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P.A.L.S. Pups and Pup Tales at the Putnam County Library

The Putnam County Public Library is excited to announce the launching of a read to a dog program at the library. Pup Tales will begin on Saturday, June 17th at 1:00 PM and will recur monthly. The library’s P.A.L.S. Pups is a group of four staff members and their dog volunteers, who have undergone extensive training and have been certified as Canine Good Citizens (CGC) by the American Kennel Club. All of our dog volunteers are specially trained to be gentle, good listeners, and they love to be read to!

The P.A.L.S. Pups program is part of the larger Putnam Adult Literacy Services (P.A.L.S.) program currently in development at the library. The P.A.L.S. program is set to launch in August and will consist of volunteer tutors offering one-on-one assistance to adult students. The P.A.L.S. Pups will provide a non-judgemental, non-threatening audience for self-conscious or reluctant readers of all ages.

Pup Tales sessions are specifically geared towards younger readers. Research has shown that reading to a dog can help children improve their reading skills, while making the process of reading less stressful and more enjoyable.

Those interested in participating in the inaugural Pup Tales event can sign up for a 10-minute reading time slot by inquiring at the Circulation Desk or by calling the library at 765- 653-2755.

For more information about the P.A.L.S. Pups, stop by our second annual Fuzzy Friday event on June 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. You can meet all four dog volunteers, learn more about Pup Tales, and sign up for a time to read to one of the dogs. Look for more information about Fuzzy Friday coming soon!

Author Rosemary Gard to Visit PCPL

Author Rosemary Gard will be visiting Putnam County Public Library on June 5th for a brown-bag lunch talk. Gard is a well-respected author whose work is in the tradition of writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Boris Pasternak. Gard writes powerful and compelling works of fiction based in history. Her works, which include the Destiny series, feature richly drawn fictional characters, created upon a canvas of historical fact. Join us for a lunch talk on June 5th to learn more about her works and to see her stunning display of family heirlooms.

Building a Better World through Plarning

The Putnam County Public Library will be holding several plarning sessions this June in conjunction with the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. Plarning is the process of crocheting recycled plastic bags into mats for the homeless. PCPL is excited to be partnering with the Creative Change Project in Indianapolis for this program. Resident crocheter extraordinaire, Jo MacPhail will be leading the efforts and providing instruction along the way. The plarning process can be broken down into three steps.

Step one involves collecting plastic bags. Now through June 5 you can donate your used, clean plastic shopping bags at the library. There is a container in the library lobby for collection.

The second step is the process of transforming those bags into plastic “yarn”. There will be two sessions for this step, Monday, June 5, 6:00 PM and Monday, June 12, 4:30 PM. The public is invited to come and help at either or both sessions. Please bring a sharp scissor or rotary cutter and mat if you have them.

The third step requires crocheting the “yarn” into mats. You can join us on Monday, June 19, 6:00 PM and Monday, June 26, 4:00 PM to participate in this step. No experience is required to join, but some crochet knowledge may be helpful. All the materials for this step will be provided.

Come and join us in this worthy cause in whatever way you are able and help us Build a Better World!

Ancient Practices for Modern Healing

Join Marian Patience Harvey, RN/BSN Health Educator, for a new series, Ancient Practices for Modern Healing, as part of the Putnam County Public Library’s Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. Whether facing health challenges or struggling with challenging times, this series will teach practices that promote healing power from within and optimal health for you or your loved ones.

The series will be held at the library every Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:30 pm starting June 7 and ending July 26, 2017 (with the exception of July 21). Each week will cover a new topic, and community members are welcome to attend as many of the sessions as they wish.

June 7, 2017 - Introduction to Ancient Techniques. The first session will introduce you to the basic concepts of the series, including Ayurved, Healing Touch, Reiki and Vibrational Medicine. You’ll learn Self-pulse/Body Type diagnosis, breathing, meditation, and energy-based self-healing techniques which will be reviewed and practiced during each successive session.

June 14, 2017 - Practice of AyurVed in Daily Life. This session will teach you how to incorporate basics of AyurVed/Healing practices into a modern day seasonal routine.

June 28, 2017 - AyurVed Principles for Health and Ideal Body Weight. In this session, you’ll learn the basic principles concerning nutrition, strong digestion, and maintaining optimal body weight with use of food as medicine.

July 5, 2017 - Energy Healing. This session will cover the healing techniques of Therapeutic Healing Touch and Reiki.

July 12, 2107 - Vibrational Medicine. In this session you’ll see a presentation and experience the use of sound such as chanting, singing, laughter, and mantras for healing.

July 19, 2017 - Meditation as Medicine. This session will introduce you to a variety of meditative practices for daily practice.

July 26, 2017 - Transitional Healing. In this session, you’ll focus on letting go, surviving change, end-of-life challenges, and “deathing” techniques.

Join PCPL and Marian Patience Harvey and Build a Better You through natural health!


May 30 - June 3, 2017

Monday, May 29th:


Tuesday, May 30th:

Advanced Word Processing, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Advanced Word Processing will discuss the more advanced features of modern word processing software.

Community Help Desk, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

PCPL has a computer technician available to diagnose and help repair your computer and electronics. Most computer problems can be repaired in 20 minutes but if your computer problem is severe enough, or would take longer than 30 minutes to fix, we may recommend you take it to a professional.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 31st:

Mah Jongg Game, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

For all players who know the game (not the computer version). Newcomers are welcome to watch and learn.

Yarn Perch, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Need Crochet help or Crochet Companionship? Jo MacPhail will take her Yarn Perch (located on the balcony above the lobby) every Wednesday evening to help those in need.

Learn to Crochet, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For beginners, left or right handers. Learn the stitches to make a variety of projects including potholders, scarves, slippers, afghans, purses, coats, and more!

Books & Brews, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us at Wasser Brewing Co. to discuss a recent or favorite Sci-Fi novel and enjoy some delicious local brews!

Thursday, June 1st:

Community Help Desk, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

PCPL has a computer technician available to diagnose and help repair your computer and electronics. Most computer problems can be repaired in 20 minutes but if your computer problem is severe enough, or would take longer than 30 minutes to fix, we may recommend you take it to a professional.

Toddler Time, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Sing songs, hear stories and nursery rhymes, move around to music and action songs, and make a craft. Ages 12 mos.-35 mos.

Preschool Storytime, 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Hear theme-based stories, move around and sing action songs, make a craft, and have a small snack. Ages 3-5 year olds

Bridge for Everyone, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Come to an open Bridge game on Thursday afternoons in the Kiwanis room. All who enjoy Bridge are invited to attend, regardless of skill level. This group will be facilitated by Dorothy Brown. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Timm at btimm@PCPL21.org.

Yarn Perch, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Need Crochet help or Crochet Companionship? Jo MacPhail will take her Yarn Perch (located on the balcony above the lobby) every Thursday evening to help those in need.

LibrarYoga, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

PCPL is offering free Yoga sessions led by certified yoga instructors every Thursday evening. Classes are for all levels of students. Participants should wear comfy, stretchy clothes. Yoga mats, blocks, and straps are available for your use.

LGBTQ+ Book Club, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The PCPL LGBTQ+ Book Club will be reading “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth for the June meeting. The library has copies of the book available for checkout and for free at the reference desk. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sarah Myers at smyers@pcpl21.org.

Friday, June 2nd:

Imagination Portal Unplugged, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Looking for a little quiet time? These hours are for you. Enjoy the Imagination Portal without monitors, video games, or music in the background.

No Community Help Desk Today

Saturday, June 3rd:

Silly Safaris, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program! Join Silly Safaris for some summer fun with your favorite animal friends!

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