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Your Legal Questions Answered Free of Charge

Administrator : May 19, 2015 11:33 am : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Ask a Lawyer

Do you have a legal question? Would you like to consult an attorney free of charge?

The Volunteer Lawyer Network will be at the Main Library on June 3 from 3:00-5:30 pm to answer your legal questions.

Bring your questions and documents for the opportunity to consult an attorney face-to-face, free of charge, and with no legal obligation. No registration is required.

Los interpretes espanoles seran disponsibles.

VLN

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Stories in the Garden

Administrator : May 15, 2015 9:32 am : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Wellfield 2015

Spend some family time together at the  Wellfield Botanic Gardens  We will meet in the English Cottage Garden on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May through August, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (In case of rain we will meet in the tented area.) A staff member from Elkhart Public Library will share stories and songs and lots of fun. Tuesdays are free at the Wellfield, so you will not have to pay to get in. Bring the whole family and a blanket to share. If it rains, the Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.


ed-DSC_0028Stories in the Garden 2015

6:00 p.m. (rain or shine):

May 19
June 16
July 21
August 18

 

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Staff Reads: April 2015

Administrator : May 7, 2015 5:06 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Staff Reads-300-Graphic OnlySo many books, so little space! There was such a large number of submissions in April, many with reviews and commentaries, that we have saved some for next month.

AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE by Elizabeth Boyle (PROM)

BONE GAP by Laura Ruby (YFIC)

BROKEN by Cynthia Eden (PROM)

CUBA STRAITS by Randy White (MYS, Audiobook)

ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan (JFIC) • A wonderful new middle-grade book with three interwoven historical fiction stories and a fable all about the power of music to help us through hard times ~ Allison, Young People’s Services

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros (813.54 S219, YFIC, PF, Audiobook, Spanish Language Large Print)

GUARDIAN ANGEL by Sara Paretsky (MYS, Large Print)

THE GIRL ON THE TRAINbk girl by Paula Hawkins (FIC, Audiobook, eBook, eAudiobook, Large Print) •  Very Hitchcockesque storyline.
~Sue, Dunlap Branch

GOODNIGHT ALREADY by Jory John (JE)

HAWK by Ronie Kendig (IF)

THE HOMESCHOOL EXPERIMENT by Charity Hawkins (FIC)

HURRY UP, HOUDINI! By Mary Pope Osborne (JFIC, Audiobook)

THE LOST CITY: DISCOVERING THE FORGOTTEN VIRTUES OF COMMUNITY IN THE CHICAGO OF THE 1950s  by Alan Ehrenhalt (977.311 E33)

ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes (ROM, Audiobook, Large Print)

THE MEDUSA PLOT by Gordon Korman (JFIC, Audiobook)

MISS JULIA LAYS DOWN THE LAW by Ann B. Ross (FIC)

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (FIC, Audiobook, eBook, Audio eBook, Large Print, Spanish Language) • Several staff members read this One Book, One Michiana selection.

ONE PLUS ONE by JoJo Moyes (FIC, Audiobook, eBook, Large Print)

A QUESTION OF DEATH: AN ILLUSTRATED PHRYNE FISHER TREASURYbk question
by Kerry Greenwood (MYS) • I love the Phryne Fisher mystery series, set in Australia, post-World War I. This collection of short stories and incidental recipes is even more delightful than the novels! Are you ready for a liberated woman with a mind of her own? Phryne is for you, too! ~Marsha, Administration

SHE IS MINE, A WAR ORPHAN’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL by Stephanie Fast (305.23086 F251) • Stephanie (who had several Korean names) was an outcast as a bi-racial child in the time of the Korean War. Her mother abandoned her when she was just 4 years old and she had to fend for herself in the wilderness. She should have died on numerous occasions, but the divine intervened and she lived to be adopted by an American missionary couple at the age of 9. Stephanie wrote this book not only to tell her story, but the story of millions of orphaned and abused children everywhere.  ~Erika, Newspapers and Magazines

SHADOW SPEAKER by Nnedi Okorafor

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Susan May Warren (IF)

THE TALE OF THE DUELING NEUROSURGEONS: THE HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AS REVEALED BY TRUE STORIES OF TRAUMA, MADNESS, AND RECOVERY
by Sam Kean (617.48 K24)

THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS: CLEAR THE CLUTTER, FIND YOUR LIFE by Gail Blanke (648.5 B642)

