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Extended Time Limits on Internet Computers

Administrator : May 26, 2016 9:33 am : Elkhart Public Library

Desktop ComputerGreat news for those who use Elkhart Public Library’s Internet computers! We have extended the time limit from two hours to four hours per day!

The initial session will still be 60 minutes. There will be pop-up notifications at ten minutes, five minutes and two minutes before the session ends – with an offer to extend your time if no one is waiting. Extensions will be in 30-minute blocks. If there is a reservation in place, the time may not be extended. If all computers are in use, please check at the desk. We can make a reservation for you.

The Express Internet computers are still 15 minutes per session, with a limit of 30 minutes per day.

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Branch Open Houses May 21

Administrator : May 12, 2016 9:19 am : Elkhart Public Library
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You are invited to an open house at any of our four branches on Saturday, May 21 between
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wherever you live in the Elkhart Public Library District, there is an EPL location near you. Come see what our branches have to offer!

Apply for a Card; Get Free Stuff

If you don’t already have an Elkhart Public Library card, this is a great opportunity to get one! Just bring a current photo ID showing your address within the Library district (Concord, Osolo or Cleveland Townships and City of Elkhart) to get a library card. Not only will you receive a free “swag bag” (a book tote and gifts), but you will immediately be able to check out books, ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and other library materials.

But Wait, There’s More!

There will be snacks and prizes, and Library staff will be on hand to show you how to access EPL’s large selection of Online Resources. The Friends of the Elkhart Public Library will have used books and other items on sale at each location.

Each Branch is Unique

Discover (or reacquaint yourself with) some of the distinctive features of each branch, including:

Cleveland Branch • 53715 County Road 1 • Elkhart, IN 46514 

A nature oasis • Programs for all ages • A secret picnic area


Dunlap Branch • 58485 County Road 13 • Elkhart, IN 46516
A wildflower garden • Great programs for adults and kids


Osolo Branch • 3429 E Bristol St • Elkhart, IN 46514
Right next to Walker Park • Great book clubs


Pierre Moran Branch • 2400 Benham Ave • Elkhart, IN 46517
EPL Pierre Moran BranchA friendly bilingual branch • Se habla español


The Main Library, while still open, is undergoing extensive renovations. The branch open houses are an opportunity to reassure you how much is available at the different branches, even if you don’t come downtown.
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Stories in the Garden

Administrator : May 3, 2016 9:53 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

Stories in the Garden

Enjoy some family time at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 North Main Street in Elkhart. We will meet in the English Cottage Garden on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May through September, 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 sit on. If it rains, the Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.

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Stories in the Garden 2016

6:00 p.m. (rain or shine):

May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20

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New EPL Vans: Beautiful, Functional, and Efficient!

Administrator : May 1, 2016 12:06 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Perhaps you have already seen our beautiful new Library vans around town. One is for delivering Library materials (returns, holds, etc.) between EPL’s five locations and the Goshen Public Library. The other is for our Outreach staff, who visit preschools, day care centers, retirement facilities, apartment complexes, parks, and other locations with Library materials, crafts, and learning activities. Through our Homebound program, Outreach also takes books and other items to residents who are physically unable to come to the Library.

With more than 150,000 miles on it, our 16-year old delivery truck had become increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain. Also, our Outreach staffers have been using their own vehicles since we retired the Library’s two bookmobiles in 2011. With all this in mind, we opted to replace the truck with two smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The images on both vans were designed by EPL Graphic Artist, Chris Hunsberger. Feast your eyes!

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Outreach van (driver's side) with designer Chris Hunsberger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outreach van passenger side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back design of both vans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delivery van with delivery driver David

 

 

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Staff Reads

Administrator : April 19, 2016 7:26 pm : Elkhart Public Library

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Happy spring! Isn’t it great to be able to read outdoors again? Here are the books we have been reading and listening to.

ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS by L.M. Montgomery (FIC, JFIC, YAFIC)

AWKWARD by Svetlana Chmakova (YAGN)

BECOMING GRANDMA: THE JOYS AND SCIENCE OF THE NEW GRANDPARENTING by Leslie Stahl (306.8745 STA, Audiobook)

BECOMING NICOLE: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN FAMILYz becoming by Amy Ellis Nutt (306.768 N976, Ebook)

BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Atul Gawande (362.175 G284 Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THE BLACK BELT LIBRARIAN: REAL-WORLD SAFETY & SECURITY
by Warren Graham (025.82 G742)

THE COURTESAN DUCHESS by Joanna Shupe (PROM)

CRESS by Marissa Meyer (YAFIC) (LUNAR CHRONICLES, book 3)

