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EPL Welcomes a New Director

Administrator : August 27, 2014 3:36 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

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Elkhart Public Library is pleased to introduce our new director, Lisa Guedea Carreño!

Lisa comes to us from Goshen College, where she was the director of the Harold and Wilma Good Library. She lives in Dunlap with her husband Sonny and daughter Genevieve. They have two cats, Sadie and LOBS (named by Genevieve; an acronym for Light Orange Blossom Sunshine). Sonny works at Ludwig Drums by day, and plays drums/percussion in several local bands many nights and weekends.

Born in Chicago, Lisa spent most of her childhood in Denver, and her youth in a small Texas town called Alice, which is where she became friends with Sonny. After high school they went their separate ways but remained friends. They became reacquainted in the ‘90s, and were married in 1998 – 22 years after they met.

Lisa attended Hesston College in Kansas, then Goshen College, and earned her Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College in Boston. She worked as a law firm librarian in New Hampshire and a corporate librarian in Madison, Wisconsin before returning to her undergrad alma mater to serve as Director of the Good Library at Goshen College.

Her hobbies include singing (her undergraduate degree is in vocal music performance), writing, and hosting Noteworthy, a weekly radio show (Saturdays at 5 pm, resuming in September) on the Goshen College Radio station 91.1 The Globe, WGCS.

InvitationLisa is excited about beginning her new adventure as Director of the Elkhart Public Library. In a recent Elkhart Truth interview, she said, “[W]hen I interviewed for the position, it was obvious that the EPL staff members I met are passionate about public service. … Likewise, the Board seems very supportive of the mission and work of the library. This is a great combination of assets that will help the library continue to meet the needs — both current and emerging — of the communities it serves, even in these challenging economic times.”

While staff and Board were sad to say goodbye to retiring Director Deb Stewart, we also look forward to working with Lisa. “We are impressed by what we have seen so far,” said one staff member. “Lisa is very approachable and willing to listen. She also has a great sense of humor.”

Everyone is invited to join us in welcoming our new Director at an open house on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the Main Library. Drop in any time between 4:00 and 6:00 pm.

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Board Meeting Agenda 8/26/2014 5:30 p.m.

Administrator : August 22, 2014 3:12 pm : Elkhart Public Library

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board will meet in executive session as provided for by IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(5), Item 6: To receive information about Contract Negotiations.

BOARD MEETING

  1. ROLL AND INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS
  2. CONSENT AGENDA
    1. Adopt Agenda
    2. Minutes of the Last Meeting
    3. Business Manager’s Report and Finances
      1. ) Financial Reports
      2. ) Claims-to-be-paid
      3. ) Projected Summary of Cash and Investments
    4. Personnel Changes Report
    5. Circulation and Activity Reports
  3. PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS
    1. 2015 Budget Presentation
    2. Uniform Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
  4. DIRECTOR’S REPORT
    1. Informational Items
    2. Department Report – Outreach Services
  5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    1. Phase II Renovations
    2. Strategic Planning
    3. Collection Development Policy (formerly Selection Policy)
  6. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Welcome Brochure for Public Attending Board Meetings
    2. Teachers Credit Union Corporate Resolution & Bank Signature Cards
    3. Teachers Credit Union Credit Card authorized signers
    4. Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: September 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

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EPL Director Deb Stewart Retires

Administrator : August 21, 2014 11:43 am : Elkhart Public Library

DSC_0010-ed-RFriday, August 22 will be Deb Stewart’s last day as Director of the Elkhart Public Library.

Stewart joined EPL in 2000 as manager of the Osolo Branch, coming to us from the Sturgis District Library in Sturgis, Michigan. She transferred to the Main Library in 2003 when the position of Assistant Director was created. In May, 2010, the EPL Board of Trustees appointed her as Interim Director, and in November of that year, she was named Director.

Speaking for the Board, President Janice Dean said they had been “very happy” with her work during the interim period. They felt that her understanding of the system, staff and issues facing the Library made her the right candidate for the position.

In 2011/2012, faced with a downturn in the economy and budget reductions, it became necessary to improve the efficiency of Library services. Under Stewart’s guidance, the Main Library was renovated and reorganized. Changes included centralized checkout, a separate Public Computer Center, an Information Desk and relocation of all Popular Materials to the main level. The Children’s Room was updated, and a small program room added. Reference materials were moved to the second floor for quieter viewing, and, for the first time in many years, all nonfiction materials are on same level. The result has been a more convenient, comfortable and welcoming environment for our patrons.

In addition to physical improvements to the Main Library, staff benefits were revised, and staff reorganized within new departments. Also under Stewart’s watch, the Pierre Moran Branch was updated, organizationally and technologically, to accommodate its growing usage, and the Library’s social media presence was expanded.

“None of this could have been accomplished,” says Stewart, “without the full cooperation of the staff and Board.  They are wonderful, caring people, and a pleasure to work with!”

As much as she has enjoyed her time at EPL, Stewart is also looking forward to retirement. She plans to travel, fish, weave, and spend “lots and lots of time” with her grandchildren.

