Escape Room


What are Escape Rooms? Perhaps you have seen them on sitcoms like Brooklyn 99 or Big Bang Theory. Perhaps you have seen them popping up across the country. Perhaps you have never heard of them but you are intrigued! Come to the Library for your very own Escape Room experience on Tuesday, November 15 at 4:00 and see for yourself why this is the nation’s latest craze.

You and your teammates will be locked in a room and your goal is to try and escape before you run out of time. You will have to hunt for the hidden clues, solve puzzles, and break codes and locks. Try to beat the clock, the seconds will be ticking by!

Homework Help

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Homework Help at All EPL Locations

Homework Help is available to all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. National Honor Society students 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 during the school year from Labor Day to Memorial Day. For more information, feel free to give us a call.

EPL Links and Online Resources

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

Mini Comic Con!

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Elkhart Public Library Presents the Second Annual:

Mini Comic Con!

Saturday, September 10

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Schedule of Events

10:00: Event Begins – visit vendor tables and Artist Alley

10:30: Intro to Cosplay

11:15: Trivia Contest

12:00: Costume Contest Awards

Enter the Costume Contest!

Prizes will be awarded in 4 categories. To enter the contest, stop by the registration table. You will be assigned a number that will be pinned to your costume.

You can also vote for the People’s Choice Award at the registration table. All votes must be in by 12:00.

Categories: Best in Show, People’s Choice, Best Group, and Best Young Fan (under 12)

Ongoing Activities

Play Nintendo Wii U Super Smash Brothers and MarioKart 8

Children’s Superhero Craft

Make a Micro Comic

Featured Artists

Ginger and Chris Dee

Jim McClain

Jonathan Wilson

Andy Jewett

Michael McLean

Watch this page for more announcements and updates!

Wireless Printing is Here!

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Great news! We have partnered with PrinterOn to make it easy for you to print from your computer or mobile device to our printer –

and you don’t have to be at the Library to do it! Send your print job from anywhere, then come to the Main Library Public Computer Center to retrieve your print. Payment is cash only. Your print job will be held for 48 hours before being automatically deleted.




OPTION 1: Go to 


  • Select Black and White ($0.15/page) or Color ($0.50/page).
  • Enter a username so you can retrieve your document. We suggest you use your first and last name together: Ex: johnsmith.
  • Attach the file to be printed. You can also copy and paste a URL if printing a web page.

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  • Click on the large green print button to continue.Portal screenshot 3 PrinterOn will process your job and show you when it is ready.
  • Your document will be waiting for you at the Print Release Station in the Main Library Public Computer Center.



PrinterOn logoOPTION 2: Get the PrinterOn app for your mobile device


  • Visit the iTunes app store or Google Play to download and install the PrinterOn app for your device.
  • After installing the app, touch no printer selected at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select search and use keyword Elkhart. Select Elkhart Public Library Color Printer or Elkhart Public Library BW Printer from the drop-down menu.
  • On the PrinterOn main screen, touch Documents, Photos, or Web. (Detailed instructions for printing each of these at
  • Enter a username so you can retrieve your print job. We suggest you use your first and last name together: Ex: johnsmith.


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  1. Compose or forward an email to (black and white prints) or (color prints).
    • If composing a new email, you will need to attach the document or image to the email.
    • If forwarding, the attachment should automatically be included.
    • Alternatively, you can paste text into the body of the email to have it printed.
  2. Wait for a reply email from PrinterOn indicating your document was received. You will receive a reply for the email and each attachment. Your document will be queued and waiting for you at the Print Release Station.
    • You will need the email address you used to send the document or image. 
    • Enter the first part (before the @) to retrieve your print.
    • For example, if your print job was sent from, you will enter johnsmith.

To learn more about EPL’s printing and copier services, visit

Get in the Game! Teen Summer Reading and 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. Beginning Wednesday, June 1, pick up your card at any EPL location.

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 and earn a free book!
  5. Finish up to 3 cards. (That’s a lot of prizes, and a lot of entries for the grand prize!)




Registration is required for many of these programs.
Tap or click the links for details and to sign up. 


Dunlap Branch

Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, June 7 • 3:00 pm • All ages
What could be better on a warm summer day than eating ice cream with friends and playing games? If you have a favorite topping, bring it to share. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, 🙁 then we will move inside.

