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KHCPL TO BEGIN CURBSIDE PICKUP SYSTEM

When you drive by one of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s locations, you might notice cars in the parking lot and people inside. But KHCPL is not yet open to the public, due to COVID-19. However, KHCPL is excited to announce that we’ll begin a limited curbside pickup system starting on Wednesday, April 22.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Use our website, KHCPL.org, or app to place holds on the items you want.
  • No internet? No problem. You can also call any location during business hours. Call the location you want to go to, to pick up the items: KHCPL Main, 765.454.4710; KHCPL South, 765.453.4150; or KHCPL Russiaville, 765.883.5112.
  • When your items are ready for pickup, we’ll call you and let you know the available pickup times and dates from which you can choose.
  • Curbside pickup will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at each location.
  • When you drive up, we’ll put your items in the hatch or trunk of your vehicle. If you don’t have a trunk or hatch, we’ll set your items on a table outside.

“Although our facilities have been closed to the public to keep staff safe and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, a lot of our staff has been working on this curbside pickup system, ordering the latest and greatest books and movies, putting new tags on items as we prepare to change the way we check out items later this year, adjusting Summer Reading Program plans, doing regular maintenance of the facilities, emptying the book drops, reshelving, creating virtual programs, and serving the community in new ways,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing.

KHCPL staff is also cleaning all facilities. After materials are returned, we quarantine them for 24 hours. We also sanitize all movies, audio materials, experience kits, video games, and electronic devices.

The new ways KHCPL has found, so far, to serve the community include the following:

  • using our 3D printers to make ear-savers for local healthcare workers;
  • delivering books from the Friends of the Library to the Kokomo Rescue Mission, Open Arms, Watered Garden, Kokomo Housing Authority, and Jackson Street Commons; and
  • donating the items in all of our vending machines to Kokomo Urban Outreach so the food and beverages can be used before their expiration dates.

“We’re doing everything we can think of to serve the community in this unprecedented time as we continue to play a vital role in the community,” Fipps said. “We, like everyone else, are just adapting to do it in a way that keeps everyone safe. We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.”

Here are some changes KHCPL’s made to date to serve you:

  • If you want a card, but do not have one, you can now get one by going to khcpl.org/ecard and filling out the NEW! GET A KHCPL LIBRARY CARD ONLINE form. You need to live in one of the following townships in Howard County: Center, Taylor, Howard, Clay, Ervin, Harrison, Honey Creek, or Monroe. KHCPL will send assign you a library card and PIN number, and then email it to you. The card will be good until June 1. Upon KHCPL’s reopening, we invite you to come by the library to show your identification to keep the card active.
  • We have extended to June 1 the expiration date of any cards that will be expiring while we’re closed so that you can continue to download books, music, magazines, movies, and more without any disruption in service.
  • We have extended the due date to June 1 for all items currently checked out.
  • To serve the community better during this challenging time, we are temporarily increasing the number of HOOPLA items you can check out per month per library card to 15. HOOPLA is a digital streaming service for library cardholders to access eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and TV shows using portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets. You can do that from anywhere. In addition, HOOPLA has created a special Bonus Borrows collection. Now, temporarily with your KHCPL card, you can access more than 1,100 titles in HOOPLA’s Bonus Borrows collection – and those DO NOT count toward your 15 downloads per library card per month limit! Another way to stretch your HOOPLA downloads is to get the kids to use the Just for Kids Streaming Video Collection, which you can find here: khcpl.org/childrens-database#J
  • If you’ve never used HOOPLA, there’s a tutorial on our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2QGTEqA.
  • You can now temporarily access Ancestry Library Edition from home. Ancestry Library Edition is a division of Ancestry.com. It’s a research tool offering the most comprehensive genealogical information available online. The collection has information from more than 9,000 databases, including 4 billion names, and 200 billion images from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, and Australia. You can search public members’ family trees; birth, marriage, criminal, tax, obituary, death, cemetery, city directory, military, census, immigration, and last will and testament records; and message boards, maps, gazetteers, atlases, and church histories. If you click on “Learning Center,” there are tips from experts, including tips on African American and Native American research, and finding your German ancestors, just to name a few.
  • You can now stream Freegal Music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s in addition to the five free downloads you have per KHCPL card per week. Previously, you could only stream five hours per week.
  • KHCPL’s partner vendors, such as Scholastic, are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and offering services as well. For example, Scholastic Learn at Home provides day-by-day projects, based on grade level, to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing with cross-curricular journeys. Each day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a story or video. Kids can do them on their own or with their families. You can access that with KHCPL’s website, KHCPL.org.

KHCPL also offers a great deal of FREE resources, in addition to HOOPLA and Ancestry Library Edition, that people can access from home using their KHCPL card. Just go to KHCPL.org and click on “Research” and then “All databases” to see the full list.

Here are some of the more popular ones:

  • Overdrive: It allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming videos free from KHCL library to enjoy on your mobile device or computer. You can read, listen, or watch instantly, or download the materials for later offline usage.
  • Lynda.com: It’s a library of over 4,000 different video courses for different skill levels. Subjects covered include business, photography, information technology, and web and social media.
  • Creativebug: It offers more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized experts and artists. Classes including using a Cricut, sewing, drawing, jewelry making, painting, food decorating, and more.
  • Flipster Magazine and RBdigital Magazines: Both of these allow you to browse magazines online. FREE!
  • Freegal Music: You can download free music, up to three songs per week. Songs are yours to keep and can transfer them to any portable device.
  • Howard County Memory Project: If you like researching your ancestry, this provides digital access to the historical, genealogical, and personal memories associated with Howard County.
  • Mango Languages: Learn a new language FREE. It prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.
  • National Geographic Kids: It offers kids accurate and age-appropriate content focusing on science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
  • Universal Class: It provides unlimited access to continuing education courses, covering a broad range of topics.
  • ChiltonLibrary: It provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as many new vehicles.

“Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay abreast of everything we’re doing,” Fipps said.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Fipps at lfipps@KHCPL.org or contact us via social media.