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


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 &

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.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Member's Only book Sale.

Wednesday, May 21st, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
This is the first book sale we've had in 3 years.
Not a member yet? You can either print out the form below, or pick one up at the Main Desk, 
or fill one out at the sale.

Friday, May 9, 2014

2014 Summer READing Program

2014 Summer READing Program begins Monday, June 2nd and ends Saturday, August 2nd.

Students going into Kindergarten thru the 12th grade, living in Miami County are eligible.
Public school, private school, home school, all are welcome.
You must have a current library card, all fines paid.
Sign up begins on June 2nd. 
Grades Kindergarten thru 6th grade will participate in the program on the Children's Floor.
Grades 9th thru 12th, will participate on the Main Floor.
Students in the 7th & 8th grades will be allowed to choose which program they want to be in, but not both.

All programs will be at 11:00 & 1:00 (Except July 7th, Ronald McDonald)
Our programs for the summer will be:
June 11: Marcus Lehman - magic
June 18: Snakehead Ed
June 19: Crafts for Kidz: birth thru Pre-K -time for parent and child to work on craft together
June 19: Science fun - Must register for this program - limited to 20 students
June 25: Professor Steve - Science
July   2: Steven's Puppets - Wizard of Oz
July   3: Science fun - Must register for this program - limited to 20 students 
July   7: Ronald McDonald - 11:00 ONLY 
July   9: Coyote Chris
July 17: Crafts for Kidz: birth thru Pre-K - time for parent and child to work on craft together
July 17: Science fun - Must register for this program - limited to 20 students 
July 23: Pete the Cat - (Pete Saidochy & Ron Luginbill)
July 30: Bats - Incredible Bats
July 31: Movie & lunch  - must register: time and particulars will be announced later

Our hours will be 
Monday - Thursday    9:00 to 8:00
Friday  -  Saturday      9:00 to 5:30
No Summer Hours!