Friends of the Library

Who Are We?

Established in 1997, the Friends of the Peabody Public Library is a non-profit group of spirited citizens who value the educational role played by the library in our community.  We enjoy working together to make it the best library possible for people of all ages.

Our Mission

The mission of the Friends of the Library (FOL) is to support the library as it strives to encourage literacy, lifelong learning, and the love of reading throughout the community.  We seek to enhance library resources, increase the community’s access to information and knowledge, and provide for a vibrant cultural gathering place.

How We Accomplish Our Mission

The Friends of the Library are responsible for conducting the Old Settler’s Day annual book sale and monthly book sales to support the Peabody Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and needed items for the library.  Funds from these book sales have provided the library with meeting room tables, reading chairs, flagpole, digital camera, gaming hardware, picnic tables, book carts, Evergreen Indiana T-shirts, and book bags.


Marsha Ruesch – President

Sandy Slone – Vice President

Sandy Slone– Secretary

Linda Marrs – Treasurer


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Friends of the Library or would like to make general comments or suggestions, you may email:

Marsha Ruesch at
Sandy Slone at


How You Can Help


Check out our Book Donation Policy here.

  • Just drop them off at the Peabody Public Library by going to the Checkout Desk any time during the year. 
  • If the library is closed, simply drop the items in the Discover book bins at the end of the parking lot.


Work at one of our books sales.

Become a Member

We encourage all interested people to join in our efforts to help build a strong and diverse library and community.


  • Early admission to book sales
  • Interesting volunteer opportunities at the library
  • The great feeling you get from helping the library
  • A forum to express your opinion on improving the library

Membership Categories and Yearly Dues

  • Individual                                    $5.00
  • Family                                          $10.00
  • Organization                               $40.00
  • Business/Professional              $75.00
  • Benefactor                                   $100.00
  • Patron                                          $500.00


Simply pick-up a FOL brochure at the main checkout desk in the library and fill out the membership form on the back.  You may email the form to or send it to

Peabody Public Library
Friends of the Library Membership
P.O. Box 406
Columbia City, IN  46725