Read, Learn, Win!
- Starting June 1, visit any EPL location to sign up and pick up a reading log.
- Read 20 minutes a day for 5 days. (Preschool children and younger: read/be read to 10 minutes a day for 5 days.)
- Do 2 fun and simple learning activities.
- Bring your log back to the library for your prize!
You can earn a different prize every week, plus win a book when you finish 4 logs! Every time you come back for your next prize, you will be entered in our end-of-summer grand prize drawing for a new bicycle! The more you read, the more prizes you win, and the better your chances for winning the bike.
Children’s Program Highlights
Kids, bring in your creative art work to the Main Library Children’s Room between June 1 and July 25. Your art project will be displayed in July. The five judging categories are:
Ages 0-5 • Ages 6-8 • Ages 9-11 • Ages 12-14 • Ages 15-17
Entries must be your own work, done in good taste, and nicely displayed with a frame or on a board. They must also include an entry form, available at the Children’s desk when you turn in your entry. Prizes will be awarded at Camp Olympian Stars Ice Cream Delight on August 1.
This is at the Main Library because there is more display space, but all Summer Readers are encouraged to enter!
Opening Ceremony for Camp “O” Olympian Stars
Thursday, June 2 • 4:30 pm • All ages • Main Library
This is at the Main Library because there is more space, but all Summer Readers are encouraged to attend, whether your sign-up location is at a branch or downtown!
Yoga for Kids
Mondays • 10:00 am
Ages 4 and up • Osolo Branch
June 13, 20, 27 • July 11, 18, 25
Wednesday, June 22 • 2:00 pm
Ages 5 and up • Pierre Moran Branch
A presentation from the Elkhart County Parks Department about the amazing, wild and furry animals that live in our area.
Tuesday, June 28 • 3:00 pm
All ages • Dunlap Branch
Wednesday, July 13 • 4:45 pm
Ages 5 and up • Main Library
Camp “O” Ice Cream Delight
Monday, August 1 • 4:30 pm
All ages • Main Library
Come dressed as your favorite Olympian Star to celebrate our great On Your Mark, Get Set, Read Summer Reading Program with our Ice Cream Party. Please register so we don’t run out of Ice Cream! This is at the Main Library because there is more space, but all Summer Readers are encouraged to attend, whether your sign-up location is at a branch or downtown!
Tuesday, August 2 • All ages
• 4:00 pm at the Main Library
• 6:00 pm at the Dunlap Branch
Guests from the Potawatomi Zoo will show us amazing athletes from the animal world!
A big thank-you to the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library for funding this program!
And so much more!
Children’s Programs by Location
For all EPL programs and activities, check our calendar at myepl.org/events
TEENS (Link coming soon)
ADULTS (Link coming soon)
Enjoy some family time at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 North Main Street in Elkhart. We will meet in the English Cottage Garden on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May through September, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (In case of rain we will meet in the tented area.) A staff member from Elkhart Public Library will share stories and songs and lots of fun. Tuesdays are free at the Wellfield, so you will not have to pay to get in. Bring the whole family and a blanket to sit on. If it rains, the Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.
Stories in the Garden 2016
6:00 p.m. (rain or shine):
Exciting news! Brainfuse is now available in our Online Resources!
Brainfuse HelpNow gives Elkhart Public Library (EPL) cardholders free access to live online tutoring, writing assistance, test preparation and more!
- Interact with a live tutor 2 pm to 11 pm, seven days a week for assistance with
- Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- Computer Literacy
- Test Preparation
- English As a Second Language
- 24/7 Question Center – submit a question for a detailed, explanation of a difficult concept
- Premium Writing Lab – writing assistance
- Form online study groups
- FLASHBULB – access a library of online flashcards or create your own
- Adult Learning Center
- Practice tests & preparation for High School Equivalency (TASC), SAT, TOEFL, COMPASS/ACCUPLACER, ASVAB, GRE, U.S. Citizenship and more
- Online quizzes & games
- Access free lessons & resources
- WRITING ASSISTANCE for better business letters, term papers, resumes, etc.
Use your Elkhart Public Library card to access Brainfuse from home or anywhere that has an Internet connection — or from any EPL location without a card.
To access Brainfuse:
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Click >> Kids and Teens OR >> Online Learning Courses
- Click Access from Home.
- Enter your Library card number near the bottom of the page.
- If accessing from any EPL location, no card is required.
- Setting up an account is quick and easy – just create a username and password and you’re ready to start learning!
To learn more about Brainfuse tutors, system requirements and technical support, view the HelpNow User’s Guide.
Brainfuse is a student initiated service and should not be used as a school or class-wide assignment.
Online preschool has never been more fun!
Prepare your child for success in kindergarten and beyond with Miss Humblebee’s Academy! This interactive program concentrates on language and literacy and also provides fun activities for math, science, social studies, music, art, inventors, and more! Though it is designed for 3 to 6-year-olds, Miss Humblebee’s Academy can also be helpful for children already in kindergarten who may be struggling a bit.
Kids will love the sticker room and puzzle area, and parents will appreciate using the music and books rooms to revisit the songs and stories from the lessons. We sense some new favorite songs and stories in your future! You can even print some of the lessons for offline use in the car, on vacation, or anywhere else.
Accessible from home or anywhere with an Internet connection,
Miss Humblebee’s Academy:
- Prepares children for kindergarten proficiency.
- Includes hundreds of guided lessons with sound cues.
- Assesses skill levels and reports outcomes regularly.
- Emails parents links to weekly progress reports.
With a combination of online and offline learning opportunities, kids can play and learn anywhere!
- Access with your Elkhart Public Library card – or from any EPL location without a card.
- Mobile apps are available for Android and iPhone/iPad.
- 20% of the curriculum has printables and worksheets, giving children practice using writing tools.
- Offers a safe and secure learning environment with no pop-ups, ads or links to other websites.
To Access Miss Humblebee’s Academy:
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Click or tap + Online Learning Courses, then Miss Humblebee’s Academy.
- Click or tap Access from Home.
- You will first be taken to a page that asks you to enter a password. This is your library card barcode number. (If accessing from the Library, you will be taken directly to the home page.)
- After entering your card number, click Proceed to go to Miss Humblebee’s home page.
- Create a user account, including an email address where you will receive progress reports. View step-by-step instructions here.
Additional information about Miss Humblebee’s Academy’s key features can be found in the footer navigation under Learn More, FAQ, and About.
Elkhart Public Library has a computer for kids just like you!
The Literacy Computer is for kids ages 2-8. It has a touchscreen, a mouse, a color-coded keyboard, and more than 60 games that kids will love. You don’t even need a library card to get on.
You can play Diego’s Safari Rescue, JumpStart Learning, Kid Pix 3D, Sesame Street, and many other games with your favorite characters. All the games on the computer help with skills like math, reading, and science and you’ll have lots of fun too. Come to the library to try it out today. Just stop at the Children’s Desk to ask for the day’s password.
This project is supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.