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Craft Saturday on February 10

Craft Saturday is Saturday, February 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children and young adults. This month, children will make foam valentines and young adults will make beautiful jeweled boxes!

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American Red Cross Blood Drive on February 28

Can you spare one hour to help save lives? Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood?

Give back by giving the gift of blood on Wednesday, February 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the library in community rooms A&B. Register online here or contact Amanda Brennan at the library at 260-244-5541 or abrennan@ppl.lib.in.us.

 

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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 dlowrance@ppl.lib.in.us.

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.

 

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Winter Reading Program

Our adult winter reading program kicks off January 15, 2018. The theme this year is “Dewey Decathlon.” The program will last 10 weeks, and we will have 10 “Dewey” classification sections.

Patrons complete the assigned reading and activity, and check in at the library once a week to report their progress. We ask that participants read at least two hours a week. Each week the participant will receive a small prize. At the end of the program on March 25, we will do a large drawing for those who completed the program and will give away the GRAND PRIZE!

Patrons must come in to the library to sign up for the program and pick up their packets, but reading recommendations can be viewed and downloaded from the links below. Contact Deb at dlowrance@ppl.lib.in.us or 260-244-5541 if you have questions.

Winter Reading Lists

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PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest and PPL Writers Contest

Every year the Peabody Public Library participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest and also holds a PPL Writers Contest for kids in fourth and fifth grades. This year the deadline for entry is Monday, March 26, 2018 by 6 PM. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 11 at 5 PM. You can pick up the rules and entry form at the library, or download them here.

PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest

PBSGo! Writers ContestThis contest is for kids from Kindergarten to 3rd grade and is sponsored by PBS39.

PPL Writers Context

This contest is for kids in 4th and 5th grade, and is held by Peabody Public Library at the same time as the PBS Kids contest.

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News Release – Peabody Public Library Gets a Fresh New Look

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (January 10, 2018) – Peabody Public Library recently revealed their new brand and logo.

“Although the current pathway logo has served the library well, it was time to update our brand to reflect what the library provides the community right now, said Peabody Public Library Executive Director Mary Hartman.

Peabody Public Library was established in Columbia City in 1901. The library was first located on the second floor of the Raupfer Building at the corner of West Van Buren and Main Streets in downtown Columbia City. Then later in 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated land and funds to erect a new building on North Main Street. As the library and its members continued to grow, there was an evident need for a new facility to accommodate the growth. In 1999, the new present-day 29,688-square-foot facility was built just off State Road 205.

Since then, the library has continued to develop and expand its services and offerings to patrons.

“The library is more than books in a building – it is the experience you gain from the interactions you have with the people you encounter.  Whether it is taking a yoga class, trying out a different food at a cooking class, attending one of our book clubs, socializing with other families at play dates, developing literacy and sensory skills by attending story time or toddler time activities, visiting us at our mobile tech labs or using our meeting rooms. All of these shared experiences, connect us to one another and help us grow as individuals and as a community,” Hartman said.

The new brand represents more of that sense of connection and community. The library is a destination for community members of all ages with diverse interests. The library offers educational classes, programming and entertainment. And with additional community spaces open to the public, it’s a place for the entire community to use and enjoy. It’s truly a place where you can create your own experience, connect with others and get connected to community resources, and grow your mind, your creative abilities, skills and aspirations.

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.

 

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News Release – Winter Reading Program Kicks off at Peabody Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (January 12, 2018) – Peabody Public Library’s Winter Reading Program for adults kicks off January 15.

The library is hosting a 10-week reading program for adults beginning January 15. The theme for the reading program is “Dewey Decathlon.”

“We wanted to try something different this year to promote more diverse reading,” said Deb Lowrance, Peabody Adult Services Librarian. “Not everyone is familiar with the system so hopefully this will help our patrons find and explore more throughout the library. We’ve also included more ‘hands-on’ goals for patrons to choose from like classes and videos. We hope everyone enjoys this winter reading experience!”

The goal is for each participant to read two hours a week, and complete activities in the Dewey Decathlon packet. Participants can record their progress at the library and collect small prizes throughout the program. At the end of the program on March 25, 2018, participants who completed the program will be eligible for the grand-prize drawing!

Packets can be picked up at the library. If you have additional questions about the program you can contact the adult department at the library at 260-244-5541 or Deb Lowrance at dlowrance@ppl.lib.in.us.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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. 

 

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January Painting at Peabody – Adults and Young Adults

Painting at Peabody for adults is Saturday, January 20 at 2 PM. Join artist, Emily Stichter from Grace College, and create some beautiful artwork! The cost is just $3 per person. Sign up for the class here.

Sunday, January 14 is our young adult painting class. The class will take place at 2 PM and we will paint a beautiful winterberry tree! For grades 4+. Limit 10 per class. Sign up in the children’s department or online here.

 

          

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Don't forget to check our online calendar for current activities. You can also pick up a copy of our current paper calendar at the library to easily keep track of what is going on.

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