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Big Read Kick-off Event

Jay Jennings, who has been a longtime friend and mentored by fellow author of True Grit, Charles Portis, will be our Keynote Speaker for the evening. Please join us for an exciting and fun-filled evening as we saddle up to Kickoff this wonderful community event.

Event Location: Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144

Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: True Grit

Kids' Yoga Classes Start on 2/27 at KPL!

Shake, sing, and be silly while learning basic yoga poses, mindfulness, and meditation! Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) is a fun and engaging practice for young yogis. These FREE classes are led by Miss Heather, a KPL Librarian and certified KAY teacher. Best for ages 5 - 9, but children ages 3 - 11 welcome. Space is limited. Registration and signed waiver required before class begins. Arrive 5-10 minutes before the start time, as class will begin promptly.

Class Information:
-Tuesday, February 27th - 6:30-7:15pm - Northside Library
-Friday, March 2nd - 4:00-4:45pm - Southwest Library
-Friday, March 16th - 4:00-4:45pm - Northside Library
-Friday, March 30th - 3:00-3:45pm - Southwest Library
-Friday, April 13th - 4:00-4:45pm - Northside Library
-Monday, April 30th - 7:00-7:45pm - Southwest Library
-Friday, May 11th - 4:00-4:45pm - Northside Library
-Tuesday, May 22nd - 4:00-4:45pm - Southwest Library

To register, inquire at Southwest or Northside Library, or call Youth Services at (262) 564-6150.

GoChip Beam: Streaming TV and Movies without the Internet

Kenosha Public Library and Community Library are pleased to announce the introduction of GoChip Beam devices into the library's collections. The new entertainment streaming devices allow users to access movies and television series anytime, anywhere and on any device without internet connectivity.

The GoChip Beam device contains a rechargeable battery, a wifi-broadcaster and either five movies of a similar genre or a season of television. After downloading an app and connecting to the GoChip Wi-Fi signal, up to eight simultaneous users can stream any movie or episode stored on the device to Apple and Android tablets or mobile devices as well as Mac and Windows laptops and desktops.

The libraries will initially have 8 GoChip devices available for patrons to check out. These devices can be checked out for 21 days with the option of 2 renewals if there are no holds. To find the devices in SHARE, simply search for “GoChip”.

New in 2018

2017 was an amazing year for KPL with the elimination of overdue fines on kid's books and magazines and the introduction of express checkout stations at the Northside and Southwest Neighborhood Libraries - 2018 has some big shoes to fill!

This year also saw the completion and launch of the KCLS Digital Archive which among many other resources houses digital archives of Kenosha area yearbooks some dating back to 1903! All free to you and viewable from the comfort of your own device. 

In the new year, we will welcome the Arrowhead Library System to SHARE - increasing the number of titles available to you by 1.6 million! 

Hoopla is even easier to watch with a newly announced Roku Channel. Just download it to your device and access your selected titles right on your tv! Starting in 2018, KPL users will be able to borrow 6 titles a month from Hoopla rather than 8. This allows more people access to this amazing service and aligns with our partners in the SHARE system. 

The Kenosha Public Library Board of Trustees has recently approved Sunday summer hours at the Southwest Library. This means that the Southwest Library will now be open year-round on Sundays (unless a holiday gets in the way) from 12pm-4pm. 

Thank you for making 2017 one of our most successful years yet. We can't wait to continue to serve you in 2018!


Thoughts, comments, or questions? Feel free to reach out to me anytime at

Brandi Cummings
Communications Specialist 

Fine Free Children’s Books & Magazines

Starting November 20, children’s books and magazines checked out at a Kenosha Public Library branch will no longer accrue overdue fines. Fees will still apply for damaged and lost items.

What materials does this apply to?

Children’s books and magazines will be signified by a call number beginning with J, E, R, or TODDLER.
For example:

Title: Charlotte's Web
Call number: J Fiction White

Title: Pigs
Call Number: J 636.4 N429

Title: I Love You Like a Pig!
Call Number: E BA

Title: Porky and Bess
Call Number: R WE

Teen materials will continue to accrue overdue fines.

Why is KPL doing this?

