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Elderly woman on telephone.

What would make you stay on the phone?

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.

Where did your grandparents go to school?

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.

Great New Adult Fiction is Always in Season @ Your Local Branch of JCPL!

One morning as I ventured into the home of my daughter and four grandchildren, I was greeted by one of their two cats. Asking my nine year old granddaughter where Sugar had been that morning, she replied, “Oh, she was probably out hunting mice, you know, getting as many as she can before hunting season is over.”

Jim Bulanda posing in tux with microphone

Vegas-style crooner Jim Bulanda to perform at DeMotte Library in October

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.

library card catalog with drawer extended

Get the Facts From These Great, New Non-Fiction Reads @ JCPL!

One of my favorite games is Trivia Crack. Am I good at it? Not really, but it’s fun trying to remember what I learned in geography, history, science, & art, and how much I pay attention to the world of entertainment and sports.

image of yoda, with a book and the date 10-10-15

May the books be with you on Star Wars Reads Day

Read more, you must! Get ready for Star Wars Reads Day you can.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, bookstores, libraries and other vendors will celebrate the fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day, a fun day celebrating Star Wars storytelling.

Stuffed animals wearing superhero costumes.

Stuffed-animal superhero academy was a blast

Hello boys and girls!

My name is Darby and I live in the big doghouse over at the Wheatfield Library. I spend most of my time lying on top of the dog house roof, but last month we had a bit of excitement at the library. 

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

Autumn's beauty is a great reason to plan a road trip

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.

girl contorting her tongue and crossing her eyes

Enjoy These New Adult Fiction Titles Thoroughly, Through and Through!

American pianist, conductor and composer, David Burge had it right when he said, “Yes, the English language can be weird. It can be understood through tough, thorough thought, though.”

Though the thought behind this tough sentence might be thorough, the toughest thought, is that although thorough, it may be true, through and through.

album covers from the future hits page at

Six places to find your next favorite song

Everybody loves music. We may not all agree on what we like, but we know what we like when we hear it. And with these sites, you can find some more of what you like.

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