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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.
  • Musings of the Monster Librarian: Horror fiction recommendations for kids, teens, and adults arranged by sub-genre and series.
  • Reading Bite – A Monster Librarian Site
  • New York Times Best Seller Books
  • Oprah’s Book Club
  • Overbooked: the Next Chapter: 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.

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.




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. 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, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, 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.

Fun With Robotics

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

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

Technology Classes on Youtube

Our Technology Trainer, Beth Gaff, has recorded many of her technology classes, which are available on YouTube under the channel Instructor: Beth Gaff and using the links below.

Evergreen Indiana

Business and Job Searching

Free Software & Apps

Fun With Robotics

General Computer Skills

Microsoft Office

Tablets and Smartphones

The Coding Corner for Kids


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.


Find My Past: Trace your family tree online. While within Peabody Public Library you have access to certain records through a partnership with Findmypast.


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.)


The 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.


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 Service Dates
Brown, Charles U.S. Army: Ft. Richardson, Alaska 1941-1946
Brown, Frances Military Wife: Alabama WWII era
Brown, Lewis Merchant Marines: Atlantic – Pacific 1944-1945
Byer, Gerald Eugene U.S. Naval Reserve: Boston, New York, Pacific, Portland 1942-1946
Cassell, Robert U.S. Army: Europe 1942-1945
Cornmesser, Robert U.S. Navy: USA, South Pacific, Philippines, Subic Bay, Mindonau, Panama Canal, Mediterranean, Rome, Naples, Malta 1944-1946, 1950-1952
Coverstone, George U.S. Navy: Atlantic & Pacific 1943-1946
Gipe, Dick U.S. Army: France, Belgium, Holland, Germany 1944-1947
Goudy, Dewey U.S. Army Air Force: Italy 1943-1945
Hammer, Janice Military Wife (WWII and Korea) 1942-1968
Haworth, Richard U.S. Air Corp: Florida, Indiana, Texas 1942-1945
Herr, John Benjamin U.S. Army: Omaha Beach [He was also a POW in Germany] 1942-1945
Keuneke, Arnold Signal Corp of Air Force—Army: Mostly N. Africa & Italy 1942-1945
Marsh, Howard U.S. Army: France & Germany 1944-1946
Mercer, Frank U.S. Army: South Pacific – New Guinea 1943-1945
Meyers, Edward Air Corps, U.S. Air Force: Texas, Kansas, Florida, Africa, Italy, Arizona 1943-1945
Mitchell, Clarice U.S. Navy: Pacific Ocean Theater 1943-1945
Nowling, Arthur U.S. Army: Japan, Asiatic Pacific Theatre 1945-1946
Perry, Clifford U.S. Army: West Coast 1942-1945
Pittenger, Talbert U.S. Navy: Pacific Area 1943-1945
Pontzius, Wilma WAVES (U.S. Navy): San Diego, Great Lakes IN, Chicago 1944-1946, 1950-1952
Ramp, Richard Army Air Force: Olk., Cal, Idaho, Ft. Myers FL, Norwich England 1942-1945
Shaw, Clarence Army Air Force? (Artillery): Europe 1942-1945
Strouse, Edgar John U.S. Air Corps: Basic Miss, Johnson Island 1944-1951
Tarleton, William U.S. Navy: Pacific 1943-1945, 1947-1952
Walker, Robert U.S. Air Force Reserves: Kessler, Miss – San Antonio Tex – Training etc. 1942-1945
Waterfall, Clark U.S. Army, Veterinary Corp: ASTP Michigan State University, Ft. Bnj Harrison, Indianapolis, Manch & Durmstadt Germany 1944-1947

