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DeMotte Library Celebrates 50 Years

On Monday, Aug. 15, the DeMotte Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The first library, opened on Monday, Aug. 15, 1966, occupied a small room in a building just north of the railroad tracks.

Keith Robinson, who was the publisher of the Kankakee Valley Post News and owner of the building agreed to share his space with the library.

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 11:00pm
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Discover Indiana's wild places and literature with 'Next Indiana Campfires'

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?

Posted: Monday, July 4, 2016 - 11:00pm
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Introducing Explora™ - a new student and public research portal

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.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2016 - 2:28pm
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Summer reading: lunch and books at RCSC

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.

Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 12:01pm
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Get in the Game: Volunteer for summer reading

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.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:28am
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Mother’s Day: A Very Special Day for Special People

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.

Posted: Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 11:00pm
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JCPL Launching 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

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.

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 1:57pm
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Active Shooter training offered at libraries

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.

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 11:00pm
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'200 Years in 200 Objects' invites you to celebrate Hoosier life

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.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:00pm
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JCPL offering free Financial Rating Service during Money Smart Week

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:

Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 11:00pm