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News about our libraries and our communities.

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2016 Indiana Torch Relay underway

Celebrate “One” Indiana this fall with the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, a five-week program designed to inspire and unify Hoosiers as one of the major commemorative events of the 2016 Bicentennial celebration.

Hoosiers will also symbolically “pass the torch” connecting generations to IGNITE our future.

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 4:52pm
Share the love Sept. 16 with hashtag eBookLove on Read an eBook Day

Share the love on Read an eBook Day

eBooks enable you to take the stories and authors you love with you anytime, anywhere. On Friday, Sept. 16, OverDrive, JCPL's provider of eBooks and eAudiobooks, invites you to join in this celebration of modern storytelling on Read an eBook Day.

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00am
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Confederate spy story part of Jasper County History

Indiana may have been part of the Union during the Civil War, but not everyone agreed with that decision.

Rebel sympathizers abounded in all parts of Indiana, even far remote Jasper County.

Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 1:34pm
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DeMotte Library Celebrates 50 Years

On Monday, Aug. 15, the DeMotte Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The first library, opened on Monday, Aug. 15, 1966, occupied a small room in a building just north of the railroad tracks.

Keith Robinson, who was the publisher of the Kankakee Valley Post News and owner of the building agreed to share his space with the library.

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016 - 12:00am
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Discover Indiana's wild places and literature with 'Next Indiana Campfires'

From the sandy dunes in the north to the rolling hills in the south, Indiana’s landscapes have inspired generations of Hoosiers.

The literature they’ve written and the state parks system they founded for the 1916 Centennial are legacies we enjoy today, and a challenge for us to consider, what will we leave for the future?

Posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:00am
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Introducing Explora™ - a new student and public research portal

Researchers who have been using our online reference collection, including our Student Portal, may soon notice a change.

Now available is an engaging and versatile interface called Explora, created by leading reference provider EBSCO.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2016 - 3:28pm
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Summer reading: lunch and books at RCSC

This summer, participants in the Rensselaer Central Schools' summer lunch program can also take part in the Rensselaer Library's summer reading program.

Rensselaer Children's Librarian Janice Wilma will be at Van Rensselaer Elementary School Tuesday mornings through July 12 from 11am-12noon.

Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 1:01pm
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Get in the Game: Volunteer for summer reading

Volunteering at your library for summer reading is rewarding and offers the chance to acquire valuable work experience, as well as a fun way to spend time with children.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:28am
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Mother’s Day: A Very Special Day for Special People

Whether you call yours mom, mother, momma or mommy, there is something very special about her, and Mother’s Day is how we show our love for the important women in our lives.

The origins of celebrating mothers date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who honored the mother goddesses, Rhea and Cybele, respectively.

Posted: Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 12:00am
Pastel drawing of a cute squirrel on a stack of books - art by Judy Crawford.

JCPL Launching 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

Beginning May 2, all three branches of the Jasper County Public Library are launching “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” a program that encourages children ages birth through preschool to discover the love of reading.

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 2:57pm