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10 Reasons to Celebrate National Library Card Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Many communities add record number of cards this time of year as families get settled into new communities, new schools, and new libraries.

But whether you are new to JCPL, or have been a patron here since before you could walk, here are 10 reasons why this month is worth celebrating:

July is packed with things to do!

There’s so much going on July within the region, there should be no reason to feel bored!

Of course Independence Day is on the 4th, with fireworks, parades, and barbeques. Check out Meg Geddes’ Fireworks In Indiana website to find a fireworks display near you all year long.

Spark a Reaction this summer at the library

The Jasper County Public Library invites teens to “Spark a Reaction” with this summer’s Teen Summer Reading programs at each branch of JCPL.

Summer Reading volunteers serve ice cream at the program kick-off in Rensselaer.

Looking for something to do this summer?

Looking for something to do this summer? Need service hours completed for a school or community group? Want to spend time with friends? Or kids? Then consider becoming a volunteer at your local library for the Summer Reading Program.

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Books that will be amazing in the future

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on several advanced reader copies of soon-to-be-published teen books.  It is pretty awesome to have a book in your hands that no one else around you will have.  So here are some books that you should really be keeping an eye out for!

Surprising old tech

Last week we invited local teens and families to check out our old (outdated, ancient) technology for Teen Tech Week. Of the dozens of folks who stopped by, some remembered the tech from their own childhoods, others were seeing it for the very first time.

Teen Tech Week in March offers something for everybody

Stop by the library this and check out the special events for Teen Tech Week, March 9-15.  Each library will be offering something. 

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Have you watched these books yet?

There are several new movies coming out this year based on amazing teen books. If you haven't had a chance to read the books yet, now is the time.

You can find these and more on the shelves at your local library. In the meantime, here are the upcoming movie trailers:

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Teens: Create a video promoting Summer Reading and you could win cash

Calling all teens! Break out your director skills, your smart phones or video devices, and show your love of libraries, and you could win a $275 cash prize this spring and have your video shared with libraries across the country!

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What are you going to do with 2014?

According to hash tags, 2013 was a year of natural disasters, celebrity deaths and blurred social lines. Maybe some of things are better left in the past, but each year as we look back on what happened, we can choose to remember what we want.

What will you choose to make the highlights of the year? What will you choose to remember as 2014 goes by?