McNaughton Park Story Time

Administrator : June 3, 2015 1:43 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids

Park kids bookDoes your family enjoy the Tuesday evening Elkhart Municipal Band concerts at McNaughton Park? Come early and hear some stories, too!

You are invited to join us in the park on Tuesday evenings at 7:00, June 9, 23,
July 7, 14, and August 4. Gather by the playground for a half-hour story time presented by Elkhart Public Library staff members. Bring a blanket to sit on and join the fun!

All ages are welcome! (If it’s raining we will not meet.)

McNaughton Park is located at 701 Arcade Avenue, Elkhart.

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Every Hero has a Story: Summer Reading 2015

Administrator : June 2, 2015 9:40 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens



Read, Learn, Win!

  • Starting June 1, visit any EPL location to sign up and pick up a reading log.
  • Read at least 15 minutes a day for 4 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.

Every Hero Has a Story

Not all heroes wear capes and masks. This summer we will learn about different kinds of heroes, with plenty of opportunities to be a superhero, yourself!

Travel with a Superhero!

Dunlap Branch • Take a Superhero on Vacation
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.

You Can Be a Hero, Too!

Osolo Branch  Animal Shelter Donation Drive
Be a hero to our furry and feathered friends. Donate food and supplies at the Osolo Branch for the Elkhart County Humane Society.

Art Contest!

Main Library Superhero Art Contest
Kids, bring your artwork to the Children’s Room by Friday July 3 Wednesday, July 15. Your creations will be displayed through July, and judged in five categories: ages 0-5, ages 6-8, ages 9-11, ages 12-14, and ages 15-17. Submissions must be your own work, in good taste, and nicely displayed in a frame — or on a board, if 3D, and must include an entry form (available at the Children’s desk). Prizes will be awarded at our Super Hero Delight program on August 3.


  • Each of our locations has a super line-up of heroic children’s programs and activities. (Linked below)
  • Teens and adults, we have special Summer Reading Programs just for you! (Also linked below)

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Escape the Ordinary: Adult Summer Reading & Activities

Administrator : June 2, 2015 9:13 am : Elkhart Public Library


Grownups, we have a Summer Reading Program for you, too! Play Superhero Bingo, and be the hero for your community or a child! Each square on your bingo card is paired with a type of book, library service, or something you can do to be a hero. Explore different books and authors, and participate in fun, interesting library activities! Play the game by reading, attending programs, using library services, and serving others. Prizes will be given for each completed Bingo card; then one grand prize at the end of summer.

Superhero Bingo

  • Pick up a Superhero Bingo card at any EPL location.
  • When you read a book or complete an activity, enter it on your card.
  • Once you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) turn in your card for a prize.
  • The fun isn’t over, yet! Get another card and do it again!
  • But wait! There’s more! Every bingo card you turn in is also an entry for our end-of-summer grand prize drawing. Don’t feel like playing bingo? We will also have a different activity sheet each week. Correctly completing one of these also enters you in the grand prize drawing.

Summer Programs, Classes & Activities

Click or tap any event for details and to sign up (if required) 

Arts & Entertainment • Main Library

T-Shirt Crafts in the Atrium 
T-shirt Bag • Monday, June 8 • 6:30 pm
T-shirt Cat Tent • Monday, July 13 •  6:30 pm
Wearable Art T-shirt Craft • Monday, August 10 • 6:30 pm

Video Game Special Event
Batman Arkham Knight • Tuesday, June 23 • 3:00 pm


escape signalMain Midweek Movies 
AMERICAN SNIPER • Wednesday, June 3 • 6:00 pm
JUPITER ASCENDING • Wednesday, June 17 • 6:00 pm
McFARLAND USA (PG) • Wednesday, July 1 • 6:00 pm
THE DUFF (PG-13) • Wednesday, July 15 • 6:00 pm
MAGGIE (PG-13) • Wednesday, July 29 • 6:00 pm
INSURGENT (PG-13)  • Wednesday, August 12 • 6:00 pm
To be announced • Wednesday, August 26 • 6:00 pm


Health and Lifestyle
Ask a Lawyer • Wednesday, June 3 • 3:00 pm
Cooking with Superfoods (with samples & recipes) • Tuesday, June 16 • 2:30 pm
Healthy Habits for a Healthier You • Saturday, June 27 • 11:00 am
Cooking with Superfoods (with samples & recipes) • Tuesday, June 30 • 2:30 pm
Cooking with Superfoods (with samples & recipes) • Tuesday, July 14 • 2:30 pm
Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 Signs • Tuesday, August 18 • 4:00 pm


Book Clubs

Dunlap Branch Bookworms
1st Monday of each month • 6:15 pm

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn • July 6
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd • August 3

escape above cityOsolo Branch Book Club
2nd Monday of each month • 6:30 pm
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd • June 8
A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE by April Smith • July 13
THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picoult • August 10

Main Library Book Club
3rd Monday of each month • 6:30 pm

DEATH BY DARJEELING by Laura Childes • June 15
CLEOPATRA: A LIFE by Stacy Schiff • July 20
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green • August 17


Computer Classes • Main Library

E-mailescape riding tablet • Monday, June 8 • 6:30 pm
Tablet Training • Wednesday, June 10 • 5:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 • Thursday, June 11 • 9:30 am
Computer 1 on 1 • Monday, June 15 • 5:30 pm
Windows 7 Basics • Monday, June 22 • 6:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 •Monday, July 13 • 5:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 • Thursday, July 16 • 9:30 am
Tablet Training • Tuesday, July 21 • 9:30 am
Tablet Training • Tuesday, August 4 • 9:30 am
Computer 1 on 1 • Monday, August 10 • 5:30 pm
Computer 1 on 1 • Thursday, August 13 • 2:30 am

Registration is required for computer classes. Call 574-294-2847 to reserve your spot.


Teens: Unmask 

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Play Batman: Arkham Knight @ EPL

Administrator : June 1, 2015 9:08 am : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Batman Arkham Knight

Family Video, Rent-A-Center and the Elkhart Public Library Present:

Batman: Arkham Knight

You are invited to drop in and play Batman: Arkham Knight on the same day it is released nationally in stores. Experience the cutting edge graphics of Playstation 4 while roaming Gotham City in the Batmobile in search of the villainous Scarecrow.

This is a drop-in event; no registration is required. This game has a MATURE rating. Any patron under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please be prepared to show ID if necessary.

Tuesday, June 23 from 3:00-5:30 pm at the Main Library



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Mini Comic Con!

Administrator : May 19, 2015 11:35 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

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

Doctor Who Poetry Reading & Comics book discussion

• All About Solution Squad: Comics and Math by Jim McClain

• Movie: The Incredibles

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

detail7:00: Costume Contest Awards

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

• Play Nintendo Wii Super Smash Brothers and Sonic Sega All-Stars Racing

• Make a Superhero Mask

• Play Magic the Gathering

• Make a Micro Comic

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