Korean War: 1950 – 1953

Narrator Branch & Location of Service Service Dates
Cornmesser, Robert U.S. Navy: USA, Manus Island, the Philippines, Subic Bay, Mindonau, Panama Canal, Mediterranean, Rome, Naples, Malta 1944-1946, 1950-1952
Coulter, Leroy U.S. Air Force: USA, England, Vietnam 1950-1970
Daniel, Daniel U.S. Navy and Reserves: Great Lakes, IL; Norfolk and Little Creek, VA 1951-1955, 1955-1959
Easter, Benjamin U.S. Army: Muchen, Germany 1953-1955
Forrester, Richard U.S. Air Force: Texas, Japan, Korea, Florida 1951-1952
Frey, Franklin U.S. Army: Europe, Japan, Korea 1951-1953
Gates, Paul U.S. Army: USA, Germany 1950-1952
Hammer, Janice Military Wife (WWII and Korea) 1942-1968
Heinbaugh, William U.S. Navy: USA, Port Huneme, Kwajalein, M3-Naval Amphibious base, Coronado 1948-1952, 1958-1959
Henley, Keith U.S. Air Force: Germany, Norway, Pentagon, Alaska, Recruiting Duty 1951-1973
Kissinger, Keith U.S. Army: Germany 1951-1952
Klingaman, Lynn U.S. Army: USA, France, Germany 1952-1955
Leas, Robert U.S. Army: Japan, Korea 1953-1954
*Loy, Grant U.S. Marine Corps: USA & Japan 1957-1960
Pontzius, Wilma WAVES (U.S. Navy) : San Diego, Great Lakes IN, Chicago 1944-1946, 1950-1952
Rohrer, Gene U.S. Marine Corps: USA & Korea 1950-1953
Schrader, Jack U.S. Marine Corps: Korea 1951-1954
Shaw, James U.S. Navy: USS Titania KA13, Anchorage Alaska A099 [Aog9?], USS Cavalier APA-37, Hawaii, Yokohama, Sasebo, Japan & Korea 1952-1955
Strouse, Edgar John U.S. Air Corps: Basic Miss, Johnson Island 1944-1951
Tarleton, William U.S. Navy: Pacific 1943-1945, 1947-1952
Wilson, Ray U.S. Marine Corps Reserves: Miami Fl, Cherry Point NC 1948-1952
Yaney, James U.S. Army Medical Corps: Korea, Japan 1953-1961

*Served between the Korean War and the Vietnam War

Vietnam War: 1961 – 1975


Narrator Branch & Location of Service Service Dates
Alspaugh, James U.S. Army: Ft. Knox Kentucky, Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Ft. Hood, Texas 1966-1968
Chivers, Craig U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air National Guard: SC, NC, Cuban Missile Crisis, South Vietnam 1961-2003
Coulter, Leroy U.S. Air Force: USA, England, Vietnam 1950-1970
Crabill, Roger U.S. Army: USA, Vietnam 1967-1969
Davis, Larry U.S. Marine Corps: Okinawa, Japan, Caribbean, Panama & Cuba 1969-1972
Davis, Tim U.S. Marine Corps: Vietnam, DaNang 1967-1968
Disbrow, Charles U.S. Air Force: Texas, Japan, Pakistan 1962-1970
Eckert, Richard U.S. Air Force: Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Thailand, New Jersey 1966-1970
Hayes, Julia Military Wife: France, Florida, Illinois, NY, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Indiana 1960-1978
Hayes, Michael U.S. Air Force: U.S., France, Korea, Puerto Rico 1958-1978
Henley, Keith U.S. Air Force: Germany, Norway, Pentagon, Alaska, Recruiting Duty 1951-1973
Hess, Richard U.S. Army/Reserves: Ft. Knox, KY, Ft. Carson, CO., Vietnam 1964-1969
Hicks, William U.S. Army: CONUS, S.E.A. USAREUR 1966-1986
Johnson, Ronald U.S. Army: Korea 1969-1970
Koch, Richard U.S. Air Force: Biloxi, Ms, Arkansas, and Crete Lubbock, Tx 1964-1968
Lehman, Harold U.S. Army: Ft. Polk, Ft. Eustis, Qui Nhon RVN, Ft. Wayne; ANG USAF: Middle East, Africa, Panama 1966-1972, 1973-2005
Nowling, John U.S. Army: An Khe, Vietnam, Ft. Campbell, KY 1966-1968
Robertson, Mike U.S. Marine Corps: Okinawa, Vietnam, Pakistan 1970-1974
Tagtmeyer, Jeanne U.S. Air Force: Chanute AFB, Cam Ranh Bay, SV, Cannon AFB, NM, Shaw AFB, SC, CCK AB, Taiwan 1968-1975

