June 2010

Dale Basinger is Friend of the Year; Friends 2010 Officers Announced
At their recent annual meeting, the Friends of Rowan Public Library presented the 2010 Friend of the Year Award to Dale Basinger, past Friends treasurer, for his years of service to the Friends. Outgoing president Fran Burding listed accomplishments and activities sponsored by the Friends over the past year, then called for election of officers. The Friends Board Officers for 2010-12 include Dale Basinger, president; Dane Hartgrove, vice president; Carolyn Sadler, secretary; and Gavine Pitner, treasurer (see photo. p.2). The highlight of the evening was the appearance of North Carolina

Left to right: Friends of RPL outgoing President Fran Burding and Friend of the Year Dale Basinger listen as RPL Director Jeff Hall announces Basinger’s award.

author Mark de Castrique, author of mysteries set in western North
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Summer Reading Programs For Children and Teens Kick Off in June
Join the children’s staff for a fun filled summer of reading and programs for children ages 12 months to rising 5th graders. Our Make a Splash arts and crafts Kick-off events will be held:

Thursday, June 10 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. South Rowan Regional, China Grove Friday, June 11 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. East Branch, Rockwell Saturday, June 12 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Headquarters, Salisbury

RPL staff and professional performers will entertain summer reading participants with a variety of programs beginning June 14 and running until July 29. Check with your local library for times and dates of all programs. Teen Summer Programs Starting June 14 and running through July 29, all rising 6th to 12th graders are invited to participate in many exciting events happening this summer at their library.
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Sponsored by the Friends of Rowan Public Library

Friends (Cont.)
Carolina. After his talk, he answered questions from audience members and signed his books. The Friends provided refreshments.

Summer Reading For Adults Too!
The 6th annual community-wide Summer Reading Challenge is back, and the theme this year is The Art of Being Human. The four books selected reflect upon the human condition, what it means to be human, and how humanity is changing. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Written by Mary Shelley in 1818 when she was just eighteen, Frankenstein was an instant bestseller. The earliest science fiction novel, Shelley’s novel examines both the potential and the consequences of science and artificial life when Dr. Frankenstein finds the power to make his creation rise off the laboratory table and walk among humans.
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Friends of RPL Board Officers, 2010-2012: Left to right: Dane Hartgove, vice president; Dale Basinger, president; Gavine Pitner, treasurer; and Carolyn Sadler, secretary.

Summer (Cont.)
All teen programs will be held:

Learn Fun Ways to Read With Your Young Child
RPL, Smart Start Rowan, and Salisbury-Rowan Reads are sponsoring reading workshops for parents of children ages 0-5. These free, interactive workshops will help parents learn the skills to encourage a love of reading in their children. Presenters will use classic and popular children’s books to model effective techniques in teaching read aloud strategies to parents. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call your local branch to register or 704-2168234 for more information. A free book will be given to each workshop family. Dates for the workshops are:

Mondays, 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m. East Branch, Rockwell Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m. Headquarters, Salisbury Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m. South Rowan Regional, China Grove.

Monday June 21 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m. South Rowan Regional Library, China Grove

• Wednesday June 23 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. Headquarters, Salisbury • Monday June 28 5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m. Headquarters, Salisbury •

Beach Bash — Thursday, July 29, 5:30 p.m. —7:00 p.m. South Rowan Regional

Tuesday June 29th 5:30 p.m. — 6:30 p.m. East Branch, Rockwell

Child care is not provided. Please make arrangements for your children.

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News, etc

A Gift That Keeps on Giving @ RPL

The Rowan Public Library Foundation was established in 1991 for the purpose of developing an endowment fund to support the improvement and expansion of public library resources and services for the benefit of the citizens of Rowan County. The Foundation encourages community investment through individual and corporate giving. Currently, the Foundation’s primary focus is to enhance the library’s collection of books and other resources for public use. There are now 137 named endowments, ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to over $100,000, which provide ongoing support for collection development. Endowments may be established in the name of the donor or in memory or in honor of someone. Please consider making a long term investment in your public library by establishing a named endowment through the Foundation. For information about setting up an endowment, please call Pam Nance at 704-216-8231. The Foundation is a tax-exempt public 501(c)(3) foundation and all contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the many individuals and organizations that have already established endowments. Following are some of the items acquired by Rowan Public Library with funds provided by the Foundation’s endowments. Phillip K. Barton Foundation Executive Director

