Annual Report 2005







Highland County District Library
10 Willettsville Pike
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
FAX: 937-393-2985
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Fred Yochum, President
Margaret Hudson, Secretary
Sara Lukens

George Roush, Vice President
Craig Turner
Jeff Cloud


Judith B. Lindley, Director
Jennifer West, Assistant Director
Emily Evans, Clerk-Treasurer
Margaret Magee, Greenfield Branch Manager
Carol Gustin, Leesburg Branch Manager
Elaine Williams, Lynchburg Branch Manager



2005 was a year of significant changes. In June the Highland County District Library, along with the other libraries in the SEO consortium, migrated to a new circulation system known as "Horizon" which has been both a help and a challenge to us. Several staff members were able to attend a round table discussion at the Mt. Orab library to share our thoughts and concerns about the system. It seems some of the difficulties are computer "bugs" which can be fixed. Other difficulties may not have such a simple solution but we are confident the system will eventually be the best solution for all our libraries.

2005 gave the HCDL many opportunities to cooperate with other entities in offering services to our patrons and training opportunities for our staff. A SBC technology grant awarded to the HCDL will upgrade our computer lab so we may continue to offer free public workshops in basic computer literacy, finding information on the web, and Internet safety, which is becoming increasingly important. These workshops will be offered at the three branches as well as the Highland County Senior Citizens Center. Holding workshops at the Senior Center will help us reach out to older residents who graduated from school before computer usage became commonplace, at a familiar location with sufficient parking.

We picked a day in October to have an in-house workshop led by Jay Burton of the State Library of Ohio. 23 of us were able to get in a full day of training in computer databases. Jay returned for a second day in November to train the remaining staff members. We held our annual in-service day on Veteran's Day, and Gary Branson from the London Public Library challenged us with his "Reader's Advisory" presentation.

The State Library of Ohio is moving to revamp the existing regional library system. There are currently seven regionals, however not every part of the state is included. HCDL will be part of the proposed Southwest Ohio Regional Library System, which will include all types of libraries. As the old "SWORL" has not met in over a year, I feel we can only benefit from being part of this new system, and this cooperation will enable us to offer more continuing education opportunities to our staff and more materials to our patrons.

At their annual breakfast, Highco, Inc. awarded HCDL a certificate of appreciation for providing a volunteer community employment opportunity to their workers. For several years, Highco has been sending some of their workers to the Hillsboro library to clean book covers. They do a great job and we appreciate their visits. We are happy to be able to offer this type of volunteer employment. We are also happy to be a part of the local recycling program. By recycling paper, cardboard, and other materials, we save space in our own dumpster and support a program which provides local employment.

The HCDL has been able to promote and make use of the talents and abilities of many of the creative residents this area is blessed with. We have had programs led by local residents and staff members on topics they are extremely knowledgeable in. We display art work, crafts, and collections of local artists. We have hosted book signings for area authors Cecile Baird, John Hagan, Aaron Rayburn, Dr. Robert Sharp, and Teresa Slack. Staff member Darlene Colliver has led American Sign Language classes for all ages: adults, students after school, and even a lap-sit program for toddlers and their parents.

Our outreach programs have continued to grow with Shirley Foster's visits to nursing homes. She visited 657 in 2005 and gave 45 programs. In July we were able to hold a special "Circus program" for families in the Hillsboro school cafeteria. Over 80 people enjoyed our circus, including some residents of the Crestwood nursing home.

One of most significant changes of 2005 has been the retirement of our director, Judy Lindley after 13 years of leadership. Mrs. Lindley has made the Highland County District Library what it is today. Her leadership is greatly appreciated and she will be missed.

The function of the public library has changed enormously due to technology and social issues. Our doors may shut at night but our services are still available to those who have a computer and Internet access.

Main Library, Hillsboro, Ohio, with branches in Leesburg, Lynchburg, Greenfield.

The Numbers:

County Population (estimated):  42,610  
Circulation:  616,550
Per capita circulation is 14 items.

System Circulation:






Approx. 51 % of total




Approx. 23 % of total




Approx. 13 % of total




Approx. 13 % of total





Outreach was provided to 657 elderly or disabled residents at Laurels of Hillsboro, Heartland, and Highland House by Shirley Foster.

