Donate Blood @ the Library

Do you have 15 minutes to donate blood? If so, the Indiana Blood Center could really use your help this summer.

The Indiana Blood Center is experiencing a shortage of blood donations this summer so the library is jumping in to help out by hosting a blood drive on Saturday, June 30 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

All blood donors will receive:

  • a collectible, limited-edition Indiana Blood Center/The Bob & Tom Show t-shirt
  • a ticket to the Def Leppard/Poison concert at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville on August 24th
  •  and a voucher for a free Cinnamon Raisin biscuit from Hardees while supplies last.

Here are a few interesting facts about blood donations, provided by the Indiana Blood Center:

  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day to keep up with demand.
  • Each year over 5 million people in the U.S. will receive a blood transfusion.
  • A single car accident can require over 100 liters of blood.
  • Type O-negative can be transfused to all blood types so it is constantly in demand and often is in short supply.

If you are interested in donating blood please contact Joanna Carter at 317-839-6602 or

Are You Ready for Memorial Day Weekend?

Memorial Day Weekend: a time for spending with family…

…in the car…

for hours.

Why not read a book while you’re in the car?

Or are you like me, a control freak, and drive everywhere? No offense…

Or do you get carsick while reading directions when forced to be the trusty navigator?

Well here are some fabulous non-book options furnished by your fabulous library, to entertain you instead of being bored, sick, or forced to play the license plate game again.

Audiobooks: PGTPL has a fabulous collection of books on CD. Whether you like non-fiction, historical fiction, or even teen fiction and children’s books, we have something for you. Pop in a CD, and listen to great authors, actors, and professional voices read you great books. Many more audiobooks are available for download on Overdrive as well. My favorites: Beauty Queens, written and performed by Libba Bray via OverDrive; and Horton Hears a Who and other stories, performed by Dustin Hoffman available through Evergreen.

Playaways: If your trusty vehicle doesn’t have a CD player, don’t fret! We have these cute little do-dads called Playaways. You just plug a set of headphones in and listen to the story.

DVDs: If you have a fancy vehicle with DVD players, we can load you up with great movies from our collection. You can even find movies about wherever you’re going with our extensive non-fiction DVD shelves. One movie I like that’s good for all ages: IMAX Under the Sea, narrated by Jim Carrey. Popcorn not included.

CDs: Tired of trying to find a great radio station in the middle of nowhere? Grab a handful of CDs and create your own playlist. I enjoy exposing my kids to music that I like, so I don’t have to listen to the Hokey Pokey a million times. However, Barenaked Ladies have a great kid’s CD called Snacktime that rocks!

Especially for Kids:

Playaway Views: Got kids? Got kids that love Elmo, Arthur or fairy tales? We have Playaway Views in the Children’s room! These nifty handheld buddies are personal movie players. They are pre-loaded, so you don’t have to fuss with DVDs or extra pieces. Earphones can be plugged in, but aren’t necessary…unless Elmo’s voice will make the drive feel like Purgatory. My child’s favorites: Between the Lions and Strega Nona.

Kid Kits: Help yourself and help our children’s room staff flex their creative muscles by compiling a kid kit for your child. Stop by the children’s room a week or so before your trip and fill out a kid kit form. You will let the librarians know how old your child is, what his interests are, and what kind of materials he would like. Then, the librarian will pull together materials for your child to take with him on his trip! You can pick them up when convenient for you, and have all the items you need to keep your kid excited about being in the car for eight hours…well…maybe.

I hope you have a safe trip to wherever your three day weekend takes you. Me? I’m thinking a couch staycation is in order!


2012 Plainfield Garden Tour

The 2012 Annual Friends of the Plainfield Library Garden Tour will be Saturday June 23, and Sunday, June 24.

Tickets for the tour are $12.00 and are available online now on the Plainfield Garden Tour website. Tickets will be available the week prior to the tour at the following locations:

  • Plainfield-Guilford Twp. Public Library*
  • Marsh Supermarket in Plainfield*
  • Ferguson Hardware*
  • Gear Up Cyclery*
  • Cox’s Plant Farm*
  • Plainfield Chamber of Commerce

*Tickets available at these locations the days of the tour.

2012 Plainfield Garden Tour Art Auction

This year the Friends asked people to submit their artwork in a contest to be used on the Garden Tour tickets. There were so many wonderful submissions! The winners were:

  • First Place: Olivia Roath
  • Second Place: Carol Mongan
  • Third Place: Barbara Harris
  • Under 12 Winner: Audrey Havenor

The artwork is now on display in the library, and you’re invited to purchase it! The starting price for each piece was selected by the artist, and is listed in the book in front of the large display case. Bidding will end May 31st, at which time the winning purchasers will be contacted by phone.

Money from both Garden Tour tickets and the Art Contest Silent Auction directly benefit the library. Have you ever attended a program at the library? If so, you’ve benefited from our Friends group! Friends money helps support library programming, including speaker fees, supplies, and snacks.