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Baby with fake mustache. Hashtag Movember.

Growing cancer awareness

Did you know No-Shave November, or its fellow program Movember, is not about keeping warm for winter, or about bucking tradition, or even about getting ready for that handlebar moustache convention in the future?

It actually started as a way to bring attention to some of the leading silent killers of men.

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 4:03pm
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Food pantries & Food banks - what's the difference?

With the holidays fast approaching your local food pantry is usually in need of extra donations.  Food banks and food pantries are non-profit, charitable organizations that give food to those in need.

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:41am
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October is a month of celebrations

We all know about Halloween being celebrated on October 31st, but did you know there are several other celebrations throughout the month as well? Here are just a few more to explore and learn about:

Festival Of Sukkot Begins sundown October 4

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 2:58pm
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JC Military Gravesites Project now available at libraries and online

In honor of Jasper County military veterans, Kyle Eenigenburg has presented each branch of the Jasper County Public Library with a binder detailing military veterans buried in Jasper County cemeteries.

Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 11:38am
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September is good time to be prepared

No one wants to think about the unthinkable, but that is exactly what National Preparedness Month (ready.gov) is encouraging us to do.  The idea is to be prepared for the “worst case scenario.”

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 11:00pm
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What are the dog days of summer?

Do you know the story behind the ‘Dog Days of Summer’?  Chances are unless you are a history buff, it’s not what you think.

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 11:00pm
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Vote Now for the next Big Library Read

Voting is now open through August 10  for the next Big Library Read, where OverDrive features a single title for unlimited download for a three-week period, allowing everyone to read the same title at the same time.

Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017 - 9:21am
International Day of Friendship July 30, 2017

July is a Great Month to Celebrate Friendships!

The United Nations believes friendships are so important that in 2011 the UN General Assembly proclaimed that a day be set aside each year to emphasize the importance of friendships.  The UN made this proclamation with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.  This year the day of cel

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 11:50am
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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.

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 8:45am
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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.

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 10:38am