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Grab N Go Service

All library materials are now available to you. IFL will take orders by phone 724-465-8841 Ext 0 or email at for up to 5 items. Library materials will be bagged and available for pick-up. You will get a call when the books are ready and schedule your pick-up time at the ground floor entrance. We ask that only one person may be in the entrance for safety. You will find your materials bagged and labeled just to the right of the door in the entranceway to Grab N Go. All materials can be returned in the Book Drop at the same entrance. They will be wiped down and quarantined in a separate area and not checked in for awhile No fines are taken at this time. The library will be quarantining materials after return for a minimum of five days [72 hours is the suggested time for plastic surfaces] before checking in and returning to the shelves. Our goal is to keep you safe while you can again enjoy your favorite reads. Thank you for your patience.

Hours are Monday 4 - 7 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm.


Computers by Appointment

A Computers By Appointment program begins May 23rd and will be available during Grab N Go weekday hours from 4 - 7 PM on Mondays and from 11 AM - 3 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Patrons will be scheduled for one hour of computer time. All computer areas will be cleaned in between appointments so there will be no extension of time. A mask will be required to enter the building and use computers. For printing, please bring exact change or money needed for printing or copying as no change will be available. Patrons will enter through the ground floor entrance shared with the museum and use the stairs or elevator to enter the library through the second-floor side door. There will be no entrance into other parts of the library. Call the library to schedule an appointment at 724-465-8841 Ext 113.


Text Anti-Racism and Black Life In America

The Indiana Free Library recognizes the importance of race, privilege, and black life in our community. To help our patrons, we have created an "Anti-Racism and Black Life in America" shelf on cloudLibrary. These resources have been chosen to help our community understand how to advocate for our black communities, to better understand the lives of black Americans, and to help families have conversations together. Visit our collection at and look for our Featured section to find these titles. In addition and through a generous donation from Colleen Kennedy-Carpat, the library now offers new titles in a Black Lives Matter collection. Please see the catalog for individual titles and grow your world by reading something new.


Finding Credible Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Before considering vaccine information on the Internet, check that the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis.  Visit the CDC's website for more information.

VaccinatePA is a volunteer team calling hospitals and pharmacies to identify which facilities are currently administering vaccines. This website will be updated daily to reflect the latest information we are able to gather.

News!!! News!!!! News!!!!! If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at your library, you’ve come to the right place.

Amazon Smile partnership

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

In order to choose to donate to the library, you will need to select, "Indiana Free Library Incorporated," from the search field. Thank you so much for your donations!! Every little bit helps us bring great programs and collections to our community!!

New Plastic Card options for you!

September is always National Library Card Month! To celebrate we are offering new plastic library cards with cool designs. The adult card is sporting our Great Horned Owl logo in green and gold. Kids have new designs too with rocket and rainbows in bright colors. Library cards can be upgraded for $2. for the regular green card and kids cards and $5. for the Gold VIP card showing your library support. To upgrade call the library during Grab N Go hours or send email to: and let them know your selection. If you don't yet have a library card, find out how to get one by sending email to the same address to find out how.

See plastic cards here!

More exciting news!!

PHEAA is offering a FAFSA Overview webinar for students and families that may need help in completing their 2021-22 FAFSA.

Following the presentation, students and families can call 1-800-722-8289 to speak with an expert and receive one-on-one assistance with any financial aid questions. The phone number will only be available from 7:30 – 8:30 PM the night of the presentation.

Join Wendy Dunlap and Fran McKeown on March 24th at 6:30 PM (ET) for a free webinar event where they'll guide students and families through the process of filing the #FAFSA.

Girls Who Code’s Self-Paced Program is a free and flexible virtual introductory computer science course for current 9th - 11th graders. LEARN MORE ABOUT SELF-PACED AND HOW TO APPLY

Our American History Book Club meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 11 AM on Zoom. We read and discuss topics, culture, and people from our unique American history.

