Saturday, March 29, 2008

Scrapbook Workshops

April 5, 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)

Tools and some supplies available for purchase

Beginners Class, 10:00-12:00
$8.00, materials charge

Register at Circulation Desk 362-2242, by April 3.Questions can be directed to Sue at 307-7738 or

Monday, March 24, 2008

Genealogy Club meeting

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County will meet at 7:00 pm, April 8th, 2008. Our lecture is "Getting Organized" by Linda White (Local History/Systems Librarian for Thorntown, Indiana). The program will be in the Donnelly Room. The Public is invited. Call: (765) 362-2242, Ext 4 for more information.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Library's Gallery Hosts Sugar Creek Quilters

Quilter's winter hibernation-retreat has ended! At the first sign of spring, freshened by their "pieceful" winter quilting adventures, our Sugar Creek Quilt Artists are consumed with a desire to share their fantastic fabric forays with the outside world. In a not-so-quietly blooming profusion of color and beauty, these magical quilts are dancing for joy on the walls of the Public Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery. They patiently await the expressions of delight bursting forth as you these works of art from Monday, March 17 until Thursday, May 1, 2008.

With a core of 60 active members, Sugar Creek Quilters try to learn about and enjoy everything relating to the art of quilting. Member's interests range from those who enjoy simply being around or under quilts, to those who create bed quilts, art-quilts, patterns, clothing and everything in between. Members' fun-loving camaraderie, whether visiting a quilt shop, taking a class or quilting together, is an amazing thing to see and is always stimulating.

The group meets in the Public Library's Lower Level on the third Monday of each month at 6:45. Everyone is welcome! Cost for membership is $15.00 per year. This includes a monthly newsletter, the opportunity to take workshops and to hear state-of-the-art speakers at every monthly meeting. Each meeting includes member's show-and-tell.

Quilters come in all shapes and sizes! Their unique and unusual ideas also come in all shapes and sizes, from king-size bed quilts to teeny wall hangings. However the quilter's inspiration comes, the quilt is always fascinating to see and learn from. Color choices reflect personal preference; difficulty of design depends on the individual quilter's skill and proficiency. Some members are quick to finish quilts, others take their time. Some enjoy beading and sparkling things up and others like plain and not so fancy. The beauty of this exhibit is in its uniqueness, with something for everyone to enjoy and perhaps want to emulate.

Come as often as you would like and stay long as you can during the six weeks of this quilter's expose. I promise you'll enjoy yourself each and every time!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Preview Shelf -- Waynetown Native's Book Available

It is a special pleasure to add books of local interest to the Crawfordsville District Public Library collection. Recently, patron Robin Pebworth donated "Perfect Justice" by his friend D. Thomas Johnson, a Texas lawyer and Indiana University ATO fraternity brother. Johnson is a Waynetown native and 1957 graduate of Waynetown High School. His father was a doctor there for many years and his sister, resident Etta Ruth Fruits is retired from the Waynetown Clerks office. The novel is a clever, fast-moving medical malpractice law case with a reasonable number of interesting characters, and a satisfying but surprise conclusion. The library receives many purchase requests. Here are some new books ready to borrow. Rebecca Shaw offers three Barleybridge novels, "A Country Affair", "Country Wives", and "Country Lovers" which mix ingredients of picture-postcard village life in the Yorkshire hills of England. Sherryl Woods' two stories called The Sweet Magnolias (a group of women) are "A Slice of Heaven" and "Feels Like Family" about her town called Serenity in South Carolina. L. A. Banks' two episodes in A Vampire Huntress Legend are "The Bitten" and "The Damned"; enough said. "74 Seaside Avenue" by Debbie Macomber is a beautiful house with a view of Puget Sound where a beautician is the main character in a good-spirited gossip "ring". "Inferno" by Karen Harper describes an isolated town in Montana where a serial arsonist is sought by the FBI. JoAnn Ross' "Impluse" takes place in Hazard, Wyoming, a mountain town invaded by a deadly hunter. "Don't Scream" by Wendy Staub takes us to the Berkshires in Massachusetts where four friends pledge never to reveal what happened in those woods. Carla Neggers' "Abandon" explains a vicious attack at a lakefront cottage in New Hampshire. There's "A Merry Heart", "Looking for a Miracle", "Plain & Fancy", and "The Hope Chest" in Wanda Brunstetter's series Brides of Lancaster County about Amish life. Joan Medlicott's "At Home in Covington" embraces life in a small North Carolina mountain town. Gilbert Morris' "The Miracle" tells how a young woman struggles to uphold her faith, family, and dreams during the Great Depression. Here's some lively nonfiction. In "A Commonwealth of Thieves" Thomas Keneally explains the improbable birth of Australia. John Tayman offers "The Colony" the harrowing history of the exiles of Molokai, the Hawaiian island American leprosy settlement, beginning in 1866 when twelve men and women and a small child arrived aboard a leaky schooner with little food, and little hope. "The French & Indian War" is presented by Walter Borneman. "Empire of Blue Water" is Stephan Talty's story of Captain Morgan's great pirate army, the epic battle for the Americas, and the catastrophe that ended the outlaws' bloody reign. "Challenging China" is a group of essays by independent Chinese voices describing their struggle and hope in this era of change; its publisher is Human Rights in China and its editors are Sharon Hom and Stacy Mosher. Other new studies are "Road from Ar Ramadi" by Staff Sargeant Camilo Mejia, who rebelled as a conscientious objector to the Iraq war. A Central America native, he served the U.S. military at the age of 19 for three years, then transferred to the Florida National Guard and fought in Iraq for five months. "Imperial Life in the Emerald City", a National Book Award finalist, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, tells about Iraq's green zone and how the American liberation of Iraq involved chaos, calamity, and civil war. Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" encompasses a year when she and her family moved from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vowed to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Preview Shelf -- Booksale Soon!

