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Fall is a perfect time to join a book club at your library

7 reasons you should join a book group

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The Olympics are Coming!

Growing up with one television and 3 main channels, I learned to enjoy watching sports programs with my father.  He always tuned in to the Olympics and we cheered on the medalists from the USA. 

I remember amazing athletic skills and record-breaking performances. I especially enjoyed watching gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and horse jumping and dressage.

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National Gardening Day is perfect time to celebrate spring

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. –Cicero

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Get a free tree at the library for your child for Earth Day

We are celebrating Earth Day this spring by participating in the 12th Annual Neighborhood Forest free tree program, whose aim is to provide free trees to kids every Earth Day. 

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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 September

JCPL Patrons can now access Ancestry.com Library Edition from home through September 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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