Top Online Resources
Learn & Practice
Driving-Test is a free Driver’s Ed program with the following state-specific information:
- 11 car practice tests
- 9 motorcycle practice tests
- 12 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.
INSPIRE is a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents. It includes magazines, journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, library catalogs, practice tests, language learning software, and more.
TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center), via Inspire, is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
- Over 300 practice tests and courses
- Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
- Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
- Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
- Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
- Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations
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.
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.
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.
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
Our Technology Trainer, Beth Gaff, has recorded many of her technology classes, which are available on YouTube under the channel Instructor: Beth Gaff and using the links below.
Free Software & Apps
General Computer Skills
- Basic Computers
- Basic Internet
- Buying Technology
- Chromebooks vs. Windows 10
- Digital Photography
- Downloading and Uploading Pictures
- Internet Safety
- Mastering Basic Computer Skills
- Mastering Facebook
- Mastering the Web for Personal Use
- Online Banking, Taxes & Credit Cards
- Raising Digital Families
- Searching Effectively Online
- Simple Things Computer Users Should Know
- Skills to Help You Get the Job
- Social Media Basics
- Understanding and Using Dropbox
- Using Your Keyboard and Mouse
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2013
Tablets and Smartphones
News Release – Peabody Public Library Hosts Chili Competition
Peabody Public Library Hosts ‘Great Chili Competition’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.ppl.lib.in.us and click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to check out the library’s online calendar.
ABOUT PEABODY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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.
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!
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.
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!