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Peabody Public Library receives grant from Master Gardeners for gardening program

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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.

To stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Peabody Public Library, connect with the library on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube or visit www.ppl.lib.in.us.

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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.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mary Graber (Peabody Public Library) – 260-244-5541 or mgraber @ppl.lib.in.us

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Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

The library is hosting a gingerbread decorating contest! The contest will take place Thursday, December 5 through Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Voting will begin Wednesday, December 11 and will continue until Tuesday, December 17. Gingerbread creations must be picked up at the library between December 20 – December 23.

CONTEST GUIDELINES:

•Max size 15″ x 15″ x 15″

•Gingerbread houses should be constructed with gingerbread, graham

crackers, royal icing or other non-perishable materials

•Decorations can include candy, toys, and other non-perishable items

•Family friendly designs

•One entry per person/group

•Do not put your name on your entry

•Staff reserves the right to refuse any entry deemed inappropriate

Download entry form here.

 

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2019 Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Happy Fall to you and your family! The library is  thrilled to launch the annual pumpkin decorating contest again this year. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to use their imaginations and get creative in decorating their own pumpkins.

Prizes will be awarded for three different categories: most creative use of decorating media, creepiest pumpkin and scariest pumpkin; and three different age groups: children, young adult and adult.

Pumpkins should be dropped off between Monday, October 14 and Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. 

Entries will be publicly displayed in the library. Voting will begin the afternoon of Friday, October 18 through Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Winners will be announced the following week. After voting ends, participants may pick up their pumpkins.

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Do not carve or puncture your pumpkin, or use fresh produce of any kind. No electronics or flames will be accepted. Pumpkins are subject to disposal if pumpkins start to degrade, and the library reserves the right to refuse any pumpkin deemed inappropriate.

• Participants may use real or artificial pumpkins.

• Be creative! Use paint, paper, beads, feathers, markers, etc.

One entry per person. Participants may work together to create a pumpkin, but there will be one prize awarded if it’s deemed a winning pumpkin.

• Please make sure pumpkins are family-friendly, so everyone can enjoy it.

• Do not put names on pumpkins. Each pumpkin will be assigned a number.

• All content must be secure enough to be moved throughout the library.

Pumpkins must be at the library by 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2019.

• Pumpkins must be picked up by November 1 or they will be discarded.

 

ENTER THE CONTEST

Download the contest flyer/entry form.

 

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NEWS: Peabody Public Library receives grants to support exciting new offerings for the community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (September 14, 2019) – Peabody Public Library was recently awarded two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLA) and the Indiana State Library (ISL) to provide new experiences, and expand offerings to community members.

One of the grants will help fund a new program offered by the youth services department, called “Wild About Wetlands.” Peabody Public Library is the only public library in the State of Indiana located on a wetland.

“The library sits on a beautiful 15-acre wetland, and we want to utilize this natural space,” said Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber.

The Wild About Wetlands program will encourage children who visit the library, to be explorers, spend time outdoors, and learn about the wetlands.

“Studies have shown that spending time outside strengthens mental health, improves conservation attitudes, academic achievement, and improves social skills and relationships,” said Graber. “We can offer children a space where they can explore a natural environment and learn about native wetlands.”

The library will host nature programs and organize educational activities for children. The awarded funds will provide tools for children such as: microscopes, compasses, binoculars, night vision scopes, tablets, an underwater drone and several more items.

Another grant was awarded to the library for preserving historical materials.

“With funding from this grant we’ll be able to digitize historical items such as: handwritten ledger books, board meeting minutes dating back to the library’s inception in 1901, photos, slides and more,” said Peabody Public Library Adult Services Librarian Katy Southern.

Prominent community members such as Thomas R. Marshall, former governor and Vice President of the United States, served on the library board of directors, and is mentioned throughout board meeting minutes.

The grant will fund: a large format graphics scanner, large format document scanner, two laptops, a mobile workstation and intern salary during the grant term.

“This will allow us to specifically preserve more women’s history locally as well,” said Southern. “Many women’s history collections have been lost over the course of time, because archivists traditionally deemed them less important.”

Want to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Peabody Public Library? Visit www.ppl.lib.in.us and follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.”

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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.

  

MEDIA CONTACTS

Mary Graber – (Peabody Public Library) mgraber@ppl.lib.in.us 260-244-5541

Katy Southern – (Peabody Public Library) ksouthern@ppl.lib.in.us 260-244-5541

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Crafty Art Camp

The library is hosting our own “Crafty Art Camp” July 29 – August 2. Join us for this free program, and get creative with us outside! Ages 8+ (children younger than 8 years of age may attend if accompanied by an adult).

Check out the projects!

 

 

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News: Peabody Public Library offers ‘A Universe of Stories’ through Summer Reading Program

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (June 7, 2019) – Peabody Public Library invites patrons of all ages to be a part of their Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

The 6-week program launched June 3, and will run through July 13. The Summer Reading program encourages patrons of all ages to participate in reading and hands-on activities throughout the six weeks.

“This summer we have something for everyone. We have family programs that include: an inflatable planetarium, HAM radio, Professor Steve, Bubble Trouble and Space Rockets with Johnny Tincap. We also have a ‘Crafternauts’ program for crafters, Universe of Stories Time, a cooking program, Escape Rooms, video game challenges and more. There’s always something to do at the library,” said Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber.

With ongoing classes and activities, the library’s Summer Reading program is a great opportunity for families to spend time with one another, and for people to meet and connect with new community members.

