The power of information and knowledge drives human beings to stockpile as much of it as we can. However, before discs and hard drives, mega bites and mega pixels were a few women who just liked to read, a lot. The local library was the outgrowing of these women in the town who had a passion for reading and wanted all of their neighbors to read as well. From their passion came what is believed to be the first book mobile in Indiana and from the traveling oak spokes came a little building on East and Main Street. Follow that further to today and you will find state of the art facilities utilizing computerized catalog systems that cross over with other local libraries’ databases enabling you to see a variety of texts and literature spanning from digital audio to old manuscripts.
Visiting the Plainfield Library, you will find all of these information mediums readily available, and if you ask about the history of the town or the library, they have an entire room dedicated to such a topic. They lovingly call this room the Indiana Room. It features a large archive holding many of the libraries most precious artifacts including an American flag bearing only 46 stars which dates from 1908-1911. This flag was uncovered in a time capsule that was part of the Carnegie building. It is one of many antiquated delights of local history. If you are interested in finding out what else was in the time capsule please go and search it out. The historians there are very willing to let you see any piece of educational history they have on hand. You only need ask.