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It’s that time of year again! The Christmas and New Year season bring back fond memories of special times with family - big family dinners, playing games or working puzzles together, watching movies as a family. The New Year season can also be a time of both reflection and expectation. It is a time when I like to give thanks for the things (both good and bad) that took place the past year. It is also a time of new beginnings - a seemingly fresh start.
I was recently hired as director of the Jay County Public Library. Just on the job for two weeks now I am busy learning about this library. The timing of this new job for me seems appropriate as we enter a new year.
From growing up in the small town of Ada, Ohio, to my current residence in even smaller Van Buren, Indiana, I have not taken the typical route to being a library director. A wide variety of work experiences have helped shape me for the position I am in now - high school social studies teacher, owner of a lawn care company and a restaurant, and then working as library director in Van Buren and Hartford City.
It did not take long for me to discover that the Jay County Public Library is a place where people enjoy spending time. Whether it is to read the newspapers, use our wireless Internet, or to bring one’s children to enjoy activities, the people of Jay County use this library. JCPL is an essential part of this community and it is my hope that we will continue providing good things for Jay County.
Stop by this Christmas season - find some good Christmas movies to watch with your family or a good book to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.
Say hello - I would like to meet you! And, most of all, enjoy your Christmas and New Year season.
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.
Meet Monday, January 13th, at 6:15pm.
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.
Bring your own supplies.
What do you have planned for the next 365 days?
A brand new year can offer more than diets and resolutions. Beyond the usual health and organization self-help titles, any number of “year” books can inspire you, from A year of afghans : 52 projects to keep you knitting every week of the year edited by Kara Gott Warner to You can never find a rickshaw when it monsoons : the world on one cartoon a day by Mo Willems.
With the help of authors who’ve walked the walk and written about it, you can ...
365 thank yous : the year a simple act of daily gratitude changed my life / John Kralik
The happiness project : or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun / Gretchen Craft Rubin
My year with Eleanor : a memoir / Noelle Hancock
Shirt of flame : a year with St. Theresa of Lisieux / Heather King
Orange is the new black : my year in a women's prison / Piper Kerman
Nickel and dimed : on (not) getting by in America / Barbara Ehrenreich
Animal, vegetable, miracle : a year of food life / Barbara Kingsolver
A beer a day : 366 beers to help you through the year / Jeff Evans
Julie and Julia : my year of cooking dangerously / Julie Powell
A ghost a day : 365 true tales of the spectral, supernatural and just plain scary! / Maureen Wood and Ron Kolek
Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac : 8,888 questions in 365 days
A reader's book of days : true tales from the lives and works of writers for every day of the year / Tom Nissley
Resolve to be fine free in 2014
Bring 'em back on time and save your hard-earned cash.
"It tiptoed out the door."
Don’t let any tiptoe away!
Retiring library trustee Lynn Hampson (center) Lynn Hampson was recognized at the December meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees for her valuable service as her term on the board ends this year. Like all the library’s trustees, Lynn volunteered her time for the unpaid board position. Lynn brought her skills in human resources as well as the enthusiasm of a long time library user to her responsibilities on the board.
Lynn Hampson was recognized at the December meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees for her valuable service as her term on the board ends this year.
Like all the library’s trustees, Lynn volunteered her time for the unpaid board position. Lynn brought her skills in human resources as well as the enthusiasm of a long time library user to her responsibilities on the board.
is recognized for her service by director Eric Hinderliter
and trustees Hannah Hughes, Darrell Borders,
Mike McKee, Duane Sautbine and Joel Roberts.
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 next Friends meeting is January 21st at 6:30 p.m.
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 Everett Taylor
Silencing Eve / Iris Johansen
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.
The library has two book discussion groups for adults. New members are always welcome. Pick your time of day and join the discussion!
Call 260-726-7890 to ask about borrowing a copy to read before the groups' meetings.
Evening Book Discussion Monday, January 20th at 7:00 pm
January’s title is Unbroken : a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.
In 2010 the author wrote about the book’s genesis:
Hillenbrand spent the next 7 years in research and writing to tell his story.
Daytime Book Group Wednesday, January 8th at10:00 am
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy is the title for the daytime group’s January meeting.
From a review in People Weekly:
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