Board Meeting Minutes 2018 09

Administrator : October 17, 2018 10:30 am : Board Minutes, Elkhart Public Library


A public Budget Hearing was held September 18, 2018, Main Library and called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Janice E. Dean, President.


Members present: Janice E. Dean, Carlos A. Esteves, Jennifer Nielsen, James W. Rieckhoff, Laura Steffen, Clarence W. Thomas and Michael Wagner.

Others present: Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager/Treasurer, and Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director.

Staff present: Diana Gill, Computer Services Department Head; Jeanne Glanders, Popular Materials Department Head; Sam Householder, New Media Marketing Specialist; Kevin J. Kilmer, Assistant Director of Branch and Extension Services; Katrina Maust, Reference Department Head; Donna Mitschelen, Osolo Branch Supervisor; Gwen Robison, Assistant Director of Support Services; Mary Beth Schlabach, Assistant Director of Public Services; Mark van Lummel, Technical Services Department Head; Trevor Wendzonka, Marketing and Public Relations Manager; Paula Watson, Administrative Clerk.

Guests: Libby Eisele and April Zehr.

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager/Treasurer, presented the 2019 Budget.

There being no questions or objections from the general public James W. Rieckhoff moved

THAT the public hearing be adjourned.

Michael Wagner seconded. Motion: carried

The budget hearing was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.


Regular Board of Trustees Meeting was called to order at 5:40 p.m. by Janice E. Dean.


The consent agenda was presented. There being no objections, Carlos Esteves moved

THAT the Consent Agenda, including investment recommendations, be adopted.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded Motion: carried


There was no President’s Business.


Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented her report for September.

Department Report

Jeanne Glanders, Popular Materials Department Head, gave a presentation about the digital collections available to patrons through the Library. She talked about the different providers and what services they offer.


Non-Resident Card Policy Revision (First Reading)

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented the revisions to the Non-Resident Card Policy. Laura Steffen moved

THAT the Non-Resident Card Policy Revision be approved as presented.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

Resolution to Establish Cash Accounts

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented a Resolution to Establish Cash Accounts. James W. Rieckhoff moved

THAT the Resolution to Establish Cash Accounts be approved as presented.

Clarence Thomas seconded Motion: carried

Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented a partial draft of the Strategic Plan. The remaining portions of the plan will be sent via e-mail in early October to review prior to the October Board meeting.

Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests


The regular Board meeting was adjourned by Janice E. Dean at 6:35 pm.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be October 16, 2018, following the 2019 Budget Adoption meeting, which is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 S. 2nd Street, Elkhart, IN.

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Paranormal group to share spooky tales

Administrator : October 15, 2018 10:30 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

mkt-181011-paranormal-investigation-100A paranormal investigation team will lead a paranormal investigation inside the library, as well as share stories of chasing Sasquatch, Dogmen and other unexplained phenomenon during a special program for Halloween.

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, members of the BSR Paranormal group, which has Elkhart and Fort Wayne chapters, will speak at the downtown location.

They will present some information about what the group does and how it investigates the paranormal before they lead a search for anything paranormal in the library after hours.

According to group founder Jennifer Jacobs, the group travels around the region exploring reports of hauntings and creatures such as Sasquatch, Mothman and Dogman, among others.

< < Click Here to See All of the Library’s Halloween Activities > >

“We investigate all aspects of the paranormal,” she said. “We’re going to discuss the history of Halloween and we’ll go over our experiences and others’ experiences,” said Jacobs

She said she will share tales of time she was attacked by “something” at the Ohio State Reformatory Prison and stories from a ghost hunt at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

Following the presentation, the group will answer questions. She said patrons can expect to learn what happens at an investigation; how they do it and that it’s all right if they have a paranormal encounter of their own.

“They are not alone if they have experienced anything,” Jacobs said.



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Brainfuse can save the day when you need an answer

Administrator : October 14, 2018 7:00 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Studying for a test or looking for homework help? Brainfuse has your answer.

Brainfuse is a free service offered to Elkhart Public Library users – don’t have a card? Get this card.

It’s available online or as an app, and will get you quick access to live help on lots of subjects – everything from social studies to calculus. Brainfuse also offers writing and language labs so you can make sure you’re getting the right words across on that last paper.

Brainfuse’s live tutors are available from 2 to 11 p.m., seven days a week. You can submit questions 24/7 for extended explanations of tricky questions, or get together with friends in an online study group.

And for adults, Brainfuse offers practice tests and prep for high school equivalency exams, U.S. citizenship tests, business writing like resumes and letters, and much more.


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New dog, same reading tricks

Sam Householder : October 11, 2018 8:25 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

mkt-180801-paws-blog-100Meet Benny. The black Labrador retriever is Elkhart Public Library’s new guest star for Paws to Read.

The popular Saturday morning program pairs young readers with a therapy dog to help kids gain confidence in reading aloud. This school year, the program will take place downtown library every third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon.

Jeannine Seggerman and Benny have been together for several years, continuing to train together to help and serve others.

“He has trained in many areas to be certified a therapy dog,” Seggerman says.

Seggerman, a retired first grade teacher from the Edwardsburg school system, says reading comprehension is a cause very dear to her.

< < Sign up for a 15-minute reading session by calling 574-522-2223 > >

”Reading is something that is the most important aspect of their life, so some of this is about enticing children that maybe haven’t been to the library to come out to the library,” she said.

Benny takes over for Barney, a St. Bernard who retired from Paws to Read in the spring due to his advanced age. Though a different breed and with a different owner, Benny has many of the same kind and thoughtful characteristics as Barney.

“They enjoy reading to Benny,” Seggerman says. “He’s a very calm and loveable dog. Children just feel comfort in reading to a dog it gives them a calm and allows them to be more confident in themselves.”

Seggerman says she is excited to work with children again, as typically the pair work with the elderly. Overall, she just wants to help children learn to read and encourage people to get involved with their library.

A 15-minute reading session can be reserved by calling 574-522-2223. Paws to Read dates for the fall are Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.


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Things to do: Halloween activities

Administrator : October 8, 2018 2:47 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

mkt-171009-halloween-blog-01-100With October underway it’s the season of spooky, scary and fun and the Elkhart Public Library has a number of activities for Halloween fans of all ages.

From stories of the paranormal to costume making and pumpkin launching, the library has you covered this season.

Here are the activities happening this month:

As always for the full list of activities check out our events calendar.


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