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Escape the past before its too late

Sam Householder : March 1, 2018 11:37 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

escape-room-1Race against the clock, find the clues and figure out how to escape or be trapped in the past.

That will be the suspense during Escape the ’80s at EPL Tuesday, June 12.

At 4 p.m., at the downtown library, those that are up to the challenge will be locked in a room and have to put together the puzzles and clues before time runs out. The scenario is that participants have been taken back in time and must escape or be trapped in 1986 forever.

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Escape rooms are a fun way to build camaraderie or just have a fun time with elements of a scavenger hunt, puzzle based problem solving and teamwork, all with the stress of a deadline, they have become a hit for parties and corporate events in recent years.

EPL staff has put together a fun, collaborative escape room experience that will be free for teens to try out.

Built around a theme of a robot apocalypse, participants will have an hour to solve the puzzles and escape.

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Oscar offerings on Hoopla

Sam Householder : February 28, 2018 4:00 pm : Elkhart Public Library

The Academy Awards are coming up Sunday and EPL offers some great ways to watch some past Oscar winners, as well as current nominees.

braveheartWith three showings Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the downtown library will be showing Oscar-nominated movies “Get Out,” “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour” during Best Picture Shows.

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In addition to showing some of this year’s nominees, patrons can check out a number of nominated movies from our massive collection or stream them through Hoopla.

Here are some of the past Oscar winning and nominated movies currently available on Hoopla.

Braveheart (1995) – The war epic directed by and starring Mel Gibson chronicles William Wallace leading the fight for Scottish independence from England. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won four including Best Director and Best Picture.

stingThe Sting (1973)– The classic con caper film starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman follows two con men pulling one final “big one” over on a crime boss that killed their mutual friend. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won seven including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

The Fighter (2010) – Two brothers train for a title bout while trying to overcome their own familial issues. Based a true story, the movie was nominated for six Oscars and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won the respective Supporting Actor/Actress awards.

Into the Wild (2007) – Based on the best-selling book, the movie follows the true story of Christopher McCandless, who gave up thousands of dollars of savings to live as a vagabond and hike into the Alaska wilderness. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Check out these titles and the others available on Hoopla or in EPL’s collections, also be sure to RSVP for the Best Picture Shows and see this year’s nominees.

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Board Meeting Minutes 2018 01

Administrator : February 28, 2018 11:18 am : Elkhart Public Library

ROLL CALL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

Members present: Renee’ Cocanower, Janice E. Dean, Carlos A. Esteves, Jennifer Nielsen, James W.Rieckhoff and Clarence W. Thomas. Mary E. Davis was unable to attend.

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

Staff present: Erin Brousseau, Human Resource Generalist; Sue Eller, Dunlap Branch Supervisor; Jeanne Glanders, Popular Materials Department Head; Sam Householder, New Media Marketing Specialist; Mary Ann Kempa, Cleveland Branch Supervisor; Kevin J. Kilmer, Assistant Director of Branch and Extension Services; Marianne Kruppa, Circulation Department Head; Rachel Rice, Extension Services Department Head; Gwen Robison, Assistant Director of Support Services; Mary Beth Schlabach, Assistant Director of Public Services; Trevor Wendzonka, Marketing and Public Relations Manager and Paula Watson, Administrative Clerk.

BOARD OF FINANCE MEETING

The Board of Finance of Elkhart Public Library annual meeting was called to order by Janice Dean at 5:30 p.m.

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager, presented the Investment Report for 2017 and recommended no changes to the Investment Policy. The first order of business was election of officers for 2018. Carolos A. Esteves moved

THAT the Board of Finance elect Janice E. Dean as President and Jennifer Nielsen as
Secretary for the 2018 calendar year.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

James W. Rieckhoff moved

THAT the investment policy be approved unchanged; and
THAT the report of investments for 2017 be approved

Jennifer Nielsen seconded Motion: carried

The Board of Finance Meeting was adjourned by Janice E. Dean at 5:33 p.m. The Board of Finance will meet each January as required by law.

REGULAR BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

Regular Board of Trustees Meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Janice E. Dean

CONSENT AGENDA

The consent agenda was presented. There being no objections, Jennifer Nielsen moved
THAT the Consent Agenda, including investment recommendation, be adopted.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, distributed two documents: (1) revised Insurance handout, and (2) summary of departmental accomplishments and collaborative projects in 2017 and primary goals for 2018.

