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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 […]

Q&A: About EPL’s hours survey

Q: Why are you asking for public opinion? A: Elkhart Public Library keeps a strategic plan to define key areas of work for the coming three years. For the current plan, which runs through 2021, the community asked EPL to evaluate how we serve our diverse communities in a number of different ways, and one […]

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 “Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter” by […]

Celebrate 30 years of “Christmas Vacation” during Winterfest

It’s going to be a fun old-fashioned family Christmas this year at The Lerner this year with Elkhart Public Library. Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Learner Theatre following Winterfest downtown, EPL with generous support from Gibson – Strength Against Risk and BABSCO Supply Inc. will be showing the 1989 classic […]

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 […]

Fill in the Medicare gaps with help from Weiss

With Medicare enrollment right around the corner, new enrollees are going to be looking for help navigating the confusing and overwhelming process. One of the biggest decisions for new enrollees to make is if they should get a Medicare supplemental insurance policy, sometimes called MediGap insurance. Elkhart Public Library has the resources to help those […]

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