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Help for Your Holidays @ Your Library

Hosting family and friends during the holidays? The library has some great services to offer:

Wireless Internet access or use of computers for guests — sign in at the desk

Holiday movies on DVD and VHS and holiday music on CD for adults and kids

Computers and imaginative toys in the children’s area—try the new puppet theater!

Cook books and craft books overflowing with holiday ideas.

Genealogy resources in the Indiana room where you can search out answers to genealogy questions that pop up at family gatherings. Use AncestryLibrary Edition at the library too.

Art prints to borrow to brighten a room or cover that odd spot on the wall.

Space to curl up with a book or magazine when the home place gets crowded.

You don’t have to be at the library to see just what the library has to offer.

Take advantage of the library web site and the Evergreen catalog available online. Check us out on Facebook too.

And look carefully at all the ornaments on The Friends of the Library tree at the Festival of Trees at the Jay County Courthouse. You’ll learn about all the services available at your library.

Even the Friends of the Library discovered some services new to them as they created the tree’s decorations!


Vote for the Friends of the Library Tree at Winterfest

Visit the Festival of Trees at the Jay County Courthouse from November 21st to December 4th

Look for the Friends of the Library tree.

We hope it will be your favorite!


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What is a library? According to these authors, “a library is …

...a candy dish for the mind.” - Dana Stabenow

...a gym for the mind.” - Tracy Chevalier

Any way you use it, the library can help you shape your life and be ...

“...a place for ‘I wonder’ to become ‘Aha!’” - Paul Zelinsky


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December Club Dates

The Cookbook Club meets to share recipes and sample new dishes. 

Join us on Monday, December 9th, at 6:15pm.

Special this month:  designated hostesses will provide the food!  Please bring your own table service.

December’s theme:
Christmas Brunch



The Crochet Club meets monthly to share patterns, trade tips, show off projects and stitch. Teens and adults may drop in any time from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Come whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between.

Making gifts or decorations?  Up to new projects?  Come show and share.  Bring your own supplies.


Next meeting:
Tuesday, December 17th.


The Book Discussion Groups meet monthly too. Check their December plans.


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New to the Children's Area

New things to explore have been popping up in the children’s area at the library this fall. The toys are part of the library’s efforts to encourage early literacy. Playing, planning, imagining, describing, telling stories — all help with language and reading skills.

It took only minutes after the theater was in place for the first show to begin. Already we’ve seen children having conversations with puppets doing the talking, friends sitting down to write out a script for their puppet play, and a mom capturing her kids’ performance with her smartphone.

Cooks of all sizes have been arranging the kitchen to their liking, imagining and serving great food to friends and family. Is it only a matter of time before someone runs a pretend concession stand at the theater with treats from the play kitchen?


What might you find on your next visit?

We hope everyone will enjoy sharing the new toys and help us take good care of them so the fun can last a long time!


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Shop with Friends

When you're shopping for a library lover, the Friends of the Library offer some great possibilities.



Choose a canvas tote that features the Friends’ logo,
available in green, light blue, or burgundy for $10.00 each.





Give a golden snowflake with a color image of the library in the center for $10 each.

Thank you to J & P Plating for producing the ornaments!




Be frugal and “green:” shop the Friends’ ongoing used book sale at the circulation desk.

Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks 50, other items like magazines, CDs and DVDs too.

Make your gift more special by including a note inside that says why you chose a particular item for them.



Give a 2014 Friends of the Library membership! $10 for individuals or $20 for families



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Staff Profile:  Elysia Gipson

Elysia Gipson started working part time at the library in June. She spends quite a bit of her time at the circulation desk, but enthusiastically tackles any number of other projects wherever she’s needed, picking up new skills with each one. She’ll tell you she genuinely loves her job and she loves being surrounded by books! Now she knows there’s even more to love at the library: she says that she was stunned to discover that you can check out art prints to hang at home too.

Her dad brought her to the library when she was small and she chose books from the bookmobile when it visited Bloomfield Elementary. Now that she has little ones of her own, Elysia does a lot of reading to them (“voices and all”). She does plenty of reading for herself, and writing too.

Elysia and her husband Kory are the parents of Thia (3) and Linus (18 months), two little ones who are already learning their way around the library, including the new kitchen in the children’s area.


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A book is a present you can open

again and again.


Gifts to the Library


Many, many thanks to those who made these recent gifts to the library.

Given by the Portland Evening Optimists
for children’s programming
100 canvas bags for the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program

And a surprise gift! Given by visiting author Tess Gerritsen
$100 for library programming




This holiday season may be a perfect time for you to make a gift to the library.


  • Do you know someone who "has everything" and doesn't need another object?  Make a gift in their name.
  • You can honor the memory of a friend or family member no longer with you during your celebrations.
  • Give a gift to the whole community with your donation to the library we share.

Check here for more information
Making Gifts to the Library


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Book Discussion Groups

The library has two monthly book discussion groups for adults.
One meets in the evening, one in the morning.

New members are always welcome. Pick your time of day and join the discussion!




Evening Book Discussion Monday, December 16th at 7:00 pm

The group takes on a classic: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1921. Set in New York’s elite classes in the 1870s and centered on a newly engaged and conventional couple and a recently returned unconventional cousin, complications are inevitable.

See a list of past and upcoming titles


How about the age of ebooks? This month’s title and more “classics” are available free in various digital editions. Connect with them at www.gutenberg.org, or the “always available” button on the eIndiana Digital Consortium homepage, or search for the title under “Literature” at www.INSPIRE.in.gov .




Daytime Book Group Wednesday, December 11th at10:00 am

Join the daytimers who are anticipating the holidays with their discussion of Christmas in Harmony by Phillip Gulley.

Pastor Sam Gardner reflects on the true meaning of Christmas as church elder Dale Hinshaw embarks on yet another of his hare-brained fund-raising schemes, a progressive Nativity scene involving the whole town. Fans who love these quirky characters [from Gulley’s Harmony series] and Sam's wry take on the nature of Christianity and the meaning of life will rejoice at spending the holidays with them. Library Journal


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Heard at the Library


Holiday Hours

The library will be open for regular hours in December with the following exceptions:

Thursday, December 5th - early closing at 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24th - early closing at noon.
Wednesday, December 25th - closed
Reopen Thursday, December 26th

Tuesday, December 31st - early closing at noon
Wednesday, January 1st - closed
Reopen Thursday, January 2nd


Regular hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday


All the best to you during the holidays

from the Library Staff




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Friends of the Library


Make a Friend—Be a Friend

Give a 2013 Friends of the Library membership!

$10 for individuals or $20 for families


The Friends won’t meet in December but will be back January 21st at 6:30 pm.


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Literary Quotes for the Holidays


Quotes found at goodreads.com in a list of "Quotes popular among Goodreads members."



“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”

― Fred Rogers


“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


“I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

― Maya Angelou


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