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Arranged yearbook covers

Treasured memories from your high school days can now be accessed digitally via the Jasper County Public Library’s website, where you can find a link to our Yearbook Archive on the library’s homepage.



 

Couple driving vintage Model-T Ford in a parade.

In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips!



 

Big Library Read logo and photo of American Sniper cover on tablet and phone.

Now through March 31, users from over 21,000 libraries around the world can borrow the eBook and eAudiobook of the #1 New York Times best selling American Sniper without any wait lists or holds via the OverDrive digital service.



 

Man riding a motorcycle while a woman in the sidecar looks on affectionately.

Is winter officially over with the first motorcycle sighting? I would like to think so. Certainly these brave souls on their (mostly) two-wheeled contraptions must be the harbingers of spring.

Or, perhaps they’re overwhelmingly optimistic. Either way, seeing several riders between our recent “snow events” made me think about motorcycles in general.



 

Walter and Alberta Roorda

Walter J. "Walt" Roorda played an important and vital role for the town of DeMotte, as well as Jasper County. A lifelong resident of DeMotte, Mr. Roorda was a businessman, politician and statesman.



 

boy in hat fishing with stick pole and dog, vintage photo circa 1940

In 2016, Hoosiers can check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library.

Each branch of the Jasper County Public Library now has one Indiana State Park Pass available for checkout to adult cardholders who are residents of our library district.



 

David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth.

Few artists can boast a career and fame equal to that of David Bowie. For 50 years he influenced music, pop art and culture from Asia, to America, to his native U.K.



 

Logo for Indiana Human Trafficking anti-prostitution campaign

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It’s sad but true: here in this country, here in this state, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

They are trapped in lives of misery—often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.



 

talking book player unit and book cartridge

If you or a loved one are in need of assistance to see better -- using magnification or other devices -- the Indiana State Library is offering help.



 

old-fashioned book card reading Happy Holidays

I am a huge fan of the internet.  I love to “Google” that.  Facebook and I have an almost daily tryst.  Pintrest is the place to “be” and “do.”  However, I haven’t lost my first love of printed material. 



 

Elderly woman on telephone.

Have you ever picked up the phone and cringed when you hear unwanted marketing calls? Most people just hang up.

But what if someone called you to say a loved one was in trouble? Would you question them? If the caller wanted money, would you give it to them to save someone you loved?



 

Exterior shot of modern preserved one-room school house.

Did you ever wonder how your great-grandparents, grandparents and parents learned to read and write when they were young?

In the 1800s, one-room schools dotted Jasper County.  The schools were built by neighborhoods, and the teachers who taught in the schools were often boarded by area families.



 

Jim Bulanda posing in tux with microphone

A tuxedo, swagger and a golden voice once was the hallmark of what was known as a 'man's man.' For some time now, guests at some of the region's casinos have been enjoying a tribute to this bygone era in the form of singer Jim Bulanda.



 

red autumn tree on a hill with other autumn trees and blue skies

Living in Indiana, one becomes familiar with nature's knack for being frivolous. Just when summer seems to have come to an end, temperatures climb.

There are, however, clear indicators that autumn follows on the heels of summer. Certainly the emerging colors of the sumac and sassafras in the woods are a portent of cooler days.



 

Charlie Halleck is presented with a street sign bearing his name.

DeMotte statesman was born 115 years ago Saturday

Charles A. Halleck was one of DeMotte’s renowned sons.  He was born August 22, 1900 in a small house near the railroad tracks to Abraham and Lura Halleck.  His parents moved to Rensselaer when he was a small child.