Computer Classes August/September, 2016

Administrator : July 26, 2016 5:38 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Classes fill up fast! Reserve your spot by contacting the Main Library Public Computer Center at (574) 294-2847.


What do you want to learn? How to save files? Cut and paste? Email attachments? Library resources? Ebooks? Something else? Bring your questions, along with your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or ereader, for 30 minutes of individual training just for you! No mobile device? No problem! We will use a Library computer. Start your list of questions now!Computer, Laptop and Phone.

Computer One-on-One
Thursday, August 11 • 2:30-4:30 pm
Monday, August 15 • 5:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, September 8 • 9:30-11:30 am
Thursday, September 15 • 2:30-5:30 pm
Monday, September 19 • 5:30-7:30 pm



Explore the Windows 10 desktop. Learn how to open, close, minimize, and resize windows; start and close programs; and save, rename, copy, and move files. You must know how to use a mouse to attend this class.

Computer-mouse-blueWindows 10 Basics
Monday, August 8 • 6:30-7:45 pm
Monday, September 26 • 6:30-7:45 pm



Learn to work with spreadsheets and worksheets; rows, columns, and cells; change the style, size, and color of fonts; justify text; cut, copy, and paste; format numbers as percentages, currency, etc.; and sort data. You must know how to use a mouse to attend this class.

Computer-mouse-blueBasic Microsoft Excel 2010
Monday, August 22 • 6:30-7:45 pm
Wednesday, September 21 • 6:30-7:45 pm



When you have completed Basic Microsoft Excel 2010, sign up for this class to learn about charts and worksheet references; COUNT(), MIN(), MAX() and AVERAGE() aggregate functions; importing/exporting delimited files, etc.

Computer-mouse-blueIntermediate Microsoft Excel 2010
Monday, August 29 • 6:30-7:45 pm
Wednesday, September 28 • 6:30-7:45 pm



Use Photoshop Elements 13 software to learn about cropping, “redeye” reduction, spot healing, color correction, light balancing, and sharpening, as well as how to quick select specific areas of a photo. You must know how to use a mouse to register for this class.

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Basic Photoshop Elements 13

Monday, September 12 • 6:30-7:45 pm


Registration is required for all computer classes.
Sign up by contacting the Main Library Public Computer Center at (574) 294-2847.

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Now Showing! Movies @ EPL August/September 2016

Administrator : July 26, 2016 5:37 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Main Midweek Movie

With the basement meeting rooms finished, Midweek Movies are back on the calendar. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 10 • 6:00 pm • Main Library

Wednesday, August 24 • 6:00 pm • Main Library

Wednesday, September 7 • 6:00 pm • Main Library

Wednesday,September 21 • 6:00 pm • Main Library

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Geoff Trowbridge: Network Guru, Author, Actor, Musician

Administrator : July 26, 2016 12:26 pm : Elkhart Public Library


We know Geoff Trowbridge as Elkhart Public Library’s Computer Network Administrator. You may know him as that helpful guy in the Main Library Public Computer Center. What you may not know is that he is also an author (among other things). His work can be found in two STAR TREK anthologies and a recent history of Elkhart Civic Theatre.


Echoes & RefractionsGeoff’s novel, The Chimes at Midnight, was published by Simon & Schuster with two other novels in ECHOES AND REFRACTIONS (STAR TREK: MYRIAD UNIVERSES, book 2). The novels in the MYRIAD UNIVERSES series have a unique premise. Each author imagines some sort of change in Star Trek lore – a particular past event that turns out differently, creating an alternate history in the Star Trek universe. The novel then plays out how things develop.

z skyscomboHis short story, Suicide Note, is in THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, also published by Simon & Schuster. This anthology came out in 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TV series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. The same story was also published in the back of a Star Trek manga, KAKAN NI SHINKOU, as a promotional preview for THE SKY’S THE LIMIT.

More recently, Geoff assembled, edited and self-published ELKHART CIVIC THEATRE: THE EARLY YEARS (1948-1961), which documents the first 12+ years of the community theatre organization prior to its purchase of the Bristol Opera House.

