The Osolo Branch is 25!
~Kathy Langenhop & Moxie Robinson
It is hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed since the Osolo Branch Library first opened its doors. We have seen many changes in 25 years, not only in how we serve you, but also in the staff who serve you. Osolo’s first manager in 1987 was Joan Murphy, with children’s librarian Jeanine Rhodes, as her assistant.
A Week of Celebration
Kevin Kilmer, Elkhart Public Library’s Branch Operations Manager, and Donna Mitschelen, Osolo Branch Coordinator, cordially invite you to join them and their staff, for a week-long Silver Anniversary Celebration October 15 through 20. Festivities will include daily prize drawings for books (winners will choose from an assortment). The Bookmobile will be onsite Friday and Saturday, full of sale books stocked by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library, and staffed by the Osolo Branch 2nd Monday Night Page Turners Book Club.
Saturday Open House
Capping off the week will be an open house on Saturday, October 20, with hourly prize drawings for gift packs donated by local businesses. Light refreshments will be served. At 11:00 Library Director Deb Stewart, Library Board members, and representatives from the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library will dedicate a Crimson King maple tree, newly planted on the south side of the property. The tree was a gift from the Friends group, along with contributions from Osolo patrons.
Mark your calendars now – October 15-20 – and plan to join us in celebrating the Osolo Branch Library’s Silver Anniversary!
Stop by our booth at The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce Biz-Ness Expo Thursday, October 4, and discover the wide variety of resources the Elkhart Public Library has to offer the business community! Pick up a list of the Best Business Books of 2012.
The 2012 Biz-Ness Expo will be at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, northeast of Elkhart, at 21565 Executive Parkway, off C.R. 17 between C.R. 6 and the Indiana Toll Road, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Let the Challenge Games Begin,” an athletic focus on companies that have competed through the recession and are driving ahead to victory. Many of the 110-plus exhibitors will decorate their booths and wear costumes to match the theme, and the Chamber will award prizes.
We will be upgrading our Polaris circulation/catalog system Monday, October 15, 2012. Some of our regular services will be unavailable, and others limited on that day.
- Public Internet Computers will NOT be available at any EPL location (but our website will be accessible via home or wireless devices).
- Wi-Fi WILL be available at all EPL locations.
- The Public Access Catalog will NOT be available.
- Library materials CAN be returned, but will NOT be checked in.
- NO library cards will be issued.
- You WILL be able to check out if you have your library card with you.
Thank you for your patience. We hope to be back to “business as usual” by Tuesday morning.
This week, September 30 – October 6, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read. To commemorate this milestone, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has coordinated a
50 State Salute to Banned Books Week, which included a Banned Books Virtual Read-out. People all over the country—and around the world—were encouraged to upload videos of themselves reading or discussing their favorite banned or challenged books on the special Banned Books Virtual Read-out Channel on YouTube.
Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms, and compiles a list of banned or frequently challenged books.
Living in the Window
Here in Indiana, Saturday Evening Post editor Corey Michael Dalton, is living in the front window of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library for the week, to protest the continuing ban on Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five by the Republic, Missouri school system.