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October 2014 Contents

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A Taste for Mystery?  Try These Ingredients

We don’t know why it is that so many chefs, cooks, bakers and caterers find dead bodies but they just keep showing up. While our Cookbook Club explores mystery ingredient recipes this month, you can explore these culinary mystery series.

Joanna Carl writes the Chocoholic Cozy Mystery series. Adult Services Librarian Cheryl Lucas says “I must warn you, though… If you are trying to lose weight, and you have the same penchant for chocolate as I do… read these books on a full stomach!”

Laura Childs writes the Cackleberry Club Mystery series, which is set in a delightfully cozy cafe that has a book-nook corner and knitting shop area.

Diane Mott Davidson‘s Goldy Bear Catering Mystery series is probably one of the most recognizable series. Set in a picturesque area of Colorado it features Goldy (the caterer) who provides the best catered food in town and manages to solve a lot of the best crimes in town, also!

Nancy Fairbanks writes the Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery series which (of course) features Carolyn and her husband who happens to be a scientist. The books include recipes.

Joanne Fluke is the author of the Cookie Jar Cozy Mystery series that takes place in Minnesota. Hannah Swensen not only manages the bakery, but she also manages to solve crimes between baking up batches of delicious treats. The sweet treats’ recipes are in in the novels.

Lou Jane Temple writes two series: Heaven Lee and Spice Box Mystery series. Aha! The Spice Box Mystery series is also historical in its nature with each of the books featuring a different time in history. Temple’s Heaven Lee Mystery series is set in the present day.

Joanne Pence  gives us a really good culinary theme cozy mystery series… The Angelina Amalfi Mystery series features Angie, a food critic.




For more great series check the list at cozy-mystery.com  .



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Heard at the Library


"I need more books!"

A small boy with a big bag,

several clunking sounds as books slide into the return,

then the clear, loud (use your library voice, says mom), statement of fact:

“I need more books.”

Repeated several times.


He’s well on his way to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Maybe mom is contributing to this year’s Fall in Love with Books communal goal of 1,200 books before November 15th.

Why not join ‘em? We’ve got more books for you too.



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October Club Dates





Cookbook Club

Monday, October 13th, 6:15 p.m.

Theme:  Mystery Ingredient
What did you put in that no one would guess?


JayCPL Book Club

October 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussing The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman





Hook & Needles Club

Tuesday, October 28th, drop in 5:00—7:00 p.m.

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



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Fall in Love with Books Continues

The Fall in Love with Books for adult readers is still going on. Pick up your Read It–Rate It form at the library and help reach the shared goal of reading and rating 1,200 library books before November 15th.

Read or listen to books of all types from the library, whether print, CD or digital format. 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.


Again, our goal is to have over 1,200 books read and rated here in Jay County. How many will you add to the stack?


"The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense."

J. A. Langford, 1823-1903


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Visit the library’s booth at
Jay County Civic Theatre’s

Spooktacular Fall Festival
Hudson Family Park
October 4th, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.



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Make a Book Pumpkin:  No Magic Required

Love books?

Love fall?

Love a good craft?


“Make a Book Pumpkin” at our workshop Saturday, October 11th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Register in advance so we’ll have supplies ready. Bring your own scissors if possible.

Call 260-726-7890 or ask at the circulation desk.



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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 Phil Lutz
by Mark & Lois Tatman

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of America’s Most Audacious General / Bill O’Reilly
The Way Forward: Renewing the American Ideal / Paul Ryan
WWI in 1000 Objects / Peter Doyle



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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Focus on Five for Our Future

What a busy summer!  This was my first experience with our summer schedule and it was enjoyable to witness the increased level of activity in the building.  Several summer reading activities were featured each week.   Both children and adults participated in this year’s program. 

Also enjoyable to watch was our Kindergarten Prep School.  We had a record number of children (around 140) registered for the eight-week program.  These children were able to learn some of the skills they will need in order to experience success when they start school this fall.

It has been an interesting year here at JCPL - a hard winter, a disruption in service due to our water heater issues, and the busy summer have all put on hold our look at our long range planning process.  The good news is that the plan is now in place.  The full plan, as well as a condensed version, will be up on our website fairly soon.  I invite you to take a look at it and see what is in store.

To sum up the plan in a brief space we can focus on the five main priorities that our board of trustees set forward. 

  1. Early Learning - JCPL can play a key role in helping our children succeed in school.
  2. Expanded Programming - This focuses mainly on adults and I believe that JCPL can encourage life-long learning in many ways.
  3. Relevant Technology - Technology changes rapidly.  How can JCPL be seen as a technology leader in Jay County?
  4. Increased Awareness - Jay County has a great library.  How can we help people become more aware of what JCPL has to offer?
  5. Partnership - The best way to impact this community is to work together with other organizations aiming for a better Jay County.

We will look to keep our focus on the priorities with the desire to serve Jay County in the best way possible.

Eric Hinderliter, director


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If you are planning for a year, sow rice.
If you are planning for a decade, plant trees.
If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

Chinese proverb



Teen Area Transformation, continued

The transformation of the teen area continues with the addition of tables and chairs. Take a look and have a seat on your next visit.

There’s just enough space for reading and writing (paper or digital!) and, if the container is covered, you can bring your beverage too.



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Friends of the Library

The Friends of Jay County Public Library would like to thank everyone who volunteered to work the Used Book Sale. Your help was what made the sale a big success. Our Annual Used Book Sale is our main fundraiser and it wouldn’t be possible without those who volunteer to set-up, sell and clean-up all the books. Special thanks go to the Jay County High School girls’ volleyball team for helping haul books from upstairs to the community room.

Next regular Friends meeting and newsletter folding party: Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 pm.


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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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