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About the Bartholomew County Public Library

Summer Reading Challenge runs until July 29th.  Click here for more information and to start the challenge for yourself.  
 
Our mission is “Providing resources for lifelong learning and enjoyment."  We offer services to the citizens of Bartholomew County via the Main Library in Columbus, Hope Branch Library, and Bookmobile service with at least one stop in every township.
 
At an annual cost of less than $50 per person (the price of buying your own hardback book plus a DVD), we provide access to more than 200,000 books, large print books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. We provide 24/7 online services including databases, downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs, one-on-one “Book a Librarian” assistance, public computer, and public wireless are available at the Main Library or Hope Branch. Meeting spaces at the Main Library or Hope Branch are free of charge for non-profit use. Talking Books, housed in the Main Library, serves persons with visual or physical handicaps in 16 southeast Indiana counties. The Main Library also houses the collection of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and Digital Underground media lab.  

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  Upcoming Events

The National Historic Landmarks of Columbus, Indiana

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

Exhibition explores Columbus’ seven National Historic Landmark buildings: First Christian Church, Irwin Union Bank, Miller House, Mabel McDowell Elementary School, North Christian Church, First Baptis...

Large Print Book Sale

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

Buy one large print book, get two free all July in our on-going book sale area.

Wetlands Explorers (At the Landfill)

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: BCPL at Non library location (see description)

Join some staff members from the Kidscommons at the Landfill for this special program. Explore the wetlands, discovering the microorganisms living in the water. Through co...

Ages 3-5 Storytime

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more children to attend. Both storytimes are the same, please choose one. All programs are now first come, first serve. Pick up ...

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  • July Program Guide

    See all of July's library programs.

  • Summer Reading Challenge

    Build A Better World! BCPL's Summer Reading Challenge runs from May 13 to July 29. Read, volunteer, visit new places! Complete your challenge cards to win prizes. Events throughout the summer.  

  • National Historic Landmarks of Columbus, Indiana

    Exhibition explores Columbus’ seven National Historic Landmark buildings: First Christian Church, Irwin Union Bank, Miller House, Mabel McDowell Elementary School, North Christian Church, First Baptist Church, and The Republic.
  • Henry Moore Birthday Party

    A party to celebrate Henry Moore and his "Large Arch", one of Columbus’ most beloved public artworks. Mr. Moore’s birthday also marks the last day of the library’s Summer Reading Challenge.

  • Dick Wolfsie: What Is This: Some Kind of Joke?

     For the past 30 years Dick Wolfsie has been a reporter at WISH-TV and is well-known throughout Indiana. Author of twelve books and a syndicated humor column, Wolfsie will cover areas such as why men tell more jokes than women and what all funny people have in common. 

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    The class will focus on easy-to-learn styles such as basic ponytails, three-strand braiding and braided buns designed to create conversation and comradery. Supplies are provided,

  • Keep Your Mind Sharp with Word Games

     Playing games is a great way to keep your mind sharp. Patric Welch will demonstrate several games for the Internet, your smartphone or your tablet, that will challenge your thinking and improve your brain's cognitive ability. Minimum of five.

  • Decorative Painting

    Learn how to paint a beach scene on slate. $25 fee covers all supplies. All skill levels of painters are welcome. Instructor Marilyn Tentler is a certified one stroke and oil teacher. For adults and teens.

  • Daddy Daughter Hair Time with Grateful Dad Braids

    The class will focus on easy-to-learn styles such as basic ponytails, three-strand braiding and braided buns designed to create conversation and comradery. Supplies are provided, only braiding, bonding and big smiles are required. Limited to 15 dads and daughters.

  • General Lew Wallace at Mill Race Center

    Learn about the life of Civil War general and Hoosier author Lew Wallace, as portrayed by Terry Furgason. Wallace was born in Brookville, died in Crawfordsville and is perhaps best known as the author of Ben Hur. 

   About the Bartholomew County Public Library

Summer Reading Challenge runs until July 29th.  Click here for more information and to start the challenge for yourself.  
 
Our mission is “Providing resources for lifelong learning and enjoyment."  We offer services to the citizens of Bartholomew County via the Main Library in Columbus, Hope Branch Library, and Bookmobile service with at least one stop in every township.
 
At an annual cost of less than $50 per person (the price of buying your own hardback book plus a DVD), we provide access to more than 200,000 books, large print books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. We provide 24/7 online services including databases, downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs, one-on-one “Book a Librarian” assistance, public computer, and public wireless are available at the Main Library or Hope Branch. Meeting spaces at the Main Library or Hope Branch are free of charge for non-profit use. Talking Books, housed in the Main Library, serves persons with visual or physical handicaps in 16 southeast Indiana counties. The Main Library also houses the collection of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and Digital Underground media lab.  

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  • The National Historic Landmarks of Columbus, Indiana

    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

    Exhibition explores Columbus’ seven National Historic Landmark buildings: First Christian Church, Irwin Union Bank, Miller House, Mabel McDowell Elementary School, North Christian Church, First Baptis...

    Large Print Book Sale

    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    Buy one large print book, get two free all July in our on-going book sale area.

    Wetlands Explorers (At the Landfill)

    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: BCPL at Non library location (see description)

    Join some staff members from the Kidscommons at the Landfill for this special program. Explore the wetlands, discovering the microorganisms living in the water. Through co...

    Ages 3-5 Storytime

    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more children to attend. Both storytimes are the same, please choose one. All programs are now first come, first serve. Pick up ...