VOTE FOR MORE THAN A MEMORY
Two clicks. That’s all it takes. And if the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library can get enough people to do it, the library could win up to $100,000 for the community.
KHCPL has entered USA Today Network’s A Community Thrives contest. With the help of KHCPL staff, volunteers, Small Giant Designs, and Z92.5’s Jessica Green, KHCPL created a video illustrating its More than a Memory project. It will help those with Alzheimer’s/dementia and their caregivers – but not just in Kokomo. KHCPL will make More than a Memory available nationwide.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death, and it’s the only disease among the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. “If you know anyone with it, as I do, it’s devastating. It’s literally hell on earth,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for KHCPL. “And it shows no sign of stopping.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. In 33 years, it will be 1 every 33 seconds.
“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s takes a huge toll on caregivers,” Fipps said, noting that in 2015, 15 million caregivers spent 18.1 billion hours, valued at $221.3 billion, providing free care to loved ones. “That’s why KHCPL is creating More than a Memory, a multi-layered program to lead our community in providing caregivers, those newly diagnosed, and businesses the information and resources they need to face this epidemic with knowledge and compassion.”
With More than a Memory, the library will regularly host a Memory Café, where caregivers and those with dementia can gather for conversation, games, or entertainment because it’s crucial caregivers and those with dementia know they’re not alone and have a place to socialize in a judgement-free environment.
KHCPL will also train interviewers to talk to those with Alzheimer’s and record their life stories before their memories are lost forever and then preserve those stories in our permanent, searchable genealogy and local history collection.
The library will use More than a Memory to accomplish other goals as well:
- train library staff how to recognize and assist caregivers and those with memory issues so they can then train others in the community, earning businesses and organizations a dementia-friendly designation;
- create stickers caregivers can place on doors and windows in their homes and in vehicles to alert first-responders that there is a dementia patient inside;
- and provide Resource Kits filled with books and products that lessen agitation that caregivers and those with dementia can check out to try before you buy.
That’s not all. KHCPL will package the More than a Memory program and share it freely with libraries nationwide so that communities, Alzheimer’s/dementia patients, and caregivers across America will benefit, not just Kokomo and Howard County.
“That’s the point of the USA Today Network’s purpose for A Community Thrives,” Fipps said. “It empowers community members to take on local challenges and share these ideas on a national platform.”
“Here’s the key point: Only the top 10 vote-getters in the three categories will get the judges’ attention and consideration for up to $100,000 in grant funding,” Fipps said. The three categories are Wellness, Arts & Culture, and Education. “More than a Memory is entered in the Wellness category, which includes ideas that support mental health, elder care, and other avenues that help to improve physical and emotional well-being.
“It’s crucial that as many people in the community go to the website and vote daily for KHCPL’s More than a Memory and then share the link daily with everyone they know. If you belong to a social media group or page that has a lot of followers, share! When you think about, when was the last time you could make two clicks on social media, one to vote and one to share, and make a difference nationwide? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Kokomo and Howard County to make a huge impact on communities across the nation.”
Here is the link to vote and share daily: http://act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60308770/
If you have any problems using the website or link, please call Lisa Fipps at 765.626.0807.
KOKOMO LIBRARY ONLY INDIANA LIBRARY TO HOST EXHIBIT
Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, Teaches Kids about Importance of STEM
The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is the only Indiana library and one of only eight libraries in the country to host the Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference traveling exhibit.
“The library is taking the lead in making our community and surrounding communities aware of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively known as STEM,” said Lori Hugley Project Director. “KHCPL is using Discover Tech to help teachers and schools spark students’ interest in science and to supplement their STEM-related curriculum; however, the Discover Tech exhibit is also a great exhibit for families. It’s free, fun, and educational.”
Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference helps audiences understand the nature of 21st-century technology and engineering — both high- and low-tech — and their potential for helping to solve many of the world's problems. Through interactive displays, the exhibition will illustrate that engineers are real people who, through a creative and collaborative design process, arrive at practical solutions to help solve society's problems.
“Considering our history, Kokomo is the perfect fit for an exhibit about engineering,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the library. “The word engineer comes from a Latin word meaning ‘cleverness.’ Plenty of clever people have called Kokomo home. Their engineering marvels — the first automobile, pneumatic rubber tire, push-button car radio, all-metal life boats and rafts, and more — truly have made a world of difference and earned Kokomo the title of the City of Firsts. Whether you call it cleverness or engineering, it is essential in today’s world and the future. Kids simply must have STEM skills.”
Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference kicks off with a launch party called Discover Fun from 1 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 25. People can tour the exhibit and enjoy all kinds of STEM-related fun with Science Central.
Discover Tech is open to the public. You don’t have to live in Kokomo or Howard County or have a library card to explore the exhibit. The three-month exhibit will be at KHCPL South, 1755 E. Center Road. The exhibit will be open whenever KHCPL South is open: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.
In conjunction with the exhibit and field trips, KHCPL plans to host programs from February to May, including bringing Ayanna Howard to Indiana. When she was at NASA, she worked on developing the next generation of Mars Rover, designed to be independent-minded enough to explore terrain on its own without its every move programmed by a human. Howard now teaches and researches at Georgia Tech, working on robots to help with space exploration and people on Earth.
Also at the library, Delphi Electronics and Safety will host a free STEM Day for fourth- to sixth-graders, including presentations on writing code to program remote-control cars, testing virtual reality goggles, building and racing Lego cars powered by a chemical reaction, assembling hardware and circuits to power a functioning radio, and observing Delphi technologies in cars.
“We have set the bar high so that every encounter will be a memorable one, with engaging, hands-on science and interactive opportunities that will captivate children, teens, and adults,” Hugley said.
Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning. Exhibit partners include the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the American Library Association. Discover Tech is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Locally, Discover Tech is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County, a donation from the Friends of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Delphi Electronics & Safety, and KHCPL.
Galentine's Day at the Library
Looking for a girls’ night out for Valentine’s Day? The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library has just the ticket ꟷ except you don’t need a ticket because it’s FREE!
Ladies 21 and older are invited to a night of fun as the library welcomes comedienne Melinda McKinsey for her “She Said/He Heard” comedy routine during Galentine’s Day from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at KHCPL South.
Melinda has spent the past 20 years working in live television. She stumbled into comedy at a music festival and has since done stand up in Florida, New York, and Texas. However, she knew she wanted to be a female comedian from a very young age when she learned how difficult college was. Being single is Melinda's specialty. If you like comedy about true love and romance, Melinda will do her best to imagine what that's like and share stories that seem strangely lifelike. She's been lucky enough to have scored a few films while living in the Big Apple. Most recently as museum patron 21 with Greg Kinear and a senator’s wife with Martha Plimpton in Hello Again. Melinda would love to perform on Broadway, but she has no singing voice whatsoever. Melinda lives in Brooklyn, New York, mostly because of the late night food deliveries you can get to your door, but also because it gives her street cred.
Also find out more about the romance genre while sipping wine, and eating chocolates.