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Looking for a Good Book to Read? No Appointment Necessary to Check Out These New Adult Fiction Titles!

Available by appointment only; we’re accustomed to hearing this phrase, whether it is to see the dentist, the doctor, get our hair or taxes done, or take care of some other important business of the day. We wrestle with what time is best, morning or afternoon, today, tomorrow, next week or next year.  “What works best?” the receptionist might ask.

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Come to the library for books, news, facts

The other day someone asked about the rumors that our local grocery store (Rensselaer) might be closing. Fortunately, the library keeps several local and regional newspapers on hand and we were able to dispel the rumors with facts.

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DeMotte Historical Society Celebrates 20 Years in 2017

On Jan. 2, 1997 a group of individuals with the same passion for preserving the history of DeMotte held their first organizational meeting.  The first board members were Donna Lageveen, Jack Hart, Kathleen Van Der Molen, Norman Chappell, Irene Evans, Robert Cheever and George Konovsky.

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Take a Break With These New Adult Fiction Titles @ JCPL!

“Get a puppy,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. And so, guess what I did? I got a puppy; a little fireball of a puppy who is a like a tornado, a whirlwind in constant motion.

All 7 pounds of her has me whipped by the end of the day. Always on the lookout for trouble, she is sure to find it, lurking in a corner of the house that I somehow missed.

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Say hello to your inner bard during National Poetry Month

The celebration for National Poetry Month each April began in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.

Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

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Are you ready for Pi Day?

If you recognize the number or symbol in the graphic, then you might be among those who will be looking forward to March 14 when National Pi Day is celebrated. 

March 14 is Pi Day, a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) (and to eat lots of pie). 

Sketch of text: March is National Craft Month

Get your craft on during National Craft Month

Great news for the creatively gifted, and for those who don’t consider themselves such.  March is National Craft Month!

What a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of all the Jasper County Libraries offer in the way of materials to stoke those creative juices.

Books and magazines abound with all manner of ideas, and all ages are served in this genre.

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What do we celebrate in February?

On the third Monday in February, dating back to 1885, we celebrate a federal holiday called ‘Washington’s Birthday’.  Many people refer to the day as ‘President’s Day’, but that is not the official name.

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6 More Weeks of Winter? No Problem! Check Out Some New Fiction @ JCPL!

Silly groundhog; I really wanted to know how a rodent could be the harbinger of such bad news as to sentence us to another six weeks of cold and snow, so, looking it up on Wikipedia, I discovered that the custom of Groundhog Day was a celebration started in the 18th century by the Germans.

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IRS: Identity thieves are on the prowl

Identity theft can happen at any time of year, warns the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), but tax season sees a definite surge in attempts.

The IRS has joined with representatives of the software industry, tax preparation firms, payroll and tax financial product processors and state tax administrators to combat identity theft refund fraud to protect the nation's taxpayers.

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