Christmas on the Square Hat Walk

We are sponsoring our first Christmas On the Square Hat Walk. Join us at 6:00 PM on December 9th as we celebrate Christmas on the Square. Official Rules: Hat Walk is open to all ages; Hats must have a Christmas theme; Hats must be original designs – either purchased, borrowed or designed; Hats must be appropriate for all ages. To Enter: Line up in front of the Gazebo stage at 6:00 PM; Form a line and begin walking north. Follow the square’s perimeter sidewalk back to the Gazebo. Those unable to walk may remain at the Gazebo for judging. Judging: Four judges will be observing at various spots along the parade route; Upon arrival back at the Gazebo, the judges will take a final look at the contestants; Winners will be announced when all categories have been judged; Judges’ decisions are final. Hat Categories: Teen & Adult, ages 13 to infinity – Most Original, Most Glamorous; Kids, birth to age 12 – Most Original, Funniest. Prizes: Adult Winners: $20.00 cash, Christmas book; Kids Winners: $10.00 cash, Christmas book, choice of toy from the treasure chest. All participants will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to the Orleans Public Library. Certificates may be used to pay fines, copy and fax costs at the library.

1,000 Books Before Kindegarten

Sign up in the Children’s Department and receive your packet to get started today!

Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. When your child reaches a milestone, give him/her a small reward (stickers, backpacks, books).

Lettering Workshop

Adult Lettering Workshop featuring Anna Westfall. This workshop will be a crash course to beautiful hand lettered layouts and the different styles of lettering. Limit 12 participants – $2.00 registration fee.

Children’s Workshop

Children’s Puzzle Making Workshop featuring T. C. Steele State Historic Site visiting artist, Marc Tschida.
Tuesday, September 12th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Children, ages 5 to 10 – Limit 12 participants
Call 865-3270 to sign up!

Dome Theater


If you are excited about the coming Eclipse that will occur on August 21st, prepare your mind for the experience by joining us at the library for a special presentation by the Mobile HD Dome Theater. The Dome Theater is a portable HD Planetarium developed by Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science and with the support of NASA. The Dome is 16 x 16 feet wide and reaches ten feet tall. It can hold 35 to 55 individuals depending on age! When you enter the Dome you will be surrounded with stunning visuals and out-of-this-world knowledge. The Dome features award winning narrators like Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, Ed Helms, Harrison Ford and Walter Cronkite.

Show titles include: Dinosaur Prophecy; Future Moon; Search for Life; Passport to the Universe; Into the Deep; Time Space; Cosmic Collisions; Molecularium; Force Five; Saturn, the Ring World; and Habitat Earth. Each show is thirty minutes long including time to enter and exit the Dome. Showings will begin at 9:00 AM and continue every 30 minutes until 4:00 PM.Earths-Wild-Ride-image

Attention Historians and Geneologists!

eneologistsThe Orange County Historical Society and Paoli Friends Meeting are sponsoring a free event featuring speaker John Allen.  Refreshments will be served following the event.

John Allen is a Quaker genealogist who specializes in Quakers who migrated  from North Carolina to Ohio, Indiana and Illinois in the early nineteenth century. He has extensive knowledge of family trees and connections. He will be making a special presentation, entitled “From Orange Co., NC to Orange Co., IN…A Quaker Odyssey” at Paoli Friends Meeting on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 pm.

When John speaks to people who have compiled family genealogies for years, he knows more off the top of his head about their families than they know. John was born and raised in Alamance County (formally Orange County) North Carolina and is a retired dairy farmer. He is a birthright and life-long Quaker. He is a direct descendant of Thomas Lindley, the brother of Jonathon Lindley, who arrived in Orange County, Indiana in 1811.


We are beginning to box up books in the children’s department for our anticipated move. There will be a selection of the most popular books that can still be checked out during this process. If you have anything in particular that you are looking for this would be a good time to call and request that we hold it for you.

Demolition in the children’s department will begin soon! Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.demolition

Evergreen Indiana

Our new CATALOG system is Evergreen Indiana.  Resident patrons now have access to materials in 108 Indiana libraries. Evergreen Indiana serves 1,048,874 patrons. Total bibliographic records in the consortium are evergreen2,419,921 with total holdings of 6,934,057 items.  All patrons will be issued an Evergreen Indiana library card.