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      Fresh Programs for Adults


      It’s Craft Chaos @ your library!

      Do you enjoy making things and learning new skills? The library is introducing a new social crafting program on Thursday, March 13th, 10:00 am - noon. Whether you like to scrapbook, make cards, bead, paper quilling, embroider or other hands on crafts the library wants to offer you the opportunity to share, socialize and learn.

      Each Craft Chaos program will include a simple craft you can learn to make and take with you followed by a social time when you can work on any craft project you bring along. If you want to show others how to make your favorite craft project, sign up to be a special instructor at one of our Craft Chaos programs. Depending on the type of craft planned, there may be a supply fee charged. Registration is required so we can make sure there are enough supplies for everyone. March’s Craft Chaos will be a Book Page Flower Roll. Please join us and let’s get crafty. RSVP at the Circulation Desk or call 260-726-7890.

      Blossom with Books: Adult Spring Reading Club March 24—May 9

      Unlike clothes that you pull out and put away as seasons change, books can be read all year round. That is why this year JCPL is featuring four Adult Reading Clubs. The Winter Reading Club is done and the Spring Reading Club will start on March 24th. If you participate in at least three of the four Reading Clubs this year you will be entered into a Grand Prize to be drawn at the end of the Fall Reading Club.

      Pick up your Blossom with Books reading log beginning March 24th and track your books until May 9th. You can enter the drawing for a weekly prize with each book you read, and for each five books you will get an entry for the Spring Reading Club Prize Basket.



      Also in March: meet author Angela Jackson-Brown



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      What's Your Next Great Read?


      A touch of the Irish this month may make your reading list a little livelier. If you are interested in taking an armchair tour of Ireland, you are in luck; JCPL has several books that will have you seeing green in no time.

      Quentins by Maeve Binchy Every table at Quentins restaurant in Dublin has a thousand stories to tell. The staff and customers all have tales of their own and the restaurant itself has had times when it looked set for success and others when it seemed doomed to failure. Presiding over it all are Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made Quentins such a legend – but even their lives are not as they seem.

      A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the Atlantic ocean, it was falling into disrepair – until one woman, with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place. Now a hotel, with a big, warm kitchen and log fires, it provides a welcome few can resist.

      If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern Elizabeth Egan's life is in turmoil, thanks to the personal problems of her sister, Saoirse, complications that include Saoirse's six-year-old son, Luke, a quiet and contemplative child whose world is transformed by the arrival of a new friend, Ivan.

      The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney “If we’re to live good lives, we have to tell ourselves our own story. In a good way.” So says Ben MacCarthy’s beloved mentor, and it is this fateful advice that will guide Ben through the tumultuous events of Ireland in 1956.

      These Irish delights and others are available @ your library.



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      A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought with out breaking it,
      or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.
      It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.

      -Edward P. Morgan, 20th century American journalist

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      New Evergreen Feature: Pay Online

      It will soon be possible to use a credit or debit card to pay fines and fees online. Check for that option when you log into My Account from your computer. The entire amount owed must be paid and a processing fee will be added (see chart below).

      Cards will be accepted online only, not at the circulation desk.



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      Planning for the Next Five Years

      What does the future hold?  You may have seen a sign at the library posing this question with a picture of a young girl looking down a highway and into the horizon.  We are facing this question at the Jay County Public Library in planning out the next five years of service to the public.

      To assist the library in this task, library consultants Dan and Sharon Wiseman were hired.  They spent the better part of three days at the library (February 6, 7, 8) talking to staff members, community members, and the board of trustees.  This collaborative effort generated much good discussion and many common themes emerged to help us identify directions we may go.

      In hearing the reports of the Wisemans it was gratifying to know the strong interest the Jay community has in the success and health of its library.  40 people responded to the call to speak into our planning process by participating in our community focus groups.  Over 100 patrons filled out a survey to help us identify the things we are doing well and those things that can be adjusted to provide better service.

      This community’s vested interest in its library will aid our ability to put together a plan that can meet the needs of the community.  I am excited to see what the future holds and we look forward to discovering how we can continue to do great things in the Jay County community.  Watch for future announcements as our plan develops.

      Eric Hinderliter, Director


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      If you are planning for a year, sow rice;

      If you are planning for a decade, plant trees.

      If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

                          —Chinese proverb







      Got an ereader? Got a library card?

      Go to cidc.lib.overdrive.com to check out free ebooks and eaudiobooks.

      Get help getting to those free books. Call 260-726-7890 to set up a one-to-one tech tutoring session or ask at the desk on your next visit.




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      March Club Dates

      Cookbook Club
      March 10th, 6:00 pm
      The theme: Anything with Cheese! Bring your dish to taste and recipe to share, along with your own table service.

      Crochet Club
      March 25th, drop in 5:00—7:00 pm
      Bring your own supplies, but share ideas and projects.  Share patterns, ideas, skills. Meet in the Friends Room this month.


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      Book Discussion Groups

      Daytime Book Group Wednesday, March 12th at10:00 am

      Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is the choice for the daytime readers. It is not a description of the last melting piles of snow.

      Beautiful Ruins is a glorious read for book lovers. From the moment you pick up the novel, it conjures a world that you long to enter. The teal-blue Ligurian Sea laps against a jagged coastline filled with candy-colored houses and open windows. At first glance, you’re dying to get inside those houses and find out what’s going on...You needn’t worry. Jess Walter has written a sumptuous epic about the real people who make art, spinning illusion for fun, profit, and meaning.” (from a review by popular author Adriana Trigiani at Amazon.com)


      Evening Book Discussion Monday, March 17th at 7:00 pm

      The evening group will be discussing the coming of age tale Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown which begins with an ominous paragraph:

      1978. The year I turned ten and the year my mama killed herself. She was thirty-five, and dying is the last thing that should have been on her mind.

      Angela Jackson-Brown was born and grew up in Alabama. She is an English Professor at Ball State University. She’ll be the special guest at the book group’s March discussion after meeting other interested readers earlier at the library (see article below).

      See past and upcoming titles for the Evening group


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      Meet Angela Jackson-Brown
      at the library at 5:30 pm on March 17th when she reads from her book, Drinking from a Bitter Cup.

      Copies will be available for $15.95 and can be signed.

      To learn more about this author and her book, visit her website at www.angelajacksonbrown.com



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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 memory of James Feher
       by Pat & Pam Bennett

      Odd, Weird & Little / Patrick Jennings
      We Hold These Truths / Andrew Clements
      Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy / Karen Foxlee
      Winter of the Robots / Kurtis Scaletta
      (children’s books)


      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.


      Learn more about making a gift to the library.


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      Heard at the Library

      "Your library is beautiful. It’s a surprise in a little town to walk in and see something like this.”

      Late last year a visitor from out of town stopped at the desk to share his impression of the library. Nice words to hear and pass on!

      Several years ago folks supporting libraries across the country used the slogan “A Library Says A Lot about a Community.” It’s good to know that the library helps make a good impression on visitors to our area.

      Thanks to all in the community who help keep the library an active and beautiful place!



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        Friends of the Library

      The Friends of the Library were honored to receive gifts from the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Psi Iota Xi in memory of Vivian Brewster and Nancy Hampson.


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


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