Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Library move update

     While going through a multitude of drawers, filing cabinets, shelves and more, (it's amazing how much stuff that can be collected over a 100 year span), the following pictures were discovered.

     I can tell you, it was an exciting find. Different ones looked very closely at the pictures and discovered some of the original furniture, we not only still have, but use.

     Picture 1: If you look closely at the rocking chair located between the pillars, you may recognize it as the one that's been on the children's floor. Also, check out the desk, it's the same one we've been using until this remodel. It has been carefully disassembled and moved to a safe spot to be used later. Did you realize that built into each end of the checkout desk were card catalogs? Also, note the shelving unit to the right of the pillar. We use them to put our new 14-day books on. The three legged stool the librarian is sitting on has been up in the office for a long time.

Picture 2: Another view of the rocking chair. See that huge table they're sitting around? We still have both of them. In fact, they're going to get refinished while we're being renovated. Take a close look at the fireplace. Yes, they're actually burning wood in it. Now that, I'd love to have, but alas, sorry no can do.

In the last picture, to the right a bit, there is a small desk. We believe it's the same one that Laura's been using in the Reference Room / Computer Lab area. Of course, the pillars are still here. They will remain after the renovation, as will the fireplaces. And of course, we'll put the furniture back in, at different locations, but they'll still continue to grace the original Carnegie library.

We think it's wonderful to find that many of the things that make this library special is still in use today.

     Nostalgia aside, we've been hard at work getting things packed and ready to move.
     A couple of weeks ago, some Foreign exchange students came and worked for about one and a half hours. They were able to get 148 boxes moved before we closed.

Lynda Mills, girl in the back,
Matthew Johnson, boy in green hoodie
Natalie Zhu, girl in front
Alan Lin, boy in gold coat
Simon Oberdorfer, boy in blue coat & green hat.
Julie Johnson, not seen, (photographer and adult who brought them, she helped too.)
Along with Director Maryann Farnham, Mike Rasor and Terri.

Some of the Peru Athletic team and Jag members came on Friday, Dec 5th. They were here from around 8:30 to around 2:00. They moved around 500 boxes, some chairs, tables and a few other things. Their coach and bus driver helped some as well. When we get pics, we'll share them.

Our final day at 102 E. Main St. will be this Saturday, Dec. 13th. We'll be closed after that. The Golden Guard will be coming when they get out of school on Monday, Dec. 15th to help pack up the boxes that are still on the shelves.

The movers will be here on Thursday, Dec. 18th to finish moving the rest of the boxes, desks, etc.
Our Grand Opening at the temporary facility will be Monday, Jan. 5th.

It will be different to say the least.

I must say it's been a very different time here at the library, but for the most part it has gone smoothly. It has been interesting and we're glad to have been a part of it. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Moving update

 We've really been busy here at the library. We've deleted so many books from our collection, and packed away even more into storage. Friends of the Library have held numerous book sales and we really appreciate their efforts.
To let you know quickly what is happening in the near future, where we're going, for how long, etc., I'll try to get it on here.

Monday, Nov. 24th, we'll be closed. The movers are coming to take down the shelving that will be going with us and setting them up at the new location. They'll also be taking some furniture and other things as well.

Tuesday, Nov. 25th is our final Story Time at this location.

Wednesday, Nov. 27th., we'll be closed for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, Dec. 13th will be our final day here. On Monday, the 15th, we'll begin the final phase of packing, moving, and setting up at 12 Broadway Plaza.

We have a lot of books and things that need to be moved. If your youth group or organization would like to help, contact Maryann, Terri, or Mike at the library, or call 765-473-3069. If you don't belong to a group but want to help, we can let you know when a group is coming and you can help with them.

Our projected opening day will be Friday, Jan. 2nd. Our Grand Opening will be on Monday, Jan. 5th.

Depending on how long the renovation will take, we should be at the plaza for 8 to 12 months, then we'll move back to 102 E. Main St.

We have a very busy time a head of us. We thank you for the patience you've shown thus far. We look forward to seeing you at the plaza and even more so when we can move back 'home'.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Renovation progess report

     As you probably already know, our library was selected to receive a $400,000 OCRA Grant. That money along with other monies that we have and other grants will enable us to do a 1.2 million dollar renovation.We are currently looking for a place to move into while the renovations are being done. We obviously can't take everything with us, so we are weeding our collections. A lot of books are being put into the book sales that we are having. A large portion will be put into storage.I'm sure you've noticed a lot of empty shelves.
    We realize that this creates an inconvenience to some of our patrons. All of the Indiana Collection and Circus books and most of the genealogy department is boxed up to go into storage. However, we still have the Miami County genealogy and surrounding counties.
     As far as the fiction and non-fiction goes, if we don't have it on our shelves, we can borrow from another library. Although we've greatly reduced the amount of books that we're purchasing, we are still buying books for our patrons. If you want a book and we don't have it available, just ask one of the staff about it.
     As I said, we realize this is frustrating to many of our patrons. Many of our staff is hard at work trying to get as much done as is possible. When the renovations are complete, we're sure you'll love it.
     Unfortunately, we can only afford to do only one floor at a time. The current main floor will be opened up, with walls torn down, including the back wall. The computer lab's floor will be raised to match the main floor. The main floor will become the children's floor.
    We'll have a wonderful elevator!!! The current children's floor will become the adult floor. It will be more comfortable and quieter.
    Thanks for your patience.

Huge book sales!

The Friends of the Library will be having several books sales until the library is packed and ready to move. 

September 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. will be for MEMBER'S ONLY. 
Saturday, September 6th, 10:00 to 3:00,  will be for everyone. We'll have another one on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00 to 3:00.

Bring a bag, we have reduced prices!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Assistant Library Director Opening

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  The Peru Public Library is seeking an Assistant Library Director. The Peru Public Library is a Class B Public Library servicing a population of 33,000.  The Assistant Library Director works closely with the director assisting in the operation and management of library services and administration. 

BENEFITS:  This position offers health insurance and a retirement package.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Master of Library Science Degree and an Indiana Librarian Certificate 3 (LC3) or higher.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience and is based on a 40 hour work week (Minimum $34,000).


  • Works closely with director
  • Serves as a library ambassador within the community
  • Performs and supervises library functions
  • Provides technical support to public and staff
  • Assists patrons in selection and location of services and books
  • Assists in preparation of budget
  • Plans and supervises in service training courses for staff
  • Trains staff
  • Prepares work schedule
  • Assists in coordinating work of all departments
  • Fills in at service desks as required
  • Participates in the screening of applicants for vacancies
  • Represents library at professional meetings
  • Assists in coordinating library programs with community needs
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field of library science
  • Assists in the purchasing of books and supplies
  • Assists in compiling statistics
  • Assists in updating policy and helping to develop strategic planning
  • Experience with computer systems
  • Performs related work as desired
  • Must enjoy working with the public


CONTACT:  Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Maryann Farnham, Director, Peru Public Library, 102 East Main Street, Peru, IN 46970 or email to perupubliclibrary@yahoo.com


DEADLINE:  Position open until filled

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 The Indiana State library has collaborated with libraries, museums, archives and other institutions from across the state.
Providing you with free access to digital collections reflecting on Indiana History.

For a taste of what you'll find, go to 
www.indianamemory.org & blog.newspapers.library.in.gov

The Peru Public Library, and The Miami County Museum will be hosting, "Indiana Memory: Your Gateway to the History and Culture of Indiana."

August 9th at 10:00 a.m.
in the Peru Public Library's auditorium


Friday, May 23, 2014

We will be closed Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day
 Have a safe holiday.