Highland County District Library, as member of the SEO Library System, shipped 100,727 items among other libraries in the system during 2005, an increase of 18% over 2004.  This count includes books shipped among the four Highland County libraries as well.

25,925 registered borrowers equals 61% of Highland County’s population.  19,578 are adults.  6,347 are juvenile.

In-house Use:


Reference, investment items, newspapers, magazines,



Genealogy, books and computer patrons

Computer Use:


Searches done in EBSCO and OPLIN databases



Articles accessed



Searches done in Heritage Quest



Citations/Abstracts retrieved


Website visits per week, or 121,665 for the entire year, 



a 46% increase over 2004



System Adult:

241 Programs





755 Programs




Other Locations:
















63 Programs





293 Programs




Other Locations:






356 Programs




Greenfield Branch






72 Programs





177 Programs




Other Locations:






249 Programs




Leesburg Branch






52 Programs





155 Programs




Other Locations:






207 Programs




Lynchburg Branch






54 Programs





130 Programs




Other Locations:






184 Programs




 The Storytelling kits reached over 4,200 children in 2005.





 Written by Joan Cockerill

             The year 2005 was another busy and fun filled year in the children's department.  We continue to offer a variety of programs for children of all ages, from lap babies through 12 years old.  Children of 2-5 years old enjoyed story times with stories, finger plays, songs, and crafts.  Lap babies were also welcomed into our 2 and 3 year old story times.  Our 6 to 10 year old story times included stories, games, crafts and "gross grub".  Once a month we have a special project for our B.A.G. Club who are from 9 to 12 years old.  We have 6 story times scheduled each week with added story times scheduled at the convenience pf visiting classes.  We average 6 outreach story times per month.  Miss Colleen does our 2 & 3 year old story times and Betty Daugherty and Faye Thompson do our 3 to 5 year old story times.  Betty Daugherty also does our 6 to 10 year olds, our B.A.G. Club and our outreach story times.

            We presented 293 programs for children in 2005.  Story times in the library were given to over 2,900 children and outreach programs were given to over 1,500 children. 

            Visitors to story time were:

Dawna Jo Kiesling, a nutritionist, presented 4 programs about nutrition for the children and gave out snacks, recipes and nutritional information.

Mr. and Mrs. Pennington showed the children how to make swords and helmets out of balloons. 

Hurd Latimer, a park ranger, presented 2 interesting and informative programs about animals in winter and how they survive.  He brought a box turtle for the children to touch and explained how they hibernate during the winter.  The children enjoy his programs.

Melanie Hall, a nurse, read a book to the children and talked to them about germs.  After washing their hands the children put their hands under a black light to see how clean they were.  Everyone was amazed at how even after washing their hands, there could still be germs. 

The Greenfield Fire Department read stories, talked about fire safety, and showed them a fireman in full dress and how he would sound if he had to come to their house.  They also demonstrated how to leave a smoke filled room with their smoke trailer

Jon Sayler, with the Hillsboro Police Department, talked to the children about Halloween safety and read to them. 

Jeff Horich, a knight, explained to the children about the life and times when knights lived.  He showed them all the armor a knight has to wear and let them feel how heavy it was.

Ronald McDonald visited one evening and presented a wonderful program about reading and using their library cards.  He brought bookworm and talking encyclopedia with him. 

In January we celebrated Valentine's Day with the BAG Club by making gingerbread houses.

March brought a celebration of Dr. Suess's birthday with stories and prizes.  The BAG Club made windsocks, and we had a special visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.  Everyone enjoyed stories, games, and pictures with Clifford.

National Library Week was celebrated in April with special library stories, activities and book giveaways.  The BAG Club painted clay flower pots to give to their Mothers the following month.

May was a busy month getting ready for the Summer Reading Club.  We visited preschools, Bright Local School, Highland County Christian School, St. Mary's Catholic School, and all schools in the Hillsboro City Schools system.  We visited all the classrooms up through 5th grade and told them about all the activities that would be going on at the library during the summer.  May also brought a special visit from Miss Spider, who stayed for stories, games, crafts and pictures.  Parents enjoyed a workshop by Barbara Walker from WCET, showing how to involve books with children in all aspects of learning.

