As summer winds down, kids, parents, and teachers alike are back in school mode. No matter your age, learning never ends.
Whether it is learning about space, learning a new language, picking up a new school, or just reading a good book, Elkhart Public Library is here for you – with something for everyone.
Careers: The Adult Learning Center in Brainfuse has live tutoring, a test center, a high school equivalency program, practice tests and materials to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test, Microsoft Help, Career Resources, a Resume Workshopping Center, and many more! In the SkillSurfer section, find many more resources, including computers and technology, English language learning, nursing school prep, etc.. The list goes on!
Tech: ALISON‘s free, high-quality resources to help you develop essential workplace skills. Khan Academy is free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. For those of you wishing to brush up on your tech skills or even just get them, we link to TechBoomers.com for free tutorials on how to use popular websites.
Languages: Communication is key. So what better way to improve your life than to learn a new language (or dusting off your rusty high school skills)? Start today! Sit back, relax, and learn a language using real conversation skills for conversations you might actually use. With Mango, you have access to over 60 languages AND it will be taught in your native language. The lessons are interactive, you can keep track of your progress AND there are apps available so you can learn on the go. You just have to sign up for a Mango account with your library card first.
Is the computer too much? Do you want a book you can work through? Start with these, or check out any from our large section of language books in the 400 section of non-fiction.
- American Sign Language : a step-by-step guide to signing
- Easy Thai : learn to speak Thai quickly
- Essential Japanese
- Breaking out of beginner’s Spanish
- Learn Arabic the fast and fun way
And more: Now we recognize that a lot of learning isn’t about book smart but also how to DO things. Well we have that covered too! Check out our online resources on home improvement and health!
For car repair, we have many, many Chilton’s manuals in person but we also have Chilton’s online that you can access from anywhere with your library card!
Through INSPIRE, we have access to the an online home improvement center, a center for Hobbies and Crafts, and Medline, which provides medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
Now remember, we also have TONS of books on these subjects as well. We even have a handy display at Main for you to look over of some of our favorites. Just as a teaser, here are a few (click on the covers to find them in the catalogue):
The first 250 people in downtown Elkhart’s Central Park after noon on Monday can get free eclipse viewing glasses. But that’s not the only reason to come to the party.
Eclipse – Our event, part of our NASA @ My Library work, goes from noon until 3. The moon will begin moving into the view of the sun at approximately 12:57 p.m. Our maximum view, about 85 percent coverage, will happen for two-plus minutes about 2:22 p.m. Then, the moon goes on its merry way at 3:44 p.m.
Food – Don’t eclipse party on an empty stomach. At the park, paying customers will find Hotdogeddy’s cart, out-of-this-world treats by Mini Delights Bake Shoppe, and the Maple Indian food truck. Old Style Deli (closes at 2), The Vine, Black Crow Cafe, b on the River and the Electric Brew are less than a block away if you’re looking for other food options.
Fun – TapSnap will be on hand with a digital photo booth – pick a background and take home a free print from the party. (You’ll find all the snaps on our Facebook page.) Young People’s librarians will have games and stories for the younger set.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to build your own website? If you answered yes, you’re in luck.
The South Bend Code School is coming to Elkhart Public Library at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Code School: Create Your Own Website invites people to come and learn more about coding, the language of computers.
Looking to expand in Elkhart County, Code School is hosting free events to drum up interest. The group will bring 30 laptops for participants to use, while coding experts from the school walk around the room to give information, answers and support.
All ages are welcome at the event, though it is geared more toward teens and adults.
No experience is needed to attend this event, but some general knowledge might be good to have beforehand. Here are some basics.
In order to code a website, you use HTML (hypertext markup language) to create your text and basic site functions, and CSS (cascading style sheets) to design the layout and look of a site. Essentially, you build your website from scratch by writing instructions, using the straightforward rules of coding.
Of course, programs and sites exist to automatically put together HTML and CSS for you, but it’s best to understand how it works even if you’re not always writing code. Plus, if a program malfunctions and you need to step in to write some of the code, it’s always best to be prepared.
“The hope is that they get exposed to coding and want to pursue it,” says Marianne Kruppa, head of the circulation department. “Coding with HTML and CSS is a skill that most will need in the future.”
So if you’re interested in learning about coding, HTML and CSS, even if you’ve never done any coding before, come for an evening of learning.
“Come with an open mind,” Kruppa says. “Coding is not as hard as you think.”
Housing is critical to everyone’s lives, says retired Judge Jim Rieckhoff, and “stable housing is ideal.”
Throughout his 30 years on the bench in Elkhart Superior Court 5, Rieckhoff saw numerous cases related to landlord-tenant issues. He’ll be presenting common issues and taking questions during three upcoming “Learn The Law” sessions at Elkhart Public Library in the hopes of avoiding unhealthy and unproductive landlord-tenant relationships.
* Tuesday, Aug. 15 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown location, 300 S. Second St. (attendees are invited to bring their lunch)
* Wednesday, Aug. 16 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the downtown location, 300 S. Second St.
* Wednesday, Aug. 23 – 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pierre Moran location, 2400 Benham Ave. (session to be conducted in Spanish and led by Jose Elizalde of LaCasa, with Judge Rieckhoff taking questions; a children’s program will be available for families)
“What I saw (as judge) was an awful lot of unstable housing and the consequences of such. Sometimes problems are caused by landlords, sometimes tenants, and sometimes both. That causes disruption, stress and strain for both,” Rieckhoff says. “The more people who know about the court system in the event that they have to use it, the better.”
The sessions will offer information on creating balanced relationships, how to exit situations as painlessly as possible, and how to navigate the court system if necessary. Rieckhoff values the Q&A portion of the program, saying, “I don’t know what they know and don’t know, but if they ask questions I can focus on what they want to know and respond appropriately.”
All three presentations will have the same general content. Attendees will be able to submit questions anonymously during the event.
“I hope people will walk away with more learning than they came with,” Rieckhoff says, “and that they can apply this in the future.”
Kong: Skull Island | Rated PG-13 | 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9
When a team of scientists go on an adventure to explore Skull Island, an uncharted island in the Pacific, what they find isn’t quite what they were expecting.
The eighth Hollywood version of the mythical King Kong story, “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the mysterious story of the larger-than-life gorilla who is king of Skull Island. The scientists are faced with the beauty of the island and the danger of the beasts that inhabit it. In the fight against a giant ape and other creatures, anything can happen.
Catch a free showing of “Kong: Skull Island” at Elkhart Public Library, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9. Films are shown on the lower level of the downtown location.
“Kong: Skull Island” is a 2017 release from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action and for brief strong language. The talented Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, and more star in the film.