Teen Read Week: Read for the fun of it!

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We challenge you to read for the fun of it! Teen Read Week is October 18-24. There will be a new activity in the Young Adult Area every day to celebrate.

All Week: Share what you are reading in a Post-it Note display and make a colorful bookmark

Monday: Redesign a book cover

Tuesday: Take a guess for our Guess How Many jar

Wednesday: Have your library fortune told

Thursday: Kind bomb the Library with kindness

Friday: Find the hidden book characters

Saturday: Write a book review

So come and see us in the Young Adult Area. There will be lots of fun things to do! Don’t forget Teen Read Week is the last week to vote for the Teen’s Top Ten as well. Get those votes in!

Teens’ Top Ten – Vote Now!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Teens can vote online starting August 15 and the winners will be announced after Teen Read Week in October. Read books from the list of nominees and visit www.ala.org/teenstopten to vote for your favorite!

Watch the book trailers on YouTube!

Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Unhinged by A.G. Howard
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Homework Help


Homework Help at All EPL Locations

Homework Help is available to all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. National Honor Society students from Elkhart Central and Memorial High Schools will be on hand to help in many different subjects, and on a first come, first served basis.

Students should bring their assignments, as well as needed materials and supplies.

Times and Locations:

Homework Help is offered from September 7 – May 21. For more information, feel free to give us a call.

EPL Links and Online Resources

  •  Teen Links
    • Go to myEPL.org/teen
    • Hover your cursor over Research & Homework on the blue bar
    • Select Links from the drop-down menu
    • OR select from the quick links list on the right side of the page
  • Online Resources (EPL cardholders)
    • Go to  myEPL.org/teen (also accessible from MyEPL.org, or myEPL.org/kids)
    • Hover your cursor over Research & Homework
    • Select Online Resources from the drop-down menu
    • OR select from the quick links list on the right side of the page

For more information, or assistance in using the EPL website, call 522-KNOW (522-5669)

Driving Permit Practice Tests @ EPL

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Access free practice tests for your Indiana driver’s permit (car and motorcycle) through EPL’s Online Resources. Take the tests as many times as you like. You will get immediate feedback on your answers. Questions are based on the Indiana BMV Driver’s manual, which is accessible from the practice test site. The site also includes three CDL practice tests. To use this resource, you need to have an Elkhart Public Library card OR accessing from any EPL location via Wi-Fi or Library computer.

To access practice tests:
1.    Go to myepl.org/info247
2.    Click or tap + Online Learning Courses
3.    Click [Access from Home]
4.    Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
5.    If you are in the Library, select Driving-Tests.org (card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)

Charge Up at EPL



… your laptop or mobile device, that is. We now have charging stations at all EPL locations.

Each unit has:

  • Two power outlets
  • Two USB ports
  • Six retractable cables:
    • Three with Apple connections
    • Three with Micro USB connections

There are stations on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Main Library and one at each of our branch locations.

This equipment is a gift from the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library. Thank you, Friends!


Check Out with Your Smartphone!

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Forget your library card? Now we can scan it from your smartphone! Just download an app and photograph your card. Voila! You have your Library barcode wherever you have your phone.

There are a number of “loyalty” or “rewards” card apps available.  Key Ring is one of them. It is well-reviewed, user-friendly and available for most smartphones. Go to www.keyringapp.com for more information, and to download it to your Android or iPhone. Key Ring is also available for Blackberry and Windows phones:

Key Ring – Blackberry
Key Ring – Windows

For other “loyalty” or “rewards” card apps, check Google Play (Android), the App Store (iPhone), Blackberry App World or the Windows App Store. These are generally accessible directly from your phone.

Once your barcode is on your phone, you can use it just as you would your Elkhart Public Library card.