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News about our libraries and our communities.

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Come to the library for books, news, facts

The other day someone asked about the rumors that our local grocery store (Rensselaer) might be closing. Fortunately, the library keeps several local and regional newspapers on hand and we were able to dispel the rumors with facts.

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:45am
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DeMotte Historical Society Celebrates 20 Years in 2017

On Jan. 2, 1997 a group of individuals with the same passion for preserving the history of DeMotte held their first organizational meeting.  The first board members were Donna Lageveen, Jack Hart, Kathleen Van Der Molen, Norman Chappell, Irene Evans, Robert Cheever and George Konovsky.

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:38am
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Say hello to your inner bard during National Poetry Month

The celebration for National Poetry Month each April began in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.

Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Posted: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 3:07pm
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Are you ready for Pi Day?

If you recognize the number or symbol in the graphic, then you might be among those who will be looking forward to March 14 when National Pi Day is celebrated. 

March 14 is Pi Day, a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) (and to eat lots of pie). 

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 1:00am
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Get your craft on during National Craft Month

Great news for the creatively gifted, and for those who don’t consider themselves such.  March is National Craft Month!

What a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of all the Jasper County Libraries offer in the way of materials to stoke those creative juices.

Books and magazines abound with all manner of ideas, and all ages are served in this genre.

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
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What do we celebrate in February?

On the third Monday in February, dating back to 1885, we celebrate a federal holiday called ‘Washington’s Birthday’.  Many people refer to the day as ‘President’s Day’, but that is not the official name.

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2017 - 1:00am
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IRS: Identity thieves are on the prowl

Identity theft can happen at any time of year, warns the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but tax season sees a definite surge in attempts.

The IRS has joined with representatives of the software industry, tax preparation firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation's taxpayers.

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:54pm
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Jan 28 is Data Privacy Day - Time to Defend your Right to Privacy

January 28 is National Data Privacy Day and The American Library Association is rallying Americans to defend their Right to Privacy in a Digital Age by encouraging Americans to take charge of their private information online.

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 1:00am
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New! Extended Loan Periods and holds for AV

If the winter ‘blahs’ have set in, fear not! The Jasper County Public Library has heard your requests for more movies & music and the time to enjoy them!

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 3:11pm
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Can You Beat these Quizzes on National Trivia Day?

January 4 is #NationalTriviaDay. Are you up to the challenge?

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 11:43am