Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Holidays

On behalf of Board of Trustees and staff, I want to wish you a wonderful and happy holiday. We have had a very successful 2008 year. We have seen statistics increase in 2008. Our Circulation check-outs will be over 141,000 items for 2008. This is the highest total in the past five years. Our computer use figures have already surpassed last year and will probably finish around 25,000 sign-ups which does not include usage of of computers to search the library catalog.

Along with intrinsic values the Library provides, usage statistics are valuable measurements of how our Library is doing. As Director, it tells me that the library is an increasingly valuable asset to our community.The Library has just added material in Spanish for our collection. It is to assist patrons in our community whose first language is Spanish. The Spanish material will available to check out at the beginning of the year. The Library has also added a collection of Playaway Audio books in its Youth Adult collection. Playaway audio books are new popular items with library patrons across the county. So, we hope our Library's collection is used regularly.

As mentioned before we hope you have a wonderful Holiday/Christmas Season. Please stop and see us during this busy time of the year. See you at the Library.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and beginning of the holiday season

Dear Friends,

With the Thanksgiving a couple of days away and the holiday season almost upon us, I thought it might be fun to list ten things I am thankful for this holiday season. So here it goes,

1.) Becoming an uncle for the first time in my life.

2.) Living in a community (Wabash) that has so much to offer in terms of people's talents and gifts.

3.) Living in a town (Wabash) with such rich history and cultural events

4.) Family

5.) Health and shelter

6.) Being Director of your public library, working for an excellent Board of Trustees, and wonderful staff

7.) Patrons who I meet everyday and learn how the Library helps them

8.) Being part of a wonderful profession

9.) Not having to travel far for Holiday gatherings

10.) Fine Free Week (where the Library collects can goods for F.I.S.H. in return for waived fines)

What would you include in your top ten? As the busyness of the holiday season draws upon us, I hope that Library can assist in making this a joyful holiday season. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, stop by and see us. See you at the Library.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

2009 Library Conference (May 1, 2009)

Dear Friends,

As the I watch the colors in the trees change out the window of my office, it reminds me how quickly time goes and before you know it, it will be 2009. On May 1st, we have an exciting event here in Wabash. Every year, public libraries around the State of Indiana have an annual conference for their Indiana Library Federation District. Wabash Carnegie Public Library is in the geographic district called District II of the Indiana Library Federation. The Indiana Library Federation is a organization that supports and advocates for public libraries in the State. Geographically, public libraries west of Huntington, east of Williamsport, south of Plymouth, and north of Carmel are in District II. The location of the annual conference for each District changes every year. Wabash is hosting District II Conference for 2009 on May 1st which is a Friday.

Around 100 librarians and library support staff will come to Wabash on that day. The Library feels it is important to hold the conference in the Library as much as possible. Thus, the Library will be using the opportunity to showcase your library facility and other attractions in Wabash. Besides showing what a wonderful place the Wabash Carnegie Public Library and the community of Wabash is, it will also bring money in for the community. The attendees will put money into the community whether in the form of gas, coffee, meals, etc. It is also an opportunity for them to be introduced to Wabash and want to come back and see all that Wabash has to offer. By coming back, this means more money goes into the community.

If your business or organization would be interested in providing promotional material to the attendees, please let me know. We would also be interested in discussing prizes to your business or organizations for the participants during the conference. If your organization or business would be interested, please contact me at (260) 563-2972 or email me at See you at the Library.

Ware Wimberly, Director

Monday, September 15, 2008

Many thanks

I want use this blog post to thank the many people who made the first Community Read a success. I hope this is an project that can be repeated in the coming years. I want to thank the Wabash Carnegie Public Library Board of Trustees for their support of the Read. A thank you to Tracy Stewart, Celia Briggs, Danielle Miller, and Lavonne Sparling for their counsel and help in forming this event. Thank you to Cathy Day for writing The Circus In Winter and for coming to Wabash on September 4th. Cathy lead a workshop on Creative Writing for 22 students from Wabash High School's AP English Class. Over 30 people also participated in a program led by Cathy at the Library later in the day. Cathy discussed being a writer, her books, and the writing process at this program at the Library.

