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May 2014 Contents

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    We're Open!  Making It Work as Repairs Continue

    Words were slow to come to me when I walked in the back door to the library on the morning of March 17.  As I stepped into a puddle and discovered, along with our staff, the wide extent of standing water that resulted from a ruptured water heater, I knew things were going to be different for a while.

    Our staff has faced the challenge of having to operate out of the Community Room and we have successfully resumed services to the public.  We had to spend two weeks letting things dry out, regain full electrical capability, and then get re-set to open.

    The kind words from patrons and others in the community have meant a lot to us and have helped us keep a positive spirit.  We know that many of you make the library a regular stop in your day-to-day lives and we are sorry that we cannot provide that in the way that we used to.

    But, there is hope!  Over the next few weeks drywall will be hung, mud and tape applied, and paint brushed.  Our furniture will be put back in its proper place, computers reconnected.  Our staff will have their offices back.  And, most importantly, full service to our patrons will be restored.

    Thank you for your patience with us during this time and we look forward to seeing you all at the library when we have all back in order!

    Eric Hinderliter, director


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    Board Profile - Welcome New Board Member Irene Heare

    JCPL board member Lynn Hampson recently stepped down from the board of trustees at the end of 2013 after serving 14 years on the board and serving the maximum four terms.  Her service was much appreciated and will be missed.

    The Jay County Commissioners recently appointed Lynn’s replacement, Irene Heare.  Irene attended her first meeting March 10. She has lived in the Portland community for the last 23 years and has been employed at the Jay County Hospital since 1992. 

    While at the hospital Irene has been mainly involved in health information management which included, among many things, assuring that policies and procedures are maintained in compliance with state and federal regulations and also work in the coding of patient records.  She holds a degree in Health Information Technology from IPFW.

    Her husband Bud works for Waste Management Renewable Energy.  Their son James, a Jay County High School graduate, resides in Mooresville, Indiana.  Irene has been active in her church and has gone on three missions trips to Uganda.


    Did you know …? The library is governed by a seven-member board, with members appointed by the Jay County Council, the Jay County Commission, and the Jay School Corporation. Members are appointed for four-year terms, serve without pay, and meet at 4:00 pm the second Monday of each month.


    Current Jay County Public Library Board of Trustees
    Name, Office (appointing body)

    Duane Sautbine, President  (School Corporation)
    Mike McKee, Vice President  (County Council)
    Darrell Borders, Secretary (County Council)
    Holly Weaver, Treasurer (School Corporation)
    Joel Roberts, Assistant Treasurer (School Corporation)
    Hannah Hughes (County Commission)
    Joel Roberts (School Corporation)
    Irene Heare (County Commission)



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    Reading in the Age of Confusion


    If you have been into the library recently you already know about the “Flood of 2014.”  If you haven’t been in, stop on by and see what we are doing to continue serving you. We have set up a large variety of materials in our Community Room, including all of our new books, movies and audio books. The only part of our circulating collection that is unavailable is our music CDs.

    With hundreds of books available to look at, you have a pretty good chance of finding something to read. If you are looking for a certain title and it is not in the Community Room we will pull it from the regular shelves for you.

    To make things easier and more exciting we are also offering “Book Bundles” for adults, and teens.

    The bundles are designed to give you a preselected group of “read-alikes” that are similar to a favorite author’s books, series, or characters.

    Another option to make your book selection process easier is to look up on the online catalog for materials you want and place a hold. We will pull the items and have them ready for you the next day. If you are unfamiliar with how to place a hold ask us at the library or by phone (260-726-7890). You can also write down the title and call number information and bring that into the library with you. At the library you can use the computer in the center of the Community Room to look for titles.

    This is a great time to expand your reading horizons and try new authors, genres and books. Maybe pick up a Teen book to enjoy, or try an audio book for a change of pace.

    We are trying the best we can to keep the library running smoothly and materials available to you during this time of confusion. Just as you do, we look forward the whole library building being back in shape soon.


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    New in Evergreen

    Here are two of several new features of the Evergreen Indiana circulation system you have access to with your library card.

    • More renewals on regular books!
      Now regular books may be renewed up to two times if they are not needed to fulfill a hold placed by another library user. That means you may have up to 9 weeks to read those thick books you tackle. Note that “new” books still have only one renewal available.
    • See Notes when you log on to My Account
      Notes from library staff or the automated notification system may be posted to your online account (see example below). Some library users may find outdated notes on their records which became visible with the last upgrade in February. Whether a new or old note, call or visit the library to resolve the issue and have staff remove the note from your record.


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    A Waterfront View

    It was not what we expected for spring break.

    The water that covered the floor on March 17 fortunately did not reach the level of the bottom shelves.

    This view shows the beginning of the adult collection area. Water flowed between most of the shelves.


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    Heard at the Library


    "I was getting the shakes!"

    After re-opening March 31 there were lots of comments from visitors who confessed to experiencing “library withdrawal” symptoms, needing their book fix.

    “I was panicking like you do on a road trip when you need a bathroom NOW.”

    “I came by as soon as I got back from down south, but it was all dark!”

    “I read through that big box of books I bought at the sale last summer.”

    “We check out ebooks, but miss a place to sit and read.”

    Many nodded sympathetically and shared their own water disaster stories.


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    Meeting Room Use Affected

    Public use of the library’s meeting rooms has been suspended through May 17th during the damage and repairs stage.

    On April 21st staff will resume taking reservations for events to be held May 19th or later.

    Learn more about meeting room usage by asking staff on your next visit to the library, by phone at 260-726-7890, or online.

    See the Community Room in person when you visit our temporary set up!


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    Grab a Bag of Books for Kids!

    Check out a GRAB BAG filled with books and activities for children. Pick from our themes and reading levels or request a custom bag made just for you with 3 days notice.

    Animals—Music—Space—Construction Spring—Fairy Tales—Cooking—Magic Whatever interests you!

    Grab Bags check out for 3 weeks.  Bring the books back, but you may keep the bag!


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    Sign your little one up and watch their pre-reading skills grow as you share stories together. Free bookbag and CDs too!



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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 and in support of library programs.

    Gifts were received in support of the Summer Reading Program
    Portland Morning Optimists
    Gamma Nu Sorority
    Portland Lions Club


    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.

    You can also make a gift to the library’s endowment through The Portland Foundation. Call 260-726-4260 or visit their website.


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    It’s coming soon to Jay County Public Library! Are you ready to follow? Details next month.

    Visit Us in the Community Room

    During repairs to the main library you can still do plenty.

    • Check out books/magazines/DVDs
    • Browse a representative collection OR Look up and request titles from the main collection
    • Request copies, fax service
    • Use public computers or wireless Internet access
    • Get new or replacement cards
    • Request/suggest new books or DVD to be added
    • Call with questions


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