We believe that children’s academic success depends on access to the library. We see overdue fines as a barrier to service for young children whose families cannot afford even small fees or have limited access to transportation. In order to ensure equitable access to our materials, KPL is eliminating overdue fines on children’s books and magazines to remove the unnecessary stress, fear, or apprehension of library use. We are forgiving current fines on children’s books and magazines to welcome back library users whom we haven’t seen in awhile.

Will I be charged overdue fines on items owned by other libraries?

You won’t be charged overdue fines on any children’s book or magazine you check out at a Kenosha Public Library location. That includes children’s books or magazines owned by other libraries that you place on hold and have sent to an Kenosha location for pickup. You will, however, be responsible for overdue fines when you visit other libraries to check out items, if those libraries charge overdue fines.

How will the library get items back without the threat of overdue fines?

Many libraries across the country have eliminated fines on children’s books. Those libraries continue to experience prompt return of library materials without the threat of overdue fines. And most importantly, they have witnessed many more children using the library.

Patrons will still be responsible for replacement costs for lost or damaged items.

For more information on your account please use the account tab on our website or call 262-564-6101.





For any fan of the plays of Shakespeare, or a research historian like myself, the question remains --who really wrote the poems and plays attributed to this barely known author who seemed to come from nowhere to enlighten the world with his wisdom? Please join me in a discussion of this fascinating question Thursday April 27 at 6:30 pm at the Northside Library.

Many well educated people—even devotees of the plays of William Shakespeare are unaware of the long-standing controversy over the writings known as the “authorship question.” In fact the real author of the 37 plays and 154 sonnets that set the standard for perfection in the English language was questioned as early as the 18th century and still represents the greatest literary mystery of all time. Although he writes as a believer in the genius from Stratford as the author Shakespeare, Stephen Greenblatt’s, Will in the World, acknowledges that there are not enough facts to justify a definitive biography of the man William Shakespeare, or to explain the source of his unparalleled erudition.  Alias Shakespeare, by Joseph Sobran gives us the history of the authorship question itself and presents his version of a solution—that “Shakespeare” was a convenient nom de plume for nobleman Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford.  Mark Anderson begins with the premise that Oxford wrote the plays in his, Shakespeare” By Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare

 Hundreds of biographies depict the life of the famed Bard of Avon, repeating the same facts and speculations about the grain merchant, real estate speculator, theater owner, and possible actor and playwright with little variation or substantiation.  Stephen Greenblatt’s, Will in the World, employs a useful approach to Shakespeare biography—that of placing the man in his time.  We know, for instance that a William Shakesper (note the spelling, different in each known record of the name—but never spelled Shakespeare) was born in the Warwickshire hamlet of Stratford in April of 1564 and died there in April of 1616.  He lived in London for a time, but so little is known of his actions that even the earnest chronicler must admit that there can be no definitive link between his written work and “the known circumstances of his own life.” Thus Greenblatt produces a readable and well-researched history of an Elizabethan man.

Sobran’s Alias Shakespeare, begins with the question of how a possibly illiterate provincial actor and merchant could have such intimate knowledge of court life, classical and contemporary languages, and the professional and esoteric knowledge of medicine, law, philosophy, music, even falconry, as evidenced in the plays.  Even a genius, he argues, must have some sort of education in order to articulate his profound abilities.  Sobran presents the case for a succession of candidates for authorship, such as Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, and Walter Raleigh.  The only person, he contends, who had the background, life history, knowledge and known writerly ability was courtier and intimate of the Queen herself, Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford. The book will get you thinking seriously about the authorship question.

If you want to travel further into the uncanny coincidences between the works of Shakespeare and the life of Edward de Vere (referred to as Oxford), Mark Anderson’s biography, “Shakespeare” by Another Name is the place to begin your research. Oxford grew up at court, studied law and medicine, travelled extensively and had access to rare translations of classical literature alluded to in “Shakespeare’s” work. Furthermore, he had a close relationship to the Earl of Southampton, for whom the famous sonnets were written, a connection which has always confounded even the most ardent of supporters of Shakespeare from Stratford.



This Fascinating Choice of Books About Physics Was Written by Mark Polovina

Black holes. Dark energy. String theory. Ever wonder what’s going on with modern physics? What the heck are these folks talking about? Standing on the shoulders of such giants in the field as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking are Lisa Randall and Brian Greene, who shed light on this otherwise obscure subject in an engaging style that is readily understandable to the interested layperson.

