News from the Kendallville Public Library:

Board Approves Policy Changes

Tuesday night the Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees approved several revised policies and gave the staff a raise.

The 2015 budget includes a 3% pay increase for hourly employees and 2% increase for salaried employees. The board voted unanimously to approve the pay increase since the money was already included in the bottom line for next year. Employees will receive the increase beginning with their first paycheck in January.



Library Volunteers Receive Giver of Gifts Awards



Each year, the Noble County Community Foundation bestows several Giver of Gifts awards to volunteers throughout Noble County. For the second year in a row, two Kendallville Public Library volunteers have received that honor.

At a ceremony on December 4, Rachael Green and Yvonne DeMuyt were honored for their years of service to the library.

Since 2012, Rachael has dedicated over 1,500 hours of time to the adult and teen departments. She was nominated by Adult Services Librarian Mindy Patterson.


Donate Blood and Receive Gifts!

What: Red Cross Blood Driveprn-american-red-cross-logo2812-1y-1-1-1high-1.png

When: Monday, December 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Kendallville Public Library

The American Red Cross needs to increase its blood supplies, and you can help. In exchange, you will receive a free book of your choice AND a mini 3D-printed gift, while supplies last.



2015 Kleiman Creative Writing Contest

kleiman new logo2.pngGet your own child - or an entire classroom of children - started on their entries for the Kleiman Creative Writing Contest, open to 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Books will be due on Friday, March 20. You can find all the contest documents right here, including guidelines, a sample layout, and a sample scoring sheet.


Library Adds New Microfilm Reader with LSTA Grant

KPL Microfilm 3.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library recently received a $10,000 grant to purchase a new microfilm reader for the Russell Frehse Genealogy Room. This new equipment, called the U-Scan +, replaces an older model that is no longer being serviced or manufactured. The U-Scan + offers a crisper digital image, important to researchers.


 Library Expands Services with Technology, Outreach


Rather than focusing on what the library has for people, the Kendallville Public Library is concentrating more on what it can do for the community. Since the library moved into a new building on South Park Avenue in June of 2007, library visits have increased significantly.

"It's wonderful that people are continuing to come to us, to take advantage of the technology and resources we offer," said Library Director Katie Mullins.


 Library Adds TASC DVDs to Collection


The number of Americans who don't finish high school is truly staggering. Some wish they could get a “second chance” by earning their high school equivalency (HSE) credential, but many find the TASC exam too intimidating.

Now not only can they find help through the Impact Institute's HSE classes, they can get some extra visual assistance from the Kendallville Public Library.


 Lower Level Project Adds Flexibility & Space

IMG_8102.JPGUpdate: The Lower Level, Rooms C, D and E, will be available for public use in early 2015.

The Kendallville Public Library will kick off the first year of its next century with some newly designed space.

Construction is happening right now to finish the library's lower level. The project, slated to be complete in early November, includes adding a kitchen, a dedicated Friends of the Library area, and three large meeting rooms, one of which will be used primarily for children's programming.