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Free books returns to feed minds

Elkhart Public Library is partnering up this summer to give away more than 1,000 books. EPL, Crossroads United Way, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and Friends of the Elkhart Public Library are bringing back Free Books to Free Minds, a collaborative effort that put nearly 1,000 books in the hands of children last summer […]

New open hours mean more browsing time

The opening hours of all Elkhart Public Library hours are finding a more consistent and permanent time across all locations. After conducting an hours survey as part of the current strategic plan, the library administration and Board of Trustees have released the new open hours, which are the same at both the Downtown Library and […]

Summer reading pays off for winners

Trips to Universal Studios, Chicago or a Taylor Swift concert are certainly a way to grab kids’ attention and it’s even enough to get them to read. The Elkhart Public Library Summer Reading Challenge creates big winners every summer and this summer is no different with Go for the Gold and a chance to win […]

Beanstack makes tracking summer reading a snap

Returning readers to the EPL Summer Reading Challenge and new ones alike were excited about the addition of the Beanstack app to track reading days, rewards, and prize entries last summer. “I used it to kind of homeschool them and keep them up on their reading skills so they wouldn’t be so far behind next […]

With public health in the balance, Dr. Tomchik declared war on the patient

A struggle for power over public health in Elkhart County eventually came to a messy end and forced a doctor’s resignation.

Take a walk, read a book at Wellfield

Visitors to the Wellfield Botantic Gardens can enjoy the beautiful flora and get a great story with 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 “One Leaf Rides the […]

Helen Free and Al Free

Al and Helen Free understood science and changed the world

Meet Al and Helen Free. They raised six kids, committed themselves to educating youth, served the community, and changed the world.

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, beginning May 18 through the end of September, join an Elkhart Public Library storyteller for Stories at Wellfield. Come to the Children’s Garden area for an evening of stories and music and […]

New York Times joins EPL Digital Library

The New York Times is now available digitally to Elkhart Public Library cardholders. Through the Digital Library page, cardholders can now access the New York Times’ award-winning journalism through their website without hitting a paywall. NYTimes.com is available both inside all library locations and from anywhere. Simply create a free NYTimes.com account and, if accessing […]

Design the EPL Summer Reading Challenge Bookmark

Elkhart Public Library and Hopman Jewelers want you to design our 2021 Summer Reading Challenge bookmark. Our Go For Gold Summer Reading Challenge starts May 21 and before it gets started we need our official bookmark, which will be given out all summer long at the checkout desks of all of our library locations. One […]

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