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Overdrive Challenge Winners!

Administrator : July 28, 2014 9:31 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

SL-OD Challenge winner-corrected

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who borrowed eBooks and audio eBooks in June!
Because of you, we won $2,500 to use for building our digital collection.

The Challenge

To raise awareness of digital library lending, Overdrive, EPL’s digital media supplier, offered $2,500 in content credit as an incentive for libraries to increase eBook/audio eBook circulation by 50% during June. For us, that would have been 1,911 downloads. You came through! Our final total was 1,975 – a 55% increase. We win; you win! Watch for an influx of new titles, coming soon.

devices_allLet’s Keep it Going

Day or night; on the go or in the comfort of your home, visit downloads.myepl.org, and start reading or listening to books to on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.

 

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Board Meeting Minutes 2014 06

Administrator : July 16, 2014 5:18 pm : Elkhart Public Library

ROLL CALL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

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.

Members present: Krystal Anderson, Brian Byrn, Renee’ Cocanower, Janice E. Dean; and Jennifer Nielsen;
Members absent: Mary E. Davis and Scott Troeger
Others present: Deborah L. Stewart, Director; Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager.
Staff or Guests present: Marsha Eilers, Diana Gill, Gwen Robison, and Marjorie Schaphorst.

CONSENT AGENDA

Adoption of Consent Agenda.

Renee’ Cocanower moved THAT the Board adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.
Krystal Anderson seconded. Motion: Carried.

PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS

Board Member reappointments

Renee’ Cocanower has been reappointed by the Concord Community Schools Board of Trustees of Concord Community Schools for a four-year term ending June 30, 2018. She signed the oath of office in May at the Concord Community School Board meeting. Mary E. Davis was unavailable, but will take her oath at a later time.

Board of Trustees – Election of Officers: Krystal Anderson, chair of the nominating committee presented the following slate of officers:
President – Janice Dean Vice President – Renee’ Cocanower
Treasurer – Bryan Byrn Secretary – Krystal Anderson

Jennifer Nielsen moved THAT the Board elect the slate of officers as nominated.
Brian Byrn seconded. Motion: Carried.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Additional Items to Director’s Notes:
Deb Stewart reported that Lisa Guedea Cerraño would be visiting briefly on Monday, June 23, at which time she planned to meet with Janice Dean, Renee’ Cocanower, and the Strategic Planning Committee. She will officially begin her employment as Director August 11, 2014.

Department Report:
Diana Gill, Head of Computer Services, presented the responsibilities of Computer Services. Made up of eight full-time and one part-time staff, Computer Services is responsible for IT, website, social media, Polaris system administration, monitoring and scheduling use of the Public Computer Center (PCC), and, most recently, Graphics, which was previously under Administrative Services. She highlighted recently completed and current projects, and computer training being offered. She reported that the new fax/scan equipment, especially the feature allowing patrons to scan documents to smart phones and tablets, has been well received. She updated the Board on the June 23-27 Polaris upgrade and the wi-fi upgrade installation coming soon.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Phase II Renovations

Deborah Stewart presented the General Obligation Bonds Financial Planning Calendar prepared by the financial advisor. She recommended moving the target dates back to allow time for the Board to make official request to issue bonds. The Board decided that the Common Council meeting on July 21st, would best fit their availability. In advance of that meeting, the Board Secretary will send a letter to the Common Council highlighting the Library’s needs and financial situation, and requesting approval of a bond issue. Additionally, the planning calendar does not include steps required to bid construction contracts.

Jennifer Nielsen moved THAT the first target date on the financial planning calendar be set at July 28th.
Second: Krystal Anderson Motion: Carried

Strategic Planning / Long Range Planning

Deborah Stewart reported that the Long Range Planning committee would be meeting to set three to five major goals for the Library based on the information gathered. Lisa Guedea Cerraño will be there to add her input. Donna Fletcher will write the official Strategic Plan for the Board’s review and adoption. No official action was taken on this agenda item.

