Another new and exciting online service coming soon for Bell Memorial Library Patrons

We are excited to announce that we will soon be offering the Hoopla online service for our patrons.

With Hoopla you can download content such as music albumns, e-books, audiobooks, and movies.


You can select from any of 600,000 titles, so there’s surely something here that you will enjoy!

The Basics

  • Hoopla provides digital movies, television programs, music, audiobooks & ebooks.
  • You can only stream Hoopla’s content on a PC or Mac, not download it to the PC or Mac.
  • You can stream or download Hoopla’s content on iOS or Android devices through the Hoopla Digital App.
  • There are no holds lists for content. All content is available to everyone at any time.
  • There are no fines or fees. All content stops working at the end of its checkout period.

Checkout limits are:

  • Audiobooks: checkout for 21 days
  • Movies: checkout for 3 days
  • Music: checkout for 7 days
  • TV shows: checkout for 3 days
  • Ebooks & graphic novels checkout for 21 days
  • When you borrow music you get the entire album shown
  • If a television program has more than one episode, you borrow each episode separately, not the entire season

Memorial paving bricks for the Library’s Reading Garden

As a part of the continued development of the Library’s new Reading Garden, the Library Board is offering patrons an opportunity to purchase an inscribed paver brick to serve as a memorial for an individual, family, or business. Many bricks have been purchased so far and yours would certainly add to the area. These bricks may be inscribed with up to four lines. Each line will contain up to 12 spaces (including blanks). A paver brick may be purchased for $100 each, and these bricks will be incorporated in the walkway throughout the outdoor area. These paver bricks will certainly serve as a wonderful and lasting memorial. Please contact Library Director Stephen Boggs if you are interested in purchasing a memorial paver brick he can be reached at 574-353-7234 or Forms for the pavers are available by clicking here or at the Library.

By 2020 you will need a “REAL ID”

If you want to fly after October 1, 2020 you must have a “Real ID.”

Click here for additional information.

A Real ID is required for everyone applying for a new Indiana credential (driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card). Applicants must bring documents to the license branch to prove their identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency. A Real ID meets federal government requirements for driver’s licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits.

Persons who are not United States citizens (legal temporary or permanent residents) are required to have a Real ID and must present full documentation to apply for a renewal or replacement of their existing credential. This includes providing documents which prove identity (name and date of birth), Social Security number, lawful status in the United States, and Indiana residency.

Frankenstein, Bell Memorial Library, Tippy Valley and Akron Library!


Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation awarded funds to host a Frankenstein community read
TVSC will be part of a statewide One State / One Story: Frankenstein program

Akron (April 9, 2018)—Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation has been awarded a Community Read grant of $1,000 from Indiana Humanities to participate in a statewide read of the classic novel “Frankenstein.” More than 60 other communities will be reading the book as part of One State / One Story: Frankenstein.

In collaboration with Akron Carnegie Public Library and Bell Memorial Public Library, the schools will host at least three community programs tied to the book during 2018, including a book discussion. They will also receive 50 books and assorted collateral (bookmarks, posters, etc.) to promote the programs. The $1,000 project funds can be used for a variety of purposes.

Written by teenage Mary Shelley in 1818, “Frankenstein” tells the story of a young scientist who created a grotesque living creature through a scientific experiment and was horrified by what he had made.

“‘Frankenstein’ is a powerful book that raises big questions about right and wrong, how we treat other people and the relationship between science and society,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “That’s what makes it such an important book to read as a community and as a state. We want to catalyze those serious conversations, but we want Hoosiers to have a little fun with the book, too.”

Akron Carnegie Public Library will be sponsoring a presentation entitled “The Science of Frankenstein” put on by Professor Steve at Akron Elementary School on October 25th , 2018.  Families will hear about the story of Frankenstein, marvel at stories of scientists that influenced the author and witness the wonder of demonstrations of light, anatomy and electricity.  Highlights of this event will include Professor Steve’s Jacob’s ladder (17,000 volts), Wimshurst Static Generator (75,000 volts) and his amazing Tesla Coil (750,000 volts of raw electricity)!  Akron & Mentone Elementary students will be reading Frankenstein twist picture books during the month of October in preparation for this event.

