Get in the Game! Teen Summer Reading and Activities

Teen SL-SRP 2016

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

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
    • 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 (also accessible from, or
    • 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)

UNMASK! Teen Summer Reading & Activities


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

• 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


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

Mini Comic Con!

Teen Comic Con

Elkhart Public Library Presents:

Mini Comic Con!

Wednesday, June 10


Schedule of Events

4:30: Event Begins – visit Vendor Tables, Artist Alley, and the Hall of Heroes Traveling Exhibit

5:00 Breakout Programs:

  • Intro to Cosplay: How to make your costumes awesome! By Martin Wong and Fawn Szymoniak

  • Favorite Comics book discussion/Doctor Who Poetry Reading By James Wylder, Author of An Eloquence of Time and Space
  • All About Solution Squad: Comics and Math by Jim McClain

6:00: Keynote Speaker Lee Cherolis, Artist and Illustrator of Little Guardians



7:00 Costume Contest

Enter the Costume Contest!

Prizes will be awarded in 5 categories. To enter the contest stop by the registration table to 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 7:00.


Ongoing Events

  • Watch Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles
  • Play Nintendo Wii Super Smash Brothers and Sonic Sega All-Stars Racing
  • Make a Superhero Mask
  • Play Magic the Gathering
  • Make a Micro Comic


Free Comic Book Day May 2

Teen SL Comic Book Day

All this, and a movie afterward!
See MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (PG-13) beginning at 1:15.