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Remembering the DeMotte Fire of 1936

April 15, 1936, was a day that almost took DeMotte off the map. Most of the businesses were destroyed by a massive fire.

The fire originated from a trash fire behind a couple of the businesses on the west side of street about mid afternoon. The wind had picked up and quickly took those ashes and spread them catching the buildings on fire.

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Help create a better Internet on Safer Internet Day, February 10

Safer Internet Day (SID) is arriving in the United States this year as part of an international effort to protect Internet citizens, especially children and young adults, from the potential of online harm.

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New economic development guide to Jasper County is out

Did you know Jasper County is the third largest county in Indiana, with a total of 560 square miles? Or that it is the leading agricultural-producing county in the state?

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IRS Warns of Online Scams

Throughout the year, scam artists pose as legitimate entities — such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other government agencies, and financial institutions — in an attempt to defraud taxpayers. During tax season, it is more critical than ever to protect sensitive information online.

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Need a Getaway? Take a Detour to Your Local Branch Of JCPL for Some New Fiction!

One of my kids’ favorite stories growing up was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bay Day” by Judith Viorst. In this lovable story, Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, his brother gets the box of cereal with the prize in it and so his terrible, horrible day begins.

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Get puzzled all over again at the DeMotte Library this winter

Winter has arrived, with blowing snow and wild wind chills; great weather to make a cup of hot cocoa and settle in with a jigsaw puzzle.

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Teen programs at libraries have a lot to offer

The library is always offering new programs for teens, with your interests in mind.

This month, on Jan. 20, the Rensselaer Library is offering teens a chance to cook with recipes from “The Green Teen Cookbook” at the next next ‘Chat & Chew’ Book Review.

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Remembering the inspiration and legacy, 50 years later

Monday, January 19, 2015 is the Federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. 

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history to about 250,000 people.

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Coming in January - new look for website

Coming in January the Jasper County Public Library website - www.myjcpl.org - is getting a new look designed to make it more useful for patrons, and easier to access on a variety of mobile platforms.

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What's The Buzz? New Fiction on the Shelves of Your Local Branch of JCPL!

What’s the ‘buzz?’ At the close of every year, I check out the most popular ‘buzzwords’ for the year; the words that have made it into Wikipedia and the dictionary, most of which I had never heard before. Apparently, this year is all about ‘localisation,’ defined as “movement toward localized appeal by consumers.”

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