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Lawrenceburg Public Library District

Main Library
150 Mary Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Monday - Thursday: 9-8
Friday: 9-5
Saturday: 10-5

Call Us:
(812)537-2775

North Dearborn Branch
25969 Dole Road
West Harrison, IN 47060

Monday - Thursday: 10-8
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10-5

Call Us:
(812)637-0777

Contact Us:
lawplib@lpld.lib.in.us

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Our Library

LPLD is a public library system serving the cities of Lawrenceburg and Greendale and the townships of Harrison, Jackson, Kelso, Lawrenceburg, Logan, Miller, and York. A reciprocal agreement with neighboring Aurora Public Library offers every citizen of Dearborn County the benefit of library services. The main library is located at 150 Mary Street in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The North Dearborn Branch of LPLD is located at 25969 Dole Road; West Harrison, Indiana.

Our Mission

To provide our community with equal access to resources - for life.

Our Vision

Our facilities are safe, welcoming, and attractive and provide adequate space for all ages. We are the center of our community, promoting a learning environment for the exchange of ideas.

As a resource center, the library satisfies the needs of the community through the best services, high quality collections, current technology, and cultural and recreational programming.

We value community input and establish collaborative relationships with outside organizations to maximize our resources and services. Meeting room space for diverse community groups and organizations furthers the library’s mission and enriches lives and encourages self education.

Dedicated employees provide the level of service expected by our customers. We are an organization with a passion for reaching out to inspire and to serve the community. Our highly trained staff is instrumental in providing knowledgeable, courteous and respectful service to all, while anticipating and adapting to the changing needs of the community.

The library provides our customers with opportunities for life long learning and personal enrichment and supports intellectual freedom while respecting privacy. The library is a source of community pride.

The key to progress is the continuous evaluation and improvement of our organization.

Our Values

LPLD is committed to the following values:

  • High Ethical Standards
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Equal access for all
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • The individual’s right to privacy
  • Welcoming, safe accessible environments
  • Up-to date collections and progressive technologies
  • Life Long learning
  • Community input
  • Vision for the future

Meet the Staff

LPLD Board of Trustees

  • Patricia Ritzmann, President
  • Julia Edwards Dickey, Vice President
  • Marita Cizek, Secretary
  • Linda Lyness
  • Jennifer Hanneken
  • Donald Siemers
  • Daniel Toon
  •  
  • Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Main Library.

Main Library

  • Barbara Bonney , Director
  • Margie Kleier , Business and Operations Manager
  • Debra Beckett , ILS/Systems Manager
  • Georgeann Doan , Reference Librarian
  • Joyce Baer , Genealogy & Local History
  • Criseida Green , Digital Resources & Services Librarian
  • Chris Bockstiegel , Customer Service Manager

Youth Services Department

  • Jody Maples , Youth Services Manager

Outreach and Mobile Library (BOB)

  • Jim Farris , Outreach Coordinator

North Dearborn Branch

  • Phil Kuhn , Branch Manager
  • Lorrie Jezek , Assistant Branch Manager

Be Our Friend

Become a card-carrying Friend of the Library! Thank you for being our Friend!

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A Bicentennial Musical Celebration of Dearborn County

By Chris McHenry

  

Almost from its very beginning in 1803, our county has had a passion for making and enjoying music.

An early recollection of Lawrenceburg tells of a party at the home of James Dill, Dearborn County’s early lawyer, county recorder, and clerk. The visitor had been promised a wonderful evening of music.

He arrived at the house to find a fifer and drummer stationed on the stair landing with Mr. Dill and Lawrenceburg’s founder Samuel Vance marching happily in circles to the martial tunes they were playing.

A few years later, an incident in Lawrenceburg became the subject of a folk song that can still be found in serious collections of music.

It seems that young Amasa Fuller shot and killed Palmer Warren in a quarrel over a young woman. Fuller was arrested and convicted of murder and in 1821 he was hanged on the Courthouse Square. A song detailing his tragic fate immediately began making the rounds of the country. It’s called “Ye Sons of Columbia” and there’s a copy at Lawrenceburg Public Library for those who are interested.

Not long after that, private music lessons began to be offered and there were enough pianos around to attract a master piano tuner.

