Building Addition and Remodeling Project: Update #4

Things are starting to come together for the upcoming building project for the library.

Here are the updates:

  • On Thursday, March 14, 2019 the Yorktown Public Library Board of Trustees selected Rencon from Pendleton as the contractor for the project.  They were the low bidders and came with excellent references.

  • We will have an initial construction meeting on April 8, 2019 and I hope to find out when we will officially break ground. We anticipate this ground breaking to take place late April or beginning of May.

  • The library will issue bonds on April 4 and close on the bonds on April 24. The project can begin any time after April 24!

  • The project will be done in four phases. During the first two phases the library will remain open for business, however, there will be construction going on in the children’s department and on the outside. During phase 3 the library will be closed. This will likely last for 4-6 weeks. Prior to our closing, we will allow patrons to check out as many items as they would like and no fines or due dates will occur during that period. The more you check out the fewer items we have to move!

  • Once we reopen in phase 4, the library will be open on the north end of the building including the new addition. We will try to provide you with most of our collection. We will need your support and patience during this time!

As always, we appreciate our community and look forward to a wonderful, “new” library when all is completed. You don’t deserve anything less than the best!


As always, please feel free to stop in, call or email me with questions!

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Liz Rozelle
Director
lizrozelle@yorktownlib.org
765-759-9723

 

 

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Staff Picks: Best of 2018

What a great year it has been for YPL! Our expansion was approved by the Town Council, we added over 500 new members, and circulated over 76,000 materials! A number of those materials were checked out by library staff, because we love using the library too.

Below is a compilation of our Top 5 picks of the year–what we read, what we played, what we watched, and what we loved.

Our Top 5 Picks of 2018

The content on these lists is what we consumed this year; it does not mean the material was new in 2018. Everything on these lists is available at the library. Click a title see the catalog page!


 


1Monica’s Top 5

  1. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  3. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
  4. Detroit: Become Human – PS4 Video Game
  5. The Shape of Water – Movie

 

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Lauren’s Top 5

  1. The Magicians – TV Series
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Frostblood – series by Elly Blake
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Katie’s Top 5

  1. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  4. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

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Courtney’s Top 5

  1. Cardcaptor Sakura – Manga
  2. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness – Manga
  3. Tales of Zestiria – Video Game
  4. The World Ends with You – Video Game
  5. The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins – Graphic Novel

 

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Becky’s Top 5

  1. Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden
  2. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
  3. The Last Hours by Minette Walters
  4. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
  5. The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner

 

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Beth’s Top 5

  1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  4. A Dog’s Way Home by Bruce Cameron
  5. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 

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Laurie’s Top 5

  1. Hotspot – Internet Access Device
  2. Get Out – Movie
  3. Lady Bird – Movie
  4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

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Heather’s Top 5

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  3. The Stand by Stephen King
  4. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
  5. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Movie

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Liz’s Top 5

  1. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosocka
  2. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  3. Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
  4. Mercy Watson – Series by Kate Dicamillo
  5. It by Stephen King

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Paxtyn’s Top 5

  1. Venom – Movie
  2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins – Graphic Novel
  4. The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
  5. The Disaster Artist – Movie

We hope you enjoyed the variety of these lists and found something new to read, play, or watch.

Thank you for making 2018 the library’s best year yet!

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Here’s to an even better 2019!

Happy New Year!

Building Addition & Remodeling Update #3

The following is a third update on our expansion and remodel from our director, Liz Rozelle.


 

We continue to plan for the exciting building addition and remodeling project at the Yorktown Public Library! We are still working through the process of getting approval from the Department of Natural Resources to build on a floodplain. All the paperwork has been submitted and we are waiting for them to send an official approval. They have assured us there is every reason to believe the project will be approved. We will let you know as soon as we hear the official go ahead.

The architects from Stair Associates have finalized the location of inside walls for the project. At the September library board meeting they presented a preliminary drawing of the outside of the building. At the October library board meeting, they showed us some beautiful samples of the materials that may be used for the flooring, walls, and bathrooms.  We also got to take a virtual tour through the building! These drawings can be viewed below.

The plan remains to begin construction of the addition in the spring as soon as the weather breaks. We will work with the architects to phase the project so we can remain open and continue to offer services as much as possible. We will work with community partners whenever possible to meet your library needs.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the process. We hope and expect to present the community with a public library everyone can be proud of and one that will serve all residents equally. This is your library, your community, and always remember it was your overwhelming support that helped get this project approved.

Architect Drawings

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As always, please feel free to stop in, call or email me with questions!

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Liz Rozelle
Director
lizrozelle@yorktownlib.org
765-759-9723

 

Murder Under the Big Top: A Murder Mystery Event

The library is happy to announce that we recently received a $1,000 grant from the Town of Yorktown Endowment Grant through the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. 

This money will be used to fund a new project called Family Fun @ Your Library. This is an event in that series.


Enter a world of fabulous freaks, exotic acts, and mysterious management…

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Desperate to bolster his circus from a dog-and-pony show to a spectacle that will rival Ringling, Harold Hargrove’s dire attempt to lure audiences and show-stopping attractions have created rivalries that exist beyond the center ring.

As the pressure builds, a murder is committed that steals the show…and you are left to uncover the culprit before the final act.