If you participated in the Community Read, I hope it provided some good memories of good literature and fellowship with others. I would welcome your comments. If another Community Read was organized, what books would you recommend? How could the Community Read be organized better?

Finally, thank you to all who read The Circus In Winter and attended the programs offered. I hope it was a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Presentation by Cathy Day at 6:00 p.m. on September 4th

Cathy Day will be here in Wabash at the Library to give a presentation at 6:00 p.m. on September 4th! Cathy is the author of the book entitled The Circus in Winter for the Community Read. We are excited about her being in Wabash with us and sharing here expertise, experience, and insight as a writer. If you have read or are reading her book(s), this is a chance to meet the author face to face and ask questions you might have for her.

We hope you join us. The date is September 4th at 6:00 here at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library. A sign-up sheet will at the Circulation Desk soon to sign up to attend (in order to estimate number of people attending).

Ware Wimberly III

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Circus in Winter copies to sell are here

The Library has put out copies of The Circus in Winter for sale. Each copy is $8.00. We hope you get a copy soon so more can be ordered if needed. We encourage you and a group of friends to get together and read the book. If I can be of any assistance in facilitating a book discussion, please let me know.

Also, the presentations by Bill Anderson and Mike Beauchamp will both be at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library starting at 6:30 p.m. Bill Anderson will be doing his program on the history of the Circus in Winter on August 7th (Thursday). Mike Beauchamp will be doing a presentation on Terrell Jacobs on August 19th (Tuesday). Both events should be quite worthwhile and we hope to see then.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Copies of The Circus in Winter are here to check out

The Library has added additional copies of The Circus in Winter for the Community Read in August. These additional copies can be checked out starting today. We plan to have copies to purchase, probably, starting July 21st.

A couple of notes on programs: The presentation by Bill Anderson on August 7th will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Program Room at the Library. The presentation by Mike Beauchamp on August 19th will be at 6:30 p.m. also at the Library in the Program Room.

We are excited about this event and hope to see you participate in.

Any questions you have, you may call Ware Wimberly at (260) 563-2972.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Circus is Coming to Wabash - Community Read in August

Please join us for the a Community Read in August, 2008. The Read involves people in the community in reading the same book within a certain time frame. Many communities around the country have done this. The book that has been chosen for this inaugural event is called The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day. It is a book about a circus company headquartered in a small Indiana town during the winter months and based on the author's experience growing up in Peru, IN. Copies of the book will be provided by the Library for a charge at the beginning of August.

Listed below is the schedule for the event:


Community Read featuring the book, The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day

Dates of Read: August 11th (Monday) to September 4th (Thursday) 2008.

Book: The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day; Copies of book will be available at Wabash Carnegie Public Library in August.

Schedule of Events Connected to this Community Read:
· Times to be announced in near future

July 26th (Saturday): Family Fun Day at the Wabash County Historical Museum (Circus Theme
Location: Wabash County Historical Museum

August 7th (Thursday): Presentation on the history of the Circus in Peru by Bill Anderson (Director of Circus Operations at Circus Festival)

August 11th (Monday): Official First Day to start reading Circus in Winter.

August 19th (Tuesday): Presentation of Terrell Jacobs and events associated with the escape of Modoc the elephant from the Great American Circus.

September 4th (Thursday): Final day of the Community Read and visit by author, Cathy Day, to Wabash.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Ware W. Wimberly at (260) 563-2972.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Catch the reading bug this summer

As summer approaches, we at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library invite you to come join us at the Library for some summer fun, particularly for children and teens. From June 2 to July 30, the Library's Summer Reading Program will be in session. The theme is Catching the Reading Bug. There are various activities for youth of all ages planned and we hope you join us. A number of special guests will be joining us including the Spoon Man, Dr. Insecta, and live animals from the Fort Wayne Zoo. For our young adults, there will be a Summer Smoothie Party and a Murder Mystery. Please check our website or stop by for further information.

