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@ the Westfield Washington Public Library
A publication of Friends of the Westfield Library
Volume 7, Issue 3 Westfield Washington Public Library Board of Trustees: Carolyn Wheeler, President Mike Thomas, Vice President Paul Catlin, Treasurer Bob Richardson, Secretary Nedra Hoard Mic Mead David Weiss The Library Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Hamilton County Reads 2010
Once again, the Westfield Washington Public Library, in cooperation with the other county libraries, is participating in “Hamilton County Reads,” a countywide program, which begins March 1 and lasts until April 17, when everyone is asked to read the same book. This year’s title is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The story begins in January of 1946, when writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This is a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. Multiple copies of the book are available for check out at the library. Kids also have a chance to participate by reading Blueberries for the Queen by Katherine and John Paterson, with illustrations by Susan Jeffers. The story takes place during World War II, when a boy named William likes to imagine at bedtime that he is a brave knight fighting great battles to end the war. Then a real queen moves in just down the road: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who is forced out of her country because of the war. William now has his chance to really do something for the war effort. The Westfield Washington Public Library will host many special programs connected with the book, and there is a complete list of events on page 6.

Library Hours Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Friday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Closed Sunday

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Audio/Visual Department
What do you watch when the weather’s bad, and you’re tired of the same old movies in the AV department? Try the Foreign Film section. You’ll be able to explore the world with glimpses into Europe, Asia, and Latin America. We have notables such as Ingmar Bergman’s classic Wild Strawberries and Federico Fellini’s Amacord, a snapshot of provincial Italy during the Fascist period, and the recent hits Diving Bell and The Butterfly and Motorcycle Diaries, a profile of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Alberto Granada which takes viewers on a breathtaking road trip across Latin America. NEW DVDs Amelia Couples Retreat Good Hair Hurt Locker Invention of Lying Paranormal Activity Time Traveler’s Wife NEW BOOKS ON CD Deep Black: Sea of Terror by Stephen Coonts First Rule by Robert Crais Worst Case by James Patterson Big Girl by Danielle Steel Kisser by Stuart Woods NEW CDs Grammy Nominees 2010 Greatest Love Songs of All Time by Barry Manilow Just Like You by Allison Iraheta Now That’s What I Call Love Unbroken by Katharine McPhee

Did you know that the library delivers books to people’s people s homes?

Outreach Services

The library values all members of the community, and seeks to enrich the lives of patrons who may not have access to traditional library services. The Library’s Outreach Service delivers books and materials to senior communities and homebound patrons in Westfield. To find out more about our outreach/homebound services, please stop by our Reference Desk or call 896-9391.

Magazine Rack
“25 Minutes to a Superfast Metabolism” in Health, gives the reader some idea of how to burn calories like crazy plus drop 10 pounds and keep them off. What you need is a stopwatch or timer and a jump rope. The exercises are pictured and a menu plan given in 55+ individuals. Many retirees have easy-to-do fashion. become successful entrepreneurs by starting their own business. This In the April issue of Home Business, article may give you some good ideas “25 Best Retirement Businesses” lists and an incentive to think about your some savvy business start-ups for own future success story!

