News from the Kendallville Public Library:

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State Park Passes Are Back for 2017

2017AEP__64660.1477428351.1280.1280.jpgDue to its success in 2016, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has extended its Annual Parks Pass partnership with Indiana libraries for one more year!

The DNR has donated a pass to the Kendallville Public Library, and we have purchased an additional pass for the Limberlost Branch in Rome City. Both passes are available now.



Features Added to Your Online Account

tree onlyi.pngEvergreen Indiana's upgrade over the New Year's holiday brought some changes to your account. You can take advantage of these new features by accessing your account at Need some help learning about your online account? Click here to access KPL Connect tutorials.


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If you shop at Kroger or Owen's, it may be time to renew your Community Rewards selection so you can continue to donate to the Kendallville Public Library when you use your Kroger Plus Card.

If you have a Kroger Plus Card, you can simply go online to, and sign in or create an account. Then you will be able to link your Plus Card to the Kendallville Public Library (can be searched by name or found by entering code 59848). Each January, you will need to renew this selection.



Warm Up with Winter Reading Challenges

snowflake.pngPatrons who curl up with a good book this winter will be rewarded for their efforts! The Kendallville Public Library has two Winter Reading challenges, one for kids and one for adults.



Children's Department Pet of the Year Winner

frog.jpgCongratulations to Lily Oburn! Her original pet, Frogonut, beat out Fuzzy McWiggle Bottom (the teal bear) and Captain FuzBall (the octopus) to become the Kendallville Public Library's Children's Department Pet of the Year!

Library staff narrowed down the field of entries to the top three, and then we posted them on Facebook for a public vote. Now, Lily's creation will be turned into a stuffed animal! She will get one of her very own, and one will be kept at each library location as the Children's Department mascot for 2017.

Cortex Updates

We've made some changes to The Cortex to make it more accessible, plus, we've added some new kits that you can check out and use at home.



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It's Time to Write!

It's time for the 18th 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 18 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.



Out with the Old, In with the New

Why thinning out the library's collection actually improves it

When you want your garden to grow lush, green and healthy, you weed it. The same is true of libraries who want their collection to grow and flourish.

Maintaining a library's collection isn't an easy task. Tens of thousands of books fill the shelves, and librarians are always purchasing more to keep current on non-fiction topics, or keep the most popular fiction stories in stock. In fact, since 2014 the Kendallville Public Library has added around 17,500 items to its collection.


Food Donated to Local Food Pantries

Angelia shock, program director 092716 452 items.JPGThe Kendallville Public Library and its Limberlost Branch collected more than 450 items, and waived over $450 in fines from September 12-24.

Food for Fines, held annually in September, gives people the option of donating food in exchange for having their fines waived. One item donated = $1 in fines.

The items donated in Kendallville were given to the Friendship Food Pantry (in the photo, food pantry Program Director Angelia Shock gets help from KPL IT Manager Jerrod Leatherman to load food into the van) and the items collected in Rome City went to Helping Hands Food Pantry.

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Nature Photo Winners Announced

The results are in! The Kendallville Public Library is ready to announce the winners of the Annual Nature Photo Contest, sponsored this year by Summer Tan 365 and the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site.

Entries were accepted in two age categories: Youth and Adult (18+). Photos were judged on composition, quality, and creativity. One "Best in Show" winner was selected from each age group, and this year two "Honorable Mentions" were awarded in the Adult category, as well.


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Goodbye Numbers, Hello Words: Collection Changes

We live in a "now" society. While we like to encourage people to come and hang out at the library, the reality is that for many the library is one stop in a day full of errands.

We're making some changes to our collection that will not only make it easier for you to find what you're looking for while you're here, but will improve the ability to browse.



OverDrive Increases Check Out Limit

Patrons can now download more books through OverDrive, the downloadable eBook and audio book service available through eIndiana Digital Consortium and provided to the patrons of the Kendallville Public Library and its branch in Rome City.

Now, patrons may have up to ten eBooks or audio books checked out at one time.


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.