See how the police put technology into action

Administrator : July 16, 2017 7:53 am : Elkhart Public Library

Meet Cpl. Chris Bella and members of the Elkhart Police Department as they demonstrate their robot at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location.

img_1785The presentation at 5 p.m. Monday, July 17, is part of the library’s 2017 summer reading program.

Bella is a bomb technician and evidence tech for the department. This STEAM-education program is open to all ages, and kids attending may have time to construct their own robot or security device after the program.

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Take a staycation and travel to another place and time

Administrator : July 12, 2017 3:04 pm : Elkhart Public Library

adventureBy Chuck Pieri
Branch Children’s Librarian
Maybe you didn’t have a chance to go on vacation this summer. Did you know that there are lots of places to explore and you don’t have to step outside the library? Why don’t you get started on your next great adventure – get lost in a book!

Don’t forget, the more you read, the more chances you have to win our grand prizes in the Summer Reading Program!


The nine lives of Jacob Tibbs
Author: Cylin Busby
This is a thrilling, 19th-century seafaring tale told from the perspective of the ship’s cat named Jacob. Through the cat’s narration, the reader experiences life aboard the ship and all of the exciting adventures that happen to the captain and crew!

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
Katherine Rundell
Wilhelmina Silver, or Will for short, lives a carefree life on a farm in Zimbabwe when an unexpected event forces her to go to England and attend a boarding school for girls. She finds her new life cruel and restrictive and decides to run away. How will she survive on her own?

Stella by Starlight
Author: Sharon Draper
Stella lives in a small North Carolina town during segregation. She witnesses a Klan gathering and later on experiences their hatred first-hand when they set a neighbor’s house on fire. Will the community cower in fear or stand together to confront this evil?

More titles can be found on Read Alouds too good to miss lists.


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Ride the waves and catch ‘Moana’ for free

Administrator : July 11, 2017 9:44 am : Elkhart Public Library

moana_frontDisney’s Moana  |  Free showing  |  10am Wednesday, July 26

It’s the story of a girl who loves her island and a girl who loves the sea, conflicted between the two. It’s also a story sometimes told through song.

Moana has been chosen by the sea. Her father, the village chief, has forbidden anyone to sail beyond the safety of the reef. When the livelihood of her village is threatened, Moana, a future chief herself, makes a decision to defy her father and sail the ocean in order to save her people.

Along the way, she finds Maui, a once-great demigod she believes can help her. Together, Moana and Maui encounter the ups and downs of your average cross-ocean voyage, coconut pirates, crabs covered in gold, and the other usual stuff.

“Moana” is a 2016 release from Disney (rated PG) and features the talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson (who knew The Rock could sing?), and more in this action-packed film.

Don’t forget that it’s still not too late to sign up for the 2017 summer reading program. While you’re here to enjoy “Moana,” make sure you sign up and get qualified to win some great prizes, like Amazon gift cards, LEGO sets and more!


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Wizards of the world, unite: Elkhart celebrates Harry July 14

Administrator : July 6, 2017 9:33 am : Elkhart Public Library


carmenWhere does Harry Potter live when readers first meet him in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?” (* – answer below!)

If you know the answer to that question, then Harry Potter Day at Elkhart Public Library is a great way to spend your Friday.

On July 14, beginning at 9 a.m., the downtown children’s room will be transformed into the world of Hogwarts. Fans of the popular seven-book series can come enjoy games and activities all day long. And, yes, it’s open to all ages.

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in the United Kingdom.

“July is the perfect month to celebrate Harry Potter and this activity is a fun way to do that,” says Allison McLean, who leads the library’s Young People’s Services department. “We hope fans will come be immersed in the world of Harry Potter and enjoy bringing the well-loved books to life.”

Activities include wand making, games of trivia, a scavenger hunt and more. There will also be a photo booth, although we can’t promise that the photos will move, as is customary in the wizarding world.

As J.K. Rowling wrote in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in the series, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

* The answer is … in a cupboard under the stairs with his aunt and uncle.

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Karting returns in August – rev up with this collection

Administrator : July 6, 2017 9:22 am : Elkhart Public Library

By Jeanne Glanders
Popular Materials
Study up and get ready for the Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix, which will bring go-kart racing back to the streets of downtown Elkhart for the first time in 22 years.

Photo of Elkhart Grand Prix, circa early 1990s, from National Kart News

Photo of Elkhart Grand Prix, circa early 1990s, from National Kart News

The Aug. 11-13 event features a 0.6-mile track following the Riverwalk. It crosses the Elkhart River twice every lap, looping around the NIBCO Water and Ice Park and using Waterfall Drive and East Jackson Boulevard.


During the mid-1990s, the Elkhart Grand Prix drew an estimated 40,000 spectators and more than 600 racers from around the world.

Get ready for the races by checking out the collections of Elkhart and Goshen public libraries. With our partnership, you can get these items at any location.

“The Karting Manual: The complete beginner’s guide to competitive kart racing” by Jo~ao Diniz Sanches and “Karting: Everything you need to know” by Jeff Grist and Memo Gidley are the perfect place to start. For more technical aspects of kart building, look at “Go Kart Racing- Chassis Setup: a complete guide to a better handling kart” by Brian Martin.

For the kids, go for “Karts” by Lorraine Jolian Cazin, “Kart Racing” by Jay H. Smith, and “Go-kart Racing” by Tracy Nelson Maurer.

Other recommendations:

* Two novels in the Sports Story series by Jake Maddox: “Kart crash” and “Go-kart Rush”
* “Kart Racer” (rated PG) is a father-and-son bonding movie about karting.

Start your engines!

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