Friday, 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.
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!
Watch for updates on the United Way of Elkhart County Facebook page.
We 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)
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 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)
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: POEMS 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)
It is back to school time, and time to rethink what might go into those lunchboxes and brown bags for the boys and girls to eat. A number of newer titles are available at the Elkhart Public Library, emphasizing quick and easy meals, as well as healthy ones. Ideas and recipes abound, from those promising to be kid-approved to those for vegan and gluten-free diets. Try something new in the brown bag and re-energize your children for an afternoon of learning.
BEATING THE LUNCH BOX BLUES: FRESH IDEAS FOR LUNCHES ON THE GO! by J. M. Hirsch. Rachael Ray Books, Atria, 2013. 641.53 H669
BEST LUNCH BOX EVER: IDEAS AND RECIPES FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES KIDS WILL LOVE by Katie Sullivan Morford. Chronicle Books, 2013. 41.53 M846
THE BROWN BAG LUNCH COOKBOOK by Miriam Jacobs. Globe Pequot Press, c2004. 641.534 J17
5-MINUTE LUNCHBOX: THE BUSY FAMILY’S GUIDE TO PACKING DELICIOUSLY SIMPLE, KID-APPROVED HEALTHY LUNCHES by Kimberly A. Young. Healthy Little Cooks, c2013. 641.53 Y73
THE HEALTHY LUNCHBOX: HOW TO PLAN, PREPARE & PACK STRESS-FREE MEALS KIDS WILL LOVE by Marie McClendon. Small Steps Press, c2005. 641.534 M126
LUNCH BOXES AND SNACKS: OVER 120 HEALTHY RECIPES, FROM DELICIOUS SANDWICHES AND SALADS TO HOT SOUPS AND SWEET TREATS by Annabel Karmel. New, expanded ed. Atria Books, 2007. 641.53 K18
LUNCH IS IN THE BAG!: A CELEBRATION OF THE MIDDAY MEAL by Marion O. Celenza. Cherry Lane Lithographers Corp., c2008. 641.53 C392
LUNCH LESSONS: CHANGING THE WAY WE FEED OUR CHILDREN by Ann Cooper. Collins, c2006. 613.2083 C776
THE LUNCHBOX BOOK by Sandy Harper. New Holland, 2008. 641.534 H295
STEALTH HEALTH: IRRESISTIBLE AND NUTRITIOUS GLUTEN-FREE SANDWICHES, WRAPS AND OTHER EASY TREATS by Tracy Griffith. Page Street Publishing, c2013. 641.5622 G854
VEGAN LUNCH BOX: 130 AMAZING, ANIMAL-FREE LUNCHES KIDS AND GROWN-UPS WILL LOVE! by Jennifer McCann. Da Capo Lifelong, 2008. 641.5636 M122
WEELICIOUS LUNCHES: THINK OUTSIDE THE LUNCH BOX WITH MORE THAN 160 HAPPIER MEALS by Catherine McCord. William Morrow, 2013. 641.53 M131
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LUNCH? by Mona Meighan. Book Publishers Network, c2012. 641.53 M512
YUM-YUM BENTO BOX: FRESH RECIPES FOR ADORABLE LUNCHES by Crystal Watanabe. Quirk Books, c2010. 641.534 W324
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.
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.
Let’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 on your phone, tablet, laptop, or PC.