“The Wabash Carnegie Public Library is a gem and we will miss their in-person services,” said Andrea Zwiebel, North Manchester Public Library Director. “During this brief closure, Wabash County is fortunate to have two libraries with reciprocal agreements in Roann and North Manchester. That means you can visit either of us for FREE if you already have a library card from Wabash.”
“We love the idea of working together as much as possible to expand services to our County and patrons," said Joy Harber, Library Director of Roann. "Our goal and mission continues to make libraries a meaningful and valuable asset that rises to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities. We look forward to new and exciting ways to accomplish this now, and in the future."
"We believe library borrowing cards to be a valuable tool to increase access to information and life-long learning for patrons," said Ware Wimberly, WCPL Library Director. "For residents who have to pay a non-resident card, this provides greater library access living in the unserved public library area."
Patrons (resident or non-resident) interested in becoming reciprocal patrons only need to bring their home library card to the other library along with a valid ID or proof of address. The only restrictions for reciprocal patrons are that reciprocal patrons cannot borrow Inter-Library Loan titles or check out hotspots. For more information, visit our How To Get a Library Card page.
So what are you waiting for? Become a Reciprocal Patron today!
You know them... you love them... and now you can order them online!
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our beloved NMPL sweatshirts are now available for purchasing online. You can choose to have your order shipped right to you for a small fee, or delivered to the library for free.
We have multiple styles, designs, and colors available. All sweatshirts and hoodies are unisex and are made out of a soft, cozy 50/50 cotton/poly fleece. Proceeds from merchandise sales help support all of our fantastic programs here at the library - plus you can show off your library love to all your friends!
Visit our NEW online store to order today!: https://nmpl2024.itemorder.com/shop/home/
Due to the uncertain road conditions and to allow our staff time to safely get in, and for the parking lot to be cleared, the North Manchester Public Library will be opening late at 10:30am on Saturday, January 13th. The computers, playroom, and meeting rooms will open at 11:00am.
We will update patrons via our website, socials, and text alerts if there will be any further delays or changes.
As always we encourage you to check our website at www.nman.lib.in.us as well as our social media pages in case of updates. We will also send out text alerts to notify patrons of any library closures. Stay informed by signing up for Library Closures text alerts - just text the message @nmplclose (don't forget the @ sign!) to the number 81010 to sign up.
Please do not venture out to return due or overdue items while we are closed! NMPL is fine free and NO overdue fees will be charged.
Stay safe and stay warm North Manchester!
Stuck at home?
Remember you can download books, audiobooks, music, magazines, and more from the library! Download our free Hoopla & Libby e-library apps to get started!
Are you a crafter who is running out of reasons to craft? Do you make incredible knitted creations, but have nothing to do with them? Do you paint gorgeous works of art but have no space left on your walls? If so, we just might have the perfect solution for you… donate to NMPL's Santa's Workshop event!
Santa's Workshop takes place once a year in November, and allows kids from the community to "purchase" gifts from NMPL for their loved ones. This is an AMAZING program for multiple reasons, but the main one is that EVERY CHILD, no matter what financial insecurity they may be facing, is able to "buy" gifts for the people they love. This means so much to these kids. Without this workshop, some children would have no other way of buying gifts.
Typically, NMPL staff members work all year long to create crafts, toys, and ornaments for the event, but we want to open it up to our amazing community.
This is the perfect opportunity to craft your heart out AND have an outlet for all your creations. Donations should be clean, neat, and from a pet-free/smoke free environment in order to be allergy friendly. All donations can be brought to the front desk.
Thank you for making a difference!
NOW HIRING: Bookkeeper/Office Assistant Position Posting - North Manchester Public Library, North Manchester, IN
The North Manchester Public Library seeks a part time bookkeeper who enjoys working in a fast paced team-oriented environment.
Hours: 25 hours per week. Flexible schedule Monday-Friday.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Application: Submit a resume and a cover letter to Eileen Sklar, Library Board President, North Manchester Public Library, 405 North Market Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NMPL will host an Open House on Wednesday, February 7th from 4pm to 6pm to help introduce the new library Director to the North Manchester community. Patrons are invited to stop by the library for refreshments and an opportunity to meet Andrea.
Please join the Board of Directors and staff in congratulating Andrea Zwiebel on her new position and welcoming her as the North Manchester Public Library Director.
