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Topical Book Lists for Teens

Reading Suggestions – Adults

Below is a list of Readers Advisory tools put together by the Peabody Public Library staff.

  • Indiana Authors: Find books by Indiana Authors, including both fiction and non-fiction. It is in no way a complete or exhaustive listing, just a finding aid for some pleasurable reading. The list also includes some hometown authors!
  • Browse reviews or search for books based on your preferences for plot, setting, character, and writing style.
  • Fantastic Fiction: This site provides bibliographies for over 15,000 authors and information on over 250,000 books.
  • Good Reads: Book recommendations, with or without an account
  • Guys Read: An interactive site from guys-reading-guru Jon Scieszka that lets you search or browse for recommendations for adults in general or “young, middle, and older” guys.
  • Monster Librarian: Horror fiction recommendations for kids, teens, and adults arranged by sub-genre and series.
  • New York Times Best Seller Books
  • Oprah’s Book Club
  • Overbooked: Resource for readers, providing timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction.
  • Stop, You’re Killing Me! Mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books chronologically listed by authors including series. Browseable by author name, character name, genre, location or period of story, or the lead character’s ethnicity or job.
  • What should I read next? Search for a book you know you like and get recommendations based on other readers’ similar preferences. You have to register for an account to get the “full” list of results, though often the partial list is enough to address a user inquiry.
  • What’s Next: The Kent District Library What’s Next?: Books In Series™ database helps you search series fiction. A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits.

Topical Book Lists for Adults

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.


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

Preschool & Elementary Resources With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.


A to Z logo

AtoZ the USA brings one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. gives parenting and educational ideas for parents of preschoolers. From the DEKKO foundation.


Explora for Elementary Schools, from Inspire is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. Available within the state of Indiana.

Kanopy logo
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. 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.


PBS kids is an online site with educational games linked to PBS Kids television shows, including Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, The Electric Company, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, Thomas and Friends, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.


Storyline Online logo

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Cooking Classes on Youtube

Cooking classes are held at the library, but may also be recorded and shared on Youtube. If you’d like to be able to ask questions and taste the food, check our online calendar and come to our next class. If you’d rather listen and learn from the convenience of your own home, follow a link below.

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)
  • The Lexile framework for reading—matching readers with texts.
  • 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)
  • 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

Quick Reference Cards

Select an option below to view or download a convenient reference card in PDF format

Technology Classes on Youtube


Genealogy Resources from the Peabody Public Library, the nation’s most popular genealogical resource, with hints from all over the country to aid in your research, is now available inside the library.


HeritageQuest online is a collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. HeritageQuest online is accessible both inside the library and outside the library. (To access HeritageQuest from a remote location, you will need a valid library card number to enter when prompted for a barcode.)


Indiana Archives and Records Administration logoThe Indiana Archives and Records Administration collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Visit the Search Archives Holdings page for a detailed listing, including links to online exhibits and electronic indexes of selected records where available.


Indiana Memory is made possible through the collaborative efforts of academic libraries, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives to create and share their digital collections reflecting Indiana’s cultural heritage–an Indiana “Virtual Museum”. Peabody Public Library and the Whitley County Historical Museum have teamed up to create a site on Indiana Memory. Our collection is named Historical Whitley County and holds pictures of the county, the library, Mr. Peabody and some of the artwork in the library.


Our online Obituary Database contains obituary records from local newspapers, 1856 – 1910 and 1983 – present. This online index is accessible anywhere, but newspapers are kept in the Whitley County portion of our Indiana Room on microfilm.

Favorite Genealogy Links on the Web

General Research

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.



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.

Government and Legal

Indiana Legal Forms Library includes state-specific forms for business, civil and criminal litigation and more. Over 1500 fill-in forms are available in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats.

Social Security Express: utilize online services for the Social Security Administration from one central location.


