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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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Summer Reading Program

Our theme for summer reading is “A Universe of Stories.” People of all ages are invited to join the fun and win prizes by participating in Summer Reading BINGO. For each BINGO completed people will pick out a prize of their choice and receive a golden ticket in a drawing for a themed basket. Summer Reading BINGO runs from June 3-July 13.


BINGO sheets may be picked up at the library or downloaded from these links:

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News: Peabody Public Library brings the community together

Peabody Public Library brings the community together

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 7, 2019) – Peabody Public Library is encouraging patrons to come experience the library this summer.

“Although the library offers a variety of reading options, we have so much more to offer than books,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman. “We love our books, and we will always encourage reading, but we want the community to understand the experiences we offer here at the library.”

The library recently released a new promotional video that highlights some of those offerings. From robotics classes, STEM activities for children and teens, art, cooking classes, concerts and more–the library has something for everyone.

The theme for the video is community. “The library is about people,” said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman. “When we find ways to connect with our patrons, we’re serving our community. And as the needs of our community change, we have to adapt to serve those needs. We’ve expanded our offerings and will continue to do so because we understand our patrons are seeking experiences as well as books.”

Local collaboration was key in creating the video. “We partnered with local talent on the entire video” said Hartman.

Dewitt Marketing, LLC composed the script for the video, and assisted with the project management; Laura Richcreek with Laura’s Voice composed the voiceover for the video; and Nick Ewing Photo & Films filmed and produced the video.

“Whitley County has a treasure trove of gifted, local talent and partnering with them just makes sense.  I can’t think of a better way to show that the library is about supporting and promoting the community,” Hartman said.

The library is a gathering place where people spend time with one another. With its variety of meeting spaces, it has become a go-to place for events such as baby showers, birthday parties, graduation parties and community events. Because the library is publicly funded there is a fee for library cards for those outside the service area to check out materials, but classes and events are open to everyone at the library.

“Whether you’re interested in trying new foods at our cooking class, attending an art class, exploring robotics, or bringing your kiddos in to just hang out, play games, and do crafts–it’s about the interactions and experiences you choose to enjoy yourself and with others.”

Last January, the library unveiled their new brand, and the video is another way to carry the brand forward. “The message we want to continue to share is, the library is more than books on shelves or ‘things’ at all–it’s an experience,” said Hartman. “It’s a place where you can create your own experience, connect with others and build relationships in the community, grow your mind, your creativity, and skills. We should never stop learning. I encourage you to come experience what the library has to offer.”

The library’s summer reading program will kick off next month. More details to come. You can follow updates on events, classes and programming at the library by visiting www.ppl.lib.in.us. Click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to view the on-line calendar of events. Stay connected by following the library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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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 Highway 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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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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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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We value your feedback! Youth Services Survey

Our Youth Services Department wants to learn more about how we can best serve YOU! We truly value your feedback, and would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey. Please feel free to share this link with family and friends.

If you prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey, we also have surveys available at the library for patrons to complete.

The survey closes on February 28. 

Thank you!

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