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And the Winners Are…

Merideth Winter Read 2016

Meredith Stevens, daughter of Kira and Joshua Stevens of Heyworth, was one of five Dr. Seuss book winners at the library.  The drawing was sponsored by the Federated Woman’s Club of Heyworth.

Our Dr. Seuss book winners are Christine Sheppard, Eryn White, Cris Stanek, Faith Eeten, and Meredith Stevens. Thank you to the General Federated Woman’s Club of Heyworth for the donation of these five books to celebrate the work and life of Dr. Seuss.

We continue to celebrate our Winter Read: Read A-Latte giving away many prizes for reading books and magazines and listening to audiobooks.  We are also including the use of our eBooks this winter for entry of prizes; just ask at the circulation desk for an eBook entry slip. Thank you to the Heyworth IGA, Dower’s Auto, and Pit Row for prizes donated this winter.

As we look ahead to warm weather, summer reading planning is underway. Our theme this year is Every HERO Has A Story. We will also kick off the library’s 75th birthday on May 19. On this date the first library board of trustee meeting came together to begin the planning and foundation for the Randolph Township Library. The library opened on the first floor in the north part of the Heyworth Masonic Building on the corner of Main Street and Willis Street.  Mrs. Pearl Whitaker was the first librarian and the library opened on June 1, 1942. So we will celebrate a yearlong birthday with activities and displays through June 1, 2017.

  • May 19, 1941
    • First meeting to organize Board of Trustees to form a library.
  • April 27, 1942
    • Board of Trustees agree to rent the north end of the Masonic Building for not more than $15.00 per month.
  • May 16, 1942
    • Mrs. Pearl Whitaker was elected from the Board of Trustees to be the first librarian at a salary of $60.00 per month and will start on June 1, 1942. Hours of library to be Tuesday – Saturday:  9 a.m. – NOON and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • June 1, 1942
    • Randolph Township Library opened on a Monday.
  • June 9, 1942
    • The antique typewriter in local history room was approved for purchase. (Was actually a rent to own agreement upon Mrs. Whitaker liking the machine.)

Noteworthy programming:

  • All month
    • Adult Coloring:  Adult coloring pages and crayon pencils are available for use in the library all month long. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
  • March 11
    • After School Movies, 3:20 p.m. every Friday the library is open.
    • Bring a friend and your own snack! All drinks need to have a screw on cap – no juice pouches or cans please.
  • March 15
    • “History in Your Own Backyard” Winter Series by the Heyworth History Club
    • Every 3rd Tuesday of the month a program on local history will be given in the library’s Community Room, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • RSVP by March 15.
    • Gary Simpkins will speak on the WWII Homefront.
  • March 21
    • Heyworth Knitters and Crafters, 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
    • This group is very willing to teach anyone who would like to learn to knit or crochet. We have yarn, instructions for beginning projects, and needles to get you started on a new hobby. Sign up to attend, so supplies will be ready for the evening. If you are a knitter or a crafter, looking to socialize with others in our area, just show up as your schedule allows.  Available to anyone 4th grade and up. This group also supports the local Project Linus chapter with squares and blankets.
  • March 22
    • Lego Block Party, 4th Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
    • Afterschool snack, Lego games, and creative building.
    • Sign up at the library. 1st grade – 8th grade.
  • March 23
    • Heyworth History Club, 4th Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
    • All are welcome to join in collecting and preserving Randolph Township history. If interested, but cannot make a morning meeting, please let Beth Porter (473-2313) or Lona Soice know your interest and evenings available.
  • March 28
    • Monday Evening Book Club, Dark Tides: A Thriller by Chris Ewan
    • 4th Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
    • We are always seeking new people to join us! Try it, you might like it! We have a friendly talkative bunch. It is a great way to meet new people. Books in regular and large print available, as well as audiobook, at the library for checkout. Stop in and get yours today. Would you like to start your own book club with friends?  We can help with book selection, and loaning books needed for your group. Start a book club in your neighborhood today! Stop by and ask for details.

Items the library collects for our community:

  • Coupons for military families overseas
  • Box Tops for Education coupons/Campbell soup labels/Tyson Chicken product labels
  • Coca-Cola product bottle caps and reward coupons off of cases of Coca-Cola products
  • HP ink cartridges

For all programs and more, see our website at heyworthlibrary.com.


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