Computer Classes – April 2015

Administrator : March 27, 2015 12:07 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Reserve your spot now for April computer classes at the Main Library!

Tablet Training One-On-Onehelp button
Tuesday, April 7 • 9:30-11:30 am
Bring us your tablet questions! You will be scheduled for a 30-minute session of individual training on your tablet or eReader  between 9:30 & 11:30. Let us help you better understand your device and what library resources you can access with it.

Computer Tutor One-On-One 
Thursday, April 9 • 9:30-11:30 am
Bring your computer questions! Curious about cut & paste, email attachments, right & left clicking, Internet searching, saving files, library databases, eBooks, tablets or other topics? You will be scheduled for a 30-minute session of individual training between 9:30 & 11:30.  Start your list of questions now!

Windows 7 Basics 
Monday, April 13 • 6:30-7:45 pm
Learn how to start and close programs; open, close, and resize windows; save, rename, copy, and move files. You must know how to use a mouse to register for this class.

Email Basics
Monday, April 20 • 6:30-7:45 pm
Basic email instruction includes reading unread email, composing new messages, replying to existing messages, forwarding, opening and adding attachments, deleting unwanted email, navigating mailbox folders, etc. You must have an active email account and know the password in order to register for this class. If you do not have an email account, come 30 minutes early so someone can assist you with setting one up.

Computer Tutor One-On-One 
Monday, April 27 • 5:30-7:30 pm
Bring your computer questions! Curious about cut & paste, email attachments, right & left clicking, Internet searching, saving files, library databases, eBooks, tablets or other topics? You will be scheduled for a 30-minute session of individual training between 5:30 & 7:30. Start your list of questions now!

Registration is required for all computer classes. Sign-up by contacting the Main Library Public Computer Center at (574) 294-2847.

Leave a response »

Now Showing! Movies @ EPL April/May 2015

Administrator : March 27, 2015 12:03 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Many of April’s movies tie in with the circus & magic themes of THE NIGHT CIRCUS, this year’s One Book, One Michiana selection.

THE ILLUSIONIST 2006 (PG-13) • Main Library
Wednesday, April 1 • 6-8 pm

One Book, One Michiana

DUMBO (NR) • Osolo Branch
Wednesday, April 8 • 1-2 pm

One Book, One Michiana

THE INTERVIEW (R) • Main Library
Wednesday, April 8 • 6-8 pm

Main Midweek Movie

Monday, April 13 • 4:30-6 pm

Fun Family Movie

THE PRESTIGE (PG-13) • Main Library
Wednesday, April 15 • 6-8 pm

One Book, One Michiana

UNBROKEN (PG-13) • Main Library
Wednesday, April 22 • 6-8:15 pm

Main Midweek Movie
(Note: This movie will run about 15 minutes past closing.)

THE ILLUSIONIST 2010 (PG) • Main Library
Wednesday, April 29 • 6-8 pm

One Book, One Michiana

Wednesday, May 6 • 6-8 pm

Main Midweek Movie

THE BOOK OF LIFE (PG) • Main Library
Monday, May 11 • 4:30-6 pm

Fun Family Movie

50 SHADES OF GREY (R) • Main Library
Wednesday, May 20 • 6-8 pm 

Main Midweek Movie

Leave a response »

Meet Mario Whyte

Administrator : March 27, 2015 11:48 am : Elkhart Public Library

Willow and the Dragon by Mario White

We are excited to welcome author Mario Whyte to the Main Library on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00. Whyte, originally from Elkhart, will be reading his delightful children’s book

About the Book
WILLOW AND THE DRAGON is an innocent tale that takes aim at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, a fast-paced plot, and illustrations throughout, this book will boost reading confidence and stamina. This book has a glossary and table of contents that introduces beginning readers to chapter books, yet it is also suitable story for children two years old and up. Willow and the Dragon tells the delightful tale of a boy who overcomes his fears with the help of his friends. Join Willow, Jade and Sidney as they journey through the Land of Make-Believe showing each other how kindness, bravery, and courage to stand up for each other enables them to do more than they could have ever imagined! Bring your imagination to life with Willow and the Dragon!





Leave a response »

NIGHT CIRCUS: One Book, Many Magical Activities

Administrator : March 20, 2015 1:36 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

SL-OBOM 2015

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it.
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

Discover the magical world of Le Cirque des Rêves!

Erin Morgenstern’s 2011 debut novel, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, is this year’s selection for
One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of events centered on a single book selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is an “utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”


The Circus is Coming!

We will kick off our One Book, One Michiana festivities at the Main Library with A Day at the (Night) Circus on Saturday, March 28, from 9 am to 1 pm. Join us for games, prizes, balloon animals, face painting, and a magician! Throughout April, you will be treated to magic shows, circus & steampunk projects, special movies, dress-up photo ops, and a fantastical array of activities to amaze and amuse the child in each of us.

Welcome to the Big Top!

“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

 Main Library Young People’s Services

Tarot 02Adventure: Circus Time
Monday, April 6 • 4:30 pm • All ages
Play games, show off your circus skills, perform a circus story, do circus crafts. You can even dress up as your favorite circus performer if you want (prizes awarded).

