The Magic of Music

It’s that time of year when music is likely to bring with it a flood of memories. Whether it’s Silver Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer you can probably remember another place or time when you heard these songs. For me, getting out Christmas records would bring back favorite songs from the Peppermint Kandy Kids including Morris the… Read more »

It’s a Mystery

It isn’t always the butler, but finding out “who did it” can provide hours of entertainment when you read a good mystery. As a child my favorite mystery series was Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators, followed by Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. My favorite TV shows tended to be more Scooby Doo and Murder She Wrote… Read more »

Goals: Not Just for Soccer

            A graceful kick sends the ball soaring into the net and the crowd goes wild! The player who made the winning goal runs down the field with arms raised high and is surrounded by teammates celebrating together. Not every goal that is reached leads to as much fanfare as… Read more »

Puzzles, Good for the Mind

It’s a puzzle how I can find hours of entertainment sitting at a table looking over a thousand little pieces of cardboard filled with colors and shapes all to discover how the fit together. Word and logic puzzles are fun but it doesn’t take long for me to give up and look for a cheat… Read more »

JayCPL’s Best Reads of 2016

It’s that time of year when “The Best of…” lists appear. Some lists are wonderful and breathtaking like the Best Photos of 2016 from National Geographic. Other lists, not so worthwhile… “16 Worst Predictions of 2016” (Spoiler, they are political predictions.) So I took it upon myself to try to find what the “Best Reads… Read more »

Can We Talk?

toy figures in conversation around the table

When was the last time you sat down with a group of people, face to face, and just conversed? Sure, there are Twitter Tweets, Facebook Posts, Snap Chat Snaps, Tumbler Topics and Instagram Images along with text language that confounds everyone who grew up reading real words completely spelled out. But with all these methods… Read more »

Ahoy! Talk Like a Pirate

Learn Pirate (we arrren't kidding) and 60 other languages

Be ye a Gentleman o’ Fortune? Then, me hearty, be it true about Talk Like a Pirate Day? Yes, it is a real thing and has been celebrated since 2002, when friends Mark & John had an idea to celebrate a day by talking like Pirates. Thus was “Talk Like a Pirate Day” founded and… Read more »

Engines and Tractors and Books

Antique gas engine

It may be a week that you decide to stay home more. It may be a week that you plan a vacation away from Jay County. But for many people, all across the nation, it’s the week they load up the tractors and engines and head to the Jay County Fairgrounds. My Grandpa was one… Read more »

Write Like It’s 2216

Bicentennial Short Story Contest at Jay County Public Library

UPDATE:  Winners have been named!   How much time do you spend thinking about the future? Do you have a 5 year plan, a 10 year plan or are you just trying to figure out what to do tomorrow?   The Indiana Bicentennial Celebration this year will be filled with opportunities to remember the past… Read more »