A Publication of Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library
Volume 1, Number 2
Inside This Issue:
2 A Letter from our Director
3 October is Family History Month
4 Waldomore Renovation Update
6 Children’s Programs This Month
7 Adult Program Update
8 Haunted West Virginia
From the Desk of
Director, Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library
It’s October and time to read
something that makes you pull the
covers up to your chin and sleep with
the light on. West Virginia folklore is
full of stories of ghosts, monsters and
other mysterious creatures. You’ll
find some great reads for October in
our West Virginia collection in its new
location on the library’s second floor.
One of our favorite authors of scary
stories is Michael Knost. In addition
to writing the popular, Return of the
Mothman, he has collected stories in a
series of books, Legends of the
Mountain State, full of “ghostly tales
from the state of West Virginia.”
Everyone loves the local scary stories
collected by Ruth Ann Musick. Ebooks of her ghost tales and folklore
are available for you to enjoy on WV
Deli. We hope you’ll browse the
library’s WV Collection or visit us
online at WV Deli and find some
thrilling, chilling, and downright
frightening West Virginia folklore to
read on a dark and scary night.
Family History Month
Family history/genealogy appears to be a very popular hobby, not just in America
but throughout much of the world. There is much debate as to where it ranks in
the list of most popular hobbies, but there is no doubt that family history is hugely
popular and becoming even more so each year.
10 Things You Can Do for Family History Month
Want to explore your family history?
The library has a genealogy department located on the second floor with a variety
of resource for conducting local genealogy searches as well as access to Ancestry
for in-library use and HeritageQuest, which can be used at home with your library
American/West Virginia Archives Month
American/West Virginia Archives Month is about celebrating the wealth of historical
resources cared for by archivists. Archives and archivists preserve the historical
resources – the letters, photographs, journals, posters, advertisements, & etc. – that
create the narrative of our community’s history. Our history is our country’s history.
Archives and archivists ensure that important records will be available for research by
generations to come. Take a few minutes to learn more about the rich history of our
state and the work archivists do to preserve that history.
Archives in Your Community:
Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library: Special Collections & Archives (Under-Going
Renovations), Harrison County History Society
Celebrate Family History Month!
Local History & Genealogy
Waldomore Renovation Update
Each passing week brings new excitement to the Waldomore renovation! In
regards to the electrical overhaul, Waldomore has been removed from its
previous system and connected to the library's electrical grid. Also, new period
light fixtures have been installed on the second floor. The painting process
continues with the second floor nearing completion as the first floor receives
its initial coat of primer. Finally, the process of refinishing the floor in the Civics
Room has been completed. Over the next few months, we will continue to keep
you updated as the renovation continues!
To explore previous renovation updates or to view more
photos, check out:
View of the new light fixtures and fireplace
in the West Virginia Room in Waldomore.
View of the Civics Room (with refinished floor) in Waldomore.
3:30 – Sensory Story Time
5:00 – Kids Arts and Crafts Club
6:00 – Mountaineer Therapy Dogs (Oct. 3rd, Oct. 17th and 31st)
Family Game Night (Oct. 24)
2:00 - Phonics
3:00 - Homework help
10:00 – Reading Buddies
1:30 - Yoga Story Time
3:00 - Homework help
11:00 – Little Science Explorers
4:00PM to 7:00PM – Trick or Treating with
October 22 at 11:00AM – Jack-O-Lantern Contest
October 22 @ 12:00 – Halloween Party for kids
Why is Phonics Important for My Child?
Phonics is one of the five key components for reading, along with
phonemic awareness, oral reading fluency, vocabulary development and
comprehension strategies. Understanding the sounds that each letter or
combination of letter make is essential to decoding new words. It is
important for your child to understand phonics in order to become a
successful, independent reader.
However, phonics is only one piece of the reading puzzle. The ultimate
goal is comprehension. As you listen to your child read, ask him to
rephrase what he has read. You can use this strategy to check for
Adult Programs in October
On October 1, poet and sexual assault
advocate Crystal Good will present her
program “Bridges’ which is geared for
victims of sexual abuse and their loved
ones. This is an interactive program
that encourages attendees to write as a
means of healing.
Good describes herself as an
“Affrilachan poet.” You can see her read
her poem inspired by the Upper Big
Branch disaster on YouTube.
“You will not
find a person who cares more about the health
and nutrition of everyone more than Theresa
Hill. Her recipes are delicious and enjoyed by
not only myself, but our viewers as well. Make
as many of them as you can!” -Kathryn Gihon,
reporter, WBOY 12 News.
Meet Theresa Hill on October 14 from 11:00
AM to 2:00 PM.
Sherry Hardy will be at the library from 10-3 to discuss her book
"Journey to the Garden House. This will be her second time here, come
and meet this local author and talk with her about the wonderful world
of child's literature.
Life inside a vegetable has its ups and downs, but Olive’s life takes a
series of twists and turns as she leaves her parents for her annual
pilgrimage to school. She is not ready for the early start of school at
The Garden House. Is it because the wind is picking up in her village
and she’s afraid she’ll lose everything she loves? Join Olive and her
friends as they uncover secrets about themselves, their homes, and the
echo of the universe that is sprinkled throughout Terra Loama.
All this month the West Virginia Society of Architects will display award-winning designs
from 2015 and 2016. A light reception will be scheduled later in the month.
West Virginia Ghost Stories
I remember vividly my first school book fair at Morgan School on Duff Avenue.
The excitement of buying my own, hardcover books that did not involve Nancy
Drew was thrilling. James and Law provided the books for the fair, and among
them was a paperback that I had to buy – Ruth Ann Musick’s Telltale Lilac Bush.
Of course I threw aside my notion of buying only hardbacks and bought my first
copy of this book. I read it cover to cover and since have been very interested in
the lore of strange occurrences around our state.
No October publication is complete without some mention of ghost stories and
haunted happenings in West Virginia. We have more than our share of stories,
including that of the Greenbrier Ghost, Zona Shue, who posthumously helped
her mother convince a jury that she was murdered by her husband.
Many websites collect West Virginia ghost stories. West Virginia Ghosts has
been collecting ghost lore for “more than 16 years,” according to the website,
and the public is invited to share its stories. Some are accounts of visits to the
Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Others are completely unique. My favorite is
the Scarbro Trailer Haunting in Fayette County. Scary, indeed!
Other sites celebrating our ghost lore are:
Theresa’s Haunted History of the Tri-State
Only in Your State
Your Ghost Stories
Do you have a WV ghost story? Email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be included in our next
newsletter or on our Facebook page.