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March 2010

Westfield Washington
Public Library
Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, Vonnegut paints a warm, wise, and funny portrait of life in post-World War II America - a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, misfit office workers, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology moral ambiguity, and unprecedented affluence. Get Real by Donald E. Westlake Luckless thief Dortmunder and his gang agree to star in a reality show capturing their next heist. But as the cameras roll, Dortmunder comes up with an ingenious secret plan that's sure to end in hilarious hijinks. Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen's extraordinary journey, and imparts Palin's vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth. Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart Treasure Hunt is both a nail-biting thriller and a coming-of-age story, filled with Lescroart’s trademark San Francisco flavors. Mickey Dade hates deskwork, but that's all he's been doing at Wyatt Hunt's private investigative service. Soon the young protagonist gradually learns the hard lessons Hunt knows only too well, as the world he thought he knew unravels around him. Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame by Jim Dent Plagued by a series of bad coaching choices, inept management, and a loss of institutional support, no one could be sure if the Fighting Irish would ever return to glory. When “Touchdown Jesus” was erected in 1964, it presided over a team so hopeless that the entire football program was on the brink of collapse. Makers by Cory Doctorow Two typically brilliant geeks are trash-hackers who find inspiration in the growing pile of technical junk. Attracting the attention of suits and a smart reporter, the duo soon get involved with 3D printing, a cure for obesity and crowd-sourced theme parks. The result is bitingly realistic and miraculously avoids cliché or predictability. Laugh-out-loud moments of insight will keep readers powering through this quick-moving tale. Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom Love, in its many forms and complexities, weaves through this story collection by Amy Bloom. The author’s astonishing and astute new work of connected stories illuminates the mysteries of passion, family, and friendship. Roses by Leila Meacham With expert, unabashed, big-canvas storytelling, Roses covers a hundred years, three generations of Texans and the explosive combination of passion for work and longing for love. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert This is the story of how Gilbert and Felipe, the man she met and fell in love with at the end of Eat, Pray, Love, grapple and ultimately make peace with the notion of marriage, long after each of them has endured an ugly divorce and sworn off the institution. Committed attempts to “turn on all the lights” when it comes to matrimony. The First Rule by Robert Crais The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves’ code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

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March 2010

THANKS TO THE FRIENDS OF WESTFIELD LIBRARY FOR PROVIDING SNACKS!

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 3:00
Watch anime & eat snacks! Ages 13 and up or parent signed permission slip.

Thursday, March 4 from 3 to 5
Tuesday, March 9 from 2:30 to 4:30
Hang out, play the Wii, eat, talk or do whatever.

Video Games, Cards, Board Games & Snacks.

Tuesday, March 23 at 3:00
Help us choose and plan teen library activities.

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March 2010

Baby Love

Birth to 18 months

CLUBS
at 10:15 Freebuild
All ages School Age

Fridays, March 5, 19, and 26

Toddler & Preschool Storytimes
Mondays, March 1, 8, and 15 18 mo to 3.5years Toddlers 3.5years to K Preschoolers Tuesdays, March 2, 9, and 16 3.5years to K Preschoolers 18 mo to 3.5years Toddlers at 10:30 at 1:00

Tuesday, Mar 2 3:00 to 5:00

Thursday, Mar 4 4:30 to 5:30

All ages

at 110:15 0:15 at 11:15
Grades K-to 4

Wednesday, Mar 10 6:30 to 8:00 Thursday, Mar 11 5:30 to 6:30

School Age Stuff
Wednesdays Mar 3 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31 Abracadabra! You Must be Joking! Shamrock Pride March Madness Gotcha!

All ages

at 4:30

POTTERY by Jeremy South
Little Learners in Clay
Paint! - Friday, Mar 19
*Pre-registration required Ages 9 mo to 3 years

10:15 to 10:45
Cost: $8.00 Ages 3 to 6

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Homeschool Days
Thursday, Mar 4
All ages

Preschool Pottery
Castles - Friday, Mar 19
*Pre-registration required

11:00 or 2:00
Cost: $9.00 Ages 5 to adult

11:00 to 1:00
All ages

Paws and Read
Saturday, Mar 13

Pottery Class
AnimalsAnimals- Friday, Mar 19
*Pre-registration required

12:00 to 1:30
Cost: $16.00 Ages 5 to adult

at 10:30

Spring Break Camps
Spring Break Chess Day Camp
Thursday, April 8
School Age

After School Pottery
AnimalsAnimals- Friday, Mar 19
*Pre-registration required

4:00 to 5:30
Cost: $16.00

10:00 to 1:00

*Pre-registration required Cost: $22.00 (Early Bird Special) Instructor: Aaron Dean’s Learning Through Games Group

Did You Know?
March 2nd is Theodor Seuss Geisel’s Birthday.

