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Big Library Read logo and photo of American Sniper cover on tablet and phone.

OverDrive offers free read of American Sniper through March 31

Now through March 31, users from over 21,000 libraries around the world can borrow the eBook and eAudiobook of the #1 New York Times best selling American Sniper without any wait lists or holds via the OverDrive digital service.

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 2:55pm
Man riding a motorcycle while a woman in the sidecar looks on affectionately.

The two-wheeled signs of spring

Is winter officially over with the first motorcycle sighting? I would like to think so. Certainly these brave souls on their (mostly) two-wheeled contraptions must be the harbingers of spring.

Or, perhaps they’re overwhelmingly optimistic. Either way, seeing several riders between our recent “snow events” made me think about motorcycles in general.

Posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 9:24am
Walter and Alberta Roorda

Names in Jasper County History - Walter Roorda

Walter J. "Walt" Roorda played an important and vital role for the town of DeMotte, as well as Jasper County. A lifelong resident of DeMotte, Mr. Roorda was a businessman, politician and statesman.

Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 - 5:48pm
boy in hat fishing with stick pole and dog, vintage photo circa 1940

Indiana State Park Pass available for checkout

In 2016, Hoosiers can check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library.

Each branch of the Jasper County Public Library now has one Indiana State Park Pass available for checkout to adult cardholders who are residents of our library district.

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 1:00am
David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth.

Remembering David Bowie

Few artists can boast a career and fame equal to that of David Bowie. For 50 years he influenced music, pop art and culture from Asia, to America, to his native U.K.

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 12:52pm
Logo for Indiana Human Trafficking anti-prostitution campaign

How can you help with Human Trafficking?

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It’s sad but true: here in this country, here in this state, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.

Posted: Friday, January 8, 2016 - 1:00am
talking book player unit and book cartridge

State offering grants for visually impaired readers

If you or a loved one are in need of assistance to see better -- using magnification or other devices -- the Indiana State Library is offering help.

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 5:16pm
old-fashioned book card reading Happy Holidays

Holidays are a great time to rely on the library

I am a huge fan of the internet.  I love to “Google” that.  Facebook and I have an almost daily tryst.  Pintrest is the place to “be” and “do.”  However, I haven’t lost my first love of printed material. 

Posted: Friday, December 4, 2015 - 1:00am
Elderly woman on telephone.

What would make you stay on the phone?

Have you ever picked up the phone and cringed when you hear unwanted marketing calls? Most people just hang up.

But what if someone called you to say a loved one was in trouble? Would you question them? If the caller wanted money, would you give it to them to save someone you loved?

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015 - 1:00am
Exterior shot of modern preserved one-room school house.

Where did your grandparents go to school?

Did you ever wonder how your great-grandparents, grandparents and parents learned to read and write when they were young?

In the 1800s, one-room schools dotted Jasper County.  The schools were built by neighborhoods, and the teachers who taught in the schools were often boarded by area families.

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 9:43am