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New EPL Vans: Beautiful, Functional, and Efficient!

Administrator : May 1, 2016 12:06 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Perhaps you have already seen our beautiful new Library vans around town. One is for delivering Library materials (returns, holds, etc.) between EPL’s five locations and the Goshen Public Library. The other is for our Outreach staff, who visit preschools, day care centers, retirement facilities, apartment complexes, parks, and other locations with Library materials, crafts, and learning activities. Through our Homebound program, Outreach also takes books and other items to residents who are physically unable to come to the Library.

With more than 150,000 miles on it, our 16-year old delivery truck had become increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain. Also, our Outreach staffers have been using their own vehicles since we retired the Library’s two bookmobiles in 2011. With all this in mind, we opted to replace the truck with two smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The images on both vans were designed by EPL Graphic Artist, Chris Hunsberger. Feast your eyes!

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Outreach van (driver's side) with designer Chris Hunsberger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach van passenger side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delivery van with delivery driver David

 

 

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Staff Reads

Administrator : April 19, 2016 7:26 pm : Elkhart Public Library

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Happy spring! Isn’t it great to be able to read outdoors again? Here are the books we have been reading and listening to.

ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS by L.M. Montgomery (FIC, JFIC, YAFIC)

AWKWARD by Svetlana Chmakova (YAGN)

BECOMING GRANDMA: THE JOYS AND SCIENCE OF THE NEW GRANDPARENTING by Leslie Stahl (306.8745 STA, Audiobook)

BECOMING NICOLE: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN FAMILYz becoming by Amy Ellis Nutt (306.768 N976, Ebook)

BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Atul Gawande (362.175 G284 Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THE BLACK BELT LIBRARIAN: REAL-WORLD SAFETY & SECURITY
by Warren Graham (025.82 G742)

THE COURTESAN DUCHESS by Joanna Shupe (PROM)

CRESS by Marissa Meyer (YAFIC) (LUNAR CHRONICLES, book 3)

DANGEROUS BEAUTY: LIFE AND DEATH IN AFRICA: Tz dangerous bRUE STORIES FROM A SAFARI GUIDE by Mark C. Ross (599.09676 R825, Large Print) • I have always been fascinated by the natural beauty and wildlife of Africa and this book really takes you there! The way the author describes his experiences, it makes you feel like you are on safari with him. ~Erika, Reference Services

DEEP FOREST: A NOVEL OF THE INDIANA FRONTIER by Emsley W. Johnson (Indiana FIC)

DISHING THE DIRT by M.C. Beaton (MYS, Audiobook, Audio Ebook)

ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein (JFIC, Audiobook, Audio Ebook) • An entertaining read! A cross between CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM! ~Carmen, Young People’s Services

FINDERS KEEPERS: A NOVELz finders by Stephen King (HOR, Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook)

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS by Gary Chapman (646.78 C466, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhon (FIC, Audiobook, Large Print) • I really enjoyed this book. Most of the story is based on real people, events, etc. The human story was quite intriguing. ~Jeri, Cleveland Branch

HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL: A MEMOIR by Carrie Brownstein (B B885)

IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLINz in the garden by Erik Larson (943.086 L334, Audiobook, Ebook, Large Print) • He gives a good insight into 1930’s Nazi Germany from the point of view of the new American ambassador to Germany and his family. ~Sue, Dunlap Branch

GHETTO KLOWN: A GRAPHIC NOVEL by John Leguizamo (Goshen Public Library: 812.54 L521g)

HARD EIGHT by Janet Evanovich (MYS, Audiobook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THE HARLOT COUNTESS by Joanna Shupe (PROM)

THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY by Liane Moriarty (FIC, Large Print)

THE JAPANESE LOVERz japanese by Isabelle Allende (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook, Large Print)

THE LADY HELLION by Joanna Shupe (PROM)

LEONARD: MY FIFTY-YEAR FRIENDSHIP WITH A REMARKABLE MAN
by William Shatner (B N7133)

LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan (FIC, Audio Ebook)

LIVING FORWARD: A PROVEN PLAN TO STOP DRIFTING AND GET THE LIFE YOU WANT
by Michael Hyatt (650.1 H992)

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook,
Large Print, Spanish Language: EL AMOR EN LOS TIEMPOS DEL CÓLERA)

A MOTHER’S RECKONING: LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAGEDYz Mother by Sue Klebold (373.78882 K63, Audiobook) • Sue is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the young men who terrorized and killed numerous students at Columbine High School. Her hope in writing this book was that others could learn from things she discovered about her son after this massacre and, in hindsight, recognized as possible red flags. You can feel the panic and horror of Sue and her husband when they learned that something horrible was happening at the school. Sue loved both her sons very much and, until this time had a very “normal” family. To learn that Dylan was involved in this shooting was unimaginable to her. A riveting read. ~ Erika, Reference Services

MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein (JFIC) [Playaway audio at Goshen Public Library]

