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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?



 

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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.



 

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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.



 

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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.



 

Vintage photo of a mother reading a book with her daughter.

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.



 

Pastel drawing of a cute squirrel on a stack of books - art by Judy Crawford.

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.



 

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In the event that an active shooter was to enter your place of work, school, shopping or areas of recreation, would you be prepared?

The Jasper County Public Library has partnered with Troopers Jacob Raupp and Ryan Hovarter of the Indiana State Police to offer two opportunities for you to attend ISP’s Unarmed Response to the Active Shooter training.



 

Portrait of James Madison and 1816 Indiana map

If you haven’t heard, Indiana is turning 200 years old this year!

On December 11, 1816, President James Madison admitted the frontier territory of Indiana into the United States as the 19th state.



 

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In celebration of Money Smart Week, Grey House Publishing is providing libraries and their patrons free access to its Financial Ratings Series Online informed descisions about their insurance, Medicare, banking, and investment options. This resource tells users:



 

Bird's-eye view of a woman tending a vegetable garden.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY APRIL 22nd

On Earth Day, take a long walk and enjoy the breeze and soak up the sun.  Why not plant a tree, vegetables or flowers?  Refresh yourself by walking through a nearby woods and listen to the birds sing.



 

Arranged yearbook covers

Treasured memories from your high school days can now be accessed digitally via the Jasper County Public Library’s website, where you can find a link to our Yearbook Archive on the library’s homepage.



 

Couple driving vintage Model-T Ford in a parade.

In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips!



 

Big Library Read logo and photo of American Sniper cover on tablet and phone.

Now through March 31, users from over 21,000 libraries around the world can borrow the eBook and eAudiobook of the #1 New York Times best selling American Sniper without any wait lists or holds via the OverDrive digital service.



 

Man riding a motorcycle while a woman in the sidecar looks on affectionately.

Is winter officially over with the first motorcycle sighting? I would like to think so. Certainly these brave souls on their (mostly) two-wheeled contraptions must be the harbingers of spring.

Or, perhaps they’re overwhelmingly optimistic. Either way, seeing several riders between our recent “snow events” made me think about motorcycles in general.



 

Walter and Alberta Roorda

Walter J. "Walt" Roorda played an important and vital role for the town of DeMotte, as well as Jasper County. A lifelong resident of DeMotte, Mr. Roorda was a businessman, politician and statesman.