A paranormal investigation team will lead a paranormal investigation inside the library, as well as share stories of chasing Sasquatch, Dogmen and other unexplained phenomenon during a special program for Halloween.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, members of the BSR Paranormal group, which has Elkhart and Fort Wayne chapters, will speak at the downtown location.
They will present some information about what the group does and how it investigates the paranormal before they lead a search for anything paranormal in the library after hours.
According to group founder Jennifer Jacobs, the group travels around the region exploring reports of hauntings and creatures such as Sasquatch, Mothman and Dogman, among others.
“We investigate all aspects of the paranormal,” she said. “We’re going to discuss the history of Halloween and we’ll go over our experiences and others’ experiences,” said Jacobs
She said she will share tales of time she was attacked by “something” at the Ohio State Reformatory Prison and stories from a ghost hunt at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
Following the presentation, the group will answer questions. She said patrons can expect to learn what happens at an investigation; how they do it and that it’s all right if they have a paranormal encounter of their own.
“They are not alone if they have experienced anything,” Jacobs said.
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Brainfuse is a free service offered to Elkhart Public Library users – don’t have a card? Get this card.
It’s available online or as an app, and will get you quick access to live help on lots of subjects – everything from social studies to calculus. Brainfuse also offers writing and language labs so you can make sure you’re getting the right words across on that last paper.
Brainfuse’s live tutors are available from 2 to 11 p.m., seven days a week. You can submit questions 24/7 for extended explanations of tricky questions, or get together with friends in an online study group.
And for adults, Brainfuse offers practice tests and prep for high school equivalency exams, U.S. citizenship tests, business writing like resumes and letters, and much more.
Meet Benny. The black Labrador retriever is Elkhart Public Library’s new guest star for Paws to Read.
The popular Saturday morning program pairs young readers with a therapy dog to help kids gain confidence in reading aloud. This school year, the program will take place downtown library every third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon.
Jeannine Seggerman and Benny have been together for several years, continuing to train together to help and serve others.
“He has trained in many areas to be certified a therapy dog,” Seggerman says.
Seggerman, a retired first grade teacher from the Edwardsburg school system, says reading comprehension is a cause very dear to her.
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”Reading is something that is the most important aspect of their life, so some of this is about enticing children that maybe haven’t been to the library to come out to the library,” she said.
Benny takes over for Barney, a St. Bernard who retired from Paws to Read in the spring due to his advanced age. Though a different breed and with a different owner, Benny has many of the same kind and thoughtful characteristics as Barney.
“They enjoy reading to Benny,” Seggerman says. “He’s a very calm and loveable dog. Children just feel comfort in reading to a dog it gives them a calm and allows them to be more confident in themselves.”
Seggerman says she is excited to work with children again, as typically the pair work with the elderly. Overall, she just wants to help children learn to read and encourage people to get involved with their library.
A 15-minute reading session can be reserved by calling 574-522-2223. Paws to Read dates for the fall are Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.
With October underway it’s the season of spooky, scary and fun and the Elkhart Public Library has a number of activities for Halloween fans of all ages.
From stories of the paranormal to costume making and pumpkin launching, the library has you covered this season.
Here are the activities happening this month:
- Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m., the downtown library book club will host a discussion on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m., downtown library is hosting pumpkin painting for teens. Pumpkins will remain displayed until Halloween
- Saturday, Oct. 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Island Park in Elkhart, EPL will be participating in the City of Elkhart’s Safe Trunk or Treat
- Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m., BSR Paranormal will host a discussion on ghost hunting followed by a search of the library for any paranormal activity
- Friday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ETHOS Innovation Center is hosting their Science Spooktacular, EPL will be doing an alien autopsy
- Monday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m., the downtown library is hosting Mad Scientist, where children can come dressed up and participate in gross experiments with ETHOS Innovation Center
- Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m., the downtown library will host a Halloween parade for kiddos in costume, stories and a craft
- Monday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m., the downtown library will host a Halloween party with games, a craft, prizes for book-themed costumes and much more. Free tickets are available beginning Oct. 15.
As always for the full list of activities check out our events calendar.
Get many of your favorite publications in one place with PressReader, now available at EPL.
The digital reader program, available on desktop, as well as mobile devices via apps, offers thousands of English language and international newspapers and magazines.
Publications include Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Post and Los Angeles Times and are all available without a subscription or a fee, just a library card.
“We’ve been looking for a way to get Chicago newspapers back in the hands of our patrons. Local delivery stopped a couple years ago,” said Celine Maciejewski, reference librarian. “Sports fans want their fix on the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox, or to keep up with Chicago politics.”
PressReader offers digital PDFs, with full color of each issue or an option for text view, according to Maciejewski. The PressReader app allows for downloading of issues for offline access. Issues are available for 90 days.
It is free to access PressReader at all EPL locations and can be logged into anywhere using your library card.