News from the Kendallville Public Library:

2017 Kleiman Creative Writing Winners

The Kendallville Public Library announced the winners of the 18th Annual Kleiman Creative Writing Contest at a banquet on April 27 at the Kendallville Event Center. The list of winners is included below.

250 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.



Passport to Fun: Community Canvas

20170421110419686_0001.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library and its branch in Rome City will be participating in Indiana Tourism Week, May 8 through May 13, in cooperation with the Noble County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

The Tourism Bureau provides passports that will be available in the Monday, May 1st edition of the News Sun. Passports can also be picked up at any participating locations.



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.



The Adventure Walk Begins May 15

IMG_4840.JPGThe Kendallville Public Library is kicking off this year's Summer Adventure with last year's community prize!

The Adventure Walk, the winning project of the summer 2016 community vote, has recently been installed in Kendallville and Rome City. In Kendallville, the walk of 18 stations starts at the front of the Kendallville Public Library, and then continues in a loop around the library through Bixler Lake Park.



Donations Accepted for READ Program

If you haven't been to the Kendallville Public Library lately, you may be surprised at what you'll find.

You'll still see the basics of books, DVDs, CDs and magazines, but now there's more. In addition to being a "traditional" library, we're also a library of "things" (see more of our unique collections here: Want to take a GoPro on your ski trip? Check one out at KPL. 



Read for Kindergarten Readiness!

thousand books.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative has helped dozens of families read to get ready for school. We have 100 themed book bags filled with 10 books each, plus activities to help your kids grow and learn.

If you're already part of the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, then you've probably noticed the whole new look to the activity sheets. 



Library Board Position Available

One seat on the Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees will soon be available.

Kemuel Prince is retiring in May after serving one full term and one partial term on the board, and the trustees are seeking his replacement.



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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Rambling Rocks: The Search is On!

The search is on for Rambling Rocks. You can join this unique look-and-find activity anytime! It reaches across our area to encourage family time, outdoor play and even creativity. Sharing your experiences on social media will also ignite the curiosity of others who want to participate, too.


Library Board Approves Hotspot, Weather Policies

The Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees approved adjustments to two library policies at its meeting on March 14.

Under the new mobile hotspot policy, patrons who return the item late three times in a six-month period, which result in overdue fees, will be prevented from checking out and/or placing a hold on the device for 60 days.

The library’s 12 mobile hotspots can be checked out to patrons age 13 and up for 7 days and may be renewed 1 time if there are no holds. 


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.



Keep up with us on Facebook

facebook_icon_large.pngMany of our events fill fast - some even weeks in advance! Keep up with the latest events happening at the Kendallville Public Library by taking advantage of some special features that Facebook offers to give you more control over your newsfeed.

Implementing these changes to your newsfeed will allow you to see the latest events from the Kendallville Public LIbrary.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

  • Go to the Kendallville Public Library Facebook page
  • Click the "Following" button
  • Click "See First" from the drop down menu.
  • Then click on the pencil to the right of "In Your News Feed."
  • Then click on "Notifications."
  • Select "All posts"

You can also click over to our page when you're on Facebook, to see everything we've posted recently.


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.



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.


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.