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The INDEPENDENT, August 19, 2010
Between the Bookends
by Nancy Burch, Librarian
Vernonia Public Library
Whew! Summer Reading, Jamboree
and the Book Sale are done for another
year. Jennifer, Kelli, and Linda had a busy
six weeks of planning and implementing
activities relevant to the theme of “Make a
Splash! READ!” Over 40 youngsters par-
ticipated at various times, with the majority
of these completing their reading goals to
receive some great prizes. The “water”
party was the concluding event and the
entry in the Jamboree parade earned these youngsters a 1st place
in the Kids’ Division, with Sentry Market again donating candy to
throw during the parade. Summer Reading is a lot or work and a
lot of fun, with the main goal always being to introduce youngsters
to the joy of reading and to encourage them to love books and
The book sale went wonderfully well. Many thanks to everyone
who donated books and bought books and to those wonderful
Friends of the Library who worked so hard organizing the materi-
als, working during the sale, boxing the remaining books and get-
ting the meeting room back into useable order. All proceeds will be
used to supplement library programs, materials, and services.
New acquisitions include Fragile by Lisa Unger, Burn by Neva-
da Barr, The Search by Nora Roberts, Fly Away Home by Jennifer
Weiner, Hangman by Faye Kellerman, Queen of the Night by J. A.
Jance, Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb, Shadow Zone by Iris
Johansen, and Work Song by Ivan Doig.
Vernonia Prevention Coalition has deemed that library materi-
als on helping both adults and youngsters to make wise choices
are vitally important to the community. Library staff has been se-
lectively choosing materials to meet that goal. Topics of some of
the materials chosen to date include bullying, feelings and emo-
tions, making and keeping friends, personal hygiene, alcohol and
drug use, eating disorders, controlling anger, managing stress and
anxiety, and stranger danger. All of these items will be identified as
having been donated by VPC. The hope is that patrons will use
these materials and that the community as a whole will benefit
from the information they provide.
The campaign to raise $1,000 for this year’s book budget has
reached $455.00. Every donation is greatly appreciated and dona-
tions will be accepted until the goal is met.
Movies this month will include Fly Away Home, to be shown on
Friday, August 20 at 4:30 p.m.; Julie & Julia, to be shown on
Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.; and Mary Poppins, to be shown
Open in Vernonia
Wednesdays and Saturdays
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call for appointments
805 Bridge Street
Small and Large Animals
Saturday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m.
Book discussion will take place Monday, August 23, at 5:30 p.m.,
with Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love being the topic.
Working in the library is probably one of the best occupations
one could have and, because of that, almost everything I write in
this column is of a positive nature, BUT!!!!! Patrons must return
items on time and pay fines on overdue items.
All materials, except movies, have a three-week check-out pe-
riod and may generally be renewed one time, if no one is waiting
for that particular item. Movies have a one-week check-out period
and, unless an emergency arises, may not be renewed. Fines for
overdue movies are 50¢ per day and fines on other items are 10¢
per day. Keep these policies in mind when borrowing from the li-
brary. It is unfair to other patrons to keep items beyond the due
date, and is stealing if library materials are not returned. We do
not always have staff time to remind patrons by phone or letter of
overdue materials. Be sure to get a reminder sticker with the due
date, and get items back on time.
Vernonia Public Library: 701 Weed Avenue
Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tues., Thu. 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Preschool Story Time: Mondays, 10:30 a.m. when school is
Community Theater’s first play,
Robin Hood, deemed a success
Enthusiastic audiences wel-
comed both performances of
Vernonia Community Theater’s
first production, “Robin Hood”,
on July 30 and 31, at Washing-
ton Grade School.
Sherwood Forest came to
life with a stunning backdrop
designed and painted by Justin
Rainbolt, Kacy Strand and
Abby Nicks. Music and songs
of the era enriched the play and
provided a medieval atmos-
phere with preludes and inter-
ludes performed by cast mem-
bers and Friday guest artists,
the Hardy Family.
The cast included Anthony
Pelster as Robin Hood, Bran-
don Krause as Little John,
Bridger Steward as Friar Tuck,
Alisa Levenseller as Will Scar-
let, Charlette Burghard and
Maria Pelster as Lord and Lady
Silvershins, and Kaytee Burg-
hard as the evil Sheriff of Not-
tingham. Sarah Wagner per-
formed three roles: Swithin, a
herald and King Richard. Other
cast members included Coral
Pearl, Elizabath Aeh, Patrick
McKenzie Willard, Jessica
Smith, Kailia Jackson, and Ja-
cob and Kaitlyn Eyrrick. Aman-
da Mikalow played Much the
Miller and designed the pro-
Carol Pelster wrote the
script, adapted from the classic
Robin Hood story, and directed
the play. Theresa Morris, with
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assistance from Lee Anne
Krause and Camryn Eyrrick,
was the able Stage Manager.
Debroah Aeh was Costume
Mistress; Lea Zinzer was Musi-
cal Director; Mark Brown and
Tom Ramsey managed the
light and sound systems; and
Tobie Finzel handled tickets
and finances. Two of Doran
Lower’s Graphic Arts students,
Alyssa Loggins and Katie
Ellington, designed the striking
poster and Robin Hood logo.
Mathias Kreuther, a former
Vernonia exchange student
from Germany currently visiting
his host family, the Stewards,
assisted with the painting, as
did several other adult volun-
teers. The cast and crew
worked together before the
performances in a very fo-
cused three week drama
camp, honing both acting and
Kinnell Steward and Mark
Brown founded Vernonia Com-
munity Theater under the aus-
pices of Vernonia Hands-on
Art; the Vernonia Prevention
Coalition provided some finan-
cial support for the production.
A scene from opening night is
on YouTube (www.youtube.
com search for “Vernonia
Robin Hood”). Proceeds from
the play will seed future pro-
ductions for both youth and
adults; plans are underway for
at least one winter perform-
ance and a summer youth pro-
gram. If you would like to be-
come involved, send an email
to vernonia email@example.com.
Kohl’s is donating $500,000
to each of 20 schools for a to-
tal of $10 million. Voting to de-
termine which schools get
money is being done on Face-
book and Vernonia High
School is listed.
The voting closes on Sep-
tember 3. Vote at http://apps.
Get a clean car,
Get a clean car and help
Vernonia students raise money
for homecoming and the 2011
Costa Rica trip.
Look for your opportunity to
get clean and help students,
August 28 at the Vernonia
School District office.