Merck Manuals logoMerck Manuals is a free website for healthcare students, healthcare professionals and consumers. The online version of this best-selling reference title contains essential information on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders in ten languages. The website is consistently updated with the latest information and contains additional resources including multimedia content and a consumer medical dictionary. There is no registration required to use the Merck Manuals website.


The Merck Veterinary Manual (MVM) is a free website for veterinary professionals and pet owners.  Coverage includes all domesticated species and their diseases.


ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.
Some of Chilton Library’s more popular features include:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center from Inspire is a searchable database of resources for crafts, collectibles, indoor and outdoor recreation, performing arts, and more.

Home Improvement Reference Center from Inspire is a searchable database for home improvement projects from decorating and remodeling to electrical, plumbing, and woodworking.

Oral History

WWII: 1941 – 1945


Narrator Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Brown, Charles U.S. Army: Ft. Richardson, Alaska 55:10
Brown, Frances Military Wife: Alabama 19:41
Brown, Lewis Merchant Marines: Atlantic – Pacific 24:09
Byer, Gerald Eugene U.S. Naval Reserve: Boston, New York, Pacific, Portland 52:13
Cassell, Robert U.S. Army: Europe 49:06
Cornmesser, Robert U.S. Navy 22:08
Coverstone, George U.S. Navy: Atlantic & Pacific 27:08
Gipe, Dick U.S. Army: France, Belgium, Holland, Germany 18:42
Goudy, Dewey U.S. Army Air Force: Italy 38:06
Hammer, Janice Military Wife (WWII and Korea) 33:02
Haworth, Richard U.S. Air Corp: Florida, Indiana, Texas 14:57
Herr, John Benjamin U.S. Army: Omaha Beach [He was also a POW in Germany] 6:33
Keuneke, Arnold Signal Corp of Air Force—Army: Mostly N. Africa & Italy 43:39
Marsh, Howard U.S. Army: France & Germany 29:01
Mercer, Frank U.S. Army: South Pacific – New Guinea 53:38
Meyers, Edward Air Corps, U.S. Air Force: Texas, Kansas, Florida, Africa, Italy, Arizona 21:02
Mitchell, Clarice U.S. Navy: Pacific Ocean Theater 50:36
Nowling, Arthur U.S. Army: Japan, Asiatic Pacific Theatre 38:18
Perry, Clifford U.S. Army: West Coast 49:22
Pittenger, Talbert U.S. Navy: Pacific Area 51:39
Pontzius, Wilma WAVES (U.S. Navy): San Diego, Great Lakes IN, Chicago 23:01
Ramp, Richard Army Air Force: Olk., Cal, Idaho, Ft. Myers FL, Norwich England 47:40
Shaw, Clarence Army Air Force? (Artillery): Europe 29:40
Strouse, Edgar John U.S. Air Corps: Basic Miss, Johnson Island 21:58
Tarleton, William U.S. Navy: Pacific 70:20
Walker, Robert U.S. Air Force Reserves: Kessler, Miss – San Antonio Tex – Training etc. 34:07
Waterfall, Clark U.S. Army, Veterinary Corp: ASTP Michigan State University, Ft. Bnj Harrison, Indianapolis, Manch & Durmstadt Germany 59:12


