Puzzles, Good for the Mind

It’s a puzzle how I can find hours of entertainment sitting at a table looking over a thousand little pieces of cardboard filled with colors and shapes all to discover how the fit together. Word and logic puzzles are fun but it doesn’t take long for me to give up and look for a cheat… Read more »

Fitting in fast changing formats

78 rpm record and vinyl record

How many different fast changing formats you can find when you’re downsizing at home? Plenty, at least at my home. How about yours?   I hate deciding what to do about media when the next great thing comes out when I still have plenty of the old. The result of my wishy-washy ways when it… Read more »

JayCPL’s Best Reads of 2016

It’s that time of year when “The Best of…” lists appear. Some lists are wonderful and breathtaking like the Best Photos of 2016 from National Geographic. Other lists, not so worthwhile… “16 Worst Predictions of 2016” (Spoiler, they are political predictions.) So I took it upon myself to try to find what the “Best Reads… Read more »

Decorating demo was sweet, hands down.

cupcakes frosted with different decorating tips

It was hands on for everyone at the library’s decorating demonstration program December 12th.     Jessica Denardo showed us how to use a bag and tips to pipe creamy frosting onto cupcakes and then turned us loose to try. Luckily our errors were as tasty as our successes. A few of them might have… Read more »

Can We Talk?

toy figures in conversation around the table

When was the last time you sat down with a group of people, face to face, and just conversed? Sure, there are Twitter Tweets, Facebook Posts, Snap Chat Snaps, Tumbler Topics and Instagram Images along with text language that confounds everyone who grew up reading real words completely spelled out. But with all these methods… Read more »

Take home a wifi hotspot

WiFi Hotspot package to check out from library

Yes, now you can check out the Internet at the library and take a wifi hotspot home with you. Here’s the back story. Our Board of Trustees set some big priorities back in 2014.  Relevant technology was one of those priorities.  A public library is uniquely situated to be a leader in its community in… Read more »

Library mini-golf, of course!

library mini-golf preparation

Add this to the list of things I didn’t know I would be doing when we moved into the new library building in 1996: designing a library-themed indoor mini-golf course to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The all-on-one-floor accessibility in this building is in my favor. The building it replaced 20 years ago would have presented… Read more »

Short Story Winners

The top three awards in our Bicentennial Short Story Contest have been named. Amie Johnson, for “Authentic Indiana” Coyla Coblentz, for “The Animal Plagues” John Sobieski, for “Indiana 2116” The authors have given us permission to post their stories here for you to read so enjoy this glimpse into Indiana’s future as they see it…. Read more »

Ahoy! Talk Like a Pirate

Learn Pirate (we arrren't kidding) and 60 other languages

Be ye a Gentleman o’ Fortune? Then, me hearty, be it true about Talk Like a Pirate Day? Yes, it is a real thing and has been celebrated since 2002, when friends Mark & John had an idea to celebrate a day by talking like Pirates. Thus was “Talk Like a Pirate Day” founded and… Read more »

Apples, Gravity, Google

Apple tree

As I loaded up the wheelbarrow for the second time, I wondered to myself, “Why are all these apples falling off of my tree?” I pondered posting that question on my Facebook page, to see what kinds of reasons my friends might come up with.  But knowing that some of those friends are jokesters, I… Read more »