THE NIGHTINGALE: A NOVEL by Kristen Hannah (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable (Can be requested through Interlibrary Loan)

RETIRE INSPIRED: IT’S NOT AN AGE, IT’S A FINANCIAL NUMBERz retire by Chris Hogan (332.02401 H714)

THE REVENANT: A NOVEL OF REVENGE by Michael Punke (FIC, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Spanish Language: EL RENACIDO)

STATION ELEVEN: A NOVEL by Emily St. John Mandel (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD: DMITRI SHOSTAKOVIC AND THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD by M.T. Anderson (780.92 A548, Audiobook)

TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY – a series by Cassandra Clare (Ebooks)

TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLNz team
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (973.7092 G656, Audiobook, Large Print)

TEN BIG ONES by Janet Evanovich (Mystery, Audiobook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES: THE FORGOTTEN WAR THAT CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY by Brian Kilmeade (973.47 K48, Audiobook, Audio Ebook,

THE THREE MUSKETEERS by Alexandre Dumas (FIC, JFIC, YA Classics, 843.7 D886t, Audiobook, JGN)

z to the ninesTO THE NINES by Janet Evanovich (MYS, Audiobook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THE TRAVELERS: A NOVEL by Chris Pavone (FIC, Large Print)

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: A TWISTED TALE by Liz Braswell (YAFIC)

THE WHIP: A NOVEL by Karen Kondazian (WES)

WOLFBLADE by Jennifer Fallon

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Use High Street Entrance Beginning April 25

Administrator : April 19, 2016 10:22 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

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If you have visited our Main Library in the last few days, you may have checked out at our spacious new Circulation Desk or used the newly designed ADA-accessible restrooms on the first floor.

 

Temporary Entrance Change

THIS WAY-480Meanwhile, beginning April 25, the next phase of the first floor renovation will begin. In preparation for installing a new ADA-accessible elevator, a temporary wall will be erected which prevents use of the Library’ main entrance for several months. During this time, access to the Main Library will be via the High Street entrance and through the Public Computer Center. Directional signs will be posted. We regret the inconvenience, but we are excited about the end result, which will make our building more accessible to all!

For more information about our renovation project, see Making Main Better for You!

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New Circulation Desk and Restrooms are Open!

Administrator : April 18, 2016 10:43 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Welcome from the Main Library Circulation staff!In the first major unveiling of EPL’s Main Library renovation process, we are pleased to announce that the new Main Library Circulation area and ADA accessible restrooms on the first floor are now open! Basement improvements are moving right along, and work will soon begin on the ADA accessible elevator. For more information, visit
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Checking out at the new Circ Desk Circ staff work area Updated ADA compliant restroom

More pictures in Facebook album New Circulation Desk & Restrooms!

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Meet Mr. Pieri

Administrator : March 29, 2016 2:54 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

Chuck Pieri-ed2You may know Chuck Pieri from seeing him around the branches or out in the community, usually wearing a silly hat. Or maybe you have enjoyed the Mr. Pieri Reads Aloud videos on YouTube or our Facebook page. Just who is Mr. Pieri and what does he do?

As Branch Young People’s Services Librarian, Chuck Pieri coordinates children’s and teen programming and collections at EPL’s four branches. But the part of his job he enjoys most is promoting the love of reading in the schools and the community.

During the school year he visits and reads to more than 1,000 kids in over 50 classrooms each month. “My ultimate goal,” says Chuck, “is to ignite a passion for reading in all the kids I meet, to help them become lifelong readers!”

Chuck is involved with two professional committees that promote reading for pleasure. The first is called the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award, which recognizes outstanding picture books that can be read by children and their caregivers. These titles emphasize at least three of the five Early Literacy practices: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. Chuck’s favorite from this year’s list is HOORAY FOR HAT by Brian Won.

“What’s fun about this award is that children, with the help of their caregivers, can vote for their favorite title from among the five nominees, then see which book wins when it’s announced in May. This encourages families to read and talk about books together!”

Chuck also chairs the AISLE Read Alouds-Too-Good-to-Miss Committee (Read Alouds for short). This committee consists of school librarians and children’s librarians from public libraries all over Indiana. Each year 50 books are chosen, and there are 10 titles in each of the five categories:

PrimaryAISLE (grades PK-2)
Upper Elementary (grades 3-5)
Middle Grade (grades 6-8)
High School (grades 9-12)
Ageless (All ages)

The books are chosen for their ability to instill a love of reading in students of all ages. See a more in-depth description here.

What Chuck especially likes about this committee is that not only are picture books featured, but novels and non-fiction titles as well. “With 50 titles to choose from, we hope that parents, educators and students can connect to books that will inspire and motivate them to enjoy the written and spoken word.”

Chuck loves his job and expressed great appreciation to EPL Director Lisa Guedea Carreño and to the Library Board for their continued encouragement and support of his work!

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