Director's Note | May 2016

I’ve never been a “girlie-girl.”  I didn’t play with dolls, and I wasn’t into unicorns.  I never played dress up and completely bypassed the princess phase.  But growing up, a “unicorn-girl” lived in my neighborhood.  Most days, we’d get together and play on her swing set.  But, when the day was rainy, we’d play in her room with dolls and horse figurines.  I dreaded those rainy days in her room. 

I remember one time that this friend and I hosted a tea party.  We invited all of her horse figurines.  But, I wasn’t too bothered by that because we were hosting a very sophisticated event.  We served chamomile tea, cucumber cream cheese finger sandwiches, chipped beef toasts, apple turnovers, and three kinds of cheese.  Hey, we grew up in Wisconsin.  We listened to classical music and talked in phony accents and made sure that our pinky fingers were pointing upwards whenever we lifted our cups.  We were so posh…or at least for that one afternoon we were.

I will always remember that tea time, but my very favorite tea time is the one our staff enjoys every Thursday at the library.  There’s always a hot pot of tea, some baked goodies, lots of laughter...  and no horse figurines!  Since we know how to throw a tea party here at the library, we will be hosting our annual spring tea on May 1st.  This year’s event is a “Fairy Grandmother Tea,” and I’m sure it will be a very posh affair.

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Director's Note | February 2016

With the Super Bowl around the corner, we are reminded of the saying, "Any Given Sunday." Here's a summary of "Any Given Day" at the Pendleton Community Public Library.
No matter the day, like clockwork, a patron arrives to copy the crossword puzzle.  He's kind enough to make a few extra copies for patrons that he doesn't even know. If it's a Tuesday or Wednesday, one particular patron of the Senior Café will pick one of those up on her way to enjoy camaraderie and a hot meal at noon in the community room.  Afterwards, she may stay for BINGO.  And, she'll return on Friday to enjoy a spirited Dominoes competition.
Once school is out on Wednesday, forty teens will compete in a video game tournament played on a 65" screen.  The following day some of those same teens will convene the Anime Society to explore classic and new anime from Japan.
If the name of the day ends in Y, there's a good chance something is going on in the children's department.  We have book clubs on Monday, music and movement on Tuesday, family story time on Wednesday, toddler times on Thursday, and science on Friday.  In February, there's even a "Minute to Win It" family program on Sunday!
On Monday evenings, local knitters "sit, stitch, and unwind" in a bi-monthly knitting circle. And, on the last Saturday of the month, you'll find yogis of all levels enjoying an early morning workout.
No matter the day, there is always something going on at the Pendleton Community Public Library, and it just may surprise you.  Stop in and see what we're up to today!

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Director's Note | January 2016

I'm sure that many of us have childhood crafts in our homes, either made by ourselves or our children.  My mom still has a paperweight that I made in 1980, which I proudly dated "1908" in my 1st grade handwriting.  Perhaps you hung a less-than-perfect Christmas ornament on your tree this past season.  And, perhaps that ornament was made at the library during one of Miss Peggy's storytimes.
I remember the first storytime that I attended as the Director of the Pendleton Community Public Library.  The children literally ran into the storytime room and hugged Miss Peggy who started with her trademark song, "If You're Happy and You Know It."  The kids joined in with perfectly-timed hand claps and foot stomps.  Then they settled in to hear the featured story.  Afterwards, everybody did a craft and enjoyed a snack before heading home.  This time-tested routine has been a successful formula for storytimes throughout the years.  And, Miss Peggy has planned hundreds of them, all with fresh ideas.
Miss Peggy is the reason many patrons enter our doors for the first time and continue to visit week after week.  Well into adulthood, children will fondly remember storytime at the Pendleton Library and how special Miss Peggy made it. Give Miss Peggy a popsicle stick, some construction paper, and a set of googly eyes, and she'll turn it into a valued holiday keepsake.  She's the MacGyver of crafts. Her talents are many.  Her admirers are plentiful.  And her positive influence reaches further than we will ever know.
Miss Peggy, we love you and wish you all the best in retirement!

