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Jay County Reads! Tess Gerritsen

Join in Jay County Reads! 2013 by choosing a title by Tess Gerritsen to read in the month of September. Tess herself will visit the library on Thursday afternoon, October 3rd at 3:00 pm to give a brief talk for adults and teens, and sign copies of her books.

Meeting room space is limited so register now for your spot.

Her visit here is just one of 23 stops Ms. Gerritsen will be making at libraries throughout Indiana September 14 through October 10th. She’ll be at the library in Hartford City at noon on October 3rd and continue on to Muncie Public Library for a 6:30 pm appearance.

Ms. Gerritsen began to write fiction while on maternity leave from her work as a physician. Her first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list.

Critics around the world have praised her novels as “Pulse-pounding fun” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “Scary and brilliant” (Toronto Globe and Mail), and “Polished, riveting prose” (Chicago Tribune). Publishers Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen”. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles.”


Read AND join in some great programs offered in September.


Gerritsen’s books are available at the library, and three titles are available for purchase for $5 each in September.

The Bone Garden
Historical suspense novel with unknown bones, untold secrets, and unsolved crimes from the distant past.

The Surgeon
First book in the Rizzoli & Isles series, where a killer’s surgical skills lead police to suspect he is a physician who, instead of saving lives, takes them.

Ice Cold
Rizzoli & Isles #8. Rizzoli receives grim news that Maura Isles’ charred body has been found in a mountain ravine. She’s determined to learn what happened.


Request a copy at the library or call 260-726-7890.

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Heard at the Library


Going for a practice ride on the school bus!
He can't believe he doesn't have to be buckled in.
So glad our local library and school corporation team up
to provide such great programs to help our kindergarteners be prepared!

A mom who came with her son to our recent “Don’t Miss the Bus” program shared the news with friends. Her child had also attended the Kindergarten Prep School program held Tuesday mornings at the library this summer where nearly 100 kids practiced skills to help them be ready for school.

It’s great to collaborate with the Jay Schools and other sponsors to promote student success.


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September Club Dates





Cookbook Club

September 9th, 6:15 p.m.

The theme is “End of the Garden” Bring a dish that celebrates all the fresh things from your garden or someone else’s. Zucchini, anyone?




Crochet Club

September 24th, drop in 5:00—7:00 p.m.

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



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Staff Updates


The library’s board of trustees named Linda Shreve to serve Interim Director beginning August 1st. Linda has served as Youth Services Librarian since 1994.

Elysia Gipson joined the staff in a part time position in July.

Molly Jones, who served for two years as Adult Services Librarian, accepted a new position in Cincinnati, Ohio in July.


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Need AR Books for School?  AR Bookfinder Can Help

Now that school is back in session it won’t be long before parents and students will be looking for the right AR (Accelerated Reader) books for their reading level.

AR is a computer program in the schools that helps teachers keep track of children’s independent reading practice. A student picks a book at his or her own level and reads at his or her own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz shows that the student understood what was read.

Parents and students searching for possible titles to read can use AR Bookfinder at www.arbookfind.com .. They can create a list of books at the level needed. Though we wish the library could have all of them, we do have many. Check the list against the library’s catalog to see what is available.

You can also use type a book’s title in AR Bookfinder to see what its AR level is.

AR Bookfinder is among the “Favorites” on the library’s public computers. Two of those computers are available for parents to use for short searches in the Children’s Area. Or you can log on from home.

A friendly note: the website is called AR Bookfinder but the site’s address is just bookfind.com .

If you need help finding books at the library, please feel free to ask.


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



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 memory of Stanley Teeter
by Clyde & Janice Bray

Complete Horse Care Manual / Colin Vogel

Horses with a Mission / Allen & Linda Anderson


Gift in support of Children’s Programming from Carol Lykins


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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Book Discussion Groups


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

For the evening book discussion on Monday, September 16th, group members can choose any book by Tess Gerritsen in anticipation of her upcoming visit to the library on October 3rd. Big fans may want to talk about several choices!

Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. New members are welcome.

See past titles


Daytime Book Group

will meet Wednesday morning, September 11th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Come join their discussion of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Love it? Can’t stand it? How many movie versions have you seen? How do they measure up to the book?



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"How much do I love libraries? I'd give up my credit card before I'd give up my library card."

Lisa Schroeder , author of books for children & teens


What to Do @ Your Library

You can do a lot at your library beyond checking out a book. Here’s a list to get started:


Download an e-book.

Learn about job seeking resources.

Check out your favorite graphic novel.

Pick up a DVD.

Get free wireless access.

Get new ideas for redecorating your house.

Attend a lecture or workshop.

Join a book discussion group.

Book a meeting room for your club or community organization.

Attend preschool story hour with your child.

Get help with homework.

Look up all kinds of health information.

Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.

Research your term paper.

Learn about the history of your city or town.

Explore new opportunities and research different types of schools and colleges.

Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.

Use the library’s resources to start a small business.

Broaden your world by checking out cookbooks of foods from other cultures.

Get a book from interlibrary loan.

Find a new hobby.

Take out the latest fashion magazine.

Learn how to use your ereader to borrow books.

Trace your family tree. Learn about home improvement.

Get involved – join you library’s Friends group.

Pick up tax forms.

Borrow a picture to hang at home or the office.

Connect with other people in the community.

Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.


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Friends of the Library

In September the Friends will be recovering after doing loads and loads of work and finally celebrating the completion of their Annual Used Book Sale. Many thanks to all the volunteers who make such a great event possible!

The biggest annual event may be over, but the Friends’ support of the library goes on throughout the year. Come to the next meeting and greet fellow library lovers, find out what is planned and how you can lend a hand or an idea.

Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m.


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