We gratefully acknowledge these recent gifts: In Memory of Ann Boyd given by John and Jane Riley to the Christian Reid Book Club Endowment In Memory of Francis Luther given by Jean Luther and Mr. and Mrs. John Luther to the Francis M. Luther Endowment Terry Gibbons Endowment established by Edna Gibbons, Rob and Amy Gibbons Frost, Julie Gibbons and David Gibbons

Henry Pitts Hudson
How Many Cats? by Lauren Thompson

Mrs. Claude S. Morris
Make Your Own Purses & Bags by Anna-Marie D'Cruz

Byron C. & Jacqueline B. Taylor World Atlas of Dog Breeds by Dominique De Vito

Robert H. Reeves
Black’s Law Dictionary Bryan Garner, editor

JUNE 2010

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Ruth Camp Cook
A Kid’s Guide to Native American History: More than 50 Activities by Yvonne Wakim Dennis

Jan Safrit Staff Development
The Peace Book by Todd Parr

Lorene McKenzie Barringer
Innocent by Scott Turow

Jimmy and Gerry Hurley
Blood, Iron and Gold: How the Railroads Transformed the World by Christian Wolmar

F & M Bank
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

Dale Higbee, Ph.D.
Life Every Voice: The History of African American Music by Burton W. Peretti

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News, etc

June 2010 Computer Classes
RPL Headquarters Salisbury, 704-216-8229 Intermediate Excel
Monday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

East Rowan Library Rockwell, 704-216-7841 Intermediate Excel
Thursday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Beginners Internet
Tuesday, June 29, 1:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. Coming soon...Look for Beginners Microsoft Word July 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Headquarters.
All classes are free and open to the public. Dates and times correct at time of printing.

South Rowan Regional Library China Grove, 704-216-7737 Absolute Beginners Word
Monday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Fun With Flickr
Monday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

Adult Summer Reading (Cont.)
Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age by Maggie Jackson Jackson warns that society’s apparent addiction to constant multitasking and technology is cau sing a ma ss st ate of “distraction.” Along with losing our ability to maintain deep, perceptive attentiveness, we are also losing our foundation upon which to build intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout Set in smalltown, coastal Maine, thirteen lives and stories are tied together through the eyes of one unforgettable character, Olive Kitteridge, who leaves the reader with insight into the human condition. Covering a time span of 30 years, these stories involve Olive in one way or another, but many focus on other townspeople and their lives and emotions. Unsuspecting Souls: The Disappearance of the Human Being by Barry Sanders Sanders examines the loss of a collective consciousness and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution when a shift of attitude started. Our days are filled with a constant barrage of information and events that involve little personal interaction, which are leading to a threat on humanity. We invite you to read these selections, then join us on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. for a free reception and panel discussion at Waterworks Visual Arts Center and the adjoining F & M Trolley Barn. This program is brought to you by RPL, Waterworks Visual Arts
Rowan Public Library appreciates your gifts and will purchase materials for the library that can be enjoyed by our community for years to come.

Memorials and Honorariums
In Memory of Sylvia Zahalsky given by Rebecca Hyde In Memory of Ann Boyd given by Sarah Sugg

Center, Friends of RPL, Literary Bookpost, Catawba College, Livingstone College, and the Salisbury Post.
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Did You Know?
Look for gift baskets when you visit the Headquarters library after June 10. You’ll find Father's Day baskets on the first floor. Find baskets for birthdays thefor special Now is — time of milestones renew your year to as well as regular ones — as the in a membership alcove on the second floor Friend of Rowan all year Library Friends long. or to Public volunteers a create these become Friend for beautiful baskets Fill out the first time. and all proceeds go to the Friends the application on this for thethen take or mail benefit of the page, library. it to any RPL branch.

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Planning your vacations?
Remember that the Friends of RPL, along with Collette Vacations, present the San Francisco Getaway Tour, featuring Monterey and Sonoma Valley, September 13 – 17. Register now. Pick up the trip brochure and registration forms at the library. Call Melody Moxley at 704-216-8230 for more information.

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