History on tree bark

One of EPL’s smallest and oldest books holds the most mysteries  Looking for answers to questions long unanswered, a researcher came to Elkhart. The pursuit? Looking at a book in […]

Passion for reading gets deeper with Summer Reading Challenge

Sally Bawtinheimer lifted her daughter’s backpack early one February morning. She noticed it was heavier than usual.  “She said, ‘I have six books in there,’” Sally recalled 8-year-old Lucy saying. […]

Start a garden with EPL’s seed library

Stretching food dollars. Building sustainable communities. Elkhart Public Library’s seed library makes growing fresh herbs and produce easier. Lindsey Caterina, community wellness coordinator for Purdue Extension Elkhart County, says seed […]

Rocking the roof – free curbside concerts are back

Season 5 of Curbside Concerts is finally here. Get ready to see the best local musicians play the best roof in downtown Elkhart. The rooftop lights back up at 7 […]

Things to do in Elkhart during Spring Break

Get out of the house and into the library for fun over Spring Break 2024. Elkhart Public Library locations have activities from art to LEGOs to movies. We’re sure to […]

How to watch the solar eclipse in Elkhart at the library

When the sun disappears for a few brief moments on Monday, April 8, Elkhart Public Library locations will be watching it all happen. The Cleveland, Dunlap and Downtown libraries are […]

Remembering Stu Basquin, friend to the library and community

Stuart Basquin, a dedicated volunteer, former Elkhart Public Library board trustee, and founding board member of the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library, passed away Feb. 9, 2024.  Following his […]

Homework Help a ‘grassroots movement to help kids’

Helping younger students and making a better community. Importantly, teenagers are leading the way.  National Honors Students from area schools provide Homework Help at Elkhart Public Library locations. And whatever […]

A second home: Homeschool moms find flexibility, fun at library

Kim Shearer says her library branch is as familiar as an old sitcom.  “It feels like ‘Cheers’ when we walk in here. Everyone knows our name here,” she says. “We’ve […]