Short Story Winners

The top three awards in our Bicentennial Short Story Contest have been named. Amie Johnson, for “Authentic Indiana” Coyla Coblentz, for “The Animal Plagues” John Sobieski, for “Indiana 2116” The authors have given us permission to post their stories here for you to read so enjoy this glimpse into Indiana’s future as they see it…. Read more »

October NEWSNOTES now available

Learn how we’re celebrating 20 years in the Ship Street building and look forward to two author visits this month. View or print a copy of the October 2016 NEWSNOTES. 

Ahoy! Talk Like a Pirate

Learn Pirate (we arrren't kidding) and 60 other languages

Be ye a Gentleman o’ Fortune? Then, me hearty, be it true about Talk Like a Pirate Day? Yes, it is a real thing and has been celebrated since 2002, when friends Mark & John had an idea to celebrate a day by talking like Pirates. Thus was “Talk Like a Pirate Day” founded and… Read more »

Apples, Gravity, Google

Apple tree

As I loaded up the wheelbarrow for the second time, I wondered to myself, “Why are all these apples falling off of my tree?” I pondered posting that question on my Facebook page, to see what kinds of reasons my friends might come up with.  But knowing that some of those friends are jokesters, I… Read more »

September NEWSNOTES now available

Discover kits, get ready for the Golden Games and start thinking about the library building’s 20th birthday coming in October.View or print a copy of the September 2016 NEWSNOTES. 

Engines and Tractors and Books

Antique gas engine

It may be a week that you decide to stay home more. It may be a week that you plan a vacation away from Jay County. But for many people, all across the nation, it’s the week they load up the tractors and engines and head to the Jay County Fairgrounds. My Grandpa was one… Read more »

New school year blues?

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

One year, the library offered a Back to School celebration for parents—stop in for donuts and coffee and juice after dropping your kids off for this new school year!  It sounded like a good idea, but no one came. Maybe no one wanted to celebrate. Maybe parents were happy to have the kids gone and… Read more »

Last KiPS session August 2nd

The 2016 Kindergarten Prep School (KiPS) ends August 2nd. More than 120 soon-to-be-kindergarten students have been coming to the library for one morning a week all summer to learn about working in groups, listening, and sharing. Along the way they’ve practiced a few pre-reading and writing skills, learned a bit about working with numbers, expressed… Read more »

Summer Bookmobile ends this week

Bookmobile under blue skies at Hudson Park

The bookmobile is making its last summer stops this week. Anything checked out from the bookmobile this week will need to be returned to the library. If you have items checked out from the bookmobile earlier but can’t return them to the bookmobile itself, please bring them to the library building. In the coming weeks… Read more »