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June 2013 Contents

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     Adult Summer Reading Program

    Break new ground! This year's theme is "Groundbreaking Reads," and participants will explore all things groundbreaking with programs, displays, reading lists, and prizes.

    Win an e-reader and other prizes! Participate in our raffle and contests for a chance to win groundbreaking technology - an e-reader!

    Programs, book suggestions, and more! At registration, you'll receive a packet with instructions, prize drawing dates, book suggestions, upcoming SRP programs, a reading log, puzzles, and a book review form.

    Don't forget to register by June 8! This program runs May 28-July 20 and is for adults ages 18 and older.




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     Tess Gerritsen

    Save the date - Tess Gerritsen is coming to JCPL on October 3 at 3:00pm! Tess has penned a slew of best-selling suspense novels and Publishers Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen." Her work has also inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles," starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

    Be sure to register by October 2 to reserve your seat. Tess's visit will cap the Jay County Reads! 2013 program scheduled for September. More details to come.



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    Grow a Green Thumb at Your Library

    The theme for the Adult Summer Reading Program is "Groundbreaking Reads" and we're ready to break some ground gardening! A Master Gardener from Purdue Extension will lead two classes on gardening - one for beginners and one for those with intermediate gardening skills.

    Beginner Gardening - June 24 at 6:00pm

    Intermediate Gardening - June 25 at 6:00pm

    Participants will learn which flowers, plants, and vegetables will thrive in Jay County, when to plant, the basics of weeding, and more. There will be time for questions at the end and participants can take home a pack of seeds to start their garden!

    Not sure which class you should attend? Call Purdue Extension at 260-726-4707 or come to both classes.

    No registration required. For adults and teens.


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    Beginner's Internet          

    For adults or teens, limit 5 participants

    If you think using the internet is difficult and confusing, you’re not alone. Learn how to use a mouse, navigate a webpage, surf the web, and more!

    June 19, 10:00am to noon in the computer gallery

    Call the library at 260-726-7890 to register by June 18

    Questions?  Can’t make it to the class? Schedule a one-on-one session.  Call the library and ask for Molly.

    Regular Internet gallery users:
    Please note that the computer gallery will be reserved for the class for those two hours on June 19. Two public Internet stations outside the gallery will be available, as well as the Express stations.


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    June Club Dates 

    Coupon Club  Monday, June 3 at 6:00pm
    Swap coupons & tips with fellow savers!

    Crochet Club   Tuesday,June 25, drop in 5:00 to 7:00pm
    Bring your own supplies.  Share patterns, ideas, skills.

    Note: the Cookbook Club is taking the summer off. The next meeting will be September 9 at 6:15pm.


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    Senior Reads

    We're introducing a daytime book group and it's just for seniors! At our next meeting on June 12 at 10:00am, we'll discuss Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and talk more about how we want the group to operate. Couldn't make it last month? That's okay; we'd love to see you at the next meeting!

    Call 260-726-7890 and ask for Molly if you have questions.

    Audience: ages 55 and older

    No registration required.


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    National Library Week Winners

    Thank you everyone who participated in National Library Week 2013! Winners for our contests and raffles are below.

    Essay Contest - Lauren Budde and Hannah Imel (Participants wrote an essay about what the library means to them and their community).

    Photo Contest - Bobbi Herbert (Participants took a photo that represents Jay County).

    Bookmark Contest - Kelsey Simmons

    Daily raffle winners - Eric Carlsen, Skyla Fisher, Janice Durham, Monica Clairday, Debra Green, Lindsey Green

    Thank you to Sharlette's Fudgery for donating a gift card for National Library Week!


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    Book Reading Group

    On Monday, June 17, the Book Group will discuss Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine, a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times bestseller.

    "Love Medicine is Louise Erdrich's masterful debut novel, one of the most influential, beloved, and distinguished works of contemporary fiction. It is the unforgettable saga of two families and how their destinies intertwine over the course of fifty years on and around a North Dakota reservation. Here is the book that heralded a major voice in American Literature." -Amazon.com

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


    Also, check out Senior Reads, our daytime book group for seniors. See above.

    See past selections of the Book Reading Group


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     Heard at the Library

    Alisha DeWitt is a 2013 graduate from Ball State University and has worked at the library for 7 years. She started as a high school page and then became the "college page" in 2010. She says, "Working here has been an experience I will carry with me for a lifetime. Every task, from working with the public to working on large projects, has prepared me for my future. I will truly miss helping patrons and working with the library's amazing staff." Alisha will be leaving to pursue a career in graphic design at IronGate Creative in Hagerstown, Indiana.

    Good luck, Alisha! Thank you for 7 years of outstanding service.


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    Reference and Resources

    Flood Damage

    Did your property suffer damage from the recent floods? You can create and submit a damage assessment report online with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Just go to this website: http://www.in.gov/dhs/ and click on "Report damage from severe storms and flooding" under featured topics. Or contact the IDHS at:

    Indiana Department of Homeland Security

    Indiana Government Center South                                   

    302 W. Washington St., Room E208

    Indianapolis, IN 46204


    Digital Public Library

    The Digital Public Library of America has finally launched its website! DPLA "brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world." Genealogy enthusiasts and history buffs - you'll definitely want to check it out! http://dp.la


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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 this recent gift to the library:


    Donated by the (local) author:

    Sock it to Me Jesus by Janet Amundson


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    Friends of the Library

    "Coffee with Friends" is taking the summer off, but we'll see you again on September 14 at 10:00am.

    Did you know the library now sells used books year-round? Its a great way to find gently-used fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Heres an even better deal: buy a colorful Friends of the Library tote bag for $10 and fill it up with used books for FREE on the date of purchase! What a bargain!


    New or returning Friends to recognize:

    Glen and Bev Priest

    Katheryn Crown

    Joe Egly


    Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.


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