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May 2012 Contents

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    INSPIRE’s Great Stuff: Yours to Use Free!

    Indiana residents have a bundle of great stuff made available online at the Indiana State Library’s INSPIRE website.


    The name “Indiana’s Virtual Library” and its list of databases may not leave you breathless, but check out some of the unexpected (and free!) things at Inspire.IN.gov :

    Indiana Memory links you to digital collections from Indiana libraries, museums, and more for access to Indiana's unique cultural and historical heritage. Like what? Lots of images, from vintage pictures from the Indianapolis 500 to a collection of cookbooks and menus.

    Testing and Education Resource Center has practice tests for the SAT, GRE, and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and more, prep tools for special career exams (like postal or law enforcement), citizenship practice tests, and scholarship searches.

    What Tree Is That? Tree Identification Field Guide has an illustrated, step-by-step process that makes it easy to identify a tree simply by the kinds of leaves it produces.

    TeachingBooks.net offers a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. You don’t have to be a teacher to use and enjoy it. See videos of authors, find links to their websites, and hear their names pronounced correctly.

    Small Business Resource Center has sample business plans, articles about starting or improving your small business, some grouped by “how-to” topics.

    Kids Search and the Student Research Center have tools appropriate for students. KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians - with kid-friendly results! All are great places for kid-safe Internet searching.

    Informe! espańol  Full text and images of the most popular Spanish-language magazines and pamphlets - not just translations.

    Need help using INSPIRE? Use the online tutorials or ask at the library.


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    Composting 101

    Learn the basics of composting and have fun while you do it! Participants will have a chance to win a “portable composter,” and will take home a booklet about starting the composting process.

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

    May 7th at 6:00 pm Registration is requested by May 4th.

    Audience: teen/adult


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    Quick ... a Quiz!

    Time flies! Do you know what year these “firsts” took place?

    1. When did public access to the Internet become available at the library? (clue elsewhere in this issue)
    2. When were DVDs added to the collection?
    3. When did the library make a portable LCD projector available for use in the building?
    4. When could you first use your card to check out ebooks?
    5. When did AncestryLibrary.com become available free at the library?

    Answers below. Try not to peek before you guess!


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    Donate a Piece of Art


    Do you have a beautiful or interesting piece of art collecting dust in the attic? Consider donating it as a silent auction item for our upcoming Local Arts program. We’re seeking artsy objects to auction off as a fundraiser for the library. Need more details? Ask to speak with Molly.



    And speaking of art ...

    Calling all artists! The Jay County Public Library is offering an opportunity for you to show off your work, meet other artists, and discover new art forms. “Local Arts” will be held in late June. Stay tuned for more information.


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    Cookbook Club: POTLUCK

    May 14th is the last club meeting until September and the theme is POTLUCK. Try out some new recipes to take to your next pitch-in event.

    Adults and teens, bring your dish and table service to the Community Room on Monday, May 14th at 6:15 pm.


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    Heard at the Library

    What do you love about the library?

    Visitors during National Library Week had a chance to jot down what they love about the library and add it to the “garden” display. Some of the favorites were:

    • Friendly service
    • Free books, movies, CDs
    • Story time
    • Interesting items in the display cases
    • Computers
    • Resources for tracing your family tree
    • Kids’ programs
    • “Amazing staff”
    • Worlds that can be explored through books

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    Help!  I Have  Kindle

    Need help figuring out your Kindle? Drop by the library for hands-on help Tuesday, May 8th, between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Learn how to use your library card to checkout ebooks and audiobooks from the library and get troubleshooting tips.

    The library’s Kindle Fire will be available for the public to try out, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own Kindles. For liability reasons, however, library staff will not handle patrons’ devices.

    You need an Amazon account to checkout ebooks; if you have set up an account, please bring your username and password with you (or memorize it).


    More eReader help:

    One-on-One eReader Rescue

    There’s more than Kindle out there to challenge you in the eReader world. 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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    Book Reading Group

    The book group will discuss Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan on May 21st.

    from Amazon.com
    “Kate Kerrigan’s Ellis Island is a standout novel that vividly brings alive the very different worlds of New York and Ireland in the 1920s. A love story shot through with a perfect sense of the period, it is a rare combination of historical enlightenment and sheer enjoyment.” (Peter Quinn, author of The Man Who Never Returned)

          Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 21st.

    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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    Beginner's Internet, Senior Style

    A choice of two sessions will be offered in May for those 55+ who’d like to learn the basics at an easy pace. Class will meet 10:00 am to noon in the computer gallery.

    Choose Wednesday, May 9th (register by May 8th) OR Friday, May 25th (register by May 24th).

    Seats are limited! Call the library at 260-726-7890 to register, or ask for Molly if you have questions. Can’t make it to the class? Schedule a one-on-one session.


    Regular Internet gallery users please note:
    The computer gallery will be reserved for the class 10:00 am to noon on May 9th & 25th. Two public Internet stations outside the gallery will be available, as well as the Express stations.


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    Sign your little one up and watch their pre-reading skills grow as you share stories together. Free bookbag and CDs too!



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    "Education is when you read the fine print.

    Experience is what you get if you don't."

                                                                                                    Pete Seeger, American Folk Singer

    Gifts to the Library

    Would you like to make a gift?

    Honor or remember a friend or family member with a gift to the library. When you make a donation you may designate in general terms the use of the funds. For example, if for materials, you may make further suggestions, such as children's books, large print books, recorded books, relevant non-fiction topics, or favorite types of reading material of the honoree.

    An acknowledgement will be sent to the honoree or family, if appropriate.
    Public acknowledgement is made on bookplates, an entry in a permanent gift register, and here in the library's newsletter.

    Print out a donation form or ask at the circulation desk. For more details call the library at 260-726-7890.


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    From Newsnotes Past

    15 years ago - Internet access public computers arrived and had 76 different users in the first two weeks. [These days we reach that number in two days — not counting those who use the wireless signal.]

    10 years ago -The library kicked off a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the gift from Andrew Carnegie for construction of a library building.

    5 years ago - Local historic preservation group Headwaters Heritage brought entries from their “Draw Your Favorite Historic Building” to display at the library and invited all to vote for a People’s Choice Award.

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    Friends of the Library

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

    Jane Carlin
    Joanna Stone
    Waste Management

    Have you renewed?

    It’s coming! A new look for the Friends of the Library tote. Looking for a colorful, practical tote bag for summer and beyond? Keep an eye out for the new Friends tote bag coming soon!


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    Quiz answers:

    1. 1997  Public Internet access became available.

    2. 2003  DVDs were added to the collection.

    3. 2008  An LCD projector became available for use in the meeting rooms.

    4. 2011  Your library card can check out ebooks!

    5. 2008  AncestryLibrary is free to use on the library's public Internet computers, the genealogy research computers or on your on machine when you use the library's wireless Internet signal




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