TVSC teachers Shelly Engle and Jane Hunn will be leading the way at the high school and middle school as they read the novel with students in the 2018-2019 school year. Book discussions will be the heart of the focus in these buildings, with an emphasis on moral and ethical responsibilities as they relate to science and life in general.  Bell Memorial Public Library will be sponsoring a movie event at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School on October 23rd, 2018 for students who have read the book to join together and have some fun.  Book-to-movie comparisons will be shared; along with Frankenstein-themed treats and gifts for students.  Community members are encouraged to stop by both public libraries to check out the classic novel and join in this reading event!

Reading Club members in all 4 buildings will be encouraged to read the classic or a Frankenstein twist novel during the school year.  Grace Smythe, a graphic design student at TVHS, will be designing t-shirts with the theme “Frank is in the Valley.”  These t-shirts are free to students who go above and beyond in their reading efforts by reading Indiana Young Hoosier or Rosie nominated titles throughout the school year.  Books purchased for the Hoosier reading program are generously donated by parent support groups at Akron & Mentone Elementary Schools.  Funds earned through book fairs help to purchase the t-shirts.

One State / One Story: Frankenstein is an initiative designed by Indiana Humanities, in partnership with the Indiana State Library and Indiana Center for the Book, to encourage Hoosiers to read the classic novel as it turns 200 in 2018. More than a dozen programs—including a digital gaming workshop, a sci-fi and horror writing festival for teens, community reads and read-a-thons, and college and university partnerships—will bring Frankenstein to life all over the state. One State / One Story: Frankenstein has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at 

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. Indiana Humanities is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Lilly Endowment, Inc. Learn more at

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

About Indiana Center for the Book
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana’s literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level. Learn more at 

About Indiana State Library
The Indiana State Library serves Indiana residents with a variety of needs including; genealogy, Indiana history, preservation, rare books and manuscripts, reference and government services, Talking Books and Braille library, as well as the State Data Center. The State Library also leads and supports the greater Indiana library community and is a magnificent limestone building to visit. Learn more at:




Junior Achievement programs at Mentone Elementary

Mr. Boggs just finished a five week session of participating with Junior Achievement at Mentone Elementary! Junior Achievement is strives to give kids knowledge and skills and to show them what it takes to be in business in today’s economy.

Mr. Boggs worked with Mrs. Baker’s 2nd grade class where the theme was Our Community. The JA Our Community sessions are geared toward how all jobs help a community and how inter-dependent business and citizens are to the success of their community.

The theme for Mrs. Dye’s 4th grade class was Our Region. JA Our Region provides students with a practical approach to starting and running a business, learning about advertising and strives to show not only how to make a decision but how to make a good business decision.

Later in March Mr. Boggs will be traveling to Akron Elementary to lead sessions over five weeks to some of their 4th and 5th grade classes.

Click here to learn more about the Junior Achievement program: 

No Internet connection at home? We can help!

The Bell Memorial Library is now circulates an Internet Hotspot.  These devices are about the size of a large cell phone and connect the user to the Internet via cell phone towers.  The device will circulate for a week and patrons can reserve the units.

For more information, contact Stephen Boggs at (574) 353-7234 or via e-mail at


Yes, we DO circulate toys…

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Storytelling Kit # 2

Kit includes:  2 Books:  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed  A Fly, &The Three Pigs.  Also included are an old lady doll, fly, bird, horse, cat, dog, cow and horse.  Puppets included are:  3 pigs, wolf, straw house, stick house and brick house.   Also included are Old MacDonald, horse, pig, cow, sheep and chicken.  Storytelling glove is also included.


~Creative Corner~

Calling all crafters!  Join us on Thursday,

February 15th from 5:00-7:00 pm.  We will be making this cute Shamrock Planter.  Cost for this class will be $5.00.  This class will be limited to 20 participants and sign up is required.  Sign up sheets will be located at the main circulation desk.  Creative Corner is for adults only ages 18+.

Questions, please contact Billie or Sharon at