New EPL Director Named

Administrator : May 21, 2014 9:36 am : Elkhart Public Library

Lisa Guedea Carreño, director of the Goshen College Harold and Wilma Good library, will become Elkhart Public Library’s director in August, succeeding Deborah Stewart, current director.

Stewart’s retirement created the vacancy, and library trustees have been in the search process for the new director since January.

Carreño comes to the Elkhart position with a strong background in community service and business in addition to her previous library positions.

During Carreño’s time at Goshen College since 2000, ratings of the library’s services, staff and facilities rose significantly. Satisfaction, as measured by a biennial survey of senior students, rose from a rank in the 60s to 86 percent. Strategic planning led to numerous improvements in library services, resources and space.

Active in the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Carreño led in the Network’s work in adapting to change and increased implementation of technology. Carreño is also involved in the Goshen community through arts and cultural programs. She is serving on the Goshen Vision 2025 Steering committee.

Bi-lingual, Carreño regularly interacts with Spanish speakers on campus and in the wider community. She is presently leading a group of Goshen College students on a study-service semester in Nicaragua, Central America.

Prior to returning to Goshen College from which she has an undergraduate degree in music performance with an English minor, Carreño was corporate librarian for Highsmith Inc. of Ft. Atkinson, Wis. Earlier, she was law librarian for a firm in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She has a master’s degree in library and information science from Simmons College, Boston.

She says, “The key question that has shaped much of my professional life is ‘What brings people to the library—physically or virtually—and what keeps them here?’ I believe a large part of the answer lies in the three principles that guide my own practice of librarianship: ideas, information, and inspiration. I am delighted to see these concepts mirrored in Elkhart Public Library’s compelling tagline of ‘Educate—Enlighten—Entertain.’”

Stewart has been EPL’s director since 2010. Before that, she was the assistant director, coming to Elkhart as the manager of the Osolo Branch Library. She has led the Library through several technological improvements, budget cuts because of decreases in tax revenues, a staff realignment, policy revisions and upgrades, two strategic planning studies, and renovation of the Main Library in downtown Elkhart.

Reneé Cocanower, vice-president of the trustees and chair of the search committee, which included four library staff members, said, “While the trustees are ever grateful for Stewart’s excellent leadership, we are looking forward to Carreño’s new leadership skills and involvement in the Elkhart community. We anticipate continuing to meet the Elkhart community’s library needs as we grow into new roles with technology and facility usage.”

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Face it and Keep Going: Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

Administrator : May 14, 2014 10:55 am : Elkhart Public Library

SL-D-DayMonday, June 2, 6:30 pm at the Main Library

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France with the intent to take control of the heavily fortified Nazi coastline and strike a crushing blow to Hitler’s military efforts.  On that fateful day, close to 160,000 Allied forces, led by Dwight D. Eisenhower, began what would be the end of World War II.

Join us as we welcome IUSB Professor Tom Murphy for a discussion of that pivotal day in American history.  Learn about the political/strategic reasons for the invasion, the invasion itself and the German defense, and see battlefield sites as they are today.

Tom Murphy, professor of history at Indiana University South Bend, teaches courses in United States history which include the American Civil War and World War II.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research focuses on the American West, the U.S. military, and the junction between memory and history.






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View and Check Out Art Prints!

Administrator : May 13, 2014 10:38 am : Elkhart Public Library

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Great News! Art prints are again available to check out from EPL — AND you can browse the collection on Flickr. The description for each Flickr image includes title, artist and size, as well as a link to its EPL Public Access Catalog (PAC) listing. Each PAC listing includes a link to its corresponding Flickr image.


To see a gallery of EPL Art Prints on Flickr, go to
Click on any image in the gallery for an individual view of that print.
Each image will include title, artist, size, and a link to its PAC listing.
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PAC (Public Access Catalog)

If you are searching the PAC for a specific print, and you know the title or artist, simply search the same way you would for books, movies, etc.

To browse the Art Print collection in the PAC:


  • In Limit by, click on the triangle at the right end of the box.
  • Select “Art Prints” from the drop-down menu.
  • An asterisk (*) will appear in the Keyword search box.
  • Click the Go! button.

To link to an image from the catalog listing:



  • Select the “View the picture here.”
  • This will open a new window containing an image of the print.


Art Print check-out information:

  • Loan period: 6 weeks
  • Limit of 4 per cardholder
  • May be placed on hold
  • May be renewed one time
  • May be checked out by cardholders age 12 and older

Happy browsing!

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Britannica Online @ EPL

Administrator : May 10, 2014 9:40 am : Elkhart Public Library

An online version of ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA® is temporarily available to Elkhart Public Library cardholders through our Online Resources. Log in. Browse. Research. Explore. Let us know how you like it.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

To access Britannica Online®:

  • Go to
  • Click +Encyclopedias
  • Select [Access from Home]
  • Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
  • If you are in the Library, select [Britannica] (Card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)

This complimentary 6-month  trial will be available through October 31, 2014. Try it out and tell us what you think in “Speak Your Mind” below.

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Spring! Hobbies, Home Improvement & Car Repair Resources

Administrator : May 7, 2014 11:07 am : Elkhart Public Library

What are you planning this spring? Gardening? An outdoor building project? Biking, hiking (or ambling)? Shopping for a new car–or repairing the one you have? Whatever your plans, is the perfect place to start. Spring into your warm-weather activities armed with these invaluable Online Resources available to Elkhart Public Library cardholders.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Logo Home impr A comprehensive collection of videos, images and full-text articles, Home Improvement Reference Center provides detailed, user-friendly how-to information about almost anything you want to take on. A few of the many projects covered are decks, docks, gardens, garages, pools, patios, porches… the list goes on. These are just in the Outdoor category. Other categories include Plumbing, Electrical, Maintenance, Decorating, Remodeling, and Woodworking.

To access Home Improvement Reference Center:

  1. Go to
  2. Click + Home Improvement
  3. Click [Access from Home]
  4. Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
  5. If you are in the Library, select Home improvement Reference Center (Card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Logo Hobbies Crafts Are you interested in biking, hiking, camping, caving, climbing, canoeing, sailing, skateboarding,  gardening, bug collecting, photography, yard sales?  These are just a few of the hobbies and activities covered in the Outdoor Recreation and Home & Garden categories of this robust resource. In all, Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center has 11 categories, covering just about any hobby, craft or outdoor activity you can think of. Geo-caching, anyone?

To access Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center:

  1. Go to
  2. Click + Hobbies & Crafts
  3. Click [Access from Home]
  4. Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
  5. If you are in the Library, select Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (Card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)

 Chilton Library Car Repair

Logo Chilton

If you work on your own car, chances are you have borrowed or bought one or more CHILTON automotive books. EPL has an extensive print collection of them. You can also access CHILTON in our Online ResourcesChilton Library includes the detailed information you need to tackle your vehicle maintenance and repairs. Among the more popular features are vehicle specific information, step-by-step guides with close-up graphics, troubleshooting and wiring diagrams,  close-up photos and illustrations, and the ability to print out the information you need.

To access Chilton Library:

  1. Go to
  2. Click + Car Repair
  3. Click [Access from Home]
  4. Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
  5. If you are in the Library, select Chilton Library Car Repair (Card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)


Logo-consumer reportsYou can now access with Cars Best Deals Plus through our Online Resources! Read about it here:
Consumer Reports Online — With Cars!



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