Brass bands accompanied troops leaving for the Mexican war and the Civil War as they boarded riverboats headed for the fighting.

By mid- 19th Century, the tide of German immigrants had brought their own musical passions with them, and in Aurora they formed the Sangerbund, in Lawrenceburg the Liedertafel, to provide opportunities for choral and instrumental music.

Every little crossroads had its own band in the late 19th Century, including Guilford, Bright, New Alsace, Dillsboro, and Moores Hill, where the College offered major musical instruction. There were bands at Wrights Corner and Manchester, Farmers Retreat, and in the larger towns there were several, all operating at the same time.

Concerts could be found every weekend, either with homegrown talent, or touring professional singers and musicians.

Special occasions called for special music, and in both Lawrenceburg and Aurora, May 1 was just such a day. At dawn in each town, on Suttons Hill in Aurora, and on Ludlow Hill in Lawrenceburg, special concerts could be heard.

Not content with merely meeting to practice and perform music. The Lawrenceburg Liedertafel built its own theater, with a dance floor considered to be one of the best in the area. The Liedertafel still stands proudly on Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg after a long career of hosting musical events, high school graduations and then, the movies.

In the last part of the 19th and first part of the 20th Centuries, local newspapers advertised at least one musical event every week, mostly made up of local talent, but also involving touring troupes that performed everything from Minstrel Shows to Grand Opera.

It seemed as though every church choir put on at least one public concert annually, and of course schools, including the tiny one room variety, entertained parents and friends with performances.

Women’s clubs, such as Lawrenceburg’s St. Cecelia Club, were formed for the purpose of learning about and performing music, the local newspapers carried words and music to popular favorites and classical songs, and music was woven into the very fabric of our lives. Some Dearborn countians became modestly famous for their musical talents.

Clara Taylor Fahlbush became well known throughout the Midwest for her beautiful operatic soprano, performing on a regular basis with the Chicago opera company, and returning to Lawrenceburg in the summer time to teach vocal music and stage a recital for her students. In later years she moved permanently to Chicago, where she eventually became a nun.

On the other end of the musical spectrum, there was Bertha Wiles, daughter of Lawrenceburg merchant John Wiles. Her father played in a local band and her two brothers often traveled with circus bands around the United States.

Bertha went into Vaudeville, and used the stage name of Beatrice Earle. She married a vaudeville promoter named John Himmelein, and spent many years traveling with his troupes around the east and the Midwest. For many years they operated the largest stock show in the country from their headquarters in New York,

Not all of Dearborn County’s musicians were performers.

Margaret Breakey wrote and published a number of popular songs around the turn of the century, including some with patriotic themes and some in a more danceable form. Margaret Breakey worked for a time selling pianos for the Cook Piano Company that manufactured them in Greendale.

On the classical music side, there was Bainbridge Crist, named for his grandfather William Bainbridge, who had been a judge in Dearborn County, and who became a well-known composer of classical music whose music is still performed on a regular basis by choruses and soloists.

As the 20th Century moved along, people began listening to phonographs and radios, and then sound came to the movies, and making your own music seemed to be too much trouble.

One by one the musical organizations dwindled out until only the churches and the schools could boast live music any more.

It seemed local musical organizations were a thing of the past until the Rivertown Players decided to try out a local chorus to see if there was any interest. They’ve been producing musical plays and concerts, and Madrigal dinners ever since.

In a few cases there were enough people who still just plain enjoyed singing together that individual groups were formed, singing at various events around the county.

More recently, under the auspices of the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, we saw a new musical opportunity, this one for kids, as the Young Voices came into being. It was so popular it has been divided into three separate choruses for different age groups and an adult chorus was added.

Contact

Call us

Main: 812-537-2775
Branch: 812-637-0777

Email us

lawplib@lpld.lib.in.us

In person

Main
150 Mary Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Branch
25969 Dole Road
West Harrison, IN 47060

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About Us

Our Policies

Policies

Our Library

LPLD is a public library system serving the cities of Lawrenceburg and Greendale and the townships of Harrison, Jackson, Kelso, Lawrenceburg, Logan, Miller, and York. A reciprocal agreement with neighboring Aurora Public Library offers every citizen of Dearborn County the benefit of library services. The main library is located at 150 Mary Street in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The North Dearborn Branch of LPLD is located at 25969 Dole Road; West Harrison, Indiana.

