Battle of the Books

It’s that time again! We will be sponsoring the 5th Annual Peabody Public Library “Battle of the Books”! If you are not familiar with this program, it is an academic competition in which teams will be questioned on their general knowledge of 6 books that have been chosen from different genres. Each team will receive a set of books that will be theirs to keep. Teams may have up to 6 members, with students in grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12, and competition will be between teams, not school districts.

Elementary and Middle School teams will compete on Saturday, March 23, while High School teams will compete on Sunday, March 24, so be sure to keep those dates open.

You can download the Registration Form and General Rules, or pick them up at the library. All teams must be registered by Friday, December 7, 2018.

Now available! Download the BOOK LIST.

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The Results Are In! Peabody Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Best Storybook Characters:
Harry Potter (child) by Jade North
Sans Skelebro (young adult) by Haydn Gable
Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. (adult) by Amber Brown

Cutest Pumpkins:
Unicorn (child) by Hailey Hall
The Many Faces of Halloween (young adult) by Melora Henney
Rolie Polie Olie (adult) by Christie Witton

Most Unique Pumpkins:
Dr. Einstein (child) by Ian Truax
The Many Faces of Halloween (young adult) by Melora Henney
Vincent van Gogh (adult) by Sara Andrews

Thank you to ALL of the talented individuals who participated in the contest, and thank you to all who voted!

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Welcome, Katy! Peabody Welcomes New Adult Services Librarian


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.

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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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