elementary Education. When a very special young man entered her life, Jan became engaged, married and finished college in the evening while teaching in Parochial schools during the day. Must have been love!!

She and her husband, Ed, moved to Crawfordsville in 1967 so he could attend Purdue/Butler Universities. She began teaching at Hose School, had two small children at home and completed a Master's Degree in Education at Indiana State. After child number three came along, Jan took a semester off. After that way-to-short maternity leave ended, Jan returned to the classroom, but this time as a K-12 art teacher.

Jan's interest in and desire to create her own art suddenly burst forth at this time, so she began taking art classes from Jill Stockwell, and a whole other career was born for Jan. There wasn't a craft or technique available that Jan didn't tackle, but with three small children and all of their activities, there was little time to pursue individual projects.

Shortly before retirement, Jan was inspired by her daughter's quilting ability and began taking basic quilting classes at The Sewing Connection, where she discovered a whole new, glorious color palette in FABRIC! For the last seven years she has collected, studied and developed a whole new area of creativity using fabric. She joined the Sugar Creek Quilt Guild and met new friends with like pursuits to enjoy.

One quilt, even a small wall hanging, takes months to complete, so Jan forces herself to continue taking watercolor classes from Rob O'Dell where she can continue growing in that medium also and can see quicker results.

Jan substitute teaches when called, is caregiver to her husband and 93-year old father who lives with them, has six grandchildren, four of whom are talented teenage athletes whom she enjoys following. She loves to read anything and everything of interest and quickly quotes the phrase, "SOOO many books to read, SOOO many quilts to quilt, SOOO many paintings to paint, oh where oh where have all those free retirement hours I looked forward to gone"? Blowing in the wind, I suspect!

Written for the Journal Review
By Diane Hammill, Coordinator
Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery
Crawfordsville Public Library