Peabody Public Library has the distinction of being the only library in Indiana with wetlands in our own backyard. Some people may wonder why there are wetlands at a library; a library is where people go to check out books, right?
Libraries have gradually been evolving into community centers for educational instruction and entertainment. While books can certainly help explain the history of wetlands in northern Indiana and the important role they play in the natural environment, nothing can take the place of experiencing the beauty and wonder of a natural wetland in person.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the wetland and its animal visitors from the windows in our adult and children’s departments, or walk out onto the wooden deck to take a closer look at the plants and animals living there. A short trail has also been developed, and trees native to our area have been labeled to make this unique part of our community even more enjoyable for people of all ages.
We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to take some of our programs to the great outdoors! Whether you participate in a Nature Scavenger Hunt, sketch plants and animals for an art class, or just take a leisurely stroll, we hope you will experience this natural wonder for yourself!
Anyone who has visited the library in the spring and summer months knows that we have a healthy Canada goose population! Watching the fuzzy goslings as they grow is an annual favorite. Our other wetland visitors include migrating swans, deer, herons, turtles, and groundhogs. We have even spotted an occasional fox. See if you can spot the snakes, frogs, and other small animals and insects hiding in their wetland home.
Take your own pictures, and let us know who you see visiting the wetlands!