Elkhart/Goshen Library Consortium

Deborah Stewart presented the agreement to establish a Resource Sharing Consortium and integrated library system (ILS) with the Goshen Public Library, which is intended to provide significant benefits for library users including better and easier access to both libraries’ rich and varied collections in a more efficient and economical manner. Attorneys for each library have reviewed the agreement and recommended approval.

Bryan Byrn moved THAT the resolution establishing the Elkhart Public Library / Goshen Public Library ILS – Resource Sharing Consortium be approved as presented.
Renee’ Cocanower seconded. Motion: Carried.

Unattended Children’s Policy.

Krystal Anderson moved to accept the policy presented at this second reading.
Bryan Byrn seconded Motion: Carried

Elkhart Public Library Cards Policy.

Bryan Byrn moved to accept the policy presented at this second reading.
Jennifer Nielsen seconded Motion: Carried

Volunteer Policy.

Renee’ Cocanower moved to accept the policy as presented at this second reading.
Krystal Anderson seconded Motion: Carried

Confidentiality of Patron Records Policy.

Krystal Anderson moved to accept the policy as presented at this second reading.
Bryan Byrn seconded Motion: Carried

Workplace Violence Policy.

Renee’ Cocanower moved to accept the policy as presented at this second reading.
Krystal Anderson seconded Motion: Carried

NEW BUSINESS

Jury Duty Policy

The jury duty policy was presented. Procedural elements were removed from the original policy. The policy remains essentially unchanged, with the exception of a limit to the number of weeks the library agrees to pay for longer trials. This was a first reading. No action was taken.

Dunlap Land Sale

Deborah Stewart reported that two individuals recently expressed interest in purchasing the land behind the Dunlap Branch. She explained the process necessary for an Indiana Library to sell property, and asked if the Board was interested in pursuing the matter.

Krystal Anderson moved THAT the sale of Dunlap Property be investigated, beginning with initial contact with Bill Kuhns at FM Stone regarding property values of similar properties in the area, and obtaining a cost estimate for the required appraisals.
Jennifer Nielsen seconded Motion: Carried

Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

None.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 7:15 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on July 15, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library.

 

 

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Krystal Anderson, Secretary

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Cookbook Corner: Ice Cream and More

Administrator : July 3, 2014 5:26 pm : Elkhart Public Library

CookbookNew600-ContrastJuly is National Ice Cream month.  Celebrate summer with any of the tasty treats you can concoct from the books listed below.  There are several new arrivals, published this spring.  Make your own frozen delights such as salted caramel ice cream or watermelon granita.  For gourmet tastes, try recipes for Mocha Pecan Mud Pie or Cannoli Ice Cream Pie.  Cheat the heat and cool off with some ice cream, regular or vegan, or frozen yogurt, ices, sorbets or granitas.  Chill!

THE CIAO BELLA BOOK OF GELATO & SORBETTO: BOLD, FRESH FLAVORS TO MAKE AT HOME by F. W. Pearce. Clarkson Potter, c2010.
641.863 P359

COOKIES & CREAM: HUNDREDS OF WAYS TO MAKE THE PERFECT ICE CREAM SANDWICH by Tessa Arias.  Running Press, c2013.
641.862 A696

HOW TO MAKE FROZEN YOGURT: 56 DELICIOUS FLAVORS YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME by Nicole Weston.  Storey Publishing, 2014.
641.862 W535 ice cream-01

ICE CREAM SANDWICHES: 65 RECIPES FOR INCREDIBLY COOL TREATS by Donna Egan.  Ten Speed Press, 2013.
641.862 E28

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM DESSERTS by Jeni Britton Bauer.  Artisan, 2014.
641.862 B344j

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME by Jeni Britton Bauer.  Artisan, c2011.
641.862 B344

MOLLY MOON’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM: SWEET SEASONAL RECIPES FOR ICE CREAMS, SORBETS, & TOPPINGS MADE WITH LOCAL INGREDIENTS by Molly Moon Neitzel.  Sasquatch Books, c2012.
641.862 N417 strawberry ice cream

