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January 2012 Contents

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    Local Experts Series Starts in January

    Benefit from your neighbors’ expertise when you attend sessions in the Local Experts series that launches in January. The programs may involve hands-on practice, explore others’ traditions, pass on handy tips, or just make you exclaim “I didn’t know that!”

    Mark your calendar for these, the first two sessions:


    Environmentally Safe Cleaners
    January 9th @ 6:30 p.m.
    Learn how to concoct your own household cleaners that are actually good for the environment! Participants will leave with their own repertoire of recipes for various cleaning solutions. Bring your own plastic bowl for mixing and a box of baking soda.
    Audience: teen/adult
    Note: For this program registration is required. Sign up by January 4.



    January 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.
    Have the holidays left you feeling frazzled? Enjoy a relaxing evening at the library learning about meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism. Come away with a sense of rejuvenation and a new appreciation for ancient traditions.
    Audience: teen/adult
    No registration required.



    Are you a local expert? We’re looking for you! Contact the library at 260-726-7890.


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    It’s the Crochet Club
    — for experts, novices & everyone in between

    Next meeting January 24th. Drop by any time from 5:00 to7:30 p.m. Bring your own supplies. Swap ideas and tips. Meets once a month.

    Audience: Adult/teen

    No registration required.

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    Friends, Locals, borrowers!

    Lend us your brains.

    We’re seeking people willing to share what they know.

    ebook lovers: We have a few questions for you. Do you look to your Nook for books, keep your Kindle close, or is an iPad it for you? Do you love toting tons of reading materials on your electronic reading device? Are you willing to share your experience and enthusiasm with others?

    Potential Local Experts: We need you. Do you know a subject well or have a skill you can teach? Share your expertise and enthusiasm with the community.

    Either group: Contact Molly at the library to volunteer your brain!

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    Tea Tasting to Take Away the Chill



    Come in from the cold January 18th and taste a variety of hot teas courtesy of The Glass Bonsai of downtown Portland.

    Drop by any time between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

    Try all the exotic flavors and discover a new favorite!

    Audience: all






    It’s no mystery: tea and ‘cozy’ crime seem made for each other.

    How would Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi deal with the business at the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency without their bush tea? Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot (well, that “foreigner” Poirot drinks herbal tisane) depend upon the stuff, as do most of the characters they deal with. Laura Childs even authors the Tea Shop Mysteries, with titles like Death by Darjeeling and Shades of Earl Grey.


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    Heard at the Library

    Resolutions for 2012?”

    1. Read.
    2. Read.
    3. Read some more.
    4. Read anything.
    5. Read about everything.
    6. Read enjoyable things.
    7. Read things you yourself enjoy.
    8. Read, and talk about it.
    9. Read very carefully, some things.
    10. Read on the run, most things.
    11. Don’t think about reading, but
    12. Just read.

    John Cotton Dana’s 12 Rules for Reading, from The Librarian’s Book of Lists by George M. Eberhart.

    John Cotton Dana established one of the first children’s rooms at the Denver Public Library in 1894.

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    Non-Resident Fee Set for 2012

    Although some folks outside our service area qualify for a reciprocal card, many do not. Others prefer to purchase a non-resident card in order to have full borrowing privileges. The library board sets the non-resident card fee based on the average annual tax cost to our residents for library service. In 2012 that cost will be $45.

    It may seem a hefty amount up front, but when compared to the cost of most hardbound books ($20 to $25 or more!), it’s not a bad deal for a year’s worth of service and access to thousands of books, audio, video, and ebooks.


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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 plan 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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    Cook Book Club Does the Superbowl


    Get your snack game on at the January 9th meeting of the Cook Book Club. It’s a great time to try out your recipes in practice while there’s still time to change your game plan or add some new plays. Bring something to taste and recipes to share.

    Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m.



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    Friends of the Library

    Will you be a Friend?

    Are you looking for a way to give back to the library and the community? Join the Friends of the Jay County Public Library! The Friends are an invaluable part of the library. They finance programs, author visits, reading program prizes, scholarships for our student workers, and more.

    As a Friend of the Library, you can:

    • Help with the annual Booksale
    • Fundraise
    • Provide food for programs
    • Prepare the library’s newsletter, NewsNotes, for mailing
    • Promote library programs
    • Host author visits

    The Friends meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to conduct business and fold the library newsletter. Not all members are able to attend each meeting, but all are welcome. Membership is $10/individual and $20/family per year, and you can make additional donations. See the membership form. The next Friends meeting is January 17th at 6:30 p.m.


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    One-on-one beginning Internet instruction is FREE @ your library.

    Call 260-726-7890 to set up a time.


    Gifts to the Library


    Many thanks to those who have remembered family and friends and their community with gifts to the library.

    A special bookplate is placed in each item to denote the gift.


    Donated by Terry Myers

    Daughtry / Daughtry
    Break the Spell / Daughtry
    (music CDs)

    Donated by Alan and Rebecca Peterson

    Zero Day / David Baldacci
    New York to Dallas / J. D. Robb
    Sweet Anger / Sandra Brown

    Thanks also to the Book Reading Group for their recent donation
    toward the purchase of new books.



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    Book Reading Group

    They read, they reflect, they talk about it.

    At their January 16th meeting the book reading group will talk about Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.

    “A shocking, profoundly moving, and morally challenging story…nothing short of miraculous. It will haunt you, it will help to complete you…” Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Wolf at the Table and Running with Scissors .


    The Book Reading Group welcomes new members.

    The group meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

    Need more information?  Call (260) 726-7890.

    What kinds of books do they discuss in this group? See the group’s list for 2012 below. See past titles here.

    Sarah's Key / Tatiana de Rosnay

    Cutting for Stone / Abraham Verghese

    The Paris Wife / Paula McLain

    For Whom the Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway

    Ellis Island / Kate Kerrigan

    Swamplandia / Karen Russell

    The Territory / Tricia Fields

    The Dry Grass of August
    / Anna Jean Mayhew

    The Philosopher's Apprentice
    / James Morrow

    Graveyard Book / Neil Gaiman

    People of the Book / Geraldine Brooks

    Christmas Blizzard / Garrison Keillor



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    From Newsnotes Past

    15 years ago - The lost and found box was overflowing and readers were asked to think what they might have left behind at the library. [That’s still worth thinking about!]

    10 years ago - The Friends of the Library were gearing up for a special “Romance Is in the Air” Used Book Sale they planned for Valentine’s Day.

    5 years ago - A coffee tasting event included a fundraising drawing for the Friends of the Library. [Try tea at this year’s tasting event on January 18th.]


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