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July-August 2012 Contents

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Author Tricia Fields at the Library July 11th

Meet Tricia Fields, author of The Territory, an award-winning novel about drug cartels in Texas and Mexico. Come to the Friends Study Room at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11th. Bring your copy of the book or purchase one that evening for the author to sign.

Winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest in 2010.

"Buckle your seatbelts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline. Tough and determined to make her way in today's Wild West, Josie is the type of police chief you'd want in your hometown, a gutsy new heroine who would be friends with Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon and probably Lori Armstrong's Mercy Gunderson, too." --Library Journal

"Fields's rich plotting, nonstop action, and deft characterizations show the personal side of the larger issue of drug cartels on both sides of the border."--Publishers Weekly 

From the publisher: “At the end of State Road 170 and just past a ghost town lies Artemis, population 2,500. The townspeople had sought out this remote corner of Western Texas in hopes of living lives of solitude and independence. None of them realized that their small town would become a hot spot for Mexican drug runners, whose turf battles have turned both sides of the Rio Grande into a war zone…Set in a desert landscape as beautiful as it is dangerous, The Territory captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine and richly evokes the American Southwest.”


Fields lives in a log cabin on a small farm with her husband and two daughters. She was born in Hawaii but has spent most of her life in small town Indiana, where her husband is a state trooper. A lifelong obsession with Mexico and the Southwest led to The Territory, her first book.


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Join us at 6:00 pm for a fast-paced 30-minute introduction to Zumba, a Latin dance-infused fitness program, with licensed instructor Anna Racster. All participants must sign a waiver before participation. Participants under 18 years of age must have parent/legal guardian sign for them. More details will be provided at registration.

Registration required by July 16th.

Audience: teen/adult


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New Tote Bags Available

Here’s a colorful, practical tote for summer and beyond.

The Friends of the Jay County Public Library are debuting their NEW tote bag featuring the Friends logo.

Choose green, light blue, or burgundy.

$10.00 each



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Heard at the Library

“A library is the way
we the people
trust us the people
with freedom
among books and ideas.”

June Jordan (1936-2002)
poet, writer, educator


“A library is richer than Fort Knox
and everybody has the key.”

Robert Morgan (1944- )
poet and author


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Cool Couponing

The library offered a Cool Couponing program in April, and it was a hit! This is your chance to join in on the discussion. Gather with fellow coupon clippers to trade tips and tricks of the trade. Swap coupons while you learn how to get even more bang for your buck. New to couponing? Come and learn what it’s all about.

Upcoming sessions: July 10, 6:00 to 7:30 pm August 13, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Audience: teen/adult

Book Sale Coming in August


The Friends of the Jay County Public Library are gearing up for their annual Used Book Sale. Come to the library’s Community Room and take advantage of the low pricing and stock up on gently used DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, and more.

Thursday, August 23 – 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday, August 24 – 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 25 – 8:00 am to 10:00am


Special promotions:

  • Half-Price Sale on August 24, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Bag & Box Sale on August 25, with prices of $1/bag and $3/box.
  • Bring your Friends of the Jay County Public Library tote bag (or buy one at the sale) and get either $1.00 off your total purchase OR one free book – your choice!


Friends members: We need your help at the book sale! Volunteer opportunities include set-up, organizing items, working the cash till, or cleaning up after the sale. If you’d like to become a Friends member, stop by the library and fill out a membership form. 2012 membership fees are $10.00 for individuals and $20.00 for families.

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Library Lovers ‘Like’ the Library

Signs around the library encourage one and all to visit the library’s page. Sure, you can “like” us — we love getting a thumbs up. But share your thoughts too. What have you been reading? What do you like to see happening at the library? How have you connected with good information and good company at a library program?


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Adult Summer Reading Update

Many thanks to Sharlette’s Fudgery for donating a gift card for Adult Summer Reading Program!

Keep on reading, and don’t forget to turn in your prize entry by 5:00 pm. July 14th to be eligible to win a Kindle Fire.


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eReader Rescue


Need help figuring out your eReader or tablet? Schedule an appointment with Molly for a one-on-one help session. She’ll show you how to use your library card to checkout ebooks and audiobooks from the library and will give you troubleshooting tips. Call 260-726-7890 or stop by the library to schedule a session.


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Looking ahead to August


Two sessions offered on Thursday,  August 2nd

Basic Research “How To” 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Using Ancestry.com 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Registration required for either or both sessions. For more details contact Shirley Dollar at the library.


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Beginner’s Internet, Senior Style Style

If you think using the Internet is difficult and confusing, you’re not alone. Come learn the basics in the Beginner’s Internet Class: Senior Style, where you’ll be taught in a small group of your peers (55+). Learn how to use a mouse, navigate a webpage, surf the web, and more! Choose from one of these sessions: Friday, July 6th 10:00 am to noon (register by July 5th)

Wednesday, August 8th 10:00 a.m. to noon (register by August 7th)

Call the library at 260-726-7890 to register. Ask for Molly if you have questions. Can’t make it to the class? Schedule a one-on-one Beginner’s Internet session with Molly.


Regular Internet gallery users:
Stations 1-5 will be reserved for the class, but two stations outside the gallery and the Express stations will be available.


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From Newsnotes Past

15 years ago - Contributions were received in memory of Margaret Antles who died June 18, 1997. Margaret began working in the library’s bookmobile service in 1953. She became Acting Director in 1958 and served in that capacity until 1981.

10 years ago - “Staff Profiles” featured Pam Bullock as she completed her first year as a library employee. “There is never enough time in the day to read as much as I would like,” said Pam. [We suspect that has not changed!]

5 years ago - A gift from the Goodrich Family Foundation funded the purchase of 20 hardbound copies of Young Hoosier Book Award nominee titles. The titles are chosen annually for three reading levels by Indiana school librarians. The library buys multiple copies of each title since they are heavily used.


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Friends of the Library

Friends: Your help is needed at the book sale!

Volunteer opportunities include set-up, organizing items, working the cash till, and cleaning up after the sale. Contact Friends liaison Molly at the library.

If you’d like to become a Friend, stop by the library and fill out a membership form ($10.00/individual, $20.00/family). Then join the action as the Friends gear up for the sale.

Welcome to the latest folks to join us in Friend-ship:

Tamara Kaufman
Amy & Jacob Link
Rachel Nichols

Have you renewed?

Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, August 21st at 6:30 p.m.


Tell everyone your Friends will have some great books at great prices at their annual book sale!


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Book Reading Group

The book group’s choice for their July 16th discussion is The Territory by Tricia Fields. Don’t miss the author’s visit and book signing!

For August 20th’s meeting read The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew.

From Amazon.com summary:
“On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid …”


The group meets the third Monday of the month. Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m.   New members welcome!

Check the list of future and past book reading group selections for reading ideas.


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Gifts to the Library

Make a gift toward the purchase of library materials in honor or in memory of someone special.
Donation forms are available at the library or on our website.
For more details call the library at 260-726-7890.

Interested in making a gift toward the library’s future needs? Consider a gift to the library’s endowment fund at The Portland Foundation. Speak to the director for details.


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