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    Job Searching:
    Prepare here for the hunt
    The library provides a wide variety of aids for anyone looking for a job or
    career change. Library materials, programs and Web resources help
    jobseekers brush up on interview skills, update a resumé, compose an
    effective cover letter and more. Wifi, computer labs and laptops at
    the library furnish free Internet access and a way for people to set
    up e-mail accounts for communicating with potential employers.

    Attend these programs & ask the professionals for pointers
    See the Program Guide insert of this newsletter for details.
    Using Networking in Your Job Search – May 16
    Building Resumés & Strategies for the Job Search – May 21
    Introductory classes for Computers, the Internet, One-on-One E-mail,
    MS Word and Excel – Various dates and times.

    Research the job market and businesses before you apply
    Log on and click on the “Online Collections” tab
    for helpful databases.
    Reference USA database gives annual sales, number of employees, manage-
    ment directories, and UCC filings for U.S. businesses.
    Business & Company Resource Center database provides access to company
    profiles, product brands, company performance ratings, financial overviews, etc.               Directions

                                                                                                 Ups and downs in today’s economy
    Explore the library’s online guides
    Three job-related Explore guides on the library Web site supply book titles, Web             Top 10 Destinations

    sites, eResources, and search starters for the specific topic.                                Hot spots on our new Web site
    Click on the “Explore” tab to find these guides:
                                                                                                 From the Archives
                                                 Careers 101                                     Westerville’s first organized
                                                 Jobs                                            baseball game

                                  Stop by or log on during National Library Week
                                  Read. Relate. Reuse.
                                  National Library Week (NLW), April 13-18, will feature a Disney family film, storytimes
                                  for every age, a book discussion gathering, a family concert by nationally acclaimed
                                  children’s musician Jim Gill, and an opportunity to share your thoughts in a customer
                                  survey. Throughout the week, you’re invited to pause for a moment at the NLW table,
                                  relate your thoughts on the survey and receive a reusable tote bag provided by Kroger
                                  and Time Warner Cable (while supplies last). Pick up a handy reminder to read, relate,
                                  and reuse – our bookmark embedded with wildflower seeds.
                                                             Notes from Library director Don Barlow

Annual awards are                        Ups and Downs
pleasure to present
                                         It seems there’s always an upside to every downside. In January
Over the years, the Friends have         the Wall Street Journal reported jumps in usage of libraries around
given three annual awards with spe-      the country, finding that library visits in some places were up as
cial significance to our organization     much as 65% since 2007. In 2008, for the first time in our history, the
and the library. These awards were       number of items checked out at the library exceeded 2 million.
established when the Friends raised
                                         At a time when jobs are disappearing, the auto industry is shaky and
funds only from used book sales
and the awards comprised a large         foreclosures are high, our library is busy providing the print resourc-
percentage of the Friends treasury.      es, Web sites, computer instruction and online access our visitors
                                         need to make crucial financial and personal decisions. In February
How things have changed and for the
                                         alone, we circulated more than 5,500 items every day, had 92,000
better! The awards have increased
                                         Web visits for the month and cardholders are up by 8%. Assisting
monetarily over the years and are
meaningful especially in our current     our users at this difficult time is a service we take seriously.
economic times.                          The downside for the library has been the reduced funding from the
The Virgil Raver award is given to a     state of Ohio. The estimated 8% decline for 2009 has come true.
staff member for educational develop-    In January we increased the overdue fine amounts and revised the
ment, the Jane Bradford award to the     cap for fines, adjusting it to allow for replacement costs of materi-
Library Director for his discretionary   als. We also are under a hiring freeze, have reduced our property
use and the Harold Hancock award to      maintenance spending and scaled back our budget for new library
the Local History Center.
Your membership dues, donations          Ups and downs are with us. We ask for your support and under-
and purchases in the Friends Shoppe      standing during this difficult economic time, as we will continue to
make these awards possible.              work to maintain the level of service you have come to expect from
                                         your library.
    -- Arlene Roeder, President

  Top 10 destination spots on the Web site
  In mid-January the library Web site took on a fresh look as well as new resources and links.
  Since then, visitors have been logging on to their favorite places. These are the top spots in
  order of popularity:
   1. Home Page/catalog
   2. Events Calendar
   3. Contact Us
   4. Room Reservation Calendar
   5. Jobs
   6. Books
   7. Suggest-a-Purchase
   8. Movies
   9. Library Card Policies
  10. Online Collections
hot titles                                                                                From the archives
                                                                                          of the Library’s Local History Center

BOOKS & MOVIES coming soon                                                                    Early baseball game

