The Indiana Latino Bar Association will be at the Pierre Moran library next week to discuss parental and guardianship rights to both Spanish and English patrons.
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at the Pierre Moran branch, attorneys will be discussing visitation rights for custodial and non-custodial parents that are part of “parenting time guidelines.”
The attorneys will be Heidi Cintron, staff attorney at the Center for Legal Justice, Sergio Lopez, staff attorney at the Indiana Department of Child Services and Rudy Monterrosa, attorney, Monterrosa Law Group.
All of the information will be provided in English and Spanish.
Programa de los leyes familiares sobre la tutela de los hijos
martes, el 24 de abril, 2018
Sucursal Pierre Moran
2400 Benham Avenue (detrás de Sears)
Presentado por la Asociación de Abogados Latinos de Indiana
Los abogados hablarán de las pautas para tiempo de crianza de los hijos, que gobiernan los derechos de visita de los niños de padres custodios y no-custodios en Indiana.
Se ofrecerá la información en español e inglés.
The Pulitzer Prize is among the most prestigious awards in literature and music.
The 2018 winners were announced yesterday and EPL has them for you to enjoy for free. These are the pieces of work that everyone will be talking about, so don’t miss out on them.
“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer – EPL has three copies of this novel, which is about a struggling writer’s journey around the world while dealing with love.
“Locking up our own: Crime and punishment in Black America” by James Forman – The book, written by a former public defender and current Yale scholar, dives into the tragic roles that African Americans, as judges, police chiefs, voters and judges, played in the war on crime.
“Half-Light: Collected poems 1965-2016” by Frank Bidart – Collected poems from the American poet.
“Prairie Fires: The Life and Times of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser – Fraser sheds light onto the gaps of Ingalls life through previously unpublished manuscripts, letters and more. She also debunks long held rumors of ghostwriting from the beloved pioneer writer. Available as both a book and an ebook through Overdrive.
“The Gulf: The making of an American Sea” by Jack E. Davis – Davis explores the historical connection between man and nature while looking at all angles of the history of the Gulf of Mexico and what it means to America, beyond just hurricanes and oil spills. He also dives into how its history can forge its path ahead in times of climate change.
Barney the St. Bernard is returning for a final Paws to Read session before a send off next month.
The trained dog, who helps kids gain confidence in their reading, returns for the April Paws to Read session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21 at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location.
Parents 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 >>
Barney is retiring following the May Paws to Read on May 19. The final Paws to Read program on that day will be a retirement party send off for Barney. Stay tuned for details.
“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.
For all K-12 students, Elkhart Public Library provides a space for after-school tutoring.
Throughout the school year, National Honor Society students from area high schools will be available to help any student with their homework, no matter the subject. Tutors are not unlimited, so it is a first come, first served basis.
Each location will host a night of Homework Help each week.
Monday – 5 to 8 p.m. downtown
Tuesday – 4 to 7 p.m. at Dunlap and Pierre Moran
Thursday – 4 to 7 p.m. at Osolo and Cleveland
Students interested in coming to Homework Help should bring their assignments, as well as the materials and supplies needed to complete projects. They will get help from qualified and knowledgeable National Honor Society students, and they also get to create a bond with a good role model from the community.
“Homework Help has been an ongoing program at EPL for more than 15 years,” says Chuck Pieri, Branch Children’s Librarian, “and when it started, I think it was especially important since the schools didn’t offer a lot of after-school programming for the students.”
But things are different this time around, and Homework Help is more of a supplement to the programs offered at schools. Pieri is hopeful this program will serve students well.
“I hope that the kids get the help they need for their assignments, as well as new skills and strategies to tackle these subjects on their own in the future,” Pieri says. “I’m happy that we can collaborate with the schools and create a safe learning environment where young kids and their peers can work together.”
While students are here for Homework Help, they will also get the chance to check out more of Elkhart Public Library’s resources.
“I also hope that while they are here they take advantage of all we have to offer,” Pieri says, “like getting a free library card, checking out books, or accessing digital music, eBooks and much more.”
Homework Help runs through Memorial Day.
All comic fans are sure to find something to enjoy on Free Comic Book Day at the Elkhart Public Library.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Main library we’ll have plenty of activities to go along with the free comics.
We’ll be showing comic shows such as The Amazing Spider-Man and Batman: The Animated Series, among other shows and have a special drawing station where everyone is invited to make their own comic panel or art piece.
At 11 a.m. on May 5, Jim McClain, Elkhart teacher and comic book creator of “The Solution Squad” will be speaking about education and comics, as well as selling copies of his comics.
Leading up to Free Comic Book Day, EPL will have other activities going as well:
- Beginning on April 18, all EPL branches will be participating in a Design Your Own Super Hero contest. A sheet will be available at all locations and children can create their own hero with superpowers and other stats. Entries are due by May 3. The works will be judged with the winner being unveiled during Free Comic Book Day on May 5.
- Beginning April 23, all comics and graphic novels will be eligible for a Golden Ticket prize upon checkout. Select titles have been labeled winners and upon checkout the patron will be notified if they are a winner. If so, they will be able to choose a prize from a box or could win a gift card to Secret Door Games or a pair of passes to the Hall of Heroes Museum in Elkhart.
Library clerk and Free Comic Book Day organizer Ambar Alvarez said that the day is about celebrating comics and having something for the whole family to do.
“There’s excitement, it’s kind of a holiday for comic book lovers,” she said. “It’s bringing in the fun to the library, comics have something for everyone: Fun, education and art all at the same time.”
Alvarez says that comics are sometimes overlooked as an artform and a medium, but they can span a large number of genres from political to satire.
“Comics are an invisible art, with sequential storytelling and the artwork, it’s not always seen as mainstream, it’s a medium just like filmmaking or writing,” she said.
“I want that amazement to think outside the box, I think that’s the power that comics have.”