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Get inspired this month by an autism tale

My sister-in-law is a Special Needs Teacher, so I was intrigued to view the movie Temple Grandin.

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Jobs and money - what the Census can do for you

Since 1790, the U.S. Census has been an important tool in helping shape government services and policy at the federal level.

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Think Spring with a little help from your library!

All month long the sentiment around me has been “I’m so done with winter.” That’s all well and good, but is winter done with us?

I join in with the sentiment, and would love to simply jump forward to sometime in June.  Since time travel has not yet been perfected, (Or has it? There are books...) it might be best to simply plan ahead for better days.

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If You Feed Them... They Will Come

As the cold winds blow, winter can be a punishing time for backyard birds.  Bird feeding is important in that it provides birds with the food, water and shelter they need in the winter when natural food is in short supply.

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'Tis the Season - Tax Season

We now have Instructions for Federal Form 1040 and Indiana Instructions and Forms IT40 and Indiana Schedules as well as Federal Form 1040 and the Federal Schedules.

Woman relaxing with ereader - You say' stuck inside' like it's a bad thing.

Now is perfect time to explore online books from home

Stuck at home for a few days? Now is a perfect time to get to know our online ebook services.

We offer two services that let you check out books on smart phones and tablets - OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla.

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Seward's Folly Celebrates an Anniversary

Last month, a group of school children entered the library and returned many books about each of the 50 states.  They were excited to share their new-found knowledge. 

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RPL Hosts Abraham Lincoln Presenter, Display in January

History buffs, students and the whole community are invited to the Rensselaer Library in January to honor one of the nation's best-loved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Two special one-of-a-kind programs will pay tribute to the 16th President between Jan. 17-21.

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The library has the cure for your post-holiday doldrums

Here we are, barely finished with the excitement of the Christmas season and I believe I am feeling, or at least anticipating the coming January “doldrums.” With that interesting word swirling around in my head, I immediately thought of the long, long ago burden of reading, and discussing in a high school literature class, the famous poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

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Fall is great time to get cooking

Well, it is here. The word that some people dread and others love…fall!

The air is cooler, leaves are falling, and the smells of baked goods and bonfires are filling the air. With the weather cooling off, now is a great time to bake goodies that heat the house and your heart, like pies or cookies.

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