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Spaces for Seeing AND Sharing

With four display cases in the library building there’s always something to see when you visit. The case in the Indiana Room has a permanent display of library history and memorabilia, but the contents of the other three cases change every three weeks. They may feature library programs, information on community organizations, projects from area school children, or objects created or displayed by local collectors. What can you see these days?


At press time, through the main doors and to the left, library user Phoebe Robinette created a display based on One Month to Live, a book that made a big impact on her.








In the foyer you could see a display by the Indiana Extension Homemakers.

They are celebrating their centennial this year.








The glass case nearest the Story Corner was filled Halloween decorations and topped with a selection of holiday books.

It must have caught the eye of a particularly interested visitor: see what turned up on the coat rack there?!


What might you or your organization share with library visitors?

Dates are available for YOUR display beginning in December.

Visit the library or call 260-726-7890 to reserve a three-week slot for sharing.




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Heard at the Library

"You have some great music here at the library.”

So said the borrower checking two of our newest CDs. The library’s collection is a good way to explore new sounds as well as look for old favorites.

The collection is shaped by its users too. Suggestions for new purchases can be made at the desk, or drop us a note. Is there a group you know others would love? Are you getting ready to put on a show and want to hear that Broadway cast album?

We can’t purchase it all, but your ideas are appreciated when making selections for our community.


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Jay County Reads 2013

Many thanks to all who helped with Jay County Reads 2013, including the Friends of the Library, forensics program presentors Trooper John Petro and Detective Shepherd, Brenda DeWitt, The Flower Nook, The Commercial Review, WPGW, and the many merchants and organizations who posted our signs. Thanks especially to Tess Gerritsen for her generosity in visiting our library and to Mary Clare Speckner at Bartholomew County Public Library for getting the whole thing rolling!

A roomful of inquiring folks enjoyed the Forensic Science program in September and on October 3rd there was a wonderful crowd for Ms. Gerritsen, a delightful speaker.

Thanks to all who participated in Jay County Reads Tess Gerritsen!


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Keep Up the Investigation


During Jay County Reads Tess Gerritsen library visitors were invited to test their observation skills matching pictures with their locations. Mother-daughter team Debra and Lindsey Green tied for the highest score in the Clues @ the Library challenge. They shared the prize of an autographed copy of The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen and a copy of Forensics for Dummies by Douglas Lyle.

Still curious about forensic science? You can continue your investigation online at http://forensics.rice.edu/index.html . Rice University partnered with CBS, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to produce educational web adventures based on the CSI television series. The web adventures are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving.

There are great books and DVDs at the library too. Search “forensic science” as a subject and uncover the possibilities. Here are two:

Illustrated guide to home forensic science experiments: all lab, no lecture / Robert Bruce Thompson (340.6 T475)

Crime Scene University (DVD 363.35)


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November Club Dates


Cookbook Club - November 11th, 6:15 p.m.

Theme: Thanksgiving side dishes — all but the turkey! Bring table service and recipes.






Crochet Club - November 26th, drop in 5:00—7:00 p.m.

Bring your own supplies. Share patterns, ideas, skills.




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Staff Profile:  Robin Pijnappels

Part-time staffer Robin Pijnappels joined the library in August 2012. Most of her work time is spent at the circulation desk and as a substitute on the bookmobile. It’s a great combination for someone who finds her favorite part of the job is the children who love the library.

After more than a year on the job there are still challenges — including finding ways to help people having problems while using the library computers — but Robin says “I surprise myself sometimes with what I do know.”

Robin has known the library for quite a while: she remembers spending time in the old East Walnut Street building sitting in the room filled with art books, looking at the paintings inside them for hours. The volume of Edward Hopper’s work was her favorite. Now she uses the eye for color and line she developed in those days in her up-cycling of furniture and home decorations, watching for hidden treasures she can revive or transform.

What does it mean to “upcycle?”

According to oxforddictionaries.com: reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

Robin says you can get some great ideas on upcycling and places to start from these books:

I brake for yard sales: and fleamarkets, thrift shops, auctions, and the occasional dumpster / Laura Spencer (381.195 S745)

Big-ass book of home dcor / Mark Montano (645 M765)

Craftivity: 40 projects for the DIY lifestyle / Tsia Carson


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Friends of the Library


Shop the Friends’ ongoing book sale at the circulation desk! The number of books displayed at any one time may be smaller than the annual monster sale in August, but with the selection constantly changing it’s always worth a look.

Friends of the Library Christmas ornaments are coming soon too. Keep this great gift in mind for library lovers on your list.

Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 p.m. Come spend some time with Friends!


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Book Discussion Groups


The library has two book discussion groups for adults. One meets in the evening, one in the morning. New members are always welcome. Pick your time of day and join the discussion!


Evening Book Discussion Monday, November 18th at 7:00 pm

Is it a genre mashup? What happens when a mystery writer peoples her whodunit with Jane Austen’s characters from Pride and Prejudice? That’s what the evening book group will try to answer in November when they discuss Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James.

See past titles


Daytime Book Group Wednesday, November 13th at10:00 am

The day timers will sample a different mystery with Dying for Chocolate, the second title in Diane Mott Davidson’s series featuring caterer Goldy Schulz, introduced as Goldy Bear in Catering to Nobody.

It’s a mystery with recipes. No wonder an Amazon reviewer ended her description this way:

“The books in this series are the only mysteries I own with grease stains.”


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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 Everett Taylor
Linda Ashcraft
Judith Baublitz
Conley Canada
Jill & Pat Carmody
John & Judy Fraps
Bill & Becky Hinkle
Dagney Stuart McMillin
Phil & Sue Rager
Joel & Connie Roberts
Betty Tatman
Laura & Andrew Thompson


As She Left It / Catriona McPherson
Bad Little Falls / Paul Doiron
Bones of Paris / Laurie R. King
Brush with Death / Karen MacInerney
The Christie Curse / Victoria Abbott
Clammed Up
/ Barbara Ross
Ghosts of Bungo Suido / P. T. Deutermann
Her Last Breath / Linda Castillo
Identical / Scott Turow
Justice for Sara / Erica Spindler
Litter of the Law / Rita Mae Brown
Mrs. Jeffries and the Merry Gentlemen / Emily Brightwell
Nemesis / Bill Pronzini
Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones / Kaitlyn Dunnett
W Is for Wasted / Sue Grafton


Given in memory of Don “Shorty” Michael
by Mick & Jan Helpling

Beautiful Tractors / Rick Manner
How to Keep Your Classic Tractor Alive / Spencer Yost
How to Restore Your Farm Tractor / Tharren Gaines
Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors 1890—1980 / Charles Wendel
My Little Carry Books: Tractors (children’s board book)


Given by Carol Lykins
in support of driver’s fee for “Don’t Miss the Bus” program


Given by Steve Stockton
in support of library operation


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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