A Publication of Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library Volume 1, Number 2 October 2016 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
A Publication of Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library Volume 1, Number 2 October 2016  Inside This Issue  2 A Letter from ou...
From the Desk of Jill Rafter 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. 2
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 card. 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 3
Family History Month Family history genealogy appears to be a very popular hobby, not just in America but throughout much ...

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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: Waldomore Blog: https://waldomore.wordpress.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Historic-Waldomore 4
Local History   Genealogy  Waldomore Renovation Update Each passing week brings new excitement to the Waldomore renovation...
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. 5
View of the new light fixtures and fireplace in the West Virginia Room in Waldomore.  View of the Civics Room  with refini...
Mondays 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) Tuesdays 2:00 - Phonics 3:00 - Homework help Wednesdays 10:00 – Reading Buddies 1:30 - Yoga Story Time 3:00 - Homework help Thursdays 11:00 – Little Science Explorers 4:00PM to 7:00PM – Trick or Treating with Downtown Businesses Saturdays 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 understanding. 6
Mondays  3 30     Sensory Story Time 5 00     Kids Arts and Crafts Club 6 00     Mountaineer Therapy Dogs  Oct. 3rd, Oct. ...
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. 7
Adult Programs in October  On October 1, poet and sexual assault advocate Crystal Good will present her program    Bridges...
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 suzie.martin@clark.lib.wv.us. It may be included in our next newsletter or on our Facebook page. 8
West Virginia Ghost Stories I remember vividly my first school book fair at Morgan School on Duff Avenue. The excitement o...

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Crystal Good is a poet and a survivor of sexual assault.  She successfully prosecuted her assailant and now speaks out to help other heal by telling their stories.  She will speak at the library on October 1 in an interactive workshop that will include participant writing as part of the experience. You can subscribe to her channel on YouTube, where she is known as Crystal Goodwoman.