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It's Never Too Late to Create

The Kenosha Public Library offers everything from writing workshops to adult coloring sessions— just check out our website or Adult Services Calendar.  And don’t forget all the great creative how-to do books available to everyone!


Who does not want to make something with their own hands, out of their own imagination that is uniquely theirs, that declares to the world, “I am here and I have something to say!”?  Many guides offer quotations and inspiration for getting started on creative projects, but poet and author Austin Kleon and cartoonist and memoirist Lynda Barry’s books stand out for their fun style and nonjudgmental encouragement for the artist in everyone. Check out Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist and Barry’s What it Is and you’ll be reaching for the nearest writing or drawing instrument to make your personal creative manifesto.   

 Austin Kleon reveals that the secret to finding original ideas is to steal them. Well, not exactly.  Kleon believes that the artist is a collector of ideas, and that from research and study, comes inspiration.  Even if you copy the work of an established artist, you can’t help but make it your own if you mix it up, add your own spin and aren’t afraid to look stupid along the way. Kleon continues by encouraging us to share our artistic output in his next book, Show Your Work!.                        

While Kleon advises us to look to other artists for inspiration, Lynda Barry believes we are all originals –any reader of “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” knows she is.  What it Is is part autobiography and part art instruction; all of it, entertaining.  With what might be called the power of positive doodling, Barry invites us to draw the beings from “inner space” as she prompts us most of all to remember—dreams, childhood play, old friends.  Simply to remember how it felt to be at certain moments of our lives.  And once you’ve made a start, never ask if your work is any good.  The author reveals much about herself along the way, her rocky childhood, her self-doubts about her writing and artwork, and her realization that there is no wrong way to express yourself.      


Reader's Corner--Classic Books into Film

CLASSIC NOVELS INTO FILM: Ever wonder why PBS and feature filmmakers remake the same “classic” novels into movies over and over?  It’s because they’re great stories—open to endless retelling and reinterpretation. 

Here are some of the best for reading and/or watching:

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS  by Charles Dickens.  Pip the orphan, the elusive Estella and the perpetual bride-in-waiting, Miss Havisham invite you to indulge in this most classic of Dicken’s classics.
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy. Bold heroine Bathsheba Everdene learns about love and loyalty in her relations with three very different suitors—a dashing soldier, a wealthy landowner, and a patient sheep farmer.
  • JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte. This one has been made into a film so many times, just read the book already!
  • THE FORSYTHE SAGA by John Galsworthy.  Made into PBS mini-series twice, this is a grand tome of a family through time that exceeds “Downton Abbey” or “Upstairs, Downstairs”.
  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The original book and its sequels follow Anne Shirley from an awkward orphan to a teacher, writer, wife and mother, in one of the best young people’s series of all time.  NOT just for kids!


Accessing Overdrive

There are two errors that some library users are receiving when they access Overdrive for e-books, e-audiobooks, and streaming video.  Both are related to our recent library software migration, but both can be cleared relatively easily.

1. Invalid PIN: During our recent software migration, all PINs/passwords were changed to the last four digits of the primary phone number that the library had on file.  If you had your password saved (in your Overdrive app, for instance), this password may no longer be valid.  Try signing in using the new PIN.  If you need assistance, please contact the library.

2. [Select Library] error: If you were a frequent Overdrive user, you may have cookies stored on your device which are preventing you from signing in.  In this case, when you get to a box that allows you to select your library, the dropdown is only populated by the words [Select Library].  In order to clear this error, you'll need to clear the cache/cookies on your device.  Detailed instructions on clearing the cache on your device are available here: Clearing your Device Cache.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please call the Reference Desk at 262-564-6130.

New Catalog -- Account Changes

Kenosha County Library System has joined the SHARE catalog, which includes libraries in Racine and Walworth counties!  Here are some things you need to know.

