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The U.S. Census is a self-response survey. This means that we, the American public, are responsible for the data that we submit about ourselves. The census is taken only once every decade. It’s important that Hoosiers participate, because it makes a real difference in our communities.
The census takes a once-in-a-decade snapshot of our household data as of April 1 and uses it to create a demographic point as part of the larger picture of the social make-up of the United States. Census data drives dollars for education, housing, health, public safety, and more. It shapes Indiana’s future. The data collected by the Census Bureau impacts how we respond to pandemics like the current one.
Census data is kept anonymous, by Title 13 of the U.S. Code. This way, we can’t know what our neighbors answered on the census, but the data can still be used to make important decisions about our neighborhoods. For example, let’s say the mayor of our city or town wants to build a new road or construct a new building. What data does he or she need to make this decision? Population data! That’s where the Census Bureau comes in.
Census Bureau data has been collected since the 1790 Census, headed by Thomas Jefferson and conducted by U.S. Marshalls. Today, the census is headed by its own federal agency and we complete it ourselves. Still, when we neglect filling it out, an enumerator can visit our home to help us complete it. The 2020 Census field operations will still send out enumerators, but because of COVID-19, we have an extra 4 weeks to fill out on our own.
You can complete the census safely from your own home online at https://my2020census.gov/ or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.
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The mission of the Wakarusa-Olive, Harrison Township Public Library is to select, acquire and organize materials in a variety of media that record man’s knowledge, ideas and culture. This variety of media/formats shall be such that access to the information will be readily available to any member of the library community. The collection is developed to meet the educational, professional, as well as, the recreational needs of the community. Special emphasis within the collection is placed on the educational needs of preschoolers, school-aged children and adults, thus supporting the community with life-time learning opportunities.
The stained glass window located above the circulation desk was designed to represent the different aspects of our town and why we are distinguished as a community. These are the things that make us unique and at the same time alike and able to form a community.
The window was designed by Bo Inthivong, a community member, manufactured by Kaleidoscope of Lafayette, IN, and financed through memorial donations.
Explanation of the Symbols:
- An open book is the key to knowledge and information.
- The horse and buggy reflect the Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities in our area.
- The white church symbolizes the backbone of our community that influences our town and our lives.
- The maple trees represent our unique celebration of the annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival.
- The barn is a testimony to those who work the land and supply our families with food.
- Three butterflies spring from the open book symbolizing the freedom to use the knowledge gained to become whomever you want.
- The pink and white lily represents the Asian culture that flourishes within our expanding community.
- Sunset rays touch every corner of the design joining the many elements and cultures representing our community.
- The white dove at the top and center of the design symbolizes peace and is a reminder of deceased loved ones, who founded this town and helped shape and influence our lives and community.
GET A LIBRARY CARD
The Friends of the Library is a non-profit citizen group that volunteers its time to benefit the library. By providing direct financial assistance for materials and equipment, they are able to help support and advocate for the important role of the library in our comunity.
The Wakarusa-Olive, Harrison Township Public Library is open for anyone to use its facilities. Free wi-fi access is available throughout the building. There are computers (with black & white and color printing) available with Internet, word processing, spreadsheet and other software programs. However, only residents or property owners in Olive and Harrison Township can obtain a free library card to check out materials.
To obtain a new library card, please visit the library bringing with you a valid Indiana driver’s license with your current address or a valid Indiana identification card with your current address.
Other acceptable forms of identification are : a United States passport with your current address; mail that you have received at your current address postmarked within the last 30 days; or a utility bill with your current address dated within the last 30 days. You will be given a brief application to complete by library staff and issued your new library card. If you do not live in Olive or Harrison Township, but own property here, bring your current property tax bill receipt to the library to obtain a card.
The Wakarusa Public Library issues reciprocal cards to people who already have library cards in good standing with the following libraries: Bristol Public Library, Elkhart Public Library, Goshen Public Library, Middlebury Public Library, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, or Nappanee Public Library.
Non-resident cards may also be purchased at the Library. Please call and ask for details.
124 N. Elkhart St.
PO Box 485
Wakarusa, IN 46573
Phone: (574) 862-2465
Fax: (574) 862-4156
Dial-A-Story: (574) 862-4441
Monday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM