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Take Home a Laptop and Internet Hotspot!

Want to Have Internet and a Computer at Home?

Our Kenosha Connects kits let you borrow a Chromebook laptop and an Internet hotspot for six weeks.  In order to receive a kit, library patrons must attend training with a library staff member.  To sign up for the program call 564-6130 or visit www.mykpl.info/KenoshaConnects​.  

This program is generously funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Vote November 8th!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th! Photo identification is required for all voters, and free voter IDs are available.

Below are links to useful resources for Kenosha and Wisconsin voters:

If you are not yet registered to vote, you may register at the City Clerk's office until November 4th, or at the polls on November 8th.

Blowout Bag Sale 8/19-8/21

Help support the Kenosha Public Library by stopping out, and buying a book.  Only $4 for a bag of books! We have lots of titles and genres to choose from.  Don't miss out!  The Friends of the Kenosha Public Library support the Library in many ways, including the funding of programs for kids, teens and adults.

Friday-Sunday
August 19-21
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Northside Library

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 Lynda.com.

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)

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