News from the Kendallville Public Library:

Library a Cool Place to Hang Out (Literally)


IMG_7185.JPGBefore the winter gets worse, the Kendallville Public Library is taking some action to stay warm. But first, it’s going to get cold.

On Monday, December 18, Tuesday, December 19 and possibly Wednesday, December 20, the Kendallville Public Library’s heating system will be down entirely. During this time, TCS Heating and Air Conditioning will work quickly to replace the boiler units. While it’s not a good time of the year for this to happen, it’s necessary, said library business manager Janice DeLong.

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VIDEO: Library Takes Literacy on the Road


IMG_6655.JPGSchools, like libraries, have changed over the years. In and around the East Noble School District, those changes have brought these two entities closer together.

“About ten years ago, we were talking about the changing world of libraries and the changing of librarians’ roles in the schools,” said Kendallville Public Library’s Children’s Services Manager Beth Munk. “We found that librarians were not going to be in elementary schools, able to share books and share literacy with the students in the same way they had done before.”

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Prepare Now for Income Tax Season


Want to learn what you can do now about changes that may affect your ability to timely file your tax returns and get your refund as quickly as possible? Click over to the IRS Get Ready link to find out what you need to know.

Picture Book Month Goal Met!


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In less than a month's time, you were able to meet our goal of checking out 1,000 books in November - otherwise known as Picture Book Month! 

To celebrate, we're going to be giving out free picture books at each of our Winter Parties this month. 

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It's Time to Write!

The 19th Annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest, presented by the Kendallville Public Library and open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, is here!

All entries are due by March 23, 2018. Download the contest information, rules and entry form here.

The Kleiman family has sponsored this contest for the past 19 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.

For questions about the contest, contact organizer Marie Kaufmann, Teen Services Manager, at 343-2010 or mkaufmann@kendallvillelibrary.org.

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November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. Saturday, November 11 is also Veterans Day.

Below is some information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Fox News about this important month, and why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11.

**Interested in finding your military ancestors? Information Specialist Cheryl Coons would love to help you through Ask KPL. 

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“Maker” is a State of Mind


deaf03d45c6ddd1a1684f3bbd579554a_preview_featured.jpgYou’ve probably seen the word maker in relation to The Cortex, or you’ve heard us talk about being a maker. It’s one of our favorite words, because to us it’s not just the action of making something - it’s a state of mind.

In The Cortex, we want you to Devise, Design and Discover. It’s what makers do! Here are five ways to think like a maker, adapted from Makezine.com:

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'Tis the Season for Gift Giving!


Amazon-Smile-Logo-01-01.pngIf you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, chances are you will soon. Amazon.com shoppers can get their shopping done and help out the library at the same time. Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com. It's the same Amazon site, except you'll choose to support the Foundation for the Kendallville Public Library.

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The Cortex is now home to a Canon Pixma inkjet printer, perfect for some unique projects. Not only does it print great photos, but it can also be used to print on cardstock, magnets, fabric transfers and more.

Certification is not required, but users are encouraged to read the instruction manual before printing.

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Talking Books Available at No Cost


isl-tbbl-2.jpgVisual or physical impairments don’t need to prevent anyone from reading a good book. That’s why the Indiana State Library provides the Talking Book Library initiative. It’s available for anyone with a visual or physical impairment, such as blindness, Parkinson’s Disease, a reading disability, arthritis, etc.

Once you are signed up (the library can assist with that), you’ll receive an audio player and rechargeable batteries in the mail. The large buttons on the audio player, combined with braille on the buttons, make it easy to use. You can select the genres you’d like to listen to, choose specific authors, or pick individual books. All are sent through the mail directly to your home. There are no late fees, and there is no cost for this service.

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Video Games Now Available at KPL

The 2017 Summer Adventure Community Prize is now available at the Kendallville Public Library and its Limberlost Branch.

Video games for Xbox One and Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, and Nintendo Wii are now on the shelves at both locations and ready for check out. You can check out up to two video games at one time for a seven day loan period. Video games may be renewed once if no one else has a hold on the item.

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We've just added a Canon Rebel T6 DSLR to our Cortex Kits! See the complete list of kits and unique collections here.

 

 

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We now have another way for you to stay up-to-date with events going on at the library. Use Burbio! With it, you can simply Ask Alexa (via your Amazon Echo) to tell you what’s going on at the Kendallville Public Library, or its Limberlost Branch Library.

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KPL Mobile is Now Live!


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KPL Mobile makes it easier than ever for you to use the library's online services. Through this app, you can access your account, place holds, use OverDrive, see what books are popular, search the catalog, view upcoming events, browse online resources, connect with the library on social media and check our locations and hours. It doesn't replace the library's website, but makes some of the site's most popular features available in a simplified format.

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Library Pours Hearts and Funds into Events


IMG_4160.JPGThe Kendallville Public Library and its Limberlost Branch are places to not just check out books, but to gain experiences. Numerous events each month are planned for children, teens and adults that are more than just reading a quick story or making a simple project.

Each year, the department managers earmark a significant amount of their budgets for programming. Programming expenses include purchasing supplies, hiring speakers and performers, picking up snacks and more. The library is funded through tax dollars – your property taxes, primarily, and we work hard to be good stewards of those funds.

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Experience the Eiteljorg Museum for free!


eiteljorg.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library has purchased two passes to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. Each pass is good for admission of up to four adults (at least two must have the same address) and all children age 17 and under. One pass will be available at the Kendallville Public Library, while the second pass will be kept at the Limberlost Branch in Rome City.

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Library Combating Circulation Slide


Library usage overall is up at the Kendallville Public Library. So does that mean more people checking out more books? Not necessarily.

Books take on a lot more forms now: print, CD audio, Playaways, eBooks. It's easier than ever to take a book on the go, but circulation is still declining at many libraries.

"I think it's a sign of the times," said Kendallville Public Library Director Katie Mullins.

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We're Done with Dewey


IMG_4727.JPGOverheard in the library: "I don't know who Dewey was, but he's never done anything for me!" We agree, and that's why we're doing away with the Dewey Decimal System. It's really an antiquated method for librarians - back when the books were kept behind closed doors - to find the books their patrons were looking for. Now, there's really no need for it.

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DVDs Now Circulating in Evergreen Indiana


13843641_ml.pngDozens of libraries, including the Kendallville Public Library, are now circulating DVDs through Evergreen Indiana.

To this point, patrons have only had the ability to request books, audio books and magazines from the more than 100 libraries in Evergreen Indiana. Now, more than 40 libraries have agreed to circulate some or all of their DVD collections, adding nearly 100,000 more items that can be requested from another library and sent to a patron's home library. 

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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 www.kendallvillelibrary.org. 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 www.kroger.com/communityrewards, 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.

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