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Between the Pages: Winter 2016/2017


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Between the Pages: Winter 2016/2017

  1. 1. Winter 2016-2017 Between the Pages Look Inside Westerville Public Library • Directions Library lauded in ratings • Holiday Listening & Donating Music in the Atrium, the Giving Tree and more • Did You Know the Library has... A sister library in Sweden? Presentation 7pm At Westerville Central High School The first 300 guests to arrive will receive a free copy of The Sleepwalker. Chris's presentation will be followed by a book sale and book signing. Ticket $10. Purchase tickets starting Nov. 23 at 10am at Chris Bohjalian Thursday, January 19 New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls Chris Bohjalian will visit Westerville following the release of his newest book, The Sleepwalker. A self-described bicyclist and gym rat, Chris has written 19 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers. His work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies. Midwives was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection and in 2001 was made into a Lifetime Movie Network film starring Sissy Spacek. MASTER the Art of READING Winter Reading Program for Adults January 16 - February 26 Art and books . . . the perfect winter companions. Cozy up with a good book and win arts-related prizes! Receive your Registration Code at the Ask Here desk in Adult Services or online at starting January 16. Then, stop in for your welcome gift. Using your code, go online or stop at the Ask Here desk to log the books you’ve read or listened to. For every title you log, you’ll be entered into weekly and grand prize drawings. Lead Sponsor: Friends of the Westerville Public Library
  2. 2. The Westerville Public Library has once again been recognized as a Five-Star Library by Library Journal. This year 7,349 public libraries nationwide qualified to be rated in the LJ Index of Public Library Service. This figure is somewhat lower than last year’s, due in part to the introduction of the new output measure, e-circ. Only 85 libraries were awarded a five-star rating, placing Westerville in the top 1% of the nation’s public libraries. This prestigious and very welcome recognition is awarded to libraries that are the heaviest used and most cost-efficient in the nation. Ratings are determined by community support, number of library visits, items borrowed, program attendance, computer usage and cost per capita. We are grateful and humbled by this national recognition. We also have a deep and sincere appreciation for our role in the community, our customers, the Library Board of Trustees, an outstanding staff and our wonderful community partners that continually contribute to our success. Our library is also recognized as one of the 2016 Best Employers in Ohio by the Society for Human Resource Management. The library was ranked 14th in the small and medium employer category for organizations with 50-300 employees. We are proud of this rating and the dedicated staff members who make our library one of the best in the nation. Directions Notes from Executive Director Don W. Barlow Library shines in national and state rankings Supporting a child's love for books When did you first learn to read? Was it before or after you entered school? By now, you take reading for granted as a part of your daily life. In fact, it is the basis for lifelong learning. Can we help prepare a child to read? TheWesterville Library Foundation Board has taken a bold step to foster an early love of books in children residing in the library’s district, theWesterville City School district. We have committed to providing funding, each year, in support of the library’s local participation in the national program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The funds--$25 per year for each child who registers--help mail a free book every month to enrolled children until they reach the age of 5. By the age of 5, a child could own 60 books. Today, 1,400 children are enrolled in the district. TheWesterville Library Foundation is kicking off our Annual Appeal. I invite you to find out how you can help with this important commitment at Ron Barrett, President Westerville Library Foundation A chance to give this holiday season Mittens and more Hang purchased or handmade hats, mittens and scarves on the GivingTree. Books for kids Contribute new or gently used books for children at the donation box. Food drive Bring in non-perishable and personal items for the food drive benefittingWARM. Deadline Donations are being accepted now through Thurs., Dec. 8, and will be distributed by Westerville Caring & Sharing. World Languages becomes a new collection Featuring more than 2,000 books printed in 37 interna- tional languages, the World Languages collection is the newest to gain special space on the library’s shelves. Besides the plentiful books written in Spanish (over 1,600), the collection includes books in Somali, Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and more. Readers can browse the books located in both the Youth and Adult depart- ments. Look for the signs with the blue and orange globe logo. To find the titles online, search with the keywords“world languages collection.”
