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Silent Auction
 Silent Auction
Saturday, Nov. 1
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library invite book collectors to name their price.  Items up for bid are housed in a display case near the circulation desk.
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Drawing for Free Books
 Drawing for Free Books
Saturday, Nov. 1
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library will hold a drawing for books to be awarded at the end of the month.
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Fancy Nancy Tea Party
1-3 p.m.
 Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Saturday, Nov. 1, 1-3 p.m.
Rensselaer
Saturday, November 1st  from 1-3 p.m.  Children ages 3 to 9.  Join us and dress up in your finery.  We will have tea and refreshments followed by a story and craft.  There will also be raffle prizes. Registration required, limit 12.  Contact Janice or Nancy at 866-...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Silent Auction
 Silent Auction
Monday, Nov. 3
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library invite book collectors to name their price.  Items up for bid are housed in a display case near the circulation desk.
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Drawing for Free Books
 Drawing for Free Books
Monday, Nov. 3
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library will hold a drawing for books to be awarded at the end of the month.
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Health Screenings
9:45-10:45 a.m.
 Health Screenings
Monday, Nov. 3, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Wheatfield
On Monday, November 3 between the hours of 9:45 & 10:45 am, Clinical Home Health Care of DeMotte will be offering free blood pressure and glucose screenings, as well as $5 total cholesterol screenings at the Wheatfield Library. No appointment is needed.For information, visit or call the Wheatfie...read more
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Toddler Time
10:30am
 Toddler Time
Monday, Nov. 3, 10:30am
(Mondays, October 27th-November 17th, 10:30am)

Wheatfield
for 2 year old & caregiver
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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West Room Writers
6:00-7:00pm
 West Room Writers
Monday, Nov. 3, 6:00-7:00pm
DeMotte
Bring your creative energy, notebooks, pens, pencils and friends!
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Health Screenings
9:00-11:00am
 Health Screenings
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9:00-11:00am
DeMotte
Free blood pressure and glucose screenings and total cholesterol screenings for $5.  Flu shots are available free of charge for Medicare patients and $25 for private pay.
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How to do Self Publishing
6 p.m.
 How to do Self Publishing
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
Rensselaer
Tuesday, November 4th at 6 p.m.  Join us as Logan Judy, who published his first novel this spring through Amazon as an ebook and paperback, he will discuss the myths and realities of self-publishing, based on his own experiences and on research he has conducted. Judy will also discuss the marke...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Lapsit Story Time
10:00-10:30am
 Lapsit Story Time
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10:00-10:30am
(Wednesdays, Nov. 5-26, 10am)

DeMotte
A perfect introduction to the library for babies ages 6-23 months old. Lapsit consists of a variety of activities such as music and stories.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Basic Computer Class - AM Session
10:00am
Basic Computer Class - AM Session
Thursday, Nov. 6, 10:00am
DeMotte
Learn the basic skills for using a computer, from turning it on to searching the internet.  This class is designed for those with little or no computer experience.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Basic Computer Class - PM Session
3:00pm
Basic Computer Class - PM Session
Thursday, Nov. 6, 3:00pm
DeMotte
Learn the basic skills for using a computer, from turning it on to searching the internet.  This class is designed for those with little or no computer experience.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Create with Lego’s
5:00-6:30 p.m.
 Create with Lego’s
Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Rensselaer
Thursday, November 6th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Children ages 4 thru 14 are welcome to join us for Create with Lego's.  Set you imagination free and see what you can build with Lego's.  Call 866-5881 or register online.  Contact Janice or Nancy with any questions.
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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First Friday Story Time
10:00am
 First Friday Story Time
Friday, Nov. 7, 10:00am
DeMotte
Patrons of all ages with developmental disabilities are invited to attend "First Friday Story Time"
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Family Movie Day
2:00pm
 Family Movie Day
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2:00pm
DeMotte
Famous air racer, Dusty, is crushed when he discovers his racing days are over because of a damaged engine. This free animated adventure film is rated PG and is open to families and children of all ages.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Silent Auction
 Silent Auction
Monday, Nov. 10
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library invite book collectors to name their price.  Items up for bid are housed in a display case near the circulation desk.
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Drawing for Free Books
 Drawing for Free Books
Monday, Nov. 10
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library will hold a drawing for books to be awarded at the end of the month.
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Toddler Time
10:30am
 Toddler Time
Monday, Nov. 10, 10:30am
(Mondays, October 27th-November 17th, 10:30am)

Wheatfield
for 2 year old & caregiver
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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Story Time 2-5 yr
10 a.m.
 Story Time 2-5 yr
Monday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.
(Mondays, 10, 17, & 24 at 10 a.m.)

