Climbing Your Family Tree
Saturday, August 8, 10:00-11:30 am
Main Library, Room 1
Most of us, at some point in our lives, wonder where we came from. What starts as simple curiosity often grows into a full-fledged avocation. Climbing your family tree can be very addictive!
Join us for a presentation by Mona Gehring, Elkhart County Genealogist, Indiana Genealogical Society. Learn how to get started on your research and where to find vital records in Elkhart County. You will also have the opportunity to tour Elkhart Public Library’s Genealogy & Local History Collections.
Spend some family time together at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens We will meet in the English Cottage Garden on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May through August, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (In case of rain we will meet in the tented area.) A staff member from Elkhart Public Library will share stories and songs and lots of fun. Tuesdays are free at the Wellfield, so you will not have to pay to get in. Bring the whole family and a blanket to share. If it rains, the Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.
Stories in the Garden 2015
6:00 p.m. (rain or shine):
In 1963, the Elkhart Public Library moved from its original location to a beautiful new state-of-the-art building. The beauty of the Main Library has stood the test of time, but much has changed in 52 years. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, building codes have been updated, and library users and their needs have increased and expanded.
The Library is an important asset to the Elkhart community that should be accessible to all. To this end we are seeking a bond that will fund limited renovations which are described below.
- Our two public elevators are 52 years old. They are inaccessible to standard-sized wheelchairs, preventing access to the second floor (reference, nonfiction, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, and local history), and to the meeting rooms in the basement. They malfunction frequently, and replacement parts are no longer available.
- The only ADA-compliant restroom is on the second floor, which cannot be accessed by people with standard-sized wheelchairs because of the elevator issues.
- The proposed renovations would make our existing first floor restrooms ADA-compliant and add compliant restrooms near the basement meeting rooms.
- Passageways and entrances to our basement meeting rooms would be widened to meet building code for public spaces.
- The basement HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, which dates back to 1963, would be replaced.
- Aging light fixtures and worn carpets would be replaced in existing meeting rooms, and two more flexible meeting spaces would be added in the basement.
- Several small study/conference rooms would be added on the second floor.
To make these and other improvements possible, we are requesting a 5-year bond. Though the bond is not the financial responsibility of the City or the County, Indiana law requires approval from both the Common Council (City of Elkhart) and the County Council.*
The Elkhart community deserves a Library that will meet the needs of our diverse population. More information about the proposed renovations, how they will benefit our community, and the process required is available here: http://tinyurl.com/EPL-Bond
* Update: Our bond issue has been approved by both councils! The construction bidding process will begin in August, and we hope to begin the work in November. If all goes as planned, our community will have a more user-friendly Main Library next spring!
Are you looking for a place to meet with your group or club? How about the Library?
The Elkhart Public Library Board of Trustees invites any group of community members to use our meeting rooms at the Main Library, 300 S. Second St., downtown Elkhart. The rooms vary in size and may be reserved, subject to availability, using the Library’s application process. An application can be submitted via email (email@example.com) or FAX (574-522-2174) in advance of the meeting as described in our Meeting Room Policy. The person who signs the meeting room application must be at least 18 years old and have an Elkhart Public Library Resident Card in good standing. Please see the Library’s Meeting Room Policy for full details.
We have a small meeting room on the second floor which will accommodate up to 3 people. This room may not be reserved and is available on a first come, first served basis. Please check with the staff at the Reference Desk for availability.
If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 522-2665.
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