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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 […]

Free downloads and streaming for all of your devices

Elkhart Public Library offers all sorts of streaming services for entertainment – perfect to get you through long holiday weekends. (Speaking of which, all five library locations will be closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.) Access our streaming services: RBdigital for magazines (formerly Zinio) with no waiting and no limits, and also books and audiobooks. (Read […]

Today’s Elkhart and summer of ’69 share similarities

Back in the summer of ’69, Elkhart was focused on improving traffic patterns, debating whether the city should have one or two high schools, taking a hard pass on annexation, and getting more and more people to come downtown. And, with all those, local historian Paul Thomas of the Time Was Museum doesn’t hesitate to […]

Celebrate the Summer of Love with music

Celebrating 50 years since the original, Elkhart Public Library is bringing some of the Woodstock experience home this summer. OxStock, a Peace. Love. Library. Concert Experience, will take place Saturday, July 27, at Ox Bow County Park with support from 1st Source Bank. This unique music event features a nationally touring Jimi Hendrix tribute band, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Special Juneteenth celebration at Pierre Moran

A special double program will take place at Pierre Moran Wednesday, June 19 as a Juneteenth celebration. The concurrent programs will be going on to give children and adults an educational program that will fit with the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. one side of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free legal advice returns to EPL

When legal troubles crop up, it’s nice to know a good lawyer, but good lawyers aren’t always affordable. That’s where the Volunteer Lawyer Network comes in. From 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, lawyers from the VLN will be at the downtown library to answer legal questions on a variety of topics. According to […]

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 […]

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