RUBY VIOLET’S ICE CREAM DREAMS: ICE CREAM, SORBETS, BOMBES, AND MORE by Julie Fisher.  Hardie Grant Books, 2013.
641.862 F534

SCOOPED: ICE CREAM TREATS, CHEATS, AND FROZEN EATS.  Oxmoor House, 2014.
641.862 S422

SWEET CREAM AND SUGAR CONES: 90 RECIPES FOR MAKING YOUR OWN ICE CREAM AND FROZEN TREATS FROM BI-RITE CREAMERY by Kris Hoogerhyde.  Ten Speed Press, c2012.
641.862 H779

VEGAN ICE CREAM: OVER 90 SINFULLY DELICIOUS DAIRY-FREE DELIGHTS by Jeff Rogers.  Ten Speed Press, 2014.
641.862 R727

THE VEGAN SCOOP: 150 RECIPES FOR DAIRY-FREE ICE CREAM THAT TASTES BETTER THAN THE “REAL” THING by Wheeler del Torro.  Fair Winds Press, 2009.
641.862 T697 ice cream-06

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Public Fireworks Displays — July 2014

Administrator : July 1, 2014 2:37 pm : Elkhart Public Library

EPL Fireworks Slider

Here is a list of area fireworks displays courtesy of WNDU.

 

EPL Fireworks iClipart-05Akron – July 4, Dusk – Pike Memorial Park
Baroda – July 3, Dusk – American Legion #345
Bremen – July 4, Dusk – Sunnyside Park 
Chapman Lake – July 5, Dusk – Lake Chapman 
Dowagiac – July 3, Dusk – Russom Park
Eau Claire – July 4, 10 p.m. – Veterans Park 
Elkhart – July 4, 10 p.m. – Rice Field 
Goshen – July 6, 8 p.m. – Black Squirrel Golf Course
Knox – July 5, Dusk – Starke Co. Airport 
Lagrange – July 5, 10 p.m. – County Fairgrounds
Lake Tippecanoe – July 5, 10:30 p.m. – Lake Tippecanoe 
EPL Fireworks iClipart-05Lake Wawasee – July 5, Dusk – Lake Wawasee 
Lakeville – July 4, Dusk – Newton Park 
LaPorte – July 4, Dusk – Fox Park, over Clear Lake
Mishawaka – July 4, Dusk – Beutter Park 
Nappanee – July 4, 10 p.m. – Stauffer Park
Niles – July 3, Dusk – Apple Festival Fairgrounds
New Buffalo – July 3rd, 8:30 p.m. – Lions Pavilion Park
North Liberty – July 4, Dusk – North Liberty Elementary
North Webster – July 5, Dusk – Webster Lake 
Plymouth – July 5, Dusk – Swan Lake Resort 
South Bend – July 3, Dusk – Island Park, Century Center 
South Bend – July 4 & 5, following the game – Four Winds Field 
EPL Fireworks iClipart-05St. Joseph – July 4, 10:30 p.m. – Shadowland Pavilion 
Syracuse – July 4, Dusk – Lakeside Park
Topeka – July 4, 10 p.m. – Topeka 
Walkerton – July 4, 10 p.m. – John Glenn High School
Wanatah – July 5, Dusk – Wanatah American Legion
Warsaw – July 4, Dusk – Winona Lake
Winamac – July 3, Dusk – Winamac Town Hall

This list is current as of July 1, 2014.
Check the WNDU website for changes or cancellations.

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EPL Staff Reads: May/June 2014

Administrator : June 23, 2014 9:05 am : Elkhart Public Library

Staff Reads-300-Graphic OnlyLate April and early May, staff reading slowed down as we shook off the long winter and spent time on outdoor activities. By mid-May, we were back to our books, and the titles started pouring in.

