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




Dream Big, Read! 2014

Dream Big, Read! @ Kewanna-Union Township Public Library was spectacular!


Congratulations readers for making our summer reading program a big success!  Our 8 week program began on May 27th and ended on July 21st.  56 readers participated in our program this year.  The readers earned over 4400 points during the summer.  The Most Points Prize winners were: Ages 0-5  Reuben Helt; Ages 6-12  Josiah Helt; Ages 13-19  Nicole Hurlburt.  Grand Prize entries were received for attending summer programs and for checking out books.  The Grand Prize winners were:  Ages 0-5  Annabella Arnett; Ages 6-12  Ethan Arnett; Ages 13-19  Kayla Pidgeon.  The June drawing prize winner was Blaize Sauer, and the July drawing prize winner was Melanie Turnipseed.

We ended Dream Big, Read!  with a Summer Reading Celebration on Wednesday, July 23rd.  Almost 40 people attended this special event.  Clowns, Daffodil and Pee Wee helped to make our celebration special by painting faces and making balloon animals for all of the children.  Summer Reading Completion Certificates were given to all finishers for their hard work.  The special prize winners were also announced and received their prizes.  Many door prizes were also given out to those in attendance.  Our Summer Reading Celebration ended with good food, fellowship, and big smiles!

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations: Applebee’s, Casey’s, Dairy Queen, Flag Pole, Fulton County REMC, Indiana Beach, Luke’s Auction Barn, Pizza Hut, and The Streamliner.

We would also like to thank everyone involved in making our summer reading so successful: parents, library staff, sponsors, teachers, Daffodil, Pee Wee, and of course our summer readers.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Don’t forget always Dream Big and Keep Reading!



August 2014 Programs

New!  Lego Club will be starting on Fri., August 1st .  We will meet every Friday 3:00-5:00.  Join us for a great time!


Small Steps to Understanding My Plate- Wed., August 13th & 27th @ 12:00

Make-It Take-It Wednesday- August 20th 3:00-5:00

Story Time- Sat., August 23rd @ 12:00

Computer Tech Time- Mon., August 25th 10:00-12:00

Library Board Meeting-Mon., August 25th @  6:00

“Doing the Dunes” by local author, Alan McPherson- Thurs., August 28th @ 6:30


July 2014 Programs

Kewanna-Union Township Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Small Steps to Understanding My Plate lessons will be held on Wed., July 2nd and 30th @ 12:00.  

A United Way 211 Presentation will be held on Wed., July 9th @ 10:30.

Local author, Dennis Collins will give a presentation about his latest work on Wed., July 23rd  11-1.

Meet & Greet Kewanna’s new Town Marshal, Rob Soilleux on Thurs., July 24th 5-7.

Story Time will be held on Sat., July 26th @ 12:00.  Join us for stories , crafts, food,and lots of fun!

Computer Tech Time will be on Mon., July 28th 10-12.  If you have any questions about your tech devices, Zak, our computer expert, will be here to help you!


Summer Reading Programs: Dreamers-  

July 2nd @ 12:00  “Night Night”                                                                     

 July 9th @ 12:00 & July 11th @ 4:00 “Night Creatures  

July 16@ 12:00 & July 18th @  4:00  “Night Dreams”

End of Summer Reading Program- Monday, July 21st  All books are due today in order to be counted for the 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Summer Reading Celebration- Wed., July 23rd @ 2:00   Dream Big, Readers who have earned at least 5 pts. are eligible to come to this celebration.  We will be awarding prizes, passing out reading certificates, and celebrating the end of summer reading with lots of surprises.  Join us for a great time!