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

Administrator : May 16, 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 myepl.org/events

 

TEENS (Link coming soon)

Teen SL-SRP 2016

 

ADULTS (Link coming soon)

SL-SRP 2016-Adult

 

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Meet Mr. Pieri

Administrator : March 29, 2016 2:54 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

Chuck Pieri-ed2You may know Chuck Pieri from seeing him around the branches or out in the community, usually wearing a silly hat. Or maybe you have enjoyed the Mr. Pieri Reads Aloud videos on YouTube or our Facebook page. Just who is Mr. Pieri and what does he do?

As Branch Young People’s Services Librarian, Chuck Pieri coordinates children’s and teen programming and collections at EPL’s four branches. But the part of his job he enjoys most is promoting the love of reading in the schools and the community.

During the school year he visits and reads to more than 1,000 kids in over 50 classrooms each month. “My ultimate goal,” says Chuck, “is to ignite a passion for reading in all the kids I meet, to help them become lifelong readers!”

Chuck is involved with two professional committees that promote reading for pleasure. The first is called the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award, which recognizes outstanding picture books that can be read by children and their caregivers. These titles emphasize at least three of the five Early Literacy practices: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. Chuck’s favorite from this year’s list is HOORAY FOR HAT by Brian Won.

“What’s fun about this award is that children, with the help of their caregivers, can vote for their favorite title from among the five nominees, then see which book wins when it’s announced in May. This encourages families to read and talk about books together!”

Chuck also chairs the AISLE Read Alouds-Too-Good-to-Miss Committee (Read Alouds for short). This committee consists of school librarians and children’s librarians from public libraries all over Indiana. Each year 50 books are chosen, and there are 10 titles in each of the five categories:

PrimaryAISLE (grades PK-2)
Upper Elementary (grades 3-5)
Middle Grade (grades 6-8)
High School (grades 9-12)
Ageless (All ages)

The books are chosen for their ability to instill a love of reading in students of all ages. See a more in-depth description here.

What Chuck especially likes about this committee is that not only are picture books featured, but novels and non-fiction titles as well. “With 50 titles to choose from, we hope that parents, educators and students can connect to books that will inspire and motivate them to enjoy the written and spoken word.”

Chuck loves his job and expressed great appreciation to EPL Director Lisa Guedea Carreño and to the Library Board for their continued encouragement and support of his work!

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Dunlap Branch Third Thursday Trivia

Administrator : November 9, 2015 9:10 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

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Trivia Fun For Everyone!

Test your knowledge of pop culture, sports, history, people, movies, TV, music, science and other random topics. Compete for prizes!

Bring a team of family, friends and/or coworkers, or come on your own and team up when you get here. All ages are welcome!

Dunlap Branch Trivia Night is the third Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm.

  • November 19, 2015
  • December 10, 2015
  • January 21, 2016
  • February 18, 2016
  • March 17, 2016
  • April 21, 2016
  • May 19, 2016

We will break for the summer and resume in September 2016.

For more information, call the Dunlap Branch at 875-3100

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Homework Help

Administrator : September 14, 2015 9:14 am : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

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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 to May 21. For more information, feel free to give us a call.

EPL Links and Online Resources

  • Kid Links
    • Go to myEPL.org/kids
    • Hover your cursor over Research & Homework on the purple bar
    • Select Links from the drop-down menu
  •  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)

For more information, or assistance in using the EPL website, call 522-KNOW (522-5669)

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Now Showing: Movies @ EPL August/September 2015

Administrator : July 27, 2015 11:56 am : Elkhart Public Library, Teens

Free Movies — With Popcorn!

Popcorn-cropMain Midweek Movies

INSURGENT (PG-13)
Wednesday, August 12 • 6:00 pm

CHILD 44 (R)
Wednesday, August 26 • 6:00 pm

AGE OF ADALINE (PG-13)
Wednesday, September 9 • 6:00 pm

FURIOUS 7 (PG-13)
Wednesday, September 23 • 6:00 pm

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Every Hero has a Story: Summer Reading 2015

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

SL-SRP2015-Kids

 

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.

More!

