News from the Kendallville Public Library: 

KPL Mobile is Now Live!

app1.jpgWant quick and convenient? Just download the Kendallville Public Library's new app.

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.


Featured Artists, Authors Announced for Fair

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Featured artists and author have been announced for the Kendallville Public Library's Art and Author Fair, planned for Friday, September 15 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Professional artists and published authors are encouraged to submit an application to join the fair. It’s a great place for them to share their talents. These individuals can display and sell work, while making connections with the public and others in their field. Best of all, participation is free.


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.



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.



Faster Evergreen Deliveries Start in July

tree onlyi.pngStarting this month, the Kendallville Public Library will begin receiving an Evergreen Indiana delivery every day of the week! This means that you should receive any books, audio books or DVDs that you’ve placed on hold even faster.

If you’re new to placing items on hold, we can help! We’ve created a series of brief Evergreen Indiana tutorial videos, including one specifically for requesting an item through the online catalog. Find the tutorials at our website ( under Online Resources.



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The Kendallville Public Library began a Rambling Rocks project in April, and since that

time, this initiative to "Plant Joy" has grown to epic proportions - even traveling to Florida and South Carolina!

The idea is simple: paint and hide rocks throughout the community. Once rocks are painted and sealed to protect them from the weather, they are hidden...everywhere. Rocks have been located on nature trails, at downtown stores, around lakes, and even hidden on shelves in Kroger and Rural King.



KPL Celebrates 10 Years at Bixler Lake

kplopenS0607.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library's been around more than a hundred years; just ten of them at its location on Bixler Lake. But in that decade, we've seen a lot of change – most of it for the better.

Buildings tell a story, and our library has lived in three of them. Each one had its own significance, its own chapter, and its own tale to tell. 

The Carnegie building on East Rush Street was an icon of its time, and is still easily recognizable today for the library it used to be. The stone façade of the building on West Rush Street filled the need for a larger library with more space for a growing number of people, new items like computers, and expanded programming.

The building at Bixler Lake came at a time when people said libraries were dying. 


Summer Adventure Begins June 1

build a better world 2.jpgThe Kendallville Public Library's 2017 Summer Adventure begins June 1 and runs through July 31. This year's theme is Build a Better World, so the library is focused on supporting the community. The adventure is structured to keep everyone reading and entertained all summer long, but it won't interrupt the summer relaxation because there are no hard-to-reach goals or reading records to manage.



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.



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. 



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.


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