“We will miss Deb a lot!” said a staff member, “but we wish her a wonderful retirement, and are excited about working with Lisa.”

EPL’s new Director, Lisa Guedea Carreño, started August 11, and takes the reins on Monday, August 25.

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We’re In It to Win It: Cardboard Boat Race 2014

Administrator : August 13, 2014 1:12 pm : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Boat2013The EPL Friend-Ship, 2013 Cardboard Boat Race entry

We came in third last year. This year we’re aiming for FIRST. Our crew is hard at work constructing a lean, mean rowing machine. Come on out and cheer us on!

What Floats Your (cardboard) Boat Race

Presented by the United Way of Elkhart County • Friday, August 22 • 3:00 pm
LaSalle Bristol Corporate Pond • 601 C.R. 17 • Elkhart

Many thanks to the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library
who, again this year, provided our entry fee for the race!

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See Pictures of last year’s race on Flickr

Watch for updates on the United Way of Elkhart County Facebook page.

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EPL Staff Reads: July 2014

Administrator : August 4, 2014 3:58 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Staff Reads-300-Graphic OnlyWe read mostly fiction and genre fiction in July, including quite a few Young Adult (YA) novels. One staffer in Young People’s Services immersed herself in children’s poetry. Enjoy!

ALL FALL DOWN by Jennifer Weiner (FIC; Audio Book; Large Type) • I have seen this book at the top of many “beach reads” lists – as well it should be. It is about a mom who is having trouble balancing her “perfect” life: a handsome husband, an adorable little girl, a job she loves… One day, while waiting in her doctor’s office, she happens upon a magazine quiz about addiction. Too many “yes” answers make her wonder if pills are too important in her life. Vicodin, after all, was prescribed by her own doctor. But that is just the beginning of her addiction. A very enjoyable book. I was sorry it had to end. ~ Debbie, Popular Materials

ALL-NEW X-MEN VOL. 4: ALL-DIFFERENT by Brian Michael Bendis (YA GN)

ASHESArchetype (ASHES TRILOGY, #1) by Ilsa Bick (YA FIC)

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (FIC)

ARCHETYPE by M.D. Waters (SF)

CYADOR’S HEIRS by L. E. Modesitt (FAN)

ELEGY FOR EDDIE by Jacqueline Winspear (MYS; Audio Book)

I’m reading GOD LESS AMERICA by Todd Starnes (323.442 S795), a book that I requested. The subtitle is REAL STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE ATTACK ON TRADITIONAL VALUES. My sister-in-law read it first and told me every Christian should read it. I’m going a step further and saying everyone should read it!
~ Judi, Newspapers & Magazines

HADRIAN, LORD OF HOPE by Grace Burrowes (ROM)

MARS INC. THE BILLIONAIRE’S CLUB by Ben Bova (SF)

THE NIGHT GARDENER: A SCARY STORY by Jonathan Auxier (J FIC)

OTHERWISE ENGAGED by Amanda Quick (ROM)

PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama (YA FIC)Runner

RUNNER by Patrick Lee (FIC; Audio eBook; Large Type)

SKIN GAME by Jim Butcher (FAN; Audio Book)

VIXEN IN VELVET by Loretta Chase (PROM)

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (YA FIC; YA Audio Book)

WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRISTMAS by Victoria Alexander (ROM; eBook; Audio Book)

WHEN DAY BREAKS by Maya Banks (PROM)

Series

TROUBLESHOOTERS  by Suzanne Brockmann (ROM; some in eBook & Audio Book formats)
TROUBLESHOOTERS in order at SuzanneBrockmann.com

Troubleshooters Breaking the RulesTroubleshooters Hot PursuitTroubleshooters Into the FireTroubleshooters Over the EdgeTroubleshooters Unsung Hero

 

 

 

 

Children’s Poetry

BUGS: POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS by David L. Harrison (J 811.54 H318bu)

DOODLE DANDIES: POEMS THAT TAKE SHAPE by J. Patrick Lewis (J 811.54 L674d)

FREEDOM LIKE SUNLIGHT: PRAISESONGS FOR BLACK AMERICANS by J. Patrick Lewis
(J 811.54 L674fr)

THE GREAT MIGRATION: JOURNEY TO THE NORTH by Eloise Greenfield (811.54 G812g)

THE ICE CREAM STORE: POEMSOld Elm Speaks by Dennis Lee (J 811.54 L477)

THE MOUSE WAS OUT AT RECESS by David Harrison
(J 811.54 H318m)

OLD ELM SPEAKS: TREE POEMS by Kristine O’Connell George
(J 811.54 G348o)

PIECES: A YEAR IN POEMS & QUILTS by Anna Grossnickle Hines
(J 811.54 H662)

POCKETFUL OF POEMS by Nikki Grimes (J 811.54 G862p)

THERE ONCE WAS A VERY ODD SCHOOL AND OTHER LUNCHBOX LIMERICKS by Stephen Krensky (J 811.54 K92)

TOOTS THE CAT by Karla Kuskin (J 811.54 K97to)

VACATION: WE’RE GOING TO THE OCEAN by David L. Harrison (J 811.54 H318v)

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