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Self-checkout now available at EPL

The Elkhart Public Library is proud to now offer self-checkout at all locations throughout the system. Self-checkout is an easy way to skip the line, unlock your items, if need be and get on your way. The new system will easily scan multiple items at once and allow for credit and debit card payment of […]

Bringing awareness and color to Elkhart streets

Seventh grade art students at West Side Middle School are raising awareness to Elkhart waterways through a public art project in front of the downtown library location. Members of the Art Club at West Side are working when the weather allows on the north side storm drain along High Street, near Second Street just outside […]

Summer reading introduces new genres, fosters excitement

Maddie Dougherty understood the payoff of reading for fun last summer. Her mom, Elizabeth, saw the payoff in other ways. Maddie was the grand prize winner of Reading Rocks, Elkhart Public Library’s 2018 summer reading program. She won tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The prizes may draw […]

Blast off into Summer Reading with astronaut Leland Melvin

From the football field to the International Space Station, Melvin’s story is sure to inspire Leland Melvin is more than an astronaut and former football player. This year’s summer reading kickoff speaker is a scientist, a photographer, an explorer, and an educator. He will tell his story on May 15 from the Lerner Theatre stage […]

No ‘summer slide’ with summer reading

Multiple studies have confirmed truth about an old teaching nemesis: the so-called called “summer slide.” The slide happens when children forget much of what they learned the previous school year during the lengthy summer break. Students come back to school in the fall needing to re-learn skills to get back to where they should be […]

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 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, join an Elkhart Public Library storyteller for Stories in the Garden. Bring a blanket to the English Cottage Garden for an evening of stories and music and enjoy the […]

Take a walk, read a book at Wellfield

Visitors to the Wellfield Botantic Gardens can enjoy the beautiful flora and get a great story during Story Walk. The ongoing program pieces out a children’s book onto stands around the gardens where visitors can walk up and read them as they make their way around the grounds. The current book is “Water Can Be…” by Laura […]

Brainfuse can save the day when you need an answer

Studying for a test or looking for homework help? Brainfuse has your answer. Brainfuse is a free service offered to Elkhart Public Library users – don’t have a card? Get this card. It’s available online or as an app, and will get you quick access to live help on lots of subjects – everything from social studies to calculus. Brainfuse also offers writing […]

Fiction writing group fosters creativity

Ashley Knapp was looking for a group of fellow writers to bounce ideas off of and when she couldn’t find what she was looking for, she decided to start a group of her own. Beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6 the Elkhart Fiction Writer’s Group will meet at the downtown library to share ideas, […]

Meagher brings vibrant and enthusiastic storytelling to Pierre Moran

Maureen Meagher has had a successful three years working at EPL’s Pierre Moran location. She’s read to numerous kindergarten classes and shared an enthusiasm for literacy through storytimes. She even met her husband at her library. She says Carlos, her now husband, came into Pierre Moran one day. He exceeded his allotted time on an […]

Tap into your creativity

New resource Creativebug offers 1,000 craft tutorials Stop scrolling through Pinterest and trying to follow poorly made YouTube tutorials. You can get professional crafting help from real experts with Creativebug. The newest addition to EPL’s digital library, Creativebug allows users to access more than 1,000 crafting classes covering dozens of crafting mediums and all skill […]

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