Other Conflicts

Narrator Conflict, Branch & Location of Service Video Length
Chivers, Craig Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War; U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air National Guard: USA, Cuba, South Vietnam, England 1961-196?, 198?-2003
Cook, Chris Operation Just Cause; U.S. Army: Ft. Ord, CA 1989-1992
Lehman, Harold C. Vietnam War, Middle East, Africa and Panama 1966-1972, 1973-2005
McKown, Jason Iraqi Freedom; U.S. Marine Corps: Kings Bay, GA, Camp Lejune, NC 1999-2003
Wentworth, Robert Global War on Terror; U.S. Army Reserves: Ft. Wayne, IN, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan 2000-2008

Whitley County Oral History

Narrator Area Discussed Date Recorded
Anderson, Betty Larwill, Tri-Lakes 10/1/2009
Bailey, Ralph Columbia City, WCCS 9/22/2009
Boardman, Tom Coesse 2/11/2010
Bollinger, Marian South Whitley 11/16/2009
Brittain, Robert Columbia City 3/23/2009
Brown, Frances Thorncreek, Columbia City 5/5/2010
Cassell, Robert Columbia City, Larwill, S. Whitley 8/6/2008
City Hall of Columbia City Told by Mayor Ryan Daniel 12/12/2018
Coyle, Rosie City Clerk of Columbia City, Coesse 12/13/2018
Daniel, Daniel L. Columbia City 10/8/2008
Fleck, Jim Columbia City 11/2/2011
Geist, Joe Tunker, Peabody, Columbia City 1/26/2010
Haworth, Dick Whitley County Agriculture 11/5/2009
Heckman, Gene Tri-Lakes, Thorncreek Township 3/9/2010
Heinley, Elmer & Helen Columbia City 9/17/2009
Hively, Jeanie Columbia City 3/20/2012
Hockemeyer, Gregg Columbia City Legal Community 12/21/2018
Jefferson Home Extension Club Churubusco, Columbia City, Laud 3/5/2009
Johnson, Bonnie Columbia City, Laud 11/19/2008
Klingaman, Lynn Rural Whitley County/Ag Museum 9/8/2009
Mathieu, Chuck Churubusco 12/1/2009
McNagny, Patricia Columbia City 11/12/2009
Metzger, Roger Columbia City Basketball/Newspapers 12/10/2009
Myers, Mary J. Collins, Churubusco 4/29/2010
Oliver, Jayne Columbia City 4/15/2013
Overdeer, Bill Columbia City, County Council 4/15/2010
Parker, Mark Columbia City 12/6/2018
Parliamentary Law & Literary Club Told by Marge Pence 4/5/2010
Passages, Inc Told by Tom O’Neal and Alice Anderson, Columbia City 3/7/2011
Pontzius, Jon Columbia City 12/17/2009
Pugh, Mary Alice Columbia City 8/27/2009
Ramp, Richard & Viola Columbia City 9/25/2008
Reed, Max Columbia City 3/16/2010
Rosenberger, Janice Laud, Jefferson Township 2/16/2010
Rothert, Dulanna Tri-Lakes 7/24/2008
Rush, Mike Whitley County Judicial System 12/7/2018
Schneider, Alice Columbia City 5/16/2016
Schuman, Billie Ormas, Etna, Columbia City 10/8/2009
Sexton, Roy Columbia City 11/24/2012
Sexton, Susie Columbia City 10/4/2012
Smith, C. Taron Smith and Sons Funeral Home 11/19/2018
Smith, Nathan Collamer 3/23/2010
Strouse, Mary Louise Columbia City 10/29/2009
Tawasi Home Extension Club Churubusco, Collins, Columbia City, Etna, Larwill, Tri-Lakes 4/27/2009
Trier, Vernon Columbia City 8/31/2009
Wagner, Scott Donated paintings 5/24/2012
Waterfall, Clark Columbia City 11/12/2008
Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Told by Jennifer Zartman Romano 12/5/2018
Whitley County Community Foundation Told by September McConnell 11/27/2018
Whitley County Courthouse Told by Bev Henley 12/12/2018
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation Told by Jon Myers 12/7/2018
Whitley County Historical Museum Annex (with Dani Tippmann) 11/13/2018
Whitley County Historical Museum Marshall House (with Angie Maley) 3/11/2010
Whitley County Veteran’s Marathon Told by Gary Bird 11/29/2018
Wineland, Don Columbia City, Tri-Lakes 10/22/2009


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.