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News about our libraries and our communities.

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Don’t shop from home this holiday without Consumer Reports Online from your library

Just in time for the holidays, JCPL is pleased to once again offer the electronic resource Consumer Reports Online (®)

This resource will bring thousands of independent reviews of small and large appliances, home electronics, cars, and more to your fingertips and empower you as a consumer to make smarter purchasing decisions.

Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 1:05pm
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Celebrate STEAM at your libraries

By now, everyone is in agreement that STEAM is good for kids - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2021 - 3:27pm
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Fall is a perfect time to join a book club at your library

7 reasons you should join a book group

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 8:29am
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National Gardening Day is perfect time to celebrate spring

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. –Cicero

Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 11:00pm
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Get a free tree at the library for your child for Earth Day

We are celebrating Earth Day this spring by participating in the 12th Annual Neighborhood Forest free tree program, whose aim is to provide free trees to kids every Earth Day. 

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 10:02am
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Large family history conference goes free and virtual last weekend in February

If you've been thinking about getting into your family history, or you're a long-time digger, RootsTech Connect might be the place to be this weekend.

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:10pm
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Indiana Tax Forms Change

It’s that time of year when we scurry around trying to find our receipts and getting our deductions in order so we can submit our state and federal taxes.

This year, for taxes payable in 2021, we’ve been notified by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) that they will no longer provide income tax forms or booklets for libraries to distribute.**

Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 12:00am
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Free HSE testing locally in 2020

Good news worth sharing! Adult Education and Learning Centers of Northwest Indiana are offering FREE High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing through December 30, 2020.

Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020 - 9:57am
For a limited time, special link, library card and PIN required.

Ancestry available from home through end of September

JCPL Patrons can now access Library Edition from home through September 30, 2021, due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

To access this database you must use the link on this page and have a valid JCPL library card number and PIN.

Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 10:34am
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JCPL is now Fine Free

Are overdue fines keeping you from visiting your local library?

If they are, we have good news for you! We are no longer charging overdue fines* for late returns, and all past overdue fines have been forgiven.

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 4:47pm