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Holiday library activities have a little of everything

Sam Householder : December 1, 2017 8:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

As the calendar year winds down and the holidays ramp up, EPL has the activities to get everyone into the spirit of the season.

mkt-171129-holiday-screen-100From carols to cards, there are a number of activities going on at all of the branches.

Here are all of the activities going on in December:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Osolo branch, Resounding Glory handbell choir will be holding their first public performance featuring holiday songs.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at Pierre Moran Branch, teens are invited to make Christmas cards.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Dunlap Branch, make a Christmas tree out of recycled magazines.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Cleveland Branch, you provide the sweater, we’ll provide the decorations to to make yourself an ugly Christmas sweater.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Dunlap Branch, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy cocoa and cookies.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Osolo Branch, bring the whole family to a special evening storytime with crafts, treats and stories, headlined by “The Polar Express.”
  • Monday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. at the downtown library, we’re throwing a Christmas party with games, stories, a craft, treats and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

All of our activities can be found on our events calendar.

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Holiday handbell concert coming to Osolo Branch

Administrator : November 28, 2017 8:02 am : Elkhart Public Library

Ring in the holiday season with a special concert at the Osolo Library.adventist-bell-group-01

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 the Resounding Glory handbell choir from the Elkhart Seventh Day Adventist Christian School will hold their first public performance at Osolo, focusing on holiday music.

“Handbells have a unique sound, you don’t hear it frequently and it’s a team sport, it’s just beautiful,” EACS principal Catherine Pfeifle said.

According to Pfeifle, the group is in their first year. She said they formed after the school rented bells last year and the students enjoyed playing them so much they wanted to form a handbell choir.

“I rented a two-octave set of handbells, they played them, they played them beautifully,” she said. “The students wanted to play handbells again this year.”

The group is comprised of the small private school’s five students, former students and the school’s former music director, Pfeifle said.

The choice to make their first public performance at the Osolo Branch was easy, she said, because they are next door neighbors to the library and utilize it for lessons.

“We go over to that library once a week,” Pfeifle said.

The group has performed at their home church and another church but Pfeifle said they are excited to perform for a new audience and bring some holiday music to the area.

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Board Meeting Minutes 2017 10

Administrator : November 24, 2017 12:31 pm : Elkhart Public Library

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board met in executive session as provided for by IC 5-14-1.5-6.1(b) Items (6), and (9) respectively: With respect to any Individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction; to discuss job performance evaluations of individual employees

Executive Session was held 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

BUDGET ADOPTION MEETING

 

ROLL CALL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

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

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

Staff present:  Erin Brousseau, Human Resource Generalist; Kevin Kilmer, Branch Operations Manager; Marianne Kruppa, Circulation Department Head;  Rachel Rice, Outreach Services Department Head; Mary Beth Schlabach, Reference Services Department Head; Trevor Wendzonka, Marketing and Public Relations Manager; Paula Watson, Administrative Clerk: and Jill Yoder, Circulation Clerk.

 

The Budget Adoption Meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Janice Dean. There were no questions or comments

 

James Rieckhoff moved

THAT the Budget be adopted as presented.

Clarence Thomas seconded                                                                Motion:  Carried

 

REGULAR BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ROLL CALL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

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

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

Staff present:  Erin Brousseau, Human Resource Generalist; Kevin Kilmer, Branch Operations Manager; Marianne Kruppa, Circulation Department Head;  Rachel Rice, Outreach Services Department Head; Mary Beth Schlabach, Reference Services Department Head; Trevor Wendzonka, Marketing and Public Relations Manager; Paula Watson, Administrative Clerk; and Jill Yoder, Circulation Clerk.

Regular Board of Trustees Meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m. by Janice Dean.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

The consent agenda was presented.

There being no objections, James Rieckhoff moved

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

Jennifer Nielsen seconded                                                                  Motion: Carried

 

PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS

Janice Dean announced that Oct. 15-21 was National Friends of Libraries Week.  She presented a resolution recognizing the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library for their hard work and dedication, which was signed by the Board members present and will be given to the Friends for the meeting the following evening.

 

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented her report for the month of October. She presented and reviewed Reference Department statistics. Services reviewed were general reference assistance, obituaries, local history requests and interlibrary loans.

 

Department Report

Erin Brousseau, Human Resource Generalist demonstrated how Paylocity has improved our payroll and time keeping system.  Besides being a significant savings over the previous payroll provider, ADP, Paylocity’s additional functionality has been invaluable.  Paylocity has automated the time-keeping process from paper, handwritten timecards to online punches allowed on kiosks, computers and smart phones.  Managers and HR approve recorded punches and no longer are required to manually add timecards, thereby saving hours of work time on many levels.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Blanket Resolution – 1782 Notice Response 

 

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented to the board a resolution giving the Director and Business Manager the authority to make current year reductions as necessary, when appropriations have un-obligated balances at year end.

James Rieckhoff moved

THAT Blanket Resolution – 1782 Notice be adopted.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded                                                                  Motion:  carried

 

Public Telephone Use Policy (first reading)

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented the Public Telephone Use Policy.  This policy defines acceptable use of departmental telephones by patrons, made necessary by the absence of public pay telephones, and documents current practice.

Jennifer Nielsen moved

THAT the Public Telephone Use policy be approved as presented.

James Rieckhoff seconded                                                                             Motion:  carried

 

Service Animals and Pets Policy (first reading)

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, presented the Service Animals and Pets Policy which provides guidance to staff regarding accommodating individuals with service animals in compliance with applicable law.

