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June 2014 Contents

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June Teen Corner

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    Summer Reading Science Explosion

    There is going to be a science explosion this summer at your library. Summer Reading Clubs for all ages will start on June 2nd.


    The Adult Summer Reading Club “Literary Elements” challenges readers to explore genres and authors in a game of Tic-Tac-Toe.

    Don’t worry—with broad categories broad and a traditional free space in the middle for “Your Choice” you can easily complete a card (up to a total of six cards, in fact) and be entered in the prize drawings.

    Registration starts on June 2nd and ends on June 14th. The last day to turn in your game cards is July 19th by 5:00 pm.

    All participants are invited to a finale event Monday night, July 21st. Summer is a great time to read!



    Kids and teens have their own summer reading programs.

    The teen program aims to use their reading material to “Spark a Reaction”

    while the younger kids are encouraged to experiment with books and see what happens in “Fizz Boom Read!”

    Check this month’s KIDSHEET insert for details

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    Clubbing @ your library


    JayCPL Book Club: Monthly on the 3rd Monday at 7:00 pm.
    The Book Club selects, reads and discusses books from all genres. Club members can purchase a personal copy of the Club’s selection or borrow one from the library. June’s title is The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain. Look for them on Facebook too!


    Hook & Needles Club: Monthly on the 4th Tuesday, 5:00-7:30 pm.

    Whether you crochet, knit, quilt or do other hand held crafts you are invited to join the Hook and Needles Club and share tips, patterns and advice with other craft lovers. This is also an excellent time to learn a new craft and explore the library’s resources of patterns and how-to books.


    Reading Clubs:
    While the Spring Reading Club got washed away this year we will continue offering seasonal Reading Clubs for adults, teens and children. Reading Clubs help develop a love of reading and expand horizons, of course, but winning a prize is fun too.

    "Literary Elements" is the theme for the Summer Reading Club.


    Two clubs take a summer break, but return in the fall:

    Lego Club: Weekly on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm.

    Next fall bring your kids to the library for Legos and boost their creative energy. While the kids are creating you can relax and browse for your own creative inspiration.


    Cookbook Club: Monthly on the 2nd Monday at 6:00 pm

    Taste great food and share recipes at each meeting.


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    All the Best, Shirley!


    Shirley Dollar starts her first summer in retirement this month. A native of Dunkirk, she joined the library staff in February 1986.

    Shirley has been the face of Jay County Public Library for many people over the years as she’s taught genealogy classes, made homebound book deliveries to shut-ins, and met many, many, many children on the bookmobile. This is in addition to filling regular shifts at the circulation desk and serving a couple of stints as staff liaison to the Friends of the Library. Her community contacts are even wider. As a 4-H judge and in her long time association with the Jay County Cancer Society, especially through their annual fundraising walk, Shirley’s work has touched lives throughout the area.

    Over the years library staff and library users have benefited from her enthusiasm for puzzles, genealogy, and gingerbread houses. We wish her much joy and enthusiasm in retirement—she has lucky grandchildren. Thanks, Shirley!



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    The Upside of Upheaval

    At some point down the road library staff may refer to it as the Flood of ’14. As we dealt with the crisis caused by a ruptured water heater there were probably other words used to refer to the situation. In spite of the damage caused by the water, two weeks of being completely closed to the public, and five weeks of operating at less than full capacity, I think some positive things came out of the experience.

    Upheaval does not always have to be a bad thing. Instead, it can make one re-examine his life, his circumstances, an examination that can lead to an appreciation for what he has or a desire to make changes for the better.

    I can see that this upheaval to our library has led both me and the staff to a fuller appreciation of the wonderful facility we do have. We were also able to get a fuller sense of how our public has come to rely on this library. We repeatedly heard words of encouragement during this time. We heard how much our patrons missed their library during this time.

    As our staff adapted to their new routines and dealt with their inability to get to their desks and workstations, our patrons adapted right along with them. It was gratifying to see patrons sitting at the tables set up in the foyer reading newspapers and using their laptops like it was the most natural thing in the world to them. Our Community Room became a true “community” room as we crammed as many materials in there for browsing as we could.

    It has been a long haul and we are all grateful that we have now re-opened and have nearly all services restored to you, our loyal patrons. Thank you for your patience throughout this time. As the final repairs are completed we are looking forward with new enthusiasm to serve the people of Jay County.

    Eric Hinderliter, Director

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    Looking for book recommendations, projects to make out of old books,
    or crafts to make with your children?
    You can now follow the Jay County Public Library on Pinterest.



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    New in Evergreen:  Book Lists

    The My List feature in Evergreen allows you to make and keep lists of library items.

    What sorts of lists? You can decide!

    Research for My Next Big Project
    Books in My Favorite Series
    Movies I Haven’t Seen Yet

    Get the picture?


    The lists are not a record of what you’ve borrowed from the library and aren’t affected by what you check out or return. But it’s a great placeholder for items you want to find again.

    In the Evergreen catalog (from any device with Internet access or using the library’s Online Public Access Computers) log in to My Account with your library card number and your password. Click on the My Lists tab. You can create a list and later see all those you’ve made. Click a list to see the items.

    Or, when you’ve logged in with your card number and password and are searching the catalog, you can click the “Add to My List” button beside items you want to remember. Choose “add to new list” to create a list. If you’ve already started some lists, you’ll see them as choices too.

    You can place holds for the items on your lists by checking the box to the left of the title and using the drop down box to the right to choose “Place a Hold.”

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    Book Reading Group

    On Monday, June 16th, the Book Group will discuss The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

    Discussion starts at 7:00pm. New members welcome!


    See past selections of the Book Reading Group


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     Heard at the Library

    “I get 59˘ a mile for listening to your audiobooks.”

    No, we don’t pay him, but a borrower of audiobooks recently shared his formula for calculating the extra value he gets listening to them while on the road. He uses the standard mileage rate to deduct the costs of operating his vehicle for his business.

    He considers it being “paid” in a way to hear his favorite authors while they help him stay awake. Unlike his fuel, the audiobooks are free with his library card!

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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.

    Many thanks for these recent gifts to the library:

    Given in memory of Marjorie Chapman
    by Mike & Jodi McKee

    Chestnut Street / Maeve Binchy
    Come Home to Me / Brenda Novak


    Given in memory of Cindy Shrack

    Phillip and Kimberly Call
     Ran-Del Agri-Services
     Jay County Public Library Staff
     Judy Dwiggins
     Rosie Clamme
     Smith’s Garage and Trucking
    Whispering Willow Farms
    Gary and Mary Wilson
    Joanna Jennings
    J. Neal Barnum
    Brian Kline
    Lew and Shirley Huston
    Gary and Claire Smith
    Darlene Reed Pinkerton
    Jessica Pinkerton Sowder
    Mr. and Mrs. Doug Pinkerton
    Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Huston
    Tanya Barmore
    Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Huston
    Fred and Nancy Garringer
    Kathy Nelson


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    Friends of the Library

    The winter weather and unexpected closing interrupted the Friends’ meeting schedule, but now they are back in action!

    • Friends generously sponsored the Patron Appreciation Day celebrated on May 21st with refreshments for all.
    • Adult Services Librarian Cheryl Lucas who arrived in January will be serving as the Friends’ staff liaison. Many thanks to Shirley Dollar who’s been serving as interim.
    • Friends will soon begin preparations for the summer book sale in August (save your donations till then!). A small collection of items is available for sale now in the library.


    Next regular meeting is Tuesday, June 17th at 6:30 pm.


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