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February 2014 Contents

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It's a Local Author Event!

On Saturday, February 8th at 11:00 am the library will host a Local Author Event featuring authors Amie Johnson and Coyla Coblentz. Amie’s book, The Valley Without Her, and Coyla’s book, Hannah Nakova, were both published in 2013.

Each author will share about the inspiration for her book, the writing process and publication experiences. Amie, who is from the Bryant area and Coyla, who grew up in Geneva, will also answer questions and offer tips to aspiring authors. Copies of their books will be available for purchase and autographing at the event.




The Valley Without Her by Amie Johnson

Where is God in the midst of a nightmare come true-when the enemy is fear and its weapon is the unknown? Where is God in the darkness? What would you do if you had a divine appointment that required you to become a hero? When Emma Leonard disappears without a trace, her family and friends have their world turned upside down. Will anyone ever be the same again? And where is God when His children are in the valley?




Hannah Nakova by Coyla Coblentz

Hannah Nakova lives an unremarkable life in an unremarkable town. She is plain and unimportant, quiet and unobtrusive. Her only remarkable feature is that she's haunted by shadows, Wall Puppets as she once called them. While she's convinced herself they are merely figments of her imagination, hallucinations that she never quite shook as a child, her Wall Puppets are becoming something more. For reasons unknown, they are shifting from mere shadows into physical beings intent on taking her life.



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What's Your Next Great Read?

Before you see the movie this year…read the book! The saying goes that often “the book is better than the movie.”

Put these on your reading list quick, before the movie is out.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard (Movie release date: January 21, 2014)
Over the course of the long weekend, 13-year-old Henry and his depressed mother Adele’s lives change when they harbor fugitive Frank Chambers at home. Frank fills a fatherless void for Henry and brings out life in Adele, all while the police are on the hunt for the escaped murderer.

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter (Movie release date: February 7, 2014)
Based on a true WWII story, museum curators, art historians, and others, collectively called the Monuments Men, risked their lives to save pieces of art that the Nazis planned to destroy.

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helpirn (Movie release date: February 14, 2014)
Orphan and mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find the daughter who resides in the home Peter believed to be empty. Thus begins the love affair between a middle-aged Irishman and a fatally ill young woman in a magical New York City in a novel laced with fantasy and romance. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Movie release date: March 21, 2014)
In a society split into five factions based on personality type (Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor), Tris Prior finds out she doesn’t quite fit into any one faction and is declared Divergent, a dangerous revelation she must keep secret in order to survive. Tris must decide to either join her family or follow her own path. The book is completely captivating and will keep you up at all hours of the night until you finish.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Movie release date: June 6, 2014)
A tumor-shrinking medical miracle bought Hazel a few years of time, but she’s a terminal time bomb with stage IV cancer. At a support group, she meets fellow cancer survivor Augustus Waters. With a shared obsession for the novel An Imperial Affliction and their similar sense of sarcasm, the two fall in love, despite their inevitable fate. John Green’s story is honest and hilarious, exposing the fear, anger, and sadness that accompany a terminal illness. (Fun fact: John Green lives in Indianapolis.)


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Heard at the Library

There's an Evergreen Indiana upgrade coming in February!

Some services will be limited Saturday, February 15th through Monday, February 17th while the Evergreen circulation system shared by over 100 libraries in Indiana takes time to put improvements in place.

Online services requiring an Evergreen library card number may be unavailable for a short time. JCPL staff will work to keep any inconvenience to library users to a minimum.

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New eReader for Christmas?

Did you get an eReading device for Christmas?

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, 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.


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JCPL Welcomes Cheryl Lucas

Cheryl Lucas joined the library staff at the beginning of the new year. She comes with 13+ years of experience in public libraries and a passion for libraries and reading. She grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown, fairy tales and The Three Investigators, leading her to a love of mysteries and happily ever afters.

