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 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)

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 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

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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

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


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)

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.

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!


Circus Meets Steampunk: One Book, One Michiana

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it.
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

Discover the magical world of Le Cirque des Rêves!

Erin Morgenstern’s 2011 debut novel, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, is this year’s selection for
One Book, One Michiana, a month-long, community-wide series of events centered on a single book selected by the St. Joseph County Public Library. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is an “utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.”

The Circus is Coming!

We will kick off our One Book, One Michiana festivities at the Main Library with A Day at the (Night) Circus on Saturday, March 28, from 9 am to 1 pm. Join us for games, prizes, balloon animals, face painting, and a magician! Throughout April, you will be treated to magic shows, circus & steampunk projects, special movies, photo ops, and a fantastical array of activities to amaze and amuse.

Magic, Circus & Steampunk 

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Cleveland Branch

Urchin Illusion
Tuesday, April 7 • 6:00 pm Ages 12-adult
Create an amazing illusion with paper!

Foiled by You, Part 1
Thursday, April 9 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
You don’t have to be a blacksmith to create this metal art.

Foiled By You, Part 2
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Create a metal masterpiece worthy of framing.

Guys and Gals, Goggles and Gears
Tuesday, April 21 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Makers of Things unite! Make goggles and hair gear.

Grand Finale: NIGHT CIRCUS Top Hat
Thursday, April 30 • 6:00 pm • Ages 16-adult
Make your own top hat — steampunk style

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Circus Week
April 13-17 • All ages
Ladieeeees and Gentlemen! Step right up! Become a circus animal photo op. Get your “book” future told. Learn to juggle and perform magic tricks. Create illusion art. A week of wonders… with free popcorn!

Family Magic
Thursday, April 16 • 6:00 pm • All ages
For your amazement and amusement; a roving magician!

Osolo Branch

Steampunk Cross Necklace
Tuesday, March 31 • 2:00-8:00 pm • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime between 2 & 8 to create a unique necklace. The craft will be available until the materials run out.

Roving Magician
Thursday, April 2 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Illusions and tricks in the stacks!

Tarot 02Circus Games Galore
Tuesday, April 7 • 1:00 • All ages
Popcorn, tattoos, painting, carnival games (with prizes), and more. Fun for the whole family.

Trivia Night at the Circus
Wednesday, April 22 • 7:30 pm • Ages 12-adult
An after-hours program that will have you jumping through mental hoops. Come with a team, or come alone and we will introduce you to your teammates. Prizes will be awarded.

Pierre Moran Branch

Family Carnival Night
Thursday, April 16 • 6-8 pm • All ages
Games, prizes, tarot readings, and a magic show!

Steampunk Make-it, Take-it Craft
April 1-28 • Ages 12-adult
Drop in anytime during April to create your very own steampunk accessory.

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Movies at Main: Illusions of Grandeur

Wednesday, April 1, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist 2006 (PG-13)

Wednesday, April 9, 11 am-1:08 pm — Family Movie
An enchanting tale set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station. (PG) Call 522-2223 for the title.

Monday, April 13, 4:30-6 pm
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (PG)

Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Prestige (PG-13)

Wednesday, April 29, 6-8 pm — Midweek Movie
The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste) 2010 (PG)

Tarot art by EPL Graphic Artist Chris Hunsberger
Header image designed by Moxie Robinson

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Week Two


The Challenge is on! Enter the Library’s Photo Scavenger Hunt for teens!

Step 1. Take a picture interpreting one of the phrases below.

Step 2. Upload your picture to Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag #myeplteen. Or email your picture to yps@myepl.org.

Step 3. We will award a prize each week to the most creative entry.

Week Two Phrases

Raining Cats and Dogs

In Like a Lion


The deadline for this week is Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00 pm. Now put those stellar photography skills to use and show us your artwork! Check back next week for an all new challenge.