WALK TO BEAUTIFUL: THE POWER OF LOVE AND A HOMELESS KID WHO FOUND THE WAYbk walk by Jimmy Wayne (Biography W3588, Audiobook) • Jimmy Wayne’s childhood is full of unbelievable neglect and abuse. His story from childhood to country singer and advocate for foster children is told with grace and humility • Deb, Dunlap Branch

THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT MIGRATION by Isabel Wilkerson (304.80973 W681) • This should be required reading in all American History classes. It is a compelling narrative about the migration of almost six million black Americans from the South to the northern and western parts of the U.S. from 1915 to 1970.  It is painful to read at times, learning of the violence and discrimination experienced by black people because of the color of their skin. Among many other things, we learn how Jim Crow practices in the South also infected other parts of our country through the true stories of three people who were part of the migration in 1937, 1945 and 1953.  ~Annette, Outreach Services

THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE by Stephen King (HOR, Audiobook)

YOU COULDN’T IGNORE ME IF YOU TRIED: THE BRAT PACK, JOHN HUGHES AND THEIR IMPACT ON A GENERATION by Susanna Gora (791.430233 G661)

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EPL Participating in Downtown Elkhart ArtWalk

Administrator : May 1, 2015 1:12 pm : Elkhart Public Library

The Elkhart Public Library is delighted to announce that we will be part of the Downtown Elkhart ArtWalk on May 13! Our Main Library at 300 S. 2nd Street (corner of High) will host a photography display. We will also be on the Civic Plaza with an art project.

Photography by Jane Hunter

The works of photographer Jane Hunter will be on display in our atrium. Born and raised in the country, Ms. Hunter specializes in photographing rural scenes and farm animals, as well as nature scenes, flowers and plants. She is co-founder of Victory Rural Photo.

Victory Rural Photo

Bookmarks on the Plaza

Be sure to stop by our table on the Civic Plaza and decorate a bookmark, and then bring it to the Library. The first 30 children who bring in their bookmarks will receive a free book provided by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.

Library Art Prints

Did you know that EPL has Art Prints available to check out with your Library Card? Be sure to include us in your ArtWalk excursion, and maybe take home a picture or two from the Library. You can even browse our collection ahead of time on Flickr. Go to tinyurl.com/EPL-ArtPrints. Click on any image in the gallery for an individual view of that print. Each image includes title, artist, size, and a link to its Library Catalog listing.

Visit the Elkhart ArtWalk Facebook page for updates on the event. See you on the 13th!

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Library Bond to Benefit the Community

Administrator : April 30, 2015 1:21 pm : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Bonding THIS ONE

In 1963, the Elkhart Public Library moved from its original location to a beautiful new state-of-the-art building. The beauty of the Main Library has stood the test of time, but much has changed in 52 years. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, building codes have been updated, and library users and their needs have increased and expanded.

The Library is an important asset to the Elkhart community that should be accessible to all. To this end we are seeking a bond that will fund limited renovations which are described below.

ADA-compliant elevator

  • Our two public elevators are 52 years old. They are inaccessible to standard-sized wheelchairs, preventing access to the second floor (reference, nonfiction, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, and local history), and to the meeting rooms in the basement. They malfunction frequently, and replacement parts are no longer available.

Restrooms

  • The only ADA-compliant restroom is on the second floor, which cannot be accessed by people with standard-sized wheelchairs because of the elevator issues.
  • The proposed renovations would make our existing first floor restrooms ADA-compliant and add compliant restrooms near the basement meeting rooms.

Meeting rooms

  • Passageways and entrances to our basement meeting rooms would be widened to meet building code for public spaces.
  • The basement HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, which dates back to 1963, would be replaced.
  • Aging light fixtures and worn carpets would be replaced in existing meeting rooms, and two more flexible meeting spaces would be added in the basement.
  • Several small study/conference rooms would be added on the second floor.

To make these and other improvements possible, we are requesting a 5-year bond. Though the bond is not the financial responsibility of the City or the County, Indiana law requires approval from both the Common Council (City of Elkhart) and the County Council.*

The Elkhart community deserves a Library that will meet the needs of our diverse population. More information about the proposed renovations, how they will benefit our community, and the process required is available here: http://tinyurl.com/EPL-Bond

* Update: Our bond issue has been approved by both councils! The construction bidding process will begin in August, and we hope to begin the work in November. If all goes as planned, our community will have a more user-friendly Main Library next spring! 

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