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Living in Indiana, one becomes familiar with nature's knack for being frivolous. Just when summer seems to have come to an end, temperatures climb.

There are, however, clear indicators that autumn follows on the heels of summer. Certainly the emerging colors of the sumac and sassafras in the woods are a portent of cooler days.


Charlie Halleck is presented with a street sign bearing his name.

DeMotte statesman was born 115 years ago Saturday

Charles A. Halleck was one of DeMotte’s renowned sons.  He was born August 22, 1900 in a small house near the railroad tracks to Abraham and Lura Halleck.  His parents moved to Rensselaer when he was a small child.


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Do you check out LARGE PRINT books or know someone who isn’t able to read regular print books and magazines due to a visual or physical disability?


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Webster’s Dictionary defines a hero as: A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. A person who is greatly admired.


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Identity theft and fraud is a concern for many Americans but Melissa Miller of the Indiana Attorney General's office says there are safeguards that can help ease troubled minds.

Miller spoke at the Rensselaer Library on June 2, sharing tips and information with patrons.


Charles Kerlin began writing his novel, ‘Fishing’s No Good Without You’ when he was enrolled in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate program.


Photo of Col. Mark L. DeMotte

Have you ever wondered where some of our small towns got their names? The Town of DeMotte's name dates back to just after the Civil War, and was named after a man from the region who was well known and respected in Jasper County.


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The Indiana Bicentennial Commission is inviting Hoosier photographers to submit photos for the Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State coffee table book that will be available for sale during 2016.


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I remember the proud smiles on the dusty faces of my nieces as they arrived home after going to work with their dad for “Take Your Child to Work Day.”


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(National Library Week April 12-18, 2015)

By Susan Akers, Executive Director, Indiana Library Federation


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David Baldacci to serve as Honorary Chair

National Library Week honors libraries, librarians, and library staff all across the country, and is celebrated the week of April 12-18 this year.


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Days are getting longer. Temperatures are inching higher. Spring is a real possibility.  If others are as excited about the prospect as I am, then now is a good time to think about some things to help ready our abodes for that most wonderful time of year – and the library can help!


Apple pie with a pi shape cut in the crust

Join us at the Rensselaer Library on Saturday, March 14 at 9:26 a.m. as we celebrate one of the most interesting numbers with mini pies, a brief pi demonstration and pi crafts for all ages.

This will be a perfect way for families to spend time before the program at 10 am featuring Iditarod musher Karen Land.


Screenshot of new and old versions of Heritage Quest

Coming March 4, 2015, HeritageQuest Online, one of the two leading genealogy databases offered at the Jasper County Public Library, will be improved and enhanced with a much richer content set and a more powerful, intuitive interface.

Among the content changes coming in this upgrade:


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Saint Joseph's College will be one of 37 sites in Indiana this year to host College Goal Sunday, a program that helps college-bound Indiana students who qualify for undergraduate admission to a college or technical school in 2015, and their families, to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).