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May 2013 Contents

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    Hear a Poet, Be a Poet

    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.”



    Visit George Bilgere’s website or read some of his work in the archive at The Writer’s Almanac website .


    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.



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    Board Profile

    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.


    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.


    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)
    Lynn Hampson, Assistant Treasurer (County Commission)
    Hannah Hughes (County Commission)
    Joel Roberts (School Corporation)


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    Genealogy Workshop May 18th

    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


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    Beginner's Internet

    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:
    Please note that the computer gallery will be reserved for the class for those two hours on May 8th. Two public Internet stations outside the gallery will be available, as well as the Express stations.



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    May Club Dates 

    Couponing Club  Monday, May 6th at 6:00 pm
    Swap coupons & tips with fellow savers!

    Cookbook Club    Monday, May 13th 6:15 pm
    POTLUCK:  Bring the dish you love to take to pitch-in dinners or test a new recipe on willing guinea pigs.
    Adults and teens, bring your dish and table service to the Community Room on Monday, May 13th at 6:15 pm.

    Crochet Club   Tuesday, May 28th, drop in 5:00 to 7:00 pm
    Bring your own supplies.  Share patterns, ideas, skills.


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    Heard at the Library

    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.



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    Adult Summer Reading Program

    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.


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    Book Reading Group

    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.

    See past selections of the Book Reading Group


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    New Book Group Opportunity: Senior Reads

    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


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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

    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.


    Many thanks for these recent gifts to the library:


    Given in memory of Thurl &Ruthanna Corle
    by Jeff & Kay Corle

    Stitched with Love Collection
    The Bartered Bride Collection
    Prairie Romance Collection
    (Christian adult fiction)

    Gifts in support of KiPS given by
    Portland Lions     Portland Kiwanis

    Gift in support of 1000 Books before Kindergarten given by
    Delta Theta Tau Xi Chapter

    Gift in support of children’s programming given by
    Alpha Delta Gamma Nu



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    Friends of the Library


    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
    James and Carol Hedges


    Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m.


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    "All you need in life is truth and beauty and you can find both at the Public Library."

    Studs Terkel (1912-2008) American Author, Historian, Actor, and Broadcaster



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