Jay County Public Library 
315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
(260) 726-7890 or fax (260) 726-7317
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September and October KIDSHEET

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What Did You Do on Summer Vacation?

Often times when kids go back to school, teachers will ask them what they did over the summer.

At the library this summer, there was much to do!

The Summer Reading Program kicked off June 13 and continued through July 23 for children. Teens could enter the program “You Are Here.” Four Monday morning programs were held, including Magician CR Ryan who played to a full house! We also had six Friday afternoon programs and three teen Tuesday evening programs. There were also three Wednesday evening programs, including “Pint-Size Polka” with accordion player Mike Schneider (his CD’s are now available at the library).

That’s a total of 16 programs in six weeks! How many did you come to?

AND we held a pool party for the 122 kids and 29 teens who successfully completed the reading portion of the program!

But that’s not all we did.

New this year, Jay County Public Library launched the first ever session of the Kindergarten Prep School, also known as KiPS. Meeting every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon were an average of 80 pre-kindergartners and about 20 teachers and volunteers.

The purpose of the program was to help prepare those children who are about to enter kindergarten, both socially and academically. They learned how to line up, how to take turns, how to raise their hands to talk, how to get from one part of the library to another without pushing, shoving, running, shouting, etc. They also learned to write their names, count items, sing the alphabet song, play games, make colors, use scissors, tie their shoes, hold a pencil correctly, write their name, and many other tasks. We think they’ll be more than ready for kindergarten this year!

JCPL plans to make KiPS an annual program. Come spring, we’ll be advertising the program again and asking for donations of supplies and time and money to support it.

This year the Jay Schools generously loaned us some necessary items and provided transportation for many and a free lunch for all. Emily Roberts of Patriot Sportswear provided t-shirts for all the kids!


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October 25th at 6:30 pm is the date and time set for the Special HALLOWEEN Program!

Though still in the works at this time, the program promises to be a fun, interactive, and exciting time! Look for details at the library, and check your local newspaper and radio station or here online. 

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Programs @ your library

Programming gets underway again as the fall season begins.  Be sure to check us out -- we have something for everyone!

Story Times!

Story Times will be held for preschool age children every Monday and Tuesday.  No registration is required.  An adult must stay with each child.

Mondays with Miss Linda at 11:15 a.m.

September 12, 19, and 26th, and October 3,10, 17, 24, 31

Tuesdays with Miss Mary at 11:15 a.m.

September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 1, 11, 18, 25


After School Special

Normally held on the first Friday of each month, the After School Specials are for children in grades K - 5. 

Registration is required and limited to 20 children.  Snacks are served, a book is shared, and a craft or two completed, usually based on a holiday or other theme.

The Specials are held from 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

The first After School Special of this school year will be Friday, September 9th, and sign up is underway. 

More upcoming dates:
October 14th, November 11th, December 16th.
Sign up starts on the 1st of each month.

Call the library at (260) 726-7890 to reserve your spot.


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Crafts & Activities   

Fun Foam Purse


2 foam sheets foam or felt in "flower" colors
long piece of wool or ribbon
hole punch


  1. Cut a lengthened half circle (half an oval really) out of the foam sheets (two identical shapes). 
  2. Put the sheets together (you can secure with paper clips for the time being) and punch holes about an inch apart all the way around - but NOT along the top (straight edge).  
  3. Tie a piece of wool or ribbon to the top hole (through both pieces of foam).  
  4. Lace up all the way around  
  5. Cut petals from foam or felt -- 4 from a flower color and 2 from a leaf color.  
  6. Cut a small circle from the scrap foam from the purse.  
  7. Arrange like a flower and glue to the front of the purse.  
  8. Tie on a long string of wool or ribbon as a strap.

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Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana