February 2017
Volume 1, Issue 6
Community
FEBRUARY IS LOVE YOUR LIBRARY
MONTH
We are so glad that you love our library. February has been designated as
Love Your Library Month, and this gives you a chance to remind people
how important libraries are to your life and our community.
How can you show your love? For starters, you are reading our newsletter
and becoming more informed about all the library has to offer. If you are
ready to show your love in other ways, here are some suggestions:
1. Tell a friend about the library. What is it about the library you enjoy?
What services are useful to you? Bring your friend along on your next
trip and show him around.
2. Share our online resources with your friends who have smartphones
and tablets. Show them all the eBooks and audiobooks they could be
getting for free. They will thank you and so will we.
3. Write letters to your legislators encouraging them to continue fund-
ing our libraries. Let them know how you use the library and how it
is vital to you and your family.
4. Donate your time or money. In this magazine you will see how the
library is hoping to raise funds for carpeting and other upgrades to
our facility. If you are not in a position to donate money, consider
volunteering. Inquire at the circulation desk about ways you can
help.
BE A FRIEND
The Friends of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library is the official
organization of our library lovers. The Friends group holds used book
sales, advocates for the library and helps in any way possible. Interest-
ed? The membership form is on the back page.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
From the Director................. 2
Lunchtime Book Club .......... 2
Celebrating Black History ... 4
Black History Resources ...... 4
Program Schedule ................ 4
Presidents Day ..................... 5
Local Ambitions ................... 5
Love Your Library ………. 6
Improve Your Station……… 6
Program Schedule (cont.)…...6
January Programs……………..7
January Programs…………….8
H is for Hawk was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist. It is the Febru-
ary selection for the Lunchtime Book Club.
The Lunchtime Book Discussion group meets on the
third Thursday of the month at Noon. We usually meet
in the library's Conference Room; however, we occa-
sionally meet in Waldomore. We read thought-
provoking titles, usually fiction, with the goal of stimu-
lating a spirited discussion. The discussion usually lasts
45 minutes, leaving plenty of time to stop in on your
lunch hour. Stop by the Circulation Desk to pick up the
featured book and come to the discussion to get the
next month's title. Anyone is welcome to join the
group.
Upcoming Reads for 2016-2017
February 16, 2017 - H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
March 16, 2017 - The Martian by Andy Weir
April 20, 2017 - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-
time Indian by Alexi Sherman
May 18, 2017 - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
June 15, 2017 - Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hick-
am
From the Director
LUNCHTIME BOOK CLUB TITLES ANNOUNCED
There are so many ways to love your
library and we appreciate the love
we get from you. We get that love
every day from our volunteers, from
people who make donations large
and small, and from all of you who
know that using your library is a
great way to show your support. In
2017, were going to take steps to
make our library building look more
loved. Our first project will be to
replace flooring throughout the li-
brary. If youve been in to see us
recently, you know its looking a
little shabby. If youd like to help
with this project, starting in mid-
February we will have special enve-
lopes available at the library for your
donations. If youve grown to love
our digital books and magazines and
your trips to the library arent as
frequent as they used to be, well
have a button on our website where
you can make donations online
through PayPal. If youd rather mail
in a donation, send it to the library
Attn: Floors, 404 W. Pike St. and
well know what to do. The only
thing we ask is that you indicate
whether or not we can share your
name as a donor to this project or if
you want to donate anonymously.
Youre the reason our library keeps
getting better. Thanks for the love!
.
H IS FOR HAWK IS FEBRUARYS
READ
When Helen Macdonald's father died
suddenly on a London street, she was
devastated. An experienced falconer-
Helen had been captivated by hawks
since childhood-she'd never before
been tempted to train one of the most
vicious predators, the goshawk. But in
her grief, she saw that the goshawk's
fierce and feral temperament mir-
rored her own. Resolving to purchase
and raise the deadly creature as a
means to cope with her loss, she
adopted Mabel, and turned to the
guidance of The Once and Future
King author T.H. White's chronicle
The Goshawk to begin her challenging
endeavor. Projecting herself "in the
hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested
the limits of Macdonald's humanity
and changed her life. Heart-
wrenching and humorous, this book is
an unflinching account of bereave-
ment and a unique look at the mag-
netism of an extraordinary beast, with
a parallel examination of a legendary
writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession,
madness, memory, myth, and history
combine to achieve a distinctive blend
of nature writing and memoir from an
outstanding literary innovator.