Our Mission

To provide our community with equal access to resources - for life.

Our Vision

Our facilities are safe, welcoming, and attractive and provide adequate space for all ages. We are the center of our community, promoting a learning environment for the exchange of ideas.

As a resource center, the library satisfies the needs of the community through the best services, high quality collections, current technology, and cultural and recreational programming.

We value community input and establish collaborative relationships with outside organizations to maximize our resources and services. Meeting room space for diverse community groups and organizations furthers the library’s mission and enriches lives and encourages self education.

Dedicated employees provide the level of service expected by our customers. We are an organization with a passion for reaching out to inspire and to serve the community. Our highly trained staff is instrumental in providing knowledgeable, courteous and respectful service to all, while anticipating and adapting to the changing needs of the community.

The library provides our customers with opportunities for life long learning and personal enrichment and supports intellectual freedom while respecting privacy. The library is a source of community pride.

The key to progress is the continuous evaluation and improvement of our organization.

Our Values

LPLD is committed to the following values:

  • High Ethical Standards
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Equal access for all
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • The individual’s right to privacy
  • Welcoming, safe accessible environments
  • Up-to date collections and progressive technologies
  • Life Long learning
  • Community input
  • Vision for the future

Meet the Staff

LPLD Board of Trustees

  • Patricia Ritzmann, President
  • Julia Edwards Dickey, Vice President
  • Marita Cizek, Secretary
  • Linda Lyness
  • Jennifer Hanneken
  • Donald Siemers
  • Daniel Toon
  •  
  • Board meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Main Library.

Main Library

  • Barbara Bonney , Director
  • Margie Kleier , Business and Operations Manager
  • Debra Beckett , ILS/Systems Manager
  • Georgeann Doan , Reference Librarian
  • Joyce Baer , Genealogy & Local History
  • Criseida Green , Digital Resources & Services Librarian
  • Chris Bockstiegel , Customer Service Manager

Youth Services Department

  • Jody Maples , Youth Services Manager

Outreach and Mobile Library (BOB)

  • Jim Farris , Outreach Coordinator

North Dearborn Branch

  • Phil Kuhn , Branch Manager
  • Lorrie Jezek , Assistant Branch Manager

Be Our Friend

Become a card-carrying Friend of the Library! Thank you for being our Friend!

Print the membership form from here! (PDF File), drop it at the library or mail it in.  It is that easy.

You will need Adobe® Reader® to view this file.  Visit Adobe® website for download options. Get Adobe Reader from Adobe.com

Meeting Room Policy and Usage

Meeting Rooms are available primarily to support programs and functions which fulfill the mission and further the goals of the Library District. When rooms are not in use by the Library, these spaces are available to established, not-for-profit organizations engaged in educational, cultural or charitable activities.  Businesses engaged in employee or organizational activities and governmental units located within the Library District or serving community members may also be permitted at the discretion of the Library Director.

In accordance with the ALA's Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations pertaining to meeting rooms, use of the meeting rooms is not based on subject matter or content of the meeting, or on the beliefs or affiliations of a meeting’s sponsor.

The purpose of this policy is to maximize use of the Meeting Rooms, ensure equal access to eligible groups and to provide for orderly scheduling of the Meeting Rooms.

Use of the Meeting Rooms will be governed by the following:

Scheduling

  • Meetings will be scheduled in advance on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Meeting Rooms may be scheduled no more than six months in advance.
  • The Library reserves the right to divide a room when appropriate if there is more than one request for the same time period.
  • Library-sponsored activities and programs will take precedence in scheduling.  As much notice as possible will be given if a conflict arises.
  • In order to schedule a Meeting Room, groups must agree to observe the Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines either by choosing the “I Accept” button from the webpage when making reservations online, or by having a completed and signed Meeting Room Agreement (available at the Circulation Desk) on file with the Library prior to the meeting. Paper agreements expire after twelve(12) months, whereupon a new completed and signed form must be filed for continued use of the room.
  • To provide equal access to as many groups as possible the following guidelines apply:
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Space may be reserved for no more than 5 consecutive days in a month by a single organization.
  • Space may be reserved for no more that 6 consecutive weekly meetings.
  • Space may be reserved for no more than 6 monthly meetings.
  • Study Rooms
  • Study rooms are non-reservable and are available on a "first-come" basis.
  • Occupancy of study rooms is available for a maximum period of two hours, with a required two-hour interim period prior to repeated occupancy in the same day.
  • The above guidelines do not apply to internal library activities and events.

