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March 2015 Contents 

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      Meet Kelsey Timmerman (and find out where's he eating)

      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.


      Do you know where your last banana came from?

      Kelsey could give you an idea of what it took to grow and pick it,
      and who does that work.

      Come hear him speak at 6:00 pm
      on Monday, March 16th at the library.





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      Learning Programs for Adults

      Try something new at one of these programs:

      Lunch & Learn

      Monday, March 2nd, 12:15-12:45 pm
      Kristie Henry, registered dietician from Jay County Hospital, will be here talking about “Gluten: fact & fiction”.
      Bring your lunch and learn a little something during your lunch hour. Ice tea, water & coffee provided.


      Arm Knitting

      Thursday, March 12th, 10:00-11:00 am OR 3:00-4:00 pm
      Want to knit but you’re afraid of needles? Or do you want to really get into your knitting?
      Come learn to arm knit an infinity scarf with library staffers Terry and Mary.
      Registration required (limited to 12 participants total)



      Laughter Yoga

      Tuesday, March 17th, 5:45-6:30 pm Adults (but you can bring your kids too)
      Exercise fun! 25 minutes of laughter yoga is said to equal an hour of gym activity. Low mobility requirements, good for whatever shape you’re in. No yoga mat or pretzel shapes needed, but wear comfortable clothes. More fun than a treadmill!



      Coming in April:
      Drug Awareness Seminar
      Monday, April 6th, 5:00 pm Learn more about current drug trends, warning signs of abuse and law enforcement procedures. This is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to learn more about the dangers facing young people. Presented by the Portland Police D.A.R.E officer.


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      Look for our table at the Disability Awareness Expo

      Tuesday, March 10th, 3:30-6:00 pm at the Fellowship Baptist Church, Portland.


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      Board Update: Welcome Kathy Carpenter

      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.

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      Check the Kidsheet

      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.


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      A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age,
      as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.

      Robertson Davies

      What have you re-read lately?


      Tech Table

                      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
      Saturday, March 14th, 10:00 to 11:30 am

      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.


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      March Club Dates

      Cookbook Club
      March 9th, 6:15 pm
      The theme: Anything with Cheese! Bring your dish to taste and recipe to share, along with your own table service.

      Hook & Needles Club
      March 24th, drop in 5:00—7:00 pm
      Bring your own supplies, but share ideas and projects.  Share patterns, ideas, skills.

      JayCPL Book Club
      March 16th, 6:00 pm Attend author program with Kelsey Timmerman. Stay after to discuss Where Am I Eating? with the author.

      JayCPL Writers Guild
      March 30th, 6:30 pm


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      Book Discussion Group

      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.

      See past and upcoming titles for the group


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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 Duane Sautbine
       in recognition of his years of service
      by Jay County Public Library Board of Trustees

      Winter at the Door / Sarah Graves
      Die Again
      / Tess Gerritsen
      Third Target
      / Joel Rosenberg


      Given in memory of Dan Sharkey
      by Doug and Deb Tipton

      The Risk Factor: Why Every Organization Needs Big Bets, Bold Characters, and the Occasional Spectacular Failure / Deborah Piscione
      Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition the Only Startup Book You'll Ever Need / The Staff of Entrepreneur Media Inc
      Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World / Peter Diamandis



      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

      "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!


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        Friends of 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.


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