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PROGRAM DATES
Wednesday, February 1
10:00 to 10:30 AM : Reading Bud-
dies
3:00 to 4:00 PM: Homework help
Thursday, February 2:
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Mon Valley
Health Systems
Friday, February 3:
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM: Income Tax
Assistance
Monday, February 6:
5:00 to 6:00 PM: Kids Arts and
Crafts Club
Tuesday, February 7:
3:00 to 4:00 PM: Homework Help
Wednesday, February 8
10:00 to 10:30 AM : Reading Bud-
dies
3:00 to 4:00 PM: Homework help
Thursday, February 9
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Mon Valley
Health Systems
Friday, February 10
4:00 to 6:00 PM: Family Movie
Night and Pizza Party
Saturday, February 11:
12:00 to 1:30 PM: Valentines Day
Party
Monday, February 13:
12:00 to 1:00 PM: Friends of the
Library
1:00 to 3:00 PM SNAP Repr3e-
sentative
5:00 to 5:30 PM: Kids Arts and
Crafts Club
5:30 to 6:00 PM: American Girl Doll
Club.
Tuesday, February 14:
3:00 to 4:00 PM: Homework Help
Wednesday, February 15
10:00 to 10:30 AM : Reading Bud-
dies
3:00 to 4:00 PM: Homework help
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY
Boykin, Wade A, and Pedro Noguera. Creating the Opportuni-
ty to Learn Moving from Research to Practice to Close the
Achievement Gap. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2011. Print.
Drewry, Henry. "African American History." Grolier Multi-
media Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2017. Web. 11 Jan. 2017.
If prompted for a username and password, use west for the
username and virginia for the password.
Paige, Rod, and Elaine P. Witty. The Black-White Achieve-
ment Gap: Why Closing It Is the Greatest Civil Rights Issue
of Our Time. New York, NY: AMACOM, American Manage-
ment Association, 2009. Print.
Smith-Collins, Searetha. An agenda for equity: responding to
the needs of diverse learners. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Little-
field Education, 2012. Print.
Trotter Jr., Joe William "African-American Heritage." e-WV:
The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 19 October 2010. Web. 11
January 2017.
"Diversity is not about how we
differ. Diversity is about embrac-
ing one another's uniqueness." --
Ola Joseph
Each year since 1976 the President of
the United States has issued a procla-
mation naming February as Black
History Month, but the celebration
originated in weekly observances
beginning as early as 1915 when his-
torian Carter G. Woodson and minis-
ter Jesse Moorland founded the Asso-
ciation for the Study of Negro Life
and History. Since 2013 each month
long celebration has centered around
a specific theme. This years theme is
the Crisis in Black Education.
The library has several resources in
its collection that can help open doors
to local black history. Among them is
Honoring Our Past: Proceedings of
the First Two Conferences on West
Virginias Black History, edited by
Joe W. Trotter and Ancella Radford
Bickley. This volume includes articles
by black scholars as well as personal
reflections.
According to this source, the first
blacks arrived in western Virginia
during the 1750s with the family of
William and Mary Ingles. Their de-
scendants fought alongside both Brit-
ish and Indian forces in the French
and Indian War, and also for the col-
onists and the British during the
American Revolution. Freedom was
a promise made to those who enlisted
but often was a promise not kept.
Pensions for military service were
often denied by the Virginia govern-
ment despite promises made by the
highest ranking government officials.
CRISIS IN BLACK EDUCATION: RESOURCES
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February shares with Black History Month the honor of being Presidential History Month.
The library has a plethora of resources for the young and mature reader alike. Here is a
look at some of our more recent titles:
Byrne, Gary J. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Dis-
closes His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate.
N.p.: Center Street, 2016. Print. As the title su ggests, Byr ne w as a W h ite
House Secret Service Officer during the Clinton administration. He suggests that govern-
ing was a second thought after destroying perceived enemies.
Gimpel, Diane Marczely. Donald Trump. United States: Childs World, 2017.
Print. Ne w from Childs World Press is the latest in its series of presidential biog-
raphies for children. This book examines Trumps life and discusses potentials for his
presidency.
Hill, Clint, and Lisa McCubbin. Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey
with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. New York, NY, United
States: Gallery, 2016. Print. Secret Service Office Clint Hill r eco un ts his sev-
enteen years of service to the presidents and gives behind the scenes looks at the more
personal side of presidents as they confront the challenges of the office.
Mann, William J. The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of Americas
Greatest Political Family. United States: Harper, 2017. Print. W illia m J.
Mann chronicles the lives of the Roosevelts and their rise to power, exposing many family
secrets buried as they trampled their own.
At least three men in Clarksburg history have risen to national political promi-
nence, and one man in fact did run for President.