Cheryl pursued her love of mysteries to Indiana Wesleyan University where she earned a degree in Criminal Justice and Communications. Her own happily ever after came when she began her job at the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview, Michigan and went on to get her Masters in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. She plans to continue working in public libraries and is excited to serve the patrons of Jay County as the Adult Services Librarian.

Cheryl loves to talk about books, especially some of her favorite authors including Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Janet Evanovich, Lisa Lutz, Jill Shalvis, Julie Garwood, Shelly Laurenston, Kristan Higgins and many, many more.

“One of my most important goals this year is to get to know the community and the people who use JCPL” states Cheryl. “I’m here to provide library services that are needed and desired. I’m open to suggestions and requests for programs, materials or anything else you think the library should consider offering.”

When you meet Cheryl at the desk or at upcoming programs, be sure to say “hello” and “welcome to our community!”


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February Club Dates

Cookbook Club
February 10th, 6:00 p.m.
This theme calls for a little research! Share a favorite dish of a U.S. President or First Lady. Bring your own table service.

Crochet Club
February 25th, drop in 5:00—7:00 p.m.
 With your holiday projects done, what are you working on now? Bring your own supplies. Share patterns, ideas, skills.


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Bundle Up and Read: Adult Winter Reading Club

Now through February 28th for grades 9 and up.

Register at the desk and then check out and read books from the library or ebooks from the eIndiana Digital Consortium. Audio books are also available both places.

Each book read will qualify for one entry into the weekly prize drawings.

For each 5 books/1 reading log finished participants can also enter into the final Grand Prize Drawing for a Bundle Up and Read Gift Basket.


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Friends of the Library

Ready to renew your 2014 Friends membership?

Dues help underwrite ongoing Friends’ programs that support the library. Your volunteer time can help with mounting the annual book sale, providing hospitality at special events and adding needed manpower at library programs. Your advocacy helps tell the community about the valuable resources we all share at the library.

The Friends meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to conduct business and fold the library newsletter. Not all members are able to attend each meeting, but all are welcome. Membership is $10/individual and $20/family per year, and you can make additional donations. See the membership form.

Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m.

Come spend the evening with Friends!

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Book Discussion Groups

The library has two book discussion groups for adults. Pick your time of day and join the discussion!

Evening Book Discussion Monday, February 17th at 7:00 pm

February’s title is The Aviator’s Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin.

Of her historical novel, the author has said “my other heroines—Alice Liddell in Alice I Have Been and Lavinia Warren Stratton in The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb—gave up their secrets easily, almost eagerly. Anne, however, did not. But that was what attracted me to her story in the first place—because of how elusive Anne remains to this day. She is known in fragments but never completely. Some are aware of her child’s horrific kidnapping and murder. Others remember her chiefly as the shy, pretty bride of the most heroic man of his time. Many women revere her as an early feminist writer. But few know her entire story …” Amazon.com

Ms. Benjamin was born Indianapolis and studied at IUPUI.

See past titles from the evening group


Daytime Book Group Wednesday, February 12th at 10:00 am

February’s choice is Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich.

Would you believe a Valentine story starring a bounty hunter as a matchmaker? Fans of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series might. This title is one of the “between the numbers” novellas and features the crazy characters and situations that are everyday fare for Stephanie Plum in books One for the Money and Two for the Dough all the way through Takedown Twenty.


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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks for recent gifts to the library for the purchase of new materials and support of library programs. Gift books are marked with a bookplate.

Given in honor of Dan & Barbara Rottenberg
by Barry Hudson

Mainline Wasp / W. Thacher Longstreth
The Inheritor’s Handbook / Dan Rottenberg
In the Kingdom of Coal / Dan Rottenberg
Revolution on Wall Street / Marshall E. Blume, Jeremy J. Siegel and Dan Rottenberg

Make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special.  Print a donation form or for more details call the library at 260-726-7890.


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The things I want to know are in books. 
My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read.

             -- Abraham Lincoln



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