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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. 

Tue April 6, 2021: Face Covering Encouraged

In accordance with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 21-09, effective April 6, 2021, and continuing through April 30, 2021, all individuals are encouraged to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth and where six (6) feet of social distancing cannot be achieved and maintained between individuals not in the same household, as wearing a face covering helps prevent an infected person from spreading the disease and similarly helps prevent a healthy person from becoming infected when in close contact with a person with COVID – 19.

Patrons, vendors, and any other non-employees will provide their own face coverings.

Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 7:46pm
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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

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12:00am
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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. 

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 11:02am
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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.

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 5:10pm
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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.**

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 1:00am
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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.

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 10:57am
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.

Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 11:34am
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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.

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 5:47pm
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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.

Posted: Monday, July 6, 2020 - 4:43pm
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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.

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2020 - 12:43pm