Special Events October 2014

Kewanna Union Township Public Library is sponsoring a  Fire Safety Program  on Saturday, October 18th at 12:00. Volunteer firemen  from  Kewanna Fire Department will be providing  fire safety education for all community members.  Plan to attend this important event.



A Family Cushion Concert given by a member of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will be presented on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:00 in the Kewanna Union Township Public Library.  Kids will get the chance to interact with a special guest musician and hear a musical story while sitting on comfy cushions.  Families and children of all ages are welcome to attend this free program.  Saturday Story Time will follow this special performance.



Kewanna Union Township Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week!



Kewanna-Union Township Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library.

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers.  The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Kewanna-Union Township Public Library invites teens, parents and other concerned community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week. Our events include a Reading Contest, Trivia Contest, and “Turn Your Dreams into Reality” Drawing Contest.  Call Kewanna-Union Township Public Library at 574-653-2011 or check our website www.kewanna.lib.in.us for more details.

October 2014 Programs

         Teen Read Week is Oct. 12-18

“Turn Your Dreams into Reality @ Your Library”

  • Creative Writing Crew-Wed., Oct. 1st  4:00-5:00
  • Being Active – Wed., Oct. 8th & 22nd @ 11:00
  • Pumpkin Painting- Wed., Oct. 8th  4:00-5:00
  • Teen Read Week events- Oct. 12-18 
  • Reading Contest, Draw Your Dreams Contest, and Trivia Contest
  • Know the 10 Signs- Wed., Oct. 15th @ 10:30
  • Make-It Take-It Wed.-Oct. 15th  3:00-5:00
  • Fire Safety Program- Sat., Oct. 18th @ 12:00
  • Family Cushion Concert given by the Lafayette Symphony- Sat., Oct. 25th @ 12:00
  • Story Time – Sat., Oct. 25th following the Family Cushion Concert
  • Computer Tech Time- Mon., Oct. 27th   10-12                                                                                   
  • Library Board Meeting-  Mon., Oct. 27th   @ 6:00
  • Boo Fest- Wed., Oct. 29th 4:00-5:00


Kewanna Union Township Public Library 100 Year Anniversary

The Kewanna Union Township Public Library 100 Year Anniversary

The Kewanna Union Township Public Library will be hosting an Open House on Friday, September twenty sixth, from four to six pm in honor of its one hundred year anniversary.  The public is invited to come celebrate, and share light refreshments and music.

The Kewanna library history started when it was organized in 1905 and housed in the local school building.  Soon outgrowing the space, a corner room was rented in a down town business for the library collection.  It was not long though before the library again outgrew the space it was in. Through a grant received from the Carnegie Foundation, Kewanna’s first library building was completed at a cost of eight thousand dollars. Located at 210 East Main Street, in the center of Kewanna, the new library was dedicated on November 24, 1914, becoming the cultural center of the community. Meetings and educational programs were held in the assembly room. Uses for the library included, the Red Cross during World War I, First Aid classes during World War II, and kindergarten classes for the Kewanna School. The Pinhook Grange used the library as their official meeting place until their new building was constructed in 1961.  Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and 4-H Clubs also held regular meetings at the library. There are many unique features in the library.  Several Carnegie libraries were built in the early 1900’s, but the stage located in the basement set Kewanna’s apart.  Having a stage for public performances and programs has encouraged even more of the community to use and visit the library.  Unique collections at the library include local history, Kewanna school pictures and trophies, and the entire collection of The Observer, Kewanna’slocalnewspaper. This local newspaper was in publication from the 1930’s to 2011. Joe and Karen Good, the most recent publishers of the Observer, donated their special collectionof theoriginal copies of the Observer to the library.

Even though Kewanna can be considered a small community, it still has a long, rich history.  Kewanna librarians have captured and maintained this history, accepting donations from the community.  Current library Director, Charles Rude stated, “I have tried to maintain Kewanna’s history and display it. This library has a bit of a museum quality to it displaying Kewanna town and school history by including trophies, class pictures, and old town photographs.”  The library has stayed current with eBooks through Overdrive, and by joining Evergreen, an Indiana State consortium that includes over one hundred Indiana libraries.

An expansion to the Library through a Community Focus Fund grant, from the State of Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs was awarded by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Skillman in 2010. Completed in 2011, doubling  the size of the library, the expansion has made more room for a children’s and youth book section, meeting room space, public computer area, expanded Indiana Room collection, and a computer room for college and educational use. The library is fully ADD compliant, and has an elevator which reaches all three levels of the library, accessible by wheelchair, power scooter, and baby stroller.  The library also offers a wide variety of programs for all ages, meeting rooms that accommodate eighty people or more and free continuous broadcasted Wi-Fi.  In 2011 the library was awarded a grant from the Fulton County Community Foundation for an electronic sign for advertising non-profit organizations, and local community events.

Kewanna takes pride in its library and the role that it plays in their community.  The library is not just a place to find books, but it is a place to preserve history and share it with others, while looking to the future.



September Programs 2014

                   September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! 

Library Card sign-up month

  • Closed Mon., Sept. 1st for Labor Day
  • United Way 211 Presentation- Wed., Sept. 3rd @ 10:30
  • Creative Writing Crew- Wed., Sept. 3rd 4:00-5:00
  • Small Steps to Understanding My Plate- Wed., Sept. 10th & 24th  @ 11:00                                        
  • Make-It Take-It Wed.-Sept. 17th  3:00-5:00
  • Kewanna-Union Township Public Library 100th Anniversary Open House- Fri., Sept. 26th 4:00-6:00
  • Free Book Give-Away- Sat., Sept. 27th 12:00-2:00
  • Story Time on the Lawn- Sat., Sept. 27th 2:00-3:00
  • Computer Tech Time- Mon., Sept. 29th   10-12
  • Library Board Meeting-  Mon., Sept. 29th @ 6:00