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July-August 2014 Contents

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Watch for What's New @ your library

What’s new at the library? Take a look here and on your next visit.

  • Have you seen the big red wall? One of the last repairs done after this spring’s water damage, the carpeted surface was updated a rich red. Watch for more developments to come.
  • There’s caution tape up again—but this time it’s just for fun in the Young Adult area where the “Spark a Reaction” reading program theme takes a turn toward forensic science.
  • Robots! Robots! Take a look at the case full of robot toys in the children’s area. Some of our smallest library visitors get the greatest views with the display at their eye level. View the ‘bots from the top or the sides, plus check out related books and DVDs.
  • Find a case of chemicals you might have at home, plus ideas for experimenting with them.
  • The Mad Scientist (mad for books, we think) is watching over the children’s area from his perch above the new book display. A couple of young scientists can be found keeping watch over the junior non-fiction.

Keep your eyes open for more displays and highlighted books and programs.


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Upcycling Show & Tell

Remember show & tell days at school when you could share your favorite things or news with others? Monday, July 28th, at 6:30 pm it’s UpCycling Show &Tell time at the library.

You are invited to bring in items that you or someone you know has made with repurposed materials. Maybe you have a garden sculpture made out of old tools, a skirt made out of an old pair of jeans, jewelry made out of silverware or a bird feeder made out of old dishes? You can even bring in pictures of your finished projects if the item is too big to bring to the library (like a greenhouse made out of plastic bottles!).

If you would like to Show & Tell please contact Cheryl at the library (260-726-7890) to be sure she’ll have space for your projects.

Whether or not you have something to show, come and get inspiration to transform your own yard sale finds with new and creative ideas.


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More July and August Programs



JayCPL Book Club

July 21st at 7:00 pm     The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
August 18th at 7:00 pm Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn



Hook & Needles Club

July 22nd and August 26th, 5:00 pm
Drop in with your latest knitting or crochet projects or questions.




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Coming in September



Cookbook Club
Monday, September 8th
at 6:00 pm

Until then, what are you cooking from your garden?
When the vegetables get growing, check out the cooking, canning and preserving books at the library.





Author Visit on Tuesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm

Spitballing author Mike Lackey will visit on to share the story of Long Bob Ewing, the baseball pitcher who was famous for his Spitball.

It’s a program filled with baseball history and anecdotes. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase and autographing.

Have YOU ever thrown a spitball?  Seen one thrown?


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Congratulations Graduates!

We’re proud of our grads:

Brooke Harshman, Jay County High School recent library page

Austin Butcher, Jay County High School son of Leah (library staff) & Eric Butcher

Zane Shreve, Jay County High School son of Linda (library staff) & Rick Shreve

Heather Corle, Anderson University daughter of Kay (library staff) & Jeff Corle

We’re glad to have played a part in the education of these and many other young people who graduated this year.

Congratulations and best wishes for a life of learning.


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Back to Our Future

It’s good to be back to normalcy!  After our ordeal with the exploding water heater and subsequent water damage it is nice to be able to fall back into a routine with our normal patterns of activity.  This feeling is helped along due to our summer schedule now being in full swing. 

The library comes alive in the summer with the many activities for children.  Between our summer reading program (with a science theme this year of Fizz, Boom, Read) and our ever-growing Kindergarten Prep School there is quite often a buzz of activity.  In fact, registration for KiPS set a record this year with 140 enrollees, so Tuesday mornings are quite interesting!

These two programs are important to encourage children to read beyond the school year.  I believe that this helps students keep their reading skills sharp for when school starts back up in the fall.  Our KiPS program is vital in preparing children to start school for the very first time.

We also have more than events just for children.  We are offering a summer reading program for adults that fits in with the overall goal of having reading groups throughout the year.

Getting back to normal also means that we can finally turn our attention back to our long range planning.  In February, the Board of Trustees decided on five priorities to focus on over the next five years: early learning, expanded programming, relevant technology, partnership and outreach, and increased public awareness of the library.

We have been in the process of putting together specific goals and objectives to help us address these priorities.  I would like to invite you to preview this part of the plan.  Spend some time with it and feel free to contact me with your comments, questions, or suggestions.  You can pick up a copy at the library or download a copy.

I am excited to see what the future has in store for JCPL!

Eric Hinderliter, Director

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Don't Miss Your Deadline!

Deadlines for the Summer Reading Program are coming up. Make sure you get your log in on time.

Literary Elements (for adults) game cards need to be turned in before 5:00 pm Saturday, July 19th. Got your squares filled in?

Spark a Reaction (for teens) logs should be turned in before 5:00 pm on July 19th.


Fizz! Boom! Read! (for kids) has two sessions this year. Logs for Session I are due June 28. Logs for Session II are due July 19th (and not before June 23rd).

Those who complete their goals and turn in logs on time for one or both sessions will be invited to a pool party with prizes & refreshments.



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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale!

2014 sale dates are August 21st, 22nd & 23rd. Watch for more information in the library, on Facebook and in The Commercial Review.

Donations for the sale will be accepted at the library August 18th - 20th. We will NOT accept musty, moldy, dirty or smelly books. Do NOT bring any encyclopedia sets or textbooks.

Friends volunteers will be needed to set up and clean up two days before and after the sale.

Next regular Friends meeting is Tuesday July 15th at 6:30 pm



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One 2 One Tech Tutoring

Do you need an introduction to the Internet or help with basic computer skills?

Make an appointment for a 30-minute individual tutoring session with Cheryl or Cindy.


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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 Ingrid Saxman
by Linda Franz

Given in memory of Marjorie Chapman
Gamma Nu Sorority

Given in support of Children's Programs
by Delta Theta Tau Sorority

Given in support of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
by Elijah Stockton (who finished 1000 books himself!)


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


“It’s the first thing she goes for when she comes to visit.”


So said a grandmother while checking out books to fill up a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten bag from the library.

Lots of families are noting the hundreds of books they read together. Some are counting down to meet their goal of 1000 before kindergarten begins August 12th.

Count ‘em all: favorites you read over and over, books big siblings read to younger ones, and those “one more book” sessions at bedtime. All that language experience makes for a great start to school. Sign up your child!


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