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Christmas Tree Walk

Rensselaer
November 29th - December 23rd

Join us for our annual Christmas Tree Walk.  Patrons are encouraged to come and vote (canned/boxed food item) for your favorite tree, which will be decorated by area organizations. Donated items will be delivered to our local Food Pantry in time for Christmas holidays.

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UFO (Unfinished Object) Group

Rensselaer
Mon Dec 29, 5:30-7 p.m.

Join us on the last Monday of the month to carve out time in your hectic schedule and come to the library to work on your unfinished Christmas or craft project, all while visiting with fellow crafters. 

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Polar Express Movie

Rensselaer
Tues Dec 30, 2 p.m.

Wear your P.J.'s and join us to watch a magical train ride to the North Pole with cocoa and cookies.  No registration required. Call 866-5881 with any questions. 

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New Items at the Library

Discover the latest items at the library, from music to movies to books, in one handy spot.

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JCPL Computer Services

All locations of the Jasper County Public Library offer a variety of services for accessing the internet and printing those important last-minute documents, such as plane tickets, work vouchers, school assignments and more. For more information, check out our Wireless Services page.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a program that allows you to attempt to borrow items not owned by JCPL from other libraries around the country. For more information, read on.

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The Library has the magic for your holiday season

Close up photo of Christmas tree made of books

Jasper County Public Library wants to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and to help make your season brighter.

Add magic to the season by getting some traditional Christmas music for trimming the tree or get a holiday DVD to watch.

Of course there are treats to be made, and the library has many books with ideas and recipes for those special treats.

Get Lost this holiday season with travel links from Library Journal

Screenshot of Frankfurt, Germany from Travel with Drone

They say not all who wander are lost, and perhaps that is most true of the armchair traveler.

Forget something domestic where the weather is the same and the landscape only slightly different. As an armchair traveler you can follow the footsteps of others through jungles, sleet, warzones or whatever. 

Local history in your library: Dredging of the Kankakee River and the Grand Kankakee Marsh

Photo of a river dredge.

Prior to 1852, the Grand Kankakee Marsh was the largest wetland area in North America.  The size of the marsh or “wetland” was around 500,000 acres.  It was a vast area of wildlife that drew hunters from all over the world.  Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland frequently hunted the marsh.  

Make Your Day DELICIOUS With a Stack of New Adult Fiction From JCPL!!

Photo of an edible book titled how to eat a book 4 dummies.

In “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff, you’ll meet a tiny mouse that turns out to be quite bossy, sending a little boy on one errand after another throughout the day. It starts with one, single cookie.

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