News: Peabody Public Library invites you to be a part of ‘Library Card Sign-Up Month’



COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (August 29, 2019) – Now is the time to sign up or renew your library membership at Peabody Public Library. September is ‘Library Card Sign-Up Month’ which means more opportunities and perks are available to patrons!

Peabody Public Library, along with the American Library Association (ALA), are celebrating ‘Library Card Sign-Up Month’ throughout the month of September. The ALA joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. It encourages parents and students to utilize the library’s resources that support academic success.

“Your Peabody Public Library card provides you access to 122 libraries across the State of Indiana,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman.“With access to over 6 million items, our library can offer a wide range of material, in a multitude of topic areas, to patrons of all ages and interest levels.”

Your library card provides you access to books and so much more. With a library card you can access more than 30,000 streamed videos through Kanopy (on-line video streaming); audiobooks, e-books, comics, videos, TV shows and music through Overdrive and Hoopla (on-line streaming); and you can access all of this without leaving the comfort of your home.

“The library is a place for everyone, and we encourage you to come check out a class or an event at the library,” said Hartman. “We offer a variety of classes–from painting and cooking, to robotics and technology classes. “Our team works hard to come up with new creative programs each month, and we also partner with other organizations to bring classes and resources to the library.”

Not sure if your membership is covered through property taxes? For local residents living within Columbia City limits, Columbia or Thorncreek Townships, Evergreen Library memberships are paid to Peabody Public Library through property taxes. For residents living in Richland and Cleveland Townships, or within town limits of Larwill, memberships are paid through property taxes to South Whitley Community Library. Smith Township receives library services from Churubusco Public Library, and Green Township residents receive services from Noble County Public Library. Residents that live in the blue townships (Etna Troy, Jefferson, Union and Washington

Townships on the map are outside the library service area, but are still eligible to purchase library cards from Peabody for $70 a year. Whitley County Consolidated School students living in those townships are eligible for library cards for just $5 a year.

The library has some awesome goodies to give away to individuals who renew or sign-up for memberships. Prizes include:

  • One student member will win an upgrade from a student membership to a “green card” Evergreen membership, which is valid at all participating Evergreen libraries around the state
  • One Evergreen card holder will receive a second year of membership for FREE
  • “Resident” cardholders will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Bones Theatre gift card
  • All new or renewed account members will be entered to win a Google Home mini


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 Hwy 205, sits on 14-acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.