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Between the Pages: Spring 2016


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Between the Pages: Spring 2016

  1. 1. Spring 2016 Between the Pages Westerville Public Library Presentation 7:30pm 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. Anthony Doerr 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. Babies, Toddlers & Pre-Readers Adults TeensKids NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK Celebrate 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. Award-winning books and movies Convenient drive-up window Freshly baked cookies 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 with us! A place to relax, research and re-charge
  2. 2. 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. Directions Notes from Executive Director Don W. Barlow 2016 is an Exciting Time for the Library Foundation Seeks Board Members 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 – 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 Employer Category. 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.
  3. 3. 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 apparent. 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 Hot Titles Did you know the library offers. . . Local History Center Books 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. Movies 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 For car repair, do-it-yourselfers will like North State Street in the 1920s.
  4. 4. 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 or call ext. 4 Ohioana Book Festival Talks Connect with your favorite Ohio writers. Meeting Rooms. Registration required. 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 Andrew Welsh-Huggins. 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. Registration required. 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. Registration required. 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. Registration required. 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 required. 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.
  5. 5. Events for Youth Register online at 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. Youth Services. 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 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. Meeting Rooms. 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.
  6. 6. 126 South State Street Westerville, OH 43081-2095 Between the Pages newsletter is published quarterly and is available in the library and sites throughout Westerville. For questions and comments about the newsletter, please call (614) 882-7277 ext. 2164. Board of Trustees Michael Fultz Melissa Hodek Mary Lightbody Deanna McDaniel Karen Scholl Jack Shinnock Shawn Smith Don W. Barlow, Executive Director Board Meetings The Library Board of Trustees meets at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The public is welcome to attend. Newsletter Staff Linda Wilkins, Editor Mike Pirik, Designer Library Hours Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm Sunday 1-6pm Telephone (614) 882-7277 Customer Services ext. 2 Media Services ext. 3 Adult Services ext. 4 Youth Services ext. 5 Outreach Delivery ext. 6 126 South State Street Westerville, OH 43081 Vol. 27 No. 1 Name __________________________________________________ Phone _________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________ City _______________________________ Zip _____________ Renewal Individual 1 year $10 Sustaining 1 year $25 Individual Life $75 New Member Family 1 year $15 Family Life $100 Corporate 1 year $125 Donation $ ____________ I would like to volunteer as a Friend: Friends Shoppe Sorting/Shelving used books You may leave your completed application and check payable to the Friends of the Westerville Public Library at the Friends Shoppe or the circulation desk, or you may mail it to: Friends Shoppe, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081. Friends of the Westerville Public Library Membership Application Spring 2016 Between the Pages Westerville Public Library Westerville Public Library