Gears and Whatnot Art
Thursday, April 9 • 3:00 pm • Ages 5 and up
Create punk art metal and whatnot art with screws and bolts and other fantastical parts. (Prizes!)

Super Reader’s Book Club
Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30, and May 7 • 4:30 pm • All ages
We will read MAGIC TREE HOUSE books together, play games, and create edible tree houses. Bring a friend!

 Adventure: Clocks and Trains
Monday, April 20 • 4:30 pm • All ages
An Elkhart Parks Department presentation about clocks and trains, followed by games, a wishing bracelet craft, and a great train story.

NIGHT CIRCUS Marble Magnets
Tuesday, April 21 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
An awesome craft project! Turn magic & circus-themed art into marble magnets.

Circus in a Box
Saturday, April 25 • 11:30 am • All ages
Create a circus to take home with you! This is a one-hour project.

Tarot 04

 Movies at Main: Illusions of Grandeur

Wednesday, April 1, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist 2006 (PG-13)

Wednesday, April 9, 11 am-1:08 pm — Family Movie
An enchanting tale set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station. (PG) Call 522-2223 for the title.

Monday, April 13, 4:30-6 pm
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (PG)

Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Prestige (PG-13)

Wednesday, April 29, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) 2010 (PG)


 At the Branches: Magic, Circus & Steampunk 

Tarot 01


Urchin Illusion
Tuesday, April 7 • 6:00 pm Ages 12-adult
Create an amazing illusion with paper!

Foiled by You, Part 1
Thursday, April 9 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
You don’t have to be a blacksmith to create this metal art.

Big Top Family Movie Night
Tuesday, April 14 • 6:00 pm • All ages
Madagascar III (PG)

Foiled By You, Part 2
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Create a metal masterpiece worthy of framing.

Guys and Gals, Goggles and Gears
Tuesday, April 21 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Makers of Things unite! Make goggles and hair gear.

Grand Finale: NIGHT CIRCUS Top Hat
Thursday, April 30 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Make your own top hat — steampunk style


Dunlap Bookworms
Monday, April 6 • 6:15 pm • Adults
We will be discussing THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

Circus Week
April 13-17 • All ages
Ladieeeees and Gentlemen! Step right up! Become a circus animal photo op. Get your “book” future told. Learn to juggle and perform magic tricks. Create illusion art. A week of wonders… with free popcorn!

Family Magic
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • All ages
For your amazement and amusement; a roving magician!


Steampunk Cross Necklace
Tuesday, March 31 • 2:00-8:00 pm • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime between 2 & 8 to create a unique necklace. The craft will be available until the materials run out.

Roving Magician
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Illusions and tricks in the stacks!

Tarot 02Circus Games Galore
Tuesday, April 7 • 1:00 • All ages
Popcorn, tattoos, painting, carnival games (with prizes), and more. Fun for the whole family.

Afternoon @ the Movies
Wednesday, April 8 • 1:00 pm • All ages
Dumbo (1941)

Evening @ the Movies
Thursday, April 9 • 6:30 • All ages
Maleficent (PG)

Art of Illusion
Wednesday, April 15 • 4:30 pm • Ages 6 and up
Your eyes won’t believe what your hands have created!

Trivia Night at the Circus
Wednesday, April 22 • 7:30 pm • Ages 12-adult
An after-hours program that will have you jumping through mental hoops. Come with a team, or come alone and we will introduce you to your teammates. Prizes will be awarded.

Pierre Moran

Family Carnival Night
Thursday, April 16 • 6-8 pm • All ages
Games, prizes, tarot readings, and a magic show!

Steampunk Make-it, Take-it Craft
April 1-28 • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime during April to create your very own steampunk accessory.

Story Time

Circus fun at many of our Story Time programs, too!

Story Time Schedule

Main Library • Thursdays, April 2, 23, 30 • 10:00 am
Main Library Family Story Time • Monday, April 6 • 6:30 pm
Cleveland Branch • Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 • 10:00 am
Dunlap Branch • Thursdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 • 10:00 am
Osolo Branch • Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 • 10:00 am
Pierre Moran Branch • Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 • 10:00 am

Tarot art by EPL Graphic Artist Chris Hunsberger
Header image designed by Moxie Robinson


Leave a response »

