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Welcome, Katy! Peabody Welcomes New Adult Services Librarian

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (October 17, 2018) – Peabody Public Library recently welcomed new team member, Katy Southern, who will serve as the Peabody Adult Services Librarian.

Previously, Katy worked at Eckhart Public Library in Auburn, Indiana. While at Eckhart, Katy served the library in several ways by providing consulting and grant writing services, and serving as Supervising Librarian and Collection Development Specialist. Before her tenure at Eckhart Public Library Katy worked in the English department at the University of Wisconsin.

Katy holds Bachelor of Arts in German from Hanover College, and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

“I am thrilled to have someone of Katy’s caliber available to serve our customers. I look forward to seeing all that Katy and the adult services department can accomplish for our community in the coming years. We are lucky to have her as a member of the PPL [Peabody Public Library] Family,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman.

Want to stay up-to-date on what’s happening 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.

 

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Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It’s that time of year again, Peabody Public Library is hosting its annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! We want to see your most clever creations!

Prizes will be awarded for three different categories for children, young adult and adult age groups.

Categories include: cutest pumpkin, most unique pumpkin and best storybook character pumpkin.

Bring in your pumpkin between Thursday, October 18 and October 21 to join the contest! Entries will be publicly displayed in the library. Voting will begin on Saturday, October 22 and will end Sunday, October 28.

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

  • Please do not carve your pumpkin or use fresh produce of any kind (mold and books don’t get along!)
  • You may use a real or artificial pumpkin.
  • Be creative! You can use paint, paper, beads, feathers, markers, etc.
  • One entry per person. People may work together to create a pumpkin but there will only be one prize for that pumpkin if it wins
  • Make sure your pumpkin is family friendly so that everyone can enjoy it
  • Do not put your name on your pumpkin, it will be assigned a number
  • All content must be secure enough to be moved throughout the library
  • Pumpkin must be at the library by closing on Sunday, October 21st
  • Pick up your pumpkin after the contest by November 3rd, or it will be discarded

 

ENTER THE CONTEST

Download the entry form

 

A few entries from last year

 

     

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News: September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at Peabody Library!

 

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (September 7, 2018) – Sign up or renew your library membership with Peabody Public Library this month, and you may receive special offers and prizes in celebration of Library Card Sign-Up Month!

The American Library Association (ALA) recognizes the month of September as Library Card Sign-Up Month. The ALA joins public libraries nationwide to highlight the value of a library card. It encourages parents and students to utilize the library’s resources that support academic success.

“Your Peabody Public Library card provides you access to 117 libraries across the State of Indiana,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman. “Because of this, our library has so much to offer for patrons of all ages, with different interests.”

Your library card provides you access to more than 30,000 streamed videos through Kanopy; audiobooks, e-books, comics, videos, TV shows and music through Overdrive and Hoopla; and you can access all of this without leaving the comfort of your home.

Last year the library introduced a home good items section. Patrons can check out items such as: tools, cake pans, rubber stamps, a sewing machine and more. The library will also continue to offer lawn games to patrons for check out.

Want to learn how to paint, listen to local musicians, work with robots, cook, crochet or knit?  The library has all of these offerings and more!

“We invite you to create your own experience, connect with others and get connected to community resources, and grow your mind, your creative abilities, skills and aspirations using your Peabody Public Library card!”

Not sure if your membership is covered through property taxes? For local residents living within Columbia City limits, Columbia or Thorncreek Townships, their Evergreen Library memberships are paid to Peabody Public Library through property taxes. For residents living in Richland and Cleveland Townships, or within town limits of Larwill, memberships are paid through property taxes to South Whitley Community Library. Smith Township receives library services from Churubusco Public Library, and Green Township residents receive services from Noble County Public Library.

Residents that live in the blue townships (Etna Troy, Jefferson, Union and Washington) on the map are outside of the library service area, but are still eligible to purchase library cards from Peabody Public Library for $70 a year. Whitley County Consolidated School students living in those townships are eligible for library cards for just $5 a year.

Throughout the month of September, the library will have several drawings for prizes! Here’s what you can win:

  • Sign up for or renew a blue student card and enter a drawing to win an upgrade to a “green” card membership
  • Sign up for or renew a non-resident card and enter to win a second-year membership free
  • Sign up for or renew a regular borrower’s card or PLAC card and enter to win a Bones Theater gift card
  • Every new or renewed account is automatically entered in the drawing for an Echo Dot

If you have questions or would like more information contact the library at 260-244-5541, librarian@ppl.lib.in.us or visit www.ppl.lib.in.us. To stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the library, you can also follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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.

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September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

It’s that time of year again at the library! It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month! Don’t have a library card? Now is a great time to get one, or renew your membership! Learn more about library memberships and details for your service area here.

Check out these awesome giveaways happening in September!

·  Sign up for or renew a blue student card and enter to win an upgrade to a full ‘green’ card membership.

·  Sign up for or renew a Non-Resident card and enter to win  a second year membership free.

·  Sign up for or renew a regular borrower’s card or PLAC card and enter  to win a Bones Theater Gift Card!

·  Every new or renewed account is automatically  entered in the drawing for an Echo Dot!

 

Download the flyer to learn more and to view a map of the service areas in the county.

 

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Update on Student Library Cards

Student cards are now good for one year–no matter when you purchased them!

Blue student cards are available for $5 to students who are enrolled in any Whitley County Consolidated School, but are not eligible for a green Evergreen card due to living in a township that does not support the library through property taxes.

Parents must provide a valid photo ID and the student must be present to register. If you live outside the WCCS district, please also bring in proof of registration, such as a school ID, registration form or agenda.

Student Cards may be renewed up to 1 month before expiration date.

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News Release – Peabody Public Library Adds Film Streaming Service, Kanopy

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 29, 2018) – Peabody Public Library recently announced that the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy, will be available for free at the library beginning June 1.

Library cardholders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films instantly by visiting the library website: www.ppl.lib.in.us. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy 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 collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

“Kanopy is a delightful addition to our streaming services. It has a wonderful collection of videos for children and adults. The content runs the gamut from popular movies to award winners to educational films. I especially like their PBS collection. Kanopy provides our customers with another viewing choice for themselves and for their families. Best of all, it’s free with your Peabody Public Library card,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman.

The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.

Want to stay up-to-date on what’s happening 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 KANOPY

Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema. 

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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.

 

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News Release – Peabody Public Library Welcomes New Youth Services Librarian

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COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 14, 2018) – Peabody Public Library recently welcomed new team member, Mary Graber, who will serve as the Peabody Youth Services Librarian.

“I am excited to be a part of the Peabody Public Library,” said Graber. “I think the youth services staff and I will do great things together!”

Previously, Graber worked at Eckhart Public Library in nearby Auburn, Indiana, for the last 13 years. Graber gained experience in several areas at Eckhart Library, serving as library clerk in the Children’s Technical Services Department, the Children’s and Teen Department Assistant, to the Children’s and Teen Librarian, and the Assistant Teen Supervisor and Programming Specialist.

“Peabody Public Library is thrilled to have someone of Mary’s caliber working for us. She has done so much for the youth of the Auburn community, we are fortunate to have her here, providing excellent services for our youth,” said Peabody Library Director Mary Hartman.

Want to stay up-to-date on what’s happening 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.

 

 

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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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