Was it the raging ringmaster in an attempt to clean up the spectacle? The talented tightrope walker whose fall took them out of the limelight? A revolting roustabout with revenge in their veins? Or possibly a possessive performer whose death defying demeanor went too far…?

In an intense world of illusion and intrigue, you must rely on your wit and intuition to find the killer before the Grand Finale!

How to Participate

For our murder mystery party to be a success, we need at least 20 people to play characters! Sign up to play a character, and we will send you an envelope with everything you need, including information about who you’re portraying, two weeks before the event.

Event Night

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Murder Under the Big Top will be Monday, October 22, from 6:00-8:00 pm. That’s right! An after-hours library murder mystery! Food will be provided.

When you arrive, you’ll be given an envelope with your objective and other items you’ll need for the game.

After a bit, the lights will go out. When they come back on, the victim will have fallen down “dead.”

Next, it’s time to collect evidence and present your findings to the investigator.

Finally, you’ll fill out a ‘Who Dunnit?’ sheet.

The investigator will reveal the solution. Were you right?


Murder Under the Big Top is a clean program, suitable for youths and/or more conservative groups. However, please be aware that there are multiple instances of bribery, blackmail, deceit, and, well, “murder”…

This will be a night you don’t want to miss!

 

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Building Addition & Remodeling Update #2

The following is a second update on our expansion and remodel from our director, Liz Rozelle.


We are getting excited as this project begins to take shape! Library staff and the board have been working on the interior design of this project, making sure we create a functional floor plan that solves the issues we have and fulfills the promises we made to the community. At every planning meeting we keep a copy of the brochure we presented to the community so we can ensure we create a beautiful yet functional library for Yorktown residents.

The proper reports have been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding the floodplain issues. We are waiting patiently for the DNR to approve us moving forward. A representative of the DNR sees no reason we won’t get approved to build, we just have to go through the process to get that seal of approval.

It has been determined by the architects and engineer that this project will have to wait until Spring 2019 for ground breaking. This may actually be an advantage as we won’t have to worry about winter weather interfering with our progress. Bids for the project will likely be put out between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That should all be settled by January or February. Then, the shovels will hit the ground! It will take approximately one year to get everything completed.

During the building and remodeling phases, we will do everything possible to be open as much as is feasible. The project will be done in phases to accomplish this. We ask for your patience as we try to continue to provide excellent service with limited availability of library materials at different times throughout the project. The prize at the end will be well worth the inconveniences a building project causes.

I will put copies of the final floor plan at the front desk. If you are interested in seeing this document, you can view it below, or stop in and ask to take a look. Before you know it, we will have a beautiful new library that meets the needs of ALL members of our community. Exciting times are ahead!

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Click the image for a zoom-able PDF.

 

As always, please feel free to stop in, call or email me with questions!

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Liz Rozelle
Director
lizrozelle@yorktownlib.org
765-759-9723

 

 

Family Fun @ Your Library: One Book/One Community

The library is happy to announce that we recently received a $1000 grant from the Town of Yorktown Endowment Grant through the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. 

This money will be used to fund a new project called Family Fun @ Your Library.

 

One Book / One Community Family Read

Nothing brings people together like the love of a great book, and we’re bringing that feeling to our entire community for our first Family Fun @ Your Library program, One Book/One Community. Join us in reading The One and Only Ivan this fall.

Read a description of this award-winning book below, followed by all the details you’ll need to participate.

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Timesbestseller!

This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by KirkusSchool Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author’s note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events. –Harper Collins Publishers

 

Registration

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Registration for One Book/One Community will begin on August 20 and run through August 31.

During that time, families can sign up for the program and reserve their book. Books will be available for pick up the week of September 10.

Book Discussion Night

Join us at the library on October 17th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, where will we come together as a community to discuss the book over food, activities, crafts, and surprises!

We hope to see you and your families there!

Building Addition & Remodeling Update

The following is an update on our expansion and remodel from our director, Liz Rozelle.


 

If you have been curious about how the library building project is coming along, I have an update. I hope to publish these reports along the way to keep our community informed about the progress of this project. Your support as we worked together to convince the town council to approve funding was the key to success for this exciting project. This is your library and your project and I want you to know how things are going. Feel free to contact me at (765) 759-9723 anytime, and I can update you personally as well.

Homeland Security has designated a portion of the library parking lot as being in a floodplain. This will not stop the project from going forward, however, the process we have to go through will simply delay the project. The architect and I are working through the process and working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make sure we jump through all the necessary hoops to get this accomplished. We have completed the required elevation surveys and are now working to get the hydrology report that is also required.

This leads us to two possible scenarios at this time. If we get the OK from the DNR to proceed and can get the project bid by September, we are hoping to break ground by mid-October. Work would begin on the addition with the goal of getting this new structure in the ground and covered by mid-December. Once that is done, the crew will start working on remodeling the interior of the existing library during the winter months. In the spring, the work could move outdoors and the outside remodeling will be done.

If the floodplain issues are not resolved soon enough, the project will be bid in the early spring and construction would start then also. Either way, it will take about one year to complete the project. Along the way, we will need to be patient and keep our eye on the prize. We plan to stay open as much as we can and only anticipate short closings throughout the project. In the end, we will have a beautiful library that functions for everyone!

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Liz Rozelle
Director of Library Services