What’s happening at Carnegie Library?


Stop by Carnegie Public Library to check out the latest display from the Fayette County Museum. This display features illustrations of Bess Bruce Cleaveland, who was born and raised in Washington Court House, Ohio.

According to an article written for the Record-Herald by Rachel Morgan, Cleaveland was well known for her illustrations of children and animals, and was regularly featured in various children’s books and magazines. Born in 1876 to James Wilson Cleaveland and Mary Lyman Hubbard, Cleaveland graduated from Washington High School in 1894, just six months after the school was established. She went on to study at the Art Studies League in New York City and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. After returning to Washington Court House, Cleaveland was often spotted around town with her camera, taking photographs of local youth to use as models for her illustrations. Cleaveland was also a member of Grace Methodist Church and Delta Kappa Gamma. Several of her illustrations are still on display in public buildings throughout Fayette County, including Carnegie Public Library.

This week, Carnegie Public Library and AAUW will host the Scarecrow Book Sale, Thursday, Sept. 14 from 2-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday is our Preview Sale with a $1 admission, all items are 50 cents. Friday, there is no charge for admission and all items are 50 cents. Saturday is our $1 a bag Bargain Day, with extended hours! Proceeds from the sale fund local scholarships provided by AAUW and contribute to the purchase of new materials for the library. You never know what you will find!

Also on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., the final day of our Scarecrow Book Sale, local history enthusiasts and book-lovers are invited to meet Lt. Robert Russell (retired), author of “I Solemnly Swear: The Sheriffs of Fayette County, Ohio.” From the publisher: “This work is the culmination of ten years of research, travel, and document collection.” Did you know Fayette County’s first sheriff assumed office in 1811? An informative and interesting read! The author will then visit Jeffersonville Branch Library Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. The author will be selling signed copies of his book at both events.

Monday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m., rain or shine, meet at Washington Cemetery’s Judy Chapel for a historical guided tour with cemetery director, Rankin Kirkpatrick. This tour is intended for adults only. Please register for this unique opportunity at the library circulation desk! Interested in cemetery history for the whole family? Carnegie Public Library, Fayette Soil & Water, Fayette County Historical Society, and Fayette County Master Gardeners are planning “Family Fun Day in the Cemetery” for Saturday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Mark your calendar for hands-on fun with historical games, nature activities, stories and more!

In Washington Court House: Storytime is back! Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Preschool Storytime, children 3 – 5 years old, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. is Books & Blocks, children 1 – 3 years old. Each week features a new theme! Siblings are welcome at either session. Also, each Tuesday at 11:15 a.m., the library will host “Books & Babies.” “Books & Babies” is a 15-minute session specifically created for our youngest patrons to look at board books, do finger plays, bounce on laps and explore. This early literacy time will introduce your baby to the library and the world of books! On Friday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m., children ages 18 mos.-5 years are invited to “Carnie’s Yogis!” Join us as we stand tree tall or get down doggie. Children will explore movement and gain awareness about their bodies at this developmentally appropriate yoga class!

In Jeffersonville: Tuesdays at 11 a.m., come, listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, and socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time. Coming up on Monday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m., children and teens ages 6-18 are invited to “STEAM Challenge: Tower of Power.” Use your imagination to create beautiful paper towers!

Information about all of our programs can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540 and the Jeffersonville Library at 740-426-9292. All programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted. Check us out on Facebook; follow us on Twitter!

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director