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February 2015 KIDSHEET

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Easy Readers Reorganized

“Where are the easy readers in my level?”

That was a question that was always difficult to answer because the easy readers were shelved by their authors, not their levels.

But change has come to JCPL and the easy readers are now shelved by their levels! We divided all the books into five categories and put them in colored tubs with matching level stickers on the front covers.


How do you find a book at your level? Look for your color, then the books are in alphabetical order by author. Feel free to pull a tub off the shelf and browse through it!

RED: P - Preschool or pre-reader level

GREEN: 1 - Level 1 readers

BLUE: 2 - Level 2 Readers

PURPLE: 3 - Level 3 Readers

YELLOW: 4 - Level 4 Readers (chapter books)



Some of the oversized books will remain on the shelves instead of in tubs. The tubs will be shelved together by their color. Let us know if you need help finding what you’re looking for or have further suggestions for us!


New Programs

Jay County Public Library is pleased to offer three new programs for elementary-aged children and younger. In an effort to allow more creative opportunities, two of the programs are fairly unstructured. The third is designed to be family-friendly. Join us for any of these; there is no registration required and though advertised for elementary age, younger and older children are welcome to attend—the younger with appropriate supervision, please.


Held every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Story Corner, February through April, this story time will target families with preschool and elementary-age children who’d like to participate in a Story Time.



Challenges are presented on the second Friday of each month in the children’s area from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Typically the program will offer an art challenge (make a Valentine card), a challenge to use something everyday for a different purpose (build a structure using drinking straws), and a “create / test / refine” challenge (build a pompom launcher).



Supplies and instructions to complete several crafts will be available in the children’s area on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coloring pages and activity sheets will also be available.



Happy Chinese New Year February 19th!


Year of the Sheep Born in the years 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015

Those who are born in these years are described as follows: “Except for the knack of always getting off on the wrong foot with people, the Sheep can be charming company.  You are elegant and artistic but the first to complain about things.  Put aside your pessimism and worry and try to be less dependent on material comforts.  You would be best as an actor, gardener, or beachcomber.” — quoted from DLTK Growing Together


Programs for Kids at the Library

    Check out the ones that match your age and interest!


Story Time

Join us at Story Time for preschoolers every Wednesday

Children are welcome to attend with a parent or caregiver. Several stories are read, a song or flannel board follows, and a simple craft completes the program.

Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. with Miss Mary
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th




Mother Goose & Me

Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can explore rhymes, music, fun, learning, and more with Mother Goose

Visit with her on Friday mornings at 10:00 am

February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th





Drop in Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00 pm for freebuilding with Lego bricks!

We'll supply the bricks, you supply the imagination.


Duplo and large Mega Blocks are available for younger children.



“Check Meowt!” with Pete the Cat

For Preschool & Elementary-Aged Kids


Starting February 2, you can pick up an activity and reading calendar at the library and start earning chances to win prizes!

Get your calendar, look it over, and do some of the activities that are listed. For each activity that you complete, you earn one entry ticket for a prize drawing to be held at the end of the month.

What’s the prize?

Well, there will be five prizes to choose from, all related to Pete the Cat, and you will enter each ticket you earn into the drawing for the prize you want. Really want just one of the prizes? Then put every ticket you receive into that drawing. Not really picky? Then spread out your tickets among all five prizes!

Prizes and entry boxes will be on display starting February 2nd. All tickets will need to be entered by March 2nd and the drawings will take place on March 3rd. Get ready to read and have some fun with Pete the Cat!



Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana