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January 2015 Contents

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    Find Cabin Fever Cures @ your Library

    The winter blahs are sure to hit soon but the Jay County Public Library has some cures ready for you. Get ready to Read, Watch, Listen & Learn starting January 12th through March 16th.

    READ new books or old favorites, explore new authors or genres.

    WATCH a British TV Series or discover a new movie from the library’s growing collection.

    LISTEN to a new style of music or try a new artist from the library’s music collection.

    LEARN something new a JCPL program and uncover a whole new experience @ your library.

    If cabin fever strikes you at 10:00 am some Thursday morning in January, maybe you can fight it off with one of these programs:

    January 15th Tax Time Tips (tour the IRS.gov and IN.gov tax sites)

    January 22nd Story & Craft (folktales, legends and crafts geared for special needs adults)

    January 29th Coffee Cups and Book Bites (enjoy a cup of java while sharing and exploring new and old books with other readers)


    Other cabin fever treatments, conventional & unconventional:

    “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”
    Victor Hugo

    “I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.”
    Bill Watterson

    “To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.”
    W.J. Vogel

    Or, perhaps, borrow some books!



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    Time on your hands?

    Arranging 15 books on a book shelf may not appear to be a very difficult task, but if you made one change every minute you would spend 2,487,996 years arranging your books before you had used up every possible arrangement.

    From Weird & Wonderful Science Facts by Dr. Magnus Pyke



    January Club Meeting Dates


    The Cookbook Club meets monthly to trade recipes and try new foods. Bring homemade food and copies of the recipe to hand out to your fellow cookbook aficionados.

    January’s theme: Casseroles -- let's hear it for comfort food!
    Bring your favorite or your latest experiment to share and bring along your own table service too, so you’ll be ready to taste them all.

    Meet Monday, January 12th, at 6:15pm.
    No pre-registration required. Adults and teens welcome!


    JayCPL Book Club members read a new title each month and gather to discuss it the third Monday evening.  Interested in joining them?  Call the library at 260-726-7890 for details.



    January 19th at 7:00 pm discussi Wonder by R. J. Palacio 

    See a list of past and upcoming titles



    At the Hook & Needles Club you can 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.


    Next monthly meeting: Tuesday, January 27th

    Bring your own supplies.





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    JayCPL Writers Guild


    Interested in participating in a writers group, to inspire and support each other?
    Come to the library Monday, January 26th at 6:30 pm.

    Whether you are, or aspire to be, a published author or just write for your own enjoyment and to entertain friends and family you are welcome.

    Monthly meetings will include activities to get writing juices pumping, opportunities to share and critique, and a chance to encourage and be encouraged in the writing life.




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    Resolve to be fine free in 2015

    Bring 'em back on time and save your hard-earned cash.




    Heard at the Library

    "You're amazing!"

    Library staff send their thanks for the many treats, cards and greetings that came their way through the holiday season.

    There are some great cooks and big library fans in our community!

    Thanks to all who shared so generously.  We enjoyed every bit.



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    What Would You Like to See @ your Library?

    Have you seen what joined the puppet theater in the children’s area recently?

    Children’s librarian Linda Shreve has been adding to the imaginative play area. We’ve seen active construction and repairs ever since. Thanks again to Ingrid Saxman for her gift that made the workbench addition possible.

    Do YOU have suggestions for the children’s area? Linda would love to hear your ideas! Call or leave a note.


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    Friends of the Library

    What are Friends for?

    They are emphatically for the library. In 2014, for example, the Friends supported children’s holiday specials with funds and cookies, provided the grand prize tablet for the summer adult reading club, made it possible to welcome 17 new babies with the gift of a board book, and were faithful folders of the library newsletter.

    The Friends are also goodwill ambassadors for the library and community as they welcome folks to their annual used book sale. They are supportive and observant “eyes and ears” with the aim of enhancing the library’s mission and its value to the community.


    Are you a Friend? Thanks!
    Want to become a Friend? Now’s a great time to do it.

    Join or renew your membership in January. See membership forms on the kiosk near the circulation desk, or find one here to print and return to the library.

    Or come to the next meeting and do it in person!

    The next Friends meeting is January 20th at 6:30 p.m.


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    Gifts to the Library


    Many thanks to those who have remembered family and friends and their community with gifts to the library.



    Given in memory of Bill Lykins
    by Eldon & Florence Campbell

    In the Company of Sherlock Holmes / Laurie R. King, editor
    Blue Labyrinth / Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
    Death Canyon / David Riley Bertsch


    Would you like to make a gift to the library in honor or in memory of someone special? The gifts are acknowledged by letter and by publication in this newsletter, both print and online versions.

    You can also make a gift to the library’s endowment through The Portland Foundation


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    Try New Features in Evergreen

    Look for some helpful tools added in the latest upgrade to the Evergreen circulation system.

    New icons help you search

    Helpful new pictures make it easier to see whether an item is a book, DVD, CD or another format when searching the catalog.

    “Group Formats & Editions” option makes sense of results

    Ever typed in a popular title (imagine one of those books published in all kinds of formats then made into a movie) only to find a long list of all the possibilities with pages and pages of results to sort through? Now in Advanced Search you can click on “Group Formats & Editions” and the list will be sorted into groups of like items that take fewer pages and less sorting. You can even click the button after you’ve done a search and so you can make sense of those long, long lists.


    My List Notes let you add your own touch

    When you log into “My Account” and build a list of items you want to remember, you can now add your own notes to each item on the list. Look for the “edit” option by the item. Use it to add your personally relevant information, whether it’s a reminder, or your review, or who recommended the book, or when you read it — whatever you want to remember. The lists can be downloaded at your computer too.

    Library information right where you need it

    Find an item that isn’t available locally, but another library has it? Need to know when they are open or how to make contact? Just click on their name in the item results. Bingo!


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    One 2 One Tech Tutoring

    Did you get 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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