ed2go: Free Online Classes

Administrator : January 9, 2013 12:42 pm : Elkhart Public Library


Education to Go (ed2go)

 Welcome to your FREE Online Learning Library! 

Elkhart Public Library now offers a wide range of FREE, highly interactive courses. Take each course entirely over the Internet at your convenience, from work, home, school, or anywhere else… 24/7, 365 days a year!  All courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly.

Courses are FREE to resident Elkhart Public Library card holders.

To take advantage of this exciting learning opportunity:

  • Go to,
  • Find “Online Learning Courses” on the list,
  • Click on the plus sign and choose “Education to Go.”

Follow the steps below to request a FREE passcode.  The passcode verifies that you are an Elkhart Public Library card holder and allows you to access your course for FREE. This will be entered on the “payment” line in the enrollment process.

To request a passcode from the Elkhart Public Library ed2go homepage:

  • You will be required to enter your name, Elkhart Public Library card barcode and your email address. If you do not have an email address, free accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail are available on the Internet.
  • Once you submit the required information, your passcode will appear on the screen, and will also be sent to your email inbox. (To avoid having the email sent to your junk folder, be sure to add as a safe sender in your email.)
  • You must access the first two lessons within the first two weeks, or you will be dropped from the course.

Search for a specific course or browse the catalog to view the hundreds of titles that are available.

  • Course descriptions contain the following options:
    • Enroll Now
    • View Demo
    • Detail
    • Syllabus
    • Instructor Bio
    • Requirements
    • Student Reviews

Once you have selected a course, click on the “Enroll Now” button.

  • Choose the start date you would like (please note, you will not be able to access lesson one until that start date). You may enroll in a course two weeks past the start date, but no later. You must attend class within the first two weeks, or you will be dropped from the course.
  • If this is your first time enrolling in an ed2go course, enter your email address in the New Student Box and click on “Create Account”. If you are a returning student, simply type in your email address and password used in your last registration.
  • As a New Student you will need to complete the Account and Student Information page and click on the “Continue to Payment Options” button. As a returning student you will be taken directly to the payment options page. Please note that you can submit generic information in the student section. Your information is not tracked or shared.

Activate your course by entering your Passcode on the payment page.

  • At the Payment Options Page please enter the passcode provided by your library and click the “Pre-Authorized Passcode” button. Please note:  a passcode can only be used for one course registration.

Congratulations! You are now enrolled and will receive a confirmation at the email address you provided. If you require assistance please click on the “Help” tab at the top of the page to email a member of the Student Support Team. Enjoy your course!

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Income Tax Resources

Administrator : December 26, 2012 3:22 pm : Elkhart Public Library

accountant work space

EPL Tax Links
A comprehensive resource for tax forms and information

Paper Forms
The Elkhart Public Library will continue to make paper tax forms available this year – to the extent that the IRS and the Indiana Dept. of Revenue make them available. As the State of Indiana continues to promote online filing, they send fewer and fewer forms every year. You can, however, access the forms and information you need through the Elkhart Public Library.

Online Resources
Our Tax Information Links include:

These resources can be accessed from your home computer, as well as computer stations at all EPL locations. Forms may be printed at a cost of 15 cents per page.

We also have many “paper-and-ink” resources. Check our Reference and Nonfiction collections for books covering a wide variety of tax-related topics. J.K. LASSER’S YOUR INCOME TAXES is available at all EPL Locations. It is a comprehensive and comprehensible guide to tax preparation.

Volunteer Assistance

Main Library

Volunteers from United Way’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program will be at the Main Library:

    • Mondays, January 28 through April 15, 12 noon-5:00 PM
    • Wednesdays, January 23 through April 10, 2:00- 7:00 PM
    • Saturdays, January 26 through April 13, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

To schedule an appointment at the Main Library, call 211.
NOTE: Some cell phone providers do not allow access to 211. United Way of Elkhart is working on this issue. If 211 does not work with your phone, call 574-293-8671 or schedule online at United Way’s VITA web page  (

 Osolo Branch:

AARP (American Association of Retired People) Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the Osolo Branch:

  • Saturdays, February 9 through April 6,  9:00 AM-1:00 PM (except March 9 and 16)

To schedule an appointment at the Osolo Branch, call the Branch at 264-7234.

 If further information becomes available, we will update this blog and post a note on our FaceBook page.

 This year’s filing deadline is Monday, April 15.

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Top 12 of 2012

Administrator : December 26, 2012 2:35 pm : Elkhart Public Library


The 2012 top 12 most circulated

Fiction/Genre Fiction
Juvenile DVDs
Music CDs
Teen Fiction
Children’s Picture  Books

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Food for Fines Winterfest Special

Administrator : December 3, 2012 9:38 am : Elkhart Public Library

During the week of December 3, through December 8, 2012, all Locations of the Elkhart Public Library will accept donations of food for payment of overdue fines.  All food items collected will benefit Church Community Services.

Donations must be:

  • Non-perishable
  • Unopened
  • Unexpired
  • Undamaged
  • NO HOMEMADE ITEMS will be accepted
  • Pet food is acceptable.

For each food item you bring, we will waive 50 cents of your fines.

Unopened, undamaged toiletries and personal care items will also be accepted.

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Winterfest: Ten Days of Fun and Festivities

mrobinso : November 28, 2012 5:18 pm : Elkhart Public Library

Winterfest is a 10-day community-wide celebration coordinated by Santa’s Pantry.  The festivities begin with a holiday dance at the Matterhorn on Friday, November 30, and end with a 5K benefit walk on Sunday, Dec 9. The days between will be filled with  family- friendly fun, including a parade, breakfast with Santa, ice sculpting,  local high school choirs, Museum tours and much more!  Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Nearly forty businesses, groups and individuals are involved, (see the list here).  Twelve nonprofit organizations, as well as the entire community will benefit!

The  Downtown Parade steps off  at 6:00 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 1.  This year’s theme is “Big City, Bright Lights.”  Watch for the Elkhart Public Library float!  Following the parade, there will be a tree lighting on the Civic Plaza.

The following Saturday, December 8, will be Winterfest Family Day at the Main Library in Downtown Elkhart. Our activities from 9:00-1:00 will include face painting, puppet shows, a holiday centerpiece craft demonstration, an eBook buyer’s guide/demo, scavenger hunts, music, giveaways and much more. Santa Claus and the Snow Queen will be here, and you can make an ornament for our Commemorative Community Tree!

An after-hours showing of the movie
Arthur Christmas (PG) begins at 1:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 9 will feature a Mini HealthFair at the High Dive Pavilion, featuring Biggest Loser contestant Roy Pickler, followed by a 5k Santa Fun Stroll.  Winterfest 2012, November 30-December 12,  has something for almost everyone.  We look forward to seeing you!



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