A Tower Garden was installed at the North Manchester Public Library thanks to the Poet Bioprocessing Community Impact Grant! The installation of the garden was a part of NMPL’s Homeschool Science program and the students worked with library staff and members of the Purdue Extension Wabash County to build the garden.
Tower Gardens operate on an advanced form of hydroponics called aeroponics. Aeroponic systems use water, liquid nutrients and a soilless growing medium to grow plants in an air or mist environment rather than soil. This method is quick and efficient, using 98% less water, 90% less space, growing 30% more, and 3 times faster than traditional soil methods. There is no need for digging or weeding, which means planting indoors becomes a viable option.
The Tower Garden will make urban farming accessible to the North Manchester community. Library users will be able to reserve tower sections during late winter/early spring (for spring/summer gardens) and late summer (for fall crops) for the purpose of plant starts. As plants reach the size of viability, users can take them home for transplant and a new set of patrons can start their own seeds (which they can choose at no cost from the NMPL seed library).
The Tower Garden will be accessible for everyone in the community any time they visit the library, and will provide families with access to fresh produce all year long. The homeschool students planted peas, chard, lettuce, herbs, and tomatoes.
The library encourages the community to stop by the library to check it out in person - and stay tuned to harvest fresh produce!
The North Manchester Public Library Board is looking for a dedicated and visionary individual to fill the position of Library Director due to retirement.
The library serves about 5,277 area residents in the northern portion of Wabash County. The building is situated in downtown North Manchester, just miles from Manchester University. This active community includes students from birth to college, area business people, and a large retirement constituency.
The library director is responsible for managing staff, daily operations of the building, implementing library annual budget, and maintaining state library standards. This person is also an ex-officio member of the library board and reports all activities to the board. This is a full time position requiring at least 35 hours a week, with some night and weekend hours included.
Direct any questions or resumes and cover letters to the attention of:
Eileen Meyer Sklar
North Manchester Public Library
405 North Market Street, North Manchester, IN 46962
Review of applications begins October 31, 2023
The North Manchester Public Library (NMPL) is excited to announce that they have entered into a Local Reciprocal Borrowing Covenant with the South Whitley Community Public Library for all resident and non-resident patrons. Once a patron has a library card (either resident or non-resident) card at one library, the Borrowing Covenant will allow all patrons to sign up for an account at the other library for free. This covenant becomes effective on October 1st, 2023.
Patrons (resident or non-resident) interested in becoming reciprocal patrons only need to bring their home library card to the other library along with a valid ID or proof of address. The only restrictions for reciprocal patrons are that reciprocal patrons cannot borrow Inter-Library Loan titles or check out hotspots. The North Manchester Public Library also has the same agreement with Roann Public Library and Wabash Carnegie Public Library.
“NMPL's reciprocal agreement with the South Whitley Community Public Library is a wonderful collaboration for those who go to school, live, or work in our communities,” said Diane Randall, NMPL Director. “We’re excited to continue to expand our reciprocal services, allowing all our patrons to experience all the wonderful libraries in our area.”
"With this new collaboration with South Whitley, our non-resident patrons can now access FOUR libraries for the price of one," said Jeanna Hann, NMPL Adult Department Manager and Marketing Coordinator. "Our resident patrons will have access to the same four libraries, in addition to the 100+ libraries that are on the State Reciprocal Borrowing Library covenant offered through the state library."
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to collaborate with NMPL,” said Vicki Builta, SWCPL Director. “Both NMPL and SWCPL have much to offer to patrons, which means residents of both communities are the winners with expanded access to our libraries.”
For more information on either library, visit https://www.nman.lib.in.us/ or https://swcplib.com/
It is bittersweet for the North Manchester Public Library and Board of Trustees to announce that Diane Randall is retiring from her position as Director of the library on December 31st, 2023. Diane has been the director at the NMPL for 4 years. In her time at the library, NMPL engaged in many new collaborative partnerships, such as working with the Community Pantry NM, the Purdue Extension, and Master Gardeners. Additionally, she had a strong focus on building maintenance, improving and updating existing technology, and utilizing library grounds. We are grateful for the time that she spent here, and we wish her nothing but the best of luck in her next adventure.
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in a comfortable and easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.