From books to the big screen: Adaptations coming out in March and April

Sam Householder : January 25, 2018 4:34 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

Avid readers will have plenty of new TV shows and movies to say “the book was better” about this year.

ready-player-oneWe’ve rounded up the titles that are coming out over the next couple of months and tried to include the network and release date where we could and linked to the book inside our catalog.

We’ll revisit and update every couple months so that you know what to keep an eye out for and what to read before it comes out on TV and in the theater.

Which one are you most looking forward to? Which one do you think will lose the most by going from book to screen?

Red Sparrow – Released on March 2, Jennifer Lawrence stars as a ballerina that is recruited into a Russian intelligence organization that seduces foreign operatives.


wrinkle-in-timeA Wrinkle in Time – Searching for her father after he disappeared while searching another dimension, a girl, her brother and friend must enter the new dimension to find him. Based on the classic Madeleine L’Engle. In theaters March 9.

Love, Simon – Coming March 16, the movie is based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, follows a boy as he wrestles with understanding his sexual orientation and trying to figure out who the classmate he is falling in love with online really is.

Ready Player One – A popular virtual reality game developer dies and posthumously promises his fortune to the person that can figure out his game.

Howard’s End – The four-episode mini series comes to Starz Network in April following an earlier airing across the pond on the BBC.

You Were Never Really Here – An ex-FBI agent searching for a politician’s daughter uncovers a web of corruption. Based on the Jonathan Ames novel, the movie with Joaqin Phoenix premieres April 6.



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Online payment of fees, fines now available

Sam Householder : January 24, 2018 11:27 am : Elkhart Public Library

Online payment to Elkhart Public Library for fines, fees and other transactions is now available.

Online payment is available outside of EPL locations by accessing the “My Account” section at At this time payment is only available if the outstanding balance due is at least $5.

All major credit cards and PayPal are accepted for payments.

For a more a step by step walkthrough of the process, see below.

1. Click on “My Account” on the library homepage:, it has been circled in red below:









2. Login using your library card number and pin number (typically the last four digits of your phone number)


3. Look at the menu on the left of the screen and if there is money owed there will be a dollar amount at the top of the “Elkhart Public Library” menu. Click on it.


4. Select the payment(s) you’d like to make by checking the box next to them, or select them all by checking the box at the top of the list. Then select “Pay From Home” button


4. The next screen just confirms which payment(s) you’ll be making, if everything looks good select “Continue” and you’ll be redirected to the payment site


5. Enter payment information and then click the “Pay Now” button or, if PayPal is selected, follow the PayPal prompts


That’s it, you’re done!

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Remembering the Blizzard of 1978

Sam Householder : January 18, 2018 4:33 pm : Elkhart Public Library

viewscan_0000The ‘A Word for the Day’ on the Thursday, Jan. 26, 1978 edition of the Elkhart Truth read “If you don’t have somewhere to go, DON’T!” Such was the situation during the infamous Blizzard of 1978.

Next week will mark 40 years since the infamous storm, which dumped nearly two feet of snow across the region over the course of two days. Blowing winds caused snowdrifts several feet deep and schools and businesses closed for days as everyone dug out.

The Elkhart Public Library has a trove of local history materials and items pertaining to the blizzard, including newspaper archives from those days.

We also asked our staff for their own recollections of the storm and the next several days, as frigid temperatures made playing outside dangerous and transportation was only available by snowmobile.

Lori Wolgamood

bear1This is a funny picture of our dog Bear and I, after the snow stopped falling and we got out….to dig out. Bear, wanted so much to come out and help us. But, not long after his paws would get too cold for him to be out. My sister and I had gotten footy socks for Christmas, so we decided to make boots out of them for poor Bear. After getting used to the feel of these strange things on his paws, and, much silly walking, he finally got to be out with his peeps. Bear became a very happy camper. He loved chasing snowballs and shovels full of snow tossed into the air.

Jeanne Glanders

Our neighbors (father & son) decided to walk to the grocery and took orders from everyone in the neighborhood. We could get three items. Most were getting bread, milk, eggs, and other necessities. My parents picked: wine, cigarettes and Grape Nuts (the only cereal I would eat). We had plenty of milk and bread but my parents had run out of the fun stuff. We originally said wine, cereal and a TV guide but our neighbors said the TV Guide could be an extra item since it didn’t weigh anything. My parents looked selfish in their picks but we were really well fortified.

My best friend (and the daughter of the above father and son) lived across the street. She and I began digging until we had a tunnel which went from right outside my door to her porch. Now I realize how dangerous it was. If it collapsed we would have been in trouble!