Rensselaer
Mondays, November 10, 17, and 24 at 10 a.m.  Library Kids and Toddlers alike are invited to the Rensselaer Library’s next Story Time, open to children age 2-5. We will have fun reading stories and doing a small craft.  Registration required, limit 12. Call 866-5881 to register.
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Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Adult Creative Writing Group
6:00-8:00pm
 Adult Creative Writing Group
Monday, Nov. 10, 6:00-8:00pm
DeMotte
A fun way to explore and develop your writing skills.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Decorate our Hero Tree
11 a.m.
 Decorate our Hero Tree
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
Rensselaer
Tuesday, November 11th at 11 a.m.  Please come join us as we celebrate all our veterans past and present.  Bring with you photos of your heroes, past or present service.  We will make ornaments and display them on our Hero Tree at the library in our Genealogy Dept. Refreshments w...read more
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Book Discussion
12 noon
 Book Discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 12 noon
Wheatfield
November marks the anniversary of the Wheatfield Library’s Book Discussion meetings and in celebration of this event, on Tuesday, November 11, at 12 noon, everyone in attendance is invited to enjoy a carry-in meal before discussion of "The Cover of Snow" by Jenny Milchman begins @ 1 ...read more
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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Friends of the Library to Meet
1:00pm
 Friends of the Library to Meet
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1:00pm
DeMotte
All Friends members and those wishing to become a member are encouraged to attend this meeting, during which election of a new slate of officers will take place.
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Teen Craft - Cookies in a Jar
4:00-5:00pm
 Teen Craft - Cookies in a Jar
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:00-5:00pm
DeMotte
The finished project will make a great gift for that special someone this holiday season.  For teens in grades 6-12.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Tuesday Veterans Movie
5:30 p.m.
 Tuesday Veterans Movie
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Rensselaer
Tuesday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m.  In honor of veterans day we will  be showing a 1941 war movie.  A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.  Starring Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan and Joan Leslie.  Not Ra...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Pianist Matthew Ball
5:00-7:00 p.m.
 Pianist Matthew Ball
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Wheatfield
Recently featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” pianist, Matthew Ball, will share his beautifully honed talents during a free concert on Tuesday, November 11 from 5-7 pm.
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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Blood Pressure Screening
10-10:30 a.m.
 Blood Pressure Screening
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10-10:30 a.m.
Rensselaer
Wednesday, November 12th from 10-10:30 a.m.  Free Blood Pressure Screenings are available at the Rensselaer Library. Open to all interested adults and provided by Jasper County Hospital Home Health, no appointment is necessary and screenings are done on a first come, first served basis.  F...read more
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Lapsit Story Time
10:00-10:30am
 Lapsit Story Time
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10:00-10:30am
(Wednesdays, Nov. 5-26, 10am)

DeMotte
A perfect introduction to the library for babies ages 6-23 months old. Lapsit consists of a variety of activities such as music and stories.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Senior Movie Matinee
2:00pm
 Senior Movie Matinee
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2:00pm
DeMotte
This rated PG-13 film stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, is free and open to all adults.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Story Time 2-5 yr
6 p.m.
 Story Time 2-5 yr
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
(Thursdays, 13 & 20 at 6 p.m.)

