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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 […]

Tax Q&A coming to Downtown library

Tax season is upon us and EPL wants to help you get a jump on things with Talk 1040: Taking Your Tax Questions. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Downtown Library, experts from the Notre Dame Tax Clinic will be going over changes to the federal tax filing for the […]

New databases focus on military history and children’s education

Fold3, ABC Mouse new to EPL digital library Most people know who in their family lineage has served their country but how many have actually seen their ancestors’ draft card or other paperwork? Fold3, a new digital resource available both from outside or inside EPL locations using our Digital Library allows users to search for […]

Read(y) for Battle: Reading Competition Returns

It’s classroom against classroom and school against school in the fourth annual Battle of the Books. On Saturday, March 28, teams will compete in a quiz bowl style game, working with teammates to answer questions about 10 books they read. Fifth and sixth graders may form a team of five with their teacher or school […]

Gibson makes old-fashioned Griswold Christmas possible

When Jordan Friesen and his co-workers came to the Elkhart Public Library for a meeting about insurance benefits, they didn’t expect to find themselves connected to the holiday shenanigans that became Elkhart Public Library’s festive “Christmas Vacation” experience. “For us, we do insurance, which isn’t always the most fun thing. So giving us something that […]

Exclusive Q&A with Mrs. Claus

Ahead of her appearance with her husband at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown Christmas Party Monday, Mrs. Claus answered some questions we had during a phone interview. The transcript is below, which has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity. EPL: How long have you been coming to EPL? Mrs. Claus: I’ve been coming for about […]

Move to go fine free brings more Elkhart kids back to the library

Michelle Bean believes Elkhart Public Library did a great thing in wiping the slate clean for kids. In the spring of 2019, the EPL Board of Trustees took the step of eliminating fines and overdue dates on all kids and young adult books. The big idea? Taking away all the worry of owing money removes […]

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 Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1) Access our streaming services: RBdigital for magazines (formerly Zinio) with no waiting and no limits, and […]

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 8 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 […]

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