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April 2015 Contents 

Printable April newsletter (pdf)

Printable April calendar (pdf)


NewsRegular Features

Read!  Write!  Perform!  Reader's Theater Workshop Series in April

Drug Awareness Seminary

Exercise?  Yoga?  LOL!  - a program to relieve stress

Happy to Turn the Calendar Page

Postcard Display and Presentation Coming

Move, Make and Enjoy - programs for adults with special needs


Club Dates

Friends of the Library

Gifts to the Library

Heard at the Library




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Read!  Write!  Perform!  Reader's Theater Workshop Series

Arts Place, Inc. and the library are partnering in Read Write Perform, a workshop series that will give members of the community a chance to learn and perform and enjoy a reader’s theater experience in April.

What’s reader’s theater? It’s another creative way to continue the art of storytelling using many voices or readers to speak for a story’s different characters. With no elaborate props or costumes, all the readers must develop and portray their character with just their voice. Imagine something as simple as convincing your listeners that you are either Papa Bear, Mama Bear, or Baby Bear with just your voice, or how you might read your part to show that you are young or old, afraid or brave, doing just fine or delirious with joy.

The series begins with weekly “how to” workshop sessions at the library on Thursdays in April and ends with a performance at Arts Place on Thursday, April 23rd.

Registration is required but open to ALL ages. It’s great for families, teachers, students and anyone who loves theater. At least 10 participants are needed for the final performance, but there is room for many more. Call 260-726-7890 or sign up at the circulation desk.

Registration is required to participate.

Call 260-726-7890 or sign up at the circulation desk as soon as possible!

Fans: Mark your calendar for the free performance coming April 23rd


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Drug Awareness Seminar

Concerned about what’s going on in your community when it comes to illegal drugs?

Learn more about current drug trends, warning signs of abuse and law enforcement procedures. This is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to learn more about the dangers facing young people. Presented by the Portland Police D.A.R.E officer on Monday, April 6th at 5:00 pm


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Exercise?  Yoga?  LOL!  - Laughter Yoga to relieve stress

You may or may not run miles or lift weights, but do you laugh? Laughter Yoga is a form of exercise shared in a group. The contagious laughter counteracts the negative effects of stress. Some claim that 20 minutes of spontaneous Laughter Yoga can give you similar results of going to the gym for one hour.

Join the free Laughter Yoga session on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:45 to 6:30 pm at the library.

Wear comfortable clothes. No mat required.


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Happy to Turn the Calendar Page

It’s amazing how a few warmer days can make one so quickly forget about a long, hard winter. I have found my spirits boosted by experiencing this preview of spring. Warm days, greening grass, budding trees and flowers in bloom all combining in a way to give all a feeling of a new start.

As the season changes, JCPL is changing in its own way this spring. You may have noticed that our monthly calendar no longer graces the back page opposite the address space. It has moved to the insert with KIDSHEET on the reverse. The older, smaller calendar could no longer hold the notices of the events and programs going on at the library. (This refers to the print version.  You can see KIDSHEET online and view the calendar or print one.)

The JCPL Board of Trustees established five priorities to guide the library’s direction over the next four years. Two of these dealt with early learning and increased programming. In response to this our staff has been working diligently at addressing these two priorities. What has resulted is an increase in the number of activities and events we are offering to the community.

Those spending Spring Break in town with kids who need something to do may have noticed last month’s calendar offered something each day for fun in the sun library. (That calendar is still available online.)

Be sure to take a close look at our calendar for April - note our new story times and a family fun time for pre-schoolers. There are also new activities for elementary-aged students. Adults have club opportunities and special programs sprinkled through the month and activities for adults with special needs on the first and third Thursday mornings.

More is in the works for the future as JCPL continues to strive to be a destination in the community so keep watching our calendar. We may outgrow the space again!

Eric Hinderliter, director


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Heard at the Library

"I didn’t know you had ...”

It’s heard fairly often, when someone comes to the library and discovers material or services they did not know were available free—or perhaps more accurately “prepaid” through various taxes.

Free wireless Internet for both library cardholders and guests is a pleasant discovery for many. Help choosing books for readers young and old, “deskside” service those who find walking the length of the library to search for books and homebound delivery service are more. Ebooks and tech help are part of “library” now too. What have you prepaid? Come make some discoveries!

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April Club Dates

Cookbook Club
April 13th, 6:15 pm
Theme: Home State Favorites (Don’t worry! A home can be where you were born, where you grew up, where you live, or a state you wish to adopt.)

JayCPL Book Club
April120th, 6:00 pm
Discuss The Storyteller / Jodi Picoult

Hook & Needles Club
April 28th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Bring your projects & supplies, share ideas and craft time.

JayCPL Writers Guild
April 27th, 6:30 pm

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Postcard Display and Presentation Coming

Historical postcards of Jay County and other Indiana locations will be on display in the foyer in April.

Recognize this building? It’s the original Carnegie library on East Walnut Street in Portland.

On May 2nd at 3:00 pm Mr. Harley Sheets will be at the library to talk about the history and collectability of postcards. He will also offer FREE APPRAISALS of your personal collections after his presentation, so bring your postcards with you.

Harley Sheets is the past president of the Indianapolis Postcard Club and co-founder of the Indiana High School Basketball Historical Society. While researching a book on Indiana high schools he found old postcards were a good source of pictures of old school buildings. He became a collector and word is that his own collection is now around 20,000 items!


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Move, Make and Enjoy - for adults with special needs

Adults with special needs are welcomed to explore music, movement, stories and crafts these upcoming Thursday sessions at 10:00 am.

Come for fun Thursday mornings @ your library!

April 2nd - Music and Movement April 16th - Stories and Crafts April 30th - Music and Movement


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Friends of the Library

The first quarter of 2015 has flown by. Did you remember to renew your Friends of the Library membership?

New members may join any time, but don’t wait to show your support for the library.

Next regular Friends meeting Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm


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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks to those who have made gifts to the library in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones.

Given in memory of Jim Shawver
by Bill & Linda Sipe

Dozens of Cousins / Shutta Crum & David Catrow


Given in memory of Richard Ramey
by Cindy Strietelmeier

The Caregiver’s Handbook / DK Publishing
Endangered / CJ Box



You can make a gift to the library in honor or in memory of someone, or perhaps just in order to share your gift with the community. Cash gifts can help support library services valuable to so many. Call 260-726-7890 for details.


Learn more about making a gift to the library.

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Classes - one on one or drop in


Tech Table

                Looking for help with your new electronic device?  Want to check out library ebooks but don't know how?

Stop in and get some help at our Tech Table
Saturday, April 11th, 10:00 to 11:30 am

Bring your device!


Visit the eIndiana Digital Consortium website at and check out free ebooks and eaudiobooks with your library card.

If you would like assistance getting to those free books, but can't drop in on the 14th, set up a one-to-one tech tutoring session at the library. Call 260-726-7890 or ask at the desk on your next visit.



One 2 One Tech Tutoring

Have a new digital device and want to learn how to download digital books to read or listen to?

One 2 One Tech Tutoring can help.

An introduction to basic computing skills, a walk-through the steps to download books, email & more.

Make an appointment for a 30-minute individual tutoring session with Cheryl or Cindy.

Call 260-726-7890


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