DANGEROUS BEAUTY: LIFE AND DEATH IN AFRICA: Tz dangerous bRUE STORIES FROM A SAFARI GUIDE by Mark C. Ross (599.09676 R825, Large Print) • I have always been fascinated by the natural beauty and wildlife of Africa and this book really takes you there! The way the author describes his experiences, it makes you feel like you are on safari with him. ~Erika, Reference Services

DEEP FOREST: A NOVEL OF THE INDIANA FRONTIER by Emsley W. Johnson (Indiana FIC)

DISHING THE DIRT by M.C. Beaton (MYS, Audiobook, Audio Ebook)

ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein (JFIC, Audiobook, Audio Ebook) • An entertaining read! A cross between CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM! ~Carmen, Young People’s Services

FINDERS KEEPERS: A NOVELz finders by Stephen King (HOR, Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook)

THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS by Gary Chapman (646.78 C466, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawhon (FIC, Audiobook, Large Print) • I really enjoyed this book. Most of the story is based on real people, events, etc. The human story was quite intriguing. ~Jeri, Cleveland Branch

HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL: A MEMOIR by Carrie Brownstein (B B885)

IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLINz in the garden by Erik Larson (943.086 L334, Audiobook, Ebook, Large Print) • He gives a good insight into 1930’s Nazi Germany from the point of view of the new American ambassador to Germany and his family. ~Sue, Dunlap Branch

GHETTO KLOWN: A GRAPHIC NOVEL by John Leguizamo (Goshen Public Library: 812.54 L521g)

HARD EIGHT by Janet Evanovich (MYS, Audiobook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THE HARLOT COUNTESS by Joanna Shupe (PROM)

THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY by Liane Moriarty (FIC, Large Print)

THE JAPANESE LOVERz japanese by Isabelle Allende (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook, Large Print)

THE LADY HELLION by Joanna Shupe (PROM)

LEONARD: MY FIFTY-YEAR FRIENDSHIP WITH A REMARKABLE MAN
by William Shatner (B N7133)

LIFEBOAT by Charlotte Rogan (FIC, Audio Ebook)

LIVING FORWARD: A PROVEN PLAN TO STOP DRIFTING AND GET THE LIFE YOU WANT
by Michael Hyatt (650.1 H992)

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gabriel Garcia Márquez (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook,
Large Print, Spanish Language: EL AMOR EN LOS TIEMPOS DEL CÓLERA)

A MOTHER’S RECKONING: LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAGEDYz Mother by Sue Klebold (373.78882 K63, Audiobook) • Sue is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the young men who terrorized and killed numerous students at Columbine High School. Her hope in writing this book was that others could learn from things she discovered about her son after this massacre and, in hindsight, recognized as possible red flags. You can feel the panic and horror of Sue and her husband when they learned that something horrible was happening at the school. Sue loved both her sons very much and, until this time had a very “normal” family. To learn that Dylan was involved in this shooting was unimaginable to her. A riveting read. ~ Erika, Reference Services

MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein (JFIC) [Playaway audio at Goshen Public Library]

THE NIGHTINGALE: A NOVEL by Kristen Hannah (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable (Can be requested through Interlibrary Loan)

RETIRE INSPIRED: IT’S NOT AN AGE, IT’S A FINANCIAL NUMBERz retire by Chris Hogan (332.02401 H714)

THE REVENANT: A NOVEL OF REVENGE by Michael Punke (FIC, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Spanish Language: EL RENACIDO)

STATION ELEVEN: A NOVEL by Emily St. John Mandel (FIC, Audiobook, Ebook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD: DMITRI SHOSTAKOVIC AND THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD by M.T. Anderson (780.92 A548, Audiobook)

TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY – a series by Cassandra Clare (Ebooks)

TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLNz team
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (973.7092 G656, Audiobook, Large Print)

TEN BIG ONES by Janet Evanovich (Mystery, Audiobook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES: THE FORGOTTEN WAR THAT CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY by Brian Kilmeade (973.47 K48, Audiobook, Audio Ebook,

THE THREE MUSKETEERS by Alexandre Dumas (FIC, JFIC, YA Classics, 843.7 D886t, Audiobook, JGN)

z to the ninesTO THE NINES by Janet Evanovich (MYS, Audiobook, Audio Ebook, Large Print)

THE TRAVELERS: A NOVEL by Chris Pavone (FIC, Large Print)

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: A TWISTED TALE by Liz Braswell (YAFIC)

THE WHIP: A NOVEL by Karen Kondazian (WES)

WOLFBLADE by Jennifer Fallon

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