News from the Kendallville Public Library:

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...and the winner is:

Finders Keepers by Stephen King!

Now that voting is complete, we're check the original brackets to see who predicted the winner. If you are one of them, congratulations! You will soon receive a small token of victory. 

Donations Accepted for READ Program

The role of libraries is changing and the Kendallville Public Library continues to evolve to become what our community needs. We are no longer simply a place where our sole purpose is checking out physical materials. The library’s resources now extend beyond our walls through outreach and online tools.  


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Now Accepting Artist Applications!

The Kendallville Public Library is now accepting Artist Applications for the second annual Art and Maker Expo, planned for Friday, June 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Professional artists are encouraged to submit an application to join the Expo. It's a perfect place to share your talent! You can display and sell your pieces, offer demonstrations for the public and make connections with other artists. Best of all, your participation is free.



Learn to Knit at the Library

IMG_0346-web.jpgLibrary Provides STEM Education

Traditionally, kids get a STEM education at school. But there is another place they can learn the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and even Art (expanding STEM to STEAM) with engaging activities for students of all ages – even preschoolers.

That place is the Kendallville Public Library.


Family Events: Painting Classes at the Kendallville Public Library

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Family Look-a-Like Contest

Kick off Indiana's Bicentennial with a little history of your own. The library's Russell Frehse Genealogy Center is sponsoring a Family Look-a-Like Contest this month.



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.pngKleiman Creative Writing Contest Judging Begins!

All books have been turned in, and the judging has begun! Thanks to all 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who submitted an entry in our annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest.

Students who entered the contest will receive an invitation for their families to attend the Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 5 featuring author Troy Cummings. The cost for student meals, one guest, and teacher meals will be underwritten by the Kleiman family. Additional guests are welcome, but will be charged a small fee. All students will be recognized at the banquet, and their stories will be on display. Best of all, we will find out who won in each grade level and category!

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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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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We love that you love our newsletter. We really do! It's a great way to get important information about what's happening at the library, and gives a snapshot of the activities we have planned for the month. Here's the problem with print, though. It's not always up-to-date.

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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.


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.