Teens – read and discover with Summer Reading Bingo! You will have the chance to explore different kinds of books and authors. When you sign up, you get a “Bingo Card” with different genres of books to read and various library-related activities. Beginning Wednesday, June 1, pick up your card at any EPL location.
How it works:
- Fill in the boxes as you read the genres and complete the activities.
- When you have 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), bring your card to the Library.
- For each row you fill, you will win a prize and be entered into the grand prize drawing for one of three $50 gift cards (courtesy of Friends of the Elkhart Public Library).
- That’s not all! — Fill in 3 rows to finish the card and earn a free book!
- Finish up to 3 cards. (That’s a lot of prizes, and a lot of entries for the grand prize!)
Registration is required for many of these programs.
Tap or click the links for details and to sign up.
Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, June 7 • 3:00 pm • All ages
What could be better on a warm summer day than eating ice cream with friends and playing games? If you have a favorite topping, bring it to share. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, :-( then we will move inside.
Tuesday, June 14 • 3:00 pm • Ages 12 and up
Bring a clean 100% cotton t-shirt. (100% cotton absorbs the dyes better.) Don’t have one? Check Goodwill.
Water Balloon Dodge Ball
Wednesday, July 13 • 3:00 pm • Ages 12 and up
Prepare to get wet! :-)
Create a Card
Tuesday, June 7 • 6:00 pm • Ages 13-adult
Sue and Sarah will lead us in creating Hallmark-worthy greeting cards.
DIY Craft Geek: Cool Cords
Tuesday, June 21 • 2:00 pm • Ages 11 and up
Tired of untangling your headphone and earbud cords? Sign up to make tangle-free cord wraps. BRING YOUR OWN EARBUDS OR HEADPHONES.
Exercise Your Brain
Tuesday, July 12 • 6:30 pm • Ages 13-adult
Mental puzzle night! Test your brain power against other puzzle enthusiasts. A variety of puzzles will be available; Sudoku, cross sums, crosswords, logic problems and more. Each correctly completed puzzle earns points. Whoever has the most points wins the grand prize!
DIY Craft Geek: Hardware Store Necklaces
Tuesday, July 19 • 2:00 pm • Ages 11 and up
Sign up to make cool necklaces from hardware store materials. Bring nail polish to use and share.
Blast from the Past
Tuesday, June 7 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Be a kid again! We will relive fond memories of your favorite childhood games and activities – coloring, chocolate milk, Candyland … Join us for some afternoon nostalgia.
Teen Wii U
Friday, June 10 • 2-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Drop in between 2 and 5 to play SuperSmash Brothers or MarioKart. Compete with your friends. We might even start a tournament!
We’ll do it again on Friday, July 8.
Tuesday, June 14 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Remake your favorite video game characters with pixelated Perler beads. We will also make giant-size wall art with Post-it notes, and put together some Cubecrafts.
Trivia for Teens
Tuesday, June 21 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Teams will compete in a pub-style trivia game. Brush up on your pop culture because questions will range from movies and TV to books, comics and music. The winning team will take home a prize.
Friday, June 24 • 2-5 pm • Ages 12-18
Drop in between 2 and 5 for some board and card games. Play an old favorite or try something new. Bring your friends!
We’ll do it again on Friday, July 22.
Harry Potter Celebration
All month! • Ages 10 and up
Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31! This year we are looking forward to the release of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD. Come celebrate all things Harry Potter with activities set up in the Young Adult area.
Tuesday, July 12 • 4:00 pm • Ages 12-18
Giant Jenga; Life-size Angry Birds, Pac-Man … Can you win the games when they are as big as you are?
Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello Style)
Tuesday, July 19 • Ages 10 and up
Calling all tween & teen bookworms! Test your knowledge and skills in book-themed Olympic events. Have a wondermously good time! Please register in advance.
For all EPL programs and activities, check our calendar at myepl.org/events
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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!