Department Report

Trevor Wendzonka, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, reported on his department’s 2018 goal to better define target audiences for library communications. Social media, emails, blog posts and more, will reflect this marketing approach.

NEW BUSINESS

Salary Schedule 2018

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager, presented the salary schedule with changes previously approved by the Board during 2017. Jennifer Nielsen moved

THAT the Salary Schedule be approved as presented.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

Fee Schedule 2018

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager presented the proposed Fee Schedule for 2018. Carlos A. Esteves moved

THAT the Fee Schedule be approved as presented.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

2017 Transfer to LIRF

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager, presented the proposed recommendation to transfer $100,000 to LIRF. Renee’ Cocanower moved

THAT the proposed recommendation to transfer $100,000 to LIRF be approved as presented.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded Motion: carried

2017 Encumbrances

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager, presented a list of encumbrances from the 2017 budget. Carlos A. Esteves moved

THAT the 2017 Encumbrance List be approved as presented.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

Resolution to Pay Bills Without Prior Approval 2018

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager, presented the annual resolution giving accounting staff authority to pay certain bills between Board meetings. James W. Rieckhoff moved

THAT the resolution to pay bills without prior approval be approved as presented.

Renee Cocanower seconded Motion: carried

Resolution to Establish Cash Accounts 2018

Jane A. Garoutte, Business Manager, presented a resolution to establish Cash Accounts for 2018. Jennifer Nielsen moved

THAT the resolution to establish cash accounts for 2018 be approved as presented.

James W. Rieckhoff seconded Motion: carried

Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

ADJOURNMENT

The regular Board meeting was adjourned by Janice E. Dean at 5:55 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be February 20, 2018 at Main Library, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN.

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Storytime prepares, socializes children for pre-K

Sam Householder : February 28, 2018 9:33 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

storytime-03Storytime, a program held at three EPL branches on a weekly basis, helps introduce the library to children, as well as socializing them and preparing them for preschool.

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According to Osolo branch supervisor librarian Donna Mitschelen, the program is presented different at each branch but follows the same idea.

“This program focuses on helping children prepare for kindergarten by providing opportunities to learn and to enhance their pre-reading skills,” she said.

“Early literacy skills are developed through talking, singing, writing, reading and playing; we try to incorporate these skills into our Storytime sessions.”

Storytime programs:

Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Osolo

Tuesday, 10 a.m., Tuesday Tales (Ages 4-5) at Main

Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Dunlap and Cleveland

Thursday, 10 a.m. at Pierre Moran

Thursday, 10 a.m., Little Explorers (ages 2-3) at Main

Mary Ann Johnson, a retired teacher, has been bringing her granddaughter, Piper, to the Osolo for Tuesday Storytime since September and said it works great for her as a daytime caretaker.

“It’s just important that the kids learn those aspects of the library,” she said. “They do a lot of different things; reading, motor skills and they always do an activity.”

Kay Hanft, also a retired teacher, has brought all of her grandchildren to storytime over the years, six in all.

“Donna does appropriate stories for their age and my grand kids love to do the crafts and of course the snack,” said Hanft with a laugh.

“It’s a good step to bring them here before they go to preschool so they can have the socialization, otherwise they will be behind when they get to preschool.”

The Storytime program is slightly different at the downtown library, with two programs, Little Explorers for 2- and 3-year-olds and Tuesday Tales for 4- to 6-year-olds, according to Allison McLean, head of Young People Services.

McLean said that the reason for the different program for 4- and 5-year-olds is so they can focus on youngsters at the other sessions.

“That allows us to be a little more focused than the 2-5 age range at the other storytimes,” McLean said.

< < For more on Tuesday Tales, click here > >

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Board Meeting Agenda 2018 02

Administrator : February 26, 2018 11:23 am : Elkhart Public Library

AGENDA

A. ROLL AND INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

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

C. PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS
1. Upcoming Board vacancies (June 2018)

D. DIRECTOR’S REPORT
1. Informational Items
2. Department Report – Mary Beth Schlabach, Reference

E. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

F. NEW BUSINESS
1. PTO Policy: Minor Revisions
2. Job Description: Reference Department Head
3. Job Description: Graphic Artist
4. Food for Fines
5. Banning Criteria: Revision

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

NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: March 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Osolo Branch.

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