Spring 2016 westervillelibrary.org
Between the Pages Westerville
At Westerville Central High School
A book sale hosted by the Westerville
Library Foundation and a book
signing will follow the presentation.
Follow along at #wplauthors.
$15 tickets available at anthonydoerr.
Saturday, May 7
Author of All the Light We
Cannot See and winner of
the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for
Fiction, Anthony Doerr is
coming to Westerville! The
book has spent 92 weeks on the New York Times bestseller
list. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is
his most ambitious and dazzling work.
Kick-Off Day -Thursday, May 26
Sports-related activities and crafts 10am-2pm & 5-7pm
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
Readers of every age can get active this summer during sports, action and fitness-themed programs at the library.
Come in or go online to sign up and begin logging your reading.
April 10-16, 2016
Let us know how you use the library!
You're invited to fill out a form in the
library, online at westervillelibrary
.org/survey or TELL US ON CAMERA!
Then, you'll be entered in a drawing for
a gift card.
books and movies
We will be filming short clips on
Wed., April 13, 9am-12pm and
Thurs., April 14, 1-4pm. Stop by
the Conference Room and chat
A place to relax,
As we leave 2015 behind--a year when we were again ranked as a Five-Star Library by
Library Journal, we welcomed more than a half-million people into the library and our
circulation again topped 2 million items--we are poised to accomplish two major,
long-term goals in 2016: increased parking and improved handling of materials.
You may have seen excavation behind the library during the last couple of months.
In partnership with the City of Westerville, we are adding 100+ new parking spaces.
This will make using the library even more convenient and also help with Uptown
parking for the city’s many events and our Uptown shoppers.
You also may have noticed carts and power cords throughout the library. We are placing
RFID tracking tags in all of the library’s materials. No longer needing the line of sight
required by barcodes, staff and customers will be able to check out 4-5 items at a time.
The library continues to be a community gathering place and goes well beyond
the traditional role of providing books, movies and music. We are in the process of
developing and implementing an Innovation and Imagination Center, also known
as Maker Spaces.
This is an exciting time for the library. We look forward to sharing updates with you
in person and on our website. As you join us on our journey, you do so with deep
appreciation from the library board and staff. We could never achieve our goals without
your continued support and encouragement.
Notes from Executive Director Don W. Barlow
2016 is an Exciting Time for the Library
TheWesterville Library Foundation is
seeking applicants to serve as board
members. New members will be part
of a vibrant volunteer organization
whose mission is to secure and distribute
resources to support the library. Meetings
are held the third Monday of each month.
The board has a need for individuals with
finance and legal backgrounds.
The positions are three-year terms.
Applicants must live within theWesterville
City School District.
Interested residents are encouraged to
forward a letter of interest and a resumé
to the administrative offices at the library,
126 S. State St., to the attention of Linda
Wilkins or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Paul Longenecker, President
Westerville Library Foundation
The Westerville Public Library has been named one of the 2016 Best Employers in Ohio by the
Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group. Thirty-nine companies were named for
2016, our second time participating. In 2014, the library was ranked #16 in the Small/Medium
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best
places of employment in Ohio, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses.
The two-part process called for the library to provide information regarding workplace policies,
practices, philosophy, systems and demographics and then asked each employee to complete
a brief online survey that measured employee experience. The survey was completed by 80%
of the library's 105-member staff which includes full-time and part-time workers.
Best Employers in Ohio 2016
Author Piper Kerman and Foundation
member Ron Barrett.
100 Years of City-Manager
Form of Government
In 1900,Westerville residents were mired in
mud and drank water of questionable purity.
The mayor and city council fought and in
1907, five of the six councilmen resigned their
positions. In 1909, the Anti-Saloon League
came to town and produced a growth spurt.
Water and sewer deficiencies became more
acute and the lack of village leadership more
A wave of reform swept Ohio in 1912, and
municipalities were granted the right to
choose a city-manager form of governance.
Westerville residents debated the merits of
making this change and voted nearly two to
one on July 31, 1915, to hire a city-manager,
thus becoming the first village in the state
of Ohio to adopt the city-manager form of
government in January 1916.
– Compiled by BethWeinhardt
Local History Coordinator
Did you know the library offers. . .
No Safe Secret by Fern Michaels (March)
Molly's life is gleaming and beautiful on the surface. No one in her rich neighborhood knows
what living with her demanding husband is really like, nor what she left behind in Florida
twenty years ago--a twin brother and neglectful mother in a run-down trailer park.
Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen (April)
As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her in Miller’s
Valley, she discovers the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage,
the inequalities of friendship, and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love.
14th Colony by Steve Berry (April)
When agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, a man
whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered into a hatred of the U.S., he learns that
Zorin is headed to Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day--a perfect day for disaster.
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman (May)
Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, Luisa“Lu”Brant sees an opportunity as the new state’s
attorney to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman
to death. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories.
Boar Island by Nevada Barr (May)
Anna Pigeon is a National Park Service Ranger, so dealing with cyber-bullying and stalking is
a new task. The target is Elizabeth, who is driven by a disgusting rumor to attempt suicide.
The plan to remove Elizabeth from the situation backfires on Boar Island.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Hot eBook title)
The KonMari Method takes decluttering to a whole new level, promising that if you properly
simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Its revolutionary
category-by-category system leads to a tidy home and inspires a calm, motivated mind.
March Daddy’s Home (PG-13), The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2 (PG-13), Hateful Eight (R).