Korean War: 1950 – 1953

Narrator Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Cornmesser, Robert U.S. Navy 22:08
Coulter, Leroy U.S. Air Force: USA, England, Vietnam 27:19
Daniel, Daniel U.S. Navy: Great Lakes, IL; Norfolk and Little Creek, VA 36:02
Easter, Benjamin U.S. Army: Muchen, Germany 26:41
Forrester, Richard U.S. Air Force: Texas, Japan, Korea, Florida 25:29
Frey, Franklin U.S. Army: Korea 33:02
Gates, Paul U.S. Army: US, Germany 54:50
Hammer, Janice Military Wife (WWII and Korea) 33:02
Heinbaugh, William U.S. Navy: Port Huneme, Kwajalein, M3-Naval Amphibious base, Coronado, California 47:23
Henley, Keith U.S. Air Force: Germany, Norway, Pentagon, Alaska, Recruiting Duty 58:08
Kissinger, Keith U.S. Army: Germany 8:32
Klingaman, Lynn U.S. Army: France, Germany 57:45
Leas, Robert U.S. Army: Japan, Korea 16:14
*Loy, Grant U.S. Marine Corps: US & Japan (1957-1960) 33:52
Pontzius, Wilma WAVES (U.S. Navy) : San Diego, Great Lakes IN, Chicago 23:01
Rohrer, Gene U.S. Marine Corps: US & Korea 17:21
Schrader, Jack U.S. Marine Corps: Korea 21:01
Shaw, James U.S. Navy: USS Titania KA13, Anchorage Alaska A099 [Aog9?], USS Cavalier APA-37 24:44
Strouse, Edgar John U.S. Air Corps: Basic Miss, Johnson Island 21:58
Tarleton, William U.S. Navy: Pacific 70:20
Wilson, Ray U.S. Marine Corps Reserves: Miami Fl, Cherry Point NC 33:19
Yaney, James U.S. Army Medical Corps: Korea, Japan 48:21

*Served between the Korean War and the Vietnam War

Vietnam War: 1961 – 1975


Narrator Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Alspaugh, James U.S. Army: Ft. Knox Kentucky, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Hood, Texas 28:14
Coulter, Leroy U.S. Air Force: USA, England, Vietnam 27:19
Crabill, Roger U.S. Army: USA, Vietnam 27:30
Davis, Larry U.S. Marine Corps: Okinawa, Japan, Caribbean, Pannama & Cuba 46:14
Davis, Tim U.S. Marine Corps: Vietnam, DaNang 29:53
Disbrow, Charles U.S. Air Force: Texas, Japan, Pakistan 20:26
Hayes, Julia Military Wife: France, Florida, Illinois, NY, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Indiana 15:47
Hayes, Michael U.S. Air Force: U.S., France, Korea, Puerto Rico 17:17
Henley, Keith U.S. Air Force: Germany, Norway, Pentagon, Alaska, Recruiting Duty 58:08
Hess, Richard U.S. Army/Reserves: Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Carson, CO., Vietnam 25:43
Hicks, William U.S. Army: CONUS, S.E.A. USAREUR 12:43
Johnson, Ronald U.S. Army: Korea 17:10
Koch, Richard U.S. Air Force: Biloxi, Ms, Arkansas, and Crete Lubbock, Tx 13:34
Lehman, Harold U.S. Army: Ft. Polk, Ft. Eustis, Qui Nhon RVN, Ft. Wayne; ANG USAF: Middle East, Africa, Panama 44:47
Nowling, John U.S. Army: An Khe, Vietnam, Ft. Campbell, KY 39:47
Tagtmeyer, Jeanne U.S. Air Force: Chanute AFB, Cam Ranh Bay, SV, Cannon AFB, NM, Shaw AFB, SC, CCK AB, Taiwan 39:17

Other Conflicts


Narrator Conflict, Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Cook, Chris Operation Just Cause; U.S. Army: Ft. Ord, CA 28:41
McKown, Jason Iraqi Freedom; U.S. Marine Corps: Kings Bay, GA, Camp Lejune, NC 45:56
Wentworth, Robert Global War on Terror; U.S. Army Reserves: Ft. Wayne, IN, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan 52:19