June brought magic acts to the school cafeteria and a busy month with children signing up for Summer Reading Club.  We had over 800 children sign up.  The children continued to read through June and July and we finished our Summer Program with "Game Night".  Over 100 children came to our closing game night and enjoyed games, crafts and prizes.  Also in June we had another workshop by Barbara Walker for the parents.

In September we added a new 2 & 3 year old story time on Tuesday evening with Miss Colleen.  One Tuesday evening each month we expand the story time to 2–6 year olds and have a special theme.  Our September special night was a Teddy Bear Picnic.  Children brought their Teddy Bears and had stories, games and a parade.

            In October we stressed fire and Halloween safety and the BAG Club made a fall wall hanging.  Our special theme story time was "Fall Celebration".

            November was an especially busy month.  The ASTRA Club from the high school presented a Harry Potter evening for grades 2-5, and we celebrated National Children's Book Week by having as our special theme story time a "Dora the Explorer" evening.  The children enjoyed hearing about Dora through stories, games, and crafts.  Franklin the Turtle represented the library during Hillsboro's Holiday Parade and then visited many of the story times.  The BAG Club's November project was a foil Thanksgiving bountiful blessings plaque.  In November we also started classes in American Sign Language for parents with babies and toddlers.  It was very well received and we hope to continue classes in the new year.

            In December the BAG Club made origami ornaments and helped decorate our tree.  The special story time had a gingerbread theme with stories, crafts and pictures.

            We participated with displays and information at Kindergarten Registration, Washington Family Night and Hillsboro Middle School's Reading Night.

            Storytelling kits went out over 200 times with over 4,200 children enjoying them.

            We had a variety of passive programs for the children and over 4,800 children participated.

            We dedicated 32 books to new babies.


Written by Margaret Magee

 2005 at the Greenfield Library was a really great year!  Our stats show a circulation of 143,046.  We presented 249 programs for children, teens, and adults with an attendance of 4,593, as well as group tours and programs outside our facility.

Our adult programs included:  6 CET Ready to Learn workshops for preschool parents and caregivers, the Bookworms adult book discussion group, Beginning and internet computer classes, monthly health screenings provided by Edgewood Manor, monthly adult craft club that did projects to include: scrap booking, quilting, stenciling, tablescapes, basket weaving, tole painting, decoupage, poinsettia napkin rings & Christmas wreath decorating, Genealogy training presented by Tom Morello & Lavar Hall, Buying and selling on E-bay presented by Larry Chapman, Boat and water safety class presented by the Ohio Dept. of Water Safety, Perennial exchange, CPR classes presented by Debbie Hensley, an Antique Valuation presented by Jeanne Read, a Job fair presented by Remedy Staffing, Dr. Borsini classes on a healthy lifestyle, Apitherapy by Jim Higgins, Voter machine instruction by the Highland County Board of Elections, Poet Ray McNiece,  Senior Citizen’s Library Mornings, Garden Party to celebrate the opening of our new reading garden, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, and an Old-fashioned Christmas Tea with the McClain Show Choir.

 Our teen YAB group had a busy year.  They got together each month to plan children and teen events.  They led a children’s library camp in the summer, they also presented programs for children – Clifford the Big Red Dog, Pappa Dumb Bunny, Franklin the Turtle, Geronimo Stilton & Chicken Little’s Christmas; and also presented a skit at the elementary school to promote Summer Reading- “Dragons, Dreams, & Daring Deeds”. 

Children had lots of programming as well.  There are 4 story hours each week for ages 2-grade 6 and Head Start story time.  Summer Reading program that had a total of 334 registered, Robot Reading Challenge that had 160 participating, and Season Readings Christmas Club that had 122 participants are the most popular.  We had a yearly attendance of 708 Head Start children attending story hours.  We also did a monthly preschool story time at the Buckskin school.  We gave school class, 4-H, Scout, BASC, preschool, the Help Me Grow group, & club tours and programs.  We also had a Ronald McDonald program and a Snakes Alive presentation.

