The Outreach November/December 2012 Upcoming Events Make your List, and check it twice!November 16th…Westerville Historical Society Presentation: Civil WarRe-enactor Mark Holbrook, “Mr. Lincoln’s Camera Man: An Evening withMatthew Brady.” 6:30pm at the American Legion Hall 393 E. CollegeAve. Call 614-891-0821 for details.November 30th…Westerville Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm at theWesterville Municipal Building Courtyard 21 S. State Street.December 1st…15th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Craft Show, 10am-3pmat Westerville South High School. For more information visitwww.gingerbreadcottage.comDecember 1st…Home for the Holidays in Historic Uptown Westerville.This annual winter sale showcases theunique gifts that the area has to offer.Enjoy holiday music and more.December 3-8...Snowflake Castle at TheEveral Barn. $5 per child. Kids cancraft and meet their favorite holidaycharacters. Fun for all ages. Call theWesterville Senior Center for moreinformation 614-901-6560.
P a g e 2 On My Way To Find A Book by Katheryn Finnegan It started out like this: I received a letter from the head of the Outreach Department of the WestervillePublic Library stating that although they appreciated my participating in their program, Idid owe either a fine of $13.00 or $18.99 to replace a book I had received on December28, 2004, and had not yet returned. If I could not locate the book, I would have to paythe replacement and handling fee. After the shock and embarrassment of keeping one of their books out of circulationso long wore off, I started my search. I decided to write them an apologetic letter andenclose a check for the fine , since I appreciate so much the wonderful service they pro-vide in obtaining books from libraries all over the county to fill an order. I started in the most logical place—my book shelves in the living room. No Sa-rah’s Song there, but I did pick up a comprehensive edition of The Poetry of RobertFrost, and sat down for a minute to see if I could find one of my favorites. I wasn’t sureof the title, but I remembered it had the line, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, andI—I took the one less traveled by.” It was difficult to locate in all his hundreds of poemswithout the title, but I finally found it, and, of course, read some others, wondering whyI never sat down anymore to read poetry, which I love, and at one time taught. Then, on my way to the den, where I also had books on shelves and in a closet, Ipassed by my pink blossomed Peace plant, whose leaves were drooping from lack of wa-ter. As I looked around, my fern and shamrock needed watering, too, so I went to the lit-tle shelved closet where I kept the sprinkling can. There I noticed among the Big Bog-gle, Dominoes, and other games, the book on bridge, which had the list of good firstleads that I had promised a friend. That closet was in such disarray I just had to organizeit a little better; something I had been planning to do for a long time.
P a g e 3 After watering the plants in the living room, I knew the violet and LuckyBamboo in my bedroom also had been neglected. Then I passed my walk-in clos-et, and thought—“Oh, the book could possibly be where it should be—in one ofthe large white bags the library uses for books.” It was not, so after straighteningthem and other bags with handles—(I am a “keeper”)—I decided to save somesteps and carry several woolenwinter clothes to the closet back in the den, where, of course, they had to be moth-proofed and hung in a zippered bag. On my way to the shelved closet where I keep photograph albums, old calen-dar-diaries, and some extra books, I saw on the big old desk my list I keep ofbooks read, now given ratings and short plot reviews, since my memory is slippingdrastically. I found that I had not even read Sarah’s Song. But where was it? By this time I was so tired and frustrated that I put up a white flag, sat down,wrote the check for $18.99 and the apologetic letter, and breathed a sigh of relief. Now I could cross that off my “To Do” list. No book—but just think what Ihad accomplished “on my way”! ADDENDUM TO ON MY WAY TO FIND A BOOK8-20-05 Still have not found the book in my apartment! Unsolved mystery. 5-27-06 Found the book in my living room on a shelf among a group of small gift, inspiration type editions. Surprised at the small size- was looking for a regular sized volume—9 months too late.
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