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September 2014 Contents

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Author Makes His Pitch September 9th

Do you love baseball? Do you enjoy history? Do you want to know more about baseball history? Come hear Mike Lackey talk about the inspiring story of Long Bob Ewing, told in his book Spitballing: the Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing. It’s a program filled with baseball history and anecdotes. It all starts at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 9th. Copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing.


Mike Lackey is a retired reporter, editor and columnist whose newspaper career included 37 years at The Lima (Ohio) News. Spitballing was a 2013 CASEY Award nominee for best baseball book of the year sponsored by Spitball magazine. This summer the book won the Larry Ritter Book Award given by the Society for American Baseball Research.

Bob Ewing’s first major league game was in April 1902. Imagine! Our library’s earlier Carnegie-backed building was under construction. Spitballing describes an era very different from our own. Here’s more about the book:

A colorful time in baseball and American history comes alive in this multi-layered biography of an Ohio farm boy who employed a combination of spit and savvy to earn a place in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. Author Mike Lackey drops the reader into the early years of the 20th century the dead ball era, when low-scoring, highly contentious baseball was a potent mixture of fastballs and fisticuffs. Gambling was endemic. Night baseball was a gasp-inducing experiment. Sunday ball was illegal in many places. Black baseball was a separate world. The professional ballplayer was a social outcast described as "a slave held in bondage," and yet hundreds of ambitious young men battled for barely 250 jobs in the major leagues. The spitball was legal and Bob Ewing, the National League's first master of the dampened delivery, used it to contend with the best in the game and as his ticket to see the rapidly changing country, from the trolley leagues to the White House, and then to a post-baseball stint as a Prohibition-era lawman.


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Adult Readers:
Autumn Is the Season to Fall in Love with Books

From biographies to comedies, murder mysteries to outer space exploration, you can learn, explore and escape in a book. While today libraries offer so much more, books remain the foundation of library services. Whether you want to do in-depth research on the Cold War or escape into the latest bestseller, books will provide information and entertainment.

Jay County Public Library encourages you to Fall in Love with Books in all their forms this fall. From September 1st through November 15th read or listen to books of all types and let us know how much you loved them.

Our goal is to have over 1,200 library books read and rated here in Jay County. Registration forms will be available at the library beginning September 1st and your participation packets will include book review tickets, a calendar of events and a list of staff favorites if you are looking for a place to start.

Create a sign of your love!  Watch for details on “Make a Book Dahlia”  September 22nd.


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

J. A. Langford, 1823-1903


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Chilton Auto Repair Now Online

One of the most popular mechanic resources is now at the touch of your fingers with your computer or iPad.  Fix your car any time of the day or night.

ChiltonLibrary database is available online to Jay County Library patrons at home or in the garage. Link to it through the library’s homepage and use your library card to have access to repair and maintenance information and diagrams.

The database is also available free of charge on the library computers where no library card is required. (Printing charges of 15¢ a sheet do apply.)


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Teen Area Transformation


Keep an eye on the new look materializing in the Teen area. Young adult fiction is there, including shelves of Graphic Novels. An “island” is filled with the newest books and teen magazines.

Staffer Elysia Gipson is working hard to make it a welcoming place. Her displays are showing up on the big red wall (newly covered in a rich red this year) over the shelves dedicated to graphic novels. In the spirit of “how can it be over already!” she’s collecting teens’ input on the “favorite thing you did over your summer vacation.”

Rumor has it that Elysia is looking at different possibilities for tables and seating, so watch for more changes to come.



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Comics and Library Cards?

Stan Lee is the co-creator of such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of others.

Stan Lee is also the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.


Comics, superheroes, and library cards?



Here’s a Stan Lee quote:

Some people will say, "Why read a comic book? It stifles the imagination. If you read a novel you imagine what people are like. If you read a comic, it’s showing you." The only answer I can give is, "You can read a Shakespeare play, but does that mean you wouldn’t want to see it on the stage?" Denver Post Online, May 23, 2013


Be a hero and tell your friends, “Get your card and check out materials for free, whether comics or Shakespeare (or both!).”


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Heard at the Library


"When my grandkids come to visit they always want to come to the library.
It’s just one of those things you do when you come to Grandma’s, I guess."

We’ve seen lots of visiting grandkids and grandparents discovering the books, puzzles, puppet theater, play kitchen and computers.


Consider a visit to the library to check out a book to have ready to share with someone from another generation on Grandparents Day, coming up September 7th.



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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 8th, 6:15 p.m.

Theme:  Any Dish You Wish Potluck


JayCPL Book Club

September 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussing Life After Life by Kate Atkinson




Hook and Needles Club

September 23rd, drop in 5:30—7:00 p.m.

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



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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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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 Helen Skiver
by Jay County Public Library Staff

Swan Point / Sherryl Woods

Invincible / Diana Palmer


Gift by Betty Dailey
in support of Kindergarten Prep School program



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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People are living books. 

The real library of life is community.

- Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders:  Inspiration for Living Your Best Life




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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Jay County Public Library would like to express special thanks to their business and organization members. It’s great to have these Friends in our shared mission to support our community’s library.

Portland Evening Optimist Club

Accelerated Curing Inc

Jay County Beverage

Poet Bio Refining

Ohio Valley Gas


Next regular Friends of the Library meeting is Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m.   Come spend some time with Friends.


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