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DeMotte Library Offers “Paws to Read” Program for Elementary School Age Children

The DeMotte Public Library has gone to the Dogs! Reading assistance dogs that is. The library is pleased to announce the Paws to Read program. The program allows elementary readers the opportunity to practice their reading skills by reading to a dog.

Rensselaer author Rich Busse's first novel, In the Beauty of the Lilies, is his tribute to his life-long passion about the Civil War.

The novel is written from the perspective of a fictional war correspondent named Royal Chapman, in honor of Busse's teacher. Presented in an informal mix of poetry, collected thoughts and complete journal entries, the book does not need to be read in order to be understood, he said.

Music lovers will find themselves clapping, singing, dancing, jumping and sneezing along with the folk music of family entertainer, Jim Gill, as he strums his energetic, rhythmic tunes on the banjo at the DeMotte Library during his “Family Room Tour” musical performance, slated to be held in the library’s meeting rooms on Monday, February 13 at 7 pm.

The world's most expensive flip flops?

Sitting by my front door are a pair of flip flops; the ones I wore all summer long and just never had the heart to put away for the winter. It's January, I know; boots should take the place of those flip flops, but I still can't make myself put those pretty, beaded symbols of summer away. Besides they were a bargain.

The groundhog isn't the only one casting a shadow in February, and with all the nice weather we keep having, this may be a good time to play around with your shadow a bit.

What you'll need is a place to draw with chalk, like a driveway, or a park sidewalk, some chalk, a friend, and a good sunny day.

Groundhog Day Feb. 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Feb 14, 2012

Presidents Day Feb. 20, 2012

Image of Sweet Coneflower from the Butler University's Friesner Herbarium

If you are looking for native Indiana plants, or Indiana history, there are two new resources you can check out online.

The nationally-recognized Indiana State Digital Archives has new digital collections available for anyone interested in Indiana heritage and genealogy. The Digital Archives enables Hoosiers and researchers worldwide to view the vast collection of historical and vital records housed at the State Archives.

Every so often I enjoy scouring the internet to see what books are being made into movies.  I love coming across titles that I’ve already read and finding ideas for ones I should read before I see the movie. 

The Underground Railroad was a pathway to freedom for those held in the bondage of slavery during the 1800’s. Formed by ordinary people, this extraordinary secret passageway brought escape from a world of oppression to many.

Today sites around the internet are either shutting down for 24 hours, or have altered their logos in some way to draw attention to two bills pending in the U.S. Legislature this year.

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