Whitley County Oral History

Narrator Area Discussed Video Length
Anderson, Betty Larwill, Tri-Lakes 53:49
Bailey, Ralph Columbia City, WCCS 48:59
Boardman, Tom Coesse 45:33
Bollinger, Marian South Whitley 54:08
Brittain, Robert Columbia City 46:32
Brown, Frances Thorncreek, Columbia City 50:31
Cassell, Robert Columbia City, Larwill, S. Whitley 32:49
Daniel, Daniel L. Columbia City 60:42
Fleck, Jim Columbia City 47:43
Geist, Joe Tunker, Peabody, Columbia City 62:47
Haworth, Dick Whitley County Agriculture 57:05
Heckman, Gene Tri-Lakes, Thorncreek Township 58:47
Heinley, Elmer & Helen Columbia City 71:59
Hively, Jeanie Columbia City 54:21
Jefferson Home Extension Club Churubusco, Columbia City, Laud 45:27
Johnson, Bonnie Columbia City, Laud 38:40
Klingaman, Lynn Rural Whitley County/Ag Museum 69:58
Mathieu, Chuck Churubusco 50:53
McNagny, Patricia Columbia City 24:18
Metzger, Roger Columbia City Basketball/Newspapers 49:53
Myers, Mary J. Collins, Churubusco 30:37
Oliver, Jayne Columbia City 99:44
Overdeer, Bill Columbia City, County Council 50:52
Parliamentary Law & Literary Club Told by Marge Pence 17:12
Passages, Inc Told by Tom O’Neal and Alice Anderson, Columbia City 34:17
Pontzius, Jon Columbia City 49:33
Pugh, Mary Alice Columbia City 52:36
Ramp, Richard & Viola Columbia City 56:59
Reed, Max Columbia City 58:07
Rosenberger, Janice Laud, Jefferson Township 39:21
Rothert, Dulanna Tri-Lakes 44:57
Schneider, Alice Columbia City 64:16
Schuman, Billie Ormas, Etna, Columbia City 44:14
Sexton, Roy Columbia City 36:02
Sexton, Susie Columbia City 88:52
Smith, Nathan Collamer 58:51
Strouse, Mary Louise Columbia City 42:52
Tawasi Home Extension Club Churubusco, Collins, Columbia City, Etna, Larwill, Tri-Lakes 85:13
Trier, Vernon Columbia City 27:42
Wagner, Scott Donated paintings 5:45
Waterfall, Clark Columbia City 19:55
Whitley County Historical Museum Annex 19:09
Whitley County Historical Museum Marshall House 37:26
Wineland, Don Columbia City, Tri-Lakes 57:03


Remote Printing

Wireless/Remote Printing

The Peabody Public Library provides web printing services for wireless users. This gives you the ability to print to the library’s printer from virtually anywhere by using an app, uploading a file, or sending an email. The printing fee is 10¢ per page for black and white and 25¢ per page for color, and you have three hours from the time the job is accepted until you must retrieve it at our cash/credit payment kiosk.

From a File or URL

If you are printing a Web page or a file saved on your laptop or mobile device, click here to get started.

  • Black and White printing is selected by default; choose “Color Public Access Printer” if you wish to print in color.
  • Type a name you can remember in the space provided. This name will help you identify your print job at the print release station.
  • Select the file you wish to print by clicking on the Browse button. If you are printing a document from a website, copy and paste the URL of the document from your browser’s address bar into the Select Document area.
  • On the next page, you can choose page orientation, number of copies desired, and whether to only print selected pages.
  • When you see “Approved Print Job,” click on the green print icon to send your document(s) to the printer.
  • When you see “Your request has been processed,” it means the print job is being sent to the print release kiosk and will be ready shortly.

From an Email

To print an email message or attachment from your mailbox or from your mobile device, simply forward your email to one of the following email addresses:

Also note:

  • You should receive a confirmation email when the process is complete.
  • Your identification at the print release kiosk will be the first part of your email address (before the @ sign).
  • Attachments will appear as separate print jobs (note the file name for retrieval).
  • The body of the email will be identified by the subject line.

From an App

You can use the free PrinterOn Mobile Printing app if it is available for your device. In the app, you will need to find and add one or both of the following printers (the location is “Peabody Public Library Columbia City Indiana”):

  • For black-and-white print jobs, use ppl-webprint-bw
  • For color print jobs, use ppl-webprint-color

The PrinterOn app allows you to print documents, photos, or web pages from your mobile device, without having to use a browser or send an email. You will still pay for your print job at the print release station, not on your device.