Hoosier Family of Readers

Administrator : June 28, 2013 2:30 pm : Elkhart Public Library


 The Indiana Department of Education has a new summer initiative called Hoosier Family of Readers. Along with this, they are providing free access to thousands of digital children’s books!!

The initiative invites children and adults to read every day this summer and to identify their Hoosier Family of Readers. A reading family can be any combination of caring adults and children. At the Children’s Desk at the Main Library or at any of our branch locations, pick up a bookmark with a place to record “Who” is in your Hoosier Family of Readers. We are also giving away pencils and stickers so be sure to ask for those too!

The Hoosier Family of Readers program encourages all “reading families” to read anything that interests you – including graphic novels, nonfiction books, magazines, and newspapers – whether online or in print. Reading is reading, no matter the format or genre.

To encourage reading families to explore the experience of online reading, the Hoosier Family of Readers is providing free access to thousands of digital children’s books through myON Books.

Use the login information below:

MyON Books

School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers, Indiana Department of Education

Username: read

Password: read

Notes: If you begin typing “Hoosier,” the entire school name will show up in a drop-down box. You can select it from there. Username and password are case-sensitive.

From this website you can read as many books online as you would like. If you have an iPad or Android tablet, you can also download up to 20 titles on your device.

Have fun exploring all the great digital books available through Hoosier Family of Readers! And don’t forget to read every day!

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Ed2go is now Learn4Life: Limited Course Enrollments through November 2013

Administrator : June 18, 2013 8:53 am : Elkhart Public Library, Teens

UPDATE: Learn4Life is now Gale Courses!
Access and content are still the same.
The links this post will take you to the site.

Learn4Life graphic

When ed2go, a popular online learning course service, recently began offering subscription access to public libraries through the publisher Gale Cengage Learning, we knew it would be a unique addition to our online resources.  Since our ed2go subscription began in January of this year, there have been 67 course enrollments in the areas of business, teaching and education, healthcare, writing and publishing, computer applications, and college readiness. Other public libraries have experienced increased demand for these free classes, so much so that the publisher has implemented several changes to the service:

  • Ed2Go is now called Learn4Life.
  • From June 2013 through November 2013, each Elkhart Public Library patron will be limited to taking a total of five courses.  Any courses started before June will not count against this total.  This is a cost saving measure instituted by Gale Cengage Learning.
  • Use your Elkhart Public Library card barcode/number to enroll in a free course (no need to request a passcode).
  • You must access the first two lessons within the first two weeks, or you will be dropped from the course. (A dropped course will not count toward your five course limit.)

Learn4Life continues to offer the same selection of FREE, highly interactive courses as ed2go. Take each course entirely over the Internet at your convenience, from work, home, school, or anywhere else… 24/7, 365 days a year!  All courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly.

Courses are FREE to resident Elkhart Public Library card holders.

To take advantage of this exciting learning opportunity:

  • Go to,
  • Find “Online Learning Courses” on the list,
  • Click on the plus sign and choose “Learn4Life.”
  • Enroll in a course following these simple steps:

1. Click “Enroll Now” next to the course of your choice.  You can find courses by browsing through the categories on the left of your screen or by using the search bar at the top.

2. Select your course start date and click “Continue.”

3. If you have never taken a Learn4Life (or Ed2Go) course: enter your email address in the New Student area, and click “Create Account.”  Complete the Account and Student Information page and then click “Continue to Payment Options.”

If you are a returning student: enter your account email and password and then click “Sign In.”

4. Enter your library barcode and click “Use Library Card”.

5. Congratulations! You are now enrolled and will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided.

A Record of Completion is available for printing once you have successfully completed the final exam of your course.

Others have already completed courses such as Microsoft Excel, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, and Start Your Own Edible Garden.  Leave a response in the section below to let us know which courses you’ll be taking!

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Summer Reading for Grownups

Administrator : June 17, 2013 9:51 am : Elkhart Public Library


Adults, we have a Summer Reading Program for you, too!

For each item you check out, you can write a brief book review or solve a puzzle. Every review or puzzle you complete will be entered in a drawing for a weekly prize. Prizes will include gift baskets with donated items and services from local businesses, including  a “movie bowl” with a DVD, candy, pop and popcorn; a “spa basket,” an “automotive basket,” and other surprises. All entries will be saved for a grand prize drawing at the end. We have three Kindle Fires to give away! Summer Reading runs through July 27. Prizes can be claimed through August 3.

