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July-August 2015 Contents

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Summer Challenge Grand Finale


Is it marked on your calendar?

The Summer Challenge Grand Finale is coming July 16th at 4:00 pm at the Jay Community Center and everyone is invited.


We’ll be celebrating superheroes, generous sponsors, grand prize drawing winners and all the participants who took the challenge. We’re sure there will be plenty to celebrate since by mid-June we were more than halfway to the community goal of 20,000 points.

The Superhero Show starts off the big celebration with stories and props and plenty to see and hear about superheroes and super villains.

There’s lots of audience participation for children, teens and adults. The hilarious Superhero Tests determine if audience members have super powers. (Amazingly, they tell us, most do.)

The Superhero Show and Mini-Museum are presented by FamilyTime Entertainment, Inc.



After the show we’ll take a break for announcements, thanks and presentations. Winners in the grand prize drawings will be revealed, though they need not be present to win.

Then everyone is invited to visit the Superhero Museum loaded with lots of eye-catching props, superhero collectibles and art on display.

While you are there we’d love to hear about your favorite parts of the Summer Challenge.



Be sure to turn in all completed Activity Cards at the library by Tuesday, July 14th to be counted.


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Fraud Prevention Seminar

Fraud has been around since the ancient times but with the advancement in technology it has exploded to all areas of our lives. Phone calls, emails, social media and even text messages are being used to attempt to separate you from your hard earned money. Come learn ways to recognize and avoid fraud from a Portland Police Officer.

Tuesday, July 14th at 6:00pm



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Club Dates


JayCPL Book Club

July 20th at 7:00 pm     One Summer by Bill Bryson
August 17th at 7:00 pm Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


Friends of the Jay County Public Library

        July 21st at 6:30 pm


Hook & Needles Club

July 28th 5:00 pm
Drop in with your latest knitting or crochet projects or questions.



JayCPL Writers Guild


July 27th, 6:30 pm







Game Night is every Friday in July from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. 


Try our board games or bring your own to play in the library's air-conditioned comfort.




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Traveling?  Send Us a Card!

There’s a travel display up in the children’s area that could be even better with a note from YOU.

When you are traveling this summer, drop us a postcard that we can add to the display.

We’ll be watching the mail here at 315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN 47371.

Or maybe you’d rather share a photo or a souvenir. Think small: a shell, or brochure, or the cancelled ticket you used as a bookmark in your summer reading. We would love to see something from any museum you visited as part of the Summer Challenge.

When you get home, be sure to look for the display to see what discoveries other travelers made.


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Put Pen to Paper and

Zentangle with Us


A Zentangle Art Class will be held Saturday, August 8th at 10:00 am, led by Certified Zentangle Teacher Angie Gamble.

Explore a drawing method that helps you create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It’s a great time to step away from the computer keyboard, smart phone or tablet and relax with pen in hand.

Advance registration is required and a $5.00 supply fee must be paid at registration so that supplies can be ordered.

An Internet search for “zentangle” results in lots of examples of the art in black and white and in color. With the method anyone can create beautiful works from patterns that are easy to learn and easy to do.


The $5.00 class kit includes: 5 Zentangle tiles, 1 Micron pen, 1 mini-Zentangle pencil, 1 tortillion for blending


Learn more about Zentangle


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Taking a Chance on a New Idea

Have you ever been a little bit fearful to try something new?  To step out of your ordinary mode of thought?  Here at JCPL the Summer Challenge is that step out from the usual, something new with some unknowns.  It was not without some concerns on my part. How will the public respond?  Will people get excited about it?  Have we planned it out okay?

We are at the halfway point of the Challenge and despite a few glitches along the way, I would say that it has been a success.  Over 500 patrons have registered, including some who have already met the challenge of earning 100 points.  How many will actually meet the challenge is unknown, but it is clear from the participation and comments received that many people are enjoying the program.

Part of the point of making the change is to provide a variety of fun activities for people of all ages and activities that can be done together.  It was particularly gratifying to hear how one patron appreciated the chance to do the challenge with her teen-aged daughter. Our planners have done a good job designing programs around the theme of superheroes, especially for the kids and teens.  It was fun to see children walk around the library after a program in their newly made masks and capes.

It’s not over yet - there is still plenty of time to get registered and start meeting the challenge.  We set our collective goal to reach 20,000 points as a community and we are over halfway there.  There are plenty of programs yet to attend and activities to enjoy.  And don’t forget about our grand finale at the Community Center featuring a traveling superhero museum.

I hope to see the Summer Challenge grow each year as we look for ways to improve it.  I hope too that it becomes something our community looks forward to each summer as well as a reminder that it pays to take a chance on a new idea.

Eric Hinderliter, Director  


We couldn’t do the Summer Challenge without the generous support of our sponsors.

Many, many thanks to:

Tyson Foods
Delta Theta Tau
First Bank of Berne
Portland Kiwanis
FCC Indiana
Portland Lions Club
Portland Rotary
Evening Optimists
Gamma Nu
Tri Kappa
Psi Iota Xi
Bollenbacher and Associates
MainSource Bank


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Basic Genealogy Classes Saturday, July 18th


10:00 am    Introduction to Genealogy Research at JCPL    

11:00 am    Genealogy Research on the Internet                     


Class size limited. Call 260-726-7890 to register.



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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale!

The Friends’ Annual Used Book Sale is set for August 27th, 28th, and 29th. Anyone who wishing to volunteer for setting up, cleaning up or running the book sale may contact Cheryl at the library.

Wednesday night, August 26th is the Friends Only Presale from 5:00-7:00 pm. Friends who have paid their dues are eligible. Membership may be paid that night and will be good through the 2016 calendar year.

Donations of book, music, movies, puzzles and games will be accepted at the library from Monday, August 24th through 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 26th.

Some materials will NOT be accepted. Do NOT bring any type of encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest Condensed books or any materials that are dirty, moldy or damaged.


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Things not to forget:




Summer Challenge Activity Cards must be turned in by Tuesday, July 14th



Summer Challenge Grand Finale Event is Thursday, July 16th





School starts August 10th.  Be sure to finish your books and tell library staff before school begins! 



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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks to those who have made gifts to the library in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones.

Given in honor of Deb Tipton
by Asbury United Methodist Women

Fight Alzheimer's with Vitamins and Antioxidants / Kedar N. Prasad

The Theft of Memory:  Losing My Father, One Day at a Time / Jonathan Kozol


Like to make a gift to the library?

Ask for a gift form at the circulation desk or print one from our website. You can also make gifts to the library’s endowment at The Portland Foundation. For details visit their website .


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Heard at the Library


"Have you found it yet?"

"Try over there."

"We only have one more picture to find! Let’s keep looking."


We heard lots of similar exchanges as kids, families and friends tried to identify all the pictures on the Library Scavenger hunt. Some were easy to spot, others were tougher. The close-up photos on the sheet had a way of making it tricky to recognize things in plain sight. No one has even said librarians aren’t tricky, especially when it comes to getting you explore the ins and outs of the library.

We think the seekers enjoyed the hunt. We know the staff loved seeing so many people helping each other locate the spots and discover places they hadn’t noticed before.


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