Jay County Public Library 
315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
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March-April KIDSHEET

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Have you seen your first robin yet? Sightings are taking place everywhere these days! Not sure what a robin looks like? Check out some bird books from the library and learn to recognize not just a robin, but a blue jay, cardinal (our state bird!), chickadee, and more!

Non-Fiction Books

Backyard Bird Watching for Kids : How to Attract, Feed, and Provide Homes for Birds by George H. Harrison (J598.07)

Starting with Nature Bird Book by Pamela Hickman (J598)

Why do Birds Sing? by Joan Holub (J598)


Early Books

Feathers for Lunch by Loise Ehlert

Birds by Kevin Henkes

Bird Talk by Ann Jonas

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

Our Yard is Full of Birds by Anne Rockwell

This is the Sunflower by Lola M. Schaefer

What to Do? What to Do? by Toni Teevin

The cardinal is Indiana's state bird


Got it yet?

SPRING FEVER (First day of Spring is March 20th)

A feeling of restlessness, excitement, or laziness brought on by the coming of spring. (American Heritage Dictionary)

“It's spring fever.... You don't quite know what it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

                                                                    - Mark Twain


Junior Fiction:

Spring Fever! by Peter Lerangis.


Early Book:

Spring Fever: Featuring Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets by Sarah Albee



 March and April




Mondays & Tuesdays

11:15 am

March 7th & 8th,  14th & 15th,  28th & 29th

April 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th,  25th & 26th




Fridays at 9:30 a.m. for infants and preschoolers who come with a parent or caregiver

    March 1st, 8th, 15th
    April 4th, 11th, 18th




Fridays, March 4 and April 1 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Grades K - 5   Limit 20


Follow the rainbow to the March Special and refreshments, a story, and a lucky craft or two!
Call on or before March 3rd to sign up for this special and on or before March 31st for the April Special.



Fridays, March 18 and April 15 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Grades 6 - 8   Limit 15

Craft materials provided with some ideas, music and conversation, and always food!



Any child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2011 is eligible to participate in the library’s new program to help prepare students for schools, both academically and socially.

What is KiPS?  It's a nine-week program, meeting once a week for three hours, with a variety of activities, snacks, and transportation on Tuesday mornings during the summer.  Plenty to keep everyone busy and learning!

Registration materials will be available at all Jay School’s Kindergarten Round-ups, and at the library beginning the first of April. Look for more information in late March here on the website and at the library, through the schools, and local preschools.



Crafts & Activities


Pine Cone Feeder


Take any size pine cone and tie a string or piece of yarn on it so it will hang up.

Slather on peanut butter, filling all the nooks & crannies.

Dip the pine cone into bird seed and hang the feeder in a tree. 

Instead of a pinecone, use any of the following:

  • Toast (poke a hole in it with a pencil)

  • Bagel

  • Large Pretzel

  • Piece of cardboard (if it’s not wet outside!)

Make a Garland of Goodies:

Take a piece of yarn and string on Cheerios, pieces of stale bread, popcorn, and dried fruit pieces. Hang several pieces from a tree in the yard for the birds to enjoy.

Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana