News from the Kendallville Public Library:

Fundraising Update: 

$456 of $2500 raised for matching grant (18% of the goal as of 10/14/2016)

Read more about how you can donate!

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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.

Double Your Donation to the Library!

Now through December, an anonymous donor will match all public contributions to the library, up to $2500. That's a potential for $5000, and that money will be used to purchase books and audio books for the Adult Services Department, which benefits both library locations in Kendallville and Rome City.



Pumpkin Decorating Contest


Monday, October 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Family Pumpkin Decorating Paint Night

Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m.: Contest Entry Deadline

Thursday, October 13 through Wednesday, October 19: People's Choice Judging

Thursday, October 20: Winners Announced


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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.


We have reached our goal - and the Adventure Walk Wins!

More information about the Adventure Walk projects in Kendallville and Rome City will be released soon. Here are the final tallies:

Adventure Walk: 1262 votes        Bike-Mobile: 832 votes       Life-Size Games: 1244 votes

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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.



Keep Bodies and Minds Active All Summer


Libraries offer Summer Reading programs each year for more than just handing out prizes  (or in the Kendallville Public Library's case, supporting a community project). They do it to encourage you to exercise your mind.

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.


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.


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.