It may sound like a warning, but Readers’ Advisory is libraryspeak for the services library staff provide to recommend reading material. It ranges from displays and lists to online blogs and reviews, or can be in person conversations about possible choices. It may be as casual as letting someone know the title of the latest John Grisham novel or answering questions from library visitors about the best books for learning about a specific area of interest.
How does readers’ advisory happen at Jay County Public Library? Here are some examples:
Need inspiration? Watch for signs, displays and lists placed around the library.
Check out “What’s on the Cart?” for another way to choose a book.
Don’t miss the Tess Talk at 3:00 pm Thursday, on October 3rd!
Here’s a last reminder to reserve a place at bestselling author Tess Gerritsen’s presentation at the library.
Visit the library or call 260-726-7890 by September 30 to get your name on the list.
Read any of her titles for Jay County Reads 2013.
October Club Dates
Tuesday, October 22nd, drop in 5:00—7:00 p.m.
Bring your own supplies. Share patterns, ideas, skills.
One cart waiting for your attention is kept parked near the New Materials shelves in the adult area. It’s filled with recently returned books awaiting reshelving.
Why do they deserve your attention? It’s one way to pare down your choices. It’s a sort of anonymous recommendation for books that are no longer brand new, but that someone else has spotted and read lately. The cart changes daily. Check out what others have been reading. You may find a treasure you might otherwise have missed.
Young children, teachers and parents came to the library September 16th to enjoy a “Block Party” provided by Molly Hunt, Extension Educator from Purdue Extension Jay County.
Playing with blocks provides obvious fun along with a bonus of practicing skills from math and reading to coordination and working with others.
Learn more about Purdue Extension's Block Party resource.
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.
The library has two book discussion groups for adults. One meets in the evening, one in the morning. Pick your time of day and join the discussion!
Evening Book Group
On Monday, October 21, Halloween approaches! The group has chosen to discuss something suitably spooky: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. Same author came up with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Hmmm. Don’t think this will be on the U.S. History reading list.
Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. New members are welcome.
Daytime Book Group
Wednesday, October 9th at10:00 am is a chance to talk about family and science fiction in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.
Meet Joe Egly, a part-time staff member at the library since 2012. His main responsibilities are at the circulation desk where he enjoys helping library users. Like many of his co-workers he loves to see all the new materials that come into the library and faces the challenge of not checking out too many books to take home at once!
Joe’s first contact with Jay County Public Library came when he moved to this area about eleven years ago. He’s a reader, of course, but he’s also a writer. Search for “Joe Egly” as an author in the library’s catalog and you’ll find several of his books.
After a fundraising project for the local paranormal interest group (see Spooked: tales, hunts and haunts of the Portland Paranormal Research Society), Joe discovered that publishing his work was possible without the expense or risk of some of the old vanity press offers he’d seen. He’s been exploring the changing world of publishing with print-on-demand at Amazon which has allowed him to share his writing with friends and now with folks he’s yet to meet.
Joe’s titles show up in adult fiction, youth fiction, juvenile fiction, and even include a book of family recipes. He says with a smile that he has projects in the works for every area in the library.
The Friends of the Library send out a BIG thank you to all the folks who helped make August’s book sale a success. That includes the volunteers who set up, sold and cleaned up as well as the customers who hauled away all those great deals.
Funds raised by the Friends go to supplement library programming and purchase extra equipment, supporting and expanding what the library offers our community.
Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is October 15th at 6:30 p.m.
The bookmobile has begun its visits to elementary schools in our service area. Boxes of books are shared with classrooms and many students come aboard the bookmobile with their classmates every other week.
If you have questions about your child’s library card for use on the bookmobile or about materials checked out, please feel free to call the library and ask to speak with someone from the bookmobile staff.