Changes and Spaces

A Message from the Director

Changing with Change

Change: The act or instance of making or becoming different. A word that can make us feel fear or excitement.

The Elkhart Public Library has undergone significant change over the past few months. Renovations have changed the way we look. Reorganizing our services has changed how our staff members work, and relocating materials has changed where.

Not changed is our commitment to the community and to providing our community with the best possible services and resources. We invite all to explore our new facilities at the Main Library. We invite all to visit our neighborhood Branches and welcome the new faces you will see there. We invite all to explore our new Web Page and the many digital services we are adding. We continue to strive toward excellence in Library service and look forward to serving you all.

  ~Deborah Stewart, Director

New Spaces

Look what we did!

Everyone pitched in – custodians, librarians, office personnel, pages, managers,
the director … everyone!  Months of moving, re-moving, tearing out, putting in, painting, wiring, shifting, lifting, hefting and hauling have come to an end – and a beginning! Collections and services are more logically and conveniently arranged. Large spaces on the first and second floors, formerly staff areas, were opened up, creating space to better organize materials and improve your library experience. We begin again: bigger, brighter, better organized and more accessible. We are proud to unveil our new and improved Main Library. Welcome!

Single Circulation Point

The first friendly faces you see when you enter are those of our Circulation Services staff. The Circulation desk is now the one and only place where library materials are checked in and out. This is where we register new patrons and issue or renew library cards. When Circulation staff members are not “on the desk,” they work on their many behind-the-scenes responsibilities.

Popular Materials

The main area of the first floor is now dedicated to the Popular Materials collection, which encompasses fiction, genre fiction, large print and all new books, as well as art prints and sculptures, with a centrally located Information Desk. Included in Popular Materials is Movies, Music and More (formerly the Audiovisual Department), where you can find feature films and educational DVDs, audio books and music CDs. The collection now includes all children’s audiovisual materials, too. Also on the main level are the Young Adult area and the Foreign Language books.

Public Computer Center

Just beyond the atrium and down a short stairway is the Public Computer Center, or PCC. As the name implies, this is where you can get online, write a resume, type a paper, print from a storage device, file for unemployment, check your e-mail, sign up for a computer class and more. An adjoining room houses the Computer Training Center, where we hold our Main Library computer classes. PCC computers include12 Adult Internet stations, 2 express (15-minute) Internet stations, 2 e-mail stations, [read more]

Children’s Room

The Children’s Room not only looks different inside but outside, too. Where there was once an entrance is now a beautiful mosaic wall. The former indoor entryway has been converted into a cozy little story room. The main Children’s area was repainted in bright, cheerful colors and the help desk more conveniently located. There are four children’s internet computers, as well as two family ones to allow parents and caregivers to spend computing time in an environment where their children can be happily occupied. [read more]

Second Floor

For the first time in many years our Nonfiction collection is all on one level – upstairs. The second floor is the new home for Reference Services, including Genealogy and Local History, as well as electronic databases and resources. The Reference Desk, lower and more accessible, now graces the balcony, with librarians ready, willing and able to assist you. Adjoining Reference is the Magazines and Newspapers area, formerly Periodicals)
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Dream Big; Own the Night: Read!

Summer Reading 2012 begins June 1

Kids! Teens! Adults!

Summer Reading is only a few weeks away!
It’s easy. It’s fun.  Earn prizes just for reading!

This year’s theme is “Dream Big – Read!” Sign up at any EPL location June 1-30. Decide how many books you will read by theend of July, and fill out a contract card. You will receive a log to keep track of what you read. When you reach thehalfway point you will receive a small prize. If you reach your goal by July 31 you will receive more prizes, including a book of your very own. You will have the whole month of August to turn in your lists and claim your prizes at the branch where you signed up.
The teen program, “Own the Night,” works like the children’s, except your reading log will be a wallet-sized card. A library staffer will stamp your card for each book you read.

 The Popular Materials staff will coordinate “Between the Covers” adult summer reading to run concurrently with the Young People’s program. Signup for adults will be at the Circulation Desk.

 But wait, there’s more…
Summer programs will tie into the reading themes and include fun, games and activities for all ages, including a kick-off party, visits from Ronald McDonald to all locations, ice cream [read more]

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