  3. 3. Kilgore Manufacturing Did you know that a factory located several blocks east of State Street on Broadway was the most“explosive”place in town? Joseph Kilgore began manufacturing toy cap pistols in 1919 and employed 30 people. By the 1950s, Kilgore Manufacturing had seven hundred employees, its own cafeteria, fire brigade and was the biggest industry in town. DuringWorldWar II Kilgore produced bombs and flares for the military. It was a dangerous place to work. Six people died in accidents at the plant--four in one explosion. After the war, the company produced plastic products, toys and flares. For a time they owned the rights to manufacture theThompson machine gun. In 1960, the company announced that they were moving toTennessee and an era ofWesterville manufacturing ended. – Compiled by BethWeinhardt Local History Manager Hot Titles Did you know the library has. . . Local History Center Books Curtain of Death by W.E.B. Griffin (December) A blond woman improbably named Claudette Colbert who works for the new Directorate of Central Intelligence is part of a kidnapping--an incident that sends shock waves rippling up and down the line for her boss James Cronley. The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans (December) Lonely and in mourning, Kelly Arrington copes by starting a blog, The Mistletoe Letters, signing each of her deeply personal posts LBH, for“Last Breaking Heart.” Tyler Richards is reading her posts and begins falling for the anonymous blogger. The Guests on South Battery by Karen White (January) Coming back from her extended maternity leave, Melanie Trenholm has an uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions--both malevolent and benign--that have stayed silent for over a year are about to invade her life once more. Fatal by John T. Lescroart (January) What begins as an innocent crush following a dinner party soon develops into a dangerous obsession, and Kate’s fixation on Peter results in one passionate encounter between the two. Kate wants her life to go back to normal. Does Peter? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child–Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling (eBook) In the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, Harry grapples with his past as his son Albus struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. Father and son find that darkness comes from unexpected places. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (eBook) Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life with their two little girls. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other. Clementine and Erika are oldest friends. What can go wrong at a barbeque on a normal weekend? Movies November Star Trek Beyond (PG-13), Finding Dory (PG), Sausage Party (R). December Pete's Dragon (PG), Southside with You (PG-13), Kubo and the Two Strings (PG). January The Secret Life of Pets (PG), Jason Bourne (PG-13), Bridget Jones's Baby (R). – Compiled by Belinda Mortensen, Collection Development Coordinator Books and movies you don't want to miss LikeWesterville History on Facebook for Local History updates. A sister library in Sweden? A love of books, reading and libraries has crisscrossed the ocean between Westerville and Gislaved Bibliotek, our sister library in southern Sweden. Since 2011, the library has been partnering with Gislaved (Yees-la-ved) by exchanging emails, postcards, shared exhibits and even staff visits. Both libraries hosted parties to mark the 70th birthday of Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking). See a virtual tour at and check out how Westerville compares with Gislaved. Food products? Schneider’s donuts and Cheryl’s cookies share an amazing likeness with Gislaved’s cinnamon buns and sweet rolls called“semla.” Cap Shop--Kilgore Manufacturing--Westerville, Ohio April 14, 1937
  4. 4. Preserving Family Documents Monday, January 23 7-8:30pm What will you do with that box of family photographs and letters stored in your basement? Do you want to preserve them? If so, the presentation by Lisa Wood, Curator for Visual Resources at the Ohio History Connection, will suggest ways to care for your family photographs, paper materials and scrapbooks. Meeting Rooms. Registration required. Events for Adults Register online at or call ext. 4 Music in the Atrium Sundays, November 27 - December 18 2-3pm The 16th annual Music in the Atrium series features an array of holiday, regional and classical music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Nov. 27 Harpist Trista Hill Dec. 4 BlackBaer Project Dec. 11 Guitarist John Morgan Dec. 18 Contemporary guitarist Jim Volk Holiday Music Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas “Signs” of Christmas Choir Sunday, December 11 4-4:45pm Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as the Signs of Christmas Choir performs a variety of musical selections in American Sign Language. All ages. Meeting Rooms. Stories of Human Trafficking Tuesday, January 17 7-8pm Hear stories of human sex trafficking in America from Theresa Flores, survivor and bestselling author of The Slave Across the Street and her latest nonfiction Slavery in the Land of the Free and former reporter and author of The Black Lens Christopher Stoller. These local authors will share passages from their latest books, answer questions and sign books. Meeting Rooms. Registration required. Book Buzz with Random House Thursday, January 5 7-8pm A Random House representative will share the buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on 2017 titles. Advanced reader copies (books that are not yet published), book catalogs and other freebies will be available for attendees. Meeting rooms. Registration required. Kitchen Creations: Cooking Demonstrations Thursday, January 19 & Monday, February 13 7-8:30pm Watch a live cooking demonstration, sample food and take recipes home from this presentation by Chef Matthew Schenk, the Culinary Director at Columbus Culinary Institute. Meeting Rooms. Registration required. January: Holiday leftovers February: Valentine's dinner for two at home
  5. 5. Events for Youth Register online at or call ext. 5 I Chapter Books: The Magic Tree House Wednesday, November 30 4:15-5:15pm Travel through time and to different places like Jack and Annie. Play games, make crafts and learn about history while earning stamps for your Passport to Adventure. Ages 6-10. Activity Center. Registration required. Jedi Training Academy Wednesday, December 14 4-5pm Calling all future Jedis! Prepare for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by channeling the force and resisting the dark side with activities, crafts and light saber training. Ages 5-12. Meeting Rooms. Countdown to the New Year Puppet Show Wednesday, December 28 1:30-2:30pm Come start the celebration early as our amazing puppet troupe presents stories using shadow puppets. All ages. Meeting Rooms. Teen Advisory Board Thursdays, December 1 & January 19 7-7:45pm Make your voice heard in the community, develop leadership skills and make new friends. This Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a place for high schoolers to share ideas about library activities, materials and the Teen Center. Members will receive volunteer credit for attending meetings. Grades 9-12. Activity Center. Junior Teen Advisory Board Wednesday, November 30 4-4:45pm & Thursday, January 19 6-6:45pm Have a voice at the library! This Junior Teen Advisory Board (J-TAB) is a way for middle schoolers to talk about books, share teen library activity ideas and play games. Members meet monthly and receive volunteer credit for attending meetings. Grades 6-8. Activity Center. Detectives in Training Thursday, January 26 4:15-5:15pm Train to become a crime- fighting detective! Crack secret codes, take fingerprints, build your disguise and solve clues to find the book thief hiding in the library. Ages 6-10. Activity Center. Registration required. Ohio History Day Projects Tuesday, January 10 3:30-5pm & Saturday, January 21 10-11:30am The library in partnership with the Ohio History Connection is providing assistance to students preparing Ohio History Day projects. Students should come with their topics. Registration required.
  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. 3 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 Winter 2016-2017 Between the Pages Westerville Public Library Westerville Public Library