Empower yourself, learn new skills and brush up on old ones

Sam Householder : July 18, 2018 3:49 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

mkt-180718-empowerment-crocks-100This August is all about empowerment and bettering yourself at EPL and we’re here to help with the new Empowerment [c]Rocks series.

Every Wednesday in August at 4 and 6 p.m., there will be a program designed to help people get empowered on topics such as home repair, budgeting, cooking and more.

The purpose of this series to help people improve their basic life skills and pick up new ones. It’s never too late for self-improvement.

< < Click here to register for the series > >

With attendance at all five sessions, eligible attendees will receive a brand new slow cooker courtesy of the United Way of Elkhart County and be entered to win from Centier Bank.

The dates and sessions are below:

  • Aug. 1: United Way of Elkhart County will be talking about how to get connected to local resources for general information and more.
  • Aug. 8: The Elkhart Public Library will breakdown what we have going on and our offerings as far as information, research and entertainment.
  • Aug. 15: LaCasa will be going over some basic home improvement and do-it-yourself tips for those little projects to do around the house.
  • Aug. 22: Centier Bank will share tips and ideas for budgeting and saving money to put towards debt or for a rainy day. Whatever you’re saving for, Centier can help.
  • Aug. 29: S.A.L.T. Sisters from Goshen will offer easy and healthy cooking tips and recipes that aren’t time consuming and taste great.


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Board Meeting Agenda 2018 07

Administrator : July 17, 2018 10:02 am : Elkhart Public Library



1. Adopt Agenda
2. Minutes of the Last Meeting
3. Business Manager’s Report and Finances
a. Financial Reports – May 2018
b. Claims-to-be-paid – May/June 2018
c. Projected Summary of Cash –June/July 2018
d. Cash Flow & Investment Recommendation – June through August 2018
4. Personnel Changes Report

1. Swearing in of new Board members

D. STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE – Jen Pendleton, Vice President, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

1. Informational Items
2. Department Report – Rachel Rice, Extension Services Department Head


1. Circulation Assistant Job Description
2. Employment of Minors Policy
3. I-9 Compliance Policy
4. Resolution – Commitment to join Indiana State Library Consortium for Public Library Internet
Access for Funding Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020
5. PLAC Report

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

NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: August 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Pierre Moran Branch Library, 2400 Benham Avenue

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Summer Reading ends with a party

Sam Householder : July 10, 2018 7:27 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

mkt-180426-srp-blog-100We’re sending Summer Reading out with a party as Reading Rocks comes to an end.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Pierre Moran branch, we’re going to have an epic party to end Reading Rocks with a live band, games and a drawing of a grand prize winner.

U-93 is going to broadcasting live, there will be live music and more before we draw the grand prize winner of the Taylor Swift concert tickets or Nintendo Switch just after 5:30 p.m. live on-air.

< < RSVP for the party here > >

Local rock band Lalo Cura will be performing from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be games, a slime making station, facepainting, balloon making, giveaways and more.

This is going to be a summer spectacular that will be a rocking good time.

We’ll choose the winner of our grand prizes: two pairs of Taylor Swift concert tickets and a Nintendo Switch.

So far the finalists are:

-Adrian McGuire
-Emily Holdeman
-Maddie Dougherty
-Hallie Davis
-Desiree Shepherd
-Elizabeth Higgins
-Drew Krause
-Joas Potter
-Aveson Lou Evers
-Aiden Kocher
-Isabel M.

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Daughter works to keep Drake’s legacy alive

Sam Householder : July 9, 2018 5:10 pm : Elkhart Public Library

drake-signatureWhile some of Ted Drake’s artwork is recognized worldwide, his name is not.

But bringing recognition to the artist behind some of the most famous logos in sports through the exhibit Ted Drake: Art, Commerce, History from Elkhart Public Library and Elkhart County Historical Museum has meant a lot to Jacquie Friend, Drake’s daughter.

“I very much appreciate the Historical Museum putting together the exhibit and the library for housing it,” she said from her home in Washington state.

“Ted never really got the recognition that he should have and any way that his name and his work can receive that now is great.”

< < Learn more about Ted Drake during our Gallery Talk July 12 > > 

Historical museum archivist Amy Christiansen will be giving a talk on Drake, his career and life at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the downtown library.

“His work covered such a large period of time, I would characterize (the exhibit) as primarily his commercial work,” said Friend.

According to her, her father wanted to be known as a fine artist but ended up spending much of his career doing commercial work in order to provide for his family.

“It wasn’t until later in life that he was able to do (fine art),” she said. “He never realized how unusual it was for an artist to provide for his family.”

Friend said she’s glad that a new generation of people will understand the man behind the art, as well as associate a name with iconic sports logos such as Notre Dame and the Chicago Bulls.

“The magnitude of what he did and what people identify with him, there’s a whole generation that know his work and I would like that to continue on,” Friend said.

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How to research genealogy (and the best places to look)

Administrator : July 3, 2018 11:03 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

When doing family genealogy research, it is easy to think that all of the information is online but backing that up with hard copy proof can be just as important.

EPL has hundreds of resources and the expert help to find the information that family history researchers need to verify or prove the pieces that they find online, according to reference librarian Amy Pfifferling-Irons.genealogy-02

“Many of these sites, its people just putting it on there, so then you want to go and check it,” she said.

“You want to have proof that, whatever it is, actually happened.”

That is where the books, magazines and in-house web resources of EPL come into play.

From Ancestry that can be accessed only inside the library to city directories and published obituaries stretching back to the 1860s, the items here can help set family history straight.

EPL has cemetery records and obituary indices going back over 150 years in some cases. Using an index, people can find the publication that an obit ran in and then using a microfilm machine, email it or save it to a thumb drive.

< < Check out all of EPL’s Genealogy links here > >

If a researcher is having trouble locating an item, the expert library staff is always on hand to point people in the right direction.

“There’s always somewhere here to help you,” said Pfifferling-Irons. “Coming here, we’ll help get them to the next step.”

Most help is free but if someone is outside of the area, for just a librarian will do 30 minutes of research and email it to the person making the request.

Librarians can even help find other agencies that can assist, including foreign libraries.

“We can suggest another resource, another library,” she said.

As for advice, Pfifferling-Irons said Ancestry is a great place to start.

“The best thing for people to do is to come into the library and start out with Ancestry,” she said.

She also advises that when searching for the women in a family, land records are a great place to look.

“Finding the women in your family can be difficult,” she said. “Surprisingly it’s the land records because you would think ‘oh jus the men had to sign off on that’ but the spouse and the children all had to be documented on those items.”

EPL has thousands of land records, she added.genealogy-01

Links to check out:

Ancestry Library Edition: Accessible only inside EPL buildings but a fantastic starting point for genealogy

Heritage Quest:  A good place to find the military history of a family member, Pfifferling-Irons said.

Newspaper Archive: Billions of articles from the U.S. and around the globe

Local History Index: Search the library’s index of articles from the Elkhart Truth

Local Obituary Index: Search for Elkhart Truth obituary from 1921 to the present


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