The Virtual Genealogy and Local History Fair, hosted by the Indiana State Library, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

The theme is “The Women in Your Family Tree,” examining techniques for researching women as well as looking as women’s suffrage and other social movements. Highly acclaimed speakers Gena Philibert-Ortega and Katherine Willson will present the following:

Philibert-Ortega will speak on “25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors,” providing information to help identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors. She will also present “Fabric, Cigars, and Murder,” presenting her research on a community of Hoosier women who worked on a 1930s-era quilt top she discovered in California.

Willson will present “Social Reform Movements of the 19th Century,” examining the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement and other social reforms such as free public education, prison reform, and temperance. She will discuss where records pertaining to these movements can be found. She will also hold a question-and-answer session to answer questions provided by fair attendees.

Registration is free and required. This event will be held via Zoom.

The Genealogy and Local History Fair is approved for four LEUs for Indiana librarians.

To learn more or to register, visit

210 E. Main St., Kewanna

Read down your fines

Kewanna Public Library will be offering a fine forgiveness program “Read Down Your Fines!” to patrons 18 and under.

Readers may sign-up to participate in “Read Down Your Fines!” through Dec. 30. Readers with fines accumulated at Kewanna Public Library will be eligible to participate. The reader and their parent will be asked to sign a reading contract.

The reader must receive approval at the library in order to participate.

All books that will be used as credit for this program are to be checked out or read in the library by Dec. 30.

Stop in at the library to sign up soon. For more information about “Read Down Your Fines!”, call Kewanna Union Township Public Library at 574-653-2011, or visit or check out its Facebook page.

Library card sign-up month 2020

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Kewanna Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.Libraries offer everything from literacy programs to a variety of programs helping transform lives and communities through education. At Kewanna Public Library, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities.

“Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children,” said Linda Ruhl, programming librarian. “We have library programs that serve students of all ages and backgrounds such as Teens N Tweens Night, Game On, STEAM Maker Space Time, and Saturday Story Time.”

Kewanna Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, continues to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To learn more about the library’s resources and programs, visit or go to its Facebook page [Kewanna Union Township Public Library].

Wonder Woman

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

New program at the library

Kewanna Libraray will begin a new program @ Kewanna Public Library in September. Homeschoolers @ the Library will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m.

Events at Kewanna Library

Regular Weekly Events

10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Coffee & Tea Time

4 p.m. Thursdays: Kids Night

5:30-8 p.m.: Euchre Night

110 North Main St., Walton

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Mondays.

Curbside service

The library offers curbside checkout for anyone who calls to request it. Call 574-626-2234 or email

Regular Events

11:15 a.m. to noon Tuesday or Wednesday: Preschool story time resumes in the children’s area with a story, craft and activity. Theme books this month are Ladybugs, Lawrence in the Fall, Bad Apple.Precautions will be explained.

8:10-9 a.m.: Exercise class will meet in the community room.

9 a.m. to noon, second and fourth Mondays: Home school class.

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