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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Beneath the Surface: Teen Summer Reading & Activities

Administrator : June 4, 2013 5:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Teens

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Summer Reading for Teens (ages 12-18)

Teens, this year Summer Reading is all new and exciting! You will have the chance to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “Bingo Card” with different genres of books to read and various  library-related activities.  For each row you fill, you earn a prize. For this year’s grand prize drawings we will give away a Kindle Fire and a Nook Color! Summer Reading runs from June 1 to July 27. Prizes can be claimed through August 3, 2013.

Teen Summer Activities

Design a surfboard, decorate a rock, fill a time capsule, play Wii games, eat pizza….
Click on any event for details and to sign up (if required).


Worry Stones
Thursday, June 12, 4:00 p.m.

Graffiti @ the Library
Thursday, July 18, 4:00 p.m.


Ball Jar Terrarium
Tuesday, June 11, 2:00 p.m.

Tie Dye
Tuesday, July 30,10-11 a.m.



Rock Art
Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 p.m.

Teen Wii
Tuesday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.

Back from the Future: Time Capsules
Tuesday, June 25, 4:00 p.m.

Beneath the Surface Jeopardy
Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 p.m.

Teen Wii
Tuesday, July 16, 4:00 p.m.

Finishers’ Pizza Party!
Tuesday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.


Surfboard Design Contest
June 1-30

Rock On Necklace
Thursday, June 13, 3:00 p.m.

Beneath the Coffee Cup
Create your own unique coffee cup
Thursday, June 27, 3:00 p.m.

HOLES Book Club
Thursday, July 11, Monday, July 15,
& Thursday, July 18, 3:00 p.m.

T-shirt Art
Tuesday, July 16, 3:00 p.m.


Tie Dye
Wednesday, June 5, 3:30 p.m.

Rock Art
Tuesday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.

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Dig into Summer Fun: Osolo Branch

Administrator : June 3, 2013 5:18 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

Osolo Branch

3429 East Bristol Street

Composting Made Simple
June 5, 10:00 a.m. Ages 6 & up

Wednesdays, June 12, 19 & 26, 2:00 p.m. Ages 8 & older

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Garden Gnomes
Monday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. Ages 6 & older

Fossil Finds
Monday, June 24, 10:00 a.m. Ages 6 & older

Make-it-Take-it Craft
Monday & Tuesday, July 1, 2. All Day; All ages

Burrowing Animals
Presented by the Elkhart County Parks Dept.
Thursday, July 11, 1:00 a.m. Ages 6 & older

Pirates Ahoy
Tuesday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. Ages 2-6

Slithering Snakes
Monday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. Ages 6 & older

Cave Art
Tuesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. Ages 2-6

Make-it, Take-it Craft
Monday & Tuesday, July 29, 30. All Day; All ages

Osolo Story Times

Dig into stories and crafts with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Ages 2-6
Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 & July 16, 23
Note:  Osolo Story Times are on the calendar as Gardens Galore, Big Machines, Fun with Gnomes & Fairies, Digging for Dinosaurs, Pirates Ahoy and Cave Art.


Summer Fun: Cleveland Branch

Summer Fun: Dunlap Branch

Summer Fun: Main Library

Summer Fun: Pierre Moran Branch

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Dig into Summer Fun: Main Library

Administrator : June 3, 2013 5:17 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

Main Library Young People’s Services

300 South 2nd Street

Dig into Reading Summer SpectacularSRP Blog Main-2
Monday, June 3, 3:00 p.m. All Ages

Dig into Underground Animals
Presented by the Elkhart County Parks Dept.

Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. Ages 5 & older

Dig into Treasure
Wednesday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. Ages 5 & older

Computer Class: Scratch: Games
Thursday, June 13, 4:00 p.m. Ages 8-11

Monday, June 17, 3-5 p.m. All ages

Silly Safaris Live Animal Show
Tuesday, June 18, 4:30 p.m. All ages
The Silly Safaris program is sponsored by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.

Dig into Dinos
Presented by Woodlawn Nature Center

Thursday, June 27, 4:00 p.m. Ages 5 & older

Dig into Wii & Board Game
Wednesday, July 3, 4:00 p.m. Ages 5 & older

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Computer Class: Scratch: Games
Wednesday, July 10, 4:00 p.m. Ages 8-11

Dig into Caves
Thursday, July 11, 4:00 p.m. Ages 5 & older

Babytime: Bugs in the Garden
Thursday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. Ages 0-2

Dig into Big Machines
Thursday, July 18, 4:00 p.m. Ages 5 & older

Messy Play Day
Thursday, July 18, 10:00 a.m. Ages 2-5


Dig into Ice Cream 
(Dress up in Hobbit, Gnome & Fairy costumes)
Wednesday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. All ages

Main Story Times

Dig into stories and crafts with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Ages 2-5

Summer Fun: Cleveland Branch

Summer Fun: Dunlap Branch

Summer Fun: Osolo Branch

Summer Fun: Pierre Moran Branch

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