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 »

Engines and Tractors and Books

Antique gas engine

It may be a week that you decide to stay home more. It may be a week that you plan a vacation away from Jay County. But for many people, all across the nation, it’s the week they load up the tractors and engines and head to the Jay County Fairgrounds. My Grandpa was one… Read more »

New school year blues?

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

One year, the library offered a Back to School celebration for parents—stop in for donuts and coffee and juice after dropping your kids off for this new school year!  It sounded like a good idea, but no one came. Maybe no one wanted to celebrate. Maybe parents were happy to have the kids gone and… Read more »

Spend Time

Old Portland-Jay County Library card

Some second-graders were at the library for a tour. I talked to them about libraries in general and shared what the library was like when I was a child. “You walked up these great big steps, and when you got to the top, you went in, and there were more steps.  It was huge, and… Read more »

Sum Up for Summer Challenge

T shirt for 2016 Summer Challenge

442 participants   163 completed Challenges (congratulate the folks you see in their bright orange shirts!)   19,850 points earned by participants     777 total votes cast for the three charitable organizations $300 to top vote getter Jay County Cancer Society $100 each to runners up Pregnancy Care Center and Youth Service Bureau  … Read more »