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Author Kelsey Timmerman will be at the library Monday, March 16th to talk with library visitors about his travels and his books Where Am I Wearing? and Where Am I Eating? The free program begins at 6:00 pm.
While some folks can track the origin of the tomatoes in their salads to Grandma’s garden (well, at least if Grandma’s got a garden in Indiana in August), most would need to do a lot more detective work to know just where their food on the plate came from. Timmerman sought out the origin of some of his favorite foods and visited — and tried to work alongside — those who produced them. It made for a different kind of travel experience and writing.
Timmerman’s writing takes him around the world, far from his childhood home in Ohio and current hometown of Muncie, yet connects to everyday food and clothing.
If you would like to purchase a copy of either of his books for him to autograph at the event please fill out an order form at the library before March 5th. Cost of each book, including sales tax, is $13.24. Payment must accompany each order. Books are expected to arrive March 7th.
Learn more about Kelsey and his books.
Try something new at one of these programs:
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, March 17th, 5:45-6:30 pm Adults (but you can bring your kids too)
Coming in April:
Look for our table at the Disability Awareness Expo
Tuesday, March 10th, 3:30-6:00 pm at the Fellowship Baptist Church, Portland.
Kathy Carpenter was recently appointed by the Jay County School Corporation as a new member of the library’s board of trustees. She replaces Duane Sautbine who served on the board the past eight years. Carpenter, a resident of Portland, has worked at First National Bank, FCC, and is currently the manager of the Portland branch of the First Bank of Berne. A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, she has been very active in service to the community with the Optimist Club, Jay County Hospital Foundation, and the United Way. She is excited to get to learn more about JCPL and lend her expertise to the leadership and direction to the library.
Programs for children are on the increase at the library. It’s part of continuing in the direction indicated by our long range plan. Check the Kidsheet for details about new programs. Watch the displays when you visit the library building and see what’s up for the kids.
Keep an ear open too for some of our outreach programs that show up in other parts of our community.
What have you re-read lately?
Looking for help with your new electronic device? Want to check out library ebooks but don't know how?
Stop in and get some help at our Tech Table
Bring your device!
Visit the eIndiana Digital Consortium website at and check out free ebooks and eaudiobooks with your library card.
If you would like assistance getting to those free books, but can't drop in on the 14th, set up a one-to-one tech tutoring session at the library. Call 260-726-7890 or ask at the desk on your next visit.
Hook & Needles Club
JayCPL Book Club
JayCPL Writers Guild
Book Discussion Monday, March 16th will attend author Kelsey Timmerman's presentation at 6:00 pm
Stay after to discuss Where Am I Eating? with the author.
Many thanks to those who have made gifts to the library in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones.
Given in memory of Duane Sautbine
Winter at the Door / Sarah Graves
Given in memory of Dan Sharkey
The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure / Deborah Piscione
You can make a gift to the library in honor or in memory of someone, or perhaps just in order to share your gift with the community. Cash gifts can help support library services valuable to so many. Call 260-726-7890 for details.
"There are probably some gardeners who are already dreaming of this!”
A staff member was oohing and aahing over the newly arrived gardening book about to go on the shelf. She was sure that someone out there would NEED this book to get started on the gardening season despite the snow.
The book was dramatically titled Epic tomatoes : how to select & grow the best varieties of all time by Craig LeHoullier.
Sure enough, by press time it was checked out.
Don't worry! We have more books for gardeners. Come dream of spring with the library!
In 2014 the Friends supplemented the library’s programs for children, teens and adults with more nearly $1000 in additional funding. The Friends also help out with funds when an extra piece of equipment would enhance services for the community or provide for getting the word out to the public.
That’s in addition to the cookie baking, event hosting, kid wrangling, newsletter folding and other volunteer work they do throughout the year. Friends also put in a good word for the library around the community to let others know about the resources available — prepaid by all and for all in the community. Thank a Friend and become a Friend!
Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m.