When a child is kidnapped at a birthday party at Camp David, the                              In June of 1884 two baseball teams were
                                                                                              organized in Westerville. The first game be-
First Lady calls on Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the
                                                                                              tween these rival teams – the Westerville Fire
child back safely in First Family by David Baldacci. (Apr.)                                   Company and a group named the Westerville
                                                                                              Amateurs – was played as part of a creek
While Los Angeles Times reporter Jack McEvoy investigates                                     side picnic.
whether a 16 year old in jail for murder may actually be innocent, he
becomes the target of the real killer in The Scarecrow by Michael                             The excursion to the picnic site required
Connelly. (May)                                                                               twelve coaches to transport all of the play-
                                                                                              ers and their eager supporters. The brass
A bestselling author and likable family man is drawn into an unlikely                         band of Galena entertained the group as
confrontation with an influential but sociopathic critic in the latest                         they feasted on the contents of their picnic
thriller from Dean Koontz, Relentless. (June)                                                 baskets. Then the game commenced.

Knitting shop owner Lydia Goetz offers a new class called Knit to                             Played on the side of a hill beside the
Quit for people who are trying to quit something, such as smoking,                            boulder-strewn banks of the creek, this
                                                                                              baseball game ended in a dispute in the
or a bad relationship, in Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie                                  eighth inning with both sides vowing to start
Macomber. (May)                                                                               over at a re-match on a later date. Finally on
                                                                                              July 18, 1884, the long anticipated rematch
Photographer Hope Dunne falls for bad boy Irish writer Finn O’Neill                           was played. The game ended with a score of
in Matters of the Heart, a tale of obsessive love by Danielle Steel.                          8 for the Westerville Amateurs and 36 for the
(June)                                                                                        Westerville Fire Company.

Spring DVDs                                                                                   Today, on baseball diamonds in parks
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (May); The Day the Earth Stood                            throughout Westerville, baseball players
Still (Apr.); Doubt (Apr.); New in Town (June); Last Chance Harvey (May);                     gather on spring and summer evenings to
The Reader (Apr.); The Tale of Despereaux (Apr.); Yes Man (Apr.)                              carry on the rich tradition of baseball in our
All release dates are subject to change.
                                                                                                  -- compiled by Beth Weinhardt,
-- compiled by Tricia Ross, Collection Development Coordinator                                         Local History Coordinator

Ming Trammel joins Board of Trustees
The Library board welcomed new trustee Ming Shi Trammel at the group’s first meeting of 2009
held January 27. She serves as Senior Researcher at the Ohio State University’s Kirwan Insti-
tute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity where she has organized a national conference, written
grants and managed staff members on projects concerning religious diversity, education and
health disparities.
Ming brings strong leadership and partnerships with community and university groups to her
position on the board. Through her position with the Kirwan Institute, she has met a variety of
community leaders and served on the African American Male Advisory board, the Juvenile Justice
Planning Initiative of the Urban League and United Way of Central Ohio.
Her roots in the Columbus area stretch back more than three decades.
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For Children & Families
Saturday Tales                                     B.A.S.H. (Books After School Hooray!)            Library Lil’Uns Playgroup
Every Saturday, 11-11:30 a.m.                      Tuesdays, April 21, May 19, 4-5 p.m.;            Tuesday, May 12 & 26, 10-11 a.m.
Forget Saturday morning cartoons – enjoy           June 26, 11 a.m.-noon.                           Join us for an hour of free open play.
storytime fun for all ages!                        Books, fun and activities for ages 6 and older   Ages 2-5.
                                                   (children only, please).
Family Films                                                                                        Nature Walk & Picnic
Mondays, April 13, May 4, June 22, 7 p.m.          Fourth Friday Storytimes                         Friday, June 19, 10 a.m.-noon
Bring your blankets, pillows and snacks to see     Fridays, April 24, May 22 & June 26, 7-8 p.m.    at Sharon Woods Metro Park.
kid-friendly movies. (rated G)                     Stop by the story swing, 33 East College Ave.,   Kick off summer with a walk and picnic.
                                                   for stories read by library staff. All ages.     Drink and snack provided. All ages.
Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Wednesdays in April, May & June, 7-8 p.m.          Home School Book Club                            Remy and Friends Get Creative
or Sundays, May 3, June 7 & 28, Register for       Tuesday, April 28 & May 26, 2-3 p.m.             Monday, June 29, 7-8 p.m.
five minutes of read-aloud time with a gentle       Kids ages 6 and older discuss their favorite     Juggling, puppetry and magic by Remy the
dog. Ages 6 & up.                                  books. Parents welcome.                          ventriloquist. All ages.