Lori Walsh

I remember that my siblings and I delivered South Bend Tribune newspapers in the blizzard because the paper truck was able to make it to our house to give us the papers to deliver to neighbors and others on our route.

viewscan_0001Jane Garoutte

I have nothing but fond memories of the Blizzard of ’78!  Memories of snowmobiling, sledding and skiing at Swiss Valley following that blizzard. I remember digging tunnels out of the house, jumping off the roof into 10 foot drifts (after shoveling 4-5 foot off the roof) and the 12-plus foot walls of snow lining Main Street in Jones, Mich. where I grew up. We dug the most fantastic snow tunnels into the snow banks along that same street. We had several snowmobiles and a dog sled that we pulled behind them, taking food and other supplies to those who were trapped in their homes further out in the country. It was a fantastic unexpected vacation from school and my sisters and our neighbors had a blast. I know that not everyone has such nostalgia for this storm, but seems like a wonderful dream to me! I have often wished we had gotten some pictures.


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The EPL and the Elkhart County Historical Museum have some materials on the Blizzard of 1978, but lack many photographs. Michelle Nash, curator of collections for the ECHM, said that often events that have occurred in living memory don’t wind up in history museums for several decades.

“Oddly enough, the event may be too recent even at 40 years ago. It may be surprising to hear, but I’ve noticed this can happen at museums whose collections are primarily donation based: there is perhaps a perception that more recent events aren’t quite ‘history yet’ and therefore materials related to them do not get donated as often,” she said.

“Of course, in this case, maybe everyone was too busy shoveling to take pictures!”

If people do have photographs they wish to donate contact us at or or call the library at 574-522-5669 and the museum at 574-848-4322.

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Goodwill looking to assist job seekers in downtown Elkhart

Sam Householder : January 9, 2018 4:40 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Job seekers looking for assistance and help finding jobs close to home are invited to stop by the main branch and the Pierre Moran branch of EPL.

teri-and-mary-ellenFrom 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in February Goodwill Industries will be at the Pierre Moran library, 2400 Benham Avenue in Elkhart, handing out information about job training and employment in the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Zone. Bilingual assistance is available at these sessions.

The dates for those sessions are Feb. 8, 15 and 22.

According to Mary Ellen Albaugh, Job Readiness Facilitator for Goodwill of Northern Indiana, representatives will be handing out information about the EUEZ, as well as the job training and other programs that Goodwill offers.

The EUEZ is a designated area of Elkhart, covering most of downtown, that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has identified as as a target for job growth, Albaugh said. Tax incentives are offered for both businesses located inside of the EUEZ, as well as the employees who work and live inside of the zone, she said.

“It is an area of Elkhart identified because it isn’t thriving as much as other areas of Elkhart and it has been targeted to help it grow,” Albaugh said.

She said that Goodwill works with people that have barriers to employment, whether that is physical, mental or issues such as a criminal past.

“We assess the skills of each person that comes to see us, as well as teaching job search skills, workplace ethics such as being on time and getting along with others,” she said.

People can pick up information about the programs that Goodwill offers, Albaugh said, as well as ask questions and learn how working inside the EUEZ can benefit them.

“Goodwill is in lots of different counties and in looking at the economic situation here, while there are a lot of high-paying RV jobs, not everyone has the stamina for those jobs or the transportation to get there,” she said. “There is a lot of need for part-time work.

Goodwill believes that if people struggle to keep a job, we want to help people get an income,” she said.

Albaugh added that there are work opportunities for those that enter the Goodwill training program.

“We have work skills classes and paid work experience for temporary work while they go through the program,” she said.


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8 Things you didn’t know your library card gave you

Administrator : January 3, 2018 3:37 pm : Elkhart Public Library
An EPL card gives patrons access to the vast collection of materials inside the library, but it also does so much more.
library-cardNew library cardholders often don’t realize all of the benefits and perks available to them through EPL.
Here are our top things you might not realize can do with your library card:
  1. Stream media: Television shows and movies aren’t just on Hulu or Netflix. Hoopla digital has hundreds of shows and movies available, for free, with your library card
  2. Access the Goshen Public Library through our consortium
  3. Print from home. Out of ink? Printer jammed? No problem, the library has several options for getting your materials to a library printer for easy pick up. We also offer scanning and faxing services
  4. Genealogical, family and local history research resources.
  5. Ebooks, magazines and audiobooks: the library has services for getting digital reading materials onto your favorite device and it’s all free
  6. Paywall free newspapers
  7. A pass to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens that may be checked out
  8. Wi-Fi at all our branches and the Public Computer Center downtown

And of course, access to thousands of books, albums and movies

Look around, explore the downtown library and our branches and see what we have for you. Hopefully you will find something to educate, enlighten and entertain you. Welcome and thanks for joining us.
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