James Rieckhoff moved

THAT the service animal and pets policy be tabled for further discussion.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded                                                                  Motion: was tabled

 

Proposed Staffing changes

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, proposed the following changes:

  1. Change the salary grade of Facilities Coordinator from 10 to 9.

James Rieckhoff moved approval.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded                                                      Motion:  carried

 

  1. Create new position of Community Engagement Coordinator in Marketing & Public Relations department with 10 Circulation Desk hours per week. The new position would be filled internally and would be responsible for coordinating the library’s representation at community events; overseeing displays on the first floor of library; managing the use of Library’s meeting rooms; keeping community calendars up to date; and functioning as a liaison with external groups.

Clarence Thomas moved approval,

James Rieckhoff seconded                                                     Motion:  carried

 

  1. Change the Branch Operations Manager to Assistant Director for Branch and Extension Services. This position will continue to oversee the Branches, and will also take on the oversight of the Outreach Department, which will be renamed Extension Services.

Jennifer Nielsen moved approval.

James Rieckhoff seconded                                                     Motion:  carried

 

  1. Change the salary grade of Human Resource Generalist from 5 to 4

Clarence Thomas moved approval.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded                                                      Motion:  carried

 

  1. Change the salary grade of the Business Manager/Treasurer from 4 to 3.

James Rieckhoff moved approval.

Clarence Thomas seconded                                                    Motion:  carried

 

Closing Hours Wednesday before Thanksgiving at Main Library

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director, proposed that the Main Library close at 6:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m.

James Rieckhoff moved

THAT Main Library close at 6:00 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Clarence Thomas seconded                                                                Motion:  carried

 

Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

James Rieckhoff spoke about his thorough tour of the Library provided by Lisa Guedea Carreño, Director.  Two staff members thanked the board for the earlier closing hours on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The regular Board meeting was adjourned by Janice E. Dean at 7:05 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be November 21, 2017 at Pierre Moran Branch, 2400 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN.

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Think of our Friends for Giving Tuesday

Administrator : November 24, 2017 12:16 pm : Elkhart Public Library

friends-of-library-01As the holidays come around, people’s minds often turn to giving.

There are many, many worthy charities to donate, one that is often overlooked is the Friends of Elkhart Public Library.

The Friends are a network of library supporters, mostly volunteers, working to support and make the library better.

President of EPL Ken Clayborn said the seven-year-old group has around 140 members.

“The Friends raise money for grants that the library can use to buy things that are not in their budget,” Clayborn said.

Many of the items that the Friends purchase are items used as giveaways and prizes in various programs but they also provide equipment to library departments, such as a book binder for the technical services department to assist with book repairs, Clayborn said.

The Friends hold several fundraisers a year that they use to fund the grants they give.

Currently they have their third Trees, Trees, Trees event going on, which ends Saturday, Dec. 2. Stop in and bid on uniquely decorated two-foot Christmas trees inside the lobby at the downtown branch.

< < Learn more about Trees, Trees, Trees and how to bid here > >

The Friends also host a monthly book sale at the downtown library as well as offering books for sale near the circulation desks at every branch during regular daily hours.

Plans are underway for a trivia fundraiser in the early part of next year.

In addition to supporting the Friends through these fundraisers, anyone can become a friend as well. The sign up form is available at the circulation desk of any EPL location or can be downloaded from our website.

< < Learn more about the Friends and how they support EPL > >

This Giving Tuesday, consider giving to your Friends and help support the programs and events that make EPL great.

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Artist enjoys the chance to bring out kids’ creativity

Administrator : November 24, 2017 8:24 am : Elkhart Public Library

Middlebury artist Linda Pieri is returning to EPL for two classes this month.jssnowmanblowing

Pieri usually works with acrylics, charcoal and graphite. On top of her own art, Pieri teaches classes to people of all ages, showing them the art of acrylic painting or graphite drawing.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m., children ages 6-11 will learn to paint a snowman by following along with Pieri’s simple, fun instructions during Cocoa and Canvas. All sessions will be at the Dunlap Branch.

< < Sign up for the 4:30 p.m. Tues. Nov. 14 > >

On Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 4 :30 p.m. and Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m., she will lead teens and adults, during Cappuccino and Canvas, in painting a winter scene with a cardinal.

Participants will each have their own canvas and materials provided.

Artists will have a slightly different version of Pieri’s painting in the end, with the ability to really make it their own, as each is supposed to be a piece of artwork that looks similar to the original painting, but not a replica.

Registration is required for each class.

<< Sign up for the 4:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 30 > >

Pieri has offered painting events in the past and continues to do it to keep kids involved with art.

“There isn’t a lot of art in the schools anymore. It’s kind of a dying thing,” she said. “People are choosing sports above the arts. I just want to keep it alive. There’s a lot of joy in showing kids that they can paint and they can draw.”

For Pieri, she wants to build up the confidence in each of these young artists and give them basic skills they can take with them and continue practicing and getting better. She wants to give them a sense of accomplishment, so they know they can do something like this, create pieces of artwork.

< < Sign up for the 6:30 p.m., Thurs. Nov. 30 > >

“Watching the amazement on their faces when they see their final pieces (is the best part),” Pieri said. “They realize they did that themselves, and they’re proud.”

These events are free. But for Pieri, that makes things a bit more challenging. She wants her students to feel like real artists, so she wants them to have real supplies, like nice canvases and brushes, real paint pallets, all funded by Pieri.14595545_1162679823813229_2154387440985875976_n

But despite the challenge of costs, Pieri continues to do it to keep the art alive. She wants to continue “bringing art to people and letting them discover it’s a very relaxing feeling.”

“Just having the demand,” she said, “of the public saying we want more and the kids wanting to do it and the parents wanting to bring the kids, that is my goal.”

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