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Library Events & Programs

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Jasper County Public Library! Most events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted. Please view our Board Meeting Dates.

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Monday, Nov. 19 (Mondays, November 5, 19, December 3, 10, 9am-2pm)

Marketplace Insurance open enrollment is from November 1, 2018 thru December 15, 2018.  Barb Hickner, who is a certified application counselor and Indiana Navigator will be at the Rensselaer Library on Monday, November 5th & 19th, and Monday, December 3rd & 10th, from 9 am to 2 pm. There are limited spots open.  If enrolling, it will be 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.  If you just have questions there are 45 minute appointments. Please bring information from the previous year’s income and current employment information.  You must have an appointment scheduled to meet with Barb.  Call the library at (219) 866-5881 to set up an appointment and see what time is available.  Contact Melissa Smith.

Monday, Nov. 19, 1:00pm
or call 219-866-5881.
This program is for individuals with developmental disabilities.
We will read a story or two and provide a craft. 
Monday, Nov. 19, 7:00pm

Please support your Friends group by attending!
*annual dues only $3 individual, $5 for family

***JUST IN: The Friends of the Rensselaer Library are now selling colorful totes for $8.00 each.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10:00am (Tuesdays, November 6, 13,20, 10:00am )
or call 219-866-5881.
Story Time for 3-5 year olds on Tuesdays at 10:00am 
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 10am (Tuesdays, November 6th-27th, 10am)
or call 219-956-3774.
for babies 0-23 months along with a caregiver
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2pm
or call 219-987-2221.
'Run' by Ann Patchett is the next selection for the DeMotte Library Book Discussion.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 4:00-5:00pm
or call 219-866-5881.

We will have a special guest Amara Sheldon from Purdue extension office present Artificial Intelligence. We will define the term artificial intelligence and describe how artificial intelligence’s make decisions. We will also use and compare two types of non-computer artificial intelligence systems to play a game.

For kids in grades 2nd through 8th 
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 4pm
or call 219-956-3774.
for kids in grades K-5
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 4:30pm
or call 219-987-2221.
This program will encourage kids to brainstorm and have hands-on fun in group settings.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7pm
or call 219-987-2221.
'Run' by Ann Patchett is the next selection for the DeMotte Library Book Discussion.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 10am (Wednesdays, November 7-28, 10am)
or call 219-987-2221.
Lapsit Story Time is a perfect introduction to the library for our youngest patrons, ages infant through 24 months.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 12:30-2:30pm (Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30pm)
Come join other crocheters and knitters at the DeMotte Library for an afternoon each week.
Friday, Nov. 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm
or call 219-866-5881.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out. Get a reset on your life with this two-hour program filled with play, fun and zero responsibilities.

Participants should dress in comfortable clothes; pajamas and slippers are encouraged. A washable craft shirt is also recommended. Stuffed animals and play friends are welcome!

Registration is required for all humans.

For what to expect, check out this article from ABC News:


     In addition to event registration at, participants will need to fill out the following questionnaire no later than Monday, Nov. 19 and come prepared for an adventure of a lifetime:

Combat Coffee
Saturday, Nov. 24, 10:30am-12:00pm
or call 219-866-5881.
THIS MONTH'S MEETING IS A SATURDAY! For those Veteran's that typically cannot make it during the week, come join us! 

Community Veterans are invited to join us for this opportunity for fellowship and obtaining resources in an effort to build a strong network among area Vets. Combat Coffee is a group created by a Vet and is a casual environment in which Veterans can connect through coffee, conversation, and camaraderie. The awesome Veteran owned Black Rifle Coffee Company will be providing the brew as well. Registration is requested, but not required. Any questions, contact Andrea Prescaro at 219-866-5881. Visit

**Guest speakers/presenters are currently in the works for the near future. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates. More information as it becomes available. Come to the meetings to find out details!  
Sunday, Nov. 25 (November 1-30)
The Friends of the DeMotte Library are holding a Silent Auction throughout the month of November.
Monday, Nov. 26 (November 26-December 20)

Staff of the Rensselaer Library Annual Christmas Tree Walk

sponsoring our *Vote Early and OFTEN!!!

From November 26-December 20 patrons are encouraged to come and vote (canned/boxed food item) for your favorite tree, which will be decorated by area organizations. Donated items will be delivered to our local Food Pantry in time for Christmas holidays.

Somethn's Brewin' Coffee Shop
Monday, Nov. 26, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
or call 219-866-5881.
Joins us as we discuss Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey  which tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war. Registration is required to attend. Books can be picked up at the front desk of Wheatfield and DeMotte Libraries.
Monday, Nov. 26, 4pm
or call 219-956-3774.
for kids in grades 1-8
Monday, Nov. 26, 5:30pm-7:00pm
or call 219-866-5881.
Coloring your stress away/The UFO (Unfinished Object) Group 
Come and go as you can 
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 10am (Tuesdays, November 6th-27th, 10am)
or call 219-956-3774.
for babies 0-23 months along with a caregiver
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