Read, Learn, Win!
- Starting June 1, visit any EPL location to sign up and pick up a reading log.
- Read at least 15 minutes a day for 4 days.
- Do 2 fun and simple learning activities.
- Bring your log back to the library for your prize!
You can earn a different prize every week, plus win a book when you finish 4 logs! Every time you come back for your next prize, you will be entered in our end-of-summer grand prize drawing for a new bicycle! The more you read, the more prizes you win, and the better your chances for winning the bike.
Every Hero Has a Story
Not all heroes wear capes and masks. This summer we will learn about different kinds of heroes, with plenty of opportunities to be a superhero, yourself!
Travel with a Superhero!
Dunlap Branch • Take a Superhero on Vacation
Pick up a superhero at the Dunlap Branch to take with you on vacation. Take a picture of you and your superhero. When you get home, bring the picture to the Branch and we will post it.
You Can Be a Hero, Too!
Main Library • Superhero Art Contest
Kids, bring your artwork to the Children’s Room by
Friday July 3 Wednesday, July 15. Your creations will be displayed through July, and judged in five categories: ages 0-5, ages 6-8, ages 9-11, ages 12-14, and ages 15-17. Submissions must be your own work, in good taste, and nicely displayed in a frame — or on a board, if 3D, and must include an entry form (available at the Children’s desk). Prizes will be awarded at our Super Hero Delight program on August 3.
- Each of our locations has a super line-up of heroic children’s programs and activities. (Linked below)
- Teens and adults, we have special Summer Reading Programs just for you! (Also linked below)
Adults: Escape the Ordinary
Children’s Programs by Location:
Overview of all summer activities at myepl.org/events
Grownups, we have a Summer Reading Program for you, too! Play Superhero Bingo, and be the hero for your community or a child! Each square on your bingo card is paired with a type of book, library service, or something you can do to be a hero. Explore different books and authors, and participate in fun, interesting library activities! Play the game by reading, attending programs, using library services, and serving others. Prizes will be given for each completed Bingo card; then one grand prize at the end of summer.
- Pick up a Superhero Bingo card at any EPL location.
- When you read a book or complete an activity, enter it on your card.
- Once you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) turn in your card for a prize.
- The fun isn’t over, yet! Get another card and do it again!
- But wait! There’s more! Every bingo card you turn in is also an entry for our end-of-summer grand prize drawing. Don’t feel like playing bingo? We will also have a different activity sheet each week. Correctly completing one of these also enters you in the grand prize drawing.
Summer Programs, Classes & Activities
Click or tap any event for details and to sign up (if required)
Arts & Entertainment • Main Library
Video Game Special Event
Batman Arkham Knight • Tuesday, June 23 • 3:00 pm
Main Midweek Movies
AMERICAN SNIPER • Wednesday, June 3 • 6:00 pm
JUPITER ASCENDING • Wednesday, June 17 • 6:00 pm
McFARLAND USA (PG) • Wednesday, July 1 • 6:00 pm
THE DUFF (PG-13) • Wednesday, July 15 • 6:00 pm
MAGGIE (PG-13) • Wednesday, July 29 • 6:00 pm
INSURGENT (PG-13) • Wednesday, August 12 • 6:00 pm
To be announced • Wednesday, August 26 • 6:00 pm
Health and Lifestyle
Ask a Lawyer • Wednesday, June 3 • 3:00 pm
Cooking with Superfoods (with samples & recipes) • Tuesday, June 16 • 2:30 pm
Healthy Habits for a Healthier You • Saturday, June 27 • 11:00 am
Cooking with Superfoods (with samples & recipes) • Tuesday, June 30 • 2:30 pm
Cooking with Superfoods (with samples & recipes) • Tuesday, July 14 • 2:30 pm
Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs • Tuesday, August 18 • 4:00 pm
Computer Classes • Main Library
E-mail • Monday, June 8 • 6:30 pm
Tablet Training • Wednesday, June 10 • 5:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 • Thursday, June 11 • 9:30 am
Computer 1 on 1 • Monday, June 15 • 5:30 pm
Windows 7 Basics • Monday, June 22 • 6:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 •Monday, July 13 • 5:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 • Thursday, July 16 • 9:30 am
Tablet Training • Tuesday, July 21 • 9:30 am
Tablet Training • Tuesday, August 4 • 9:30 am
Computer 1 on 1 • Monday, August 10 • 5:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 • Thursday, August 13 • 2:30 am
Registration is required for computer classes. Call 574-294-2847 to reserve your spot.
Children: Every Hero Has a Story
Overview of all summer activities at myepl.org/events
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.
Stories in the Garden 2015
6:00 p.m. (rain or shine):
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Are you looking for a place to meet with your group or club? How about the Library?
The Elkhart Public Library Board of Trustees invites any group of community members to use our meeting rooms at the Main Library, 300 S. Second St., downtown Elkhart. The rooms vary in size and may be reserved, subject to availability, using the Library’s application process. An application can be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or FAX (574-522-2174) in advance of the meeting as described in our Meeting Room Policy. The person who signs the meeting room application must be at least 18 years old and have an Elkhart Public Library Resident Card in good standing. Please see the Library’s Meeting Room Policy for full details.
We have a small meeting room on the second floor which will accommodate up to 3 people. This room may not be reserved and is available on a first come, first served basis. Please check with the staff at the Reference Desk for availability.
If you have questions, please feel free to call us at 522-2665.