2nd KHCPL Downton Kokomo Ladies' Tea


2nd KHCPL Downton Kokomo Ladies' Tea, Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Elliott House




Free off-street parking to the north and west of the building.


Please let us know if anyone in your party has mobility issues: The Elliott House is accessible because of a ramp and accessible restroom. We just need to know your needs so we can better seat you. (One room is a "sunken" room with two steps to descend/ascend.)


9:30 a.m. - Feel free to bring your camera and take photos before the event


10-11:30 a.m. - Finger foods, hot teas, and entertainment by Harpist Sarah Loisch


Downton Abbey prizes for BEST COSTUME and BEST HAT.


Door prizes and more!


Thanks to our sponsors: Howard County Historical Society, Elite Banquet & Conference Center, Palmer's Jewelry, Shearer Printing


50 tickets available.


Tickets $10 each.


30 tickets on sale ONLINE starting TODAY (9/2/14) at

PLEASE NOTE: charges a very minimal fee for the transaction.

* If more than 30 tickets are purchased online, you will be put on a waiting list and your money refunded by


A total of 20 tickets available between KHCPL Main, South, and Russiaville starting TOMORROW, 9/3/14.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information

Affordable Care Fast Facts

  • Enrollment Web Address:
  • Passed in 2010
  • Requires U.S. citizens to have health care insurance or face penalties.
  • Mandates health care insurance providers cover a core list of health services.
  • Requires each state to provide Marketplaces or Exchanges where people can choose an insurance provider and a plan that fits their needs.


When can I enroll?

Open enrollment for the health care insurance marketplaces has now ended, except for major changes, like the birth of a baby. 


What if I have questions about enrollment?

If you need assistance with enrollment, Howard County has a local Affordable Care Act navigator that can answer your questions. Her information is below.


Nemmi M. D'Agostino
Bilingual Outreach Enrollment Assistant
3118 South Lafountain Street
Kokomo, IN 46902
Phone: 765-864-4160
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Additionally, please visit the Health Insurance Marketplace website at: ( for Spanish speaking patrons) or call:


24/7 Consumer Call Center / Marketplace Call Center
1-800-318-2596 (English and non-English speaking)
1-855-889-4325 (TTY Users)


The Health Sherpa Website: can also help with comparing plans before purchasing through the Marketplace. 


Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Apply Now

And the 2014 HCR Book Is ...


Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline has been named the 2014 Howard County Reads book.


The book was one of 15 books in the running.


“We really think the people of Howard County will enjoy Orphan Train,” said Trisha Shively, head of the committee. 


Howard County Reads exists to cultivate a love of reading and to promote a sense of community by encouraging everyone from high school students to senior citizens to read the same book.


A committee evaluates each title and narrows the list to the top 15 books that are well-written, character-driven, not too long, interesting for a wide variety of readers, and available in paperback. Then the committee chooses one title from the top 15 to be named the Howard County Reads book for the year. The committee comprises staff from the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Greentown Public Library, Indiana University Kokomo Library, The Symposium, and the public.


Baker takes the story for Orphan Train right out of pages of history. The fictional novel focuses on the 75 years (1854 to 1929) that the so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the East Coast to the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children. They didn’t know their fate as the trains chugged along. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? Orphan Train is about an Irish immigrant orphan, Vivian Daly, who remembers the Orphan Train as she returns later in life to the East Coast. But up in her attic are trunks filled with reminders of her turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer, a Penobscot Native American who has been in and out of foster homes and has been ordered to do community service, is assigned to help Vivian sort through the trunks. As the two work, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t all that different, being raised by strangers and having questions about the past.


Now that the book has been selected, the Howard County Reads committee will begin planning programs and an author visit. Look for more announcements in the coming months.


For more information, please see the website at


HOOPLA: Free Mobile & Online Movies, TV & More

What’s all the “Hoopla” about at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library? Another FREE service for patrons!


First KHCPL provided patrons with free ebooks through Overdrive. Then KHCPL subscribed to Freegal to give each card-holder up to five free weekly music downloads they could keep. Then the library subscribed to Zinio to allow you to use any internet-enabled device to read more than 80 magazines regularly. Now with its partnership with Hoopla, your library card along with a browser, Android, or iOS gives you access to thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, and audiobooks — FREE! 


“It seemed only logical to provide mobile and online access to television shows, movies, and more considering society’s increasing use of technology,” said Tammy Keith, Head of KHCPL’s Collection Management Department. “We especially like that Hoopla is available to you wherever you go. You could watch movies on your iPad while on vacation, watch an episode of a sitcom TV show while waiting for your kids to finish practice for an upcoming game or performance, or read a book in a doctor’s office or hospital waiting room — anywhere life takes you.”


KHCPL went live with Hoopla today. Each patron may download up to six free titles each month.


“What we really like about Hoopla is that we can also offer patrons an extensive catalog of educational materials, children's titles, foreign films, and other hard-to-find content not offered anywhere else,” said Faith Brautigam, Director of KHCPL.


For example if you search movies, along with categories such as “New and Notable” and “Award Winners & Nominees,” you’ll find “Homeschooling,” which offers Cleared for Takeoff. Homeschoolers learn about flight with Captain Herb, a United Airlines pilot. He takes kids from the control tower to the maze of baggage handling, from giant jets taking off and landing to a front row seat in the cockpit of an in-flight Boeing 747 jumbo jet.


During a music search, you’ll find collections that provide 100 songs or more that only count as one borrowed item: 100 Great Symphonies, The Hot 100-Country Classics, and 100 Toddler Favorites.


Audiobook categories you’ll find when searching include “Business & Career.” And under television among other things, you’ll be able to watch documentaries, and British and classic TV shows.


Hoopla currently has thousands of selections available. It adds new content weekly and is working with studios and publishers to offer even more. 


You can check out movie and TV content for 72 hours, music for 7 days, and audiobooks for 21 days. 


To get started, go to and click on the Hoopla icon. Remember to have your KHCPL card in hand to sign up.