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Director's Note | July 2015

As the sky darkens with clouds, and we look forward to another rainy day, I think to myself that it's the perfect kind of day to spend at the library. You could...

  • Check out an adult Kindle HDX and get caught up with True Detective on HBO.
  • Play chess with another human.
  • Drink coffee next to a wall of windows, and watch the rain.
  • Photocopy and complete crossword and Sudoku puzzles from the daily newspapers.
  • Use the library's wi-fi or public computers to write a Haiku.
  • Download the Hoopla app, and listen to the new EP by Fall out Boy.
  • Browse through hundreds of cookbooks and plan your next dinner party.
  • Play with the toy train set in the children's department.
  • Check out How to Draw Dogs and sketch the Chihuahua.
  • Research your grandparents using the library's genealogy collection and
  • Build a fort with toy blocks in the children's discovery room.
  • Learn to speak Pirate using Mango Languages.
  • Join the seed library.
  • Read a book!


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Director's Note | June 2015

At a recent meeting, we introduced ourselves by telling the group what we liked about our job.  This is an easy question for me, and one that has several possible answers.  I stood up and said that I liked the variety at the Pendleton Community Library.
You never know what a day at the PCL will throw at you.  Two Fridays ago, Sara and I were taking apart a toilet, trying to get it to stop running.  Earlier that day, I was taking apart shelving.  The last time I was at Dollar General, I bought 40 bottles of laundry detergent for Project Suds.  The last time I was in Marsh, I walked out with an overflowing cart of day-old bread.  Today I was in Indianapolis for a meeting. Yesterday I was in Anderson for a meeting.  And last Friday, I was in Carmel for a conference.  On Sunday, I was at the Mad Hatter's Tea, talking with a rabbit.  And, the very next day, I met an Iditarod racer and a bona fide sled dog.  Some days, I find myself digging in the dirt out in the community garden.  And other days, I find myself digging through blueprints for the answer to a question.
Like they say, "Variety is the spice of life."  It helps us "Escape the Ordinary," which is this year's theme for the adult summer reading program.  The library offers daily opportunities to escape the ordinary, and not only for those of us who work here.  Our collection of movies and books has something to offer, no matter what your tastes.  Our programs for kids include traditional storytimes and fun activities like "Kids in the Kitchen," "Kidz Rock," and our upcoming "Donuts with Daddy."  Our teen space is packed full on Wednesdays and Thursdays for those who just want to socialize and snack and for those who want to play video games on the 65" screen.  Upcoming programs for adults include UFOs in Indiana, a digital photography workshop, edible landscapes, and a holistic health fair.
Whatever your age, whatever you like, whatever the day...  There is always something going on at the Pendleton Community Public Library, for YOU. 

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Director's Note | June 2016

I have something in common with George Costanza. I prefer to not leave anonymous tips. When I see a tip jar, I'm happy to put something in there. I just want the person working there to SEE me put something in there. Unlike George, I'm not going to take my tip OUT if an employee hasn't witnessed my good deed. It's all in the timing.

If you are an anonymous tipper, I admire you. But, if you are an anonymous donor who just contributed $500 for a library-sponsored open swim at Brown Pool...well, you're basically a hero. This person (who shall remain nameless) should also be a hero in your book because you can benefit from his or her generosity. The anonymous sponsorship, given in the library's name, will allow YOU, dear patron, to swim FOR FREE at the library's open swim event scheduled for Friday, June 3rd from 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Brown Pool.

Swim, slide, splash, and just enjoy an all-out good time at the pool. Some familiar library faces will be there, hosting fun activities and registering kids for the Pendleton Library's summer reading program. This year's theme is "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ," and it's bound to be our best year yet with the Mascot Stampede, the Great Worm Race, and lots of awesome prizes. Registration begins Tuesday, May 31st, and participants can register at any time during the program which runs through July 8th. We hope to see you at the library, and the pool, this summer!