 We have worked with many local agencies to provide more and better services.  We worked with a McClain committee to bring a poet to the community.  A grant was obtained from the Ohio Humanities Council to bring Ray McNiece to our community.  He worked with the school and library in October.  We collaborated with Cindi Pearce, the city of Greenfield, & the Ohio Humanities Council to present “The Kent State Shootings” with Jerry Holt in February. We also worked with Paint Creek Family Physicians, Edgewood Manor, Community Action, Concerned Veterans of Greenfield, Head Start, Ohio Division of Water Safety, Highland County Extension Service, CET, Greenfield McClain teachers, Highland County Board of Elections, and others. 

We received grants for Summer Reading from Pamida and Wal-Mart.  We also received donations from many businesses in town for Summer Reading and Season’s Readings promotions and incentives including:  VFW, Veterans of Ohio Charities, Greenfield Mother’s Club,  The Letter Shop, New Sabina Industries, Banta, Leesburg Federal Savings Bank, Greenfield Office, Greenfield Research, Waddells, Dairy Nook, McDonalds, Buckeye Hills, Curves, Robbins Village Florist, Party Pit, Taco Bell, Subway, WW Cleaners, Ungers Sporting Goods, Kosta Hairdressers, Stuck on Scrappin’, McClain Athletic Department, Dominos, Star Cinema, Castle Hallmark, Burger King, Advance Auto Parts, Debbie Beatty, Karen Wilson, and other patron gifts.

 There were many wonderful displays in our showcase this year.  They included:  Local Sunoco memorabilia by Sherry Royse, a wonderful button collection by Agnes Head, Pysanky Egg collection by Lori Bukowski, Highlands Sanctuary by Rolf & Donna Ganahl, Jack Bryant’s WW II advertising memorabilia, Hot wheels collection by Cameron Clay, Greenfield Historical Society display, Tim Gossett’s Indian arrowhead collection, Steve Pearce’s McClain family collection, & Thelma Wilson’s & Verla Hodson’s Christmas collections.

 The Reading Garden was completed this year and is beautiful.  It has been used for story hours and just relaxing enjoyment. 

 Our community room has been in continual use this year.  Besides all of our library programming, 53 community groups with 844 people have used the room.

Our out of library programming included the Summer Reading presentations at the elementary school and Buckskin preschool, as well as Head Start and the Buckeye Hills Swim party. 

It has been a very busy and exciting year.  A great staff, wonderful patrons, and a caring community all work together to make a tremendous team to enhance our community.  I can’t wait to see what 2006 will bring!


 Written by Carol Gustin

 A highlight for the Leesburg Branch Library in 2005 was our visit from royalty on May 14, when Queen Elizabeth from the Renaissance Fair held a fantastic program and stayed for a tea party afterwards.  Her two hour visit was enchanting!  She was in full royal dress and stayed entirely in character for the full 2 hours!

 In March Kristen Stangle held a Faux Finish class for those interested in sprucing up their homes in the spring.

 Rita Butcher held a book signing in April for her cook book, "Hey Mom, What's for Supper?"  My staff and I made selected recipes from the book making this program a food tasting also.

 Dr. Robert Sharp not only held a book signing in May for us but used his experiences in the service to make it a special salute to our service men for Memorial Day.

 We have tried to encourage use of the library by all the people in our community.  Besides our story times, reading groups, and programs we have hosted various meetings and groups: we hosted 2 different Investment clubs, retired teacher's work meetings, AAUW, our library board meeting in February, soccer meetings and sign up evenings, Wednesday Club meetings, occasional Heritage Club meetings, Destination Imagination meetings, and various tutoring times for students.

 Edgewood Manor of Greenfield comes out the 2nd Friday morning of each month for a free health screening.  They check blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar for a dozen seniors.  We try and display our latest books on health issues as well as healthy cook books.

 Our ladies' reading group known as the 4 R's (Relax, Read, Review and Refreshments) continues to meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month to discuss a designated book or Reader's choice.  This group of 16-18 ladies has so much fun sharing, laughing and discussing.  They bring a special life to the library all month long as they are special ladies and avid readers!