New virtual cooking club that focuses on health literacy.

Find out what is happening at the library this spring in our newsletter.

Cruise Into Kindergarten is a program for those children aged 3-4 who are getting ready to go to school for the first time! Even if your child is in preschool, you can take part in our program and help your child learn skills they'll need at school and at home. The program includes a set of sixteen activity cards that you will need to pick up at the library. Each one has a different activity, craft, rhymes, and recommended reading for the day and range in themes such as Letters and Numbers, Doing the Laundry, and Taking a Walk, among many others. Space is limited to 20 children, so please register quickly before all the spaces fill up! For additional info contact Val at

"With schools closed, Pennsylvania public television stations want you to know that you are not alone. Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we have created Learning at Home, your connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities and games to support you. From Sesame Street for preschoolers to NOVA for high school science students, public television offers engaging programs that will support your child’s learning.

As we move forward together, we’ll learn together. Each station will offer more resources to help you and your child’s teachers find a path that is right for you."

Fourth Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM on Zoom.
Hello! I'm Val! I usually work as the Youth Services librarian, but I am also an historian with a master's in history from IUP. I take my title seriously and hope to promote enlightenment and profound discussion on the events and characters that have set our country apart from any other in the history of the world.
We will read titles with the subjects ranging from early North American settlements and colonial days through the modern era. Please email me (Val) at with your name and email address so you may be added to the book club member list. Hard copies of the next month's meeting titles will be available after each meeting. You do not need to take part in the meeting, but I do need to know if you want to read the books so that I can order enough copies for everyone. I also need to know if you would like special materials such as a large print or audiobook versions. Sometimes, these are availble to us. When the materials arrive, I will process them for checkout and you will then be notified when you can come in and pick it up. Please be aware that because of Covid, I am not in the library every day, so there may be a lag in the availability of the materials. Our GrabNGo service can be found at 724-465-8841 or Please state that you want the American History Book Club book, the date of the meeting, and the title so that the librarians can get the right material to you. Thanks for your interest and keep reading!! It is so important for the preservation of our unique American culture!

>>>Please email me (Val) at at least the evening before the Zoom meeting so that I know to include you in the invite.<<<

Our schedule for 2021 is:
January 26th: Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program by Pat Duggins (The author will sit in on our meeting). (264 pp)
February 23rd: Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore (273 pp)
March 23rd: The Moundbuilders: Ancient Peoples of Eastern North American by George R. Milner (224 pp)
April 27th: A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andres Resendez (336 pp)
May 25th: A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by James Horn (304 pp)
June 22nd: Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation by David A Price (304 pp)
July 27th: A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience by Emerson W. Baker (416 pp)
August 24th: Into the American Woods: Negotiations on the Pennsylvania Frontier by James H. Merrell (464 pp)
September 28th: A Few Acres of Snow: The Saga of the French and Indian Wars by Robert Leckie (388 pp)
October 26th: The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America by Colin G. Calloway (240 pp)
November 23rd: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade (304 pp)
December 28th: The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 by Lynn Hudson Parsons (277 pp)

Wondering what we're reading in our True Story Book Club in 2021? Here ya'go!

We have been busy adding new books to the collection. And you can help us add more!

:) Looking for eBooks or eAudiobooks? Try cloudLibrary!!

Did you know that shopping can help your library? When you use Amazon, just click on Amazon Smile and designate the Indiana Free Library as your charity. Amazon Smile has raised nearly a thousand dollars for the library through shoppers just like you!

We have a limited number of the Year of the Pandemic 2020 Green Owl Ornaments available.

2020 will be a year to remember...

Cost is $5 per ornament. It's a gorgeous emerald green with the owl, Newbery, which is awarded for children's literature.

Support your Indiana Free Library, with this timely commemorative Christmas ornament in 2020.

Ornaments will be available first come first served, on a limited basis.

Email to reserve your ornament and schedule a pick up!

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