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October 2015 Contents


Resume Workshop:  Be Ready with Your Best

Golden Games this Month

Get Up to Speed with Google Drive

Pumpkins Everywhere

Color to Relax

Laugh for Health with Laughter Yoga

SNA LIVE! Activities for All

New Sights at the Library




Club Dates

Friends of the Library News

Gifts to the Library

Heard at the Library:  TREATS at the Library!





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Resume Workshop:  Be Ready with Your Best

Whether you are looking for your first job, next job or a better job it’s important to have a professional resume ready. Head for the Resume Workshop on Tuesday, October 13th at the library to get yourself up to date.

If you have a resume, bring you it with you. If you need to start from scratch, bring along some notes about your education and past work experience to get one started.

At the workshop, learn basic tips and formats for resume writing and interviewing, then have your resume reviewed. Get one-to-one advice on making it the best it can be.

In addition to the workshop, the library offers public computers with printers and a photocopier to help with preparing resumes, cover letters and other documents you may need. Internet access (including wireless Internet) can connect you with sites that help in your job search and applications. In a 30-minute One-2-One Tech Tutoring session library staff can help with tasks like setting up an email account you may need in order to apply for jobs online. Other classes like the Google Drive/Google Docs session coming up October 10th (see page 3) can help enhance job skills too.


Get the Resume Workshop on your calendar and start your better future!

Resume Workshop

Tuesday, October 13th

6:30 pm


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Treat at the Library


Kids!  There's a treat for you at the library at the end of October.

Choose to stop by the library on either Friday, October 30th from 5:00-7:00 pm during the Merchants Trick or Treat

OR on the next day Saturday, October 31st from 8:00am-5:00 pm before you start your Portland trick or treat rounds.

Pick a book to keep from our treat table.

One book per child, please.


Can't beat 'em as a treat,

and they stick to your mind, not your fingers!



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October Club Dates





Cookbook Club

Monday, October 12th, 6:15 p.m.

Theme:  Anything Orange (color?  flavor?)


JayCPL Book Club

October 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussing The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne


Writers Guild

October 26th, 6:30 pm
Special guest:  Jack Ronald, speaking on journalistic writing




Hook & Needles Club

Tuesday, October 27th, drop in 5:00—6:30 p.m.

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



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A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.
 - Samuel Johnson



Golden Games This Month


During the first ever local Golden Games October 5th through 9th, events will be held all over Portland with something for every senior regardless of activity level. Those registered will compete in events ranging from bowling and horsehoes to a euchre tournament and a One Mile Dash that includes a wheelchair division.

Games hosted at the library include a Coloring Contest (part of a relaxation program, see page 3) at 4:00 pm on Monday, October 5th, and “Name that Tune” with songs from the ‘50s, 60s and 70s Tuesday, October 6th at 4:00 pm.


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Get Up to Speed with Google Drive

It’s Bring Your Own Device to the library Saturday, October 10th at 9:30 am and learn the basics of Google Drive & Docs, tools that make storing, sharing and working with files, photos, designs, videos and more easier.

If you don’t have the Google Drive & Docs app installed on your laptop, tablet or phone, be sure to know your app store login.

Registration is not required but appreciated. Call 260-726-7890.


Watch for more BYOD Tech Classes coming soon.


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Pumpkins Everywhere

Those bright orange spheres just beg to be decorated. Everyone can get in on it this month.

Teens Pumpkin Decorating Wednesday Oct. 21st 6:30–7:30 pm

SNA Live decorates pumpkins Oct. 22nd 10:00 am

All Ages Pumpkin Decorating Thursday Oct. 22nd 1:00-4:00 pm
Drop in, bring your own pumpkin to decorate with our supplies. 
Stay after, choose some books to take home and listen to a tale or two at our Thursday afternoon story time at 4:30 pm.

DIY Crafts for Halloween Saturday Oct. 24th Drop in 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and see if anything orange is there.


Book Pumpkins for adults Wednesday Oct. 28th 6:30 pm
Coming along to the kids’ Halloween program?
Try making one of staffer Cheryl Lucas’ famous book-into-pumpkin decorations.



Will it stop there?

Do you suppose those Cookbook Club people will “decorate” with their “anything orange” theme this month?

Will any of our Lego Club kids build a block pumpkin?


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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.

Given in memory of Michelle Bruggeman
by Bob & Rosie Clamme

The Fashion Book / Alexandra Black
The Teen Vogue Handbook Color Me Creative
/ Kristina Webb
Never Always Sometimes / Adi Alsaid
Not After Everything / Michelle Levy


Given in memory of Shirley Crawmer
by Shirley’s spiritual sisters

Let God Fight Your Battles / Joyce Meyer
Mind Connection / Joyce Meyer
Family of Jesus / Karen Kingsbury
Where I Am / Billy Graham
AD the Bible Continues: Revolution / David Jeremiah
AD the Bible Continues: the Book of Acts
/ David Jeremiah
What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do / David Jeremiah


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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Color to Relax

Come to the library on Monday, October 5th at 4:00 pm and enjoy The Art of Relaxation. Learn the importance of relaxation and techniques to reduce stress with presenter Paul Vesperry, then practice the relaxing art of coloring.



Those registered for the Golden Games may compete in a Coloring Contest that afternoon too — a relaxing competition!




Everyone can enjoy a Coloring Party on Monday, October 19th . Make your Monday brighter by coloring intricate pictures.

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Laugh for Health

Exercise that keeps you laughing? Laughter Yoga is a fun aerobic and stress relieving kind of exercise.

6:00 to 6:45 pm at the library on 1st & 3rd Thursdays in October & November


Sessions are free. Wear comfortable clothes. No mat required.




SNA LIVE!  Fun for All

SNA Live sessions are designed to welcome special needs adults but they are great programs for everyone who enjoys a bit of music and crafting.

It’s a good mid-morning break that will liven up your day. And October 22nd we'll be decorating pumpkins!


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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library ongoing Used Book Sale has moved to a new location in the library. As you face the front desk follow the blue carpet stripe to the left. Find some great items year round and help the Friends support your library.

Next regular meeting: Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm.


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New Sights at the Library


Try It! 


The new I SPY Library Challenge in the children's area.

Look for all the items in our rhyming list and check them off as you spy them.

Bring your list to the desk for your special recognition.







We've had a "Moving Sale" and now the Friends of the Library Ongoing Book Sale is going on in a new location.

Follow the blue line in the carpet from the front desk around the corner to find items for great prices.


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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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