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December 2014 Contents

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Practice Tests & More for Free!

There’s a new link on our website that can help you on the road to a driver’s license. Free practice tests are available to library users through a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education. It’s a great option for teens getting ready for their first permit exams, those with disabilities, seniors who need to take a renewal exam, and patrons at every other stage of life. The link from our homepage gets you Indiana tests.

The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on state materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

Visit our homepage and click the link. You can find so much more for free on our homepage too.


Testing Education and Reference Center

    If you’re interested in practice tests for schooling or career or even citizenship,
    click the INSPIRE link and look for the Testing & Education Reference Center.



Need car repair info? Just click on the link for Chilton Library.


    “What’s Next?” gets you to a great database of book series that can clue you in on the proper order for reading your favorite author’s titles.

Genealogy enthusiasts can use HeritageQuest from home and AncestryLibrary when they are at the library.


    Looking for a new book?
    Join an Online Book Club and read books in your email.



    Download ebooks and eaudiobooks too!



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Make Some Holiday Cheer with Books, Stories and DVDs


Make a Book Tree! Saturday, December 6th

Two sessions offered: 10:00 am or 2:00 pm Limit 8 per session.

Will you be one of the lucky ones? Call 260-726-7890 to reserve your spot!

All season long

Christmas stories in print and on DVD will be displayed for your holiday entertainment needs.

Find them on the bookshelf next to the TV Series collection.



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Do you have family or friends at the Jay County Retirement Center?

Join them there for Christmas Stories presented by the library on Monday, December 22nd at 6:00 pm



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December Club Dates

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

Join us on Monday, December 8th, at 6:15pm.

December’s theme:
Christmas Brunch



JayCPL Book Club

December 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussing The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman

See a list of past and upcoming titles



The Hooks and Needles Club meets monthly to share patterns, trade tips, show off projects and stitch. Teens and adults may drop in any time from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Come whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between.


Next meeting:
Tuesday, December 23rd
Just in time to finish that Christmas project — or show it off! Bring your projects & supplies, share ideas and craft time.




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Tell Us About Your Library Computing Experience

The long range planning is done, now comes the work of reaching the priorities the Board of Trustees has established for the next four years.

One of those deals with technology — not surprising as we live in a continually changing technological world and most of us are becoming more dependent on the newest technology. Not only are there so many more things that can be done online, there are many that can only be done online. From classes to renewing vehicle registration, filing for unemployment, the list of what we do online continues to expand.

How can JCPL best serve the technological needs of the residents of Jay County? The first step is to look at the overall computing experience in the library at the public computer workstations and with the public wireless network. It’s time for some research. I invite you to ask for a survey at the circulation desk or take a moment now to for an online survey.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Eric Hinderliter, director


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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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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 in memory of Darlene Gillespie Walton
by Melvin and Phyllis Gillespie
Cinderella Murders / Mary Higgins Clark
The Escape / David Baldacci
Hello from the Gillespies / Monica McInerney

Given in memory of Marjorie Chapman
by the JayCPL Book Club
The Escape / David Baldacci (large print)
Hope to Die / James Patterson (large print)

Given in memory of Marion Lairson
by JCPL Staff

Fishing Stories:  A Lifetime of Adventures / Nick Lyons

Given by Ingrid Saxman
for purchase of new play items in the Children’s area




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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Evergreen Gets an Upgrade for Christmas!

Our shared circulation system will take a little time off. Beginning at 8:00 pm Tuesday, December 23rd, the elves at the state library will get to work. We hope they get a little break on Christmas Day. Plans are to have the system back on line by Monday, December 29th, when we can all try out the new features they’ve put under the Evergreen tree.

Services at the library AND online will be affected during the down time. You will need help from library staff to renew items or place holds. Other services that take a library card may require different steps than normal. Call 260-726-7890 if you need assistance from home.


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Heard at the Library


Holiday Hours

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

Wednesday, December 3rd - early closing at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 24th - closed
Thursday, December 25th - closed
Reopen Friday, December 26th

Wednesday, December 31st - early closing at noon
Thursday, January 1st - closed
Reopen Friday, 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 2014 Friends of the Library membership!

$10 for individuals or $20 for families


The Friends won’t meet in December but will be back January 20th at 6:30 pm.


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One 2 One Tech Tutoring

New digital device coming your way at the holidays?

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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