Discover a New Hobby

In addition to Summer Reading, we invite you explore your inner hobbyist at the Main Library. During June and July, guests from the community and EPL staff members will demonstrate their hobbies, and discuss the tools and supplies involved. You can learn about fly tying, beading, beekeeping, basket weaving and more. See Library News blog  Discover a New Hobby for more information.

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ReadKiddoRead: Books Kids WANT to Read

Administrator : June 14, 2013 10:32 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids  was created by James Patterson to help parents and teachers find books that kids will truly enjoy reading. Author and reviewer Judy Freeman, in a 2010 School Library Journal interview, talked about the website and how it started:

 “So here’s this stupendously successful and famous author with over 150 million books in print, and what was he dealing with at home a few years back? His own son, Jack, not wanting to read….  Patterson and his wife, Sue, went looking for titles Jack couldn’t put down and worked their parent mojo magic to get him into books. Jack’s now 11 or 12 and a voracious reader, so their efforts paid off in spades.

ReadKiddoRead was the first winner of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, and has been designated as one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids.

A great many ReadKiddoRead titles can be found in the Elkhart Public Library PAC (Public Access Catalog).

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Discover a New Hobby

Administrator : June 12, 2013 8:23 am : Elkhart Public Library


What does it take to tie a fly?
Decorate a cake? Create a card?

Explore your inner hobbyist this summer at Elkhart Public Library. During June and July guest hobbyists will visit the Main Library to demonstrate their hobbies, and discuss the tools and supplies involved.

Two different presentations will run simultaneously, with two back-to-back sessions each, to make it possible to attend both. Presentation dates are June 12, June 26, July 10 & July 24. No registration is required.


 This post has been edited from the original. July’s activities have been moved above June’s, and July graphic added. ~mmr 7/3/13


Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Beading/Jewelry-making AND Beekeeping

Beading & Jewelry-making
May Bean will share beading and jewelry-making tips. May has made  hundreds of items in her many years as a jewelry maker, and will explain how you can get started making your own unique pieces. May looks forward to sharing her experience and expertise.

EPL employee Henry Harris, has been a beekeeper for more than 35 years.  He is an active member of the Michiana Beekeepers Association and long-time editor of their monthly publication The BeeLine.  Henry will demonstrate what is involved in beekeeping and discuss the importance of bees to our ecosystem.


Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Basket Weaving AND Unique Scarf Design

Basket Weaving
Gloria Taylor is another Elkhart Public Library employee with a special skill. Gloria has been a basket weaver for more than 20 years, and would love to share her expertise in weaving baskets of many shapes and sizes.

Unique Scarf Design
Franklin Stoll is an Elkhart legend. He has been sharing his creativity with the Elkhart community for many, many years. His decorative scarf creations have become the latest fashion trend around EPL.


This post has been edited from the original. July’s activities have been moved above June’s, and July graphic added. ~mmr 7/3/13

Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Paranormal Investigations AND Creating Greeting Cards

Paranormal Investigations
George “Maverick” Hayes is the regional director of the Indiana Ghost Trackers North Central region. He has been an inspiration for his chapter winning “Rookie of the year” director and a number of other awards. He is a great investigator and an avid photographer. He is coming to us from LaPorte Indiana. He will be bringing all types of equipment used in his investigations and show you how to start your own investigations into the paranormal realm.

Creating Greeting Cards
Judy Ferrell, a long time library employee, will show off her expertise in card making. Judy will discuss the tools and supplies needed to make unique cards. If you are curious about what is involved in creating your own cards, here is your chance to learn more.


Wednesday, June 26, 6:00 AND 7:00 p.m.
Fly Tying/Fishing AND Cake Decorating

Fly Tying & Fishing
Learn the basics of tying flies with Joe Quarandillo, who has been a fly fisherman for many years. He will explain what supplies you will need to begin to tie flies and give you an opportunity to try tying one yourself.

Cake Decorating
Tina Meerzo is relatively new to Elkhart Public Library, but an old hand at decorating cakes. She has been doing it for 30 years. Tina looks forward to sharing her tips for professional-looking designs and letting you in on some tricks of the trade.


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