Programs

Adult Programs

PCPL Book Club

PCPL Book Club is for anyone who loves to read and talk about what they read! We read a new pick each month and get together to chat about what we read. We typically meet on the 4th Thursday of the month! 

Each month is a different genre, style, author, etc. to keep us trying new books and expanding our horizons! Hard copies are available at the library and also on Hoopla and/or Libby! Stay current by joining our [PCPL] BOOK CLUB Facebook Group.

We’d love for you to join us!

Sit n’ Stitch

Do you like to knit or crochet? Come on over and join us to work on your current project with friends! More of a social club than a class, but a fun opportunity to make friends, get ideas, and just have some time with fellow yarn enthusiasts!

Lunch & Learn with Purdue Extension

Once a month, bring your lunch and come by PCPL to learn something new on your lunch break! Partnering with Health and Human Sciences Educator Gail from Purdue Extension, she’ll teach us about all kinds of topics ranging from finances, sleep health, to keeping your brain sharp, meal planning and so much more!

Teen Programs

TAB & Game Night

Following the quick Teen Advisory Board meeting, stay for Game night! Bring your favorite board game or cards and play with friends!

TAB & Art Night

Directly after the Teen Advisory Board meeting, stay and create! Draw, sketch or paint! Supplies are provided. Leave your art at the library for display in our teen space!

Kids Programs

Weekly Storytime with Mr. Chad

A weekly event with reading, singing, dancing… and just general silliness and fun! For 0 – PreK, homeschool kids, or anywhere in between, we’d love to have you! Every Friday at 10am in the kid’s room!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading to your kiddos is the best way to enhance literacy, promote reading, and encourage parent and child bonding. Ages 0-5 are critical years in child development and parents/caregivers are integral in providing the first source of education. This program is designed to encourage reading each day. 1000 books seems daunting but how often do your children let you stop at just one book? You can read literally any book to your child, multiple times even, and count it toward reading 1000 books before to them before they start kindergarten.

Get started today by downloading the Beanstack app. Once you create an account, you can find the “1000 Books Reading Challenge” and start logging books you read with your kiddo(s)! And yes, duplicate books count and you can even count books read by other family members, daycare providers, etc. Every 100 books earns a badge and at every 250 books completed, stop by the library to pick a prize! Special prizes at other levels as well as upon completion of the program!

Other tracking methods are available if you’d prefer not to use an app! For more information or questions, call the library and speak with Youth Services or email parkecountypl@gmail.com.

Annual Programs

Summer Reading Program – 2022 Oceans of Possibilities

Join us every summer for a summer of themed events and programs to stretch your mind and expand your reading abilities over the summer! The program runs from the beginning of June to the end of July! We have special speakers, events, and programs as well as reading challenges, prizes, and as ALWAYS, fun! Check the Calendar of events for our summer reading programs!

We have other fun activities and Events that happen at special dates on the calendar, so be sure to check out our Curiosity Day, Dr. Seuss Party Day, and our other Holiday Events over on our Events page.

The mission of the Friends of the Parke County Public Library is to promote excellence in library services by working with the Library Board and staff to support the library, its services and programs. To carry out this mission, the Friend’s focus will be on advocacy, fundraising, public relations and volunteer services.

Meetings

The Friends of the Parke County Public Library meet once a month, usually the 4th Wednesday at 3:45pm in the Board Room at the Library.

What are some of the projects the Friends do?

The Friends of the PCPL help the Parke County Public Library in various ways.

We aid in planning and hosting programs. Like helping organize events the Library will host in March and April for the Wabash Valley Big Read. These programs are hosted at PCPL in coordination with Vigo County Public Library and other participating libraries in the Wabash Valley. The program is centered on one book and copies of the book are available free through the grant obtained by the Vigo County Public Library. We will also help fund special guest speakers and other programs such as children’s events. We also volunteer at such events when we can!

We have established a “Books on Buses” program on the buses of our school systems within Parke County to aid in access to reading materials. The books are at the front of the bus in a bag and children can pick one up to read while on the bus. They can return it on the way off the bus or keep it to read at home. We stock and manage the books to keep options available!

The Friends of the Library partner with the PCPL director to go into the schools to get library cards for high school students in Parke County. Many of PCPL’s resources are available without a card, but others require a library card. We also want to encourage the use of the library. So we arrange to spend 10-15 minutes in each English class to talk about digital offerings, the library system, what resources are available to them and more to grow awareness and increase use of the library.

Would you like to help?

Join the Friends of the Parke County Public Library!

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Complete the Form

Click the button below to complete the form, or complete the form at the library.

Pay Your Dues

It is $5 for an individual and $10 for a family/organization/business annually. Pay your dues at the first meeting you attend or when you complete your form at the library.

Attend!

Attend the meetings and join the fun!

AmazonSmile

Visit AmazonSmile and you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from your future eligible AmazonSmile purchases. We’re listed as Friends of the PCPL.

Kroger Community Rewards

Link your Kroger Plus card to a community organization you wish to support. Click here to log in. Under “community rewards” search for the Friends of the Parke County Public Library and choose “Enroll”.