News: Peabody Public Library brings the community together

Peabody Public Library brings the community together


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 7, 2019) – Peabody Public Library is encouraging patrons to come experience the library this summer.

“Although the library offers a variety of reading options, we have so much more to offer than books,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman. “We love our books, and we will always encourage reading, but we want the community to understand the experiences we offer here at the library.”

The library recently released a new promotional video that highlights some of those offerings. From robotics classes, STEM activities for children and teens, art, cooking classes, concerts and more–the library has something for everyone.

The theme for the video is community. “The library is about people,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman. “When we find ways to connect with our patrons, we’re serving our community. And as the needs of our community change, we have to adapt to serve those needs. We’ve expanded our offerings and will continue to do so because we understand our patrons are seeking experiences as well as books.”

Local collaboration was key in creating the video. “We partnered with local talent on the entire video” said Hartman.

Dewitt Marketing, LLC composed the script for the video, and assisted with the project management; Laura Richcreek with Laura’s Voice composed the voiceover for the video; and Nick Ewing Photo & Films filmed and produced the video.

“Whitley County has a treasure trove of gifted, local talent and partnering with them just makes sense.  I can’t think of a better way to show that the library is about supporting and promoting the community,” Hartman said.

The library is a gathering place where people spend time with one another. With its variety of meeting spaces, it has become a go-to place for events such as baby showers, birthday parties, graduation parties and community events. Because the library is publicly funded there is a fee for library cards for those outside the service area to check out materials, but classes and events are open to everyone at the library.

“Whether you’re interested in trying new foods at our cooking class, attending an art class, exploring robotics, or bringing your kiddos in to just hang out, play games, and do crafts–it’s about the interactions and experiences you choose to enjoy yourself and with others.”

Last January, the library unveiled their new brand, and the video is another way to carry the brand forward. “The message we want to continue to share is, the library is more than books on shelves or ‘things’ at all–it’s an experience,” said Hartman. “It’s a place where you can create your own experience, connect with others and build relationships in the community, grow your mind, your creativity, and skills. We should never stop learning. I encourage you to come experience what the library has to offer.”

The library’s summer reading program will kick off next month. More details to come. You can follow updates on events, classes and programming at the library by visiting Click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to view the on-line calendar of events. Stay connected by following the library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.




The Peabody Public Library serves all individuals as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment. The library has served individuals in Whitley County since 1901. In 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated lands and funds build Peabody Public Library on North Main Street in Columbia City, and it continued to serve the community well for many years. In 1999, the new state-of-the-art Peabody Public Library was built in Columbia City. The 29,688-square-foot facility located off Highway 205, sits on 14-acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.