  • Your PIN has changed.  During the software migration, all PIN numbers were reset to the last four digits of the primary phone number that we had on file for you.  You can reset this password by logging in to your account.  If you can't get in, please contact us.
  • You can now use your card at any of the public libraries in Racine and Walworth counties.  That's fifteen new libraries with 100,000 new unique items and many additional copies of popular items.  You can also place holds on items from those libraries to be picked up at any Kenosha location.
  • You can now join the Favorite Author Club.  Want to automatically be on the list for the next James Patterson, David Baldacci, or Stephen King book?  Login to your SHARE account, select the Favorite Author Club tab, and select your favorite authors.  You'll automatically be place on the reservation list when new books are published.
  • Managing your Overdrive checkouts has never been easier.  In your SHARE account, under Checkouts, there is a spot to see all of your current Overdrive e-book, e-audiobook, and video checkouts.  Finding Overdrive items is also a snap in the new catalog, since they are directly integrated.
  • Catalog searches are faster, give more filtering options, and are more forgiving of typos.  There's also much more to find!

If  you need help, please contact us!  This catalog provides us with a great new way to serve the people of Kenosha, so we want to make this transition as easy as we can for you.

New Digital Experience at the Library!

As you may have noticed, there's a lot of digital dust in the air at Kenosha Public Library this week.  As we move to a new catalog, we are also moving to a new website.  In the interim, there are a few functions that will be changing.

  • The website migration is happening on June 13th.  Features include more prominent search functions, integrated event and room management, better responsive design, and more.  We hope you like it!  If you have questions, issues, or comments, please let us know.
  • Beginning June 16, everything will be in the SHARE Catalog.  You'll be able to easily request items from public libraries in Racine and Walworth counties and use your card there as well.  Managing digital downloads in Overdrive will be a snap.  Search functions will speed up and improve accuracy.  If you're a book lover, you'll love this change.
  • Between June 13 and June 15, My Account features won't be available.
  • All due dates originally due this week have been moved to June 20.
  • From June 13-15, you won't be able to place holds directly in the catalog, but you can enter hold information here: Kenosha Reservation Form
  • From June 13-15, you'll have the option of searching either our old Kenosha Katalog or our new SHARE Catalog.  However, the content won't be updated during the migration.  You can verify that we own something, but we won't know for sure if it's on the shelf until we check.  
  • Interlibrary loan service will be migrating from WorldCat to WisCat, resulting in a cost savings for the library and taxpayers.
  • Room reservation and event management will be moving from Evanced to software integrated into our website.
  • Your library PIN code will not be migrating.  Once we're live on SHARE, we'll be emailing everyone with their new PIN information.  It'll need to be updated in places where you use your barcode and PIN, like Overdrive and

If you need help, please contact the library.  We know that transitions can be challenging, but we wouldn't be making all of these changes if we didn't KNOW that it'll make things better for our patrons.

Request for Proposals: AMH

KPL is seeking proposals for the supply, installation, and training of a new Automated Return and Sorting System (AMH).  Among other benefits, the proposed AMH system should provide:

  • Providing significant productivity gains through reduction in labor-intensive workflows;
  • Enhanced Customer Service;
  • Detailed reports and configuration tools;
  • Reduced incidents of staff repetitive motion injuries.

KPL is seeking proposals from experienced library AMH vendors which includes hardware, installation, training, project management, and ongoing support and maintenance.  The deadline for all proposals is 5:00pm on July 25, 2016.  For full details, download the request for proposals from the link below.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Automated Return and Sorting System (AMH) for Kenosha Public Library

Supporting Documents:

  • Architectural Plans - Southwest Branch (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Architectural Plans - Northside Branch (1, 2, 3, 4)

Text Message Notices

Would you rather receive your "item due soon" or "reserve ready for pickup" notice in a text message? Starting June 16th we'll be switching to the SHARE library catalog, and you'll have the choice about how to receive your library notifications. It's one more way we're working to provide you with the best library experience possible! It's good to SHARE!

We're delighted to bring these new service improvements to you! Join us for our launch party June 16th from 5:00-9:00 PM at all our locations and learn how easy it is to SHARE!

Get a sneak peak at the SHARE catalog



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