Saturday, September 19 • 11:00 am
You are invited to a presentation by the Lake Milton Raptor Education Center at the EPL Main Library. Experience an up-close learning adventure featuring live birds of prey, including a bald eagle, a golden eagle, owls, and possibly more. Our speaker will teach us about the characteristics and habits of these majestic raptors, and their relationship to the world around them.
All ages are welcome. Entry is free. Space is limited.
The Lake Milton Raptor Education Center is a non-profit organization that provides a permanent home for non-releasable wild birds of prey. The Center’s mission is that, through education and understanding, humans can live alongside these birds in harmony.
Students, writers, researchers, lovers of learning, armchair browsers …
What do you want to know? Start your search on INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Online Library. INSPIRE is a comprehensive collection of databases and information resources, free to all Indiana residents with Internet access. (All locations of the Elkhart Public Library have public computers with Internet access, as well as WiFi connections.)
INSPIRE includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, library catalogs, and much more.
- Go to myepl.org/info247
- Select + INSPIRE Indiana’s Virtual Library
- Click or tap Inspire or [Access from Home]
- Begin exploring!
- Government and Military
- Health and Medicine
- Science and Technology
- Student Search K-6
- Student Search 6-12
Homework, health, hobbies, history, home improvement, music, art, technology, career, business, environment, entertainment …? What do you want to learn? Discover it on INSPIRE!
- Three Musicians – Tomb of Nakht, Thebes; Public Domain
- Natural History Museum by Michael D Beckwith; Wickimedia Commons
- Wylie Gustafson,”Yahoo!” Yodeler by Bill Watts; Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0
- Kheel Center ILGWU Local 91 class –Unknown; Creative Commons License 2.0
- Solar system scale-2 via NASA; Public Domain
Bring your needlework • Bring a friend • Make new friends
Join us at our Cleveland Branch for Fibers & Yarns, an adult needlework group featuring crochet, cross stitch, knitting, or any portable needlework project. Some basic instruction will be available, if needed. Bring a current project or start something new. We will also work together on a project for charity.
Fibers & Yarns will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm and on the third Monday of each month at 10:30 am.
Fibers & Yarns 2015 dates
Registration is recommended but not required.
For more information call the Cleveland Branch at 574-266-2030.
Genealogy is history on a personal level. It fulfills our need to understand who we are; where we came from; how we came to be. A family history is an epic tale of many lives intertwined through generations, all leading up to our present and projecting into our future.
Elkhart Public Library has a robust assortment of genealogy resources to assist you as you journey into your past.
Go to myepl.org/info247; Select +Genealogy and Local History; Choose your resource
(An Elkhart Public Library card is required to access most from home.)
Ancestry Library Edition (Access in the Library only)
A comprehensive genealogy resource offering the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, UK Census Collection, City Directories, other databases, newspapers, military records, and much, much more. For access from home, Ancestry requires individuals to purchase their own subscription. They do not allow libraries to offer this type of access.
Heritage Quest (Access in the Library or from home)
• Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
• Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
• Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
• Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
• Interactive census maps
NewspaperArchive [Access in the Library or from home]
Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old – including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more, to fill in the life stories you are interested in. All of these historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable.
Local History Index & Obituary Index [Access in the Library or from home]
Local History Index
A searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth covering topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area.
A database created by the staff at the Elkhart Public Library. Obituaries that have appeared in local Elkhart newspapers from 1921 to present are indexed. For obituaries from other years, please see Other Obituary Resources at EPL on our website’s Obituary Index page. Searching by last name will bring up the best results. The information contained in the index includes: name, obituary date, newspaper section, date of death and date of birth (if available).
Also in our Online Resources are links to Family Search, Geni, and Indiana History Online.
Link to a variety of resources from the Genealogy and Local History tab on our website.
Genealogy in the Library
For hands-on research, come to Reference Services at the Main Library.
- Elkhart Collection
- Indiana Collection
- Genealogy section
- Cemetery records
- WPA records
- The Elkhart Truth on microfilm going back to March 13, 1906
- Various local newspapers on microfilm dating from February 1859
- More – ask at the Reference Desk
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
* Update: Our bond issue has been approved by both councils! The construction bidding process will begin in August, and we hope to begin the work in November. If all goes as planned, our community will have a more user-friendly Main Library next spring!