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Itís Magic!

April is a magical month. First thereís April Foolís Day, where tricks rule! Then all the flowers start poking up their heads and trees start getting blooms as if by magic!



Celebrate this magical time of the year by trying your hand at magic! Check out these books, found at J793.8 in the kidsí nonfiction section. Then practice your tricks and banter, and soon youíll be a master magician!


Nick Huckleberry Beakís Magnificent Magic Tricks by Nick Huckleberry Beak

Self-Working series; Easy-to-do Magic Tricks for Children by Karl Fulves

Coin & Rope Tricks; Mind Tricks; Sleight of Hand by Joe Fullman Amazing Magic Tricks by Dave Brown

Mental Magic: Surefire Tricks to Amaze Your Friends by Martin Gardner

101 Easy-to-Do Magic Tricks by Bill Tarr


April Fool's Day Fun

Check out the following books for some foolishness!

April Fool! by Karen Gray Ruelle (ER)

April Fool by Harriet Ziefert (ER)

April Foolís Day (E394.262) by Melissa Schiller

Pearl & Wagner: One Funny Day by Kate McMullen (ER)



April Happenings


Story Times

Mondays @ 10 a.m. on April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

Tuesdays @ 1 p.m. on April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th



A SPECIAL After School Special

Friday the 9th / 2:45-4:00 p.m. / Grades K-5 / Limit 20

Kay Hayes from the Mideast Solid Waste District will be our guest host for a special hands-on Earth Day program.  Learn more about recycling and being kind to our planet.  Snacks and fun as usual!

Call 260-726-7890 to register.



Fridays at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room

April 9th, 16th, 23th, & 30th

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



Register Now!

1000 Books before Kindergarten was created as an incentive and motivation program to encourage parents to read at least 1000 books to their child before the child enters kindergarten. Each child receives a reading journal and book bag. The reading journal contains pages to record the first 100 books read to the child.  Each time a child has completed 100 books, he or she returns to the library with the reading journal to get the next set of pages.

Jay County Public Library believes that early literacy is extremely important in a childís success in school and later life. Early literacy is what a child knows about reading and writing before he or she can actually read and write. Reading to a child is one of the most important things a parent can do to prepare their child for school and learning.

1000 Books before Kindergarten is sponsored by the Portland Rotary Foundation, Cincinnatus League, Friends of Jay County Public Library, and Jay County Public Library Endowment.

Can you read 1000 Books before Kindergarten?



Crafts & Activities

"Stained Glass" Butterfly

Youíll need:

  • Waxed paper

  • Crayon shavings (from old crayons)

  • Scissors

  • Iron (with help from a grownup)

  • Holepunch

  • String (a few inches)

Youíll do:

  1. Fold a piece of waxed paper in two.  Draw half a butterfly with the body at the fold.

  2. Flip the waxed paper over and draw the other half.  Open paper and put it on a flat surface.

  3. Put crayon shavings over the butterfly shape.  Cover with another piece of waxed paper.

  4. Cover the wax paper "sandwich" with a paper towel or cloth and iron with a low heat iron.

  5. Cut out the butterfly shape, punch a hole in the top and tie on the string.  Hang in the window for the best effect!



APRIL Special Days

Keep America Beautiful Month

    International Guitar Month

        National Gardening Month

            National Frog Month

Did you know?  Frogs don't have to drink water.  Their skin absorbs the water, making it unnecessary to drink it!


1 - April Fool's Day

2 - Good Friday

4 - Easter Sunday

7 - World Health Day

8 - Astronomy Day

14 - Titanic hits an iceberg, 1912

15 - National Librarian Day

18 - Paul Revere Day

22 - Earth Day

23 - Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day

24 - National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

24 - Arbor Day



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