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Director's Note | March 2016

I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where it's REALLY cold.  Our fireplace would warm our house every night from September to April.  I have many fond memories of reading in front of that fire.
My mom used to work in the office of a pallet-making plant in the town where we lived.  There was always lots of scrap wood to be had, and every summer, we would have a dump truck deliver a pile of wood blocks in our yard.  We would spend countless hours, throwing those blocks into our basement through the trap door.  My parents would pay us by the hour, and I would always take my earnings up to the local bookstore to purchase the latest book in the Sweet Valley High series.  I must've read at least 30 books in that series, many of them while cozied up in front of the fire.  That's home to me.
And now, there is a little bit of that homey feeling here at the Pendleton Library.  Due to a generous donation made by the PHHS Class of 1953, we have a warm, cozy fireplace in our Indiana Room.  I enjoyed its warmth just the other day while doing a bit of reading.  Unfortunately, it wasn't the light reading I was hoping for.  But, even reading a 77-page document issued by the State Board of Accounts was actually nice in front of that fire.  I invite you to enjoy it as well.  Grab a book or magazine, of which we have plenty, and cozy up at your local library.

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Director's Note | November 2015

In 1984, I walked to K-Mart with $30 cash in my pocket so that I could buy Trivial Pursuit.  I proudly purchased my very own "Genius edition," only to find out later that it was actually the "Genus edition."  I should have figured right then and there that Trivial Pursuit was going to be way over my 11 year-old head.
The first time I landed on pink, I was ready to show off my trivia chops.  After all, I'd seen about every Harrison Ford movie to date, AND I knew all the members of Duran Duran.  Well, what I didn't know was where Clifton Clowers lived.  I didn't even know who Clifton Clowers was.  I also didn't know a thing about Charlie Chaplin, Sergeant Bilko, or Eydie Gorme.  In the end, my mom earned her final wedge, and I had nothing.  I wanted my money back.
As an adult, I now know that playing games is not always about winning.  It's about having fun with friends and family.  It's about making memories that are still vivid more than 30 years later.  It's about laughing at somebody's terrible Pictionary drawing, like the one I have hanging on the bulletin board behind my desk.  It's about ladies who lunch over bridge or Mah Jong.  It's about chess tournaments in urban parks.  And, it's about cribbage games with Mom, a game affectionately referred to as "math class" by my husband.
If you like games, you will have to visit the library on November 21st, International Games Day.  The library will be a hubbub of gaming activity for all ages.  You'll find board games, video games, and even life-sized games.  Reconnect with your inner child and your competitive spirit on International Games Day.  And remember that it's all about having fun...but winning doesn't hurt.

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Director's Blog | October 2015

The other night, we were grilling out and realized that we didn't have any steak sauce.  Naturally, I went online to find a good recipe.  You've been there before.  Maybe not for steak sauce, but perhaps you were trying to find a recipe for an old-fashioned apple pie or a lip-smacking mojito.  You want the classic, that tried-and-true recipe.

The first steak sauce recipe I found called for raisin paste.  The second one had FOURTEEN ingredients.  So, I headed to my bookshelf to retrieve my copy of The Joy of Cooking, the encyclopedia of classic, tried-and-true recipes.  But, by the time I headed back into the kitchen with this tome in my hand, my husband had already started creating his own steak sauce.

In the Age of Google, we think that we don't need cookbooks.  After all, we can find a million recipes online with reviews, suggested adjustments, and photos.  But, when you want the best recipes all in one place, nothing beats a cookbook.  Cookbook recipes are the ones that have won blue ribbons.  They are the standbys that we bring to pitch-ins, where others ask for the recipe.

Earlier this week, at a staff luncheon, I took a bite of a tomato pie, the likes of which I have never tasted before.  It was made by Kristen Case, who plans great programs for our patrons.  When I asked for the recipe, she said that I could find it in the Friends of the Library cookbook.  I quickly shelled out my $9 to buy this cookbook, a collection of 100 tried-and-true recipes submitted by members of your community. 

