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Three posed dolls from Barbie® representing famous women in history.

March is National Women’s History Month, a chance to learn about and celebrate some of the many achievements and contributions women have made throughout history.


Black and white drawing of a man raising a flag on a bunker above soldiers.

Did you ever wonder how our county chose its name?

When Indiana was being divided up and organized into counties, they often chose to honor Revolutionary War heroes.  On March 15, 1838 our county was named after Sergeant William Jasper.


Photo of United States treasury check laid over 1040 federal tax return.

Monday, Jan. 29 is the first day the IRS will begin accepting tax returns in 2018. The nation’s tax deadline will be Tuesday, April 17 this year – so taxpayers will have two additional days to file beyond April 15.


Cartoon of frankenstein's monster blowing a horn with a party hat

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus celebrates 200 years since it was first published on January 1, 1818.

Jasper County Public Libraries are excited to join ranks with Indiana Humanities and the Indiana State Library in celebrating this archetypal novel in this landmark year.


Wheatfield Library Photo Wall

The Wheatfield Library would like to extend a warm thank you to artists and photographers who have shared their collections with the library and our community by showcasing them on the art-wall in the library.


Baby with fake mustache. Hashtag Movember.

Did you know No-Shave November, or its fellow program Movember, is not about keeping warm for winter, or about bucking tradition, or even about getting ready for that handlebar moustache convention in the future?

It actually started as a way to bring attention to some of the leading silent killers of men.


A food pantry staff member helps a client with his selections.

With the holidays fast approaching your local food pantry is usually in need of extra donations.  Food banks and food pantries are non-profit, charitable organizations that give food to those in need.


Graphic of fireworks

We all know about Halloween being celebrated on October 31st, but did you know there are several other celebrations throughout the month as well? Here are just a few more to explore and learn about:

Festival Of Sukkot Begins sundown October 4


Book cover and photo of young man in scout uniform holding a foot-thick binder.

In honor of Jasper County military veterans, Kyle Eenigenburg has presented each branch of the Jasper County Public Library with a binder detailing military veterans buried in Jasper County cemeteries.


Logo with city skyline and icons of fire, tornado, lightning and police.

No one wants to think about the unthinkable, but that is exactly what National Preparedness Month ( is encouraging us to do.  The idea is to be prepared for the “worst case scenario.”


sketch of a greyhound type dog superimposed on an astronomical chart

Do you know the story behind the ‘Dog Days of Summer’?  Chances are unless you are a history buff, it’s not what you think.


orange and teal conversation bubbles above an ereader, vote now banner

Voting is now open through August 10  for the next Big Library Read, where OverDrive features a single title for unlimited download for a three-week period, allowing everyone to read the same title at the same time.


International Day of Friendship July 30, 2017

The United Nations believes friendships are so important that in 2011 the UN General Assembly proclaimed that a day be set aside each year to emphasize the importance of friendships.  The UN made this proclamation with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.  This year the day of cel


Black and white photo of elderly gentleman reading a newspaper at a library.

The other day someone asked about the rumors that our local grocery store (Rensselaer) might be closing. Fortunately, the library keeps several local and regional newspapers on hand and we were able to dispel the rumors with facts.


Photo of red train caboose parked next to yellow train depot.

On Jan. 2, 1997 a group of individuals with the same passion for preserving the history of DeMotte held their first organizational meeting.  The first board members were Donna Lageveen, Jack Hart, Kathleen Van Der Molen, Norman Chappell, Irene Evans, Robert Cheever and George Konovsky.