 May 25, 2005 was our celebration of 5 years at our new location!

 This summer we added a Life-Changing Fiction group to our calendar.  A group of ladies are meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month to discuss Christian fiction at 10:00 a.m.  Many in this group are young mothers so we are providing limited childcare.

 Our summer reading program brought a Fairy and Wizard magic program as well as a dragon and snake program.  Noreen's School of Dance performed and Jared Warner did a "Castle Bug" program.  Dawna Jo Kiesling provided Medieval Munchies for one of my story hours and Blake Adams shared her puppy which breed is the Queen of England's favorite!  Ronald McDonald packed the house with 85 one Thursday in July for an excellent program on books. 

Jared Warner also did a Digital Photography Workshop this summer.

 Our Wee Ones and Tater Tots had many fun programs such as Dr. Seuss, Clifford the Big Red Dog, tea parties and fire trucks but I'm sure their highlight was Bob the Builder when Howard Smalley brought his back hoe over for them to see.  We closed our year with a Polar Express party for the little ones in December.

 Luminary night is always an open house for the community on the second Sunday of December.  We are pleased to participate with a book give-a-way, caramel corn popped by Leon Lindley, and the crowning of the Queen and King.

 Our Thursday story times for Wee Ones (0-36 months) and Tater Totes 3, 4 and 5 year olds) are vibrant.


 Written by Elaine Williams

 The Lynchburg Library had a great year in 2005.  We started off the year with several computer classes presented by Computer Services Librarian Brenda Fisher.  For kids, we had a Name the Snowman Contest.  The winning name was "Blizzard".  The teens participated in a "What Do These Books Have in Common" Contest.  Only two figured out that all the titles had verbs ending in "ing".  We were thrilled to add a new staff member, Beverly Wilkin, in January.  She has been a great addition to our team! 

In February, Sharon Higgins did free blood pressure checks and gave out information about Emergency Services in our area.  We had a great turnout for Clifford the Big Red Dog's visit.  We also had a Guess How Many Dog Biscuits in the Jar contest for the kids, and the winner received a Clifford book.  School visits to the Belfast Head Start resumed, and several patrons came to make a No-Sew Fleece Pillow.  Several groups met in our meeting room, including a Dairy Girl Scout troop, the Lynchburg Historical Society, the Save Our Bridge Association, and B.L.O.O.M.

 Since science fair was on our minds in March, we presented two programs about "concoctions" to do at home.  Staff member Debi Dillon presented Great Garden Formulas, based on the book of the same name, and the children came to learn about Ultimate Concoctions! Making Weird and Wacky Substances, also taken from a book.  We also repeated a successful program from the past on Window Art for the teens.  A Boy Scout group visited us mid-month.

 The most exciting thing for our branch in April was the discovery that our patrons Marilyn and Danielle Hensley own baby goats and miniature horses, and that they were willing to bring them to the library for two separate events.  The goats came during preschool story time one Thursday morning, and the horses came to help us celebrate National Library Week.  Both programs were very well attended.  In conjunction with the horse program, we had a horse poster contest in order to generate more interest.  Another development was staff member Rosemary McLarty's idea of starting a weekly Knit-n-Stitch group on Thursday evenings.  This is an informal, drop-in session for knitters, crocheters, and hand-sewers.  This has turned out to be one of our most successful programs of the year, and we plan to continue it.

May brought school visits to Lynchburg-Clay Elementary in order to promote the 2005 Summer Reading Club.  The kids were really excited about the upcoming programs.  Adults participated in a trivia contest.  The teens enjoyed another "What Do These Books Have in Common" contest.  All of the books had the name of a gem in the title.  In addition to other groups, the 3 Arts Club chose the library as the site of their monthly meeting.

June was a very busy month, as the entire district library system converted to new computer database software.  We want to thank our library administration, staff, and patrons for their guidance and patience as we make the changes and learned our jobs all over again!  June also saw the big kickoff to our Summer Reading Club.  This year's theme was Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds.  Peter Rushton retuned for another fantastic reptile show (our best-attended program since I arrived here in 1997), and Clownmania resented a new magic show called "Time of Magic Wonders."  Teens and adults joined their own summer reading clubs as well:  "Joust Read" and "Read, Dream and Imagine".

