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Laura Ingalls' Christmas Memories

Millions have read or watched Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories of growing up on the prairie. On November 21st local Little House fans can meet adult Laura as portrayed by Laura Keyes. Join her as she reminisces with her family and fiancÚ, Almanzo Wilder, on Christmas Day on the snowy prairie. Hear stories from her childhood days, and see some of her beloved Christmas gifts. The program begins at 2:00 pm. Make it part of your weekend of Winterfest activities in downtown Portland.

Presenter Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library Studies, and is currently working at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg. Since 1999, Laura has been very active in Community Theatre in Illinois and Wisconsin. Laura’s past roles on stage include Mary Todd Lincoln in Mrs. Lincoln and several of her first person presentations of historical and literary figures involve Mrs. Lincoln.

Learn more about Ms. Keyes at www.laurafkeyes.com  or on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HistoricVoices .



Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on February 7, 1867, near Pepin, Wisconsin. From 1882–1885 she was a teacher in South Dakota. She married Almanzo Wilder in 1885.

In 1932, she published Little House in the Big Woods, the first of her "Little House" books. Wilder finished the last book in 1943. On February 10, 1957, she died at age 90, on her farm in Mansfield, Missouri.




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Heard at the Library

"Mama, where are the tickets?”

"Next summer, honey."


The very small little girl and the very tall mama were returning books this fall when a staff member overheard their exchange at the book drop. The little one likely remembered the drawing entries that were part of the Summer Challenge.

We’re glad she’s still checking out books and involved at the library — not to mention looking forward to next summer.



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Get Diabetes Info November 10th

November is Diabetes Awareness month and Kristi Henry from Jay County Hospital will be here to share about the cause and effect of diabetes and helpful ways to manage it. Mark your calendar now for the free program on Diabetes Awareness & Management at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, November 10th.

According to healthfinder.gov (sponsored by the National Health Information Center), one in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.”


Did you know? 

The American Diabetes Association celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2015.



Diabetes Forecast: The Healthy Living Magazine is available to check out.

The library offers a variety of books and cookbooks to help manage diabetes, including resources for kids and teens. Here’s a taste of what’s available.

1,001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes by Sue Spitler (641.56314 D536)

A Woman’s Guide to Diabetes: a path to wellness by Natalie Strand (616.462 S897)

Guilt-Free Weeknight Favorites: more than 150 new healthy and diabetes-friendly recipes (641.56314 M939)

The Diabetes Reset: avoid it, control it, even reverse it: a doctor’s scientific program by George King (616.462 K52)

Fight Diabetes with Vitamins & Antioxidants by Kedar Prasad (616.462 P911)

Mayo Clinic, the Essential Diabetes Book Mayo Clinic (616.462 M473)

The Prediabetes Diet Plan: how to reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes through healthy eating and exercise by Hillary Wright (616.462 W949)


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Let's Play All Day at the Library

Come and help Settle Catan and go on a Munchkin Treasure Hunt where you may find a Clue to the Mysterious Island where the Trophy Buck needs A Ticket to Ride. Please don’t Risk getting in Trouble but you may be Sorry if you miss out on Candy Land.

All that is our way of saying “come play all day at the library” on Saturday, November 21st in honor of International Games Day.



This is a great time to try out some new games that you just may want to add to your Christmas list.


A collection of games is shelved around the corner from the circulation desk for adults and teens to play any time — not just on International Game Day.

Children’s games are available during Lego Club or any time with adult supervision. Ask at the circulation desk.



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November Club Dates


Cookbook Club - November 9th, 6:15 pm

Theme: Thanksgiving (Practice before the big day!)




JayCPL Book Club

November 16th, 7:00 pm
Discussing The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt




Hook & Needles Club

Tuesday, November 24th, drop in 5:00—6:30 pm

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







Writers Guild

Monday, November 30th, 6:30 pm




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Homebound Delivery


Delivery service to library users who are confined to home is available by application, certified by a health care professional, on a permanent or temporary basis.  Limited mobility may be an ongoing or temporary condition (such as recovery from surgery).  A temporary respite service for family and friends who already provide reading materials may also be arranged.  

A library employee regularly delivers books (print, large print, or recorded editions) which have been selected according to the borrower's preferences. 

Call 260-726-7890 for more information about applying.



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Love to Color?  Party On!



October’s Coloring Party was a popular event and so we’ll party this month too.

Join us Monday, November 16th at 4:30 pm. New coloring pages, crayons, markers and colored pencils will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own supplies if you wish.

Though the party is planned primarily for adults and teens, younger children are welcome too as long as they are supervised by their family members. In fact, in October several coloring fans brought friends and family along for a sort of coloring social.





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Friends of the Library


The Friends ongoing used book sale is, well, ongoing. Don’t forget to check for bargains in their display around the corner from the circulation desk.

You can be a Friend too. Next regular Friends meeting and newsletter folding party: Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm


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“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


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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 Michelle Bruggeman
by Tammy Lyons and family

Travels with Casey / Benoit Denizet-Lewis
Rough Guide to Thailand (travel guide)

Given in memory of Mary Ninde
by Dan & Sharon Hoffman

Life on the Farm / Teddy Borth
A Visit to the Library / Mary Lindeen



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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The Staff Has Left the Building ... for Outreach

Not only does the library share resources by sending materials out from the building, we sometimes send our people. Though you can’t exactly “check out” a staff member, you may meet one out in the community.

Here are a few examples of our outreach activities:

  • Sharing books, crafts and projects with kids in the Latchkey program after school at General Shanks Elementary.
  • Bringing stories to local preschool classes each month.
  • Delivering books to homebound borrowers.
  • Talking with local principals and teachers about how to share the library’s resources with kids.
  • Offering tech tips and training at John Jay Center’s Senior Tech Lab.


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