On Your Mark, Get Set … READ! Summer Reading 2016

Administrator : May 27, 2016 11:55 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature, Kids, Teens

SL-SRP 2016

Read, Learn, Win!

  • Starting June 1, visit any EPL location to sign up and pick up a reading log.
  • Read 20 minutes a day for 5 days. (Preschool children and younger: read/be read to 10 minutes a day for 5 days.)
  • Do 2 fun and simple learning activities.
  • Bring your log back to the library for your prize!
  • Repeat!

You can earn a different prize every week, plus win a book when you finish 4 logs! Every time you come back for your next prize, you will be entered in our end-of-summer grand prize drawing for a new bicycle! The more you read, the more prizes you win, and the better your chances for winning the bike.


Children’s Program Highlights

Camp “O” Olympian Stars Art Contest!

Kids, bring in your creative art work to the  Main Library Children’s Room between June 1 and July 25. Your art project will be displayed in July. The five judging categories are:
Ages 0-5 • Ages 6-8 • Ages 9-11 • Ages 12-14 • Ages 15-17
Entries must be your own work, done in good taste, and nicely displayed with a frame or on a board. They must also include an entry form, available at the Children’s desk when you turn in your entry. Prizes will be awarded at Camp Olympian Stars Ice Cream Delight on August 1.
This is at the Main Library because there is more display space, but all Summer Readers are encouraged to enter!

Opening Ceremony for Camp “O” Olympian Stars
Thursday, June 2 • 4:30 pm • All ages • Main Library
This is at the Main Library because there is more space, but all Summer Readers are encouraged to attend, whether your sign-up location is at a branch or downtown!

Yoga for Kids
Statue (1) flippedMondays • 10:00 am
Ages 4 and up • Osolo Branch
June 13, 20, 27 • July 11, 18,  25

Amazing Mammals
Wednesday, June 22 • 2:00 pm
Ages 5 and up • Pierre Moran Branch
A presentation from the Elkhart County Parks Department about the amazing, wild and furry animals that live in our area.

Ronald McDonald
Tuesday, June 28 • 3:00 pm
All ages • Dunlap Branch

Ronald McDonald
Wednesday, July 13 • 4:45 pm
Ages 5 and up • Main Library

Camp “O” Ice Cream Delight
Monday, August 1 • 4:30 pm • All ages • Main Library
Come dressed as your favorite Olympian Star to celebrate our great On Your Mark, Get Set, Read Summer Reading Program with our Ice Cream Party. Please register so we don’t run out of Ice Cream! This is at the Main Library because there is more space, but all Summer Readers are encouraged to attend, whether your sign-up location is at a branch or downtown!


Zoo to You: Amazing Animal Athletes

Tuesday, August 2 • All ages
4:00 pm at the Main Library
6:00 pm at the Dunlap Branch
Guests from the Potawatomi Zoo will show us amazing athletes from the animal world!
A big thank-you to the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library for funding this program!

And so much more!


Children’s Programs by Location

Cleveland Branch Dunlap Branch
Main Library Osolo Branch
Pierre Moran Branch

For all EPL programs and activities, check our calendar at


TEENS (Link coming soon)

Teen SL-SRP 2016


ADULTS (Link coming soon)

SL-SRP 2016-Adult


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Exercise Your Mind … Adult Summer Reading Activities

Administrator : May 27, 2016 11:00 am : Elkhart Public Library, Home Feature

SL-SRP 2016-Adult

Exercise Your Mind • Win Prizes

You can:

  • Play Reading Bingo
  • Test your trivia skills
  • Solve word puzzles
  • Write book reviews (may be featured on our website and/or Facebook page)

Pick up activity sheets at any EPL location. Each challenge you complete will be entered into a weekly prize drawing. At the end of August, a winner will be drawn from all entries for the grand prize – a Martin’s Supermarket gift card.


Exercise Your Body • Win Prizes

Pick up an Exercise Challenge card with instructions for setting a June-July fitness goal. Complete your challenge by August 5 and receive a water bottle courtesy of Get Fit-Get Healthy and be entered in to the grand prize drawing for a Fitbit (one at each location) provided by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.


Exercise Your Mind and Body at 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.

Martial Arts Demo
Tuesday, June 14 • 6:30 pm • All ages
Fourth degree black belt Bruce Anderson from Steve’s Gym will present a martial arts demonstration and information on basic safety awareness. Participants will be shown simple moves for self-protection. The plan is to be outside, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll be indoors.

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!

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


Get in the Game! Teen Summer Reading and Activities

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Extended Time Limits on Internet Computers

Administrator : May 26, 2016 9:33 am : Elkhart Public Library

Desktop ComputerGreat news for those who use Elkhart Public Library’s Internet computers! Beginning May 31, 2016, the time limit will be extended from two hours to four hours per day!

The initial session will still be 60 minutes. There will be pop-up notifications at ten minutes, five minutes and two minutes before the session ends – with an offer to extend your time if no one is waiting. Extensions will be in 30-minute blocks. If there is a reservation in place, the time may not be extended. If all computers are in use, please check at the desk. We can make a reservation for you.

The Express Internet computers are still 15 minutes per session, with a limit of 30 minutes per day.

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Branch Open Houses May 21

Administrator : May 12, 2016 9:19 am : Elkhart Public Library
 SL-Branch Open Houses
You are invited to an open house at any of our four branches on Saturday, May 21 between
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wherever you live in the Elkhart Public Library District, there is an EPL location near you. Come see what our branches have to offer!

Apply for a Card; Get Free Stuff

If you don’t already have an Elkhart Public Library card, this is a great opportunity to get one! Just bring a current photo ID showing your address within the Library district (Concord, Osolo or Cleveland Townships and City of Elkhart) to get a library card. Not only will you receive a free “swag bag” (a book tote and gifts), but you will immediately be able to check out books, ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and other library materials.

But Wait, There’s More!

There will be snacks and prizes, and Library staff will be on hand to show you how to access EPL’s large selection of Online Resources. The Friends of the Elkhart Public Library will have used books and other items on sale at each location.

Each Branch is Unique

Discover (or reacquaint yourself with) some of the distinctive features of each branch, including:

Cleveland Branch • 53715 County Road 1 • Elkhart, IN 46514 

A nature oasis • Programs for all ages • A secret picnic area

Dunlap Branch • 58485 County Road 13 • Elkhart, IN 46516
A wildflower garden • Great programs for adults and kids

Osolo Branch • 3429 E Bristol St • Elkhart, IN 46514
Right next to Walker Park • Great book clubs

Pierre Moran Branch • 2400 Benham Ave • Elkhart, IN 46517
EPL Pierre Moran BranchA friendly bilingual branch • Se habla español

The Main Library, while still open, is undergoing extensive renovations. The branch open houses are an opportunity to reassure you how much is available at the different branches, even if you don’t come downtown.
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Stories in the Garden

Administrator : May 3, 2016 9:53 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

Stories in the Garden

Enjoy some family time at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens, 1011 North Main Street in Elkhart. We will meet in the English Cottage Garden on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, May through September, from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (In case of rain we will meet in the tented area.) A staff member from Elkhart Public Library will share stories and songs and lots of fun. Tuesdays are free at the Wellfield, so you will not have to pay to get in. Bring the whole family and a blanket to sit on. If it rains, the Wellfield will have a tent for shelter.

Stories in the Garden 2016

6:00 p.m. (rain or shine):

May 17
June 21
July 19
August 16
September 20

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