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April 2010 Contents

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Check Out Who’s at the Library in Our Community

Who comes to the library? Sure, there are plenty of people choosing books and movies. But look again and you’ll see even more going on. Check this list from a recent week:

  • Kids, parents and grandparents making the most of the afternoon on a “fog day”
  • Study groups working on advanced degrees while keeping a job going too
  • Guests coming to a baby shower in the Community Room
  • Cook Book Club members bearing samples to share at their meeting.
  • A pro-active patient looking for more information about a recent diagnosis

And more!

  • A future athlete looking for instruction books on wrestling
  • Preschoolers exploring the games on Early Literacy Computers
  • Tutors meeting their students after school for some extra help
  • Taxpayers looking for forms and copying returns
  • Book lovers checking out their favorite author’s latest
  • Frugal magazine readers (who can’t subscribe to everything themselves, after all!)
  • Student readers after those Accelerated Readers they need for school
  • Genealogy buffs chasing details in microfilm of local newspapers
  • Mechanics copying information from Mitchell Manuals or requesting more by fax/email


Who in our community is at the library? Could be you!


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New Fiction Coming

Interested?  Call the (260) 726-7890 and ask to have a copy held for you when it is ready!

Bohjanlian, Chris    Secrets of Eden
A novel of shattered family ties, intimate secrets, and the nature of sacrifice.

Bradley, Alan     The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag
Starring Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders.

Coben, Harlan     Caught
A reporter's investigative work has resulted in a man being taken into custody in front of a shocked television audience. Or was it part of a grand manipulation to destroy an innocent man?

Mosher, Howard     Walking to Gatlinburg
A Civil War story of brotherhood and survival, action and adventure, in an unforgettable and mythic trek into an American heart of darkness as a boy searches for the brother he's lost.

Mosley, Walter     Known to Evil
Mosley and his hero, Leonid McGill, are back in the new "New York Times"-bestselling mystery series.

Perry, Anne     The Sheen on the Silk
A young woman disguises herself as a eunuch in order to prove her brother innocent of a crime he didn't commit.

Shriver, Lionel     So Much for That
Poses the disturbing moral question that affects more people every day: How much is one life worth?

Simonson, Helen     Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside, contains a cast of characters as familiar as the members of readers' own families. Their interactions are both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Stewart, Brenda and Wanda Willis, editors     Bedlam at the Brickyard
Fifteen stories that revolve around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 400 Mile stock car race and the festivities that surround it.


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Read and Watch



Looking for a non-fiction video to supplement your reading in a particular area? It’s easier than ever to find a match since both books and videos use the same numbering for subjects. It’s especially helpful with “how-to” kinds of things like cooking or home improvement. Travel videos and guidebooks make a great combination. Just match up the subject’s numbers from the spine.

It works in the Children’s Area too, though we’ve also added special slots for popular non-fiction series like The Magic School Bus and Bill Nye the Science Guy.


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Have your Evergreen card?

Do your friends have Evergreen cards?

Pass the word!



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Coming in Non-Fiction

The Day I Shot Cupid: Hello, My Name Is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I'm a Love-Aholic
Jennifer Hewitt

Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life
Mayes, Frances (author of Under the Tuscan Sun)

From Container to Kitchen: growing fruits and vegetables in pots
Herda, D. J.

The Green Hour: A Daily Dose of Nature for Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids
Todd, Christopher

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And a Vision for Change
Leonard, Annie

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
Burnett, Carol

Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History
Smolenyak, Megan



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From Newsnotes Past

15 years ago - Several articles addressed questions about taxes and funding as signatures were being gathered in support of the library building project.

10 years ago - Newsnotes thanked Gary Miller who presented the library with a compilation of reports published during 1949 and a 1999 series of articles about the local epidemic titled 1949 Polio Epidemic in Jay County.

5 years ago - On the bookmobile a student was asked “What book did you return today?” “Excuse me,” replied the student. The staffer asked three times before discovering that the returned book was Excuse Me! by Lisa Kopelke, in which “a frog who loves to burp learns the value of good manners.”

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As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. 

I actually believed all those books belonged to her.  

~Erma Bombeck



Book Reading Group

Come join the book reading group Monday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. when they discuss On Agate Hill by Lee Smith.

On Agate Hill purports to tell the story of a Reconstruction-era life from what’s found in a box of old diaries. Inventing a box of memories to glean a story from should not be a surprise. Lee Smith says herself that she has been making stories from whatever she found around her (or inside her) since she could talk.

From Smith’s website:

"My father was fond of saying that I would climb a tree to tell a lie rather than stand on the ground to tell the truth. In fact, in the mountains of southwestern Virginia where I grew up, a lie was often called a story, and well do I remember being shaken until my teeth rattled with the stern admonition, "Don't you tell me no story, now!"

I write for the reason I've always done so: simply to survive. To make sense of my life. I never know what I think until I read what I've written. And I refuse to lead an unexamined life. No matter how painful it is, I intend to know what's going on. The writing itself is a source of strength for me, a way to make it through the night."


Join in the discussion! The group meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
New members are welcome! Register at the library or call (260) 726-7890.

See past and upcoming titles.


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Friends of the Library


Friends of the Library will meet Tuesday, April 20thth at 6:30 p.m.

New friends always welcome!



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Beginning Internet



Ask at the desk for a free 30-minute one-on-one class with a staff instructor during regular hours. 

You may be able to start immediately if the instructor and a spot in the gallery are available!  Or reserve a specific time to fit your schedule. Call 260-726-7890.


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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks to those who have made gifts to the library in memory of loved ones. A bookplate is placed in each volume to denote the special gift.

Given in memory of Mary Blackford Dailey
by Sue Bowers

About that Man / Sherryl Woods

Rewriting Monday / Jodi Thomas

(large print editions)


Would you like to make a gift to the library?

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Heard at the Library


"I knew I needed to get this book back in — I got an email!"

For folks who check their email regularly the Evergreen circulation system can provide a reminder of when the due date for an item is approaching as well as notification when material placed on hold is available for pick up.


Consider adding an email address to the contact information on your library record.

Unsure of the due date and you have no email? You can always call the library to ask!



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