 Randall, author of the popular Knocking on Heaven’s Door ; How scientific thinking illuminates the universe and the modern world, and her latest, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: the astounding interconnectedness of the universe is a renowned particle physicist and theorist in the field of dark matter and dark energy, which are newly discovered entities that interact with regular matter in a way that is not yet understood,but which may unify the heretofore incompatible known laws of the very large and the very small. In Dark matter and the dinosaurs, Randall posits that our solar system passed through a disc of dark matter floating in the Milky Way, dislodging a comet that fell toward the inner planets 66 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs and about three fourths of all other species on Earth. In making her case, Randall explains a great deal about our galaxy and it’s inhabitants,sounds like heavy reading, but she has an entertaining style that is readily understandable to those with little technical background. Randall explains how connected our planet is to the makeup of the universe, but also  how fragile our place there may be.

 Greene, author of  The Fabric of the Cosmos: space,time and the texture of reality and The Elegant Universe (which has been recently been presented on PBS as a Nova television program), is a specialist in string theory, which proposes that everything is composed of minutely small loops of energy, vibrating through eleven spatial dimensions-which opens up a new can of worms, hinting at the probable existence of multiple universes, all of which may be holographic projections from the surfaces of black holes.Greene has a knack for translating the extremely complex equations of higher mathematics into everyday language and images, setting a humanistic tone throughout.This book takes us on an exhilarating ride into unexpected layers of reality that underlie the surface of our visible world, and grapples with the core question of how  fundamental science can progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond the reach of our perception.  Non scientists will enjoy these wild trips into the weird terrain that is our own cosmos. After reading these books, you may never see a starry night sky in the same way again. Prepare to be amazed-courtesy of KPL!                          

Proposed Federal Budget Eliminates Funding for Libraries

Kenosha Public Library is fully supported by local tax dollars, right?
Actually, your local tax dollars only partially support KPL. A significant source of support for technology, training, and services comes to KPL through the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, Division of Libraries. Federal dollars from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) support the services we receive from our state library.

IMLS is slated for elimination in the first draft of the proposed 2017-2018 Federal Budget.


So how  do federal funds specifically support KPL?

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides
Wisconsin with just under $3 million annually to provide all of the services below and assist schools and public libraries to meet the needs of the state’s citizens. Elimination of IMLS will impact the following services to libraries and their communities:


  • Public library broadband and technology services

  • Badgerlink databases and statewide catalog access

  • Statewide collection of ebooks (Overdrive)

  • State Library Agency Activities (65% of total staffing)

  • WISCAT/Interlibrary Loan system management Note: Interlibrary Loan service is required by state statute

  • Wisconsin Document Depository Program/Digital Archives system management

  • Online WISELearn educational digital repository used by teachers and parents

  • Legal consultation to public libraries and public library systems on issues like municipal relations, personnel management and training, and statutory requirements of library systems and local libraries

  • Literacy support for families with young children, school age students, and young adults

  • Inclusive services for library patrons of all ages

  • Data collection and use including statutorily-required public library and library system annual reports

  • Continuing education for library staff including training new library directors

  • The Governor’s Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND)

  • Grants to local libraries and library systems ($815,450 in 2016). Examples of grants to KPL:

  • Kenosha Connects kits, providing computers, internet access,  and training to economically disadvantaged households.
  • Computer Coding Camps for Kids, training the next generation of digital entrepreneurs.

  • Developmental Kits for preschoolers to prepare young children for reading and learning.


Loss of IMLS will dramatically affect Kenosha Public Library’s ability to provide outstanding collections, technology, and training to our community. Without federal support for state library functions, KPL will be forced to use local dollars for Internet access at market rates. Access to ebook collections and electronic databases will cost us significantly more.


Show your  support for KPL and public libraries across Wisconsin by contacting your congressman.  Call or email your representatives and senators – you can find them here:


Tell Them:

Hello, my name is ____________________.  As a voter and as a supporter of public libraries, I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW KPL HELPS your Community – kids, teens, adults].

Thank you for your time.


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