“The Adult Services Department, is embracing this year’s theme by offering a wide range of programs, including jewelry-making, creating space-themed terrariums, exploring various types of painting, and showing several ‘B’ movies. Our goal is to make the Summer Reading program as fun and accessible for adults in our community as possible. And of course, teens are also welcome to attend our programs,” said Peabody Adult Services Librarian Katy Southern.

The reading portion of the program is Bingo-style, meaning each patron will fill spaces on their cards after completing reading exercises. And what’s a game of Bingo without prizes? The library has lots of prizes to give away as participants fill up their cards.

Patrons can pick up Bingo cards at the library or download them online here.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library volunteer group for helping raise funds to support the program.

Want to stay up-to-date on all 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.

 

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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.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Mary Hartman (Peabody Public Library) – 260-244.5541 or mhartman@ppl.lib.in.us

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The results are in…Battle of the Books 2019

We had another FANTASTIC Battle of the Books event this year! On Saturday, March 23 we had 168 players and nearly 200 spectators at our 2019 Battle of the Books event at the library! We had 17 teams in the elementary school division, and 14 teams in the middle school division.

Congratulations to ALL the participants who worked so hard, it was a fun day for everyone!

 

2019 Battle of the Books Results:

Elementary School Division
1st Book Bosses from Little Turtle Elementary
Samantha Lickey
Audree Johnson
Braylynn Leazier
RJ Farris
Gavin Jones
Cece Noonnan

 

2nd Busco Eagle Readers from Churubusco Elementary
Kalli Williams
Charlotte Elliot
Delaney Ott
Clair Wagner

 

3rd Mast Maniacs from Churubusco Elementary
Jillian Wright
Cohen Egolf
Addison Reed
Patty Wiggs
Saige Merrill
Ali Hall

 

Middle School Division
1st Title Wave Turtles Indian Springs
Alina Houser
Airia Drummond
Lily Gladd
Ava Ward

 

2nd Traditionally Lit Readers Indian Springs
Eleanor Schmitt
Annabell Hoag
Kylee Ousley
Allison Crump
Tangie Hively

 

3rd Lit Library Lizards from Indian Springs
Sydney Bersel
Austin L. Shively
Andrew Brubaker
Melora Henney
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Spring Break FUN at the library! April 1 – 7

Staying home for spring break? Come hang with us at the library! Beginning April 1, we’ll have lots of spring break activities and classes happening at the library, from a scavenger hunt to balloon twisting, wild Ramen noodles and more! Bring a friend or pack up the whole family. But travel light, because you don’t have to travel far!

Check out our online calendar to see what’s happening at the library.

 

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Peeps on Parade! Peeps Diorama Contest 2019

Peeps on Parade is back at the library! What can you create with some imagination and cute little Peep marshmallows? Make your own diorama with Peeps and enter the contest! This contest is open to all ages.

Dioramas should be dropped off between 9 a.m. Monday, March 25 and 5:59 p.m. Friday, March 29. 

Learn more about the contest, and download the contest flyer and entry form here.

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Operation Prom Program

On February 17, 2019 the library is hosting special event, “Operation Prom” for teens from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Prom-goers are invited to stop by the library and shop for prom attire. These items will be available to both male and female prom-goers for free.

To support this program, we’re asking the public to kindly donate gently used formal wear for the program. This includes items such as: formal dresses, skirts, shirts and pants for men, shoes, jewelry, ties and any other accessories. The deadline for donations is Monday, February 11.

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Online Resources

Learn & Practice

Driving Test Logo

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.

 

Rosetta Stone LogoRosetta Stone, via Inspire: Recognized as a leader in technology-based language learning, Rosetta Stone offers libraries and their patrons their proven immersion method.

 

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

Topical Book Lists for Teens

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.

 

Colleges

Guide to Online Schools is here to help you choose a school based on what really matters: affordability, accessibility, and quality. Browse our database of over 600 accredited online colleges and 22,000 degree programs, as well as student reviews and rankings.

 

OnlineU strives to make a difference in online education by focusing on what really matters: affordability, accessibility, and quality. To make it easy to find a degree that will help you get ahead without the burden of massive debt, it provides important, unbiased rankings based on what you care about most, whether it be affordability, value or prestige.

Recommended Study Links

  • Homework Spot: For homework help, Science Fair project ideas, math help, and more
  • Khan Academy: Learn almost anything for free (especially math)
  • Lexile.com: The Lexile framework for reading—matching readers with texts.
  • Math.com: Free math lessons and math homework help from basic math to algebra, geometry and beyond. Includes online calculators, tools, and games to use and improve your math skills
  • Portals to the world: Library of Congress links to electronic resources around the world
  • Quiz Hub: Free Online Interactive K-12 Quiz Games (iPad-Compatible)
  • Reference.com: Online dictionary, thesaurus, and more
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12. Students may also call toll free: 1-877-ASK-ROSE (1-877-275-7673).
  • World Factbook: Maps, Flags, and important statistical data brought to you by the CIA
  • YouTube EDU: Short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world’s leading universities, professional development material from fellow educators, and inspiring videos from global thought leaders

Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens

Online Materials

Access World News from NewsBank: Find global information on topics related to business, education, the environment, health, jobs and careers, politics and government, social issues, sports, STEM and more including newspapers, videos and web-only content featuring the Post & Mail, USA Today, international sources and 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.

 

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.

 

Kanopy: Thoughtful EntertainmentKanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides access to films of unique social and cultural value. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. See FAQ page for more information.

Kanopy Kids brings you thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe

 

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