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June 2015 Contents

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    Summer Challenge: Reading and MORE


    The Summer Challenge is underway. Participants are discovering that although reading is still at the heart of the program, there are many more ways to challenge themselves to stay active and “doing” this summer while earning points.


    Connecting with the library

    Attend the many programs offered this summer at the library for various ages.
    Visit the Bookmobile at Redkey or Bearcreek Farms.
    Explore electronic resources and sign up for newsletters.


    Participate in activies at local community centers.
    Visit any museum, near or far.
    Explore an exihibt at Arts Place.


    Build a your own play fort or fly your own paper airplane.
    Try ideas from how-to and cook books.
    Make the world better—perform an act of kindness.


    Have a dance party with library CDs.
    Take a walk or bike ride.
    Do your own nature walk. We’ve got books to help you identify what you see.

    Reading (of course!)

    Summer remains a favorite time to read what you like, when you like, where you like.


    Big goals, big prizes.

    Check the displays at the library to see the great prizes you might win and watch the whole community’s point total grow.


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    Friday Night Game Night @ your library
    5:00-7:30 pm Beginning June 5th

    Do you like to get together with friends and play board games? Maybe you like to meet new people as you gather around the table. During June & July the library will open up tables for game play and offer a collection of games to choose from. Games are available for all ages, so bring your kids and they can play at a table nearby. You can even bring your own games with you. (While we realize that noise is a part of playing we request that games including bells, whistles and buzzers not be brought to the library.)


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    Cookbook Club:  Second Course for All Ages

    The regular Cookbook Club takes a break in the summer months, but this year a Second Course will be open to all ages in June. Participate as an individual, a couple, a family, or a group of friends. Here’s how:

    1. Make your reservations for the dinner at the library.

    2. Select a recipe from a library cookbook to prepare. There are plenty for both adults and children.

    3. Bring your dish to the library on June 8th and enjoy a sample menu dinner with other cooks, chefs and bakers.

    Cookbook Club: the Second Course
    June 8th, 6:00pm
    Open to all ages, reservations are required


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    Library Craft Day

    Make something extraordinary from ordinary items. Recycle old library materials and give them a new purpose.

    Materials and ideas will be provided to make book art, cassette pouches and more. Just visit the library on Saturday, June 13th between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.



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    Grand Canyon Virtual Vacation

    Discover the beauty of the Grand Canyon and the challenges of hiking through it without leaving Jay County. Paul VanCise and his children Jaclyn and Evan will share pictures, stories and experiences from their Grand Canyon excursion.

    Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00pm


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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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    June Club Dates

    JayCPL Book Club
    June 15th, 6:00 pm
    Discuss Catch-22 / Joseph Heller

    Friends of the Jay County Public Library
    June 16th, 6:30 pm
    Sometimes writing is as simple as putting pen to paper. Other times it takes effort, determination, inspiration and encouragement. The guild meets to offer inspiration and encouragement to writers.

    Hook & Needles Club
    June 23rd, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Bring your projects & supplies, share ideas and craft time.

    JayCPL Writers Guild
    June 29th, 6:30 pm


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    New Season New Challenge

    After a long wait summer is just about here.  And with that change in season we are excited to see the increase in activity that happens every summer at the library.  Two events have become annual standards for us - our Kindergarten Prep School and a summer reading program.

    The KiPS program for incoming kindergarten students develops skills to help them succeed in their transition to the school setting. 

    Stop in on a Tuesday morning this summer to get a taste of what having nearly 100 kindergarten kids in the library is like!  Much fun is had learning math and language skills, music, art and social skills needed for getting off on the right foot at school.


    We always have had a summer reading program, but this year we are looking to expand it.  Our Summer Challenge presents opportunities for fun learning activities that can be enjoyed by participants of all ages.  We challenge each participant to earn 100 points by doing a variety of activities.  We are also challenge the community to earn a collective 20,000 points.  Should we reach the community goal MainSource Bank has agreed to make a donation to the Helping Hand Food Pantry.

    Participants have the chance to win prizes as they continue to work their way toward the 100 point goal.  We invite everyone young and old to take the challenge and hope that it will be a great journey.  Registration has already started and will continue through June and early July.  Please visit the library to get signed up. There will be plenty of activities to enjoy at the library for all ages - be sure to watch for more details at the library or here on our website. 

    Eric Hinderliter, director

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    Congratulations to library pages

    Maddison Baughn

    Madison Mace

    Graduates of Jay County High School


    Congratulations to all graduates. We’re proud that the library helps students achieve their goals.



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     Heard at the Library

    Why should kids have all the fun?

    Story time is a library tradition enjoyed by children and their families. But why stop there? This summer we’ll offer a monthly story program presented for special needs adults and caregivers.

    It’s a great time to relax and have fun. We’ll share classic stories, move to some music and express ourselves through art.

    Join us at 4:00 pm on these Tuesday afternoons:

    June 2nd
    July 7th
    August 4th


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    Gifts to the Library

    Would you like to make a gift?

    Honor or remember a friend or family member with a gift to the library. When you make a donation you may designate in general terms the use of the funds. For example, if for materials, you may make further suggestions, such as children's books, large print books, recorded books, relevant non-fiction topics, or favorite types of reading material of the honoree.

    An acknowledgement will be sent to the honoree or family, if appropriate.
    Public acknowledgement is made on bookplates, an entry in a permanent gift register, and here in the library's newsletter.

    Print out a donation form or ask at the circulation desk. For more details call the library at 260-726-7890.


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    Friends of the Library

    Did you know that the Friends Annual Used Book Sale is set for August 27th, 28th, and 29th? That means they’ll soon be gearing up for the big operation. It’s a good time to become a Friend and get in on the action.

    Next regular meeting is Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30 pm.


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