The Friends of the Library cookbook is available for purchase at the library.  Buy yours today and get back to raisin paste necessary!

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Director's Blog | September 2016

September is finally upon us, and with that comes some exciting events in Pendleton, like the Annual Heritage Fair, the Homecoming Parade, and the Friends of the Library Lucky Duck Race.  I'll admit that I didn't even know what a duck regatta was until the Friends hosted their first one three years ago.  Considering that I grew up surrounded by lakes and streams, I feel like I missed some great opportunities for launching things into the water and watching them race!  It's comical how suspenseful a duck race can be when it comes down to simply watching inanimate objects float down river.  But, when that winning duck is pulled out of the water, you sure do hope that it's your number printed on the bottom.
Since June, the Friends of the Library have been selling ducks for their annual duck race, their single biggest fundraising event of the year.  Soon, they'll have "all of their ducks in a row" so to speak, and will host what's sure to be a fun event in tandem with the Heritage Fair.
At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th, we will launch nearly 200 ducks into The Falls and watch for the lucky winner to cross the finish line.
The Friends of the Library are a great group with lots of exciting things going on.  They are always looking for new members with creative ideas on how to help support the library.  Plus, joining the Friends is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your local community.  For more information, call the library at 778-7527, or visit us at the Falls on September 10th and see first-hand what the Friends are up to!

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Director's Blog | September 2015

Last month, we got a new dog, Big Dan.  As you can imagine from his name, which was given to him by the fine folks at the humane society, he's a big boy.  Like, he's huge.  He's so huge that I am not even sure he can stand up in the biggest crate I've seen at the three pet stores I've visited thus far.  So, Big Dan has the run of the house.
So far, Dan has scratched our windowsills, chewed a pot holder, and put teeth marks on our antique hope chest.  Each time, I've made excuses.  We're getting new windowsills anyway.  When do I ever use a pot holder?  And, I never liked that chest very much.  I love this big galoot.  But, I don't want him to destroy our house.  This is where the library comes in.
On OverDrive I found books about dog training.  They suggested things like keeping music on, hiding "acceptable chew toys" around the house, and generally setting him up for success.  In our collection, I found a few recipes for dog treats so I can make perfectly-sized snacks to stuff into his Kong.  And, among my staff, I have found such great support.  They have listened to Big Dan stories for the past five weeks and have offered similar stories of their own.
Whatever your current challenge may be, the library has resources to help you.  Whether it's an article or book with suggested solutions, or the comfort in telling a story to a library staff member with a sympathetic ear, we're here to help you in any way we can. 

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Director's Notes | August 2015

Some things you never forget. I remember the first time I heard Pearl Jam, the first time I ate a roll of Sprees, and the first time I experienced Mad Libs. My mom brought a Mad Libs booklet on an airplane to entertain my sister and me. To this day, I still wonder how she ended up on the cutting edge of childish humor by knowing about this fun activity before we did. But, she WAS a newspaper editor after all, and Mad Libs helped with those tricky parts of speech that we needed to know when we were still required to diagram sentences. 

If you don't know what Mad Libs are, we invite you to come to the library to experience them for the first time. Basically, you fill in the blanks of a story without knowing the context. For example, think of a noun...a person, place or thing. Now, use that word to complete this sentence. "I wish >BLANK< grew on trees." You wish bacon grew on trees?? Hilarious!! (If you're eight years old.) As a teen, it might be mildly entertaining. But, as an adult, that image is the stuff that dreams are made of. No matter your age, Mad Libs are retro fun!

As we continue along our long-range planning timeline, we're ready to get out there to engage you, dear patron, in conversation about YOUR public library. Our launching point is Mad Libs. We think you're more likely to talk with us if we start with a fun activity. So, keep your eyes open for your friendly library staff as we appear in various spots around town. Stop by the community booth at the farmers' market, or pick up a sheet at the library. Try Mad Libs for the first time, or the umpteenth time. Either way, we ask that you "do it for fun, then do it for real." 

Lynn Hobbs

PCL Director

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