News Release – Peabody Public Library seeks feedback from residents in Whitley County


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (October 8, 2019) – Peabody Public Library wants to hear your voice. The library is distributing a countywide survey to seek feedback from residents in Whitley County.

The library will launch the survey later this week, and surveys will hit mailboxes early next week (October 14). Residents from all townships across the county will be selected at random for the survey.

“Libraries have evolved from information institutions to thriving community centers. We need to know from you, the stakeholders of this establishment, what you want your Peabody Public Library to become. Your participation will help us determine our strategic road map for the future,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman.

The library is seeking input on the following categories: facilities, materials, services, technology, unserved townships and the countywide library system.

“Feedback from this survey will help us better understand how we can best serve residents, because that’s why we’re here–to serve our community,” said Hartman.

Residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback via an on-line survey after mailed surveys go out to residents. The library will launch the digital survey via social media and email, roughly a week after surveys are mailed.

As a ‘thank you’ for sharing feedback, survey respondents will have the opportunity to submit their names in a drawing for prizes. The library is giving away an indoor/outdoor smart camera, Amazon Echo Dot, and a one-year library membership. Don’t miss the opportunity to win one of these prizes, and share valuable feedback with the library!

Questions about the survey? Visit the library, call 260-244-5541 or email Want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Peabody Public Library? Visit and follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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.

Mary Hartman – (Peabody Public Library) or 260-244-5541