Library closing early Nov. 25th and all day Nov. 26th

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closing at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 25th and will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Day. We wish you a happy Thanksgiving! The Library will reopen on Friday, November 27th.

Library Closing Early This Wednesday Due To Power Outage

The library will close at 4 PM on Wednesday, November 18th due to a power outage. Online account services may be disrupted. We apologize for the inconvenience. The library will reopen Thursday morning.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death Book Cover Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death
Grantchester Mysteries, 1
Runcie, James

Sidney Chambers is a vicar in a small British village in the 1950’s.  Rationing from the war is just ending and everyone is looking toward moving forward.  Sidney is a young man, about 30, and unmarried.  After fighting in the war he is enjoying the quiet life a vicar and part-time teacher at Cambridge.  He is not your usual vicar however, preferring whiskey to sherry and jazz to light opera.

Sidney’s good friend is the local police inspector Geordie Keating.  They play backgammon at the local pub every Thursday.  And talk about murder.  Because of his position people don’t want to talk to DI Keating.  But because of HIS position, Sidney finds that people tell him more than he wants to know.  So Sidney ends up helping DI Keating to solve the local mysteries.

There are three books so far in this series, the latest published last year.  Each is actually a collection of short stories and can be read in multiple sittings without interrupting the story.  The stories do progress with the details of Sidney’s life including his dating and selection of a wife but each short story stands on its own.  I enjoyed this format.

The Grantchester Mysteries series has recently become a television show airing in the United States on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery.  The series is based on the books but doesn’t follow them exactly.

I really enjoyed reading the books after watching the first season on PBS.  I was intrigued by the character of Canon Sidney Chambers and Detective Inspector Geordie Keating.  The interplay between the two characters of such different backgrounds was fun.  I also enjoyed Sidney’s thoughts on everything that happens.  He can turn the things he discovers about his parish into a sermon lesson but it never gets “preachy” or moralizing.  This is a light-hearted mystery series and not a book of sermons.

Library closed on Monday, October 12th

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. The Library will re-open on Tuesday.

Veterans Supply Drive at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Veterans Supply Drive at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library

Starting Wednesday, October 7th, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will have 3 bins in the library for donating items for our veterans. These bins are located near the main desk upstairs, the Teen Scene Desk, and the Reference Services Desk. Retired Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) across the state are collecting items needed for the Indiana Veteran’s Home in Lafayette, IN. Items collected will be delivered to the Veteran’s Home just before Veteran’s Day.

Items needed by veterans include:

• Socks (men’s & ladies, x-large, reg., diabetic 10-13 size)
• Linen handkerchiefs. bandanas, wash cloths, hand towels
• Men’s & ladies Depend undergarments
• Sweatsuits (all sizes, men’s & ladies)
• Personal products (lotion, shampoo, polident, electric razors)
• Soft snacks (regular & diabetic)
• Bluetooth speakers (small speakers), CD/radio players
• Music of all kinds
• Maracas, small bongo drums, rhythm sticks
• Large print word search, crosswords, etc.
• Velvet pictures with markers
• Craft kits for men or women, ceramics
• Hand held games (poker, etc.)
• Life like baby dolls and stuffed animals
• Activity pillows, memory games, latch hook kits
• Phone cards, Forever stamps

Items that are not needed at this time:

• Playing cards
• Books
• Jigsaw puzzles
• TVs
• DVDs & VHS tapes
• Razors or sharp objects
• Medical supplies
• Mouthwash with alcohol
• Perfumes & colognes
• Glass items

Thanks For a Great Library Card Sign-Up Month

This September, we had 655 new library card sign-ups during Library Card Sign-Up Month–our highest ever! We hope you’ll enjoy the many opportunities that a library card brings. With a library card, patrons can check out so much more than books. No longer just repositories for printed materials, today’s libraries are serving as tech hubs, community centers, and DIY spaces that are more about connecting and plugging in. From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help and becoming more engaged in your community, a library card offers limitless possibilities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

Library Card Sign-up Month is an initiative of the American Library Association. For more information on Library Card Sign-up Month, please visit


Library Card Sign-Up Month


Library Card Sign-Up Month


Library Card Sign-Up Month

New Driver’s Ed Program

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is pleased to announce a new partnership with, one of the nation’s top sites for driver’s license practice tests. The partnership will strengthen the library’s mission to be a vital gateway to information.

The library will now offers free and interactive DMV practice tests written specifically based on state DMV materials. This includes car tests, motorcycle tests, CDL tests, and more! Please visit to explore this new program and to get started.

Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th

In observance of Labor Day, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th. The library will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 AM.


Additional upcoming closing dates:

  • Columbus Day (Library In-service) – Monday, October 12
  • Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11

Software Upgrade on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Catalog and online account services will be down this Thursday as the library updates its software. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call 812-944-8464 to renew library materials.

Library Will Be Closed on Thursday, July 23rd

On Thursday, July 23rd, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed for building repairs. In addition, the Library’s Thursday Morning Movie program will be cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Library is set to reopen on Friday, July 24th at 9:00 AM.