In 1924, John W. Davis was the Democratic candidate for the
Oval Office. To date he is the only person from West Virginia
who has been nominated for presidential candidacy on a ma-
jor party ticket. He served as a lawyer in Clarksburg and then
as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives prior to his
nomination. He lost the election to Calvin Coolidge in the
worst landslide in U.S. history but went on to become a highly respected lawyer
and the Solicitor General for the United States.
Louis A. Johnson was a Clarksburg lawyer who served as
Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates prior to be-
coming the assistant secretary of war and later the Secretary
of Defense under President Truman. The Louis A. Johnson
Medical Center is named in his honor. Although he never
formally sought a nomination to the presidency, those who
have studied him believe that he held interest in seeking the
Presidency.
Finally, Cyrus Vance, a cousin and adoptive son of John W.
Davis, was the Secretary of State during the Carter Admin-
istration and Secretary of the Army during the Johnson Ad-
ministration. His style of diplomacy was dovish and had ad-
vised Johnson to end engagement in the Vietnam War. As
Carters Secretary of State he is most noted for negotiating the
Camp David accords. He was known for his standing on prin-
ciple.
THE COMMANDERS –IN-CHIEF
LOCAL AMBITIONS
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Many of you may already know the name
Abelina Suarez. She was a teacher of math
and science in Harrison County schools for
over 30 years. If you dont know her, wed
like to tell you a little about the person
behind the $40,000 donation that the li-
brary recently received. She was the first
child of Aurelio and Ysabel Suarez who
immigrated from Spain in 1911. She grew
up in Anmoore with her ten brothers and
sisters on the familys dairy farm. Abelina
attended Washington Irving High School
and then went on to study at the University
of Ohio where she graduated with a degree
in chemistry. She discovered a love for
teaching and later earned a Masters Degree
in Education from West Virginia Universi-
ty. In addition to her work with students,
she was active in many area organizations
including the Womens Club, YWCA, and
many professional organizations. She was
very involved in organizations that support
reading and literacy and she loved the li-
brary. Elizabeth Davisson was Abelinas
lifelong friend. The Elizabeth Davisson-
Abelina Suarez Education Trust was estab-
lished when Abelina died sixteen years ago.
The trust benefitted many of the causes and
organizations that Abelina believed in,
providing scholarships for students and
support for many local groups. The trust
was set up for 15 years and after that time,
the remainder of the assets of the trust
were to be sold. In her bequest, Abelina
Suarez dedicated half of those remaining
funds to the Clarksburg-Harrison Public
Library. Abelinas life and legacy are a
testament to her generosity with her time,
talents, and resources spent in support of
the things she felt passionately about, the
things she held dear, and the things she
loved. The library has received $40,000
from the trust just in time to help start our
fund-raising efforts to provide much-
needed renovations to our 40 year old li-
brary building. We are grateful for Abelina
Suarez. The funds from her trust will help
us continue to provide a place in her com-
munity where people can experience the
life-changing power of reading and learning
just as she did.
PROGRAM DATES
(CONTINUED)
Thursday, February 16:
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Mon
Valley Health Systems
12:00 to 12:55 PM: Lunchtime
Book Discussion Group
Monday, February 20:
5:00 to 5:30 PM: Kids Arts
and Crafts Club
5:30 to 6:00 PM: Mountaineer
Therapy Dog
Tuesday, February 21:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Tod-
dler Tuesday
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Home-
work Help
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 4th and
5th Grade Book Club
Wednesday, February 22
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Read-
ing Buddies
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Home-
work Help
Thursday, February 23
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Mon
Valley Health Systems
Monday, February 27
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM: Harri-
son County School Art
Exhibit
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM: Kids
Arts and Crafts Club
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM: Family
Game Night
Tuesday, February 28:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Tod-
dler Tuesday
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Home-
work Help
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: 4th and
5th Grade Book Club
A SPECIAL GIFT
Clarksburg is a community that supports its library. Weve had such generosity
shown to us over the past year and we want to recognize two businesses that have
come forward to help the library when we were in need. When our business manag-
er was going to be unavailable for an extended time, Secret & Shields stepped in to
do the payroll for the libraries – and thats a lot of libraries! The Clarksburg Library
provides payroll services for the libraries in Lost Creek, Nutter Fort and Shinnston
as well as the libraries in nearby Doddridge and Taylor counties. Not only did Secret
& Shields generously provide the resources needed to stay on top of all of this, with
their help we were able to transfer payroll to a new system and train additional staff
so we now have a back-up plan. We cant thank Secret & Shields enough for their
hard work to make sure that no one missed a single paycheck and for giving the
library peace of mind knowing that everything was done correctly - and all of this
was during tax season! We send a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Secret &
Shields for coming to our rescue!
