Valentine’s Day is Take Your Child to the Library Day at EPL! Bring your children to the Elkhart Public Library on Saturday, February 14, for stories, crafts, and some extra special reading activities. Saturday hours are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Crafts & Prizes
♥ Create a special Valentine at any of our locations.
♥ When you check out one or more items at the Main Library, your name will be entered in a prize drawing.
Paws to Read
♥ In the Main Library Children’s Room, between 10:00 & noon, read to Barney or Amber, trained therapy dogs from Pet Partners. Children can sign-up for a 15-minute time slot and have fun reading with a dog! Parents, this is an excellent opportunity for your children to improve their reading skills and gain self-confidence. There are only 8 slots available, so sign up soon by calling 522-2223! Paws to Read is for children 5 years and older.
Mr. Pieri Reads Aloud
♥ Branch Children’s Librarian, Mr. Pieri, will be at the Main Library reading Valentine stories to warm your heart. Mr. Pieri’s interactive stories and music are always a treat! Story times start at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, a time for the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” It is also known as National African-American History month.
Dunlap “Black History Read”
The Dunlap Branch will offer children and teens a small prize for every Black History book read in February — fiction or nonfiction. Each book you read will also earn an entry for the grand prize drawing to be held the first week in March. (It counts if a parent or caregiver reads a book to you.)
For your convenience, several of our locations have Black History materials on display, or in a special area for easy access.
For a fascinating browsing experience, explore Elkhart Public Library Black History Links, a comprehensive collection of links to history, biographies, images, art, and a wide range of African American accomplishments and contributions to American culture.
- Goodreads: Popular Black History Books
- PBS Parents: Books that Bring the Black Experience to Life
- YALSA Hub (for teens): Reading Black History Month in a Different Way