April Star Wars Episode VII, the Force Awakens (PG-13), Revenant (R), Krampus (PG-13).
May Joy (PG-13), 5th Wave (PG-13).
– Compiled by Belinda Mortensen, Collection Development Coordinator
Books and movies you don't want to miss
LikeWesterville History on
Facebook for Local History updates.
Practice questions for driving exams?
In Driving-Tests. org, Ohio drivers can study by taking practice tests for the written portions of these exams: driver's license, learner's
permit, Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or motorcycle license. There are hints to help you remember the correct answer, and persons
having trouble reading will like the features that increase text size, translate language and read aloud the text. For free access, visit
www.westervillelibrary.org/driving-tests. For car repair, do-it-yourselfers will like westervillelibrary.org/auto-repair-reference-center.
North State Street in the 1920s.
Local History Exhibition Unveiling:
Fashion from the Westerville Collection
Sunday, April 17 2-4pm
The Library's Local History Center
will present a new exhibit: Fashion
from the Westerville Collection.
See a 1940s-1980s style show
featuring clothing from A Gal
Named Cinda Lou and a 1920s-1960s
dance demonstration by Fred Astaire Westerville. There will be
refreshments and fashion crafts. Meeting Rooms.
Events for Adults
Register online at westervillelibrary.org or call ext. 4
Ohioana Book Festival Talks
Connect with your favorite Ohio writers. Meeting Rooms.
Mon., April 18, 6:30-7:30pm
Author and Illustrator David Catrow.
Ages 8 and older.
Thurs., April 21, 7-8:30pm
Mystery writers Yolonda Sanders and
Fri., April 22, 1:30-3:00pm
Science fiction writer John Scalzi.
The Creatures of Cryptozoology:
Rumor or Reality
Thursday, May 12 7-8:30pm
Brian Parsons, researcher and
author of Handbook for the
Amateur Cryptozoologist, will share
the history of cryptozoology and
reveal the benefits of tracking
down the world's last natural
mysteries, including the Cryptoids
in Ohio. Meeting Room A.
Shakespeare's Life, Language and Legacy
Monday, April 25 7-8:30pm
Mark the 400th anniversary
of Shakespeare's death with a
discussion by Otterbein professor
Norman Chaney. Meeting Room A.
Author Leilani Ruland
Thursday, April 28 6:30-8pm
Local resident and author of In
My Father's Poland, Leilani Ruland
relates the stories of her life in
Poland which inspired her writing.
Book sale and signing following
the presentation. Meeting Room B.
Authors Doug Motz and Christine Hayes
Tuesday, May 31 7-8:30pm
Join Doug Motz and Christine
Hayes, authors of Lost Restaurants
of Columbus, Ohio, as they explore
the stories of many bygone and
beloved Columbus restaurants.
Meeting Rooms. Registration
WPL Write-Ins Thursdays, May 19 & 26 6-8pm
Looking for a place to hang out
with other authors and practice
writing? WPL Write-Ins give you
the time and space to write with no
pressure or formal critiquing. Bring
your laptop or notebook and be
prepared to write. Meeting Room A. Registration required.
May 26 Author Elizabeth Coley will work with fellow
participants and discuss self-publishing.
Events for Youth
Register online at westervillelibrary.org or call ext. 5
El Día de los Niños (Children's Day)
Saturday, April 30 all day
It's the 20th anniversary of El Día de
los Niños! Celebrate the importance
of literacy for children of all cultural
backgrounds and the diversity that
makes our community great. Books,
crafts and activities are planned for
ages 3-12. While supplies last.
Library Stories Uptown
4th Friday Stories
April through September 6:30-8:30pm
Stop by Amish Originals at 38 N. State St. and listen to a story or two
as your family strolls through this uptown Westerville event.
Westerville Farmers' Market
Fourth Wednesdays, 3-6pm, starting in May
Visit the library at the Community Partners Tent at State and Home
streets. Kids can enjoy listening to stories. Pick up coloring sheets,
browse cookbooks and collect a new recipe card each month.
Teen Volunteer Training Monday, April 18 4-5pm
Sign up for training on how to help shelve books and assist
at library events. Activity Center.
Teen Volunteer Training:
Summer Reading Orientation
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15 3-4pm
and Monday, May 16 7-8pm
Volunteer for the Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program
and summer events. Summer Reading Program volunteers MUST
attend at least one of these orientations. Meeting Rooms.
Teen Volunteer Training: Summer Shelving
Monday, May 23 4-5pm
Sign up for training on how to help shelve books and assist at
library events over the summer. Activity Center.
Teens: Get Ready to Volunteer
Interested in volunteering at the library? Need service hours for
school? Sign up for training at one of these events. Fill out an
application at westervillelibrary.org/application if this is your first
time volunteering. Registration required.
Arnie the Doughnut Visits the Library!
Thursday, June 2 2-3pm
Tomorrow is national doughnut day
and Arnie couldn't be more excited!
Join us for this family-friendly event
celebrating doughnuts and the
people who love them. Come for
doughnut fun and stick around for
a visit from Arnie himself! All ages.
I Draw Cartoons and So Can You
with Paul Merklein
Saturday, June 4 3-3:45pm
Do you like cartoons? Do you like to
draw? Cartoonist Paul Merklein will
show you how drawing cartoons is
a fast, fun and easy way to express
your ideas. Come prepared to laugh!
Audience participation is encouraged.
Ages 6-10. Meeting Rooms.
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