ELKHART -- The new year has brought some changes to the Elkhart Public Library.
Although George Brich, former director of the Elkhart Public Library, died more than four months ago, his memory is still present in the library. The library has purchased four bookends to memorialize Brich's life and 35 years of work at the library. The bookends will be cast iron with a memorial plaque for Brich on the sides. They will be placed throughout the library as soon as the plaques arrive within the next few days.
Also updated for this year is the fee for residents outside of the Elkhart Public Library district. The district includes residents of the city of Elkhart, and residents of Osolo, Cleveland and Concord townships. The fee has been lowered since last year from $164 for one year to $152.
Newly in effect for the year is a limit on Internet usage for anyone having large fines at the library. Anyone with fines of $100 or more as of this month is blocked from Internet usage. If a person does not pay at least $10 per month toward the fines, they will continue to be blocked from the Internet. For example, if someone owing more than $100 in January still owes more than $90 by February, the Internet will continue to be blocked for the next month. This restriction applies to Internet stations only, not to the computers solely used for databases, word processing or e-mail.