UNMASK! Teen Summer Reading & Activities

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Teens, read and discover with Summer Reading Bingo! You will have the chance to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “Bingo Card” with different genres of books to read and various  library-related activities.

How it works:

  1. Fill in the boxes as you read the genres and complete the activities.
  2. When you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) bring your card to the library.
  3. For each row you fill you will win a prize and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of three $50 gift cards (courtesy of Friends of the Elkhart Public Library).
  4. That’s not all! — Fill in 3 rows to finish the card! Finish up to 3 cards total. (That’s a lot of prizes, and a lot of entries for the grand prize!)

Mini Comic Con

Fans of all ages! Come to a mini comic book convention at the Main Library!
Wednesday, June 10 • 4:30-7:30 pm • All ages

Unmask7Featuring:
• The Hall of Heroes Museum Traveling Exhibit
• Vendor tables and Artist Alley
• A visit from Little Guardians illustrator Lee Cherolis
• Workshops, including how to make your costumes awesome
• A fabulous costume contest with prizes in 5 categories
• So much more! Check it out at tinyurl.com/MiniComCon2015

 

More Super Summer Activities

For ages 12-18 unless otherwise noted. Click or tap any event for details and to sign up (if required).

Dunlap Branch

Take a Superhero on Vacation
All summer • All ages
Pick up a superhero at the Dunlap Branch to take with you on vacation. Take a picture of you and your superhero. When you get home, bring the picture to the Branch and we will post it.

Unmask6Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, June 9 • 3:00 pm • All Ages
Play games, hang with friends, and eat ice cream! You can bring your favorite ice cream topping to share. 

Duct Tape Book Bag
Wednesday, June 24 • 2:00 pm
Make your own book bag with a cereal box and duct tape. Personalize it with sequins, paint, and various other decorative elements. (Registration required)

Pansy Hair Clips
Wednesday, July 8 • 3:00 pm
Make felt flowers out of felt and sew them to hair clips. (Registration required)

Have Your Picture Taken with a Superhero
Wednesday, July 15 • All Day • All Ages

Main Library

Movie Special: Batman: Assault on Arkham (PG-13)
Tuesday, June 2 • 4:00 pm • Ages 13 and upUnmask8

Mini Comic Con
Wednesday, June 10 • 4:30-7:30 pm • All ages

Super Smash Brothers Tournament
Tuesday, June 16 • 4:00 pm
Sign up now to compete in our Super Smash Brothers Tournament. 

Villain Art
Tuesday, June 30 • 4:00 pm
Create a monster or villain and capture him, her, or it photobombing in some of the world’s most famous works of art. 

Trivia Night
Tuesday, July 7 • 4:00 pm
Teams will compete in a pub style trivia game just for teens. Brush up on your pop culture because all kinds of questions will be asked, from movies and television to books, comics, and music. The winning team will take home a prize.

Make a Mask
Tuesday, July 21 • 4:00 pm
Feathers, sequins, glitter, and bows. Decorate a mask worthy of a masquerade ball.

Osolo Branch

Comic Book CoastersUnmask9
Monday, June 15 • 2:00 pm • Ages 12 and up
Make a coaster using comic book art. Materials will be supplied but if you have a favorite character you would like to use, bring your own comics. (Registration required)

Comic Book Cups
Monday, July 6 • 2:00 pm
KAPOW! Decorate cups with a comic book theme. (Registration required)

Pierre Moran Branch

Tie Dye
Tuesday, June 16 • 4:30 pm • Ages 12-17
Create a work of art out of a plain white t-shirt! Make a superhero themed shirt by using your favorite hero’s color scheme. You must bring your own white t-shirt to participate. (Registration required)Unmask10

Design a Hero Contest
Tuesday, July 21 • 4: 00 pm • Ages 12-17
Design your own superhero! Choose your superhero’s name, powers, and design his/her costume. Your superhero will then be displayed for voting. The winner will receive a prize! 

Literary Heroes: Books to Movie
Thursday, July 30 • 400 pm • Ages 12-17
Join us for a discussion about your favorite book-to-movie hero. We will vote on a book-to-movie title to watch. Afterward, we will talk about the differences between the book and the movie, which one you like better and why. (Registration required)

Escape the Ordinary  Adult Summer Reading and Activities 


Every Hero Has a Story  Children’s Summer Reading & Activities

Cleveland Branch
Dunlap Branch
Main Library
Osolo Branch
Pierre Moran Branch

Overview of all summer activities at myepl.org/events

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

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Charge!

… 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!

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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.