Here comes another Second Saturday; beginning at 9 a.m. Friends of the Crawfordsville District Public Library will receive the public in their lower level bookstore suite where lots of good reading is available for donations. Right now they'd be especially glad to receive any children's books you'd like to contribute to their shop. Here are some recent nonfiction arrivals. "Home Sense" offers simple plans to enhance where and how you live, from Eduardo Xol who is a designer on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. "Blind Spots" by Madeleine Van Hecke addresses why smart people do dumb things; Wendy Northcutt writes, "This book allows us to see ourselves more clearly and assess others more tolerantly". Malka Zipora's "Rather Laugh Than Cry" tells stories about Hassidic women living in large urban settings. "Is Religion Dangerous?" by Keith Ward handles questions like, Are religious beliefs irrational? Does religion do more harm than good? The Times Literary Supplement says he "takes the common sense view that while religion, like everything else (say politics, sex, science, knowledge, and life itself), can be dangerous, on the whole it contributes to human flourishing." "30 Days to a Simpler Life" by Connie Cox & Cris Evatt concerns improvements like Create a Serene Bedroom, Dress with Less, and Set up an Efficient Office. "Organize Your Life" by Ronni Eisenberg advocates freeing oneself from clutter. "Building Powerful Community Organizations" is Michael Brown's personal guide to creating groups that can solve problems and change the world. "Tabloid Love" by Bridget Harrison is about the quest to "have it all, a great job and true love", as she runs her own Sunday New York Post column and shares its adventures. Also new are "The Analects of Confucius" which is a literal translation with an introduction and notes by Chichung Huang. "Safari Living" from Mini Lifestyle Library is a group of Tim Beddow's photographs of interiors and exteriors of lodges and camps on the eastern reaches of Africa. "The Chocolate Tree, A natural History of Cacao" the 1,000-year-old Latin American bean, comes from Allen Young. Judith Hellman's "Mexican Lives" rich and poor, urban and rural, north and south, tells a different story than most Americans have heard. "Traditional Wooden Toys, Their History and How to Make Them" is told and shown by Cyril Hobbins. "Victorian Dolls' House Projects - A Day in the Life" by Christiane Berridge takes the reader through the day, from morning to night-time, as a highly original and effective way to bring that house to life, encompassing something for all levels of ability with 70 projects to challenge crafters. A step-by-step guide from concept to finished script makes up "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting" by Syd Field. "Antique Trader Pottery & Porcelain Ceramics Price Guide" has full-color photos and is edited by Kyle Husfloen. Dodge Woodson's "Builder's Guide to Wells and Septics" can be very important sometimes. The National Underwriter Company's TaxFacts 2007 "Social Security Source Book" covers Medicare, Railroad Retirement, Military, Railroad and Federal employee benefits."The Golden Age of Advertising - the {19}60s" by Taschen books reproduces print ads for foods, cars, appliances, and plane trips that bring back that colorful easy domestic world, "a hefty nostalgia trip, & whether you're old enough to remember these gems, or just into retro, this is lovely stuff."