News from the Kendallville Public Library:

Friends of the Library Pays Fines in February

spirallogo.pngThe Kendallville Public Library's Friends of the Library group is giving something back to the patrons in February. They want to make it easier for everyone to experience all the library has to offer, so they're paying fines in February.

From February 1 through February 29, the Friends of the Library will pay up to $10 toward a patron's overdue fines (limited to one gift per library card).



State Park Passes Available for Check Out

Kendallville Public Library patrons can now reserve an Indiana State Park pass at the Kendallville Public Library and its Limberlost Branch.

The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library to encourage people to visit libraries and parks in 2016.


Library Refinances Bond, Saves Taxpayer Money

Taxpayers will be paying around $324,000 less for the Kendallville Public Library building.

On December 9, the library's building corporation closed on the refinancing of new bonds for the Kendallville facility, which was opened in 2007.

The new interest rate came in at 2.24%, even lower than originally expected. The bonds were purchased by City Securities Corporation, and will mature in January of 2026.  The total net savings for taxpayers over the life of the bonds is $324,052.


17th Annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest

kleiman new logo2.pngIt's time for the 17th Annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest, presented by the Kendallville Public Library and open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

The Kleiman family has sponsored this contest for the past 17 years, in honor of Isadore and Pearl Kleiman, who were frequent visitors to the Kendallville Public Library. Isadore and Pearl's children are still involved, but now their grandchildren are taking an active role in the contest and its funding.

Complete information on the 2016 contest can be found here

All books will be due at the Kendallville Public Library or its Limberlost Branch in Rome City by closing (6:00 p.m.) on Friday, March 18, 2016.

We are securing an author to speak at the awards banquet, tentatively planned for late April. The cost for student meals, one guest, and teacher meals will be underwritten by the Kleiman family. All students who participate in the Kleiman Creative Writing Contest will be recognized and works will be displayed.

If you have any questions, please contact contest chair Marie Kaufmann at or 260-343-2023.


Library Participates in 5 to Thrive

6V7A2168.jpgThe 2015 session of Thrive Noble County's 5 to Thrive initiative wrapped up in November, with final presentations, a celebration and a graduation at Moose Lake Christian Craft Village.

Kendallville Public Library's Teen Assistant Kiaya Martin, who works at the Limberlost Branch, was one of those happy graduates. Kiaya and her group focused on the Youth Engagement pillar of Thrive, a cause that is very important to her.

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16594522_xl.pngStaying Relevant:

How the Kendallville Public Library is constantly changing, yet following the same mission

Are libraries obsolete? Absolutely not. Is the circulation of physical books down from this time last year? Yes. Are we worried about that? Nope.

Here's why. The role of libraries is changing, and has been changing since libraries were first invented. More recently, we've shifted from being a place where our sole purpose is checking out physical materials, to a community center which offers a wide range of services and online tools.


Launchpads Take Off at Library

launchpad-hero.pngPlayaway® Launchpads are the Kendallville Public Library's newest tool for early childhood development.

These handheld devices are geared toward children ages 3-5, and are preloaded with 10 learning apps to engage children in developing the skills necessary to start kindergarten. 


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monkey-cake-large.jpgReady to Bake?

Make your child's birthday or family gathering extra special with a specialty or character cake pan from our newest collection! Bake a cake with our unique cake pans and decorating kits, available free for check out beginning October 5 at KPL and LPL.


Library Now Leads WordUP Campaign


Word Up.jpgThe WordUP Program, developed by LEAP in 2014, was designed to increase awareness of a child's need to hear 21,000 words a day to be prepared for kindergarten.

Now that LEAP has closed its doors, this initiative has been entrusted to the Kendallville Public Library.


Grants to Change Patron Experience

The Kendallville Public Library has received two grants totaling $60,000 from the Dekko Foundation. In mid-April, the Dekko Foundation made an exciting announcement to directors of the Libraries Serving Communities group (made up of library directors in Northeast Indiana), offering potential $30,000 grants for each library building in the Dekko Foundation's service area. Library Director Katie Mullins considered many needs, and applied for the grants.