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 »

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.