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A friend is waiting for you

Do you have that special 4-legged friend waiting for you when you get home?  If not, there is one (or more) waiting for you at the local animal shelter.  Bringing together hopeful fur babies and loving homes is one of the things that your local shelter does best.

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Too many sugarplums? Try a parsnip in your stocking.

‘Tis the season, totally. And naturally we’ve all been indulging in our favorite holiday goodies.

With that in mind, how about considering a little detour down the vegetable road? Sure, all the fresh garden produce has been canned or frozen, but there are some vegetables that you might not have planted, or even considered trying.

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Celebrate October’s Global Diversity Awareness Month by accepting the “Read/Watch Around The World Challenge”

Perhaps you’ve settled into reading a certain type of book or mostly books by certain authors. Maybe you or your children are only watching certain kinds of DVDs. This gives you a chance to break out of that comfortable reading or watching rut and venture into new horizons.

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Are you ready for the unexpected?

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. 

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Celebrate 30 years of the Rensselaer Library with your artwork

This November the Rensselaer Library will be celebrating it’s 30th Birthday!

We are asking local artists of all ages and skill levels to help celebrate this momentous occasion by creating a piece of artwork that will be displayed in the month of November through mid-December.

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Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel get loud for libraries as honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month 2022

Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel and her sister, author and educator Cara Mentzel, have been named honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-Up Month.

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Library services upgrade planned for this weekend

We at the Jasper County Public Library will soon be migrating our ILS (integrated library system) - our computerized inventory - to a newer version. We are anticipating a smooth transition; however, some things will be different or unavailable during this migration and some things may look and work differently after the migration.

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Are you ready for National Sandwich Month?

Surprise! August is National Sandwich Month! According to, the Wheat Flour Institute established August as National Sandwich Month in 1952. I think August is an appropriate month for this celebration since kids will be heading back to school soon and packing lunches will once again become a daily chore.

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Libraries: your passport to knowledge

From outdoor library gardens, to gem collections, to the largest public genealogy library in the nation, Indiana libraries showcase many unique learning opportunities.

Between now and July 29, 2023, Hoosiers are invited to discover the wealth of knowledge that can be found at Indiana libraries with a fun guide: the Indiana Library Passport.

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