Check out our latest Online Resource!
Brainfuse HelpNow gives Elkhart Public Library (EPL) cardholders free access to live online tutoring, writing assistance, test preparation and more!
- Interact with a live tutor 2 pm to 11 pm, seven days a week for assistance with
- Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- Computer Literacy
- Test Preparation
- English As a Second Language
- 24/7 Question Center – submit a question for a detailed, explanation of a difficult concept
- Premium Writing Lab – writing assistance
- Form online study groups
- FLASHBULB – access a library of online flashcards or create your own
- Adult Learning Center
- Practice tests & preparation for High School Equivalency (TASC), SAT, TOEFL, COMPASS/ACCUPLACER, ASVAB, GRE, U.S. Citizenship and more
- Online quizzes & games
- Access free lessons & resources
- WRITING ASSISTANCE for better business letters, term papers, resumes, etc.
Use your Elkhart Public Library card to access Brainfuse from home or anywhere that has an Internet connection — or from any EPL location without a card.
To access Brainfuse:
- Go to myepl.org/info247.
- Click >> Kids and Teens OR >>Online Learning Courses
- Click Access from Home.
- Enter your Library card number near the bottom of the page.
- If accessing from any EPL location, no card is required.
- Setting up an account is quick and easy – just create a username and password and you’re ready to start learning!
To learn more about Brainfuse tutors, system requirements and technical support, view the HelpNow User’s Guide.
Brainfuse is a student initiated service and should not be used as a school or class-wide assignment.
Access free practice tests for your Indiana driver’s permit (car and motorcycle) through EPL’s Online Resources. Take the tests as many times as you like. You will get immediate feedback on your answers. Questions are based on the Indiana BMV Driver’s manual, which is accessible from the practice test site. The site also includes three CDL practice tests. To use this resource, you need to have an Elkhart Public Library card OR accessing from any EPL location via Wi-Fi or Library computer.
To access practice tests:
1. Go to myepl.org/info247
2. Click or tap >> Kids and Teens or >> Online Learning Courses
3. Select Driving-Tests.org
4. Enter your library card number (no spaces) at the prompt
5. If you are in the Library, select Driving-Tests.org (card number is not required when accessing from inside the Library)
All middle school students in Elkhart Community Schools as well as all Concord Junior High students have been issued EPL ecards which connect them with the Library’s digital content from home, school, or anywhere else with Internet access. Each ecard has a unique number and PIN. In addition to ebooks and magazine downloads, students can learn languages, research in academic databases, get live online tutoring, and discover some really cool learning tools.
Among the many resources available are Biography in Context, Brainfuse, Britannica Online, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Mango Languages, OverDrive (downloadable ebooks), Science in Context, and Zinio (downloadable magazines). See more on our Ecard Welcome Page. Android and iOS apps are available for many of these. The resources on our Welcome Page are selected from EPL’s Online Resources, all of which are available to students with ecards.
We challenge you to read for the fun of it! Teen Read Week is October 18-24. There will be a new activity in the Young Adult Area every day to celebrate.
All Week: Share what you are reading in a Post-it Note display and make a colorful bookmark
Monday: Redesign a book cover
Tuesday: Take a guess for our Guess How Many jar
Wednesday: Have your library fortune told
Thursday: Kind bomb the Library with kindness
Friday: Find the hidden book characters
Saturday: Write a book review
So come and see us in the Young Adult Area. There will be lots of fun things to do! Don’t forget Teen Read Week is the last week to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten as well. Get those votes in!
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Teens can vote online starting August 15 and the winners will be announced after Teen Read Week in October. Read books from the list of nominees and visit www.ala.org/teenstopten to vote for your favorite!
Watch the book trailers on YouTube!
Teens’ Top Ten Nominees
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Unhinged by A.G. Howard
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley