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If you have imagined a Jasper County full of walking, horse and bike paths, you are not alone.

This spring, representatives of Jasper County Economic Development, the National Park Service and the Northwest Indiana Regional Plan Commission held public meetings around the county to solicit input from citizens as to where and what those paths might look like.



 

Back Home Again in Rensselaer poses with Mayor Wood at Hanley Park

This year, the City of Rensselaer is competing with several other communities in Indiana for a chance to be chosen by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2012 "Back Home Again in Indiana" Community Outreach Program to receive a $20,000 grant.



 

National Parks Week 2012 - Picture Yourself in a Park

It's National Parks Week and through Sunday, April 29, you can get into any national park for free.



 

Hundreds of volunteers help out at events all year long at our local libraries. Thanks to their efforts, we are able to make all of the programs and services we offer stretch a little bit farther and look a little bit brighter.



 

It was just four days ago (give or take a century) that the RMS Titanic set sail from Ireland, headed for the White Star docks at New York City.

Of course, we know the Titanic never completed its maiden voyage across the Atlantic. It was 100 years ago this morning (April 15) that the ship met its tragic fate and became one of the most famous sea voyages in history.



 

"Without librarians, I wouldn't be a writer today."

See what bestselling author and Honorary Chair of National Library Week, best selling author Brad Meltzer, has to say about the impact of libraries on his life.



 

National Library Week honors libraries, librarians, and library staff all across the country, and is celebrated the week of April 9-14.



 

Charity May Fairchild

This spring the Fairchild House in DeMotte will turn 90, and there will be a new book to tell the story of the family behind one of Jasper County's enduring landmarks.



 

With a variety of books to his credit, including Lafayette: Murder and Mayhem, Church Humor, One Nation Under God, Ghost Stories of White County, Haunted Lafayette, and various sports related titles, Indiana author W.C. Madden is proud to announce his newest, and very first fiction title, Tecumseh’s Curse.



 

Whether you're a boy or a girl, scouting can be an important part of growing up in America. As of today, these programs are now both 100 years old or older.

On March 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low held the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Ga. Now, more than 3.2 million girls and adults are members of the organization.



 

In the coming weeks we will be sure to fill in our ranks of movies with some of the surprise winners at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, aka the 2012 Oscars. In the meantime, whet your appetite with this glimpse of what we have available at the library right now:



 

We wanted to take a moment to share the clever solution a parent came up with for organizing her daughters' library cards. Using little named toggles that can be found at many stores, she gave each daughter her own personalized card.



 

OverDrive, JCPL's provider of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, has announced the release of OverDrive® Media Console™ v2.4 for Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows Phone.



 

DeMotte Library Offers “Paws to Read” Program for Elementary School Age Children

The DeMotte Public Library has gone to the Dogs! Reading assistance dogs that is. The library is pleased to announce the Paws to Read program. The program allows elementary readers the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading to a dog.



 

Rensselaer author Rich Busse's first novel, In the Beauty of the Lilies, is his tribute to his life-long passion about the Civil War.

The novel is written from the perspective of a fictional war correspondent named Royal Chapman, in honor of Busse's teacher. Presented in an informal mix of poetry, collected thoughts and complete journal entries, the book does not need to be read in order to be understood, he said.