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Your eBook Questions Answered

Administrator : December 3, 2013 10:00 am : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Overdrive Kiosk

Thinking of getting a tablet or eReader? Already have one?

Let us show you how to download eBooks and Audiobooks from the Elkhart Public Library!

During December and part of January, we will have an OverDrive® Assistance table at the Main Library near the entrance.  Library staff members will be on hand to help you get started, answer questions and share helpful tips. Join us on the following days from 4-6 pm:

  • Monday, December 9
  • Tuesday, December 10
  • Wednesday, December 11
  • Monday, December 16
  • Monday, December 30
  • Monday, January 6
  • Tuesday January 7
  • Monday, January 13
  • Tuesday, January 14

Note: Two more January sessions have been added:

  • Thursday, January 30, 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 31, 12:00-2:00 pm

 

Shopping for an eReader or tablet?

We have updated last year’s eReader Shopping Tips blog. It is loaded with information, including a “how-to” guide for choosing the right device for your needs, and links to trusted websites that offer comparisons, reviews, recommendations and specific product information.

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Healthcare Marketplace Sessions @ EPL

Administrator : December 2, 2013 5:25 pm : Elkhart Public Library

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The Elkhart Public Library & Heart City Health Center team up to help consumers with the Marketplace! Join us for informational sessions in the Computer Training Center at the Main Library : 

  • Wednesday, December 4,  11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 12:00 noon

These will be 1.5 hour sessions with plenty of time for Q & A.

Need an individual appointment or help enrolling in Medicaid/Marketplace?
Call Heart City Health Center at 584-7362 OR Hablamos Espanol 293-0052

BE CAREFUL OF FRAUD:

  • LOOK for official seals, logos, and navigator assister certifications
  • You should NOT be charged a fee for assistance with enrolling
  • KEEP your personal health info private and safe
  • If you have Medicare, it’s AGAINST THE  LAW for someone to sell you a plan

HealthCare.gov       CuidadoDeSalud.gov         1-800-318-2596

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EPL Winterfest Activities

Administrator : November 26, 2013 11:16 am : Elkhart Public Library

Winterfest 2013

Winterfest Activities at the Main Library

  • Saturday, December 7, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Visit the Children’s Room to decorate a beautiful paper wreath using old CDs
  • Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Free popcorn, served by the folks in Popular Materials
  • Saturday, December 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
    • The Downtown Elkhart Winterfest Light Parade. This year’s theme is “Starry Night.” Enjoy the parade and watch for our float.
  • Monday, December 9, 6:00 p.m.
    • Fun Family Movie starring Tim Allen as a man who inadvertently kills Santa and is magically recruited to take his place. Rated PG
  • Thursday, December 12 at noon
    •  Golden Beats will perform in the atrium

For a complete list of  Elkhart’s Winterfest events go to santaspantry.org/winterfest2013.pdf

Winterfest is a unified collaboration between the Elkhart City Parks Dept, Santa’s Pantry – Pay It Forward, City of Elkhart, Elkhart Fire Dept., Elkhart Public Library and Woodlawn Nature Center, and co-sponsored by the City of Elkhart.

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Board Meeting Minutes 2013 10

Administrator : November 21, 2013 4:16 pm : Board Minutes, Elkhart Public Library


ROLL CALL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Elkhart Public Library was called to order by Janice E. Dean, president, at 6:05 p.m., on October 15, 2013, in Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library.

Members present: Janice E. Dean, Krystal Anderson, Renee’ Cocanower, Jennifer Nielsen, J. Scott Troeger

Members absent: Mary E. Davis, Brian Byrn

Others present: Deborah L. Stewart, director; Sandra Bevins, business/HR manager

Staff or Guests present:  Jane Garoutte, Elizabeth Layman, Allison McLean, Gwen Robison

CONSENT AGENDA

Adoption of Consent Agenda

J. Scott Troeger moved THAT the Board adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.

Renee’ Cocanower seconded.              Motion: Carried.

PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS

  • Community Outreach Status and Planning:  The Board discussed current and future community outreach venues: community events, schools, nursing homes, daycares, homebound, roving Reference.
  • Review of Meeting with Dr. Haworth:  Janice E. Dean, Krystal Anderson, and Jennifer Nielsen reviewed the purpose of a meeting with Dr. Haworth, Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools.  The discussion centered on the Elkhart School system’s need for community collaboration for student programs during the summer months.  Dr. Haworth invited the Library to send a liaison to future committee meetings on this topic.  Allison McLean, Department Head for Young Peoples Services, volunteered to be the Library representative.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • No additional items to Director’s Notes were presented.
  • Allison McLean, Department Head, presented an overview and tour of Young Peoples Services.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Phase II Renovations

The director will conduct a telephone conference with Jane Herndon, Ice Miller LLP, and Belvia Gray, Umbaugh & Associates, to discuss the process and the cost of a bond issue to fund the elevator replacement project.

Long Range Plan

Responses to the request for proposals to facilitate the next long range plan are being received. No action was taken on the item.

NEW BUSINESS

Salary Increases for 2014

Updated information has not been received from the health insurance company resulting in this item being tabled with no action.


 

Resolution to Join Indiana State Library Consortium

The Board considered a resolution to join the Public Library Internet Consortium.  By joining the consortium the Library will participate in E-Rate contracts for Internet and Internet-related services negotiated by the Indiana State Library along with any other available funds.

J. Scott Troeger moved THAT the Board approve the Resolution to Join Indiana State Library Consortium as presented.

Renee’ Cocanower seconded.              Motion: Carried.

Cataloger Job Description

The Director presented the Cataloger job description.  No additional revision to the language was presented and no action was taken at this meeting.

Page Coordinator Job Description

The Director presented the Page Coordinator job description.  No additional revision to the language was presented and no action was taken at this meeting.

Genealogist Coordinator Job Description

This item was removed from the agenda and no action was taken at this meeting.

Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

No additional questions or information was presented.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 6:56 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                          

An executive session of the Board of Trustees of the Elkhart Public Library was held on October 15, 2013, in the Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library and called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Janice E. Dean, president.

Members present: Janice E. Dean, Krystal Anderson, Renee’ Cocanower, Jennifer Nielsen, J. Scott Troeger

Members absent: Mary E. Davis, Brian Byrn

Others present: Deborah L. Stewart, director; Sandra Bevins, business/HR manager.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the job performance evaluations of individual employees as allowed under IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b).  No other subject matter was discussed.  The Executive Session was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Krystal Anderson, Secretary

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Introducing Mango Premier

Administrator : November 14, 2013 12:22 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Want to learn a language, but lack the motivation?
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone – and you’re in luck.

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Say hello to Elkhart Public Library’s newest language-learning resource:
Mango Premiere™. Mango Premiere™ is the first and only language-learning program
to combine education and entertainment to teach language through foreign films.

To access Language Learning through film:

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  • Go to myepl.org/info247.
  • Find “Language” on the list.
  • Click on the plus sign and choose Mango Languages.
  • Create a profile. You will be asked to sign in each time you use Mango so you can track your progress;
    • OR Click the “Start Learning” button to use Mango without creating a profile.
  • Select the “Courses” tab.
  • Choose “Language Learning through film” on the left side.

There are currently only a few films available, including one Chinese, one  Japanese, and two English for Spanish speakers. More will be added in the coming months.

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