Board Meeting Agenda 2018 03

Administrator : March 16, 2018 4:23 pm : Elkhart Public Library



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

1. Director Evaluation

1. Informational Items
2. Department Report – Donna Mitschelen, Osolo Branch Supervisor


1. Job Description revision: Branch YPS Librarian
2. Addition to “Organization-Wide Expectations” on all job descriptions

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

NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: April 17, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Main Library.

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Barney returns to be a reading partner for kids

Administrator : March 16, 2018 8:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Barney the St. Bernard is coming back to be a reading partner for kids this week.

The trained dog, who helps kids gain confidence in their reading, returns for the February Paws to Read session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17 at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location.

mkt-171129-paws-screen-100Parents can sign up their children for the 15-minute sessions by calling 574-522-2223.

<<  Space is limited – call 574-522-2223 to get your child time with Barney >>

“The kids get to interact with something that loves unconditionally. He’s just a good listener – he absorbs every word and he doesn’t interrupt or correct or question them,” handler Renee Langdon says. “I’ve been blessed to be able to work with him and watch the children improve.”

Barney’s journey to become a therapy dog was difficult. Langdon rescued him eight years ago after he was abandoned near Wakarusa. He already was blind and had leg injuries consistent with abuse, she says.

“He had to learn to trust again,” Langdon says. “He couldn’t walk on a leash. You couldn’t put him in a car. The injuries to his front left leg weren’t anything that couldn’t be repaired, but it was a rough start.”

He eventually defeated his fears and became a good companion to Drew, Langdon’s first St. Bernard. Despite his blindness, Barney eventually passed the same exam required for certification as a registered Pet Partners therapy dog.

Pet-assistance therapy goes beyond guide dogs. They provide comfort at hospital entrances, Langdon says, and companionship at nursing homes. They have visited schools and libraries regularly, too.

Langdon has committed her volunteer time for years to working with children, particularly those challenged by autism or disability. She worked with Reins of Life for therapeutic horseback riding until, physically, she couldn’t meet the demands of mucking stalls and hauling hay bales.

She says she adopted a St. Bernard because she always wanted one growing up. During her first three years, Langdon volunteered several hours each week making visits. After Drew passed on and with Barney advancing in years, she’s had to scale back to schedule.

“I think this is best described as giving and receiving love. Barney takes it in and he dishes it out – it’s his job to love,” Langdon says.


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Girl Power: Science for women to be discussed

Sam Householder : March 12, 2018 3:36 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

women-in-stem-1That’s the aim of Girls in STEM, a special evening of activities and a speaker panel with local women with careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the downtown library, a panel of three women in STEM fields will discuss their careers and what it took to get there. Activities that focus on science and technology will be available and refreshments will be served.

Door prizes, including a NASA LEGO set and copies of the young reader’s edition of Hidden Figures, will be given away as well.

The panelists will be Alynn Eggert, math and engineering teacher at St. Joseph High School; Cheryl Ann Miller, applications engineer at Shield Restraint Systems; Amanda Reynolds, programmer/analyst with Martin’s Super Markets; and Monika Felten, director of research and development at Serim Research Corp.

According to children’s librarian Allison McLean, the program comes from EPL’s NASA at My Library grant, which confirms the library’s commitment to education in the STEM area.

EPL was one of just 75 libraries nationwide selected for NASA at My Library.

Girls in STEM is one program focused on getting more women involved in the historically male-dominated fields of STEM.

“They want us to try and reach girls and women, which are underrepresented groups in NASA and other science careers,” McLean said.

“Giving girls role models and examples of women working in the field today will help them envision a future for themselves in the sciences as well.”

The program will start with STEM activities for students, refreshments and a time to mingle before the panel begins. After about 20 minutes of discussion the audience will be able to ask questions to the panelists.

Although there is a focus on young women,  McLean said all families are welcome, but giving girls that are interested in the sciences role models is the aim of the program.



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Stephen Hawking in pop culture

Sam Householder : March 11, 2018 10:47 am : Elkhart Public Library

my-postPhysicist and renowned scientist Stephen Hawking passed away today in England.

A giant in the world of science, Hawking is famous for his work in the area of black holes as well as space, time and the unifying theory.

He also crossed over from being a scientist working in hard-to-fathom concepts for many common folks to a household name, partly thanks to his 1988 book “A Brief History of Time.”

That book, written for people with no background or understanding of larger physics concepts, brought fame for Hawking and entered him into the general pop culture arena.

Appearances on TV shows and references to him in movies and songs became common.

So here are some of Hawking’s best appearances in pop culture that are available here at EPL.

“The Simpsons” – It’s been said that a celebrity isn’t really famous until they get a guest spot on the longest-running animated show of all time. Hawking appeared in Springfield four times, the first being back during season 10 in 1999 in the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.”

“The Big Bang Theory” – The hit show featuring a group of physicists is a natural fit for the most famous in the field. Hawking appeared on the show seven times, first in season five.

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” – Hawking appeared in deep space with the starship Enterprise crew in the episode “Descent” in season six.

“Futurama” – Naturally, Hawking would live on well into the future on the show Futurama, where he voiced his own head, which had been preserved. He appeared in episodes on season two and again on season six.

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Wellfield program finds winter home at EPL

Administrator : March 10, 2018 10:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

The Wellfield Gardens Lil’ Sprouts program, continues for the winter months inside the warm and cozy EPL.wellfield-logo

From November 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 last library hosted program will be Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.

Papandrea 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 date for the Lil’ Sprouts program that will be held at the library is:

March 20

It will return to the Wellfield Gardens beginning in April.

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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