BEYOND THE BOOKS: Library takes learning off the shelf

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a three-part series on the various programs and services featured at the Peabody Public Library.COLUMBIA CITY — When card holders visit the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, books are not the only things on display.What was once seen as an educational resource bound by cover and conveyed in writing, the library’s services span several mediums.“We are working to keep up with an evolving society that thrives on visual learning that is interactive,” said Hartman. “That means at the library, we are going outside of the traditional service of simply checking out books. We are finding ways to bring learning to life.”Currently the library has a display on loan from the Indiana Historic Museum, which details life for soldiers in the Civil War.“This is an impressive exhibit,” Hartman said. “There are things to touch and read. It takes the war from being a history lesson to being something that happened here at home.”Three walls are set up throughout the library with colorful panels that grab the eye and hands-on interaction, allowing visitors to learn about the Civil War in a unique way.In addition to this exhibit, the library is planning to honor the anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death Friday. Personal letters and stories will share Whitley County residents’ memories from that tragic day.To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 18 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.