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Books & Booze Book Club

The Books & Booze book club meets at 7 PM every 2nd Thursday of the month at rotating downtown locations to discuss funny, strange and off the wall books.

Note: This club is for 21+ ONLY.

Stop by the checkout desk to pick up a copy of the current book.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
Sand by Hugh Howey
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Careers & Occupations

AtoZdatabases: Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists. The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!


O*net system serves as a source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.



ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.
Some of Chilton Library’s more popular features include:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center from Inspire is a searchable database of resources for crafts, collectibles, indoor and outdoor recreation, performing arts, and more.

Home Improvement Reference Center from Inspire is a searchable database for home improvement projects from decorating and remodeling to electrical, plumbing, and woodworking.

Timely & Timeless Book Club

The Timely and Timeless Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 12 noon, usually at a location outside of the library. New members are always welcome. Stop by the checkout desk to pick up a copy of the current book.

Book reviews by member Susan McHenry give some idea of what this book club is like. You can read these by clicking here. To submit your own book review, send it by email to

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Force of Nature by C.J. Box
The Look of Love by Sarah Jio
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Gods of Newport by John Jakes
America's First Daughter by Stephanie Day
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Online Materials

Comics Plus: Library Edition brings unlimited access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to library patrons on any Web-connected device.

  • View titles through your Web browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone with an Internet connection.
  • Read comics on your tablet or smartphone with Boopsie for Libraries (US and Canadian libraries only).
  • Browse by genre, publisher, and comic — then instantly check out your favorites.
  • Access comics whenever you want them — no holds or waiting.


EBSCO eBook Collection from Inspire: A collection of over 6,000 multidisciplinary books. Topics include college and career development, health and medicine, and business and economics.


Hoopla provides free streaming movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks with an account created using your green Peabody Public Library card and PIN.



NewsBank provides news and informational resources to our patrons with coverage of local and national topics from America’s newspapers, along with specific articles, obituaries, statistics, video clips, quotations, facts, analysis and much more. With unlimited access from all library workstations and remote access 24/7, patrons can freely search, browse, print, save and email full-text articles without a fee. If you are accessing this database from a remote location, you will be prompted to enter your library card number before proceeding.


OverDrive offers downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, eVideos and eMusic through Indiana Digital Downloads Center. Includes special collections for Kids and Teens.


RBdigital Magazines (formerly Zinio) allows patrons to view and checkout popular magazines with no waiting and no due dates. RBdigital is the ultimate app for magazine lovers, with digital magazines for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC. There are interactive elements such as audio and video, and intuitive searching and navigating within each magazine.

Popular titles include: Us Weekly, HGTV, Food Network, Better Homes and Gardens, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, Family Circle, National Geographic, and more!

Technology Classes on Youtube


American Red Cross Blood Drive on February 28

Can you spare one hour to help save lives? Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood?

Give back by giving the gift of blood on Wednesday, February 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library in community rooms A&B. Register online here or contact Amanda Brennan at the library at 260-244-5541 or


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News Release – Peabody Public Library Hosts Chili Competition

Peabody Public Library Hosts ‘Great Chili Competition’


COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (January 24, 2018) – Calling all chili lovers–Peabody Public Library is hosting the ‘Great Chili Competition,’ a chili cook-off event, on Wednesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. at the library.

All patrons are invited to participate in the chili cooking competition. There is no cost to enter the competition.

The categories for the cook-off event are: mild, hot, sweet and no beans. The judges will choose a winner for each category, and small prizes will be awarded to each of those winners. But only one lucky person will win the grand prize!

“This is the first chili competition we’ve done at the library, so we’re hoping the best chili cooks in the county will try their hands. We encourage anyone to attend whether they’re entering the competition or not–we’ll need individuals to taste their wares and maybe pick up a new recipe or two,” said Peabody Adult Services Manager, Deb Lowrance.

If you have additional questions about the event, contact the adult department at the library at 260-244-5541 or Deb Lowrance at

Want to stay up-to-date on events, classes and programming at the library? Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event and class updates, and visit and click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to check out the library’s online calendar.



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.


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Winter Reading Program

Our adult winter reading program kicks off January 15, 2018. The theme this year is “Dewey Decathlon.” The program will last 10 weeks, and we will have 10 “Dewey” classification sections.

Patrons complete the assigned reading and activity, and check in at the library once a week to report their progress. We ask that participants read at least two hours a week. Each week the participant will receive a small prize. At the end of the program on March 25, we will do a large drawing for those who completed the program and will give away the GRAND PRIZE!

Patrons must come in to the library to sign up for the program and pick up their packets, but reading recommendations can be viewed and downloaded from the links below. Contact Deb at or 260-244-5541 if you have questions.

Winter Reading Lists

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200th Anniversary of Frankenstein

January 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s timeless novel, Frankenstein. Thanks to Indiana Humanities, Peabody will host a Read-A-Thon and “Frankfest!” Lot’s of fun things will happen this year, so stay tuned and keep your eyes open for a big “undead” (maybe green) guy!

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January Dark City Matinee

Starring Academy Award winners HUMPHREY BOGART and KATHARINE HEPBURN, The African Queen tells the timeless tale of two mismatched strangers joining forces in a common cause – and finding love along the way. The story chronicles the burgeoning romance between Bogie’s river rat Charlie Allnut and Hepburn’s missionary Rose Sayer, as they reluctantly join forces to torpedo a German gunboat in war-torn East Africa. Directed by Academy Award winner JOHN HUSTON, and filmed on location in the Belgian Congo, The African Queen is arguably one of the finest films ever made – with one of the most legendary star pairings ever to appear on the screen!  

Join Ray for this timeless classic on January 13 at 2 PM in the auditorium. Popcorn and pop available. 


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January Painting at Peabody – Adults and Young Adults

Painting at Peabody for adults is Saturday, January 20 at 2 PM. Join artist, Emily Stichter from Grace College, and create some beautiful artwork! The cost is just $3 per person. Sign up for the class here.

Sunday, January 14 is our young adult painting class. The class will take place at 2 PM and we will paint a beautiful winterberry tree! For grades 4+. Limit 10 per class. Sign up in the children’s department or online here.



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The Great Chili Competition

Do you have a favorite chili recipe? Mild or spicy? Or maybe a favorite family recipe? We want to try it! Peabody Public Library’s FIRST chili cook-off is Wednesday, January 31 at 6 PM in the community rooms downstairs.

Bring your chili in a pot or Crockpot, and the judges will choose the winner! We can’t guarantee a five star review, but we can guarantee you’ll have an evening of fun, and the winners will take home prizes! Here are the categories:

  • Hot
  • Mild
  • Sweet
  • No beans

Register online here or call the adult department at the library at 260-244-5541.

Come join us for a fun evening, and show off your culinary talents!



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Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange

Take a puzzle—Leave a Puzzle

Many people have enjoyed working on the puzzles in the adult department. Now you can take one home, too! Only one puzzle per person at a time, please. Puzzles are on top of the Reference Shelf (by the globe and the big trophy). Enjoy this new service!

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