Every Quilt Tells a Story

On the second floor of Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch (8899 US 42 in Union), hangs a beautiful book quilt that is a fitting display for a library wall.  The quilt portrays rows of shelves with books made out of various scraps of fabric.  A little dimension is added with extras such as the tassel of a bookmark hanging from a marked page and flower buds in a tiny vase.  Mixed in with the books is a bookworm, clock and baskets.

The quilt was created by the Owen County Quilters Guild and commissioned by Bettina Summerville in 2000 for the opening of Boone County Public Library’s Scheben Branch in Union. Bettina is the former Director of Owen County Public Library and long-time family friend to Amanda Hopper, Assistant Director at Boone County Public Library.  Amanda fell in love with the quilt the first time she saw it and feels a special attachment to the quilt because it was made by women from her hometown of Owen County, many of whom she knows. The names of all the individuals who created the piece of artwork are on the back of the quilt.

Years before Bettina commissioned the quilt for BCPL, she played a role in Amanda’s decision to pursue library science as a career.  In 2010, Amanda’s mother, Dot, also an Owen County native, made Amanda a similar book quilt. The books are made up of doll clothes from Amanda’s childhood, baby blankets, her grandmother’s fabrics and images of all her favorite things. It is one of Amanda’s most treasured possessions.

Quilting groups and visitors from around the region have driven many miles to view the book quilt on display at the Scheben Branch.  They take pictures of the quilt and discuss how they could create something similar in their community for their local library.  The book quilt was a priceless gift to Boone County Public Library and is worth a visit to check it out.


Jennifer Cheek has worked for Boone County Public Library for 5 years. A graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph focusing on English and Communications, she previously worked in Advertising/Media Buying and still continues as a freelancer.

Teens! Read new books before they are even published!

Do you impatiently wait for new book releases? Do you rush to the library or bookstore
as soon as a book is published? What if I told you that you could join a book review team and get books before they’re published?! It’s true. You read that correctly! Join us on the third Monday of every month at Read It First, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, to review Young Adult books before they ever hit the shelves!

Having recently been given a name change, this amazing book club is looking for new members! The library receives ARCs (advanced reader’s copies) of certain titles and we give those books away in this program. Teens are required to upload a book review of the ARCs they read to our group’s Goodreads page. Middle and high school students come and hang out once a month, eat pizza, and discuss and review the ARCS we’ve read that month.

Here is a testimony from a real-life teen who is a loyal member of the group:

Read It First to me is a place I can go to feel like I fit in. I’m not weird or strange there for loving books and wanting to rant about them with other people. It’s a place you can go to hang out with like-minded people and have no judgment. I enjoy the Read It First people. Every person there is different, but we get to bond over our shared love of literature. A range of ages doesn’t stop us either. The Read It First books I also enjoy. Free books are nothing to ever joke about. I take that offer very seriously. The books I choose aren’t always what I would pick up in a bookstore, but it introduces me to some new things. These don’t always become my favorite books, but when they are my favorites, I am just overwhelmingly grateful to have something I wouldn’t have ever known about otherwise. The books we get are an eclectic bunch, but we all find something we can enjoy and then we share the joy with our fellow reviewers. Plus, there’s no stress to finish the book by a certain time. We get the books and we can read at our own pace. There’s no hassle to have to keep up with the rest of the group if you’re a slow reader or slow down for the rest of the group if you’re a fast reader, it’s perfect. Read It First even helps me widen my vocabulary and tastes in books. I’ve learned so much at Read It First. I have become a better writer when it comes to reviews, I’ve become more confident in my love of books, and I’ve learned to widen my horizons when it comes to my book choices. I’ve found that the least likely books I choose end up being some of my favorites. Read It First has also taught me how better to deal with people. Like I said, we’re all different people, so we don’t always agree, but we have to accept our differences. Read It First is as much a part of my life as anything else and to lose it would be devastating. It’d be like losing a home. I love Read It First and appreciate every aspect of it. The library wouldn’t be the same without it. I’ve learned so much and experienced so much and Read It First has become a part of me.”

So if you’re in middle or high school and love to read, stop by Read It First on the third Monday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, and take home your next favorite book before everyone else gets to read it!

Our next meeting will be on Presidents’ Day –Monday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m.


Ally Doerman has worked for the library for 10 years, currently in Teen Services. She spends most of her time thinking about Harry Potter and waiting for Colleen Hoover to write a new book.