Peabody Public Library receives grant from Master Gardeners for gardening program


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (November 22, 2019) – Peabody Public Library recently received a grant from the Whitley County Purdue Extension Master Gardener Program.

The library started a container gardening program last spring as a way to teach youth about growing and harvesting plants. Some of the produce from the container garden was then used for the library’s monthly cooking program.

“The container garden was planted and maintained by children and teens who visited the library,” said Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber. “We had fun together learning about the process of planting, growing and harvesting the produce.”

The library will expand the gardening program in 2020, and will host regular gardening programs in the spring, offering many hands-on learning opportunities. The $200 grant from the Master Gardener Program will help the library purchase seeds, plant starts and garden supplies.

“We plan to add more to the garden, and create a pollinator garden as well,” said Graber. “Our goal is to better connect people and nature at the library.”

The library is connecting people and nature in other ways too. Last fall, the library received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Indiana State Library for new library program, “Wild About Wetlands.”

The Wild About Wetlands program introduced at Peabody Public Library, encourages children to be explorers, spend time outdoors, and learn about the wetlands. “Our library offers unique opportunities because it’s the only public library in the State of Indiana located on a wetland,” said Graber.

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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 Graber (Peabody Public Library) – 260-244-5541 or mgraber