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Jasper County Public Library and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This post is an archive of our latest news about Coronavirus. Check back for more updates. 

Thurs February 4, 2021 - We have resumed Phase 5 of our COVID-19 Plan of Action Phased reopening. 

Read more about what to expect at our Phase 5 page.

Mon February 1: Face coverings will be required through February 28.

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Large family history conference goes free and virtual last weekend in February

If you've been thinking about getting into your family history, or you're a long-time digger, RootsTech Connect might be the place to be this weekend.

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Indiana Tax Forms Change

It’s that time of year when we scurry around trying to find our receipts and getting our deductions in order so we can submit our state and federal taxes.

This year, for taxes payable in 2021, we’ve been notified by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) that they will no longer provide income tax forms or booklets for libraries to distribute.**

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Free HSE testing locally in 2020

Good news worth sharing! Adult Education and Learning Centers of Northwest Indiana are offering FREE High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing through December 30, 2020.

For a limited time, special link, library card and PIN required.

Ancestry available from home through end of June

JCPL Patrons can now access Ancestry.com Library Edition from home through June 30, 2021, due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

To access this database you must use the link on this page and have a valid JCPL library card number and PIN.

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JCPL is now Fine Free

Are overdue fines keeping you from visiting your local library?

If they are, we have good news for you! We are no longer charging overdue fines* for late returns, and all past overdue fines have been forgiven.

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Summer Reading @ JCPL - Imagine Your Story is here

In consideration of COVID-19 public health emergency and social distancing, the Jasper County Public Library has restructured its Summer Reading Program.

This year’s program - Imagine Your Story - will be held virtually July 1st-31st, and will feature an online tool to track your reading called Engaged Patrons Online Summer Reading Program.

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2020 Election Information

Monday May 4 is the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 Indiana Primary. The primary election, usually held in May, has been rescheduled for June 2 due to Covid-19 social guidelines.

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Tumblebooks Offers Five Free Ebook Options for Library Patrons

TumbleBooks, a world leader in online children’s book databases, has made its family of online libraries available for free to all libraries until at least August 31.

These resources can be shared and accessed by JCPL patrons from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Resources for talking with kids about coronavirus

Listening to the news, or overhearing grown-ups talk may cause children anxiety or fear about the coronavirus. The challenge for us as a parent, teacher or other trusted grown-up is to make sure we understand what we are trying to explain before talking to them.

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