Friends of EPL Autumn Newsletter

Hot off the presses, the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library autumn newsletter.
Thank you, Friends, for all you do for EPL!

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By Ken Clayborn

First of all we wanted to make sure to update everyone on the progress being made with the main branch renovation.  The elevator installation should be completed in October, and Director Lisa Guedea Carreño tells us that the Grand Reopening, ribbon cutting ceremony will be in the afternoon October 27, 2016, so please save that date.   Final plans will be published on the myEPL web site as more details are available.  The Friends of the Library are planning a full book sale for that same time frame using our new space as the focal point.  Details on that sale will also be placed on the web site in the Friends of the Library section.  We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the planning group, and Lisa specifically, for so generously including the Friends of the Library in the renovation planning.

Fiesta3Maureen Meagher, the Supervisor of the Pierre Moran Branch says that they are “Ready to Celebrate”.  That’s the theme of the fiesta outside the branch from 3pm-6pm on Saturday Sept 17. There will be a bounce house, a live band, a live DJ radio remote, and a dance troupe. The Ricky’s Taqueria food truck will be there, and ice cream will be available for sale too.  Additionally, there will be door prize drawings and mementos for new patrons. Inside, there will be free Spanish Language books for new patrons to choose from when they register and for returning, regular patrons when they check out an item.

Save the date for our next Trivia Night fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus in Elkhart the evening of November 5, 2016.  The table theme will be “Favorite Book”.  Participants will be encouraged to register as a group, decorate a table, and come dressed as their favorite characters from the book (not mandatory).  There will be an “Anthology” table for individuals that don’t have a group and still want to participate in the theme.

The entry fee will be $10.  Publicity for the Trivia Night will start in early September.  There will be a cash bar, and participants may bring their own food if they would like to do that.  Gloria A Sura-Taylor is the contact for this event at  This sounds like fun!

We had such a positive response when we did our first tree decoration competition for the holidays two years ago that we are going to do it again!  The renovations will be complete, and we will be able to display the trees around the Main Branch of the Library.  The Theme will again be Trees, Trees,Trees.   Sign up for Trees will begin in September.  We will pass out the trees in October and request that the decorated trees be turned in the first full week of November, so they will be on display in time for the November Art Walk.  We will be soliciting donations from area merchants for “best of” prizes.

We always enjoy getting appreciations from the folks who have received grants from the Friends of The Library.  This time we have two letters to share. Thanks to Marianne Kruppa and Donna Mitschelen for remembering us.

Chess on the Plaza

“On Tuesday, July 12 the first Chess on the Plaza was held. We saw 7 participants of varying skill levels – a set of brothers ages 13 and 11, a father with his 6 year-old son, and three gentlemen from the Elkhart County Chess Club. The latter 3 provided coaching, encouragement, and competition for all skill levels. We also had speed matches alongside the fun matches. All in all, 7-8 full games were played in the 1.5 hour period. Unfortunately, the last speed match of the day was put on rain delay.

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Since July 12, we have circulated the chess sets for in house use. These sets usually check out in the early to late afternoon, and do not come back until closing time. We see this as a great way to promote chess, and time spent in the library. We are looking into an October date for our next Chess on the Plaza. We hope this fall date will bring in others that were interested in July, but chose to refrain due to the outside temperature.

We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the Friends for providing the support to make this outreach program possible.

Marianne H. Kruppa, Department Head, Circulation
July 7, 2016

Vizio Smart TV

Dear Friends of the Elkhart Library,

“I thank you for approving the grant I submitted to you for the purchase of the Vizio Smart TV for use at the Osolo Branch.  The purchase was made in late May and the TV was available for use for my planned weekly summer program “Yoga with Kids”.  The Smart TV allows me to stream from the internet “COSMIC KIDS,” a YouTube program that I have been using along with the yoga.  Thus far the TV has helped me in presenting the program to approximately 30 people-young and old alike.

The Vizio Smart TV will be yet another tool we will be able to use to reach our patrons and to be able to present more interesting programs.

Again, I thank you for your generosity.

Donna Mitschelen
Osolo Branch Supervisor and YPS AssociateFriends-sm

We hope to publish a Holiday edition of the Newsletter around the end of November!

All the Best

Ken Clayborn-President, Friends of the Elkhart Library

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