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WWPL December 2013 Newsletter

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@ the Westfield Washington Public Library
Volume 11, Issue 12 Library Hours December 2013

Building Project Update

The first three sections of the indoor renovation are finished although they are temporarily Monday-Wednesday housing staff and materials while the Reference Desk area, the old Teen area, and the 10 AM—8 PM Sumner History Room are being worked on. Thursday & Friday 10 AM—6 PM Saturday 10 AM—5 PM Sunday 1—5 PM One of the most notable permanent changes to the configuration of the library is that Adult fiction and non-fiction have switched locations. Mysteries are now on the outside walls of the bay window Area. Large print, religious fiction, Visit our website and paperbacks are located in the middle of www.wwpl.lib.in.us that area. Regular fiction starts in the same location that the non-fiction started in the main stacks. Science-Fiction/Fantasy is located on the walls outside of the public restrooms. Westfield Washington The Circulation Department, Audio/Visual Department, and the lobby are next on the list. Public Library Board of Trustees: The front entryway, which will house the new Circulation Department, and the Children’s Department will be completed last. Due to the renovation in the Children’s area, all programs, events, and regular story times will be on hiatus in January. Mike Thomas, President David Weiss, Vice President Paul Catlin, Treasurer Nancy Knochel, Secretary Members, Birch Dalton Brian Morales Dan Pitcock The Library Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. CLOSED 12/24 & 12/25

Lego Robotics Team
On November 23, Mod Squad v2, the Lego Robotics Team sponsored by WWPL, competed in a qualifying tournament at the College of Technology at Purdue University in Columbus. The overall theme for the competition was Nature’s Fury, and they were tasked with using their skills to fix a problem. They chose lightning strikes as their topic and developed the ANTI-LIGHTNING VALVE as their solution. As part of their competition, they had to give a presentation to the judges, and for practice, they gave the presentation to the Westfield Fire Dept. prior to the competition. Watch the video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=amFGs-Ep42Q The team placed second overall and advanced to the state tournament! They will compete Mod Squad v2: again on December Noah Lee 14 at IU-PU-Fort Ryan Thompson Wayne. They were Zack Lee also interviewed by Owen Vogelgesang the local PBS crew Connor Dunn Jacob Bickel for a show that will air this spring. Their Adam Witzman trophy is on display Xavier Howard Zachary Howard in the Children’s Alex Lefevre Department. Congratulations Coach: Scott Lee to the team and Assistant Coaches: Debbie Dunnand, September Thompson & Mark Vogelgesang. coaching staff!

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December 2013

Adult Activities
Painting Class Talented artist Jan Roland teaches a class in Watercolor Painting and Techniques on Thursday, December 19 @ 10:15 AM and 1 PM. No previous art experience is required, and the class fee of $15 includes all materials. ESL Classes The library offers adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for beginners, as well as those who want to improve their English skills. Students pay for class materials. Classes will be scheduled after students submit their completed registration form and submit it to the Information/ Reference Services Desk.

Teen Activities

Children’s Activities
Paws & Read
All Ages

American Girl Club
All Ages

Make fun items for your doll! Dolls are welcome but not required.
Wednesday, December 18 @ 5:30 PM

Library Gamers Club Play and talk about video games (Xbox 360 and Wii) with other teens. Fridays @ 2:45 December 13 & 20

Sign up at the Children's Desk for 10 minutes to read to a dog who is a very good listener. Saturday, December 14 @ 10:30 AM

From the Board of Trustees
The library board approved the renewal rates for staff dental, vision and life insurance. They will hopefully approve Phil Passen from Meyer Najem reported the renewal for the Health insurance at the December board meeting. The rates to the Board on the progress of the Renovation /Expansion Project. The slab and policies are being reviewed. on metal deck has been poured and the The fundraising committee met on new addition has been back filled. The Saturday October 26th. The Gala on framing of the expansion has begun. March 1st was discussed. The event will The first phase of interior renovations be from 6-9 pm, with a dinner and is complete and the 2nd phase will be presentation at 7:00. The complete next week. He reported that committee will be meeting again prior to the project completion date will be the December Board meeting. towards the end of January 2014.

November 13, 2013 Board Meeting

October Circulation Statistics
Items borrowed by our patrons 33,691 126 678 141 Items borrowed by patrons visiting from other Evergreen Libraries Items from WWPL sent to patrons at other Evergreen Libraries New library cards issued

New library cards issued to Hamilton County Reciprocal Borrowers 24 Items checked out using the Self Check station 1,109

The fall property tax advance distribution totaling $68,780.55 was received. The library board approved the disposal of seven wooden spinner racks. They will be given to the Friends of the Library.

Next Board Meeting: December 11, 2013 at 7 PM

The board meeting minutes and packets are posted on the library’s website at www.wwpl.lib.in.us.

