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June 2012 Contents

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Local Arts Open House and Silent Auction

The Jay County Public Library and Arts Place have teamed up to sponsor a unique, FREE event on June 26th. Drop in at the Local Arts Open House in the library’s Community Room anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. that evening and see work by local artists and also bid on items offered in a silent auction.


Are you a local artist or crafter? Would you like an opportunity to show your work to the community? The Local Arts program is a great opportunity to make contacts with other artists, learn about new art forms, and connect with people in the community.

Registration is required for all participating artists. Deadline to register is June 20th.   Register at the library or at Arts Place.

Art lovers:

Would you like to see great art, cool down with complementary iced coffee, and bid on unique ceramics pieces? Mark your calendar for Local Arts Open House!


Want to see more art? Look for the paintings that hang permanently in the library’s public areas or visit the gallery at Arts Place at 131 E. Walnut Street in Portland. Keep your eyes open for art in downtown storefronts and other public buildings. Don’t miss the murals at the courthouse!


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Heard at the Library



        KiPS is here on Tuesday mornings in June!



Kindergarten Prep School (KiPS) is back for another summer.

Each Tuesday morning 75 to 100 children eligible for kindergarten in the fall will meet with teachers and helpers to learn about working in groups, handling pencils and other tools, listening, sharing, and learning that the library is a great place to grow.

Keep in mind that if you prefer quiet at the library you’ll want to plan your visit for a different day or time.

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See One Destiny June 13th at 7:00 p.m.


History: live! Come see an amazing theatrical performance, One Destiny, and learn about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination from two men who “were there.”

Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped?

This 35-minute presentation explores key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. The 7:00 p.m. performance is FREE and recommended for audiences ages 8 and up.



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Adult Summer Reading

Registration for the 2012 Adult Summer Reading program begins June 1st. Register at the circulation desk before June 18th to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. This year’s grand prize? A Kindle Fire!

Register, then get reading — books, audiobooks, magazines, graphic novels from the library. The handout you’ll receive has the details.

Turn in your prize entry forms from June 4th through 5:00 p.m. on July 14th to be in the grand prize drawing.


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From Newsnotes Past


15 years ago - Adult programs underscored the “Reach for the World” reading program theme by offering a chance to talk with artists from Ireland and Germany.

10 years ago - An insert in the newsletter listed recent gifts to the library’s Book Shower in celebration of 100 years of publicly supported library service in our community.

5 years ago - The front page announced the 2007 Jay County Reads! featured author Jacquelyn Mitchard would visit the library for several public events in October.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle June 12th @ 6pm

No registration required

What happens to your garbage and recycling after it gets picked up? How can you reuse things you would normally throw away? Join us for a fascinating look at the hidden world of recycling.

Presenter: Bettie Jacobs, Jay County Solid Waste Management District Educator



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Seniors Learn at the Library

Check out these programs designed with those 55+ in mind


        Senior Health

                June 6th 10:00-11:00 a.m.

                Presenter: Kristi Henry, Jay County Hospital Community Education

                                            Get tips on eating right and staying healthy!

                                            No registration required



Beginner’s Internet: Senior Style


If you think using the internet is difficult and confusing, you’re not alone.

Learn the basics at an easy pace in a small group of your peers (55+). Use a mouse, navigate a webpage, surf the web, and more! Class meets 10:00 a.m. to noon in the computer gallery. You can choose from two sessions : Wednesday, June 13th (register by June 12th) OR Friday, June 22nd (register by June 21st)

Call the library at 726-7890 to register, or ask for Molly if you have questions. Can’t make these dates? Schedule a one-on-one Beginner’s Internet Session with Molly.


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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks for these recent gifts to the library for the purchase of new materials. A bookplate will be placed in each item to acknowledge the gift.

Given in memory of Susan Thatcher
by Pat & Pam Bennett

A gift from Kappa Kappa Kappa, Alpha Associates Chapter
for large print books


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


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New Tote Bags Available Now!

Looking for a colorful, practical tote for summer and beyond? The Friends of the Jay County Public Library are debuting their NEW tote bag! The tote features the Friends logo. Choose green, light blue, or burgundy. $10.00 each



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Congratulations, 2012 Graduates!


Congratulations to four library pages graduating from Jay County High School.

Michelle Bruggeman

Loren Jutte

Kaley Mulenkamp

Leanna Shawver


Congrats also to grads whose moms are on the library staff!

Garrett Corle, Jay County High School, mom Kay Corle

Mason Shreve, Ball State University, mom Linda Shreve


Congratulations to all graduates. We’re proud that the library helps students achieve their goals.

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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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Friends of the Library


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

Steve and Lisa Arnold
 Janice and Clyde Bray
 Rosie and Robert Clamme
 John and Diane Coldren
 Patricia Gibson
 Gloria Green
James and Carol Hedges
Margie and Dean Jetter
Deborah and David Minnis
Betty Tatman
Linda Sipe
Mark & Cindy Strietelmeier

Have you renewed?


Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m.


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Save the Date

Philip Gulley, author of Front Porch Tales and the Harmony series, will be visiting the library and Arts Place this fall.

More details will be forthcoming about this program, a cooperative project of Arts Place, Inc. and the library, but now’s the time to circle October 2nd on your calendar.


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Book Reading & Discussion Group

The book group’s literary destination for June 18th is Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. They’ll not wrestle with gators themselves, but perhaps with language, plot, and character.

“Ravishing, elegiac, funny, and brilliantly inquisitive, Russell’s archetypal swamp saga tells a mystical yet rooted tale of three innocents who come of age through trials of water, fire, and air.” --Donna Seaman in Booklist.

The group meets the third Monday of each month.

      Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 19th.

The group welcomes new members. Register at the library or by calling (260) 726-7890.

See past selections of the Book Reading Group


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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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