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ARRRR…Talk Like a Pirate September 19

Administrator : September 18, 2013 1:32 pm : Elkhart Public Library

PirateParrot-01Ahoy Mateys!

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This be th’ perfect time t’ talk about Mango Languages, one of th’ many Online Resources on th’ EPL website.  Pirate be one o’ Mango’s most popular courses. If ye set a course to any Elkhart Public Library location on the 19th, ye might see th’ Library crew walkin’ the aisles (but not the plank) in pirate garb.  Be sure t’ put yer name in a drawing for a Mango mug, T-shirt or water bottle, generously provided by Mango. (And ye might want t’ sail over to our Facebook page, which we’ll be a’settin’ t’ Pirate Lingo for th’ day.)

About Mango Languages

Mango Languages offers user-friendly online courses for more than 60 different languages and ESL for speakers of 17 languages. Mango is available FREE to anyone with a resident Elkhart Public Library card and access to high-speed internet.

To access Mango Languages from the Elkhart Public Library website:

  • Go to myepl.org/info247.
  • Find “Language” on the list.
  • Click on the plus sign and choose Mango Languages.
  • Create a profile. You will be asked to sign in each time you use Mango, so you can track your progress;
    • OR Click the “Start Learning” button to use Mango without creating a profile.
  • PirateParrot-02aSelect a language course or click on the “Translate” tab, which uses the Google translation tool to interpret the ‘gist’ of conversations from one language to another. It is not a substitute for human translations.

Try the first lesson in any language on the Try Mango page.  NOTE: While it is helpful to have a microphone for a more interactive experience, you can benefit from the lessons without one.

Golden Beats Performing for Talk Like a Pirate Day at EPL

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Homework Blues? Get Help at EPL

Administrator : September 18, 2013 10:56 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

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Homework Assistance at All EPL Locations

Homework Assistance is available to all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. National Honor Society students from Elkhart Central and Memorial High Schools will be on hand to help.  Help is available in many different subjects and on a first come, first served basis.

Homework Assistance is offered from September through early May.

Times and Locations:

For more information contact us by email or phone at (574) 522-2223.

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Board Meeting Minutes 2013 08

Administrator : September 18, 2013 9:09 am : Board Minutes, Elkhart Public Library

MINUTES


 

ROLL CALL & INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Elkhart Public Library was called to order by Janice E. Dean, president, at 5:30 p.m., on August 20, 2013, in Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library.

Members present: Krystal Anderson, Brian Byrn, Renee’ Cocanower, Mary E. Davis, Janice E. Dean, and Jennifer Nielsen

Members absent: J. Scott Troeger

Others present: Deborah L. Stewart, director, Sandra Bevins, business manager

Staff or Guests present:  Marsha Eilers, Diana Gill, Tina Meerzo, Marta Robinson, Gwen Robison, Marjorie Schaphorst

CONSENT AGENDA

Adoption of Consent Agenda

Renee’ Cocanower moved THAT the Board adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.

Krystal Anderson seconded.                Motion: Carried.

PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS

  • 2014 Budget Presentation:  The 2014 Operating budget in the amount of $7,240,752.00 was presented.  This budget reflects a growth quotient of 2.6% as allowed by the Department of Government Finance.  A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for September 17, 2013, with adoption on October 15, 2013.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

  • No additional items to Director’s Notes were presented.
  • Tina Meerzo, Department Head, presented an overview and tour of Circulation Services.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Phase II Renovations

The director presented the possibility of a work session to discuss funding of the Main Library elevator replacement.  Future dates and times will be arranged.

Long Range Plan

The Board accepted the director’s selection of four professional consultants to receive a request for proposal for facilitating the next long range plan.

Assistant Director Job Description

The Assistant Director job description was approved as presented.

Mary E. Davis moved THAT the Assistant Director Job Description be adopted as presented.

Krystal Anderson seconded.                Motion: Carried.

Graphic Artist Job Description

The Graphic Artist job description was approved with the following amendment:  Revise the QUALIFICATIONS to read “Portfolio required”.

Krystal Anderson moved THAT the Graphic Artist Job Description be adopted as amended.

Renee’ Cocanower seconded.                              Motion: Carried.

Computer Network Administrator Job Description

The Computer Network Administrator job description was approved as presented.

Brian Byrn moved THAT the Computer Network Administrator Job Description be adopted as presented.

Renee’ Cocanower seconded.              Motion: Carried.

Computer Network Assistant Job Description

The Computer Network Assistant job description was approved as presented.

Brian Byrn moved THAT the Computer Network Assistant Job Description be adopted as presented.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded.                   Motion: Carried.

Webmaster Job Description

The Webmaster job description was approved as presented.

Brian Byrn moved THAT the Webmaster Job Description be adopted as presented.

Krystal Anderson seconded.                                Motion: Carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Premium Only Plan Resolution

The Director presented a revision to the Premium Only Plan that removes long term disability from the payroll deduction pre-tax option.

Mary E. Davis moved THAT the Premium Only Plan Resolution be adopted as presented.

Krystal Anderson seconded.                Motion: Carried.

Review of Organizational Structure

The Director proposed changes to the Organizational Structure that will merge the Digital Department into Computer Services.

Brian Byrn moved THAT the Organizational Structure be adopted as presented.

Jennifer Nielsen seconded.                   Motion: Carried.

