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November 2011 Contents

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printable November Calendar (pdf) 

printable November programs insert (pdf)

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Wanted: Expert Amateurs and eBook Lovers

Lend a hand!  Share your skill!

The library is a great place to connect with knowledge and skills, whether you are gaining them or sharing them! Right now we’re seeking individuals who have skills and interests to share.   Here are two opportunities:


Call out to local experts!

Are you an amateur expert on something? Diabetic cooking? Quilting? Woodworking? Taxidermy? Whatever your passion is, we’re interested! We’re looking for community members who would like to lead a program on their topic of choice. Drop us a note, give us a call or an email telling us about your interest.  We’ll contact you as soon as possible.


ebook lovers: Come share your skills at a Technology Petting Zoo.

Are you a whiz with your Kindle? Do you regularly download ebooks from our website? We need your help at our upcoming Technology Petting Zoo (date to be announced). The Technology Petting Zoo event will be a chance for our community members to try out devices like the Nook Color, Sony eReader, Kindle, and iPad. We’re looking for people who have experience with these devices to be on hand for questions/explanations. You do not need to bring your own eReader for this event; the library will provide the devices.

To register to be an assistant at the Technology Petting Zoo, simply drop by the library, give us a call, or email. Deadline: November 10th.

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Two great programs coming

Dogs & People: working together


Herding Dogs             Monday, November 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Join expert trainer Jim Bob McEwen as he discusses his fascinating work with Border Collies. Jim Bob has been training herding dogs for over 40 years and has won national herding competitions. He participates regularly in the Indiana State Fair and various Celtic festivals throughout the region. At his training facility in Dunkirk, Jim Bob breeds and trains Border Collies to sell for use in the agriculture business. His dogs are always highly in demand. Jim Bob will demonstrate the traditional Scottish commands used in herding, discuss his training techniques, and will show videos of his dogs herding livestock. Don’t miss this unique presentation! Audience: all ages

Iditarod             Monday, November 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Dog musher Karen Land and her sled dog, Borage, will talk about their harrowing adventures in the Iditarod, a grueling, 1,150-mile sled dog race across Alaska. An Indiana native now based in Montana, Karen travels year-round giving talks in libraries and schools throughout the country. Audiences are raving over the fascinating stories she and Borage share. Audience: all ages


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Coming in November:


Saturday,  November 19th

10:30a.m. to noon Beginning research “how to”

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Start a genealogy scrapbook

Sign up for either or both sessions.

Lunch will be on your own. Basic materials will be furnished but you may bring more.

For more details contact Shirley Dollar at the library or phone 260-726-7890.



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Men's Survey Follow-Up

Thank you to all the men who filled out the Men’s Survey! An impressive number of surveys were completed, and we’re in the process of creating more “man friendly” programs.

Upcoming programs:

Herding Dogs (Nov 7 @ 6:30)

Dog Mushing/Iditarod Presentation (Nov 28 @ 6pm)

Trivia Contest (Nov 10 @ 6pm)

Men’s Reading Group (Nov 8 @ 7pm)

Technology Petting Zoo (December, date TBA)


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One-on-One Class for Internet Beginners

Join the folks who have already improved their internet skills with our Beginner’s Internet Class. Call or drop by to schedule a one-on-one session with Molly. 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 - 1 hour. Yes, you can register for multiple sessions


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From Newsnotes Past

15 years ago - Newsnotes took a month off while staff dealt with the details and crowds that accompanied the move to the new library building.

10 years ago - The Friends of the Library celebrated Children’s Book Week with a special sale of used children’s books. [The national Children’s Book Week observance has since been moved to May.]

5 years ago - Whitney Vaughn won the “Guess Our Age in Work Years” contest. Contestants were challenged to guess the combined number of years staff had worked at the library.

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Heard at the Library 

“Can I borrow DVDs from another Evergreen library?”

Yes, if you visit that library yourself. Regular resident JCPL cardholders at can check out items at any Evergreen library and return them there or at any other Evergreen library, DVDs included.

No, you cannot have DVDs sent from another library.

Note: A reciprocal card, issued by our agreement with a neighboring non-Evergreen library, can only be used here.


Still need that DVD? Ask about other options for borrowing outside the Evergreen system.


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Kindle + Library

Kindle users can now download ebooks from the library! Kindle joins Nook, iPad, Sony and many other devices that can download books from the eIndiana Digital Consortium powered by OverDrive. Use the link on the library website homepage or go to http://cidc.lib.overdrive.com


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More November Programs


Dwarfism Awareness         November 1st at 6:30 p.m.         Community Room

October is Dwarfism Awareness Month in Indiana due to the advocacy of Ethan Crough, a Bartholomew County Public Library staff member. Learn about the different types of dwarfism and the challenges dwarfs face in daily life. For adults and teens


Poetry Group         November 3rd at 7:00 p.m.         Friends Room

Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry and want to meet others with similar interests? Bring something to read aloud – either your own poetry or the work of another poet. This event, held in the cozy Friends Study, will be relaxed and nonjudgmental. Writers of all levels and experience are welcome. If enough people show interest, the Poetry Group will meet once/month. For adults and teens



Trivia Contest         November 10th at 6:30 p.m.         Community Room

What is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand on a keyboard? What color is a lobster’s blood? Intrigued? Then be sure to participate in the upcoming Trivia Contest! Enjoy refreshments and prizes while learning (mostly) useless information. For adults and teens


Crochet Club         November 22nd, drop in 5:00-7:30 p.m.         Community Room

This brand-new club is designed for both expert crocheters and novices. Bring your own supplies and get crafty. Meets once a month. For adult and teens


See and print out a reminder sheet about November's programs



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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks to those who have made gifts in memory of loved ones.  A bookplate will be placed in each volume to denote the special gift.

Given in memory of Jacob Michuda
by Don and Lisa Michael

Dinosaurumpus / Tony Mitten
Dinosaur Tamer / Carol Great House


Given in memory of Dr. Charles Miller
by Robert and Rosalie Clamme

Silent Mercy / Linda Fairstein
Cold Vengeance / Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Kill Me if You Can /James Patterson & Marshall Karp


A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse,
a party, a company by the way,
a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
-Charles Baudelaire


Would you like to make a gift to the library?  Ask for details at the circulation desk
or at Making Gifts to the Library.


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Friends of the Library


The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 p.m.


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Book Groups    The original Book Reading Group and the new Men's Reading Group



Love books?  Let's talk!


The original Book Reading Group was established back in 1997. What have they been reading all this time? See past titles.

The title is yet to be announced for November 21st. Check the same spot on our website to see upcoming titles as soon as they are known. Or call (260) 726-7890 for more details.

The group meets the third Monday of each month and discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. New members always welcome.


NEW THIS FALL: A book group especially for men!

Men’s Reading Group November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Friends Room

This month, choose one of two books:
Wins, Losses, and Lessons: an Autobiography
by Lou Holtz
I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River by Henry Winkler

The Men’s Reading Group meets once a month to discuss books about sports, history, science fiction, the military, etc. Possible future titles include Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. Come to the second meeting to vote on reading choices and meeting times. Audience: Adult/teen males.


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