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December 2011 Contents

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New Computers for Genealogy

Library staff put the finishing touches on new computer stations for genealogy research in the library’s Indiana Room. The stations combine several existing services and have potential for adding more.

Beginning with those from 2011, issues of the local newspaper, The Commercial Review, will be available for viewing, searching and printing at the computer stations. (Earlier years are available only on microfilm).

The Obituary Index can be searched from the stations. The index aids in locating obituaries that appear in The Commercial Review and its predecessors. Obituaries from 2011 forward will be linked to the issue for viewing at the same workstation.

The stations will have limited Internet access allowing researchers to use AncestryLibrary (in house use only), HeritageQuest, and the Evergreen Indiana catalog. Access to more genealogy and local history sites will be added in the future.

Word processing, publishing and spreadsheet programs will be available.

Though email will not be available, station users may use removable drives to save information or projects. These drives could be taken to a regular public Internet station for emailing information or used on the researcher’s own computer.


Find more branches on your family tree.

These stations and many microfilm and print resources are available in the Indiana Room. The library’s public wireless Internet signal is accessible there too. Using that signal or any of the library’s public Internet stations allows researchers access to AncestryLibrary free of charge.



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Holiday Music on CD and Video

The Holiday section of the music CDs is waiting for its busiest season. Most items are meant for Christmas, though you will also find music for Hanukkah there. Browsers will find all kinds of styles represented.

Some titles to explore:

And Winter Came / Enya

Bright Day Star / Baltimore Consort

Christmas Attic / Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Christmas with the Trapp Family Singers

Go Tell It on the Mountain / Blind Boys of Alabama

Gold and Green / Sugarland

Holiday Spirits / Straight No Chaser

Home for the Holidays / Point of Grace

Homecoming / Jim Brickman

James Taylor at Christmas / James Taylor

Jingle All the Way / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

Light of the Stable / Emmylou Harris

Music for Christmas / John Rutter

Songs of Joy and Peace / Yo-Yo Ma

This Christmas Time / Lonestar

Winter Dreams for Christmas / Carlos Nakai


Holiday music is in the non-fiction video collection too. Look for numbers beginning with 782.

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate

Christmas Goes Baroque Christmas in Bavaria

Send Round the Song (voices from the Three Tenors)


Families: Check children’s CDs and videos for Christmas specials, sing-along videos, and holiday music especially geared for children — and folks who used to be kids!


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Evergreen Upgrade and You

Evergreen Indiana will be upgrading beginning at Friday, December 9th.

From 8:00 a.m. Friday, December 9th and continuing through the weekend,
any service that requires your library card number
will be affected.


Evergreen is the computer system the library uses to check items in and out, look up materials, and the like. Indiana State Library technical staff will be working to upgrade the system, bringing several enhancements to both the staff and public sides of the program.

Some services will not be available during the process, including online renewals and checking out ebooks. No new library cards can be issued until the upgrade is complete. All Evergreen libraries, including nearby libraries at Dunkirk and Geneva will be affected. Library staff will be ready to help with working around the limitations to help you find the materials you need.

Plans are for all functions to be up and running Monday, December12.

Thanks in advance for your patience during the upgrade.


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One-On-One Class for Internet Beginners


Need to know how to find things on the Internet? Ready to start a job search just as soon as you can figure out how to get online? Call or drop by to schedule a one-on-one class with adult services librarian Molly Jones. She’ll explain search engines, searching strategies, website navigation, email, the library catalog, and more! You’ll also leave with a list of trusted websites about employment, taxes, education, and disabilities, along with other topics.


Never touched a computer before? That’s okay; she’ll show you how to connect to the Internet and use a mouse. Sessions usually last 30 minutes to an hour. You can register for multiple sessions.


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New Blue Cards for Reciprocal Borrowers

Beginning January 1, 2012 a new blue Evergreen card will be issued to individuals that use the library but are not residents of the library district.

Reciprocal borrowers make up the largest group that will require the new card at Jay County Public Library. An example would be borrowers from Pennville and Penn Township who have held Jay County Public Library reciprocal borrower card through an agreement between the libraries.

Reciprocal borrowers have access to materials from the library that issued their card, but not to materials from other Evergreen Indiana libraries. Reciprocal cards also do not have access to the downloadable ebooks and audio books through the eIndiana Digital Consortium.

The new card makes it easier to distinguish reciprocal or limited privileges, stating “Valid Only at the Issuing Library.” On their first visit in 2012, reciprocal borrowers should expect to spend a little extra time at check out to get their new blue card.

Questions? Call the library at 260-726-7890.

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From Newsnotes Past

15 years ago - A frequently asked question was “Does ‘online catalog’ mean you’re on the Internet?” [In 1996 the answer was no. It referred to the electronic catalog of library materials that replaced the card catalog. Now public Internet access is a vital part of our service and, since joining Evergreen Indiana in 2009, the library’s catalog is ‘web-based’ lists the materials available through dozens of Evergreen libraries.]

10 years ago - After a three-month trial subscription, library users were asked to say what they thought of BookPage, a general interest book review available free at the desk. [Ten years later BookPage remains popular.]

5 years ago - Winners in the “Get Caught Reading” Photo Contest shared a farm theme. Zavier Garringer was caught reading with the chickens and Becky Shreeve was caught reading on “cowback.”

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Holiday Hours

The library will be open for regular hours in December with the following exceptions:

Wednesday, December 7th - early closing at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 24th - early closing at noon.
Reopen Monday, December 26th

Saturday, December 31st - early closing at noon
Reopen Monday, January 2nd


Regular hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday


Our wishes for you: 
a holiday season and a new year filled with joy and peace,
wisdom and understanding.

The Library Staff and Board


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A book is a present you can open

again and again.


Gifts to the Library



This holiday season may be a perfect time for you to make a gift to the library.


  • Do you know someone who "has everything" and doesn't need another object?  Make a gift in their name.
  • You can honor the memory of a friend or family member no longer with you during your celebrations.
  • Give a gift to the whole community with your donation to the library we share.

Check here for more information
Making Gifts to the Library


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Book Reading Group

At their December 20th meeting the book reading group will celebrate A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.

Read Flagg’s tale of a town called Lost River and meet “a postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it.” (from Amazon.com)



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 a list of past and upcoming titles


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Heard at the Library


“Thank you!  It was a blessing ...”

The note started with thanks for the use of a study room, and continued to say it was “a blessing to my homeschooling son. He uses Skype for Algebra 2.”  


With a public wireless Internet connection and rooms that can be reserved for study, the library can help many folks with educational projects underway.

Learn more about the library’s meeting rooms


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Friends of the Library


Dear Friends,

Instead of a regular meeting in December, volunteers will meet to fold the January newsletter on Tuesday, December 20th.  Drop in from 6:30 p.m. on to help as you are able.


                                                                                                 Your Library



During the holidays bring a friend to the library
Perhaps they'll want to become a Friend with a capital F!



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