Goshen Public Library Letter

The Director presented a letter from Andy Waters, Director of the Goshen Public Library.  The purpose of the letter is to ascertain the level of interest in forming a consortium among the Elkhart County libraries.  The Board indicated it is open to discuss the possibilities and limitations of this idea.

Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests

No additional questions or information was presented.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 7:00 p.m.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be on September 17, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room #1 of the Main Library.

 

 

 

 

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Krystal Anderson , Secretary

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EPL Logo Launch: A Week-Long Celebration

Administrator : September 9, 2013 9:08 am : Elkhart Public Library

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Join us in Launching the New EPL Logo!

You are invited to join a week-long celebration, as we roll out the new Elkhart Public Library logo. Each of our departments has created a program, craft, class or activity for your enjoyment. We hope to see you at one or more of them!

Special Events & Programs, September 9-14, 2013

Internet Security Class I

  • Learn how to create better user names and passwords
  • Monday, September 9 at 11:30 a.m. (20-30 minutes)
  • Presented by Computer Services in the Public Computer Center

“Taking It to the Streets” with the eBookmobile

  • Come visit us in the Central Park/Civic Plaza parking lot, and learn about connecting with EPL
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Staffed by Digital Services & Outreach Services

Repurposed Books Craft

  • Give a beautiful, new look to those old books
  • Tuesday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Presented by Circulation Services

Basic Book Repair Workshop

  • Learn how to give your old favorites some TLC
  • Thursday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Presented by Technical Services

Internet Security Class II

  • How can you tell if a website is trustworthy, accurate or secure? EPL professionals will offer tips on how to evaluate websites, including those of online retailers & resellers.
  • Friday, September 13 at 2:00 p.m. (20-30 minutes)
  • Presented by Computer Services in the Public Computer Center

 Every Day, All Week
September 9-14

Library Bingo
sponsored by Reference Services
at the Main Library

“Design a Bookmark” contest
sponsored by Young People’s Services
at the Main Library

Craft a Bookmark
sponsored by the Pierre Moran Branch

“Name that Logo!” Game
sponsored by the Osolo Branch

Art Contest using EPL’s New Logo
sponsored by the Dunlap Branch

A Piece of the Puzzle
sponsored by the Cleveland Branch

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Cooking Caribbean

Administrator : September 9, 2013 9:05 am : Elkhart Public Library

As long as people have been sailing the seas, they have had to contend with pirates.  Americans tend to visualize pirates as romantic antiheroes thanks to movie portrayals through the years by actors like Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp.  Real pirates from the Caribbean rarely enjoyed the exotic foods from the area that can now be prepared at home.  They subsisted on hardtack and watered-down rum.  Finer, very flavorful fare is yours for the making — just check out the titles below to sample the spice and variety of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Drink-01AND A BOTTLE OF RUM: A HISTORY OF THE NEW WORLD IN TEN COCKTAILS (641.259 C981) by Wayne Curtis.

BEYOND GUMBO: CREOLE FUSION FOOD FROM THE ATLANTIC RIM (641.59729 H314b) by Jessica B. Harris.

EATING CUBAN: 120 AUTHENTIC RECIPES FROM THE STREETS OF HAVANA TO AMERICAN SHORES (641.597291 C877) by Beverly Cox.

FISH WITHOUT A DOUBT: THE COOK’S ESSENTIAL COMPANION (641.692 M818) by Rick Moonen.

GRAN COCINA LATINA: THE FOOD OF LATIN AMERICA (641.5972 P933) by Maricel E. Presilla.

JERK FROM JAMAICA: BARBECUE CARIBBEAN STYLE (641.597292 W733) by Helen Willinsky.

LATIN D’LITE: DELICIOUS LATIN RECIPES WITH A HEALTHY TWIST (641.563 H711) by Ingrid Hoffmann.

THE LATIN AMERICAN KITCHEN: A BOOK OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS WITH MORE THAN 200 AUTHENTIC RECIPES (641.598 L377) by Elisabeth Luard.

LUCINDA’S AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN KITCHEN (641.597292 S279) by Lucinda Scala Quinn.

MODERN CARIBBEAN CUISINE (641.59729 R147) by Wendy Rahamut.

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MORGAN FREEMAN & FRIENDS: CARIBBEAN COOKING FOR A CAUSE (641.59729 W687) by Wendy Wilkinson.

PARADISE KITCHEN: CARIBBEAN COOKING WITH CHEF DANIEL ORR (641.59729 O75) by Daniel Orr.

SEAFOOD: HOW TO BUY, PREPARE, AND COOK THE BEST SUSTAINABLE FISH AND SEAFOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD. (641.692 S438) DK Pub., 2011.

SIMPLY DELICIOSO: A COLLECTION OF EVERYDAY RECIPES WITH A LATIN TWIST(641.598 H711) by Ingrid Hoffmann.

SIMPLY SHELLFISH: QUICK AND EASY RECIPES FOR SHRIMP, CRAB, SCALLOPS, CLAMS, MUSSELS, OYSTERS, LOBSTER, SQUID, AND SIDES (641.694 P398) by Leslie Glover Pendleton.

THE SPICE NECKLACE: MY ADVENTURES IN CARIBBEAN COOKING, EATING, AND ISLAND LIFE (641.3383 V234) by Ann Vanderhoof.

 

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