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Evergreen holds and transits

Our library staff thank you for your patience over the last couple months with the extra-long wait times for hold items coming in from around the state! The Indiana State Library has decided to terminate their contract with the new courier system and return to using the previous courier. This means that we will soon be returning to the reliable and speedy interlibrary loan service.

This transition will take some time though and is something that is going to have a significant, but ideally temporary, impact on Evergreen item transits and holds. All deliveries will be suspended from September 1st-September 11th as they transition. At that time deliveries are expected to resume, but it may take a couple of weeks to get things caught up completely.

What does that mean for Monticello-Union Township Public Library (MUTPL) patrons?

You may see items in your account that say "in transit" or "waiting for item" for multiple weeks, particularly if these are items that you have requested from libraries other than MUTPL. Holds will not be able to be placed on items owned by other Evergreen Indiana libraries until September 18th. This will give the courier time to clean up the backlog.

Should you cancel your pending holds?

We do not recommend this. Canceling holds could cause you to wait longer for items because it will move you to the end of the line. While you are waiting for your holds, remember that you can also look for digital material on Hoopla, Libby, and Kanopy.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time!

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Enjoy an Afternoon with Indiana Authors

The Monticello-Union Township Public Library is excited to present our first Meet the Authors event on Saturday, September 30th from 2 pm - 4 pm. We will have local and Indiana authors set up in the main part of the library to present their books for patrons to explore, discuss with the authors, and receive autographs.

Attending authors: 

Rob Harrell - Author/Illustrator - Special Presentation 2:30 pm
Nan Reinhardt - Romance author
Bill Madden - Historical author
Dorothy Salvo Benson - Paranormal author
Liz Flaherty - Romance author
Matthew Barron - Paranormal author
Kenneth Woods - KennyFresh - Poetry author - Special Presentation from 12 pm - 1:30 pm- For all ages
Ben Avery - Comic Book author

Special presentations:

Poet Kenneth L Woods or KennyFresh author of the book Equilibrium will present Paint with Words an all-ages program from 12 pm - 1:30 pm. He has performed in the Midwest as well as in various states throughout the U.S. His well-traveled experience as a child, Hawaii born with naval parents, influenced his ability to adapt, refocus, and reconnect. Ironically, that is what his writing service and performance art company, Refresherpoint, is all about… refreshing perspectives through the power of words, language, and art.

Woods spoken word has traveled also and has been featured at an international conference in Athens, Greece. You may have experienced his poetry on the radio, through televised collaborative performances, or in person at a range of award-winning venues, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. You can read more about Kenneth Woods' work on his website

Our second presentation will be at 2:30 pm, with author and illustrator Rob Harrell. Harrell wrote and drew the syndicated daily comic strip Big Top through 2007 and currently creates the long-running strip Adam@Home.

He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Monster on the Hill, published by Top Shelf and Life of Zara, published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Harrell also wrote the funny and heartfelt book Wink, a story of Ross Maloy, a seventh-grader dealing with a horrible diagnosis and cancer treatments – all while trying to just blend in and survive middle school.

As an illustrator, Harrell has worked with clients including Mad, Simon and Schuster, American Greetings, Time, Inc. and Volkswagen. His figurative paintings have been shown in solo shows in San Francisco, Austin and Indianapolis.

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