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Hooray for Ice Cream Day!

When July is hot and muggy, there’s no better time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. In 1984, thanks to President Ronald Reagan, July was declared to be National Ice Cream Month. He also proclaimed the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day.

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Dive into Summer Reading and Win Big: Explore Exciting Formats and Award-Winning Books!

Hey there! Summer reading is half-over but there's still time to kick back, relax, and get lost in some awesome books. As always, summer reading at JCPL can earn you weekly prizes and entries into our grand prize drawings!

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Indiana Library Passport offers another year of prizes

The new Indiana Library Passport is here!

Sign up for the passport by scanning the QR code or visiting the Indiana Library Passport website at

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Celebrate Star Wars Month at your library

It's Star Wars Month, and JCPL is celebrating with a variety of fun activities and events. From STEM programming to adult trivia nights, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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How will you celebrate Autism Awareness Month?

April is Autism Acceptance Month 

How will you participate in Autism Acceptance Month? Here are a few ways you can take part.

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Sign up now for free trees on Earth Day

Earth Day is a special day each year, reminding us all to take action to protect our planet. This year, why not make a lasting impact by planting a tree in your own yard or community? 

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Is it too early to start looking for signs of Spring?

My daffodils are already sending up sprouts of green leaves. When will we see the first crocus?

According to the website the Spruce, it could be soon: “These early bloomers can often be seen peeking up through the snow well before any other flowers appear in your landscape.”

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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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