Spring Break Pottery Camp
Friday, April 9 Pottery Wheel Mania Creation Station!

Ages 7 to 11

10:15 to 1:15 1:45 to 4:45

*Pre-registration required Cost:$30 per participant per program

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March 2010

Hamilton County Reads Events @ WWPL
Island of Guernsey Watercolor Class I, Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 10:15 a.m. Artist Jan Roland teaches the art of watercolor painting and introduces the natural beauty of Guernsey Island -- an example of the class painting project is displayed at the library. There is a fee of $12 per person, and registration is required. Frugal Shopping, Tuesday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. You may not have to use ration coupons, but everyone needs ideas for keeping their monthly shopping bills within budget! Come to the library for this free presentation on bargain shopping tips by Lisa Cangany, Program Assistant of Consumer and Family Science for Purdue Extension in Hamilton County. Organizing dinner plans, stocking up your pantry, and tips for getting the most out of sales and coupons will all be covered. The program is free, and registration is encouraged but not required. Postcards From the Past, Saturday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Discover the beauty and variety of vintage postcards at “Postcards From the Past.” Mr. Harley Sheets, the President of the Indianapolis Postcard Club, will give a presentation on the hobby, history & value of postcards. A few of Mr. Sheets’ postcards are on display at the library. Following the presentation, Mr. Sheets will be available to answer questions and give free appraisals. The program is free, and registration is encouraged but not required. Life in the ‘40s, Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. Join Marie Albertson, Don Seal, Dottsie Grins and others as they share their recollections of life in the ‘40s and their experiences during World War II. The program is free, and registration is encouraged but not required. Welcome to Guernsey: Travelogue and Book Discussion, Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. Where in the world is Guernsey? What is potato peel pie? Join us as we travel to the island of Guernsey through a slideshow and book discussion. Whether you’ve finished the Hamilton County Reads selection or want to know more about this community wide read, you’ll find plenty to discover at this up close look at “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” Come to the library and learn more about this unique book that has the whole community reading! The program is free, and registration is encouraged but not required. Remembering Iwo Jima, Saturday, April 3, 2 - 4 p.m. Survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, 2 p.m. Marion “Frank” Walker served in the Headquarter Company of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment, and 5th Marine Division. He fought in the battle of Iwo Jima and was one of the few soldiers to reach the top of Mount Suribachi and live to tell the story. He’s eager to help teens and adults understand the complexities of what historians consider one of the bloodiest battles in the war with Japan. Mr. Walker has written a book “Preparing for the Rain on Iwo Jima,” and will have autographed copies available. Don’t miss his first hand account of the epic battle and the raising of the flag. Iwo Jima: Indiana’s Youngest Veteran Remembers, 3 p.m. Experience the history of our greatest generation with Jim Baize, a World War II Veteran who served bravely at Iwo Jima. Baize, an aircraft engineer following WWII, shares his stories of enlisting at age 15, as well as photos from the battle of Iwo Jima. He has recorded his story for the Library of Congress archives and Park Tudor’s fourth edition of “Words of War.” We invite you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime presentation by an honored United States Veteran. The program is free, and registration is encouraged but not required. Island of Guernsey Watercolor Class II, Thursday, April 8, at 10:15 a.m. Artist Jan Roland teaches the art of watercolor painting and revisits the natural beauty of Guernsey Island. An example of the class painting project is displayed at the library. There is a fee of $12 per person, and registration is required. Frugal Chef: Delicious Meals on a Budget, Thursday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m. You may not have to struggle for your next meal, as they did on Guernsey Island, but you can save money and eat well by cooking your own meals at home! Join us for this interactive presentation by Lisa Cangany, Program Assistant of Consumer and Family Science for Purdue Extension in Hamilton County, as she demonstrates how to prepare tasty menus that will fit your family’s budget. Sample a budget recipe and learn tricks to save time and money, too. The program is free, and registration is encouraged but not required.

