Jay County Public Library is hosting two different reading challenges for all ages starting next week.

Teens and adults will receive a bookmark log to write down each book title as they read. (The minimum requirement to be eligible for rewards is 3 books.) For each book read, participants will receive one entry into a drawing for prizes. The first 60 people to sign up will also receive a starter gift.

Children can also participate by picking up a reading log and marking off 15-minute time slots as they read. Once they complete 5 hours of reading, children can turn in the completed log for a small completion prize, grab another log and keep reading. Each log will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

To register for the event, call or visit the library at 315 N. Ship St. in Portland any time after Monday.

Also, Monte Shrack from Jay County Sheriff’s Department will lead a basic women’s self-defense class from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.on Jan. 25 at the library. (The program does have limited availability.) Those interested should call or stop by the library.

FR book sale

The book sale is still on.

Fort Recovery Public Library is hosting a used book sale through Saturday.

Business hours for the library at 113 N. Wayne St., Fort Recovery, Ohio, are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on Thursday.

For more information, call the library at (419) 375-2869.



Scholarship available

A scholarship is available to future professionals in the agriculture industry.

Helena Agri-Enterprises is offering $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to study agriculture or science.

The scholarship is available to the Class of 2022 in several counties and states, including Adams, Blackford, Delaware, Jay and Wells counties.

Applications are due Jan. 30, and winners will be notified by March 1. Students can visit helenahomegrown.com to apply.