Although summer is starting and activities are geared toward the outdoors, we invite you to continue to stop by the library and check out items for your reading pleasure. On a beautiful sunny day, what better than to be outside reading a good book whether it be a mystery, suspense, etc. Are you taking a trip? We have books on tape or CD to check out for those drives in the car. Regardless of your plans, we at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library want to help make it the best summer possible.

Have a great and safe summer!

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Known World and Hank the Cowdog

If you are wondering about this blog's title, it refers to one of the titles in the Wabash Carnegie Public Library’s Spring Book Series and the title of a well-known children’s series. The Wabash Carnegie Public Library has started it Spring Book Discussion Series entitled Voiceless under the guide of Lottie Waggoner. On April 10th, we will be having our second discussion for the book entitled Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. Sign-up has already started for the discussion on Woman Warrior on April 10th which is a Thursday. All book discussions will take place in the Library’s program room. We currently have copies at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library of Woman Warrior to buy at the Circulation Desk for $7.00. The third book discussion date has been changed to May 22nd which is also a Thursday. The third book discussion is on the book entitled The Known World by Edward P. Jones. We hope to see you at the book discussion evenings in April and May.

In April, the Wabash Carnegie Public Library is partnering with the Honeywell Center for a program featuring the Children’s author, John R. Erickson. John R. Erickson is a well known children’s author who is the author of the Hank the Cowdog book series. Hank the Cowdog books are about a dog that is head of security at a ranch out west. Mr. Erickson’s writings have resulted close to 40 books in the series and Hank the Cowdog website ( Mr. Erickson has written additional fiction and non-fiction literature and is a native of Texas. He will be at the Honeywell Center on April 15th to do a program. We are excited to have him come to Wabash.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Spring Book Discussion

Our Spring Book Discussion is soon approaching. Lottie Waggoner will be leading the discussion on three novels. We are excited that she will be leading the discussions and thank her for her time and expertise. The novels are Alias Grace, Woman Warrior, and The Known World. The Library will have dates and times very soon. We are excited and hope you join us for these wonderful discussions led by Lottie Waggoner.

As 2008 gets underway, we at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library strive to provide the best service we can. If there are things we as a staff can do better as a library, I welcome your commments/suggestions and will do my best to address them. Finally, let me thank the Trustees of the Wabash Carnegie Public Library for the opportunity to serve you. If one asked if I loved my work and Wabash, I would say yes to both.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Whats is happening at Wabash Carnegie Public Library?

It is 2008 and another year has passed. As we look back on 2007, it has been a successful year for Wabash Carnegie Public Library in serving the community of Wabash. As we at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library continue to strive to do our best for you, we hope you have a wonder and blessed New Year.

Join us this winter for a number of programs. For children/youth ages preschool to 12, there is a number of programs planned. There will be a preschool story hour each Tuesday and Wednesday starting January 15 and ending in mid March. There is a Toddler Time program each Thursday starting at 10 a.m. starting January 17th until February 28th.
In March, we will be having the Battle of Books which encourages reading by elementary and middle school children. In April, we will be having the Family Story Hour.

We also have programs planned geared to ages 7 to 12. On January 24th, the library is having a mother/daughter book discussion. The book "Tending to Grace" by Kimberly Fusco will be discussed. There is a book discussion specifically for teens on the book, "Twilight". This will be on Feb. 13th at 6 p.m. Looking to go to a mystery dinner party as a teen? Well, you need to attend the teen mystery theater party on March 20th.

We are working on programs for adults this winter and coming Spring. Information will be up soon about some programs in the works. If you want to attend any of or have questions on the programs above, don't hesitate to call us at (260) 563-2972.

Best regards,

Ware Wimberly III