Soup for Fines

For Immediate Release


Soup for Fines @ the East Chicago Public Library

EAST CHICAGO, IN (December 1, 2017) – Patrons can wipe their slate clean of overdue fines by contributing to the library’s annual food drive. Cans of soup that are not expired will be accepted as payment for fines from December 1 to December 28. The cans of soup collected will be donated to a local food pantry for distributions. One can of soup must be turned in for each overdue book. The offer does not apply to items checked out from the Audio-Visual Department. Fees for lost or damaged materials will not be forgiven. Donations will be accepted at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive and at the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. East Chicago Library Director Marla Spann hopes this activity will encourage patrons to return their overdue items. It is also an opportunity for the library to share the spirit of the holiday season with others in the community.

ECPL Offers Food for Fines

ECPL Offers Food for Fines Program during December

The Board of Trustees has declared December “Food for Fines Month” at the East Chicago Public Library.
Library patrons who have unpaid or overdue fines on library materials can wipe their slate clean by contributing to the East Chicago Public Library’s annual food drive.
The Food for Fines Program is scheduled to run from December 1st through December 28th. Canned goods and other non-perishable items will be accepted as payment for fines. One can or box of food will be exchanged for the fine of one library item.
Fees for lost or damaged materials will not be forgiven and the month long offer does not apply to items checked out from the Audio-Visual Department.  Only non-perishable items will be accepted during the drive. Donated items must not be damaged, expired, previously opened, glass jars, home made goods or USDA commodities. This offer applies only to items checked out from the East Chicago Public Library.
Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted throughout the month of December at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave.  Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
All food items collected will be donated to a local food pantry to assist those in need during the holiday season.
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ECPL Announces Appointment of New Director

For Immediate Release

ECPL Announces Appointment of New Director

The East Chicago Public Library board recently announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Marla K. Spann as the new library director. Spann who recently served as the Associate Director of Technical Services is a lifelong East Chicago resident. Her resume includes more than 26 years of professional experience as an East Chicago Public Library employee.

“We are excited to welcome the new director, said Diana Colon, President of the East Chicago Public Library Board. Our selection comes with complete confidence that Spann will do an excellent job. We look forward to her vision and leadership. We believe that her library experience will further support the mission to continue to serve our community.”

Spann, who is a passionate advocate for the East Chicago community and library system, succeeds Charles Moore, former Interim Director.

The Board of Directors conducted a national search that began in June of 2016, which generated more than a dozen candidates.

Mission

The East Chicago Public Library System is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its patrons and all of East Chicago citizens through the exemplary provision of a full range of high quality and informational, educational and recreational materials, services and resources.

Library system will be closed

The East Chicago Public Library system will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November  24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The closing applies to both the Main Library, 2401 Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. The closing also applies to the library reading rooms located at the community centers: King, Owens, Penn, Marktown, and Clemente.

Regular library hours will resume Saturday, November 25 – Main and Pastrick Branch hours are from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 9 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday.  Please call the library for hours of service for the reading rooms in the community centers.

Closing – Veteran’s Day

For Immediate Release

Holiday Closing – Veteran’s Day

EAST CHICAGO - The East Chicago Public Library system will be closed Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day.
The closing applies to both the Main Library, 2401 Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. The closing also applies to the library’s community centers: King, Owens, Penn, Marktown, and Clemente.
Regular library hours will resume Saturday, November 11 Main and Pastrick Branch hours are from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 9 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday.  Please call the library for hours of service for the reading rooms in the community centers.
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