Be a gift-giving pro with these Black Friday searches

Administrator : November 24, 2017 7:33 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

If you're feeling overwhelmed by shopping choices, keep reading to find out how our online resources can help.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by shopping choices, keep reading to find out how our online resources can help.

Be a gift-giving pro this holiday season with help from Elkhart Public Library.

Two of the library’s online resources, NoveList and Consumer Reports, connect shoppers with recommendations and reviews to find the right gifts for everyone on their lists.

NoveList makes recommendations based on hundreds of search criteria: author, genre, subject, readalikes and many more. NoveList recently added nonfiction and audiobooks to go along with fiction searches.novelist

Think of it as a searchable “customers who liked this also liked …” list available on shopping or streaming media websites.

“It helps in giving the gift of a book, if you need help picking out the right one,” said EPL reference librarian Celine Maciejewski.

Beyond books, Consumer Reports offers library cardholders a way to find the best of just about anything before making holiday purchases.

Consumer Reports offers their thoroughly tested ratings on everything from frozen waffles to tires and of course many gadgets and electronics that are gift options.

Maciejewski said patrons being able to access Consumer Reports from anywhere allows them to look up ratings and recommendations while standing in the store or adding items to their online cart.consumer-reports

“This supplements their print source, they can access it in the store if they have their library card on them,” she said. “You can take the library with you on the go.”

For helping accessing NoveList or Consumer Reports watch this short video.


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Need last minute Thanksgiving cooking help?

Administrator : November 20, 2017 4:47 pm : Elkhart Public Library

It’s Monday, Thanksgiving is Thursday and maybe you’re panicking because you promised to cook the big meal but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve never cooked a turkey and want to give it a try but would like some expert reinforcement?thanksgiving-101

EPL has the books to help. Don’t rely on some unproven internet blogger, check out these expertly written cookbooks.

No time to get to the library? No problem, our electronic resources let you access cookbooks from home so you can make a last-minute side that’s sure to impress.

We also have loads of magazines and plenty of other cookbooks for sides, desserts and everything else.

Thanksgiving Cookbooks

“The pioneer woman cooks: a year of holidays” by Ree Drummond.

Recipes for every holiday, including a killer Thanksgiving with all the sides and fixings.

“Fine cooking Thanksgiving cookbook” 

This book covers how to cook a turkey, starting with breaking down the different types and how to make everything at the meal from start to finish.

“The Thanksgiving table” by Diane Morgan

From the traditional meal to vegetarian alternatives and craft and centerpiece ideas, this book covers all aspects of the fourth Thursday holiday.

“Thanksgiving 101” by Rick Rodger

This one covers everything from traditional recipes to new takes on the old standbys and regional flavors such as Cajun and Italian, this book is sure to have what you’re looking for.

“How to cook a turkey”

This book will surely help cooks of all skill levels, whether they need a refresher or are starting from square one. It also has dessert and side recipes.

If it’s side dishes you’re after, we have that to. A good one is start with is “Smashed, mashed, boiled and baked and fried too” which contains hundreds of potato recipes.

Electronic Resources:

“The Neely’ celebration cookbook down home meals for every occasion” by Patrick Neely Available via Overdrive: Everything to cook not only for Thanksgiving but also any other holiday. It also contains new takes on old classics.

“Thanksgiving” by Weldon Own via Hoopla: Over 50 recipes, both contemporary and traditional.

“Cool Thanksgiving Dinner: Beyond the Basics for Kids Who Cook” by Lisa Wagner via Hoopla: A number of kid-friendly recipes for children who like to cook and want to help out in the kitchen.

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Closed for Christmas, so check out our streaming services

Administrator : November 20, 2017 8:00 am : Elkhart Public Library

img_1900As we observe Christmas Eve and Christmas, all Elkhart Public Library locations will be closing at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 and re-open on Tuesday, Dec. 26. But you always can access our streaming services:

RBdigital for magazines (formerly Zinio) with no waiting and no limits, and also books and audiobooks. (Read even more about this recently expanded service.)

Hoopla for lots of everything – books to TV shows

OverDrive (also accessible through Libby) for even more popular books and audiobooks


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Board Meeting Agenda 2017 11

Administrator : November 17, 2017 4:52 pm : Elkhart Public Library


Board meeting Agenda 2017 11 21

  2. Adopt Agenda
  3. Minutes of the Last Meeting
  4. Business Manager’s Report and Finances
    1. Financial Reports – October
    2. Claims-to-be-paid –October/November
    3. Projected Summary of Cash –November/December
    4. Cash Flow & Investment Recommendation – November
  5. Personnel Changes Report
    1. Public Input: Libby Eisele
    2. Staff gifts
    1. Informational Items
    2. Department Report – Maureen Meagher, Pierre Moran Branch Supervisor
    1. Service Animals and Pets Policy (second reading)
    1. Proposal – Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
    2. Internet Access Policy review/revision (first reading)
    3. Social Media Policy revision (first reading)
    4. Job description – Assistant Director of Branch and Extension Services
    5. Job description – Community Engagement Coordinator
    6. Job description revision – Facilities Coordinator
    7. Job description – Page


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


NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: December 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Main Library

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Learn survival skills with Elkhart County Parks Monday

Administrator : November 17, 2017 4:38 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Get hands on with history and learn how our ancestors lived and thrived during Adventure: Native Americans with Elkhart County Parks Monday.adobe-spark-31

Starting at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 at the Downtown library, Krista Daniels, interpretive naturalist for Elkhart County Parks will lead hands-on active lessons about the Potawatomi native tribe lived.

“We’ll talk about what life would have been like then, how it’s different now,” she said. “We talk about how they survived.”

< < Register for the Adventure here > >

Daniels said that the program is great for children that learn through participatory activities.

“It’s a good one for kids that needs that active piece in learning,” she said.

“We think it’s really important to have that hands-on.”

If the weather allows, Daniels will lead the group outside to demonstrate fire-starting techniques.

She said that the class is a good way to way to get children learning about the history of their local area.

“It helps introduce the history of our area in a general way,” she said. “They get to hear part of our history in a different way.”


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