 We changed the way the summer reading club works this year, and these changes greatly increased participation in the teen and adult clubs.  A newly formed group, the Lynchburg Recreations Committee, began meeting at the library.  Knit-and-Stitch continued successfully through the summer.

 In July, we had two very successful events related to the summer reading theme: a knight's party for boys and a princess party for girls.  Costumed volunteers helped with both events.  The knight party was the first program we took photos of using our new digital camera.  We're very thankful for this, as it makes it so much easier to send photos along with write-ups to the newspapers.  One West Main Antiques of Leesburg also presented a program this month similar to the Antiques Roadshow on PBS. 

The Summer Reading Clubs ended in August with some very positive feedback from parents on the interesting theme and good prizes.  We also did a school supplies contest drawing as a way to look for the fall.  Due to the date and time of the Covered Bridge Festival Parade this year, the staff was unable to participate.  We hope to be a part of the parade again next year.

Programs in September included a Bob the Builder event for young children, a Tell Us About Your First Pet contest for adults and teens, and a jeans pocket craft for teens.  Story times for children started up again after the Highland County Fair.

 Thinking toward Halloween, October was a good time to offer teen Eyeball Golf and a program based on the popular books A Series of Unfortunate Events.  A core group of six women attended an organizational meeting of our new book discussion group.  This new group will meet on the first Monday morning of each month to enjoy refreshments and good conversation about books.  Head Start story times resumed in October as well.

In November, we offered a Lord of the Rings trivia contest, with a 3-in-1 volume of the trilogy as a prize.  Kelli Rowley visited story times during the third week of November to make special Thanksgiving crafts with the kids.  The book discussion group talked about Nicholas Sparks' novel True Believer.

The year finished up with the library's Seventh Annual English Christmas Tea.  Participants enjoyed refreshments, parlor games, and a rather rambunctious sing-along.  The Lynchburg Historical Society had its Christmas party in the meeting room.  Other programs included a book signing with Connie Marshall and Christmas-themed story times for toddlers through grade three.

We are looking forward to serving our patrons in the new year, 2006! 

The Programs: 

HILLSBORO ADULT PROGRAMS:  Computer classes; Black History Month program honoring Mrs. Clara Goodrich; the "Bookies" book discussion group; Al Martellotti, Battle of the Little Big Horn; Jeanne Read, "Antique Evening”; Spring Plant Swap; Highlands Nature Sanctuary slide show; Faux Finish Painting; Ralph Vanzant, Buying and Selling on the Internet; Fall Plant and Bulb Swap; Darlene Colliver, Sign Language for Adults and After-school Program, Al Martellotti, Veterans Day Program, Carol Cartaino, "Let's Write" writer's group, "Scrap Booking Your Holiday Memories"

 GREENFIELD ADULT PROGRAMS: Adult programs:  6 CET Ready to Learn workshops for preschool parents and caregivers, the Bookworms adult book discussion group, Beginning and internet computer classes, monthly health screenings provided by Edgewood Manor, monthly adult craft club that did projects to include: scrap booking, quilting, stenciling, tablescapes, basket weaving, tole painting, decoupage, poinsettia napkin rings & Christmas wreath decorating, Genealogy training presented by Tom Morello & Lavar Hall, Buying and selling on E-bay presented by Larry Chapman, Boat and water safety class presented by the Ohio Dept. of Water Safety, Perennial exchange, CPR classes presented by Debbie Hensley, an Antique Valuation presented by Jeanne Read, a Job fair presented by Remedy Staffing, Dr. Borsini classes on a healthy lifestyle, Apitherapy by Jim Higgins, Voter machine instruction by the Highland County Board of Elections, Poet Ray McNiece,  Senior Citizen’s Library Mornings, Garden Party to celebrate the opening of our new reading garden, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, & an Old-fashioned Christmas Tea with the McClain Show Choir.