Fees

Although no rent or fees are charged for use of the rooms by qualifying groups, a charge may be levied by the LPLD Business Manager to cover cleaning expenses and/or damages when warranted by the condition of the room following a group’s use.

Groups using a Meeting Room may not charge admission fees. (Friends of the Library who raise funds for additional Library resources and services are exempted.) Written requests for an exception may be submitted in writing to the Library Director in advance by nonprofit organizations needing to recover costs incurred by the event. Generally, permission is granted only to cover costs incurred by the group for class supplies or speaker fees.

Donations by those using the room are encouraged and are tax deductible.

Responsibilities of Room Users

Groups using Meeting Rooms are required to handle the setup for their meeting, to return furniture and other equipment to the location specified on the room arrangement chart posted in each room, and to leave the room clean and in good condition prior to departure.

Use of the Library’s equipment must be arranged in advance and confirmed the day prior to the reservation.

Groups using the kitchenette must supply their own consumables. Paper products, condiments etc. that may be on hand are for use only by staff in Library-sponsored activities and programs.

Timely notice of a cancellation is expected.  Demand for room use is heavy and other groups deserve an opportunity to use the room if available.  Three consecutive no-shows by a group will result in automatic cancellation of existing reservations.

Hours of Use

Meeting Rooms are available only during Library hours.  A group meeting in a room with a direct exit to the outside may continue the meeting a maximum of two hours after the Library closes on Mondays through Thursdays, provided the specified closing procedures are followed.  Groups meeting in interior spaces with no direct exit to the outside must conclude their meeting prior to the Library's closing time.

Limitations

Selling, solicitation, or taking of orders is not permitted, with the exception of authors engaged in book signings, artists performing or exhibiting in the rooms and The Friends of the Library.

A Library staff member may be present at any time during a meeting.

Use of a Meeting Room does not imply endorsement, support, or sponsorship by the Lawrenceburg Public Library District of the activity that takes place in a room or of the beliefs of the group using the room.  Groups or individuals using the room may not imply that the Library endorses the event unless the event is co-sponsored.

Use of the meeting rooms by businesses is limited to Dearborn County businesses for employee training or internal meetings.  Solicitations, demonstrations or showcasing of products or services to the public is not permitted.

Groups failing to comply with any part of this policy, other established policies and procedures of the LPLD, or with requests made by Library staff, may be denied future use of Meeting Room space.

Adopted: May 27, 2003 by the Board of Trustees
Revised, August 23, 2005
Revised, January 27, 2009
Revised, August 28, 2012
Attested:________________________ Secretary

Procedures for use of the Lawrenceburg Public Library Districts Meeting Rooms

  1. Please reserve the meeting room space online by going to the LPLD webpage (http://www.lpld.lib.in.us/) or by phone at LPL 812-537-2775 or NDB at 812-637-0777.
  2. Each room has a standard room arrangement. Groups using the meeting rooms are expected to do their own setup and to return all furniture to the standard room arrangement posted in each room. In addition, please be considerate of the next group and clean up after yourselves. Wash all used dishes and wipe all table tops.
  3. Special equipment needed must be reserved and arranged for in advance when the meeting room is scheduled. Available equipment is listed on the reservation sheets.
  4. Room capacity is determined by the Fire Marshal and must be limited to that number. Users are responsible for recording attendance and completing a short survey located near the exit of each room.

Meeting Room Reservation Options
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Hours & Location

Lawrenceburg Public Library District

Main Library

150 Mary Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Monday - Thursday: 9-8
Friday: 9-5
Saturday: 10-5

Call Us:
(812)537-2775

North Dearborn Branch

25969 Dole Road
West Harrison, IN 47060

Monday - Thursday: 10-8
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10-5

Call Us:
(812)637-0777

Contact Us:
lawplib@lpld.lib.in.us

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