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The world's most expensive flip flops?

Sitting by my front door are a pair of flip flops; the ones I wore all summer long and just never had the heart to put away for the winter. It's January, I know; boots should take the place of those flip flops, but I still can't make myself put those pretty, beaded symbols of summer away. Besides they were a bargain.

The groundhog isn't the only one casting a shadow in February, and with all the nice weather we keep having, this may be a good time to play around with your shadow a bit.

What you'll need is a place to draw with chalk, like a driveway, or a park sidewalk, some chalk, a friend, and a good sunny day.

Groundhog Day Feb. 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Feb 14, 2012

Presidents Day Feb. 20, 2012

Image of Sweet Coneflower from the Butler University's Friesner Herbarium

If you are looking for native Indiana plants, or Indiana history, there are two new resources you can check out online.

The nationally-recognized Indiana State Digital Archives has new digital collections available for anyone interested in Indiana heritage and genealogy. The Digital Archives enables Hoosiers and researchers worldwide to view the vast collection of historical and vital records housed at the State Archives.

Every so often I enjoy scouring the internet to see what books are being made into movies.  I love coming across titles that I’ve already read and finding ideas for ones I should read before I see the movie. 

The Underground Railroad was a pathway to freedom for those held in the bondage of slavery during the 1800’s. Formed by ordinary people, this extraordinary secret passageway brought escape from a world of oppression to many.

Today sites around the internet are either shutting down for 24 hours, or have altered their logos in some way to draw attention to two bills pending in the U.S. Legislature this year.

I have been dragging my heels, with a serious case of writer's block keeping me from starting this article. As I read back that first sentence, it occurs to me to wonder how in the world I could be dragging my heels when I'm actually sitting down.

The first tax forms and booklets are starting to arrive at the library, and more shipments are expected in the coming days.

As in previous years, we may not have the form you need, and we cannot advise you as to which form you need, but if you know the form number, we can print it for you from the Internet at 10 cents per page.

'Sabra, Maude and Maid' -- Flickr Creative Commons image courtesy of Robert of F

If you missed seeing the movie based on Kathryn Stockett's The Help earlier this month at DeMotte, there is another showing Tuesday Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m.at the Rensselaer Library and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Wheatfield Library.

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