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Photos of a soda bottle, teacup and saucer, and legos used as bird feeders.

As the cold winds blow, winter can be a punishing time for backyard birds.  Bird feeding is important in that it provides birds with the food, water and shelter they need in the winter when natural food is in short supply.



 

Image of tax form, pen and calculator

We now have Instructions for Federal Form 1040 and Indiana Instructions and Forms IT40 and Indiana Schedules as well as Federal Form 1040 and the Federal Schedules.



 

Woman relaxing with ereader - You say' stuck inside' like it's a bad thing.

Stuck at home for a few days? Now is a perfect time to get to know our online ebook services.

We offer two services that let you check out books on smart phones and tablets - OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla.



 

Image of the check used to buy Alaska, from Wikipedia.

Last month, a group of school children entered the library and returned many books about each of the 50 states.  They were excited to share their new-found knowledge. 



 

Photo of Lincoln Memorial

History buffs, students and the whole community are invited to the Rensselaer Library in January to honor one of the nation's best-loved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Two special one-of-a-kind programs will pay tribute to the 16th President between Jan. 17-21.



 

photo of two sea birds staring at a book

Here we are, barely finished with the excitement of the Christmas season and I believe I am feeling, or at least anticipating the coming January “doldrums.” With that interesting word swirling around in my head, I immediately thought of the long, long ago burden of reading, and discussing in a high school literature class, the famous poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"



 

Recycling symbol hugging a heart with the American flag on it.

November has many days that we all celebrate and take part in, November 15 should be one added to that list.  America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products.



 

Graphic of a hand knocking on a door

Did you know that National Knock Knock Joke Day is observed on October 31?  Me either, but this holiday is for jokesters of all ages.  



 

Register to Vote at indianavoters.in.gov. Deadline is Tuesday Oct 9, 2018.

Tuesday, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day. This is a great time to update your voter registration information and/or register to vote.

The IN.gov Voter Portal, at indianavoters.in.gov, has made this process into a simple online form that takes only a couple of minutes to use.



 

Graphic featuring the Incredibles holding up a library card.

If you haven’t visited the Jasper County Public Library recently, September is a great month to start.

During the month of September, all three branches of JCPL are celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month by offering a small gift to all new JCPL library cardholders, as well as weekly drawings for current cardholders who check out items during the month.



 

Graphic of book, pencil, ruler and apple with heart

The new school year is fast approaching along with the excitement of your kids seeing their friends and teachers again.  After enjoying some time off from math and science it’s time to get back into the swing of things.



 

Photo of a lizard with his hand on another lizard's back

July 30th is the International Day of Friendship. Most of us have friends that we can count on but have you thought about what kind of friend you are to others?



 

Text graphic with IDHS logo and FEMA logo.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Tuesday, June 12, in Rensselaer to help Indiana flood survivors in Jasper, Pulaski and White counties. The DRC hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.



 

Photo of smiling woman on a bike with a book box on a pier

No doubt I’m not in the minority in believing Spring was terribly hesitant to arrive here in Indiana this year. But indeed it has, and we are now again enjoying those outdoor activities we put aside for way too many months.



 

Composite image of an American flag and military service seals.

Besides the two most recognizable days we celebrate in May, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, there are two more very important days: Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces Day.