Rensselaer
Thursdays, November 13 and 20 at 6 p.m.  Library Kids and Toddlers alike are invited to the Rensselaer Library’s next Story Time, open to children age 2-5. We will have fun reading stories and doing a small craft.  Registration required, limit 12. Call 866-5881 to register.
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Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Silent Auction
 Silent Auction
Monday, Nov. 17
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library invite book collectors to name their price.  Items up for bid are housed in a display case near the circulation desk.
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Drawing for Free Books
 Drawing for Free Books
Monday, Nov. 17
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library will hold a drawing for books to be awarded at the end of the month.
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Toddler Time
10:30am
 Toddler Time
Monday, Nov. 17, 10:30am
(Mondays, October 27th-November 17th, 10:30am)

Wheatfield
for 2 year old & caregiver
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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Story Time 2-5 yr
10 a.m.
 Story Time 2-5 yr
Monday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.
(Mondays, 10, 17, & 24 at 10 a.m.)

Rensselaer
Mondays, November 10, 17, and 24 at 10 a.m.  Library Kids and Toddlers alike are invited to the Rensselaer Library’s next Story Time, open to children age 2-5. We will have fun reading stories and doing a small craft.  Registration required, limit 12. Call 866-5881 to register.
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Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Thanksgiving After School Program
4:00-5:00 pm
Thanksgiving After School Program
Monday, Nov. 17, 4:00-5:00 pm
Wheatfield
Kids in grades K-5 are invited to help us celebrate the holiday with a craft, snacks and Thanksgiving story.  Registration is required to attend.
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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Friends of the Library Mtg.
7 p.m.
 Friends of the Library Mtg.
Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Rensselaer
Monday, November 17th at 7 p.m.  Join us for the Friends Quarterly Meeting. Become a Friend of the Library.  Annual dues only $3 for a individual and $5 for a family. Friends sponsor programs and volunteer at the library.  PLEASE show your support by attending the quarterly ...read more
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Book Discussion
2:00pm or 7:00pm
 Book Discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2:00pm or 7:00pm
DeMotte
The next selection to be reviewed by the Bookies of DeMotte is "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty" by Joshilyn Jackson.
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Teen Tie Dye Workshop
4:30-5:30 p.m.
 Teen Tie Dye Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Rensselaer
Tuesday, November 18th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.   Calling all TEENS grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for a Tie Dye Extravaganza.  Bring a t-shirt and a pair of socks to tie dye in a variety of colors.  Registration required, limit 12.  Call 866-5881 to register or online a...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Men’s Book Group
10 a.m.
 Men’s Book Group
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
Rensselaer
Wednesday, November 19th at 10 a.m.  The Men's Book Group will be discussing Coal: A Human History  by Barbara Freese. This remarkable book takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as &l...read more
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Lapsit Story Time
10:00-10:30am
 Lapsit Story Time
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10:00-10:30am
(Wednesdays, Nov. 5-26, 10am)

DeMotte
A perfect introduction to the library for babies ages 6-23 months old. Lapsit consists of a variety of activities such as music and stories.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Morning Movie
10:00 a.m.
 Morning Movie
Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:00 a.m.
Wheatfield
Rated R, this film features Vincent Piazza and John Lloyd Young, is free and open to all interested adults, and is slated to be held at the Wheatfield Library on Thursday, November 20 @ 10 am.
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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Marketplace Insurance Presentation
1 p.m.
Marketplace Insurance Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Rensselaer
Thursday, November 20th at 1 p.m.  Navigator and Enrollment Coordinator Barb Hickner will be presenting a hour long information presentation on the Marketplace Insurance for the Affordable Care Act.  Join us at this presentation to help answer some of your questions about what to do to mee...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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3rd Thursday Book Discussion
1 p.m.
 3rd Thursday Book Discussion
Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Rensselaer
Thursday, November 20th at 1 p.m. Due to Thanksgiving holiday we will meet on the 3rd Thursday.  The November book discussion is our annual Roundtable discussion.  Everyone is invited to bring one of their favorite books to share and talk about with others.  Join u...read more
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Afternoon Adventure Club
4-5pm
 Afternoon Adventure Club
Thursday, Nov. 20, 4-5pm
DeMotte
The topic for November will be "Explore: Diversity" as we discuss "Grandfather's Journey" by Allen Say.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Third Thursday
4:30-5:30 p.m.
 Third Thursday
Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Rensselaer
Thursday, November 20th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Children grades 1 thru 4 are welcome to join us for Third Thursday.  We will be having a Thanksgiving story and craft.  Stop by the library and learn what Thanksgiving is all about.  Registration required, limit 12.  Contact ...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Marketplace Insurance Presentation
5:30 p.m.
Marketplace Insurance Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Rensselaer
Thursday, November 20th at 5:30 p.m.  Navigator and Enrollment Coordinator Barb Hickner will be presenting a hour long information presentation on the Marketplace Insurance for the Affordable Care Act.  Join us at this presentation to help answer some of your questions about what to d...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Story Time 2-5 yr
6 p.m.
 Story Time 2-5 yr
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
(Thursdays, 13 & 20 at 6 p.m.)