Jim Gill Family Concert                            “I Want My DVD!” Movie Time                      Brown Bag Story Time
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.                        Saturday, May 2 & June 27, 2-4 p.m.              Wednesday, June 24, 11 a.m.-noon.
Families dance & sing to Jim Gill’s banjo fun.     Bring snacks and friends to see movies on        Thirty minutes of stories, then time for a
                                                   the big screen. Rated PG. Ages 6 & up.           picnic. Lunch is optional. Drinks and
                                                                                                    cookies provided by McDonald’s.

   Summer Reading
   Kick-Off Day
   Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m.
   All ages can get registered, pick up a log and begin
   reading for fun & prizes!                                                     Discover
                                             10 a.m. - 2 p.m.                    Ra e Drawing
      See yourself on the Boogie Heads screen!                                   Thursday, April 16
                                                                                 Discover Egypt when you complete the activity sheets.
     Get Crafty!                                                                 Enter the raffle for tickets to the Egypt exhibit at the
                                                                                 Columbus Museum of Art.
         Show your creative side by making
         a simple craft.                                                         COSI Science Spot: Lost Egypt
                                                                                 May 18 - May 23
     A reading program for every age.                                            Experience Egypt at the library with this interactive
                                                                                 exhibit presented by COSI. For all ages.
            Be Creative!Kids ages infant
             @ Your Library through grade 5                                      Preschool Special: Destination Egypt
                                                 MASTER                          Friday, May 22, 10-11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
                                                 the Art of                      Stories, games and a dig for Egyptian tomb treasures.
                                             READING                             Ages 2-5. Registration opens April 22.
        for teens grades 6 - 12              Adults 18 & older
programs                                                                     For Teens Only (Ages 12-18)
                                                                             No-School Gaming Tournament
                                                                             Monday, April 13, 1-4:30 p.m.
                                                                             Teens-only Super Smash Brothers tournament.
  For ‘Tweens                                                                Register by 12:30 p.m. on game day.
  Only                                                                       Write in the Middle
  (Ages 8-11)                                                                Tuesdays, April 21 & May 5 & 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
                                                                             Grades 6-9 get tips and share reading, writing and illustrating stories.
  Kids Knit
  Wednesdays, April 15 & 29 and May 13 & 27, 4-5:30 p.m.                     Teen Volunteers (T.V.)
  Learn to knit or work on projects with other knitters.                     Thursday, May 7, 7-8 p.m.
  For details go online or call ext. 4. Ages 7-11                            T.V.s serve as an advisory board for the teen librarian. Ages 12 and
                                                                             older can find out about volunteering with summer reading programs.
  ‘Tween the Lines
  Thursdays, April 23; May 14 & 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.                           Career Shop Workshop
  and June 11 & 25, 6:30-8 p.m.                                              Monday, May 18, 7-8 p.m.
  Love to write and draw? Bring pencil, pad and flash drive.                  Explore career options with pointers from DeVry University.
                                                                             Registration opens May 4.

        For a complete calendar of events, please log on to and click on the calendar or call
        (614) 882-7277 ext. 4 for Youth or Teen programs and
         ext. 3 for Adults. Registration (if required) is available    To Register
        online or by phone.

For ‘Tweens & Teens                       (Ages 8-18)

Nintendo DS Afternoon                                                             After-School Gaming
Saturdays, April 18 & May 16, and Wednesdays, June 17 & 24, 2-3:30 p.m.           Mondays, April 20 & 27; May 4, 11 & 18 and June 1 & 8,
Bring your own DS, some games and friends. Refreshments.                          3-5 p.m. Play all kinds of video and board games.

Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokémon                                                                  Brawlers, Duelers & Trainers
Sundays, April 19 & May 17, 2-4 p.m.                                              Mondays, June 15-July 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Bring your deck and friends for gaming in the Activity Center.                    Bring Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokémon cards or Battle Brawlers for dueling.

      For Adults
      Using Networking in Your Job Search                                        E-Mail, Word 2007 and Excel. Visit online or call for dates
      Saturday, May 16, 2-3 p.m.                                                 and times. Registration required.
      Leverage your job search strategy with networking.
      Presenter Karin Combs, Source One Career Coaching.                         Book Discussion Group
                                                                                 Third Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
      Building Resumés and Strategies for the Job Search                         April 15, Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor; May 20,
      Thursday, May 21, 4-5:30 p.m.                                              The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion; and June 17,
      Conquer today’s workplace with a quality resumé and polished self-         One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus.
      presentation. Presenter Meg Barkhymer, director of the Otterbein
      College Center for Career Planning. Registration encouraged but            Westerville Poetry Group
      not required.                                                              Third Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
                                                                                 Discussion, original poetry readings and optional open
      Beginning Computer Classes                                                 mike. Come to share or simply listen.
      Staff present introductory classes on Computers, Internet,

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