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News about our libraries and our communities.

Tuesday morning as East Coast residents woke to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the pleas were already being made for blood donations, funds donations, and other ways for those of us who can to help our fellow Americans.

With only two weeks to go before the general election on Nov. 6, most voters are already secure in their picks for the main races. But the races at the state and community level may still hold some questions for local voters.

Moby Dick is one of those books you might have been required to read in high school or college, and afterward you scrape yourself off the deck, count yourself lucky to have survived, and like its narrator, Ishmael, you attempt to move on.

This week the library owes a great deal of thanks to a group of volunteers who count for us in very special ways.

Every year the library selects a week to conduct a count of our usage, using this "typical week" as a sort of survey for what our average usage is all year long.

Those of us who love books know the money that can be made from developing the perfect perfume: the one that smells like our first book, our favorite book, or just old books in general.

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month, and in honor of this special occasion, all three branches of the Jasper County Public Library will be celebrating throughout the month by offering a small prize to everyone signing up for their first library card with JCPL.

All year long the library has programs for book lovers of all ages, from infants to seniors. These programs are so ever-present that we just take them for granted. When do you have story time? Oh, there will be a new one any time now.

Maybe it's yesterday's rain that's giving us a mental breather, but amid the increasingly bad news about our drought, I couldn't help laughing at a photo of a man in Indianapolis spray painting grass in front of stores to make the lawns look more attractive.

This year’s “Dream Big, Read” Summer Reading Program for kids and “Books for Bucks: Own the Night” Summer Reading Program for teens were both a huge success, and we’d like to take this time to congratulate the prize winners for both programs.

In 1996, the torch relay for the Atlanta Olympic Games brought the symbol into communities all over the country, From San Fransisco, Calif., to Jersey City, NJ, that would normally not have been on the route for the international event.