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December 2013
Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel By Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann The Boston PI gets a visit from an 11-year-old street kid, Slide, who asks that Spenser help out Jackie Alvarez, the director of an unlicensed shelter, Street Business, funded by Jackie’s affluent brother, Juan. Jackie, who’s been receiving threats, fears that someone is trying to close him down. When Will the Heaven Begin: This is Ben Breedlove’s Story By Ally Breedlove with Ken Abraham On Christmas Day 2011, Ben Breedlove’s soul went to heaven. But it wasn’t his first time there. Sharing his vision of heaven was Ben’s gift to his family, and to the world. And now this is the Breedlove family’s gift to us – an in-depth look at the life and near-deaths of Ben, the strength and faith of a family, and ultimately, the hope of heaven. Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps By Dave Isay Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed. (ebook only) The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron While nursing a broken heart, Josh Michaels is outraged when a neighbor abandons his very pregnant dog, Lucy, at Josh’s Colorado home. But Josh can’t resist Lucy’s soulful brown eyes, and though he’s never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy—and her soon-to-arrive, bound-to-be-adorable puppies.

New Books
Melissa Explains It All: Tales From My Abnormally Normal Life By Melissa Joan Hart Melissa Joan Hart explains all that she’s learned along the way—what’s kept her grounded, normal and working when others have not been so fortunate—and that she’s the approachable, hilarious girl -next-door her fans have always thought she’d be.

A Nantucket Christmas Empty Mansions: The By Nancy Thayer Mysterious Life of A Nantucket Christmas is Huguette Clark and the story of a boy, Maddox, the Spending of a meeting a dog. But before Great American Fortune he does, Thayer tells us the By Bill Dedman individual stories of the boy and his family, and of the dog and his plight. Dedman has collaborated with Huguette Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark (Also eBook) Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have frequent conversations with Pure Joy: The Dogs We her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy Love tale in reverse: the bright, talented By Danielle Steel Steel tells the story of how daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, she met a dog the size of a mouse with a personality who secrets herself away from the outside world. (ebook only) that could light up an entire room. From Minnie’s arrival at home in Candlelight Christmas San Francisco to clothes-shopping By Susan Wiggs jaunts in Paris, her adventures The entire O'Donnell provide the perfect backdrop for a clan arrives to spend heartfelt look at the magic that dogs the holidays in Avalon, bring to our lives, and how they a postcard-pretty town become part of the family, making on the shores of Willow Lake, a indelible memories. (ebook only) place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of The Pioneer Woman the season. Cooks: A Year of Holidays Season of Angels By Ree Drummond By Thomas Kinkade Ree shows you how to and Katherine Spencer ring in your favorite Adele Morgan has holidays with inspired menus for returned to Cape Light breakfasts, brunches, lunches, determined to mend the dinners, parties, deliveries, and relationship between her feuding feasts, accompanied by fun sons and bring everyone together for instructions and hundreds of her the holidays. A daunting challenge signature step-by-step photos. even for a mother’s brave and loving heart.

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Westfield Washington Public Library 333 W. Hoover Street Westfield, IN 46074

December 2013 Postage paid by: The Friends of the Westfield Library

Phone: 317-896-9391 FAX: 317-896-3702 www.wwpl.lib.in.us www.facebook.com/WWPL46074 Sheryl Sollars, Director Sandy Rowland, Assistant Director

The Westfield Washington Public Library will strive, in partnership with organizations, to provide quality services, materials and facilities that fulfill the educational, informational, technological, cultural and recreational needs of the entire community.

Friends of the Westfield Library
Annual Nearly New Sale Friends Board:
Sara Reitmeyer, President Carly Schull, Vice President Jeanette Wachtel, Treasurer Marie Albertson, Secretary Our annual Nearly New Book Sale is being held from December 7-15 during regular library hours. We have fiction by best-selling authors, several genres of non-fiction (cookbooks, history, biographies, arts & crafts, sports, etc...), and stacks of tiny books that would make great stocking stuffers. And don’t forget that FOWL members get 10% off any purchases!

The Friends of the Westfield Library is an organization designed to promote and support the mission of the Westfield Washington Public Library. Through its fundraising efforts, primarily book sales held in the library and online, the group raises money used to fund library programs and to purchase items that are not in the library's operating budget.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair
We are hosting a holiday shopping spree to benefit WWPL at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel (on Greyhound Pass) beginning on Saturday December 14th. Shop at Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.bn.com/bookfairs and use VOUCHER NUMBER 11267788. The Friends of the Westfield Library will receive a portion of the proceeds so you can help us just by doing your usual holiday shopping! On that same day, starting at 7 PM, B&N will be having a Downton Abbey Party, featuring trivia and costume contests, tea and cookies, and prize drawings, so stop in and join the fun!

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