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Library staff focuses on helping kids get ready to read and succeed

The mission of Elkhart Public Library doesn’t end at the front doors. The library is dedicated to serving our diverse communities outside our five physical buildings. For years, the Extension Services Department has visited homebound individuals and made stops at area retirement communities and apartment complexes. Young People’s Services regularly go to classrooms throughout the […]

Take a free ACT practice test and get tips for improvement

An opportunity for a free ACT practice test and advice on improvement is coming to Elkhart Public Library. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the downtown library, a limited number of practice ACT tests will be administered by Sylvan Learning Center tutors. According to librarian Allison McLean, this is a chance for high […]

Storytime prepares, socializes children for pre-K

Storytime, a program held at every EPL location on a weekly basis, helps introduce the library to children, as well as socializing them and preparing them for preschool. According to Osolo branch supervisor librarian Donna Mitschelen, the program is presented different at each branch but follows the same idea. “This program focuses on helping children prepare for […]

Reference rescue: Mom’s story of when Amelia Earhart came to town

Verifying the stories her family has told her for years, a west-central Michigan woman makes the trip to Elkhart Public Library at least once a year. “I like to come down and find things (about my family),” says Kay Davis, who lives in Whitehall, Mich., about 2 1/2 hours north of Elkhart. “When I come […]

Both Elkhart mayor candidates endorse library as significant asset

Rod Roberson and Dave Miller may be political opponents in the November election, but they do agree on at least one thing: the value of Elkhart Public Library. Even to that point, the Elkhart mayoral candidates both use the library in different ways. Miller says he and his family have been visiting the library weekly […]

Take a free SAT practice test and get tips for improvement

An opportunity for a free SAT practice test and advice on improvement is coming to Elkhart Public Library. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the downtown library, a limited number of practice SAT tests will be administered by Sylvan Learning Center tutors. According to librarian Allison McLean, this is a chance for high […]