Jay County Public Library 
315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
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Friends of the Jay County
Public Library

The Friends of the Jay County Public Library is an independent not-for-profit organization created to act as a support and advocacy system for the library.  Through volunteer service projects and fund raising, the group works for the betterment of Jay County Public Library.  


What's a Friend of the Library to do?

Help with annual library visitor door counts

Provide food for children’s and family programs

Serve as a “kid wrangler” for large Summer Reading Program events

Volunteer for all phases of the Annual Used Book Sale

Prepare NEWSNOTES for mailing

Promote library programs & services to those you know

Sponsor special guest programs for the public

Meet with other Friends to discuss ways to support library services for our community


Some recent activities have included:

  • volunteering as chaperones at celebrations for the end of children's Summer Reading Program
  • operating the "Catch 'em in the Cradle" program which offers a sturdy board book to parents of newborns from our area
  • helping make "door counts" of visitors to the library for statistical purposes
  • helping to prepare the monthly newsletter for mailing
  • providing funds for refreshments and materials or speaker's fees for various programs for the public
  • volunteering as hosts for a Coffee Tasting Event

The Friends' primary fund raising activity is a used book sale held in late August in the library's Community Room.  With the proceeds the group underwrites supplementary programming and equipment purchases for the library.

New members are always welcome to monthly meetings and other activities. 

Membership application to print


Annual membership fees are as follows:





Monthly Meetings

Meetings are held monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The Friends meet in the Community Room.  In addition to business meetings and organizing activities, the Friends prepare the  library's newsletter for mailing.  Members are encouraged to attend meetings often, and new members are always welcome. 


Year Round Used Book Sale

A small collection of used items (books, magazines, videos, etc.) is available for sale near the library circulation desk.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.

BIG Annual Book Sale

Our largest book sale is traditionally held in the library's Community Room in late August, typically on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 

2014 Book Sale is scheduled for August 21-23, beginning at 8:00 am Thursday and ending at noon on Saturday.

The Friends are accepting donations of new and used books August 18, 19 and 20 ONLY in the Community Room at the library.

Friends volunteers to help set up for the sale may come to the Community Room after 4:00 pm on Monday, August 18th.
Friends volunteers will be needed to clean up after the sale Saturday, August 23rd from noon to approximately 2:00 pm.
For other information on volunteering, please contact staff liaison Cheryl Lucas at the library.


2014 Book Sale August 21, 22, 23

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday

8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday -  $3 Bag and $5 Box Specials

Used books donated by community members and extra books from the library’s own collection are available at reasonable prices.
There are also magazines, puzzles, videos, audio tapes, framed art prints, and other items available.

Paperbacks 50 - Hardcovers  $1 - New books $3

Videos 25  - Magazines 10 - DVDs $2 - Puzzles - $1

CDs and Books on CD - $1

Special Antique Books prices vary

Money generated from the sale is used to support library programs, including the Summer Reading Program, author visits, and other children’s and adult programs.

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Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana