New Carlisle - Olive Township Library Celebrates 15 Years on Bray Street

Marc Bolan once said, “Time passes so slowly if you are unaware of it, and so quickly if you are aware of it.” As we are coming up on our 15th year here at the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library on Bray Street, it seems so unreal that we could possibly have been here for that amount of time. Yet here we are.

We’ve seen many changes over the years: the children’s department has been repainted, books have been shifted around, collections have been added to, and we’ve had an assortment of (wanted) creatures, hissing cockroaches, turtles, guinea pigs, and we now house a tarantula by the name of Charlotte.

One of our biggest changes over the past 15 years would have to be the shifting of the Media Department and Teen Department.

As the years have gone by, the teens have outgrown their old space and so in the winter of 2015, we shifted the Media to the Adult Department.

The Teen Department now resides in the former media area.

We now have a Teen and Outreach Coordinator Marie Schaeffer who not only hosts TAG (Teen Advisory Group) but also runs Reading Roadshow, a program that enables those who are homebound and reside in Olive Township to have library materials delivered.

We have also graduated to the OverDrive program for E-Readers. This is a program available to any of our library card members. The OverDrive app is available on iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone.

If you haven’t yet set up your account please contact us and we can set you up in just a few minutes. And finally, if you happen to be wandering around our library, take a moment to check out our Local History Room where we are currently working on digitizing scrapbooks with over 8,250 items that are currently available in our online catalog.

We are also beginning a collaborative effort with Historic New Carlisle to digitize and index their historical documents. This is a long term project.

Also available in the library:, New Carlisle High School yearbooks, New Prairie High School yearbooks, The Town Crier, New Carlisle News, the New Carlisle Gazette, and many more. It will be fascinating to see what the next 15 years brings here at the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library!

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