Spend Time

Old Portland-Jay County Library card

Some second-graders were at the library for a tour. I talked to them about libraries in general and shared what the library was like when I was a child. “You walked up these great big steps, and when you got to the top, you went in, and there were more steps.  It was huge, and… Read more »

Sum Up for Summer Challenge

T shirt for 2016 Summer Challenge

442 participants   163 completed Challenges (congratulate the folks you see in their bright orange shirts!)   19,850 points earned by participants     777 total votes cast for the three charitable organizations $300 to top vote getter Jay County Cancer Society $100 each to runners up Pregnancy Care Center and Youth Service Bureau  … Read more »

“I’ll take ‘Happy Endings’ for 200, Alex.”

FIN on street sign

Let’s play a little Summer Challenge [insert name of popular TV quiz show here]. If the answers are: Fin Final. Finally! Finale!!!!   The questions must be: What is the French word for end? Which week is this in the Summer Challenge? Are you finished with all four Challenge activity cards? Where will finishers celebrate… Read more »

July-August NEWSNOTES now available

Learn about borrowing a mobile hotspot, get ready for the Summer Challenge Grand Finale event, and find out how to sign up a new kindergartener for our Ready to Ride School Bus Program.View or print a copy of the July-August 2016 NEWSNOTES.  

Readers+Bookmobile

Readers with books checked out from bookmobile

Readers of all sizes have visited the summer bookmobile. The Beiswanger family and their friends showed off their book choices at the Hudson Family Park. Are we visiting a stop near you? Check the list.  

Write Like It’s 2216

Bicentennial Short Story Contest at Jay County Public Library

UPDATE:  Winners have been named!   How much time do you spend thinking about the future? Do you have a 5 year plan, a 10 year plan or are you just trying to figure out what to do tomorrow?   The Indiana Bicentennial Celebration this year will be filled with opportunities to remember the past… Read more »

Six summer stops for bookmobile

Bookmobile front

You can visit the library’s bookmobile at six locations during June. The bookmobile is stocked with items for kids, teens and adults. You can also apply for a new card or sign up for the Summer Challenge. Use your regular Evergreen library card to check out. Materials can be returned to the bookmobile or to… Read more »

With the library in summer mode

2016 Summer Challenge display in the south window at Jay County Public Library

We look a little different in the summer.   We get new and interesting visitors in the Children’s area.   We supersize the Look and Find box.   We keep a few unusual supplies at the circulation desk.   The supplies get organized in the back too. The KiPS* kids are coming. *Kindergarten Prep School… Read more »

June NEWSNOTES now available.

Keep up to date on the Summer Challenge and learn about our latest online resource, Mango Languages online language-learning system. View or print a copy of the June 2016 NEWSNOTES.

Summer? Really?

Girl reading outside in the summer.

Seems like forever since a school year ended on time, what with snow days and fog days and flooding. But wonder of wonders, the originally scheduled last day was actually the LAST DAY. Oh boy! A stretch of days when you can read what you want to read, play what you want to play, nap… Read more »