Rensselaer
Thursdays, November 13 and 20 at 6 p.m.  Library Kids and Toddlers alike are invited to the Rensselaer Library’s next Story Time, open to children age 2-5. We will have fun reading stories and doing a small craft.  Registration required, limit 12. Call 866-5881 to register.
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Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Library Lego
9:30-11am
 Library Lego
Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:30-11am
DeMotte
We will be creating "Thanksgiving food" with Legos.  Yum!
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Oil Painting Class
9:00am-4:00pm
 Oil Painting Class
Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:00am-4:00pm
DeMotte
Participants will create an oil painting that they will be proud to add to their home's decor.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Silent Auction
 Silent Auction
Monday, Nov. 24
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library invite book collectors to name their price.  Items up for bid are housed in a display case near the circulation desk.
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Drawing for Free Books
 Drawing for Free Books
Monday, Nov. 24
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library will hold a drawing for books to be awarded at the end of the month.
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Story Time 2-5 yr
10 a.m.
 Story Time 2-5 yr
Monday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.
(Mondays, 10, 17, & 24 at 10 a.m.)

Rensselaer
Mondays, November 10, 17, and 24 at 10 a.m.  Library Kids and Toddlers alike are invited to the Rensselaer Library’s next Story Time, open to children age 2-5. We will have fun reading stories and doing a small craft.  Registration required, limit 12. Call 866-5881 to register.
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Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Grades 2-3 Book Discussion
4:00-5:00 pm
 Grades 2-3 Book Discussion
Monday, Nov. 24, 4:00-5:00 pm
Wheatfield
Kids in grades 2-3 are invited to join us for our next book discussion of Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne. Books are available at the front desk of the Wheatfield Library. Registration is required to attend.
Register Online or call 219-956-3774.
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The UFO Group
5:30-7 p.m.
 The UFO Group
Monday, Nov. 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
Rensselaer
Monday, November 24th from 5:30-7 p.m. (come and go as you can).  Join us on the last Monday of the month. Carve out time in your hectic schedule and come to the library to work on your unfinished Christmas or craft project, all while visiting with fellow crafters. All ages are welcome. Re...read more
Register Online or call 219-866-5881.
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Friends of the Library Meeting
1:00 p.m.
 Friends of the Library Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1:00 p.m.
Wheatfield
The Friends of the Wheatfield Library invite all Friends members and those wishing to join the Friends of the Wheatfield Library to a meeting, held in the Meeting Room of the library on Tuesday, November 25 at 1 pm. Those wishing to eat together prior to the meeting will have lunch at 12 noon at Sch...read more
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Lapsit Story Time
10:00-10:30am
 Lapsit Story Time
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 10:00-10:30am
(Wednesdays, Nov. 5-26, 10am)

DeMotte
A perfect introduction to the library for babies ages 6-23 months old. Lapsit consists of a variety of activities such as music and stories.
Register Online or call 219-987-2221.
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Closed for Thanksgiving
 Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday, Nov. 27,
All Locations
The Jasper County Public Library, located in Rensselaer, DeMotte and Wheatfield, will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and be closed on Thursday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. All three branches of JCPL will resu...read more
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Silent Auction
 Silent Auction
Saturday, Nov. 29
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library invite book collectors to name their price.  Items up for bid are housed in a display case near the circulation desk.
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Drawing for Free Books
 Drawing for Free Books
Saturday, Nov. 29
(November 1-29)

DeMotte
The Friends of the DeMotte Library will hold a drawing for books to be awarded at the end of the month.
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