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Genetic Genealogy Workshop

The Jay County Public Library and the Jay County Historical Society are co-sponsors for two Genetic Genealogy Workshop sessions coming Saturday, September 12th. The free sessions are for anyone interested in family history, from the novice just beginning to look at the family tree to the avid genealogist who has put in decades of research. Both sessions feature presentations by professional genealogist Dr. Michael D. Lacopo.

Session I will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 am in the Jay County Public Library Community Room.

Session II will be held at the Jay County Historical Society from 10:45 to 11:45 am in the program meeting room.

Although Session II will build upon the content discussed by Dr. Lacopo in session I, attendees are not required to attend both sessions.


Millions of Americans have been tested in an effort to uncover their genetic profile. Popular TV shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Finding Your Roots” are raising awareness of the benefits of DNA testing. Dr. Lacopo will discuss how elements of genetic genealogy in combination with traditional genealogy are used to infer relationships between individuals. He will describe effective genealogical strategies for those who are in search of their biological families, immediate and distant.

Dr. Lacopo is a life-long resident of northern Indiana who began his genealogical research in 1980.  His first published work appeared in 1985, with several books, journal articles and published contributions following. In 2000, he was featured in USA TODAY and has lectured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Lacopo has research experience in numerous fields with particular strengths in research involving Mennonite families, Pennsylvania Germans and Midwest/Middle Atlantic research. No pre-registration is required for the free workshop sessions. For more information contact Cheryl Lucas at the library.


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Golden Games Coming

The Golden Games is a brand new event for Jay County seniors 55 and older, made possible by the collaboration of several organizations including the library.

The October 5th-9th events will be held all over Portland with something for every senior regardless of activity level — from bowling and horseshoes to a euchre tournament and a One Mile Dash with a wheelchair division.

Games to be hosted at the library include a Coloring Contest (part of a relaxation program) and “Name that Tune” with songs from the ‘50s, 60s and 70s.

Register by September 18th. Pick up your registration form at the library, Jay Community Center, John Jay Center, or the Jay County Hospital.

Or find a printable form online here.

Cost for games, T shirt and closing lunch is $25.00.

Extra lunch tickets are available at time of registration.



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Wear Your Summer Challenge T Shirt Day

Labor Day is coming fast, but we hate to give up on summer just yet, especially since we had to wait on the sunshine so long.

Some Summer Challengers had to wait a little while for their T shirts to arrive too.

So let’s keep the bright yellow of the sun out at least one more day!

We invite everyone with a Summer Challenge T shirt to wear it to the library on Wednesday, September 2nd.

We’ll take your picture to put in a bright display at the library.

Can’t come in September 2nd? Use the “Send as Message” function on your Facebook page to send us a picture.

Nearly 250 people earned a T shirt during this year’s Summer Challenge. Let’s get 100 pictures or more for the display!


We've said it before, but we'll say it again. 
We couldn’t do the Summer Challenge without the generous support of our sponsors.

Many, many thanks to:

Tyson Foods
Delta Theta Tau
First Bank of Berne
Portland Kiwanis
FCC Indiana
Portland Lions Club
Portland Rotary
Evening Optimists
Gamma Nu
Tri Kappa
Psi Iota Xi
Bollenbacher and Associates
MainSource Bank



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We're Laughing Again  

Laughter Yoga returns! You may or may not run miles or lift weights, but do you laugh?

Laughter Yoga is a form of exercise shared in this group led by Cindy Cash.

1st & 3rd Thursdays, September through November 6:00 to 6:45 pm at the library.

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


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Heard at the Library


"At the library?!"

Days after serious flooding in downtown Portland, a library vistor turned in an object found on the library floor: a turtle found strolling in the video section.


Was it brought by a child who left it behind?

Did it enter during the 6-8 seconds the automatic doors stay open?

From the algae growth and crack in its shell it didn’t appear to be an escaped pet.

Younger staff hoped to make it a library mascot and named it Franklin (a children’s book and video character).

 Instead, it was released on the river bank. At the sight (or scent?) of the water the turtle moved quickly to dive in. When it popped back up, it seemed to take a look back toward shore before swimming away.



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        A library card is an essential school supply no matter what grade you’re in!



September Club Dates

Cookbook Club
September 14th, 6:15 p.m.
Theme:  Any Dish You Wish Potluck
Don't miss this meeting where themes are chosen for the year.

JayCPL Book Club
September 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Discussing Close Your Eyes, Hold hands by Chris Bohjalian

Hook and Needles Club
September 22nd, drop in 5:00—6:30 p.m.
Bring your own supplies. Share patterns, ideas, skills.

JayCPL Writers Guild
September 28th, 6:30 pm


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Gifts to the Library

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.


Given in honor of Jack Ronald
by an anonymous donor

Bridegroom Stories / Ha Jin

Waiting / Ha Jin

Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy

William Trevor Collected Stories / William Trevor

Life and Fate / Vasily Grossman

Ali and Nino / Kurban Said

The Light and the Dark / Mikhail Shishkin

Lincoln and the Power of the Press / Harold Holzer (print and audio versions)

The Quartet / Joseph Ellis (audio version)

Like Hidden Fire: The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire / Peter Hoprick

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia / Peter Hoprick

Art of the Sonnet / Stephen Burt

The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life / Tom Reiss

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe / Anne Applebaum

Russia: The Once and Future Empire / Philip Longworth

Richmond Group Artists / Shaun Digwerth

 And coming soon

Two Years Eight Months & Twenty-eight Nights / Salman Rushdie

 Mary McGrory: First Queen of Journalism / John Norris

It was a creative gift from someone who wanted to honor a bookloving, community-minded friend. They gave funds to the library for that friend to “spend” on books he loved and wanted to share with other readers.

Over a period of weeks honoree Jack Ronald worked on recommendations, got to know a little more about what was already in the library’s collections and enthusiastically “shopped” for books. Fiction, non-fiction, print and audio, newer works and fresh copies of classics all came together in the list above.

We’re sure that one or two people will hear from Jack about what is available at the library now, with the familiar refrain that “you need to read this book.”



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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It's a Friends of the Library Fundraiser

Cookies & Canvases

Saturday, September 26th

There will be two class sessions, each completing a different pictures.  Sign up for one or both! 

Cost is $20.00 for each class.

1:00 pm class

Butter Fly 


4:00 pm class

The Daisies


Class size is limited to 20 for each session. 

Registration is required by 8:00 pm September 23rd. 
Payment is due at registration.

This program will help raise funds for the Friends to use in support of the library.


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Friends of the Library


The Friends’ Annual Used Book Sale is set for August 27th, 28th, (8:00 am to 7:00 pm) and 29th (8:00 am to noon).

It’s a good time to become a Friend!

Wednesday night, August 26th is the Friends Only Presale from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Friends who have paid their dues are eligible to attend. Membership may be paid that night and will be good through the 2016 calendar year.


Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.   Come spend some time with Friends.


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