Everyone knows that a Kokomo-Howard County Public Library card opens the doors to books, technology, programs and other resources, but now a KHCPL card can open the doors to free items, services, and discounts at local businesses, too! 


KHCPL is offering a new, free reading incentive program that promotes literacy, learning, and community engagement between patrons, the library, and area businesses. Designed for people of all ages to experience the excitement of receiving a reward for achievement, the program is unlike any other. 


Patrons automatically earn points for each item checked out at the library. Patrons can then redeem the accumulated points to receive discounts and special offers from businesses in the community. You’ll also receive Mylibraryrewards points by attending some programs. KHCPL will note in its newsletter and marketing materials which programs qualify participants for points.


For example, you can use points earned at KHCPL to get a free appetizer at 3 Amigos, a free small shake at Cone Palace, or a free game of bowling at Heritage Lanes.


“You can use your rewards in other Indiana cities, too,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at KHCPL. “Let’s say you live in Kokomo and work in Indianapolis. You could use your KHCPL points to get free chips and a drink with the purchase of a sandwich at Firehouse Subs in Speedway.” 


What makes Mylibraryrewards unique is that participating businesses can gain exposure to potential new customers. 


“It’s a great opportunity especially for small businesses that have a small or no real advertising budget to market themselves,” Fipps said. “You don’t pay for it. You just agree to offer something. You decide what you’ll offer. You can offer a free item, such as organic lip balm, which BANJOrganics is offering. Or you can offer a free service. Salon 911 is offering a free eyebrow waxing. Another option is to offer a dollar amount or percentage off an item or service. Greentown Animal Hospital is offering $10 off professional services. Or you can offer a combination of a free item with the purchase of an item. Blondie’s Cookies is participating by offering four free cookies with the purchase of four. You can even provide a gift card, which Maximum Power Sports in Peru is doing, offering a $40 gift card. The great thing is you make the decision. And you can change what you offer simply and easily any time you want.”


When patrons check out materials and receive a receipt, the software is programmed to print off a random participating Mylibraryrewards business to feature. “That’s a great way for businesses to reach people,” Fipps said. “You’re getting your name out there free.” 


How it Works

•Sign up for Mylibraryrewards at or downloading the mobile app on your phone. 

•Use your KHCPL card to check out books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and audio books. At this time, you cannot earn Mylibraryrewards points for downloads.

•After you have accumulated enough points, you can redeem your points to claim a business’s offer.

•Your reward will be automatically emailed to you. You may also find the reward located in “MY ACCOUNT” and “My Redeemed Rewards.” 

•Your reward coupon will be available to print and re-email for up to 14 days. 

•Reward coupons are automatically generated for use when using the Mylibraryrewards phone app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.

•Continue using your card to earn more points and claim more rewards. 

•The more you use your KHCPL card, the more rewards you receive.


“We know that some patrons have misplaced cards, so to encourage Mylibraryrewards participation KHCPL will offer replacement cards FREE just through June 30,” Fipps said. “While you can use a photo ID to check out items once you have a card, you must present your KHCPL card and scan it at the time of checkout to earn Mylibraryrewards points.”


“KHCPL’s new slogan is ‘Explore your opportunities!’ We are excited to offer Mylibraryrewards as yet another opportunity for our patrons,” Fipps said. “And it dovetails perfectly with our vision statement to be a vital component in an engaged and thriving community.”


Ask about Mylibraryrewards on your next visit to the library or visit for more information.


Business in Howard and surrounding counties that wish to participate can contact Fipps at 765.626.0807 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Sign up for Author Fair

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is planning its 2nd Annual Local Author Fair and is looking for local published writers and illustrators.


The event is open to authors and illustrators originally from or currently living in Howard or one of the six surrounding counties: Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Grant, Miami, or Tipton.


“We had a tremendous turnout last year,” said Trisha Shively, head of Adult and Teen Services and co-organizer of the author fair. “The authors loved meeting readers and vice versa. Lots of books were sold and selfies snapped.” 


“A key mission of KHCPL is to encourage people of all ages to read,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement. “If you know or meet an author of a book, it enhances your reading experience. We created the Local Author Fair with three goals in mind: to promote reading, to showcase the talents of local writers while providing them a venue to sell their books, and to offer patrons the opportunity to meet authors and get autographs.”


The Local Author Fair is open to writers and illustrators of all genres: children’s picture, easy reader, and chapter books; middle grade novels; YA novels; poetry; fiction; nonfiction; science fiction; romance; graphic novels, etc. 


“Whether you are from Kokomo and now call another city home or you are from somewhere else and now call Kokomo home, if you’re a published author or illustrator, we welcome you to be a part of the Local Author Fair,” Fipps said.


The Local Author Fair is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at KHCPL Main, 220 N. Union St. It will be our First Friday event.


If you are an author interested in being a part of the Local Author Fair, please CLICK HERE to find the online registration form. Complete and submit it by Aug. 1, and we will respond by Aug. 10. There is no fee to participate. “This isn’t about raising money,” Fipps said. “This is about raising awareness about local authors.”


KHCPL will provide each author or illustrator with one table and two chairs. A limited number of tables will have access to electrical outlets. If you need one, it’s best to sign up as early as possible. Access granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Authors and illustrators are welcome and encouraged to bring tablecloths, signs, promotional items (such as bookmarks), and displays to decorate their tables. In addition, authors who have published several books are welcome to display and sell all of them. 


KHCPL will not be able to provide change, cash boxes, or credit card readers; each author or illustrator is responsible for his or her monetary transactions. KHCPL also is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. 


We will do our best to include every writer and illustrator who wishes to participate, but space is limited. 


If you have questions or need more information, please email Shively at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can also call 765.626.0811.




Summer Reading Program Details

Are you ready for a party? From June 6 through July 30, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library will celebrate 200 years of Indiana greatness with its special bicentennial-themed Summer Reading Program, “Booking Through Time.” 

KHCPL will host two separate kick off parties: 

•6 to 8 p.m. • Monday, June 6 • KHCPL South 

•6 to 8 p.m. • Thursday, June 9 • KHCPL Main 

Join us at either location or day for FREE food, games, and fun! You’ll enjoy hands-on activities, crafts, and games that highlight Indiana’s sporting, farming, and automotive past (and present). Activities for all ages!

Then join us throughout the summer for all kinds of fun, FREE programs for all ages!

Here's a video for more information.