News from the Kendallville Public Library:

Experience the Unexpected This Summer

summer reading logo - web.pngExperience the Unexpected this summer at the Kendallville Public Library! If you haven't been in the library lately, there is a good chance that you've missed a lot of changes. This summer is a great time to get yourself reacquainted with the library, or simply enjoy all that the library has planned.


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Expo Coming June 24, 4-7 p.m.

 People of all ages with an interest in art or creating things are encouraged to attend the Art and Maker Expo at the Kendallville Public Library on Friday, June 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This annual event will feature local artists who will show and sell their work



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The Kendallville Public Library invites you to participate in the annual Chautauqua Days Photo Contest. This year’s event is sponsored by the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and Summer Tan 365.


2016 Kleiman Creative Writing Winners 

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The Kendallville Public Library announced the winners of the 17th Annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest at a banquet on May 5 at the Kendallville Event Center. The list of winners is included below.

Nearly 400 students in Noble, LaGrange and DeKalb Counties entered books for the contest in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. Each book was judged, bound, and returned to the students as a keepsake.


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.  


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

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 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.