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OverDrive announces update to selected Mobile Apps

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.

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 12:20pm

Paws to Read coming to DeMotte Library

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.

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 3:31pm

Local author explores southern view of Civil War

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.

Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 4:31am

Jim Gill Family Concert

Music lovers will find themselves clapping, singing, dancing, jumping and sneezing along with the folk music of family entertainer, Jim Gill, as he strums his energetic, rhythmic tunes on the banjo at the DeMotte Library during his “Family Room Tour” musical performance, slated to be held in the library’s meeting rooms on Monday, February 13 at 7 pm.

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:40am
Image of Sweet Coneflower from the Butler University's Friesner Herbarium

Indiana plants and history

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.

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 10:14am

Underground Railroad

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.

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 9:58am

Information Blackout

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.

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 10:04am

Tax Forms Starting To Arrive

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.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:20am
'Sabra, Maude and Maid' -- Flickr Creative Commons image courtesy of Robert of F

A time to remember

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.

Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:57am

Last Weekend for Seuss Exhibit

If you wanted to take a trip this weekend, there are worst places than Chicago, where it's the last weekend for the Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 9:36am