Page 8 Phone: 317-896-9391 FAX: 317-896-3702 www.wwpl.lib.in.us Director, Sheryl Sollars Asst. Director, Sandy Rowland The Westfield Washington Public Library will strive, in partnership with local organizations, to provide quality services, materials and facilities that fulfill the educational, informational, technological, cultural and recreational needs of the entire community.
Westfield Washington Public Library 333 W. Hoover Street Westfield, IN 46074

Friends of the Westfield Library
Friends Board: Virginia Fiscus, President Carly Schull, Vice President Jeanette Wachtel, Treasurer Marie Albertson, Secretary

Book Sales in 2010:
Apr. 9: Preview 6-7:30 Apr. 10-17: Regular sale June 4: Preview 6-7:30 pm June 5-12: Regular sale Aug. 6: Preview 6-7:30 pm Aug. 7-14: Regular sale Oct. 1: Preview 6-7:30 pm Oct. 2-9: Regular sale Nearly New Sale: Dec. 3: Preview 6-7:30 pm Dec. 4-11: Regular sale

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 every other month, and our Annual Craft Bazaar and Silent Auction, the group raises money used to fund library programs and to purchase items that are not in the library's operating budget.

The next Friends meeting will be held on Thursday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

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From The Westfield Washington Public Library Board
The board meeting minutes and packets are posted on the library’s website at www.wwpl.lib.in.us. January 19, 2010 Board Meeting Circulation for December 2009 was 35,421 compared to 35,672 for December 2008. We issued 171 new library cards during the month of December. We have submitted an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Grant to purchase new public access computers and replace wireless access points. Specifically the grant would cover the cost of six desktop computers, two computer tables and four computer chairs, three wireless access points and two network switches. A request for proposal was sent out to two consultants to help us with the development of a new strategic plan. We received one proposal and will be meeting with the Policy committee to discuss the proposal. Circulation for January 2010 was 38,488 compared to 40,154 in January 2009. We issued 256 new library cards during the month.

In January we began the Hamilton County Reciprocal Borrowing program. 879 WWPL items were checked out to patrons of other Hamilton County Libraries. We also issued 53 reciprocal borrowing cards In an effort to help compensate for the during the month. 2010 budget deficit we were able to transfer $85,000.00 from the 2009 At the March Board meeting the Operating Fund into the Rainy Day library board will be voting on an Fund. additional appropriation resolution to purchase materials from the Rainy February 10, 2010 Board Meeting Day Fund.

H&R Block Tax Talk Series
Seniors: Stay ahead of taxes Join us on Tuesday, March 2. at 12:30 p.m. for this tax tip workshop designed especially for Senior Citizens. An H&R Block tax professional will answer your questions on Social Security, investments, recordkeeping, tax filing and how the latest tax changes will affect your situation. Tax Tips for Entrepreneurs Into Mary Kay, Real Estate, Insurance or EBay? Learn when a hobby becomes a business, what you can deduct, and what you need to know about recordkeeping at this self-employment seminar on Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., led by an H&R Block tax professional.

Review...The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato group performs small acts of heroism Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer that will help their neighbors carry on and Annie Barrows during this tumultuous period in history. When author Juliet Ashton receives a The vivid letter postmarked from a Guernsey characters farmer, it sparks a friendship with the and unlikely island’s natives, inspiring her to visit setting will in person. charm readers, During WWII, a small band of while the Guernsey residents have formed a story secret reading society, initially as an certainly excuse to escape punishment by the makes a Nazi soldiers who occupy their case for the villages, but now as a testament to way that how reading brings people together. books can With Juliet as their new leader, the nourish the soul during hard times. Mary Ann Shaffer, who passed away in February 2008, worked as an editor, a librarian, and in bookshops. This was her first novel. Her niece, Annie Barrows, is the author of the children’s series Ivy and Bean. This book is the Hamilton County Reads 2010 Selection. Find out more about related programs by visiting your local Hamilton County library. Reviewed by Carly Schull Reference Librarian, Westfield Washington Public Library

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