Library offers learning, community place for families

When Heidi Gunn and her family moved back to the Dunlap area after nearly 20 years, the first place she took her daughters was to the library. "It's good for our girls to know that where ever you go there is a library that you can plug in to," said Gunn, referencing her daughters Lucy, 5 and Stella, … [Read more...]

Elkhart, Concord students gain valuable access to trusted online resources

This year, more than 20,000 students in the Elkhart area will have free access to resources enhancing their classroom learning and individual creativity. Elkhart Public Library offers “ecards” to all K-12 students in Elkhart and Concord schools. The individual barcode allows access to the digital … [Read more...]

Empower yourself, learn new skills and brush up on old ones

This August is all about empowerment and bettering yourself at EPL and we're here to help with the new Empowerment [c]Rocks series. Every Wednesday in August at 4 and 6 p.m., there will be a program designed to help people get empowered on topics such as home repair, budgeting, cooking and more. The … [Read more...]

New book club mixes young adult reading, TV, movies

A new book club is going outside the library walls for a growing community that enjoys popular titles, good food, and lively discussion. Young at Heart’s first book talk will be Sept. 13, and the group will meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday in Old Style Deli, 200 S. Second St., downtown Elkhart. “While … [Read more...]

Hear a story in the gardens

Throughout the summer families are invited to a special story time held outside in the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. At 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, join an Elkhart Public Library storyteller for Stories in the Garden. Bring a blanket to the English Cottage Garden for an evening of stories … [Read more...]

1,000 success stories – getting kids ready to read

Reading books to children at an early age gives them a jump start on learning how to read. Studies indicate it's positive preparation for school, too. Children's author Mem Fox once said, “If every parent and every adult caring for a child read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children … [Read more...]

Rock your reading from anywhere this summer

Getting access to your reading and listening materials is easier than ever as the summer wraps up and school starts back up. OverDrive, the ebook and audiobook provider, has some recommended books for young readers and adults alike. Access OverDrive through or by downloading their app and … [Read more...]

From books to the big screen: Adaptations coming this summer and fall

Avid readers will have plenty of new TV shows and movies to say "the book was better" about this fall. Several popular books are coming to the small and the big screen. A new EPL book club coming this fall will give you a chance to read and discuss some of those books before the movies debut. … [Read more...]

How to research genealogy (and the best places to look)

When doing family genealogy research, it is easy to think that all of the information is online but backing that up with hard copy proof can be just as important. EPL has hundreds of resources and the expert help to find the information that family history researchers need to verify or prove the pieces … [Read more...]

Take a walk, read a book at Wellfield

Visitors to the Wellfield Botantic Gardens can enjoy the beautiful flora and get a great story during Story Walk. The ongoing program pieces out a children's book onto stands around the gardens where visitors can walk up and read them as they make their way around the grounds. The current book … [Read more...]

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