JCPL Poetry Contest

Jay County Public Library will be accepting submissions of original poetry from April 1st – April 20th, by Jay County residents. The rules for the contest are pretty simple. The poem must be from Jay County, your poem must be all original content and be able to be read in 3 minutes or less. It… Read more »

2020 Tax Forms

The Indiana Department of Revenue recently made the decision to stop printing State tax forms for distribution at public libraries.  The State made this decision partly to cut costs and partly to encourage tax-payers to begin filing their taxes on-line. So, with that in mind, starting February 1, JCPL will print the State tax booklets… Read more »

Easy New Year’s Resolution

Keep your New Year’s Resolution simple this year. Just resolve to “Read More!” Your ‘More’ can be anything you want it to be. You could read more books about health, more books about historical people or events, more classic books or debut books, maybe read more books to your kids, or even more magazines. Maybe… Read more »

A New Way of Doing Things

Change is often a good idea but not always. Sometimes changes are forced upon us and we have to choose how we respond. Lately it seems there are new instructions every week as to what we can do and how to do it. Nobody imagined that a new Roaring ’20s would involve all the roaring… Read more »

Looking for a good book…

I recently read an article about how readers find the books they read. A large majority get recommendations from friends while others like to browse online sites and book shelves. GoodReads.com is a popular online site that is overflowing with recommendations, book lists and author highlights. For me, nothing beats a library when it comes… Read more »

Learning to fail…

…without failing to learn. This is a journey I have undertaken this year and it has not been easy. I don’t know of anyone who starts out anticipating failure. There is a current trend in leadership, business and self-help books telling us to Fail Fast or to Fail More but being willing to fail doesn’t… Read more »

Reading Motivation

A reader’s a wonderful thing. Very seldom are two readers exactly alike. Some read for enjoyment and escape, while others for information and inspiration. A truly versatile reader will read for any and all reasons. These types of readers are more generally classified as fiction or nonfiction readers. Personally I fall almost exclusively into the… Read more »

Try Something New

If you have made it this far and have still kept your New Year’s Resolution you are doing great. If you have already busted it then pick yourself backup, brush yourself off and try again. There have been a couple of times when I’ve resolved to make a big change and then stuck with it… Read more »

Creative Restart

As you have probably noticed, I’m not really good at creating content for this blog. It has been a year since the last one was posted. Putting my failings aside, I want to encourage you to take time to create this holiday season. We often get so busy, busy, busy that our stress levels rise… Read more »

The Magic of Music

It’s that time of year when music is likely to bring with it a flood of memories. Whether it’s Silver Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer you can probably remember another place or time when you heard these songs. For me, getting out Christmas records would bring back favorite songs from the Peppermint Kandy Kids including Morris the… Read more »