As many of you know, Waldomore had to be entirely empty for its recent renova-
tions. What do you do with the contents of a very large building full of furniture,
manuscripts, books, archival material, antiques and fragile items, all of which need
special care and handling? We didnt have a clue - until Central Van & Storage came
to our rescue. They provided packing materials, expertise, and countless man hours
to move the contents of Waldomore to their climate-controlled storage facility and
then donated the space for storage! The renovation was a grant-funded project and
we had a tight timeline for completion. Without the help we received from Central
Van & Storage, we would not have been able to have everything out of Waldomore in
time for contractors to complete their work within the specified timeframe. Central
Van & Storage truly saved the day and were an important part of our success with
this project. Now theyre moving us back in! We want to thank everyone from Cen-
tral Van & Storage from the bottom of our hearts for all youve done for the library
and Waldomore!
THANKS FOR THE LOVE
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NEW BOOKS IN OUR FORECAST
Our best favorite
authors are releasing
new books this spring.
See something you
like? Be sure to fill out
a reserve request at the
circulation desk or by
calling 304-627-2236.
You may also reserve
books online by using
our library catalog at
http://
nlnapp.clark.lib.wv.us/
search~S40.
Are you up for some friendly competition?
If so, stop by the circulation desk and pick
up your We Are Waiting for Springread-
ing challenge materials.
Participation is simple. First, pick up your
challenge materials at the circulation desk.
Each day of the week read a book on a
particular genre. Choices include chil-
drens books, cookbooks, gardening books,
and lots of readers choices. On your next
visit to the library, have staff member
initial the books you have read. Then,
read some more! You are not limited to
library books but must have your book
with your for staff to initial your readings.
Winners will be announced at the begin-
ning of Spring, around March 20.
Tax forms arent the prettiest site, but
it is nice to know that if you need one,
the library can help you out.
We have a vast supply of 1040EZ and
1040A forms and instructions. As of
this writing our 1040 forms and in-
structions have not arrived. If you
require a specialty form, the library
staff will be happy to download a
copy for you.
We also have a large supply of West
Virginia income tax forms. There is
no charge for these forms. Help
yourself!
Community Action will be at the li-
brary to provide assistance to those
who need help completing their tax
forms. The dates for this assistance is
Friday, February 3 from 9:00
AM to 6:00 PM. No appointment is
necessary.
FEBRUARY UPDATES
WAITING FOR
SPRING READING
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TAX TIME IS UPON US
Pekoe Most Poison Laura Childs March 7, 2017
The Black Book James Patterson March 27, 2017
The Lost Order Steve Berry April 4, 2017
All By Myself Alone Mary Higgins Clark April 4, 2017
The Burial Hour Jeffrey Deaver April 11, 2017
One Perfect Lie Lisa Scottoline April 11, 2017
No Easy Target Iris Johansen April 25, 2017
Heat Storm Richard Castle May 2, 2017
Secrets in Summer Nancy Thayer May 16, 2017
Dying Breath Heather Graham May 30, 2017
Nighthawk Clive Cussler May 30, 2017
Two From the Heart James Patterson May 30, 2017
Come Sundown Nora Roberts June 6, 2017
Love Story Karen Kingsbury June 6, 2017
Dr. Death James Patterson June 12, 2017
The Ultimatum Karen Robards June 13, 2017
The Identicals Elin Hildebrand June 13, 2017
Dangerous Minds Janet Evanovich June 20, 2017
The Duchess Danielle Steele June 27, 2017
SHOW YOUR LOVE: JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
The Purpose of the Friends of the Library
To maintain a group of citizens interested in promoting and supporting the public library.
To increase the library’s facilities and services.
To focus attention upon library needs and to provide cultural events to the citizens of Clarksburg & the
Harrison County area.
To encourage the development of the public library services both locally and state-wide.
What do we do?
Raise funds for projects at the library such as:
Building or grounds improvements
Children’s story hour
Support Young Adult Programming.
Special Exhibits, performances, etc.
Purchase materials that are not within the library’s annual budget.
We also sponsor cultural events, conduct book sales, and maintain the adult garden.
Get Involved!
Show your support by joining The Friends of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library!
Contact Us
Friends of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library
404 West Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Library Phone: 304-627-2236
Email: chplref@clark.lib.wv.us
Membership Application
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Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
City, State, & Zip: ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Email:__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Mail this form and a check to:
Friends of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library
404 West Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Clarksburg-Harrison Public
Library is located in
downtown Clarksburg. It is
open Mondays through
Fridays from 9:00 AM to
6:00 PM and Saturdays
from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
404 W. Pike Street
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: 304-627-2236
Fax: 304-627-2239
E-mail: director.chpl@clark.lib.wv.us
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