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November 2014 Contents

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Let Homebound or Desk-side Service Help

Did you know that some of the library’s most faithful borrowers never set foot in the library building?  Health issues keep them from being able to visit the library, so they take advantage of the Homebound Service that makes regular deliveries of books and audiobooks to their homes.  Mini-library collections are delivered to some area nursing and assisted living facilities too.  Applications for Homebound Service are available at the library, at the library’s website or may be requested by mail.

We’ve discovered there are other library users who can get out and about, but have difficulty browsing through the stacks of books, or reaching the highest or lowest shelves, or walking the length of the library to gather the materials they need.  What’s the solution?  Try the library’s new Desk-side Service so items can be gathered in advance to be ready and waiting for pick-up right up front at the circulation desk.

Once you sign up, there are two ways to use the Desk-side Service:

  1. Those who are tech-savvy and have Internet access at home can use their library cards and passwords to choose books and place holds on them in the Evergreen online catalog.   They’ll get an email, text or automated phone call when the material is ready and they can pick it up at the circulation desk within 10 days.
  2. You can still take advantage of the service without a computer and Internet connection. Fill out a short survey on materials you prefer and allow library staff to select materials for you.  Or provide a list of books you are waiting to read that staff can select from.  Then give library staff 2 to 24 hours notice before your library visit so they can have your material ready and waiting.




Could you or someone you know benefit from Homebound or Desk-side Service? 

Call 260-726-7890 to learn more.



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Heard at the Library

"I know now I couldn’t have done this if I hadn’t come to the library.”

So said a computer user when a library staff person helped her solve a problem with a document. After the right words were printed in the needed format ready for the next step in her project, she said she was glad she’d come to the library to do the work.


Whether it’s a question of equipment, software or just a little help dealing with the quirks of technology,
your library staff are here to help .

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Fall in Love with Books Deadline!

The November 15th deadline for Fall in Love with Books for adult readers is fast approaching!

Help reach the shared goal of reading and rating 1,200 library books. Make sure you pick up enough Read It— Rate It forms to share about the books you’ve been reading and turn them in by the 15th.

Read or listen to books of all types from the library, whether print, ebook or audiobook. Use the rating form to let us know which ones you liked, which ones you loved, and which ones wouldn’t make either of those lists.


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Remember the Library on Match Day

The Portland Foundation has announced its second annual Match Day. Gifts totaling $100 to $10,000 made through the “Donate Now” button at www.portlandfoundation.org  will be matched at 20% (for restricted endowments) or 40% (for unrestricted endowments) on November 12th beginning at 9:00 am and continuing until 9:00 pm OR until the $10,000 in matching funds are exhausted.

The library’s endowment is among the many local organization and scholarship funds you can contribute to.

On Match Day you can increase the impact of your gift and improve the quality of life in Jay County.



            Mark your calendar for November 12th!


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November Club Dates


Cookbook Club - November 10th, 6:15 p.m.

Theme: Share a fish or seafood dish




JayCPL Book Club

November 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussing The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion




Hook & Needles Club

Tuesday, November 25th, drop in 5:30—7:00 p.m.

Bring your own projects and supplies. Share ideas and craft time with other stitchers.



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New for Writers


JayCPL Writer’s Guild: Informational Meeting

Monday, November 24th, 6:00-7:30 pm

If you are interested in participating in a writer’s group, to inspire and support each other, please make time to stop in at the Jay County Public Library on Monday, November 24th between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. to share ideas and discover interest in forming a JayCPL Writer’s Guild at the library.

Whether you are, or aspire to be, a published author or just write for your own enjoyment and to entertain friends and family you are welcome and encouraged to give your support establishing this group.



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Library’s Ideal of Impact

A child came to the front desk with his parents and siblings. His mother informed me that her son had just completed the requirements for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  The boy smiled brightly for the camera, his picture to go up on the “wall of fame” in our children’s section.  I could tell it was a proud moment for the whole family. I thought the moment was done, but to my amazement the boy reached into his pocket and pulled out two $50 bills.  His mother said her son wanted to give back to the program that he enjoyed so others could benefit from it in the future.

A woman told me that several years ago she had moved back to Portland to care for an aging parent.  The parent passed away and this patron was faced with a decision whether or not to stay in Portland.  She decided to stay and one of the factors involved was her connection to the library.

While putting together a presentation for the monthly meeting of the Cincinnatus League, I made a list of the services and resources JCPL provides to this community.  It was a long impressive list, more than can fit in this article, but the list alone seemed to be missing something. Adding stories like the ones told above helped me communicate the impact of our services and resources on individual lives.

Rapid technological innovation has allowed people to access any information at any time from nearly any place.  More people read ebooks instead of traditional print and stream movies and music on electronic devices.  These changes lead some to question the importance of having public libraries.

I believe the examples above help demonstrate how libraries impact lives.  Yes, JCPL has a great collection of books and movies, and has access to much more through Evergreen Indiana.  But how does this collection impact people?  That is one of the great things about working at a library - we will never know the full extent of the impact.  What child had his imagination sparked as a result of reading one of our books?  What person has received personal help to find information about a medical condition or how to cope with the loss of a loved one?  What job-seeker has used JCPL’s resources to get back on his or her feet again?

The impact list could go on, whether through traditional print or electronic media or a librarian’s personal assistance. When libraries focus their planning on the ideal of impacting lives they will continue to remain relevant in the middle of technological change.

Eric Hinderliter, director


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Friends of the Library


Friends are the icing on the cake for the library.

They raise money providing resources for additional programming, extra equipment and special events throughout the year. The Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.



Next regular Friends meeting and newsletter folding party: Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 pm



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My son placed that brand new driver’s license in his wallet alongside his library card, and it occurred to me that these two documents have much in common. Both support America’s free and independent way of life.

The driver’s license allows my son, and all of our sons and daughters, the individual freedom of personal mobility.

The library card gives him, and all of our sons and daughters, the freedom of thought and speech so essential for members of a democratic society.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Edsel B. Ford II

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Gifts to the Library

Many thanks to those who have made gifts to the library in honor or in memory of loved ones. Gift books are marked with a special book plate.


Given in memory of Phil Lutz
by Bob & Rosie Clamme and family

Arsenal of Democracy / A. J. Baime
Atlas of Indian Nations / Anton Treuer, National Geographic
The China Mirage / James Bradley
Double Agent / Peter Duffy
Dreamers and Deceivers / Glenn Beck
How We Got to Now / Steven Johnson


Given in memory of Leo Eads
by JCPL Staff

The Captain / Derek Jeter
Living Courageously / Joyce Meyer



Make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special. Gifts are acknowledged by letter and by publication in this newsletter, both print and online versions. Gift books are marked with a special bookplate.

Donation forms are available at the library or our website. For more details call the library at 260-726-7890.

Gifts can also be made to the library’s endowment at The Portland Foundation. Contact the Foundation at 260-726-4260 for details.


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One 2 One Tech Tutoring

Do you need an introduction to the Internet or help with basic computer skills?

Make an appointment for a 30-minute individual tutoring session with Cheryl or Cindy.


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