Adult Services Department

 

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Meet the Staff:


Leah.pngLeah Dresser, Adult Department Manager
Leah has been with the Kendallville Public Library for six years (as of 2017). Five of those years were spent in the Children's Department, where she learned about valuable programming and built relationships with patrons of all ages. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education with a focus on English and History and a Master of Library Science degree. Now that she's an "adult," two of her favorite responsibilities include collection development (ordering books and weeding books) and planning and hosting events in Kendallville and at our Limberlost Branch in Rome City. "I enjoy finding patrons what they need," said Leah, "which fits with our mission statement 'to provide access to information...for life.'"

Contact Leah for general questions, or to schedule.

 

LeeAnn.pngLee Ann DePew, Information Specialist/ Tech Trainer
Lee Ann thrives on helping people. She is the main educator for Ask KPL, the library's one-on-one assistance program for technology, research, etc. She says technology is one of my fortes, and she shares her knowledge with others so they can make the most out of their tablet, smart phone, laptop and more. She is also active in test proctoring, a service the library provides so that students (mainly of online schools) can take their exams in a monitored environment. She also creates many of the displays that dress up the library from time to time.

Contact Lee Ann

 

cheryl.pngCheryl Coons, Information & Genealogy Specialist, Adult Outreach Coordinator
Cheryl's background is in retail and education. She spends most of her time interacting with people, both inside and outside the library. Cheryl holds "story and talk time" five times a week at local senior assisted-living centers, and provides large-print books that the residents can check out from the centers' libraries. She also takes books, audio books and movies to those facilities for individual residents, while she and a number of volunteers do the same for homebound patrons. Cheryl is knowledgeable in genealogy research, and enjoys helping people find information about their ancestors. She also shares her talents for sewing and quilting in a number of library events.

Contact Cheryl

 

Test Proctoring

The Kendallville Public Library is available to proctor tests for students from a variety of colleges and universities. A complete list of guidelines, as well as the cost for this service, can be found here.

Ask KPL (Formerly Book-a-Librarian)

Technology or research help available by appointment.

Need help with research, a database or other library-related issue? We can help! Just get in touch with Adult Services Manager Leah Dresser at 260-343-2017 or email her at ldresser@kendallvillelibrary.org. You can tell her about the help you need, and then set up an appointment to meet. It's FREE! Or, check our online calendar for one of our scheduled Ask KPL events in Kendallville or Rome City.

Kill-a-Watt Meter

Available for check out at the Kendallville Public Library and its Limberlost Branch.

Take charge of your energy usage and save on utility bills with the Kill-a-Watt Meter. The Kill-a-Watt Meter will help you discover small to medium-sized electrical devices that are turned "off" but still draw power 24 hours a day. This energy drain — called phantom load — can add up to $200 to your utility bill each year.

Homebound Service & Nursing Home Outreach

If you are confined to your home due to illness, injury or physical handicap and live in the library district (which includes Wayne and Orange Townships, as well as the cities of Kendallville and Rome City), you may be eligible for Homebound Service!

We provide extended loan periods and service right to your door or senior center.

For more information please contact Cheryl Coons at the Kendallville Public Library at 343-2018.

The library also provides volunteers to read to local nursing home residents, in group settings or individually.