samh, Author at Elkhart Public Library

Researchers unlock forgotten and untold African American genealogy

With more than 40 years of “dabbling” in genealogy, Roberta Ridley still finds stories about her ancestors that take her breath away.  Roberta says she discovered her great-grandfather was taken […]

Dunlap reopening showcases an American Idol winner in concert

We’re celebrating the grand reopening of our Dunlap Branch on Tuesday, June 14. Join us at 4 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Greater Elkhart Chamber. Take a tour […]

Hear a story in the gardens

Throughout the summer families are invited to a special story time held outside in the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. At 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday May 3 through September 27, join an […]

10 things you didn’t know about your new library card

Your Elkhart Public Library card gives you access to lots of books, movies and research materials. But it also does so much more. To help you get to know the […]

Claim your Summer Reading Challenge book rewards

Congrats on earning your free book reward for participating in the Summer Reading Challenge. Below is the list of books you have to choose from, arranged by grade or reading […]

Summer reading helps recover disrupted learning loss

Two years of pandemic disruptions to classroom learning have hurt students across the board.  Scores on IREAD – the standardized test given to third graders – have declined by six […]

See the new Cleveland Branch during welcome week

We’re ready to celebrate the reopening of our Cleveland Branch following its renovation! Join us for Cleveland Welcome Week, May 9-14. We’ll cut the ribbon with the Greater Elkhart Chamber […]

Journey to 1,000 books: A trip to the library

Editor’s note: This is the fifth part in a series documenting one parent’s approach to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Part 1 can be found here Part 2 can be found here […]

Elkhart History: Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips was a pioneer; the first Black Elkhart city councilman, a Jaycee, a community servant, airport manager and later, a bank manager. A lifelong Elkhart native, he served in […]