Two final summer reading treats: ice cream and a play

Administrator : July 31, 2017 3:15 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Celebrating the end of the summer reading program, Elkhart Public Library is treating participants to an ice cream delight.

img_2020From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, everyone is invited for an afternoon of fun with ice cream and toppings. GeoTrekkers, can bring their passport to get one last stamp.

While eating their treats, kids can watch “Three Little Pigs: Building a Better World,” a play performed by their peers.

Following the play, the winners of the Build a Better World art contest will be announced.

For this year’s summer reading program, Build a Better World, prizes have been awarded throughout as students reach different levels. Grand prizes will be awarded after all reading forms have been turned in.

Thanks to Burkhart Advertising, students involved in the summer reading program will have the opportunity to win two tickets to a South Bend Cubs game. The Friends of the Elkhart Public Library also provide financial suppor for the program.

The food coupons that students were able to receive throughout the program were made possible by Penn Station Subs, Ben’s Pretzels, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Dairy Queen, Urban Swirl of Goshen, and Twisted Cow.

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Tribute to the late Jymme Valdez to be dedicated Thursday

Administrator : July 31, 2017 3:13 pm : Elkhart Public Library

“Jymme had a great sense of humor, loved to sing while she worked, and was there to help others when needed.”

jymmeThat is how Gwen Robison, assistant director of Elkhart Public Library, remembers Jemima “Jymme” Valdez, who passed away June 9, 2017.

From May 2002 to January 2014, Jymme worked as a custodian at the library, where she was loved and will be missed.

“She took life in stride, and enjoyed every minute of it,” Robison said. “Her memorial plaque is located on the southwest side of the (downtown library) building, above a beautiful flowering hydrangea.”

Library staff took up a collection for the plaque and flowers, and the dedication will take place at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. Jymme’s family is inviting the community to celebrate, and those who knew Jymme will be encouraged to say a few words.

“Jymme was famous for losing her keys by accidentally flushing them,” Robison said, “or even throwing them away, causing a calamity while we dug through the trash.”

Robison has been collecting staff tributes to share with Jymme’s family.

“Jymme was a genuine person,” one staff member wrote. “She didn’t put on airs – she was friendly to everyone. She was quick with a smile, and what a beautiful smile it was. …

“She shared many stories about her children and grandchildren,” the staff member continued. “They were all so special to her – you could hear the love in her voice and see it in her face. She was kindhearted and had a great sense of humor.”

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Triple P preps parents with proven, practical strategies

Administrator : July 31, 2017 10:00 am : Elkhart Public Library


Upcoming programs at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location
* 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 – Developing Good Bedtime Routines
* 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 – Hassle-Free Shopping With Children

One of the world’s best known parenting programs is now available in Elkhart County, with a range of courses and sessions to help make life easier – and happier – for all families.

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program’s simple practical strategies have been proven to work around the world, helping parents manage everything from toddler tantrums to teenage rebellion.

Triple P is available to parents of children up to 16 years of age.

To talk to someone directly call Triple P in Elkhart County at (574) 226-0160 from 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. If there’s no answer please leave a detailed message and your call will be returned within 48 hours.


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Elkhart Public Library teaming up with NASA to implement STEAM education programs

Administrator : July 30, 2017 3:39 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Celebrating the sun, moon and life here on Earth, Elkhart Public Library is ready to kick off its partnership with NASA @ My Library.

One of just 75 libraries nationwide chosen for the program, Elkhart was selected for its commitment to STEAM education – science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ETHOS Science Center and Elkhart Community Schools will be partners in the programming, which will start this summer and continue through at least October 2018.

nasadesign“NASA @ My Library is an excellent opportunity for our Library to continue meeting two core goals: early literacy and lifelong learning,” said Allison McLean, who will administer grant activities as the head of Young People’s Services at Elkhart Public Library. “The grant gives us even more opportunities to get our community and our kids dreaming big about the world – and universe – in which they live.”

The first push will be for this summer’s solar eclipse. The Library will offer educational programs and distribute 1,000 pairs of glasses for safe solar viewing before the Aug. 21 celestial event, which will be celebrated in downtown’s Central Park. In the fall, the focus will shift to studying the moon, along with space travel and hands-on science at home.

Dates and times for all of the upcoming programs related to NASA @ My Library:

* Wednesday, July 12 – Eclipse 101: See the Star (6 p.m.), a program for adults to learn about the eclipse and receive viewing glasses.
* Monday, Aug. 7 – Eclipse 101 for Kids: See the Star (4:30 p.m.), with activities for kids ages 5 and up.
* Monday, Aug. 21 – Solar Eclipse Viewing Party all afternoon in downtown’s Central Park
* Monday, Oct. 2 – Family Moon Night (6 p.m.), featuring displays of moon rocks and a spacesuit by ETHOS

All events are free. Aside from the community eclipse viewing, all programs will take placed at the downtown location, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart. Program attendance is required to receive the solar viewing glasses.

Additionally, kids ages 9 to 13 can take part in “Space Labs” at each of the five Elkhart Public Library locations. These activities, taking place September through December, will be focused on the sun and moon and how each impacts life on Earth.

The NASA @ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA @ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science Mission Directorate, part of its STEM Activation program.

For complete information on Elkhart Public Library’s events, visit


Get the kids inspired to create awesome art

Administrator : July 23, 2017 9:38 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Summer reading is winding down, which means the “Build a Better World Art Contest” deadline is here.

artKids can bring art projects downtown by the end of the day Tuesday, July 25, to get entered. Fabulous works are already on display, and the judges certainly will have a difficult time deciding the winners this year.

The final decisions will be made during the Ice Cream Delight – 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 31. In the meantime, pick up a book that celebrates art in children’s lives!

Sky Color
Author: Peter Reynolds
Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint?

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
Author: Karen Beaumont
A mischievous toddler makes quite a mess in this fun rhyming story. When the walls have all been painted, what will he paint next? His own body of course!

Maybe Something Beautiful: How art transformed a neighborhood
Author: F. Isabel Campoy
Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, this story starts with a neighborhood where everything is gray. Then one day a muralist arrives with his paints and brushes and brings color, joy, and togetherness. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!

The Noisy Paint Box: The colors and sounds of Kandinsky’s abstract art
Author: Barb Rosenstock
When Russian artist Vasya Kandinsky was a child he received a box of paints. When he opened it he not only saw all the bright and beautiful colors, he heard them too!  He fell in love with painting and became an artist but it took great courage to paint what he wanted to – music!

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