Blast off into fun

Sam Householder : September 14, 2018 9:01 am : Elkhart Public Library

mkt-180823-launchpad-blog-100Launch into the school year and the fall with a day of fun.

From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Cleveland Branch will be hosting Library Launchpad with the ETHOS Science 2 Go Bus and loads of activities for children.

< < Click here to RSVP for Library Launchpad > >

This will be a day of fun with a photo booth, a chance to safely look at the sun with a solar telescope and more.

Library Launchpad will be full of science and space related activities to showcase what’s coming up with EPL’s next round of NASA @ My Library programs coming later this year.


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Hear a story in the gardens

Sam Householder : September 13, 2018 1:59 pm : Elkhart Public Library


storytime-in-the-gardens-3Throughout the summer families are invited to a special story time held outside in the Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

At 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, join an Elkhart Public Library storyteller for Stories in the Garden. Bring a blanket to the English Cottage Garden for an evening of stories and music and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Wellfield Gardens.

Dates for Stories in the Garden are June 19 | July 17 | Aug. 21 | Sept. 18

< < Check out the Story Walk while you’re at Wellfield > >

Stories in the Garden are free and open to the public. No registration necessary, just show up and enjoy some outdoor family time. If it’s raining, come anyway – Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.


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Summer reading introduces new genres, fosters excitement

Sam Householder : September 12, 2018 8:14 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

maddieMaddie Dougherty will really see how much reading rocks when she’s in Indianapolis next weekend watching Taylor Swift perform live.

Maddie was one of the winners of EPL’s Reading Rocks grand prize; a pair of tickets and accommodations to see Swift on her Reputation tour.

According to her mother, Elizabeth, Maddie has enjoyed participating in summer reading but this year it was taken to a new level.

“Maddie loves to read, excessively almost,” Elizabeth said. “She likes the summer reading program because she gets rewarded for that, whether it is the beads and the bead chain or the grand prize.”

According to Elizabeth, her daughter enjoyed the new component this year of writing a short report about the book.

“Telling other people about the books through the reviews, was really exciting for her,” she said. “She discovered a new author this summer so she was really excited to tell other people about that author and one of those reviews is actually the one that she won with.”

Elizabeth said that during the summer is when she brings both Maddie and Henry, her other child, to the library to check out books most often and summer reading encourages them to check out new and different titles than what they get at their school libraries.

For Maddie, it gives her a chance to read new genres, Elizabeth said.

“They get to check out new books that maybe the school doesn’t have,” she said. “It gives her some opportunities to branch out, it brings her things that maybe she wasn’t familiar with. I’m never worried about her falling off with reading during the summer but I feel like it diversifies her a bit.”

Now though with school back in session, Maddie is looking forward to attending the concert with her dad, Michael, who is also getting ready to rock, according to Elizabeth.

“She is looking forward to it,” Elizabeth said. “And my husband has been listening to Swift’s new album to brush up so he knows what to expect.”



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Great American Read kicks off: How many have you read?

Administrator : September 10, 2018 10:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

By Jeanne Glanders, Popular Materials

love-voteWhat’s the best book you’ve ever read? PBS’s eight part series The Great American Read will attempt to answer that question. And you have a say! They have put together a list of 100 of America’s best loved novels that span the depth and breadth the human experience and you can vote for your favorite. I have two favorites on the list and interestingly enough they both are about the end of the world. Whether you love romance or science fiction, fantasy or horror everyone will have a favorite on the list.

I love these types of list because I can use this list to read something completely different than my usual genre. Did I say read? I meant listen. I consistently read (mostly ebooks) in my favorite genre (romance) but listen to a variety of genres and books. It’s an easy way for me to try new things and I know, if I switch back to the radio in the middle of the book, the book isn’t for me. EPL has a list of the many ways you can read and listen to the novels on the list.

Click here to vote for your favorite here

And tell us who you voted for in the comments or suggest a book that you think should have made the list. I voted for “The Stand” by Stephen King and “Swan Song” by Robert McCammon. I read over 250 books per year and I can still remember the visceral reaction I had to both books. I was very surprised to see “Swan Song” on the list because few horror writers besides King and Koontz are as well known. The Lord of the Rings gets an honorable mention or bronze medal from me. All totaled I have read 25 books on the list, not bad but a little weak for a librarian. I’ll have to work on that this fall, how about you?

Our weekly display will feature the five themes outlined by PBS:
“Who Am I?”
“Villains and Monsters”
“What We Do For Love”
“Other Worlds”
“Grand Finale”

You can find all of these titles at Elkhart Public Library. Many are available in various formats; print, audio, ebook, and eaudio. To find a complete listing of titles and formats available at EPL, please visit our online catalog by clicking here.


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Free downloads and streaming media for all your devices

Administrator : September 2, 2018 10:00 am : Elkhart Public Library

img_1900Elkhart 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 Sept. 3 for Labor Day)

Access our streaming services:

RBdigital for magazines (formerly Zinio) with no waiting and no limits, and also books and audiobooks. (Read even more about this recently expanded service.)

Hoopla for lots of everything – books to TV shows

OverDrive (also accessible through Libby) for even more popular books and audiobooks.



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