Board Meeting Minutes 2015 02

Administrator : March 18, 2015 12:42 pm : Elkhart Public Library

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Elkhart Public Library was called to order by Janice E. Dean, President, at 5:30 p.m. at the Osolo Branch, 3429 East Bristol Street, Elkhart, IN 46514.
Members present: Krystal Anderson, Brian Byrn, Renee’ Cocanower, Janice E. Dean and Jennifer Nielsen. Mary E. Davis and Scott Troeger were unable to attend.
Others present: Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, and Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager.
Staff or Guests present: Marsha Eilers, Assistant Director, Public Services; Kevin Kilmer, Branch Operations Manager; Donna Mitschelen, Osolo Branch Coordinator; and Gwen Robison, Assistant Director, Support Services. Also in attendance were Eric Leedy, Architect; and J. C. Lee, Elkhart Truth reporter.
Additional information: Jane Garoutte reported that the 1782 Statement was received from the Department of Local Government Finance, directing a reduction of 2015 Library Operating Fund budget due to insufficient revenues, and the Library tax rate was reduced to .1548 from the advertised rate of .2001, to remain within statutory levy limitation.
Our response, (required within ten days) was to request instead a reduction of expenditures for the second half of 2014 from estimate to actual, and provide proof that Operating Fund cash balance at December 31, 2014, was sufficient to support the original adopted budget appropriation of $6,979,348, which was submitted and approved by the DLGF. Therefore we requested our budget be restored to the originally advertised amount.
The DLGF Budget Order, reflecting these changes, was received and reported.
There being no objections, Krystal Anderson moved THAT the Board adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.
Brian Byrn seconded. Motion: Carried.
Additional Items to Director’s Notes
Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, reported that circulation statistics were up in January, attributable at least in part to the Resource Sharing Consortium between the Elkhart and Goshen public libraries. She reviewed usage statistics for the December 2014 and January 2015, the first two full months since the catalog sharing began.
The Director announced that she had been asked to speak at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library on March 18. She will be talking about her first six months as Director at EPL.
Department Report
Kevin Kilmer and Donna Mitschelen conducted a tour of Osolo Branch. Built in 1987, Osolo is the oldest branch in the Elkhart Public Library system. Osolo is also the smallest branch, at a mere 4,000 square feet, The Osolo branch was designed by Eric Leedy as a prototype to be a small but functional branch library. Subsequent branches were built expanding and improving on the design. Kevin highlighted recent changes and additions in the organization of particular collections within the branch.
Phase II Renovations
The Director reviewed floor plans and cost estimates for Main Library Phase II renovations, identifying elements critical in accommodating an ADA-compliant elevator and expansion of and improvements to meeting room spaces and provision for ADA-compliant restrooms on all floors. Cost estimates include engineering, architectural and legal fees, and miscellaneous consulting services involved in the bond issue process to finance the renovation. The Director indicated that many of these costs will be rolled into the bond issue, and told the Board that the Operating Fund budget included limited funding for some of these preliminary costs, should the bond issue not be approved in 2015. She reviewed the financial planning calendar, which includes a possible public hearing date of March 17, 2015. The Board discussed holding the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. with regular meeting to follow, though this timeline could be changed if necessary.
There being no objection Jennifer Nielsen moved
THAT the Director be authorized to move forward with the bond issue process, including architectural plans required in advance of receiving bids, and setting a date and advertising for a public hearing, preferably at the beginning of a forthcoming regular EPL Board meeting.
Krystal Anderson seconded. Motion: Carried.
Strategic Plan
The Director presented a list of implementation activities and project managers for 2015, highlighting the corresponding initiatives, goals and targets in the Strategic Plan. She informed the Board that details of any of these activities were available upon request.
Fee schedule revision
The Director presented a revised fee schedule reflecting changes to the EPL non-resident fee and the Public Library Access Card fee set by the State. This revision is simply a formality to collate and ratify previously set fees.
There being no objection Renee Cocanower moved
THAT the Fee Schedule be approved as presented.
Brian Byrn seconded. Motion: Carried.
Facilities Needs and Priorities
The Director presented a list of high-priority facilities needs and recommendations for funding these projects. Some may require additional appropriations from non-operating funds, either Rainy Day or Library Improvement Reserve (LIRF). The recent replacement of two boilers at Main was discussed, as well as a recommended water treatment solution to gain a longer lifetime for the boilers, the last of which was installed only five years ago. Brian Byrn shared a similar experience with the boilers at the Midwest Museum of American Art. He recommended considering alternatives to the Library’s water treatment system, as the current system introduce corrosive chemicals into the pipes that likely increase leaks and other damage, especially in older pipes.
Board Member terms expiring June 30, 2015
The Director reported that two members’ terms will be expiring this year: Janice E. Dean, appointed by the Elkhart Community School Board; and Scott Troeger, appointed by the Elkhart County Council. She asked the Board to provide her with names of anyone who had expressed an interest in serving on the Library Board, as well as names of individuals they would recommend to be approached or invited to seek appointment. She will be sending letters to the appointing boards this month, reminding them of the expiring terms and making suggestions for appointments should they be open to them.
Digital Surveillance Policy
The Director presented a new policy documenting Elkhart Public Library’s current practices with regard to security cameras, still images and video footage. This policy articulates and ratifies the surveillance policy which has been in effect over the past several years. Jennifer Nielsen recommended that the language in item C. 2. c. be revised to read: “Cameras may not be installed in locations where staff and patrons would have an expectation of privacy.”
There being no other comment, Krystal Anderson moved
THAT the Digital Surveillance Policy be approved as amended.
Brian Byrn seconded. Motion: Carried.
Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests
The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 7:45 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is March 17, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library.
Krystal Anderson, Secretary

Leave a response »

« Page 1, 2, 3 ... 46 »
(574) 522-5669