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Board Meeting Agenda 2017 12

Administrator : December 15, 2017 4:00 pm : Elkhart Public Library

BOARD MEETING AGENDA 12/19/2017

A. ROLL AND INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

B. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Adopt Agenda
2. Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Business Manager’s Report and Finances
a. Financial Reports – October
b. Claims-to-be-paid –October/November
c. Projected Summary of Cash –November/December
d. Cash Flow & Investment Recommendation – November
4. Personnel Changes Report

C. PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS

D. DIRECTOR’S REPORT
1. Informational Items
2. Department Report – Mark Van Lummel, Head of Technical Services

E. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1. Social Media Policy revision (second reading)

F. NEW BUSINESS
1. Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Policy (first reading)
2. 2018 Board Meeting Schedule
3. 2018 Holiday Closing Schedule
4. Annual Compensation Increases

G. Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: January 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Main Library.

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Marvel super heroes now available on your devices

Sam Householder : December 12, 2017 11:50 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Spiderman, Black Panther X-Men, the Avengers and more are all available at your fingertips thanks to Hoopla’s recent addition of Marvel graphic novels to their online collection.

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Hoopla has added nearly 70 Marvel titles, from Star Wars to Deadpool and the Guardians of the Galaxy and they are all available for free with your EPL card for download on any device.

Just download the Hoopla app and start surfing titles.

Hoopla features their “Action View” reader that allows for a whole page or an individual panel of a comic or graphic novel to be brought up, allowing for easy reading and viewing.

The app also features DC Comics titles and many other comics and graphic novels, making Hoopla the must-have app for comic fans everywhere.

Check out Hoopla’s selection here.

 

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Wellfield program finds winter home at EPL

Administrator : December 12, 2017 10:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

As the winter weather approaches and animals and trees go into hibernation, so too will the Wellfield Gardens Lil’ Sprouts program, which spends the winter months inside the warm and cozy EPL.wellfield-logo

From Nov. to March the environmentally focused education program for preschool aged children will be held at the downtown branch, according to Jodie Papandrea, manager of volunteer and guest services for Wellfield.

“We’re so grateful for the library to partner with us, otherwise we couldn’t hold it through the winter months,” she said.

The next program will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19. Celebrated local author Cheri Hallwood will present a special reading of her 2006 book “Winter’s First Snowflake.”

She said the hour-long program uses stories, music and activities to teach children about the environment.

“We usually have a story, a craft or activity, hands on learning and a couple different activities,” she said.mkt-171215-sprouts-100

The dates for the Lil’ Sprouts programs that will be held at the library, in addition to next week’s are:

Jan. 16

Feb. 20

March 20

According to Papandrea, the Dec. program is planning an author visit with a story in addition to an activity.

Preregistration for the program is requested so that enough materials can be provided she said. Registration is available on the Wellfield’s website or by calling the gardens at 574-266-2006.

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Book and drink pairings for the cold season

Sam Householder : December 11, 2017 2:06 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

We asked a few of our librarians what books they’re reading and what warming beverage they are pairing them with.

As lake effect snow falls around the area and the cold weather settles in, it’s a great time of the year to curl up inside with a good book and a warm drink.

What is our staff pairing?

Classic cocoa and a play

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“Three Tall Women” by Edward Albee is the play I’m reading right now. It is currently on Broadway starring Allison Pill, Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf. I am pairing this with a peppermint hot chocolate, whipped cream and sprinkles. I have fond memories of going to Broadway shows in the middle of winter with the snow blustering as my friends and I briskly walk to the theatre and then pop into a café after for one of these yummy treats.

-Amy Pfifferling-Irons, reference librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two books is her cup of tea

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I’ve got two exciting books going simultaneously: “The Power” by Naomi Alderman and “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz. I like to have one book I’m listening to and one I’m reading at all times. I might be getting the plot lines mixed up in my head a little with these two. Strong women characters, traumatic childhoods, hackers, justice and thrills: Check! I think a calming drink is in order. I like to have a mug of hot tea with a cozy blanket and preferably a Christmas tree to sit next to. Earl Grey with honey and cream and Raspberry Zinger are my favorites.

-Vonda Litwiller, reference librarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese book and drink

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Hot sake with Yoko Ogawa’s “The Housekeeper and the Professor.” Unlike her other titles, this is just a sweet, cozy story about a talented math professor who, unfortunately due to an accident, can only remember the past 80 minutes. His sister hires him a housekeeper and every day is new, which definitely presents challenges for all involved. The housekeeper also has a young son, who the professor instantly takes to. They bond over baseball and the professor shows him the beauty of numbers.

This book is great for a snowy day. Every day is new, much like how the snow creates a fresh canvas. The math bits are just this side of complicated; to keep your brain engaged. And the baseball bits make you think of spring. Also, the book is short, so you won’t over indulge on sake.

-Marianne Kruppa, librarian

 

 

 

 

 

A hot toddy is the holiday spirit

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With the snow, I always think of the hearty Scandanavians who brought us delightful words like Hygge and Kalsarikännit so my first recommendation is to pair either “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaimen or, for those who like a little more youthful adventure, Rick Riodan’s newer “Magnus Chase” series with a hot cup of Glogg (basically mulled wine) for authenticity’s sake.

That is what I would like to tell you but really, I’ll be reading “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie and, like the title character, be drinking my tisane a la Katrina (tea with a tipple of whiskey aka a hot toddy). Actually, who am I kidding, I’ll keep the hot toddy but be curling up with a Christmas romance. All the bells, music, and rosy cheeks, oh my.

-Katrina Maust

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Get into a galaxy far, far away with these titles

Sam Householder : December 7, 2017 11:16 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

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Tis the season for joyous celebration.

That’s right, not just for the holidays, but it’s time for another new Star Wars movie premiere.

EPL can get you all set for the debut of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with all kinds of “Star Wars” universe titles.

Come out and get excited for “The Last Jedi” premiering on Thursday.

In the meantime, here are some Star Wars related titles in our collection you can check out to get into the galaxy.

Sci-Fi

“Sacrifice” by Karen Traviss

“Phasma” by Delilah Dawson

“Empire’s end” by Chuck Wendig

“Star Wars: Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn

“Bloodline” by Claudia Gary

Juvenile

“Join the resistance” by Ben Acker

“The force awakens” by Michel Kogge

Young Adult

“Rebel rising” by Beth Revis

“Leia: Princess of Alderaan” by Claudia Gray

DVDs

Star Wars Rebels (seasons 1, 2, 3)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Episodes IV, V and VI

Episodes I, II and III

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales and The New Yoda Chronicles

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