Tuesday, June 14 • 3:00 pm • Ages 12 and up
Bring a clean 100% cotton t-shirt. (100% cotton absorbs the dyes better.) Don’t have one? Check Goodwill.

Water Balloon Dodge Ball
Wednesday, July 13 • 3:00 pm • Ages 12 and up

Prepare to get wet! 🙂


Osolo Branch

Create a Card
Tuesday, June 7 • 6:00 pm • Ages 13-adult
Sue and Sarah will lead us in creating Hallmark-worthy greeting cards.

DIY Craft Geek: Cool Cords
Tuesday, June 21 • 2:00 pm • Ages 11 and up
Tired of untangling your headphone and earbud cords? Sign up to make tangle-free cord wraps. BRING YOUR OWN EARBUDS OR HEADPHONES.

Exercise Your Brain
Tuesday, July 12 • 6:30 pm • Ages 13-adult
Mental puzzle night! Test your brain power against other puzzle enthusiasts. A variety of puzzles will be available;  Sudoku, cross sums, crosswords, logic problems and more. Each correctly completed puzzle earns points. Whoever has the most points wins the grand prize!

DIY Craft Geek: Hardware Store Necklaces
Tuesday, July 19 • 2:00 pm • Ages 11 and up
Sign up to make cool necklaces from hardware store materials. Bring nail polish to use and share.


Main Library

Blast from the Past
Tuesday, June 7 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Be a kid again! We will relive fond memories of your favorite childhood games and activities – coloring, chocolate milk, Candyland … Join us for some afternoon nostalgia.

Teen Wii U
Friday, June 10 • 2-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Drop in between 2 and 5 to play SuperSmash Brothers or MarioKart. Compete with your friends. We might even start a tournament!
We’ll do it again on Friday, July 8.

Art Pixels
Tuesday, June 14 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Remake your favorite video game characters with pixelated Perler beads. We will also make giant-size wall art with Post-it notes, and put together some Cubecrafts.

Trivia for Teens
Tuesday, June 21 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Teams will compete in a pub-style trivia game. Brush up on your pop culture because questions will range from movies and TV to books, comics and music. The winning team will take home a prize.

Tabletop Games
Friday, June 24 • 2-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Drop in between 2 and 5 for some board and card games. Play an old favorite or try something new. Bring your friends!
We’ll do it again on Friday, July 22.

Harry Potter Celebration
All month! • Ages 10 and up
Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31! This year we are looking forward to the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. Come celebrate all things Harry Potter with activities set up in the Young Adult area.

Life-size Games
Tuesday, July 12 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Giant Jenga; Life-size Angry Birds, Pac-Man … Can you win the games when they are as big as you are?

Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello Style)
Tuesday, July 19 • Ages 10 and up
Calling all tween & teen bookworms! Test your knowledge and skills in book-themed Olympic events. Have a wondermously good time! Please register in advance.

For all EPL programs and activities, check our calendar at


On Your Mark, Get Set … READ
Children’s Programs by Location

Cleveland Branch Dunlap Branch
Main Library Osolo Branch
Pierre Moran Branch


Exercise Your Mind: Adult Summer Reading & Activities


Brainfuse HelpNow — All Ages; All Stages

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Check out our latest Online Resource!

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
    • Math
    • Science
    • 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
  • 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.

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
2.    Click or tap >> Kids and Teens or >> Online Learning Courses
3.    Select
4.    Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
5.    If you are in the Library, select (card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)

Library eCard for Middle Schoolers

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All middle school students in Elkhart Community Schools as well as all Concord Junior High students have been issued EPL ecards which connect them with the Library’s digital content from home, school, or anywhere else with Internet access. Each ecard has a unique number and PIN. In addition to ebooks and magazine downloads, students can learn languages, research in academic databases, get live online tutoring, and discover some really cool learning tools.

Among the many resources available are Biography in Context, Brainfuse, Britannica Online, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Mango LanguagesOverDrive (downloadable ebooks), Science in Context, and Zinio (downloadable magazines). See more on our Ecard Welcome Page. Android and iOS apps are available for many of these. The resources on our Welcome Page are selected from EPL’s Online Resources, all of which are available to students with ecards.

 ABC57: E-Cards Giving Students a Digital Edge in Education

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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 Teens’ 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 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