Download and go: Audiobooks, magazines and eBooks now accessible in one app through RBdigital

Administrator : July 20, 2017 2:16 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

For the first time, Elkhart Public Library and RBdigital are offering audiobooks, eBooks and magazines in one convenient app.

img_1900Available with iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire, RBdigital makes it easy to search for content on the go. The app is a combination of the old OneClickdigital and Zinio for Libraries and can be accessed by Elkhart and Goshen library users with a library card from either system.

The new app is ready for download at any time. Starting Aug. 1, the current Zinio app will prompt an update if that hasn’t yet been done – the final cut-off will be Sept. 8, according to RBdigital, when the Zinio app will cease to function. For users already with an account, username and password remain the same.

The newly added audiobook collection is rich with popular authors like Diana Gabaldon, J.D. Robb, Janet Evanovich and more. All of the magazines previously on Zinio are still available for view.

Elkhart Public Library also offers additional eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive and Hoopla.

Questions regarding online services and these new updates can be answered at the EPL Reference Desk, 574-522-5669 or via email.

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See how the police put technology into action

Administrator : July 16, 2017 7:53 am : Elkhart Public Library

Meet Cpl. Chris Bella and members of the Elkhart Police Department as they demonstrate their robot at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location.

img_1785The presentation at 5 p.m. Monday, July 17, is part of the library’s 2017 summer reading program.

Bella is a bomb technician and evidence tech for the department. This STEAM-education program is open to all ages, and kids attending may have time to construct their own robot or security device after the program.

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Board Meeting Agenda 2017 07

Administrator : July 14, 2017 1:08 pm : Elkhart Public Library




  1. Adopt Agenda
  2. Minutes of the Last Meeting
  3. Business Manager’s Report and Finances
    • Financial Reports –June 2017
    • Claims-to-be-paid –June/July 2017
    • Projected Summary of Cash –July/August 2017
    • Cash Flow & Investment Recommendation – July 2017
  4. Personnel Changes Report
    • Review of Board Bylaws
    • Department Report – Marianne Kruppa, Circulation
    • PTO Policy Revision (third reading)
    • Job Description: Bookkeeper (revision)
    • Resolution – Commitment to join Indiana State Library Consortium for public library internet access for funding year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019
    • Resolution to Establish Cash Accounts (revision)
    • PLAC Report



  1. Questions and Information from Board, Staff, and Guests



NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING: August 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dunlap Branch Library.

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Elkhart Public Library teaming up with NASA to implement STEAM education programs

Administrator : July 12, 2017 3:39 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Celebrating the sun, moon and life here on Earth, Elkhart Public Library is ready to kick off its partnership with NASA @ My Library.

One of just 75 libraries nationwide chosen for the program, Elkhart was selected for its commitment to STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ETHOS Science Center and Elkhart Community Schools will be partners in the programming, which will start this summer and continue through at least October 2018.

nasadesign“NASA @ My Library is an excellent opportunity for our Library to continue meeting two core goals: early literacy and lifelong learning,” said Allison McLean, who will administer grant activities as the head of Young People’s Services at Elkhart Public Library. “The grant gives us even more opportunities to get our community and our kids dreaming big about the world – and universe – in which they live.”

The first push will be for this summer’s solar eclipse. The Library will offer educational programs and distribute 1,000 pairs of glasses for safe solar viewing before the Aug. 21 celestial event, which will be celebrated in downtown’s Central Park. In the fall, the focus will shift to studying the moon, along with space travel and hands-on science at home.

Dates and times for all of the upcoming programs related to NASA @ My Library:

* Wednesday, July 12 – Eclipse 101: See the Star (6 p.m.), a program for adults to learn about the eclipse and receive viewing glasses.
* Monday, Aug. 7 – Eclipse 101 for Kids: See the Star (4:30 p.m.), with activities for kids ages 5 and up.
* Monday, Aug. 21 – Solar Eclipse Viewing Party all afternoon in downtown’s Central Park
* Monday, Oct. 2 – Family Moon Night (6 p.m.), featuring displays of moon rocks and a spacesuit by ETHOS

All events are free. Aside from the community eclipse viewing, all programs will take placed at the downtown location, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart. Program attendance is required to receive the solar viewing glasses.

Additionally, kids ages 9 to 13 can take part in “Space Labs” at each of the five Elkhart Public Library locations. These activities, taking place September through December, will be focused on the sun and moon and how each impacts life on Earth.

The NASA @ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA @ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science Mission Directorate, part of its STEM Activation program.

For complete information on Elkhart Public Library’s events, visit

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Take a staycation and travel to another place and time

Administrator : July 12, 2017 3:04 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

adventureBy Chuck Pieri
Branch Children’s Librarian
Maybe you didn’t have a chance to go on vacation this summer. Did you know that there are lots of places to explore and you don’t have to step outside the library? Why don’t you get started on your next great adventure – get lost in a book!

Don’t forget, the more you read, the more chances you have to win our grand prizes in the Summer Reading Program!


The nine lives of Jacob Tibbs
Author: Cylin Busby
This is a thrilling, 19th-century seafaring tale told from the perspective of the ship’s cat named Jacob. Through the cat’s narration, the reader experiences life aboard the ship and all of the exciting adventures that happen to the captain and crew!

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
Katherine Rundell
Wilhelmina Silver, or Will for short, lives a carefree life on a farm in Zimbabwe when an unexpected event forces her to go to England and attend a boarding school for girls. She finds her new life cruel and restrictive and decides to run away. How will she survive on her own?

Stella by Starlight
Author: Sharon Draper
Stella lives in a small North Carolina town during segregation. She witnesses a Klan gathering and later on experiences their hatred first-hand when they set a neighbor’s house on fire. Will the community cower in fear or stand together to confront this evil?

More titles can be found on Read Alouds too good to miss lists.


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