LEESBURG ADULT PROGRAMS:  Health screenings by Edgewood Manor, "RRRR" Reading Group, One-on-one Computer classes, Investment Club, Wednesday Club, Windy Ladies Red Hat group, the Heritage Club, Faux Finishes, IC Green Investment program, the "Antique Road Show", HCCA-Quit Smoking program, Memorial Day program, and the Luminaria Open House.

LYNCHBURG ADULT PROGRAMS:  Computer classes; Blood Pressure Checks; No-sew Pillows; Great Garden Formulas; Knit-n-Stitch; Who Wants to be a Trivia-Naire?; Read, Dream, Imagine (Adult Summer Reading); Antiques Appraisal; Summer Volunteers; "Tell About Your First Pet" Contest; Book Discussion Group; Lord of the Rings Trivia Contest; and Seventh Annual Christmas Tea.


Joe Smith, Deanna Flinn, Vivian Bound, Jean Malicoat, Jared Trimble, Ann Boy, Hal Harvey, “Film Foggers” photography group entries from the 2005 Highland County fair, and Wanda Lewis.



 HILLSBORO:  Jacob Schlater, nature display; African-American Awareness Research Council, Black History Month; Heather Ramsey, painted stones; the Great Ship Titanic; "Do You Remember?" collectibles; Take a Book to the Beach Vacation Reading; Dolls; Lizzie Borden; Constitution Week; Jackie O'Dell, McDonald's collectibles; Vanessa Malott, Stained Glass; Willa Stanforth, Antique Christmas Ornaments.

 GREENFIELD:  Local Sunoco memorabilia by Sherry Royse, a wonderful button collection by Agnes Head, Pysanky Egg collection by Lori Bukowski, Highlands Sanctuary by Rolf & Donna Ganahl, Jack Bryant’s WW II advertising memorabilia, Hot wheels collection by Cameron Clay, Greenfield Historical Society display, Tim Gossett’s Indian arrowhead collection, Steve Pearce’s McClain family collection, & Thelma Wilson’s & Verla Hodson’s Christmas collections. Snowmen, Martin Luther King Jr., Get in Shape, Presidents Day, Valentines Day, baseball opening day & spring training, March Madness, Saint Patrick’s Day, April Showers, Genealogy, Spring projects, April fools, Star Wars, Summer Reading Adventure, Perennials, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Flag Day, Clifford, Franklin, July 4th, Weddings Vacation Reads, Robots, National Chicken Month, Canning & preserving, Back to school, Mystery/crime, disasters, Constitution week, Bees/honey, National Cookie Month, Squirrel Month, Popcorn Month, I spy books, Large Type Books, Thanksgiving, Voting, Highland County Recycling, National Peanut Month, Christmas Crafts, Chronicles of Narnia.  Also, business displays for Southern State Community College, Highland County Head Start, North End Sunoco, Edgewood Manor, Pamida, Weastec.

 LEESBURG:  Winter Village, Chinese New Year, Bunnies and Egg Cups, Glass Cake Stands, Vintage Bears and Boxes, Art Guild display, McDonald's Toys, American Doll collection, Turkeys and Gourds, and Santa Collection.

LYNCHBURG:  Chickens and Roosters; Tins; Girl Scouts; Miss Albee Dolls; Airplanes; Dragons; School Buses; National Sewing Month; Teapots; Antique Aprons; Holiday Barbies; Veteran's Day; Breastfeeding; and Constitution Week.


 Hillsboro hosted book signings for local authors Cecile Baird, John Hagan, Aaron Rayburn, and Teresa Slack, and co-hosted book signings for Dr. Robert Sharp with the Esoteric Club and the AAUW.

Leesburg hosted book signings for Rita Butcher and Dr. Robert Sharp.

Lynchburg hosted a book signing for Connie Marshall.

 STAFF IN-SERVICE DAY  -November 11, 2005

 The annual staff in-service day was held at the Highland County District Library.  Staff from the entire system spent the day in various training programs.  Specific topics covered were:

Reader's Advisory by Gary Branson, London Public Library
Update on the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program by Chad Moehl
5 year awards were given to Donna O'Dom and Linda Fugate
15 year award was given to Margaret Magee