  • 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)

 

Teens: Unmask 

Adults: Escape the Ordinary

 

Children’s Programs by Location:

Cleveland Branch
Dunlap Branch
Main Library
Osolo Branch
Pierre Moran Branch

Overview of all summer activities at myepl.org/events

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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
4:30-7:30

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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Holiday Fun for Everyone

Administrator : December 4, 2014 2:10 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

SL-Winterfest Fun 2014 REVISED

Holiday Fun at the Main Library
December 6-13, 2014

Downtown Elkhart’s Winterfest begins Saturday, December 6 with a parade on Main Street at 6:00 pm. Watch for the Elkhart Public Library float, and be sure to wave as we go by. The Main Library has a festive array of activities planned for Winterfest week: Live entertainment, a heartwarming family movie, tech demos, crafts, a photo booth, a visit from Santa… something for everyone!

Featured Entertainment

Rock out to a Christmas-themed performance by the percussive, high-energy Golden Beats. Watch a Winterfest Wednesday movie (JACK FROST). Pose with props in Saturday’s Holiday Photo Booth. Hear holiday stories from the amazing Mr. Pieri.

 

Holiday Fun 2014 Schedule of Events
(at the Main Library)

Click on an event for more information. Some programs require registration.

Monday, December 8
Adventure: Christmas Party • 4-5 pm
Computer Tutor One-on-One • 5:30-7:30 pm • Limited to 4; reserve your time slot!

Tuesday, December 9
Technology Demo & Instruction • 4-6 pm • Drop in with your tablet or eReader, get your questions answered, and learn about downloading digital library books and magazines.

Wednesday, December 10
Golden Beats • 4-5 pm
Winterfest Movie: JACK FROST (PG) • 6-8 pm

Thursday, December 11
• Computer Tutor One-on-One 9:30-11:30 am • Limited to 4; reserve your time slot!
Technology Demo & Instruction • 4-6 pmDrop in with your tablet or eReader, get your questions answered, and learn about downloading digital library books and magazines.

Saturday, December 13
Craft Corner • 9 am-1 pm
Holiday Photo Booth • 9 am-1 pm • We’ll have the background & props. Bring your camera to Children’s Room for some holiday “selfies,” (or maybe “elfies?”)
St. Nick will be here! • 10 am-noon
Mr. Pieri Reads Aloud • 10-10:45 am & 11-11:45 am
Popcorn! • 11 am-noon

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Big Library Read: Anatomy of a Misfit

Administrator : October 13, 2014 8:56 am : Elkhart Public Library, Teens

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OverDrive’s latest Big Library Read  is  ANATOMY  OF A MISFIT,  a Young Adult novel by bestselling author Andrea Portes. This global reading event will run from October 13-28.

Starting October 13, Elkhart Public Library card holders can download ANATOMY OF A MISFIT from our digital library, with unlimited access to the eBook until the morning of October 28. No holds, no waiting!

To borrow the title, you will need a resident Elkhart Public Library card and an Internet-connected electronic device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Go to downloads.myepl.org.  ANATOMY OF A MISFIT will be featured prominently on our digital home page, ready for check-out from October 13-28.

About the book

Andrea Portes is best known for her adult fiction.  ANATOMY OF A MISFIT is her first Young Adult novel.

Anika is the third most popular girl in her high school–despite feeling she doesn’t fit in with the popular crowd in her small Nebraskan town. To maintain her social status, Anika does whatever Becky Vilhauser (first most popular girl in school) tells her to do. But when loner Logan McDonough returns from summer vacation hotter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika has a hard time staying away–even when Becky forbids her to date him.

Anika’s glimpse into Logan’s troubled home life only draws her closer, but despite her blossoming feelings, Anika breaks up with him. In an emotionally devastating ending, Anika is left in the wake of tragedy, which leaves her with the revelation that we have only one chance to be true to ourselves, and nothing is more important than listening to your own heart.  ANATOMY OFA MISFIT is based on Andrea Portes’ real-life experiences as a teenager.

OverDrive, EPL’s digital content provider, offers Big Library Read several times a year,
making the same book simultaneously available to cardholders of all participating libraries.

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Homework Help

Administrator : September 19, 2014 12:21 pm : Elkhart Public Library, Kids, Teens

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Homework Assistance at All EPL Locations

Homework Assistance 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 Assistance is offered from September through early May. For more information, feel free to give us a call.

EPL Links and Online Resources

  • Kid Links
    • Go to myEPL.org/kids
    • Hover your cursor over Research & Homework on the purple bar
    • Select Links from the drop-down menu
  •  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)

For more information, or assistance in using the EPL website, call 522-KNOW (522-5669)

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