Putnam County Public Library Introduces New Library Of Things Funded By The Dr. James Elrod fund

Putnam County, IN – September 17, 2020 – The Putnam County Public Library is excited to announce a new collection of items available to the Putnam County community. With generous funding from the Dr. James Elrod fund at the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF), the library has purchased materials for a “Library of Things”. Kenneth Pingleton, and Danielle and Matthew Featherston of Kiln Dried Creations are additional sponsors of this project.


The Library of Things is a collection of items that are unconventional to libraries but may be of use to the community. These items can include kitchen appliances, tools, crafting supplies, outdoor games, board games, and a wide array of other items. These items are loanable to the community just like any other library material.


“The ongoing funding from the Dr. Elrod Fund has allowed us to purchase several items that will allow our patrons to borrow things that they might only use a few times per year or items they might like to try before they buy,” said PCPL Director Matt McClelland. The initial purchases include a pressure washer, metal detector, upholstery cleaner, and many other useful items. There are also plans to expand if the program becomes a success. “We’ve tried to purchase a variety of items that includes something for everyone, and we plan to expand it as we learn what our patrons are most interested in.  We appreciate Dr. Elrod, his fund, and HCCF for allowing us to try something new that we think will be a success,” added McClelland.


The library invites the public to celebrate this addition at a Library of Things kick-off event on October 1 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The library will preview the items in the collection as well as provide refreshments and outdoor games. In accordance with local health and safety guidelines, this event will be located in the library parking lot, follow social distancing recommendations, and games will be sanitized after each use.


The Library of Things will become available to the public on October 2. The collection will be located in the library lobby. Materials check out for 5 days and can be renewed one time. Some items are limited to patrons 18+. Patrons are required to read and sign the Library of Things agreement prior to checking out any items from the Library of Things. The public will be available to view all of the items in the Library of Things at pcpl21.org beginning on October 1.


For more information about library services, programs, and collections, please call us at 765-653-2755 or visit pcpl21.org. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 9-8 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 9-5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.


The Hendricks County Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life in Hendricks County by helping donors match their passion with community needs, awarding grants to nonprofit organizations and projects, and collaborating to address community issues. The Community Foundation manages assets of over $11 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2015, the Community Foundation gave nearly $825,000 in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit www.hendrickscountycf.org.


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