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Actor & Musician

Not only is Geoff an author, but he is also an actor and a musician. He has appeared in numerous Elkhart Civic Theatre productions since 1987. Among his favorite roles have been Sir Lancelot in SPAMALOT, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and Eddie Flagrante in ZOMBIE PROM. He also appeared in a recent South Bend Civic Theatre production of STOP KISS.

z throbbitMovies, too! He played Querty in the feature-length parody film THE THROBBIT, and is currently filming another parody, VULASSIC PARK, in which he plays the renowned picklentologist Dr. Gallon Grunt.

In the late ‘80s, Geoff toured the local club circuit in a glam metal band called Xzotik, complete with big hair, makeup and spandex. The band recorded an album that sold fairly well in local record stores. In the ‘90s he played with a popular local band called Four and Twenty Eders. He has also written music for community theater groups. A couple of his compositions have been performed in more than thirty venues across the U.S. and Canada.

Ancestor & Descendant

When asked if there is anything else we should know, he said, “I have three children. According to mean demographics, I own .64 cats, but I’m pretty sure that’s incorrect. I have a genealogy fetish, which I assure you is the only reason I hang out in cemeteries all the time, and like most Trowbridges, I have a fully documented lineage back to Emperor Charlemagne.”charlemagne

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Wireless Printing is Here!

Administrator : July 20, 2016 12:37 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

SL Wireless Printing REVISED

Great news! We have partnered with PrinterOn to make it easy for you to print from your computer or mobile device to our printer – and you don’t have to be at the Library to do it! Send your print job from anywhere, then come to the Main Library Public Computer Center to retrieve your print. Payment is cash only. Your print job will be held for 48 hours before being automatically deleted.




OPTION 1: Go to 


  • Select Black and White ($0.15/page) or Color ($0.50/page).
  • Enter a username so you can retrieve your document. We suggest you use your first and last name together: Ex: johnsmith.
  • Attach the file to be printed. You can also copy and paste a URL if printing a web page.

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  • Click on the large green print button to continue.Portal screenshot 3 PrinterOn will process your job and show you when it is ready.
  • Your document will be waiting for you at the Print Release Station in the Main Library Public Computer Center.



PrinterOn logoOPTION 2: Get the PrinterOn app for your mobile device


  • Visit the iTunes app store or Google Play to download and install the PrinterOn app for your device.
  • After installing the app, touch no printer selected at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select search and use keyword Elkhart. Select Elkhart Public Library Color Printer or Elkhart Public Library BW Printer from the drop-down menu.
  • On the PrinterOn main screen, touch Documents, Photos, or Web. (Detailed instructions for printing each of these at
  • Enter a username so you can retrieve your print job. We suggest you use your first and last name together: Ex: johnsmith.


email-02OPTION 3: Print by email


  1. Compose or forward an email to (black and white prints) or (color prints).
    • If composing a new email, you will need to attach the document or image to the email.
    • If forwarding, the attachment should automatically be included.
    • Alternatively, you can paste text into the body of the email to have it printed.
  2. Wait for a reply email from PrinterOn indicating your document was received. You will receive a reply for the email and each attachment. Your document will be queued and waiting for you at the Print Release Station.
    • You will need the email address you used to send the document or image. 
    • Enter the first part (before the @) to retrieve your print.
    • For example, if your print job was sent from, you will enter johnsmith.

To learn more about EPL’s printing and copier services, visit

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Wine & Canvas with Friends

Administrator : June 27, 2016 11:34 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

SL- Wine & Canvas

Wine and Canvas Fundraiser

Join the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library for a special Wine & Canvas paint party! Enjoy a pleasant afternoon of painting, laughter and good company.

Sunday, August 28, 2:00-5:00 pm
409 South Main Street
Elkhart, Indiana

“A little nervous to paint? Don’t be! No talent or experience is necessary. Our talented instructors will guide you step-by-step! You will be amazed at your very own work of ART!” (from the Wine & Canvas home page)

Admission is $35, with proceeds supporting the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.

The Friends of the Elkhart Public Library is a non-profit group of generous volunteers who raise funds for the Library. They provide us with with resources that would not be otherwise affordable with our limited budget. Among their contributions are programming, equipment, Summer Reading prizes, special events, and more.

Sunset at the Lake

“Sunset at the Lake”

This event is limited to 40 people, so you will want to reserve your spot early!
Call Wine & Canvas at (574) 807-1562 or sign up online.


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