Notes April/May 2009

Musician Jim Gill Will Bring His Family Room Tour to the Library
Get ready for an energetic and entertaining evening during National Library Week, as award-winning musician Jim Gill brings his Family Room Tour to the library. Jim's special after-hours concert will take place on Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. and is suitable for the whole family. Free tickets will be available at the Youth Services Department starting April 10. The musician offers more than a show to watch — he also beings an opportunity for family play. Anyone who has ever seen one of Jim's family concerts knows that rather than performing for the children and parents, he leads them to sing and play together. In concert, Jim bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, jumps, dances and even sneezes along. His concerts are filled with songs from Jim's award-winning recordings and features sing-alongs of Jim's musical books for young children. Jim is the author of two picture books, A Soup Opera and May There Always Be Sunshine. He has also released fi
ve musical recordings for children. The most recent, Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times, was one of only two music recordings in the nation to receive a 2007 Notable Children's Recording Award from the American Library Association.


Landscape Improvement Project Will Begin in April
Change is Coming...Later this month renovations will begin on exterior portions of our property to realize a strategic plan goal to "improve access, aesthetics, and safety of the exterior areas" of the library. The Time is Right...The library has been working on this for over a year and a half. It was determined, given the amount of donated funds available and the prospect of extremely competitive bids due to the current economic environment, that this is the right time to move forward. The Project Begins...The project was bid with a base estimate of $80,000 and alternates totalling $57,000. Landscape By Design was the winning bidder with a base bid of $54,306 and alternates totaling $42,726 for a total projected cost of $97,032. Safety First...The most notable improvement will be replacing the rock beds in the parking lot to address the safety issue of an uneven and shifting surface as people walk across the lot. We will also be moving the flag pole in order to repair the crumbling base and prevent the flag from repeatedly getting caught in nearby trees. Other improvements will include a shaded seating garden near the entrance to the library funded by a $25,000 gift from the Friends of Porter Public Library. A Special Thank You to Our Generous Donors...The Board of Trustees is extremely pleased that all of the work on this project will be paid for by funds previously donated to the library. The donated funds have come from a variety of sources including the Friends of the Library, the Board of Trustees, and individual donations either designated for landscaping or unspecified and to be used at the library's discretion. Arbor Day Dedication...The Westlake Garden Club will be making a donation of a crabapple tree, supplied by Cahoon Nursery, to be planted during an Arbor Day celebration at 11:00 am on April 18th at the library.


Director's Notes: The Gift of Reading
For most people April 15th is not a day to look forward to. For me it is a wonderful time, as my son Alex shares a birthday with one of the most infamous dates on the calendar. Alex will turn twelve this year and recently I was both amazed and proud as I watched him devour a 340 page book in two days and then ask for the sequel. All three of my children were given the gift of reading at a very early age, not because their father is a librarian but because their mother kept them up past bed time reading book after book. Not everyone is comfortable with or knows how to read to a child. In January of 2009 the report Developing Early Literacy was released. It "analyzed more than 3,000 studies and created several powerful, research-based recommendations for early childhood educators, parents and policy-makers on how to promote effective lifelong learning." Many of the recommendations are modeled during story times offered at the library, which are based on the Every Child Ready to Read initiative sponsored by the Ohio Library Council and the State Library of Ohio. April is host to National Library Week (April 12 - 18). There is no better time to reflect on the importance of early literacy for our children and to bring them to a storytime. For more information visit
Andrew Mangels, Director


Monday Movies ReturnThe adult-oriented Monday evening movies are starting up again for 2009—scheduled on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. We are trying some new releases this year. In case DVD release dates are changed, registration is suggested so that we can inform attendees if substitutions must be made. Our first two scheduled films are:

April 20: Doubt: the Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep as a nun crusading against a priest (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) she suspects of abusing a student. MPAA rating: PG-13

May 18: Enchanted April: The "wisteria and sunshine" at an Italian villa work wonders for four ladies fleeing the dreary skies of London. MPAA rating: PG

Worlds Connect @ Your Library
National Library Week - April 12 - 18
Staying home for Spring Break? Then head on up to the library, where we'll be celebrating National Library Week (April 12 - 18)! We'll have programs, freebies, movies and more to keep all ages occupied.