ALIEN COLLECTIVE (ALIEN NOVELS, book 9), Gini Koch (PSF)

ANGEL’S COMMAND: A TALE FROM THE CASTAWAYS OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Brian Jacques (J FIC)

BLOOD KING, Gail Martin (PFAN)

BLUE HYDRANGEASBlue Hydrangeas, Marianne Sciucco (FIC) • This book has been such a pleasure to read. It is written by a new author who has published it independently. From page one you care about this couple, who are dealing with Alzheimer’s, and are seeing the day-to-day struggles faced by a loving couple. It is very timely, as Alzheimer’s is a major issue in today’s world. I’m sure this book will be remembered long after the last page is read. ~ Debbie, Popular Materials

BRIDGE TO HAVEN, Francine Rivers (IF; Audiobook; eBook) •  I always enjoy her books! ~ Judi, Newspapers & Magazines

CASTAWAYS OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, Brian Jacques (J FIC)

DARK HAVEN, Gail Martin (PFAN)

THE DEVIL OF CLAN SINCLAIR, Karen Ranney (PROM)

DREAMS OF LILACS, Lynn Kurland (PROM)

FATAL AFFAIR (FATAL, book 1), Marie Force (PROM & eBook)

THE HERO’S GUIDE TO BEING AN OUTLAW, Christopher Healy (J FIC)

HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS, Laura Lee Guhrke (PROM)

MARIEL OF REDWALL, Brian Jacques (J FAN)

MATTIMEO, Brian Jacques (J FIC; YA FIC)

MY MANTELPIECE: A MEMOIR OF SURVIVAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, Carolyn Goodman (305.4092 G653)

One Light Still Shines ONE LIGHT STILL SHINES: MY LIFE BEYOND THE SHADOW OF THE AMISH SCHOOLHOUSE SHOOTING, Marie Roberts Monville (277.3083 M815) • The author is the wife of Charlie Roberts, the man who shot and killed 5 innocent Amish girls in Pennsylvania. This is her story and how God shines his light into this tragedy. The grace and love that are given to Marie and her family, the Amish and the community are miracles from God. This book affirms my faith! ~ Erika, Newspapers and Magazines

RAGING STAR, Moira Young (YA FIC)

REBEL HEART, Moira Young (YA FIC)

SPACE SONGS, Myra Livingston (J 811.54 L)

SPLINTERED, A. G. Howard (YA FIC)

SUMMONER, Gail Martin (PFAN)

TOYS GO OUT: BEING THE ADVENTURES OF A KNOWLEDGEABLE STINGRAY, A TOUGHY LITTLE BUFFALO AND SOMEONE CALLED PLASTIC, Emily Jenkins (J FIC)

TRENTON LORD OF LOSS, Grace Burrowes

TRULY WINNIE, Jennifer Jacobson (J FIC)

TWILIGHT OF THE ELITE: AMERICA AFTER MERITOCRACYTwilight of the, Christopher Hayes (305.5209 H417; Audio eBook)  I got it from The Elkhart Public Library digital collection. You can find this and thousands of other titles at search.overdrive.com. ~ Celine, Reference

WING NUTS: SCREWY HAIKU, Paul Janeczko (J 811.54 J33w)

WINNIE AT HER BEST, Jennifer Jacobson (J FIC)

WINNIE (DANCING) ON HER OWN, Jennifer Jacobson (J FIC)

THE WITCH OF CLAN SINCLAIR, Karen Ranney (PROM)

WORTH: LORD OF RECKONING, Grace Burrowes (PROM)

THE LOST LORDS series, Mary Jo Putney, in order:
• LOVING A LOST LORD (PROM; eBook)
• NEVER LESS THAN A LADY (ROM)
• NOWHERE NEAR RESPECTABLE  (PROM)
• NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN  (PROM)
• SOMETIMES A ROGUE (ROM; PROM)
• NOT QUITE A WIFE (ROM)

Shelf Challenge
3 SNOW SOUNDSEvery April I choose a section of our Picture Books collection, and read every book on the shelf. It is a “Shelf Challenge” for school librarians, but many public library children’s librarians participate as well. This year I read 149 books of authors starting with J. Highlights included PAPA DO YOU LOVE ME by Barbara Joose (JE), WATER IN THE PARK by Emily Jenkins (JE) and SNOW SOUND: AN ONOMATOPOEIC STORY by David Johnson (JE). ~ Cheryl, YPS

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