The library offers a free poetry workshop with guest poet George Bilgere on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 am to noon. Call 260-726-7890 or visit the library to register.
Whether you already write poetry, would like to start, or just want to listen, this poetry workshop is for you. Bilgere will teach the craft of poetry with examples from published poems. His comfortable, personable style and outstanding credentials make his workshops unforgettable.
Known for his smart, funny and accessible poetry, Bilgere writes somewhat in the vein of former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, who has championed his work. In 2011, Bilgere was featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion.
Bilgere teaches at John Carroll University in Cleveland and has won many awards, including a Pushcart Prize in 2009. He has published four books of poetry, two of which have won awards.
Bilgere received a prestigious Pushcart Prize in 2009. Public radio host Garrison Keillor frequently reads Bilgere’s poem on his daily program, The Writer’s Almanac. “Threepenny Opera” from his award winning collection The Good Kiss was featured on the April 8th broadcast. When that collection won the University of Akron Poetry Award in 2002, Billy Collins wrote: “In the house of contemporary poetry, The Good Kiss is a welcome breath of fresh American air.”
There’s more the night before!
Arts Place, Inc. hosts a poetry reading by Bilgere at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17th.
Plan now to attend the free event at 131 E. Walnut Street in Portland.
Meet Hannah Hughes who began her first term on the library’s Board of Trustees in January. Her first contact with the library was the bookmobile at Redkey Elementary. Now she is happy to have the opportunity to serve the community and help the library reach its goals.
Hannah is accounting manager at Bollenbacher and Associates, LLC and is a member of the Portland Rotary Club, Jay Advisory group, and the Indiana CPA Society. When it comes to reading, her favorite authors are James Patterson and John Grisham.
Join other genealogy enthusiasts for a free workshop Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The morning session will be held at the Jay County Historical Society (903 East Main St. in Portland) and the afternoon session will be held at the Jay County Public Library. Lunch is on your own.
Guest speaker will be Suzette Randall from the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The library session will include a tour of the Indiana Room and a demonstration of the updated microfilm scanner. Laptop computers are welcome and wireless Internet access is available. Group size is limited to the first 35 people to register.
To register call the library at 260-726-7890 or the Jay County Historical Society at 260-726-7168. Questions may be referred to Shirley Dollar at the library or Jane Spencer at the historical society
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!
May 8th, 10:00 am to noon in the computer gallery
Call the library at 260-726-7890 to register by May 7th
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:
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Cookbook Club Monday, May 13th 6:15 pm
Crochet Club Tuesday, May 28th, drop in 5:00 to 7:00 pm
My granddaughter just loved it! I can’t wait to get my other two grandchildren in KiPS.
Kindergarten Prep School at the library is a summer “get ready for school” program for children entering kindergarten in the fall. For 10 Tuesday mornings children work together in groups, practicing pre-reading, writing and math skills as well as movement, music and art.
Help with transportation is provided by the Jay Schools.
Register at the library as soon as possible. Call to see if space is still available for your child or grandchild.
If you’re 18 or older, mark your calendar to register for the 2013 adult summer reading program May 28th—June 8th. Then read until July 20th and explore all things groundbreaking with programs, displays, reading lists, and movies.
Participate in our raffle and contests for a chance to win groundbreaking technology – an e-reader! At registration, you’ll receive a packet with instructions, prize drawing dates, book suggestions, upcoming SRP programs, a reading log, crossword puzzle contests, and book review forms.
On Monday, May 20th, the book group will discuss Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, where a man and a boy, father and son, "each the other's world entire," walk a road in "the ashes of the late world."
The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007. It was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, where it is described as “an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best of which we are capable: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.” A 2009 movie by the same title starred Viggo Mortensen.
Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 20th.
The group welcomes new members. Register at the library or by calling (260) 726-7890.
We’re introducing a daytime book discussion group, and it’s just for seniors! Come to the first meeting in the Friends Study Room at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 15th. We’ll talk about how we want the group to operate and we’ll decide on titles for upcoming months. Don’t miss it!
Call 260-726-7890 and ask for Molly if you have questions. Audience: Ages 55 and older No registration required
Sign your little one up and watch their pre-reading skills grow as you share stories together. Free bookbag and CDs too!
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.
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 Thurl &Ruthanna Corle
Stitched with Love Collection
Gifts in support of KiPS given by
Gift in support of 1000 Books before Kindergarten given by
Gift in support of children’s programming given by
FREE BOOKS? FREE COFFEE? FREE DONUTS? Now that’s Friend-ly! Did you know the library now sells used books year-round? It’s a great way to find gently-used fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Here’s 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! Enjoy free coffee and donuts courtesy of the Friends in the Community Room May 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 am and every second Saturday of the month. New or returning Friends to recognize: Mark & Lois Tatman Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m.
FREE BOOKS? FREE COFFEE? FREE DONUTS? Now that’s Friend-ly!
Did you know the library now sells used books year-round? It’s a great way to find gently-used fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Here’s 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!
Enjoy free coffee and donuts courtesy of the Friends in the Community Room May 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 am and every second Saturday of the month.
New or returning Friends to recognize:
Mark & Lois Tatman
Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m.